21 episodes

Sightless Fun is a podcast about board game accessibility for the blind and visually impaired. We analyze various tabletop games and try to come up with solutions that would make them more accessible to people with sight issues. You can find our website at https://sightless.fun and contact us via email at sightlessfun@outlook.com

Sightless Fu‪n‬ Ertay Shashko

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Sightless Fun is a podcast about board game accessibility for the blind and visually impaired. We analyze various tabletop games and try to come up with solutions that would make them more accessible to people with sight issues. You can find our website at https://sightless.fun and contact us via email at sightlessfun@outlook.com

    #16 - Michael Heron From Meeple Like Us

    #16 - Michael Heron From Meeple Like Us

    In this episode, Ertay talks to Michael Heron from Meeple Like Us, the first and largest blog about accessibility in the board gaming industry. They talk about the current state and future of the site, accessibility in board games, how Michael started the site and much more.


    Time Stamps



    Discworld books, 01:54
    Michael Heron's background, 04:24
    Michael's favorite game, Chinatown, 05:53
    Why Michael started Meeple Like Us, 08:57
    Michael's journey to accessibility, 11:41
    Accessibility improvements in the industry over the years, 17:56
    What motivates Michael to keep working on MLU, 20:25
    Michael's process, 21:35
    MLU's 200th game, Istanbul, 25:01
    Lanterns and accidental accessibility, 26:51
    Accessibility becomes good design, 27:15
    Common visual accessibility problems, 28:48
    Board Game Accessibility Guidelines, 31:45
    Feedback from publishers, 38:33
    Meeple Like Us in 5 years, 44:43
    Board Game Accessibility Content Creator Network, 49:52
    Michael's game recommendations, Skull and Funemployed, 59:35


    Links



    Meeple Like Us - https://meeplelikeus.co.uk
    MLU on Twitter - https://twitter.com/meeplelikeus/
    MLU on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MeepleLikeUs/
    Able Table Gaming on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/abletablegaming/

    • 1 hr 5 min
    A Touch Of Gaming - Pros and Cons Part 2

    A Touch Of Gaming - Pros and Cons Part 2

    In the final A Touch Of Gaming podcast episode, Ryan Peach and Brian counter continue to talk to Bill Corey about board game conventions.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    A Touch Of Gaming - Pros and Cons Part 1

    A Touch Of Gaming - Pros and Cons Part 1

    In the third A Touch Of Gaming bonus episode, Ryan Peach and Brian counter are joined by Bill Corey to talk about board game conventions. This is the first part of a two-part episode.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    A Touch Of Gaming - Adapt and Play

    A Touch Of Gaming - Adapt and Play

    In the second A Touch Of Gaming bonus episode, Ryan Peach and Brian counter are joined by Richard Gibbs from 64 Ounce Games to talk about adapting modern board games for the blind and visually impaired.


    Time Stamps



    01:48: Interview with Richard Gibbs
    38:30: The Resistance
    40:06: Dark Moon
    41:10: Pick Picnic
    45:15: Goblet
    45:48: No Thanks
    46:35: Dead Man's Draw
    50:14: Cards Against Humanity
    50:58: Dice City
    51:44: Race for the Galaxy/Roll for the Galaxy
    52:10: Illuminati
    53:18: Medina
    54:12: Modern Naval Battles: Global Warfare
    56:30: Tsuro
    57:57: Cosmic Encounter
    58:28: Kingsburg
    59:22: Catan
    59:58: Quarriors
    1:00:18: Acquire
    1:01:38: Stock Pile


    Links



    http://64ouncegames.com/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    A Touch Of Gaming - Learning and Teaching

    A Touch Of Gaming - Learning and Teaching

    This is a bonus episode from an older podcast hosted by Ryan Peach and Brian Counter. In this episode they discuss about the challenges of teaching and learning board games as blind and partially sighted board gamers.


    Time Stamps:



    00:46: Brian and Ryan start by discussing game learning.
    14:28: Brian and Ryan continue the discussion with game teaching.
    41:42: Brian and Ryan conclude with game recommendations for learning and teaching.

    34:40: Galaxy Trucker

    42:27: No Thanks
    43:22: Empires: Age of Discovery
    48:00: Defenders of the Realm
    50:10: Dungeon Lords
    56:00: Alien Frontiers
    58:32: Kingsburg
    1:03280: Timeline
    1:06:20: Among the Stars
    1:10:20: 7 Wonders

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #15 - Knights Of The Braille

    #15 - Knights Of The Braille

    In this episode, Ertay talks to Jim and Eric from Knights of the Braille. Knights of the Braille is a small community for blind and visually impaired Dungeons & Dragons players. They talk about the accessibility challenges of D&D, how they are introducing new players to the game, using theater of the mind, dealing with tactics in combat scenarios and much more.


    You can get in touch with Jim via knightsofthebraille@gmail.com or Twitter: https://twitter.com/brailleknights. You can also find Eric on Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsclavast.


    Time stamps



    Jim's background, 02:22
    Eric's background, 02:53
    How Jim and Eric got involved with D&D, 03:42
    How sight loss affected Jim's enjoyment of the game, 08:55
    What is Knights of the Braille, 09:45
    What have they done so far, 11:55
    Comparing Jim and Eric's style of play, 14:15
    Accessibility of websites and apps, 18:58
    Tactics and combat in D&D for the blind, 22:46
    Guidelines for sighted players that play with blind people, 27:20
    Published adventures or homebrew, 29:05
    Accessibility of dice, 31:43
    Advice for aspiring blind dungeon masters, 34:05
    How to join a Knights of the Braille group, 39:40
    Final thoughts, 42:47


    Links



    Knights Of The Braille - https://knightsofthebraille.com/
    Knights Of The Braille on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcZ7SAELCxHrruDN5u6NghQ
    D&D Beyond - https://www.dndbeyond.com/
    Fantasy Grounds - https://www.fantasygrounds.com/home/home.php


    If you have any questions or feedback you can send an email to sightlessfun@outlook.com or find us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sightlessfun.

    • 46 min