Sightless Fun

is creating Board Game Adaptations For Alexa

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  • Ability to suggest future games to be adapted
  • Access to exclusive progress reports
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  • Early access to games in development
  • Ability to vote on future games to be adapted
  • And everything in the previous tier
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  • Everything in the previous tiers
  • Your name in the supporters list on the blog post when a game is released

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About

Hello there,

My name is Ertay Shashko and I am a blind software developer and modern board game enthusiast. Back in 2018, I started a blog where I share how I play modern board games as a blind individual. A few months later, I began a podcast to share the hobby with other visually impaired people which introduced me to some amazing folks in the community.

Our small blind board gaming community has a monthly voice chat meeting to share our board gaming experiences and accessibility modifications that we do to play certain games. At one of these meetings, one of our members shared his ideas about how Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, can make board games more accessible for visually impaired and blind people. Since I have a software engineering background, this was a great opportunity for me to get back into programming after losing my vision. After a couple months of getting used to coding with a screen reader, I completed the first game that a few people in our group were interested in. This game was Dungeon Roll, a dice game that has dungeon crawler elements where Alexa acts as the dungeon lord.

Initially, I was doing this for myself and the few members in our group, but after receiving positive reactions from other people, both sighted and blind, I decided to continue spending most of my time adapting inaccessible games so that blind people can get to experience these amazing games without the need of someone sighted being around to help them play. As you might guess, most solo board and card games can be unplayable without extensive modifications to the game components. That's where Alexa comes in. She is always available and happy to host a game, plus she never complains when we ask her the same questions over and over again!

Why Patreon?


I chose Patreon because a lot of effort goes into developing and testing the adaptations of these games, and I need your support to continue doing it. Since I am not the original designer or publisher of these games, I do not hold the copyrights to be able to sell them and keep the lights running. Moreover, Alexa skills need to be hosted on servers. At the moment, I have free credits that I can use, but eventually I will be required to cover the costs to keep the skills running. With your support, I will be able to dedicate a larger amount of my time to adapting more games and also keeping  them running for everyone to enjoy.

What do you get for your support?


As a patron, you will have a few benefits:

  • Early access - You will be able to try the games in their early stages of development and help shape up the final game.
  • Vote on future games - Once a game is complete, we will need to decide which one I will be adapting next. You will be able to vote on the next game.
  • Exclusive progress reports - You will be able to track the development process of the games.

By sparing a few dollars of your gaming budget, you will help in making this hobby more accessible and inclusive, as well as bring countless hours of entertainment to not just the blind, but the sighted people, too. I would be eternally grateful if you could be a sponsor and help me to achieve my passionate goal: to enrich the lives of blind people.
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