This section is for those of you who run or are interesting in running a LARP. You might be a small independent game, a player event or part of a larger production company, but you are producing games. It doesn’t matter on the style of game either: quasi-medieval battle fields; freeform horror; university linears – all styles of game can benefit from thinking about accessibility.
Guides in this section describe how you can make a game more accessible to players with disabilities. The guides aren’t a fixed set of rules, but will talk you through different areas of running your event and give areas for consideration as well as examples. They aim to act as a tool kit so that you can be confident knowing that you can provide accommodations wither from the very start or when needed.
Not every game suits every player. There are so many different genres and play styles there are going to be some that don’t suit you. As a game organiser it’s ok to recognise this and not try and make a game of all things to suit all people. However, you should make sure that you aren’t exclude people based on things they can’t change such as disability, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Having a good equality policy in place is important and should go some way to making your event accessible to people due to race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Being accessible to people with disabilities (including temporary disabilities, chronic illnesses and invisible disabilities) can take a little more than a policy statement.
Sometimes budget, venue availability and other factors may limit what accommodations we can make. This doesn’t mean we can’t try. Even if the ideal solution isn’t available to us, we can still aim for ideal and make what accommodations we can given our circumstances.
Accommodations are not about making the game easier for disabled players. It’s about making it no more difficult than for other players.