The fun of inaccessibility

Author: Michael Heron

My name is Michael James 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. As an academic with a strong interest in the Scottish Independence Referendum, I was also part of the team who developed RGU's twitter analysis tool. It may have been a 'no' in the end, but the fight goes on. I have taught for a decade in both further and higher education, and some of my teaching materials can be found at my wiki. 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. If you have any questions on that topic, feel free to ask them at my ask.fm page.. I occasionally blog too over on Gamasutra.

Kamisado (2008)

Kamisado is the game you’d get if a military R&D department cross-bred Chess and Curling with the intention of weaponising the Stroop effect.   It’s a marvelously simple game of moving pieces with the sole intention of getting one of your chunky ‘dragon towers’ onto your opponent’s front lawn.   You pick…

Unwon and Unwinnable Causes

Unwon and Unwinnable Causes

‘You talk of Scotland as a lost cause’, John Steinbeck once remarked to Jackie Kennedy.  ‘That is not true.  Scotland is an unwon cause’.  As a supporter of Scottish independence, I take those words to heart.   Here we are, shackled to a political state that is alarmingly self-destructive in its…

News @ 11 Review

News @ 11 (2015)

Hello there, and welcome to Meeple Like Us Radio – the radio channel for meeple… like you!  I’m your friendly local anchor, Bobby Massive, and I’d like to thank you for tuning in.    We have a very exciting programme for you today, and one by one I’d like to introduce…

Queendomino (2017)

It would be a good idea to check out our review of Kingdomino before you settle down into this review of this.  Queendomino is simultaneously a younger and bigger sibling – brought into the world more recently but still possessed of a size and stature that dwarfs the older scion.  …

Stay in your Lane

Stay In Your Lane

I think I’ve been consistently upfront with what I consider to be the biggest weakness of this site.  It’s included as a disclaimer at the bottom of every teardown, and it’s persistently the thing that makes me feel most uneasy about Meeple Like Us on a day to day basis. …