At the Crossroads of Gameplay & Accessibility

40: More Games Please
Mar 4 • 23 min
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…
39: Cascadia
Feb 19 • 18 min
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.
38: Accessible RPG Character Sheets with Alex & Keith
Feb 5 • 16 min
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…
37: Elizabeth Hargrave
Jan 22 • 16 min
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…
36: Therapeutic Gaming
Jan 8 • 12 min
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…
35: Filler
Dec 11, 2019 • 16 min
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…
34: Dibs on Blue
Nov 27, 2019 • 13 min
This episode Rebecca talks to Stephanie Jessup, sign language interterpreter, game player extraordinaire, and host of of Dibs on Blue, a YouTube board games channel dedicated to American Sign Language users.Special Guest: Stephanie Jessup.
33: Chip Beauvais
Nov 13, 2019 • 16 min
PUZZLES! In this episode, Lauren and Chip discuss the unique formats and structures of puzzles that different online platforms allow. See, for example: A Little Alliteration on Twitter Vowel Movement on Twitter Magic Word Squares on Twitter Puzzle Blitz…
32: Ertay Shashko
Oct 30, 2019 • 20 min
31: Tony Miller - Kabuto Sumo
Oct 16, 2019 • 20 min
This episode Lauren talks with Tony Miller, a game designer from Oregon about his recently signed game Kabuto Sumo (a.k.a. Chonky Beetle Bois), recently signed by and coming to Kickstarter soon.Special Guest: Tony Miller.
30: Suzanne Sheldon
Oct 2, 2019 • 13 min
Rebecca talks to Suzanne Sheldon (GenCant coordinator, The Dice Tower podcast cohost) about accessibility and inclusivity in gaming communities and spaces.Special Guest: Suzanne Sheldon.
29: Dance Card! By Cardboard Console
Sep 17, 2019 • 20 min
Michael Melkonian is a game designer from Los Angeles, CA who currently resides in Central Illinois. He is the owner of Cardboard Console, a game design and publishing company. Michael's first commercial product is "Dance Card!" which is set to launch on…
28: Gaming at the Library
Sep 4, 2019 • 22 min
Rebecca talks to Jenn Barlett, a librarian at the Manchester Public Library, about games, libraries, and accessibility.Special Guest: Jenn Bartlett.
27: Adventure Tactics
Aug 21, 2019 • 14 min
Lauren talks to Nick Yu about Adventure Tactics, which is published by Letiman Games. Adventure Tactics is on Kickstarter through Friday, August 23, 2019 8:00p Central.Special Guest: Nick Yu.
26: One Year Anniversary
Aug 7, 2019 • 17 min
25: Rap Godz
Jul 24, 2019 • 16 min
In this episode, Lauren chats with Omari Akil, one half of @BGBrothas, about the company's first game Rap Godz, and how this tabletop game is connecting communities in New Orleans and beyond. Twitter: Instagram:…
24: Janice Turner (Sensor Ghosts)
Jul 10, 2019 • 16 min
It's sequel time! Rebecca welcomes back Janice Turner of Wren Games to talk about Sensor Ghosts, a sci-fi escape game and sequel to last year's game, Assembly. Special Guest: Janice Turner.
23: The Rules Forge
Jun 26, 2019 • 14 min
22: Karen Cleveland - What in the Wild
Jun 12, 2019 • 17 min
In this episode, Rebecca talks to Karen Cleveland from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about their game What in the Wild, which features five ways to play and learn about wildlife conservation. Find What in the Wild on The Game…
21: Escape Rooms
May 29, 2019 • 17 min
Lauren Woolsey talks with Shannon McDowell about escape rooms and what considerations go into making them more accessible and more inclusive.Special Guest: Shannon McDowell.
20: Isaac Vega
May 15, 2019 • 14 min
19: Carroll County Cake Swap
May 1, 2019 • 13 min
This episode Lauren talks with Dave Sensenig about how game Carroll County Cake Swap from Jealous Cat Games. Coming to Kickstarter July 25, 2019. Be sure to sign up for their mailing list to get your copy. Special Guest: Dave Sensenig.
18: Jacob Jackson and Game Bites
Apr 17, 2019 • 6 min
Rebecca talks to Jacob Jackson, who co-authors Game Bites with his mom, AnnaMaria Jackson-Phelps, on Girls Game Shelf.Special Guest: Jacob Jackson.
17: Endangered
Apr 3, 2019 • 12 min
Lauren talks with Joe Hopkins about his new game Endangered, now on Kickstarter. Work with your fellow players to save an endangered species! And, in this episode hear about the development, accessibility, and inclusivity considerations that were made…
16: Ryan Peach & Visual Accessibility
Mar 19, 2019 • 12 min
This week we've got a Gamer Spotlight episode for you! Rebecca talks to Ryan Peach about gaming and visual accessibility. Ryan shares his experience as a "blind meeple" navigating games and gaming events.Special Guest: Ryan Peach.
15: One Deck Dungeon
Mar 6, 2019 • 19 min
Lauren talks to Alanna Cervenak of Asmadi Games about One Deck Dungeon and One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows. Special Guest: Alanna Cervenak.
14: Comanauts
Feb 20, 2019 • 11 min
Rebecca talks to Jerry Hawthorne about Comanauts, the second game in the Adventure Book system published by Plaid Hat Games.Special Guest: Jerry Hawthorne.
13: Fog of Love
Feb 6, 2019 • 16 min
Queer Expansion to Fog of Love from Nikki Valens.Special Guest: Nikki Valens.
12: Fowers Games
Jan 23, 2019 • 16 min
Rebecca and Tim discuss Fowers Games and his approach to game design.Special Guest: Tim Fowers.
11: Colorblindness & Gaming
Jan 9, 2019 • 15 min
Join co-host Lauren Woolsey in a conversation with AnnaMaria Jackson-Phelps about colorblindness and how gamers and publishers can find solutions and improvements for the gaming community as a whole. Links mentioned in the episode: Meeple Like Us, Geek…
10: Ancient World 2nd Edition
Dec 12, 2018 • 13 min
Rebecca talks with Ryan Laukat about the design decisions behind their recent Kickstarter The Ancient World (2nd Edition) and the upcoming game Sleeping Gods.Special Guest: Ryan Laukat.
9: Sovereign Skies
Nov 28, 2018 • 17 min
Lauren talks with Aaron Wilson, designer of Sovereign Skies. Here's a link to the announcement from Deep Water Games about the release of Sovereign Skies, set for early 2019.Special Guest: Aaron Wilson.
8: Kathleen Mercury
Nov 14, 2018 • 24 min
In this episode, Rebecca discusses game design in the classroom with all around great person Kathleen Mercury.Special Guest: Kathleen Mercury.
7: Dreams of Tomorrow
Oct 31, 2018 • 15 min
Dreams of Tomorrow is live on kickstarter at the time of this episode's publish date. The website for Weird Giraffe Games can be found here.Special Guest: Carla Kopp.
6: The Seals of Cthulhu
Oct 17, 2018 • 18 min
Rebecca talks to Sean Epperson of Thing 12 Games about The Seals of Cthulhu. Pre-order The Seals of CthulhuSpecial Guest: Sean Epperson.
5: Junk Orbit
Oct 3, 2018 • 16 min
Lauren talks with designer Daniel Solis about accessibility and developing Junk Orbit from Renegade Game Studios.Special Guest: Daniel Solis.
4: Assembly
Sep 19, 2018 • 17 min
Rebecca talks with Janice of Wren Games, designer of Assembly, about accessibility and developing the game. Pre-orders available at: Guest: Janice Turner.
3: Oaxaca
Sep 5, 2018 • 18 min
Lauren talks with Sarah and Will Reed, designers of Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture, about accessibility and developing the game. If you would like to get a copy of the game, head to the Undine Studios website. If you want to look into getting the alebrijes…
2: Shogunate
Aug 22, 2018 • 15 min
Rebecca talks with Adrienne Ezell of Dreadful Games about her new game Shogunate.Special Guest: Adrienne Ezell.
1: Nyctophobia
Aug 8, 2018 • 8 min
Lauren discusses Nyctophobia with Catherine Stippell.Special Guest: Catherine Stipple.
0: Introduction
Jul 22, 2018 • 16 min
In this episode, Playability hosts Lauren and Rebecca introduce themselves, discuss their roles in the board game community, and describe what Accessibility and Inclusivity mean to them. CGS Unit To Play Is Human Unpub Protospiel