My name is Michael Heron, and I'm a lecturer at Robert Gordon University. This page serves as a container for all the various things with which I'm involved. My research interests are accessibility, games, and especially accessibility in games. You can find links to my published academic work here.
I am also the owner, admin and lead developer of Epitaph: a text-based MMO set in the grim darkness of the zombie apocalypse.
I am also the editor for Meeple Like Us, a board game blog with a strong focus on the accessibility of tabletop games.
It's hard to create things when you're having to fit it in amongst all the other things you have to do in life. For a lot of us, creation is a hobby not a job even if we'd love it to be otherwise. Here are some of my tips for the hobbyists amongst us.
User centred design is a valuable approach, including for the development of games. Here's a post about how we work at Robert Gordon University to merge board games and UCD sensibilities into our modules on the topic.
This is what's been going on in the world of Meeple Like Us in December of 2017.
This is the Meeple Like Us take on the best board games in 2017.
This is what's been going on in the world of Meeple Like Us in November of 2017.
Board game reviews skew positive. There are many reason for that, including the nature of the hobbyist review ecosystem itself. This article discusses the factors that have an impact on critical discussion in tabletop gaming.
[Blog - 07/29/2016 - 10:38]
Hi there - sorry, missed ...
Hi there - sorry, missed this at the time r n r nIt 's definitely true there is nothing specific about hunting around for words/environment hooks that is a problem, but in my experience this was almost always unintended. I don 't recall many people, during my time coding collaboratively ...
[Blog - 08/10/2016 - 12:12]
Cool - who were you ...
Cool - who were you on DW MUD I was Drakkos there was a Lord, IIRC correctly, at the height of the Quest List Wars . r n r nThere certainly was an ingrained opposition to the idea of cheating in all its forms, but I don 't think it ...