Accessible & inclusive Gaming
DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH.
Only a diverse group of adventurers can overcome the many challenges a D&D story presents. - WoTC, Diversity and D&D
As tabletop gamers, we should strive to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible to everyone wanting to join in on the hobby. Making our tables more friendly to women, LGBTQ folx, people of color, persons on the autism spectrum, and persons with sensory or physical disabilities can make a huge positive difference in the way we interact with others at our tables. Tabletop gamers have a stereotype of gate-keeping and unfriendliness towards these folks - let's break that stereotype as often as we can, and encourage others to do the same.
Handling Sensitive Content at the Table
Quick TL;DR: Talk about boundaries before you start a campaign with new people, and establish a method for dealing with crossed boundaries.
- A Primer on Safety in RPGs
- [Google Drive] Safety Tools Toolkit
- Support Tools Compilation
- The X-Card System - A quick and easy tool to cancel a scenario / conversation at the table and move on, no questions asked.
- Lines and Veils
- Line: "Torture will not be part of this game, either with NPCs or PCs."
- Veil: "Torture may happen, but it won't be described or played out."
- Script Change - Rewind to re-do a bit, Pause to allow for a break in the action, Fast forward to skip a segment
Physical and Cognitive Accommodations
- FATE Accessibility Toolkit - Not 5e, but applicable at any table
- "Dungeons and Dragons and Disabilities"
- See also: Gaming with People with Disabilities
- Accessible RPG Wiki - a trove of practical tips for dealing with the vast majority of common disabilities
- ASL for RPGs
- Dyslexia friendly character sheets
- Large-font character sheet
- Braille dice