Three’s Company – A Review of Braille Dice

When we started The Redacted Files and the idea that I would become a regular player in a variety of games including Call of Cthulhu, D20 Modern and Numenera first started to materialize, a big question in my mind was how I would be able to roll dice. From listening to other actual play podcasts wrestle with large dice pool games, I’d heard about dice roller apps, and figured that would be the natural, and exclusive, tool I would be using if I wanted that function to stay in my hands. But that was way back in the Naïve days of 2014, when people were still figuring out a lot of what makes gaming as vibrant and dynamic as it is today: including the wonders of 3D printing.

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May Schedule

Here is our schedule for the month of May.

May 6, 2018Curse of the Masked Jackal 10: A Curious Relation
A former enemy has joined the party of adventurers, while a former friend has turned rotten.

May 13, 2018Forthright Open Roleplay: Home of Lost Hope pt 1
We try the new game system Forthright in a special episode GM-ed by the game designer, Bryan Shipp. When a team of investigators discovers that the person they’ve been sent to rescue was last seen entering a home from which no one returns they make the logical choice and break in to rescue him.

May 20, 2018 – Forthright Open Roleplay: Home of Lost Hope pt 2
After realizing that the house they have entered is trying to kill them at every turn, the investigators believe that things couldn’t get any worse. They get worse.

May 27, 2018 – Scary on the Choo-Choo 23: Now it’s Constantinople
The team arrives in Constantinople and is put on the case of a missing child even as they try to find out more about how to destroy the Simulacrum.

Moving Target – Making Character Sheets Accessible in Play

When working to make the tabletop experience more accessible for someone with a visual impairment, some obstacles might be more prominent than others. For instance, many people gravitate towards that repository of essential information, the character sheet: but a bigger problem arises when you dig a little deeper and realize many of the items on such a sheet are inherently mutable. Since so many of them are subject to change, even an accessible version, such as one printed out in Braille or large print may not fully duplicate the experience. This is a problem Megan and I have given some thought to over the years and what follows are some of the suggestions we’ve worked out.

First, a discussion of making character sheets accessible will probably help ground this conversation. For most of the time I’ve been gaming, Megan and I have prepared plain text character sheets for any visually impaired players who might be joining our groups. This offers the most versatile accommodation as it can then be accessed by desktop or mobile screen reader or magnifier, or output to a Braille display. If the facilities are available, it’s also usually the easiest starting point for creating a Braille document suitable for printing using a Braille embosser or using enlarged font. So, in essence, we can make the sheet bigger, talk, or tactile. The problem once again is that once play begins, the values on the sheet aren’t likely to remain static for long.

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Curse of the Masked Jackal 9: Talking Heads

As things continue to get weird in Vendel, Blaise finds a hidden trove of information.

GM: Patrick
Players: Aser, Landan, Jonn, Megan.
System: 7th Sea 1e

You can find Tails from the Dark Dragon Inn here!

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Intended Force.” (incompetech.com)
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Curse of the Masked Jackal 8: Home, Sweet Vendel

Limping slightly, our heroes sail into Vendel and face Brenna’s worst nightmare, her family.

GM: Patrick
Players: Aser, Bran, Landan, Jonn, Megan.
System: 7th Sea 1e

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Intended Force.” (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 4: Dakka Dakka Dakka

As the warband readies to leave Kulth, they encounter a large, green problem.
GM: Megan
Players: Aser, Jonn, and Mike D.
System: Warhammer 40k: Dark Heresy 2e
Interested in Loremasters? You can find them here!
Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Urban Gauntlet.” (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Dark Heresy, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 3: Research Facility Lambda

The warband heads to Research Facility Lambda in an attempt to get the information they need to free their source.

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, Jonn, and Mike D.
System: Warhammer 40k: Dark Heresy 2e

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Urban Gauntlet.” (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

April Schedule

Here is our schedule for the month of April.

April 1, 2018Not So Strange April Fool’s/Easter/Spring Break Holiday Special: Island of the Damned
Finally reaching Earth again, the team finds them sent to Tampa in order to investigate an island with a mysterious threat

April 8, 2018Dark Heresy, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 3: Research Facility Lambda
The warband heads to Research Facility Lambda in an attempt to get the information they need to free their source.

April 15, 2018Dark Heresy, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 4: Dakka Dakka Dakka 
As the warband readies to leave Kulth, they encounter a large, green problem.

April 22, 2018Curse of the Masked Jackal 8: Home, Sweet Vendel
Limping slightly, our heroes sail into Vendel and face Brenna’s worst nightmare, her family.

April 29, 2018Curse of the Masked Jackal 9: Talking Heads
As things continue to get weird in Vendel, Blaise finds a hidden trove of information.

Not So Strange Easter/April Fools/Spring Break Special: Island of the Damned

The least cohesive team at the Estate returns to Earth and finds themselves sent to Tampa as punishment.

We had so many holidays to celebrate in this special, but we hope you enjoy all of them!

For the oft-mentioned Drinking Game, click here!

GM: Aser
Players: John, Matt, Megan, Mike
System: The Strange

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Failing Defense.” (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 2: The Orange Daisy

Arriving on Kulth to make contact with an Imperial Spy, things start going wrong very quickly.

GM: Megan
Players: Aser, Bran, and Mike D.
System: Warhammer 40k: Dark Heresy 2e

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Urban Gauntlet.” (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Ave Maria licensed under Creative Commons by attribution 3.0. Performed by John Michel (https://t.co/lvEEAPBGJT)