I'm a web developer and I always have professors hammering accessibility into my head, It has become apparent to me that Warhammer 40k and other war games are not accessible to people who are handicapped. My good friend has cerebral palsy. He has good days where he can do almost everything on his own and he has bad days where it literally hurts to try and get out of bed.
I introduced him to Warhammer 40k this past weekend and it became strikingly obvious that our gaming group is not even close to being as wheelchair accessible as it could be. He can get in the door but the tables are too high for him to see everything and I think it will be hard for him to move models and roll dice. I had him play for me while I guided him through the rules, what my units could do, and made sure he didn't get my Necrons massacred . During this time I realized that he was an amazing strategist (without him I may not have tied that game against Brother C.). It would be an utter shame to have someone who has the potential to become a valued member of the Warhammer 40k community turned off because accommodations couldn't be made so he could actually play the game.
I am thinking we will need a few things....
- lower tables or tables with the ability to be lowered
- preferably not just one board, he likes variety as much as the next guy
- An electronic dice roller, web app maybe? There are a lot out there but none geared towards 40k, something you could enter WS, BS, S, and T into and then it calculates hits and wounds would be amazing.
- A way to move models, short of having an opponent or someone else move the models for him I'm stuck on this, he could do it but it would take a looooong time. Measuring distances might be hard too. I told him he should try and stay away from any army with a large number of models ie Orks.