Join our hosts as they dive into the story behind the board games we love with the people who created them. Through quick and meaningful interviews with board game creators, Rebecca and Lauren will highlight different perspectives and focus on topics related to accessibility and inclusion.
Episode 40: More Games Please
Rebecca talks to Ross Connell about his website, More Games Please; board game art; and artist visibility within the hobby. Ross shares some of his favorite board game artists. Get updates about the Best Board Game Art Award contest that Ross runs on his site - results for 2019 art will be announced in March 2020.
Special Guest: Ross Connell.
Episode 39: Cascadia
Lauren talks with Randy Flynn about the design decisions in Cascadia, a gorgeous tile-laying game coming soon from Flatout Games, which showcases lands and creatures of the Pacific Northwest.
Special Guest: Randy Flynn.
Episode 38: Accessible RPG Character Sheets with Alex & Keith
Rebecca talks to Alex G. and Keith Ringer, two Dungeons & Dragons players who created character sheets that is more accessible for folks with dyslexia. Geek Native reported on the sheets, which were originally shared on Reddit. The sheets are currently available in English, Italian, and German. Icons on the sheets were created by LuckPack.
Special Guests: Alex G. and Keith Ringer.
Episode 37: Elizabeth Hargrave
Lauren Woolsey and Elizabeth Hargrave (designer of Wingspan) talk about the role of the overall theme in a game's accessibility, how a wider range of faces at events can make things more welcoming for new gamers and designers, and the relevant resources she has collected on her website.
Special Guest: Elizabeth Hargrave.
Episode 36: Therapeutic Gaming
Many people use gaming as a way to relax, but did you know gaming has been making its way into therapy sessions? Rebecca talks to Emma Carlson, a clinical therapist who is part of a youth suicide prevention team and uses tabletop role-playing games to foster social engagement, improve problem solving skills, and help her clients have fun.
Special Guest: Emma Carlson.
Episode 35: Filler
Get ready for a sweet conversation! Jonathan Chaffer is a software developer and hobbyist game designer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and this episode he talks with Lauren about Filler, his small-box card game about filling delicious pastries, published by Green Couch Games.
Special Guest: Jonathan Chaffer.
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Adding more thoughtfulness to game selection
The tabletop gaming industry has reached a point where it's difficult to keep up on all of the new games, let alone play them. I wanted to narrow my selection of new games to support smaller companies, improve representation (both in terms of game theme and mechanics and artists, designers, publishers, etc.), support a wide and diverse group of players, and discover more games that are not exclusively about conquest. The Playability podcast appeared on my radar at just the right time.
Each episode is short (about 15 or so minutes) and does not aim to be a comprehensive review of any board game covered. What each episode does offer, though, is a series of questions that shows some of the thoughtfulness that went into developing a game using whatever lense of accessibility the designer chooses. As a result, I've learned about games and designers that are putting consideration into ability to play and use components, age, gender, race, and so much more.
I'm using the episodes to help me identify games that have a lot of thought put into their design and target lots more people than every before. I'm really excited to try out and purchase games from designers who are putting so much time and effort into their creations, all to help bring more people to the table.
Expanding the perspective
As the hobby grows the podcasts are moving from white men expressing opinions using narrow criteria to podcasts like this. It explores the hobby in a way which not only helps those who are the traditional boardgame market understand the challenges others have, but also gives a voice to those who haven’t had opportunities.