Role-Playing Games and The Deaf Community

by Hawke Robinson published 2019/01/01 23:44:00 GMT-7, last modified 2022-11-12T09:45:28-07:00
Some have asked if it is possible for the Deaf community to participate in role-playing games. This is a short response.

This thread here:

Role-playing games are definitely accessible to the Deaf!

When I was more proficient in ASL (back around 2006 to 2012) I GM'd games with Deaf & Hard of Hearing (HoH) players. Sometimes in mixed groups, sometimes in ASL-only groups.

We participated in tabletop (TRPG) and live-action (LARP). Also electronic RPGs (ERPG) with text chat work the same as anyone else, so a lot in the Deaf community participate in ERPGs.

There is also an effort to develop signs specific to RPGing and D&D to speed up the game play:

And there are ASL GM positions available as volunteers:

And paid positions:

Yes cultural and logistical adaptations definitely need to be taken into account, as elaborated here:

but very much do-able, and to much benefit to the community.

Happy Gaming and Happy Signing!

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