- What Does Accessibility Mean to You?
This month I’ll be hosting the RPG Blog Carnival, a blogging tradition going back to 2008. This month’s topic? Accessibility in Games, of course.
Throughout the month of March, I’d encourage you to really think about what accessibility in gaming means to you. It may mean different things to different people: equal access for people with disabilities, inclusiveness in game design and representation of people from diverse backgrounds, family-friendly gaming with a welcoming vibe, etc.
The Accessible Games motto is “Games for absolutely everyone.” To me, that pretty much means all of the above.
If you’re familiar with this blog, you’ll know that I often talk about how to make RPGs more accessible to people who use screen readers and other assistive technologies. I’ve also talked about game aids for players with disabilities, produced large print character sheets for certain games, and spotlighted a few games that earn high marks for accessibility.
If you’d like to participate in this month’s Blog Carnival but aren’t sure where to start, consider writing a post about one or more of the following topics:
- What Accessibility Means to Me
- Which RPGs encourage diversity?
- How can RPGs promote diversity and inclusion?
- Top 5 Accessible Games from My Perspective
- Accessibility: What RPGs are doing right, and what they could do better.
- My RPG Diversity / Accessibility Story
- I am / have [insert disability here], and this is how I adapt my games.
- Anything else that strikes your fancy.
I understand disabilities are personal and sometimes we don’t want to share them or discuss them with others. That’s totally okay. You’re encouraged to only share as much as you’re comfortable with. I would encourage everyone to participate in some way though, since this is a big topic that not many people are talking about right now.
Don’t have a blog? That’s not a problem. There are several other places you can share your stories and ideas. Here are a few:
- Create a blog post at RPGGeek.
- Start a forum discussion at RPG.net.
- Share a post publicly on Google+ or Facebook.
- Write a tweet a day on Twitter.
Whether you write a post on your own blog or share using another option, make sure you come back here and leave a link in the comments. At the end of the month I’ll collect these links and do a round-up post so everyone can see what the community has been talking about.
To learn more about the RPG Blog Carnival, including a list of all previous topics, visit the Carnival’s home page.