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ICAT Playdate — Access, Equity, and Community Engagement in Tabletop Roleplaying Games

March 22, 2024

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.


  • Elizabeth McLain
  • Christopher Campo-Bowen
  • Alice Rogers
  • Caitlin Martinkus
  • Scott Hanenberg
  • Ashley Shew
  • Jeff Edelstein


  • March 22, 2024


  • 8:30am EDT
     Networking & Donuts at Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC
  • 9am EDT
     Presentation begins in the Community Assembly and live on YouTube

Virginia Tech faculty can receive Professional Development Network (PDN) credit for attending

  1. Register at 
  2. Check in with Phyllis Newbill during the event.

Location: Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC