Accessibility in PDF Publishing

I am currently researching and writing an article (to be posted later) about accessibility in PDF publishing. In particular, I feel that game designers need to really consider how they launch their products in the digital age.

There are a lot of disabled gamers out there, and they deserve the same access to products that everyone else does. It takes a bit of additional effort for publishers, but it’s totally worth it.

To get you started, here is a link to a great resource about tagging PDFs for screen reader accessibility. It’s just one resource and one concern, but it’s the best I’ve encountered for this so far and it’s perhaps one of the biggest and most far-reaching things a publisher can do to make their products accessible. PDF Accessibility

Hopefully that will get you started on your road to understanding the why’s and … Continue reading

The Blind GM

Another blog shout-out, this time to The Blind GM.

The Blind GM’s blog is aligned with the same goals as Accessible Games: to bring gaming to the disabled (in his case, more specifically to the blind).

“If my goal is to bring awareness to the issues us blind folks deal with in gaming, then I need to tell you about what my gaming is like,” says The Blind GM in his May 26th post.  He continues to detail how he will soon be writing about his play experiences in various RPGs and how he and his friends adapt to his being blind.

We expect to read great things from this blog in the future, so be sure to check it out at

Obfuscated Objective: Board Games and Speech Therapy

We wanted to share this link with everyone because we think this blog is not only a great read but a great resource. There’s a lot that can be said about speech therapy (har har), and I know that if I had these sorts of games and experiences when I was going through it as an elementary school child it would have made that time a lot more pleasant.

Check out Obfuscated Objectives at – it’s exactly the sort of resource that Accessible Games likes to promote!


GimpGear Accessible Video Game Gear

It’s ncie to stumble upon these sorts of things.

I was recently browsing a website which specializes in accessibility aids for daily living.  The site, Enable Mart ( has loads of exceptionally useful items to help people with any number of disabilities.  One of the sections of the site that piqued my interested was their category called “Accessible Games” (which, as it happens, is the title of this website!)  Under the category are are a variety of really interesting products, including Tactile Chess, Large Print Uno, and Braille Dominoes.  Under the video game section was something else entirely, though.

The video game category has a scant few items for sale, only three, but they’re by a brand I had not heard of before: GimpGear.  Available for purchase are Accessible Wii controllers, adapted Guitar Hero controllers, and “The Ultimate Arcade Controller” (which requires no manual dexterity of any kind to … Continue reading

Dungeons and Dragons and Disabilities

D&D… and D.

I started pen-and-paper roleplaying when I was about 12 years old. My friends and I started out by playing RuneQuest and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons with our older brothers, and eventually graduated in to playing other RPGs and, indeed, designing our very own from the ground up. We developed our own rules for a pen-and-paper wargame as well as a LARP (Live Action Role Play) before we even knew those terms existed.

Around the age of 16 I started losing my vision. Slowly, but surely, my eye sight became much worse until I came to a point where I was no longer able to read standard print. While this has all-but-killed my video game days, it has failed to stop me from playing some of the other types of games that I love, namely RPGs and board games. With today’s technology and an increasing awareness for gamers … Continue reading

Accessible Runes: Update

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the seriesAccessible Runes

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Accessible Runes

If you haven’t already, read my article about Accessible Runes.

After contacting five different sellers on, all of whom hand-craft runes of their own, I found a couple of people who were willing to take on the task of custom making raised runes out of clay. To top it off, they even agreed to paint them in a high contrast color scheme for me, so that I might be able to both see and feel the runes.

The first seller to finish a batch of these for me is “ballardbk” (click here for ballardbk’s Etsy store). This seller was both friendly and expedious in making a set of runes and sold them to me at his regular going price for a full set; about $7 before shipping, and that … Continue reading

The Low Vision Store: Games

My girlfriend and I were flipping through a catalogue of accessible daily living supplies when we came upon a few pages of games for the blind and visually impaired. The catalogue includes low-vision and blind versions of several of the most popular American family board games, such as Scrabble, Dominoes, Chess and Checkers, Tic-Tac-Toe, and more. I went to the web site, which you can visit here, to see what else they have.

In general, this seems to be a good source of games and products for people with disabilities. While they are geared toward the blind and visually impaired, the large print/large size of many of the products would also work well for people with impaired motor skills, or even people with small children in the house who don’t want their kids picking up and choking on game pieces. Some of the games listed are, unfortunately, quite … Continue reading

Accessible Runes

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the seriesAccessible Runes

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Accessible Runes

Someone recently posed the question: “Where can I find rune casting supplies for a blind person?”  At first, I wondered what this had to do with accessible gaming, but then realized that this site is, or should be, about more than just board games.  Accessibility is an important issue in all walks of life, and while I can’t begin to cover everything, this particular subject strikes home with me.  You see, I just started taking a Nordic Shamanism class myself, so raised or tactile runes are suddenly a concern to me as well.  While I didn’t have an answer for this question off hand, I’ve begun the search for accessible runes of my own, and hopefully in doing so can bring them to light for others.

In this case, when I speak of runes I … Continue reading