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.

Nudge (2019)

It’s weird to think that those reading this post are perhaps living in the last few generations of humanity.   Look ahead over the next fifty years.  Consider to what we have to look forward.  Apocalyptic climate change.  Increasingly polarized political extremism encouraged, endorsed and knowingly leveraged by civic authority.   The…

Mechs vs Minions (2016)

Mechs vs Minions may have the single most refined ratio of price to production that you’ll find in any tabletop game anywhere. For $75, direct from the Riot Games storefront, you get an absolutely massive box big enough to bury a beagle. It’s filled to the brim with painted mechs,…

Above and Below

Above and Below (2015)

If you’ve been paying attention to the site, there are a few things you could probably deduce.   The first is that I like city building games.  Suburbia, Quadropolis, Lords of Waterdeep – they all got enthusiastic support for the way they let you feel like you’re actually contributing to the…

Key Product Details

Key Product Features

This is the main ‘splash’ of the UK Amazon product page for Monopoly.   Note that it’s broken up into two main parts – the image, and the game details.  Pride of prominence on the right hand side is given to bullet points that are used to give some targeted data…

Secret Hitler review

Secret Hitler (2016)

In today’s ‘meandering monologue on stuff only vaguely related to the topic of the review’, let’s discuss about the accessibility of first impressions and how Secret Hitler is layers and layers of case study on how important they can be.  At least, let’s talk about that for a bit before…