Our Kickstarter campaign for braille went very well and we are in the midst of fulfillment there. Please check out the updates to learn more. Our Braille polyhedral dice should be available for purchase sometime this summer if things go as planned.
We’ve added a significant number of games to the store so if you haven’t been there in a while I recommend you check it out and we’ve also started updating our newsletter which should be happening later this week.
I just got back from PAX South which was pretty cool. I helped out my friend Gil Hova in his booth and Jerry from Penny Arcade even tweeted about us showing off one of our dice.
Anyway, back to work. I need to go write a post for our Patreon.
Our braille dice have always been a hotly desired item
Don’t just stand there, go look at our Kickstarter now!
Richard has been a game nut forever. Don’t get me wrong, I like games. However, games are not my all-encompassing, crazy, obsessive, passion. He literally designs games in his sleep. I understand that kind of interest because I have one of my own. My passion is Braille Literacy. I’m a teacher of blind students and it bleeds into every aspect of my life. Did you know that only 10% of blind kids are learning braille and their braille literacy (or lack thereof) directly correlates to the 70% unemployment rate that blind adults face? You do now. Luckily our wacky mutual interests intersect at one very important point.
We have a lot of blind friends and we have forever been trying to figure out ways to make our favorite games accessible for them. Currently, there are no interesting, unique strategy games that come accessible out of the box. You can get accessible versions of Scrabble or Monopoly, Uno or playing cards but not any typical Euro games. And we have realized in our quest to create new, blind euro game addicts we’ve found that making games accessible after they are manufactured is awkward, annoying and prohibitively expensive.
Here at 64 Ounce Games, we believe that games are for everyone. There is no reason that blind people shouldn’t have the same access to fun, wacky frustrating games as everyone else. We are here to help make sure that happens. That’s why we’re creating our Impressive line of games. Games in our Impressive line will be accessible to blind and sighted players alike. We don’t have any games for sale right now, but we are working hard to publish 2 by the end of the year. The first, Revision, is a trick taking, strategy card game that’s played with a regular deck of cards and the revision deck. We plan to offer this game accessibly from the first publication. We are currently exploring different ways to braille the cards and how much text needs to be on each card. The second game is Movie Bite, a B movie Horror game where you are part of a stereotypical horror movie cast, dodging monsters to escape the set alive. This game will not be offered accessibly in its first printing. In order to create a good, functional accessible game out of Movie Bite we need some guinea pigs. We are currently researching the best and most affordable ways to make the board and we need some blind people to tell us what we are doing wrong. In order to make both of these games a reality we need your help. If you are blind and would like to be a part of our first Game Accessibility Playtesting Panel please email Braille AT 64ouncegames DOT com If you are sighted, don’t worry, you will like the games too.