We've documented 20 accessibility features for Kingdom Builder, including Playable Without Hearing, No Pressured Communication, No Pressured Reveals, Audio Cues Mirrored Visually (Or no critical audio signals) and High Contrast Colours. Its accessibility is strongest in Physical and Audio but it also has features in Visual, Difficulty, Getting Started and Reading to reduce unintended barriers.
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Our accessibility examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Kingdom Builder accessibility 17 months ago.
The game relies on contextual information (size, adjacency and orientation of terrain, placement of settlements) being processed from visual cues. there is a lot of detail to distinguish and then a lot to keep track of, particularly considering the layered scoring.
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Difficulty in Kingdom Builder which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play.
No Memorisation Advantage: You don’t need to memorise and recall the state of the game, cards played, sequences and resources to play the game well. Players who are able to do this more easily are not at an advantage.
No Colour Advantage: Game can be played without colour-blindness being a barrier to performance.
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We've documented 2 accessibility features for Getting Started in Kingdom Builder which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game.
These features aid your progress through the game offering different ways of managing your pieces and progression.
Reaction-Time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions. This means you don't need to quickly respond to events in the game or other players.
Low Pressure: Decisions aren’t time-limited so you can take your time with each action.
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We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Reading in Kingdom Builder which deals with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides accessible text.
How much reading is required to play the game and how complex the language is.
Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a primary/elementary student (9-year-old) could understand.
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We've documented 8 accessibility features for Physical in Kingdom Builder which deal with how you interact with the game components and how accommodating these are of different requirements.
How the game components accommodate interactions through touch, shape, texture and colour.
Components are Replaceable: Game components can be replaced with alternatives that meet an accessibility requirement, that don’t conflict with game mechanics (needing to pick randomly from a bag) or another physical aspect of the game (board indentations).
No Non-Standard Dice (Or No Dice): The game uses standard numerical dice, doesn’t need dice to play or ensures dice are readable by touch.
No Tiny Pieces: Game pieces are not very small. This doesn't cover cards. The target size for this is not less than 20mm wide and not less than 2mm thick.
No Paper Money: The game doesn’t use paper money.
How the game assists interaction, manipulation and management of game cards.
Large Card Size: Cards in the game at least the size of a standard playing card (64mm x 89mm). This ensures the cards work with accessibility equipment like card-holders and shufflers.
Limited Hand Management: You don’t need to hold more than 8 cards in your hand. This includes games with larger hands that require minimal in-hand card management.
No Excessive Card Shuffling: You don’t need to shuffle the deck of cards more than twice per total play of the game. This wouldn’t include games like Poker.
No Right-Handed Advantage: Cards don't position key information in only top-left corners that favours right-handed in-hand card arrangements.
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We've documented 3 accessibility features for Visual in Kingdom Builder which deal with how well the game offers visual clarity and adjustments to accommodate visual needs.
How well the art on (and design of) components support a range of visual needs.
Colour Blind Friendly Design: Game prioritises the use of colour blind friendly palettes. This eases distinguishing elements of the game where colour is used. Ensure colour blind supporting graphics can be easily described or verbalised.
Double-Coding Colour: Colour is not the only way to distinguish elements. This includes games that make use of texture, shapes, symbols or other visual differentiation, to supplement colour information.
High Contrast Colours: Key information uses high contrasting colours between background and visual elements. This is a ratio of at least 4:1.
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We've documented 4 accessibility features for Audio in Kingdom Builder which deal with how the game supports player communication to meet a range of requirements.
How the game accommodates different styles of communication, particularly non-verbal.
Audio Cues Mirrored Visually (Or no critical audio signals): Where audio cues (soundtrack, player utterances and shouts) are critical for play, there are visual equivalents to ensure players with hearing impairments aren’t disadvantaged as a result of the loss of incidental sound.
No Pressured Reveals: No reliance on revealing actions or choices simultaneously. This ensures players who can’t perform the revealing action in real-time aren’t excluded.
No Pressured Communication: Game doesn’t require you to speak over (or louder or faster than) other players. The game includes gaps where only a single player is permitted to communicate and make their point.
Playable Without Hearing: You can play the game without the need to hear other players or sound made by game elements. Where other communication channels can be used if you have a supportive set of players, this is only included if communication can be low pressure.