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Fate Accessibility Toolkit • Prototype Edition

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The Fate Accessibility Toolkit is a new toolkit for Fate Core that brings characters with disabilities into your game and supports players with disabilities at your table. We’ve assembled a team from disabled communities to ensure that this book speaks to you from their real, lived experiences.

You’ll also want a copy of Fate Core or Fate Accelerated to play; that said, we provide plenty of advice and perspectives you can use with any game system!

Inside the Fate Accessibility Toolkit you'll find:

  • An exploration of the challenges and experiences facing people with a variety of physical and mental disabilities, in their own words.
  • Advice on compassionately and respectfully playing characters with disabilities, as well as strategies for welcoming disabled players to your game table.
  • Discussion of specific disabilities, including blindness, D/deafness and hardness of hearing, mobility issues, dwarfism, chronic illness, autism, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolarity, and PTSD.
  • Options for representing disability in the Fate system, using a mix of aspects, stunts, and conditions, and including an exploration of adaptive devices available to characters across a variety of settings.
  • Appendices focused on creating safe spaces at your table, an ASL reference for common RPG terms, and a large-print character sheet for Fate Core.

This is the Prototype Edition of the Fate Accessibility Toolkit. What's that mean?

TL;DR: There's no art, but sales of this will help us get art, and once we get art, we'll upgrade your PDF to one with art at no added cost.

The Fate Accessibility Toolkit has been under development for several years at Evil Hat. During that time we’ve gone through a number of transitions. Towards the end of 2018, Evil Hat realized it was over-extended and needed to slim back its product offerings for the coming year. You can read more about this in our public blog post from then, found here: https://www.evilhat.com/home/refocused-resized-hat-mode-activated/

Even facing some financial turbulence, we remained committed to Fate Accessibility. The mission of the book was too important to us to consider canceling it. We knew we would be able to ensure that the game’s text would be completed at the very least, and we knew we could make that text available to the public if all other avenues failed.

So for the Fate Accessibility Toolkit, we’re going to do a “Prototype Edition” release. While there isn’t budget to make the art happen at this time (let alone put the book into print), we can make the content of the book available to you now. So with that in mind, we’ll sell Fate Accessibility in this art-free form (the grey rectangles throughout the text are place-holders for eventual artwork) until it generates enough revenue to pay for the missing art budget (likely requiring several hundred sales as a baseline).

Once we have that, we can commission the art, and at least provide a final version of the book in electronic form. (If that happy event comes to pass, we’ll upgrade all purchases of the Prototype Edition PDF to the full final PDF version at no added cost.)

As to whether or not the book will see print, who knows? At the least, if we get the budget for art, we’ll be able to take a look at making it available as a print-on-demand title here on DriveThruRPG. If interest is high, we may go beyond that. Your purchase is your vote! (And thank you for your support.)

 
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Isaac H August 11, 2019 2:42 pm UTC
I love this book immensely. It's so hard to find this kind of information to share with people! And it's written in such matter-of-fact terms, explaining thoroughly without giving any ground to arguments. This could have resolved so many conflicts I've had talking to people about disability in RPGs over the past few years.

That said, cluster b and learning disabilities need inclusion here. I'm learning disabled and could help on that. And I know people with cluster b conditions that can contribute. These groups are so badly overlooked, vilified, and stereotyped. Please, help us educate people on what our lives are really like, too.

As a bit of an aside, I'd really like to see a companion book - well, pamphlet maybe - on making Fate more accessible to different neurotypes (which is kinda what I first expected this book to be based on the title). For example, I'm autistic and I had to leave a Fate game because I need specific prompts to build a character on and I wasn't getting that from...See more
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August 11, 2019 4:00 pm UTC
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If you have a proposal to make, Isaac, you can find us at feedback@evilhat.com :)
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Hector C August 02, 2019 8:07 pm UTC
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I'm going to go ahead and support this book with my money. On the Internet, anyone can assume any identify in order to silence representation and voice. The only card that truly represents us in discussions such as these is our arguments and what they advocate for, nothing else. The bottom line is do we want silence and obscurity or do we want voice and clarity? So many times in face to face conversations, I've been told, "If you care about women so much, why don't you help them and be quiet". The anti-dignity argument always favors silence and anonymous "doing" in dark. I work in a service profession ( you're just gonna have to take my word for it) where we work in educational inclusion of people with mental and physical disabilities. While their IEPs (look them up if you don't know what they are) are confidential, the day to day inclusion of these students is very public and open. Inclusion can not work in any other way. We need books and materials to train parents and staff on...See more
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Katherine L August 02, 2019 7:47 pm UTC
First of all, I want to make a disclaimer that I have not purchased this book and am going by the full-sized preview.

I appreciate the intent and angle of this book, but I as someone with multiple disabilities myself I find it concerning that the book so far leans heavily into the idea of disability as an identity with only brief mentions of other ways people view their disability as.

I hope that there is further discussion of people who view their disability as a sickness and not a difference to be celebrated, especially those of us who have been close to death or destitution because of it (especially when it comes to mental illness like in my case). I also don’t like to see medical researchers being demonized for wanting to better treat or cure disabilities in general. I understand that my disability experiences have shaped who I am, but in a way more similar to how a survivor of abuse is shaped by their experience than someone shaped by their ethnicity. Disability is a very wide...See more
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August 02, 2019 8:21 pm UTC
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Thanks for this, Katherine. If you're limited in your ability to acquire the book so you can see the full scope of it, please reach out to feedback@evilhat.com and let us know what's up, we can likely get you a copy of the prototype PDF.
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Hector C August 02, 2019 8:32 pm UTC
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Greetings Katherine. As a service provider, I work with people born with disabilities and some developed by way of abuse or traumatic experience. What people whose experience differs from the majority have in common is too often anonymity, silence and invisibility. In regards to the product, all I have to say is there have got to be worse things out there than attempting to give voice to those who are often dismissed. I respect your strength and bravery. Stay strong and support others when you can. Your presence and words helps us all.
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Isaac H August 11, 2019 1:08 pm UTC
The book does include your preferences.
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Marja E August 01, 2019 6:16 pm UTC
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Will this come out in Epub and Mobi? I know pdf is traditional for game rules, but it can't really be resized or reflowed.
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August 01, 2019 6:25 pm UTC
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That's one of the objectives we'd like to fund with sales of the prototype edition. As of this writing, we're at about 480 sales out of a target of 900-1000 to fund the "finishing work" on the book (artwork, alternative formats).
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Ross L July 31, 2019 10:57 pm UTC
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I'm a person with mobility issues and chronic physical and mental illnesses and while it was clear even without the note that the mobility section wasn't written from first-hand experience, that was only because every other section was so good. Even then it still treated the issue with respect and accuracy that a lot of things don't! Everything has been spot on and even though I've never played FATE all the general advice and information is very useful and I'm recommending this to anyone who wants to expand their player and character base.
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July 27, 2019 5:52 pm UTC
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In case it helps anyone who wants to comment on this book without purchasing it, but with the information that comes from reading part of it, I've turned on the Full-Size Preview option here, which will let you see the first 28ish pages of the PDF. This includes Elsa's introduction and the immediately following section, which together I believe make a better case for this book's existence than anything I might have to say on the matter.
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Thomas B July 26, 2019 1:28 pm UTC
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Awesome idea. And in our group of mainly disabled people with open minds, this will be a fresh new wind. Thanks for the idea and the courage to tackle this topic.
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Wayne R July 25, 2019 6:14 pm UTC
I have been disabled since 1995. I do not want others to experience, even vicariously, what being disabled means. Love and compassion do not require shared experience. Moreover, the notion that a role-playing game could convey, in any meaningful way, what it is like to have one's faculties taken away from them is insulting. It trivializes the disabled individual. Evil Hat is trying to sell a product which lets players flatter themselves into believing that they have somehow "gained insight" into a world they can not share, and have putatively become better, more compassionate people without expending any effort. Does anyone really think they know what it's like to be a hobbit just because they've role-played one? Care or don't care, but don't think you can reduce my experience to a couple of rules.
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July 25, 2019 7:40 pm UTC
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You might benefit from having a conversation with the disabled authors of this text who definitely felt that the world can be made better through this sort of book. Maybe you can find some common ground, or at least appreciate why they felt it was vital to make this book happen.
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Wayne R July 25, 2019 9:32 pm UTC
They are entitled to their opinions, and to whatever compensation they earned from their work. I probably know and have had discussions with far more disabled individuals than you have ever met - particularly in rehab classes. Most of those I know are not interested in being put into a special victim category and condescended to by those who wish to wrap themselves in their own self-righteousness. I don't know of any who wish to be exploited so others can profit. None of us became disabled to help someone else make a buck.
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Wayne R July 25, 2019 9:47 pm UTC
If Evil Hat wants to actually do something positive, go out tomorrow, find a couple of talented people with disabilities, hire them, and put them to work on a project unrelated to their disabilites, just as if the were ordinary human beings.
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Geoffrey W July 26, 2019 1:27 am UTC
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I think the people who wrote the book get to decide whether the experience was positive or not. That's not really your call.

Frankly, if this book makes someone happy, then it's done something good. And if it makes you unhappy, all you have to do is not buy it.

The existence of something you don't want isn't hurting you. Let the people who want this product have it without trying to make them feel worse about it.
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Peter C July 26, 2019 2:25 am UTC
Saying that “just don’t buy it if you don’t like it” is an intellectually cowardly argument. It’s clear that this disabled gentleman was offended by the very existence of this book, as it is economic exploitation of disability for a game experience. Think on that, because it’s not being offered for free is it? If he’s offended by having that particular aspect of his life translated and trivialized as a game then all power to him.
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Peter C July 26, 2019 2:41 am UTC
Dealing with disabilities AT the gaming table should probably be in a textbook.

Writing a book on the game effects of Dwarfism, Autism or PTSD probably doesn’t belong in ANY book, unless the “game” is in some way therapeutic.

Ive long supported and enjoyed your work, and hopefully will consider to do so, but this feels like it’s crossed a line. I see that disabled people or people trained to work with disabilities have written it - that’s a plus. But this seems to be controversial to put it mildly. It’s your business and just my 0.02 - so I’m sure you’ll ignore or delete it - but this belongs in either the “pull title” or if you have to get it out there the “free download” category. I’m sure there are many other people out there like Wayne who will be horrified by this. But as I said - your call.

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Wayne R July 26, 2019 1:45 pm UTC
Geoffrey W, would you approve of a Fate module set in the Antebellum South, which would give players the "experience" of being a slave? Or one which let players be an inmate at Auschwitz? How about roleplaying a cancer patient struggling to survive? Now, some people might be offended by the trivialization of such situations - including at least some descendants of slaves, Holocaust survivors, and cancer patients - but, as you so casually put it, they don't have to buy it.
The existence of something which trivializes a key element of my existence, and reduces it to a gameplay artifice for thoughtless people to "experience" does cause hurt. Surely, that is not a difficult idea to grasp.
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Richard B July 26, 2019 3:30 pm UTC
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"Now, some people might be offended by the trivialization of such situations"

That's begging the question. Does presenting horrendous crimes against humanity in the format of a roleplaying game automatically trivialise it?

Does making a work of art, a novel, a movie about crimes against humanity trivialise them?

I think the answer to that question is, "It depends". It depends on how the material is presented, how accurate it is, whether there's some kind of insidious concealed agenda, and on many other factors.

I believe we have to judge each individual work on its own merits instead of attempting to place blanket bans on such content out of fear it might be offensive.
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Peter C July 26, 2019 6:17 pm UTC
“It depends” is definitely the right answer. There are games for example that role play the experience of being in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. The difference here is addressing specific physical and mental issues and trivializing them, rather than a given genre. I think by bringing in cultural dimensions we risk getting off the point - which is the appropriateness of “gamification” of an aspect of the human condition.

This particular book first addresses accessibility of people with disabilities to the gaming table. That doesn’t seem problematic to me, personally. In fact that seems worthy especially if it’s led by people who have lived this experience. That aside I’m not sure why it would be massively different from other social experiences involving people with disabilities around a table, but I’m prepared to receive correction on that issue. I’m sure there’s plenty to say and that doesn’t even register on my controversy meter.

Where the waters are muddied...See more
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July 26, 2019 6:26 pm UTC
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This concern is directly addressed by Elsa’s introduction where she talks about past difficulties feeling like it was rarely possible to represent someone like herself in the mechanics of whatever RPG she was playing. The system components are in there because the disabled authors of the book wanted the system components in there! I would strongly recommend actually reading the book rather than commenting on your assumptions about its content.
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Peter C July 26, 2019 6:33 pm UTC
I appreciate the fact that you are willing to engage with the people on this thread rather than delete or deflect. However I hope you can understand why the summary of the contents would however appear controversial to the disabled and non-disabled alike. Perhaps this needs to be attached to the description of the book above. But yes, when I come across a copy of the book I will look. You’ve been fair in addressing my comments the least I can do is return the favor.
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Geoffrey W July 26, 2019 6:41 pm UTC
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Wayne R, if a group of holocaust survivors got together and decided to make a Fate module about it? You bet I'd be fine with it.

And if this kind of game had EXISTED in the late 1800s, and a group of former slaves wanted to make that thing? Yup, sounds fine to me.

You seem to be disregarding the description up above, where it says that the people who wrote this book are, themselves, people who live with these things every day. Nobody has the right to tell them they can't make a book about how to portray those things, what things they go through, etc.

This is no more inappropriate than Art Spiegelman making a graphic novel about his father's experiences in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. I'm sure people complained about Maus when it came out too. And I'd say the same thing to them.
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July 26, 2019 6:47 pm UTC
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Peter, same offer as I made to Wayne. Email me at the address I gave if you want to comment on the actual content rather than your assumptions about it.

Worth noting: I don’t have any power to delete comments. If comments disappear it’s because DriveThru decided a comment needed to be moderated.
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July 26, 2019 7:04 pm UTC
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Right now the controversy is a total of two people who haven’t read the book they’re talking about, using up the vast majority of vertical inches here in the comments section.

Take a breath, folks.
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Peter C July 27, 2019 2:41 am UTC
Respectfully this is DriveThruRpg not Facebook. People rarely read the comments.
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Jeffrey G July 30, 2019 12:24 am UTC
Completely untrue Peter C, reading comments for clarifications of content in Q&A format is precisely what most (reasonable) people on DTRPG do to help make more informed purchasing decisions... and it's pretty unhelpful to see culture war political agitators taking up the scrolling real estate. Leave this sort of whining on Twitter where it's actually wanted.
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Wayne R July 25, 2019 5:09 pm UTC
As a disabled person, I thought that my point of view on this material might have some relevance. Apparently, the mods here disagree.
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Peter C July 26, 2019 2:08 am UTC
They are entitled to their opinion. I don’t have your life experiences but I read your posts pretty much agreeing with your position. My particular ethical calculation runs like this. If there’s a chance, even a small one that it could elicit a negative reaction from the community it is designed to portray then it probably shouldn’t have been done.
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Charles L July 26, 2019 1:54 pm UTC
Then NOTHING will ever get done...
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Wayne R July 26, 2019 2:26 pm UTC
Yes, Charles L, you know what needs to be done to help other people, better than they do themselves.
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Richard B July 26, 2019 3:08 pm UTC
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It feels like you're taking it upon yourself to represent all disabled people, Wayne. This book only exists due to the fact that it was pitched to Evil Hat by a disabled individual, and written by her and other disabled individuals, all of whom DO think this is a way to help other people like themselves, and to encourage members of the roleplaying community as a whole to treat the subject of disability in a more thoughtful way during their games.

There has also been a positive reaction from several disabled people, many of whom have read the book so are going off more than its description page on DTRPG.

I get it that you personally don't like the idea of the material, and that you won't be alone in that opinion, but you don't get to tell other people what they want or need.
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Wayne R July 26, 2019 3:37 pm UTC
A comparison of your picture, compared to an earlier post, and your knowledge of the business arrangements involved in development, strongly suggests that you are not merely a "purchaser" but a representative of the publisher. You, Evil Hat, and the authors desire to make money bybtrivializing the experience of the disabled. What's next? Roleplaying cancer patients? I'm sure there are gamers who would love to fantasize that they are gaining insight into the lives of others by a shallow gaming experience.
Games are games. Reality is reality. You are selling the fiction that a gaming experience has some heuristic value. No matter how many EPs you get for learning to use a walker, you still don't have a clue.
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Richard B July 26, 2019 3:45 pm UTC
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The description of how the book came to be commissioned is in the introduction to the prototype edition of the book, no insider knowledge required! I've worked with Evil Hat as a freelance writer, but I wasn't involved in this project, and I don't have a financial interest in the book. My opinions are my own, and I bought my copy of this book here on Drivethru like everyone else.
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July 26, 2019 5:26 pm UTC
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Wayne, it's pretty clear you're upset about your idea of what's in this book, rather than its actual content. I'd be happy to send you a free copy so you can speak from a more informed perspective. Drop us a line at feedback@evilhat.com referencing this message and I'll make it happen for you.
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Peter C July 26, 2019 6:22 pm UTC
That’s nonsense Charles L. Tell me why the FATE Space Toolkit is in any way controversial and we can have a rational discussion.
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Charles L July 27, 2019 9:39 pm UTC
Peter C. I mean that there is always someone to be offended by anything that was ever put out that is at least remotely interesting. If people stuck to making sure not to offend anyone we'd still be thinking Elvis' dance was too suggestive for TV, that proper women should not show skin past the ankle, and that there should be different bathrooms for black and white people... Controversy just means that not everyone agrees... it doesn't mean that anything WRONG is happening.

Being offended isn't a valid point, it doesn't make you right. People don't need to conform to anyone's feelings. Judging by this thing's place in the "best sellers" list on the front page, most people seem to get it...

The space toolkit isn't controversial, this toolkit apparently is... but being controversial or not is besides the point.

Is this toolkit controversial ? Sure!
Does that make it bad or wrong ? Absolutely not
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Charles L July 27, 2019 9:56 pm UTC
It's your idea that " If there’s a chance, even a small one that it could elicit a negative reaction from the community it is designed to portray then it probably shouldn’t have been done "

That I call into question.

1: there was no such outcry: appart from Wayne, I have heard nothing but good comments
2: Even if there were more voices, how many complaints are truly representative of a community ?
3: And if the product comes FROM said community, where does that put the ethics around it to say it shouldn't have been made ?
4: how is a "negative reaction" a valid argument in and of itself ?
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Jeff M July 23, 2019 6:35 pm UTC
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interesting concept, as a disabled person, i already create several disabled charact, i m really currious to see what you wrote inside this book
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