Interview with Todd Crapper about High Plains Samurai

High Plains Samurai Kickstarter ImageTodd Crapper, also known+ as The Warden, is the founder of Broken Ruler Games and the designer behind the award-winning Killshot and ENnie-nominated ScreenPlay. His latest effort, High Plains Samurai, is currently on Kickstarter.

I had the opportunity to talk to Todd about his new game and his plans for making it accessible. If you’re into RPGs with over-the-top action and adventure, read on.

Interview

Accessible Games: First of all, thanks for taking the time to talk about accessibility with us. For those of us who aren’t familiar with your work, can you tell us a little about yourself and what you’ve published in the past?

Todd Crapper: Certainly. My name is Todd Crapper (though I have also published under the pseudonym of … Continue reading

Great Read: Board Games Help Recover from Brain Injury

I recently came upon this fantastic article on Kotaku: Board Games are Helping My Wife Recover from Traumatic Brain Injury. I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read it.

In brief, the article is by a man whose wife suffered traumatic brain injury after a severe car accident about a year ago. Since then, he and his wife have been using board games as therapy, and they’ve been helping in a number of ways. Not only do they provide a fun way to take a break from the world, they also help her strengthen a number of different cognitive functions that were lost after the accident.

Here at Accessible Games we have a saying: “Games for absolutely everyone.” This article is a great example of that motto in action. Even someone recovering from such a difficult setback can take advantage of the many benefits board games offer. They’re … Continue reading

Review: Sunny Day Pond, a Children’s Game

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Sunny Day Pond Box Art

Game Info

Publisher: Peaceable Kingdom

Year Published: 2014

Number of Players: 2 to 4

Play Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Set-up Time: 1 minute

Learning Curve: Low

Ages: Rated 3 and up, but suitable for some 2-year-olds

Table Size: Small

Introduction

It’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed a board game around here, but one of the original purposes of this website was to talk about game accessibility. One aspect of accessibility is a game’s appeal to a variety of audiences, and Sunny Day Pond is one of those games that’s certainly accessible to young gamers.

Description

Sunny Day Pond is a co-operative puzzle game for children. Its simple design has won multiple awards thanks to its nearly flawless presentation and execution. It teaches several great skills to toddlers and pre-schoolers, including: color matching, … Continue reading

New Beast for World’s Edge Arena

After watching a YouTube video about the Goliath Birdeater tarantula, I was inspired to make this new creature to add to the World’s Edge Arena’s bestiary. Enjoy!

Goliath Tarantula (First Round creature)

Terrain: Jungle
ODFs: +1 (Bite), +3 (Barbs); DDFs: +3
Covert: Wonderful
Combat (Melee): Superb; Specialization: Bite
Notice: Great; Specialization: See
Gifts: Barbs, Enhanced venom, Nightvision, Small
Faults: Small
Weapons: Bite, Barbs
Wound Levels: 1-2 (Scratched); 3-4 (Hurt); 5+ (Incapacitated)

Goliath tarantulas are the largest arachnids known to man, and the specimens at the World’s Edge Arena are specially designed to be the biggest around. They’re about 13 inches long and have bodies of up to 5 inches, and they’re bound to trigger any arachnophobe.

Although large by spider standards, these tarantulas are still small compared to humans. Their relative size (Poor compared to a human’s Fair size) affords them … Continue reading

Fudge Wins the RPGGeek GLAIR Award

One of my favorite RPGs recently won an award from one of my favorite websites. Fudge, the system on which Psi-punk and Monster Kart Mayhem are built, recently received the honorable Geek Lifetime Achievement in Roleplaying (GLAIR) award for 2016.

GLAIR winners are voted on in a tournament-style competition, and this year it was Fudge’s turn to come out on top. It joins the ranks of such venerable RPGs as Dungeons and Dragons, Pendragon, Traveller, Call of Cthulu, Classic World of Darkness, and Paranoia. Truly, this is an esteemed position to be in.

For more details about GLAIR, visit the GLAIR Wiki on RPGGeek.

To read the official announcement, check out this news article.

Also, as a refresher, read my thoughts on Why Fudge is a Great Accessible RPG.

There are tons of great … Continue reading

2016 Year in Review

If you Google “2016 sucks” you’ll see a lot of links to people talking about how deplorable this year was. One YouTube channel even summed up the entire year with this fake horror movie trailer, which is definitely worth a watch. 2016 wasn’t all doom and gloom though, and I’d like to end the year with a look back at some of the positive things that happened.

The Accessible Games Community Came to my Rescue

On March 13th, my house caught fire and I lost nearly everything. Then the blog went silent for two months straight despite the fact that I had just kicked off the RPG Blog Carnival for the month.

You might be thinking “Gee, that sure does suck. 2016 sucked!” Yes, the house fire was a terrible event in my life and another notch in 2016’s belt. But the Accessible Games community came back swinging … Continue reading

Teach Your Kids to Game with Monster Kart Mayhem

Monster Kart Mayhem Front Cover
It’s DriveThruRPG’s annual Teach Your Kids to Game Week, and hundreds of family-friendly RPG titles are 20-50% off. Now’s a great time to pick up your copy of Monster Kart Mayhem for just $5 (PDF) or $12 (print). While you’re at it, pick up a copy of the new Monster Kart Mayhem: Family Affair character pack and add two brand-new racers to your game.

Colors of Grey is also a great family-friendly title and you can pick it up on a Pay-What-You-Want basis anytime.

You might also like these family-friendly RPGs from Third Eye Games: Mermaid Adventures (read our review), Camp Myth: The RPG (read our review), and Infestation: An RPG of Bugs and Heroes (no review because I … Continue reading

Frankie’s Family Just Got Bigger, New PDF for MKM

Hello all you Monster Kart Mayhem fans! It’s been a while since we’ve released anything for this ghoulish racing RPG, but here are a couple new characters just in time for Halloween.

Monster Kart Mayhem adds two new racers for use with your games: Francesca Stein and Frankie Jr. Both are related to everyone’s favorite stitched-together monster, and both are eager to prove themselves at the Monster Mash.

This PDF provides character descriptions, pre-filled character sheets, and tokens for use with your games.

 

Check out the game’s official page or get your copy from DriveThruRPG.

Modifier Podcast Episodes about Accessibility

I recently came upon the Modifier Podcast, part of the One Shot Podcast Network. To date, the podcast has featured two episodes about accessibility in gaming which everyone should check out.

Episode 1 is an interview with Elsa S. Henry, designer of Dead Scare and the upcoming Fate Accessibility Toolkit. If that name sounds familiar to you, it may be because you saw the Diversity+ panel I shared with her and others (or you may know her from any number of other reasons).

Episode 19 is an interview with two other podcasters, one of whom is blind. They talk a great deal about games, game aids, conventions, and various other accessibility topics.

So far I’m fond of everything I’ve listened to on this podcast and will definitely be following it in the future. Hats off to Meghan Dornbrock for a fantastic show.