So a lot of you probably remember my friend Karla, the young woman we ran the AMAZINGLY SUCCESSFUL "Sight for sore eyes" fundraising bundle for. The money has allowed her to do and see things she never would have gotten to do and see otherwise, but of course, money is not a cure. Recently, she posted a heartbreaking note on Facebook about how she realized she can no longer see the stars at night, and how she didn't even realize that she'd lost the ability until she was actively looking for them.
After the shock subsided, I got to thinking about vision impairment and games— there are plenty of traditional boardgames that have been modified into braille versions, and a few art games made to show sighted people what it's like to be blind. But the more I thought about it, the more perfect tabletop RPGs seemed to be for the vision impaired; it's easy to get dice with raised or recessed numbers or pips, and you don't miss a second of the action by not being able to see what's going on.
Which made me wonder: how many of you have gamed with (or are) blind or vision-impaired gamers? How are character sheets handled? Is there anything we as publishers can do to make our PDFs more accessible? I imagine braille transcription and printing is pretty pricey.