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ICAT Playdate: Open the Gates Gaming: Access, Equity, and Community Engagement in Tabletop Roleplaying Games.

Ended Mar 22, 2024
1 credit

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Term: Spring 2024

Date:  March 22nd, 2024

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Location: Community Assembly in the Creativity + Innovation District Living-Learning Community

Instructor: Phyllis Newbill

Presented By: Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT)



Play is a human right, and Open the Gates Gaming (OtG) empowers everyone to tell their stories through the medium of tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPGs). We develop open-access tools so everyone can play together without altering the rules of the game, adding flexibility to make systems like Fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons more accessible. The adventures we write represent creative arts-based research on opera that does not merely witness or reenact one author’s story, but instead allows players to inhabit the operas, wrestle with exclusionary narratives, and craft their own hero’s journey.




1) Elizabeth McLain, Postdoctoral Associate, ICAT & Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies, CLAHS; Co-Director of Disability Studies;

2) Christopher Campo-Bowen, Assistant Professor of Musicology, AAD SOPA;

3) Alice Rogers, Manager, Studios Media and Lending Services, University Libraries;

4) Caitlin Martinkus, Music Theory, Cleveland Institute of Music;

5) Scott Hanenberg, Music Theory, Cleveland Institute of Music; Senior Personnel:

1) Ashley Shew, Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, CLAHS;

2) Jeff Edelstein, Neurodiverse Program Manager, Berklee College of Music