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.
Samurai review

Samurai (1998)

There’s a sparseness to the design of Samurai that is typical of Reiner Knizia games – a mathematically inspired elegance in a game that wears its theme as lightly as an easily discarded cloak.  It purports to be a game of feudal conquest – of bringing a recalcitrant Japan to…

Mint Works (2017)

The thing that I like about mint tin games is that they tend to pack a lot of ambition into those tiny containers.   As gimmicky as the whole concept is, I’ve been impressed over the years by a number of the titles that have sought to miniaturise complex components into…

The fun of inaccessibility

The Fun of Inaccessibility

There’s an awkward secret at the heart of the quest for game accessibility.  Well, I guess it’s not a secret so much as an uncomfortable truth that we don’t talk about a lot.   It’s pretty much unique to this field of accessibility work – there are no real parallels in…

Happy Third Birthday to Us

Happy Third Birthday to Us

Three years.   Three years.  Three.  Years.That’s how long Meeple Like Us has now been running – it’s our birthday today, you see.  As such one of our Patreon funded special features of the month is going to be a look back on 2018/2019 to see where we are in comparison…