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Anna Holden is the founder of D&D Disability, a company she began to help bring disability awareness to D&D. She works with a team of consultants to create supplements to allow players to bring disabilities into the world of D&D. I actually had the privilege of working with her on a supplement for POTS, which stands for Postural Orthostatic Tacychardia Syndrome, and it was honestly a really cool experience to think of my own chronic illness in a fun way and translate it to D&D mechanics. We dive into Anna’s processes for writing and creating these supplements, as well as the journey D&D Disability has taken over the last year. Anna is also a talented dice maker and is able to use these dice to support herself full time. We also get to have a fun discussion about how she’s been able to grow this dice business in conjunction with D&D Disability and while managing her own disabilities, which really is a full-time job in itself. Anna is making some extraordinary strides in bringing more visibility to disabilities, and it was an honor to bring this interview to you.
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Time Stamps & Screenshots
- 00:00:00 Introduction & Updates
- 00:03:08 Anna Introduction
- 00:04:45 Introduction to D&D Disability
- 00:07:34 Process for developing mechanics for various disabilities
- 00:09:35 Anna’s Writing Journey
- 00:15:47 Balancing disability inspired mechanics
- 00:20:32 Showing representation through items, NPCs, & adventure design
- 00:31:35 All about Three Fates Dice & making dice
- 00:40:48 Decision process to go full-time into dice making
- 00:42:16 What has been the most challenging part?
- 00:44:37 What has been the most rewarding part?
- 00:46:32 Upcoming projects
- 00:48:00 Where can people find you?
- 00:48:48 Wrap-up
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