Trial by Trolley 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 page.. I occasionally blog too over on Gamasutra.

Spell Smashers (2018)

Some time ago now I wrote a special feature on the games I’d most love to see cross-bred in terrifying and unethical experiments.   I just wanted some evil scientist to take DNA from one, inject it into the other, and see what grotesque hell-baby emerged as a result.   One of…


Sanctum (2019)

It’s pretty clear what Sanctum is aiming for from the moment you pick up the box.  The cover doesn’t so much remind you of Blizzard’s Diablo as it does conspicuously emulate it like a con artist trying to steal your identity.  That’s not a bad thing, of course.   Good artists…

Legacy of Dragonholt review

Legacy of Dragonholt (2017)

Back in the 80s, a kind of cybertextual novel was all the rage amongst a certain grouping of literate nerds.  For someone like me, with no friends, they opened up a world of story-driven campaign roleplaying that would otherwise have remained entirely inaccessible.    Ian Livingstone, Steve Jackson, Joe Dever –…