Planet accessibility teardown

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.

Planet (2018)

If you imagined someone took a copy of Kingdomino and bent its tiles around a twelve-sided die you’d be quite a lot of the way towards visualising the game Planet.   This visually striking game is from many of the same people that brought us the stunning Photosynthesis.  It’s clear that…

Terra Mystica (2012)

There’s a risk for this site that comes with starting a review of Terra Mystica.  It’s a game that you could legitimately discuss for tens of thousands of words, being reviewed by someone that views academic essays as something akin to a post-it note of brief reminders.   I’m going to…

When I Dream (2016)

Imagine playing Dixit.   It’s good, isn’t it?   A beautiful design.  Elegant systems.   Gorgeous art.    You’re happy with it.  You’re satiated.  But you know – the more you play, the more familiar it becomes.  It stops being exciting and starts being comfortable.   Now imagine that one night you’ve got an arm…

Junk Art review

Junk Art (2016)

There gets to a point when reviewing games where you look at a box laid out on your table and think ‘I’m not sure there’s anything I can really say about this that hasn’t already been said’.    When you review things like Catan and Carcassonne it’s true – so much…