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Accessibility Resources for Gaming

This page includes areas of accessibility to consider for tabletop role-playing games, podcasts that address accessibility in tabletop role-playing games, and links to a broad range of gaming accessibility resources which includes resources for board games and live action role-play.

 

Trope of the Week Series

This series discusses harmful patterns in the representation of disability. It is designed to be useful to both writers and game masters. One of the unique things about this series is that it doesn’t just describe what the pattern is and why it is a problem, it also focuses on how to know if you are following one of these patterns and what to do differently.

 

Addressing Ableism in Tabletop Role-playing Games

A new series that aims to identify ableism in the core content of tabletop role-playing games, including game mechanics and central setting elements. There will be brief discussion on the reasons these game elements are a problem. However the focus will be on identifying a list of options for ways that participants can alter these games to reduce or remove this ableism.

 

Lasers & Feelings Hacks

All of these games are based on Lasers & Feelings, which is is a free, one-page game system by John Harper that creates science fiction stories much like campy Star Trek episodes. The hacks (altered versions of the game) take place in a wide range of different genres, including space garbage collectors, mouse wrestlers, monster hunters, Doctor Who, spy dramas, muppet babies, witches in World War II, Ghostbusters, steampunk adventures, cybernetically–augmented deer with a guns, magical girls, and wizard schools. If you are looking for a free, rules-light game in a specific genre, this list is a great place to start.

 

Podcasting How To

For those situations where it is hard to find all of the steps for doing something in one place, I’ve made my own personal step-by-step guides. I’ve decided to make some of these available here in the hope that they will make it easier for others.

 

Making RPG Podcasts Accessible

This is an in-progress (some rough sections), detailed list of notes and resources for my “Making RPG Podcasts Accessible” workshop. It covers what accessibility is, what ableism is, different experiences of disability that are important to know about, how to make a podcast accessible to disabled audience members, techniques for including disabled participants, how to deal with game systems that don’t handle disability well, how to create disabled player characters that are respectful representations of disability, and negative patterns of representation to avoid.

 

Disability Consultants for Geeky Projects

From tabletop role-playing games to comics to board games to twitch channels, there are lot new and exciting geeky projects being produced by creators big and small. However many of these projects aren’t fully accessible to disabled participants and audience members. The best way to change this is to get people with disabilities involved in creating these projects. The Disability Consultants for Geeky Projects List is designed to raise awareness of the many people doing this important work, help people connect with each other, and help creators find disability consultants who are a good fit for their projects.

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