014 – Bringing Sign Language to Tabletop Gaming with Rich of Hatchlings Games

Today’s guest is the creator behind the game of Inspirisles and Hatchings Games, Rich Oxenham. He is creating games to promote deaf awareness and help you learn sign language: both BSL and ASL. In our conversation, we went over how the game is going to work and how it will teach you sign language. We also chatted about the Kickstarter process, like how they began the campaign with a budget of only 1000 pounds but ended up raising a whole lot more and the impact that had on the development of the game. We spoke about working in a community center with teenagers, the effect of playtesting during lockdowns, and we learned about what’s next for Hatchings Games. I’m pretty excited to snag a copy of this game once it’s available, which sounds like it should be in June. I think y’all will really enjoy learning about Rich and his projects.

Before we jump into today’s episode, it’s business time. First up, we just released a new map pack on DM’s Guild for Candlekeep Mysteries. Brenton went through the whole book and decided on 16 locations that he felt could use a battle map. He spent several weeks preparing them for you, and it’s our first publication where the maps are in full color, not just black and white. So that was pretty exciting for us. You can find it by either going to and searching for Lightheart Adventures as the author, or you can go to to find all our DM’s Guild and DrivethruRPG publications in one spot.

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Okay, it is time to meet Rich!

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Time Stamps

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:03:43 Rich & Hatchlings Games Introduction
  • 00:10:14 What is Inspirisles?
  • 00:13:45 The game development process
  • 00:17:41 How succeeding on Kickstarter impacted the product
  • 00:21:49 What are the last steps needed before you wrap up the Kickstarter fulfillment?
  • 00:24:31 What are the videos going to look like?
  • 00:26:19 The next two games/expansions
  • 00:28:26 What have you learned from the 1st Kickstarter that you’ll bring into the next one?
  • 00:33:33 Fulfillment Plans &
  • 00:36:30 Playtesting under lockdown
  • 00:39:23 Safety Tools
  • 00:41:00 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:45:48 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:48:16 Where can people find you?
  • 00:49:44 Wrap-up

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