Hi Ron,

Which Warcraft game do you mean *exactly* ? See list below:


Warcraft Computer games
  a.. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1994) - real-time strategy game
  b.. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995) 
    a.. Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (1996) - expansion pack to Tides of 
    b.. Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (1999) - allowed online play of 
Warcraft II on Battle.net
  c.. Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans - adventure game, cancelled
  d.. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002) 
    a.. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003) - expansion pack to Reign of 
  e.. World of Warcraft (2004) - MMORPG 
    a.. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (2007) - expansion pack to World 
of Warcraft
    b.. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (2008) - second expansion to 
World of Warcraft

Warcraft Tabletop games
  a.. Warcraft: The Board Game - strategic board game from Fantasy Flight 
Games, based heavily on Warcraft III
  b.. Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game - role-playing game from Sword & Sorcery
  c.. World of Warcraft: The Board Game - board game based on World of 
Warcraft, also by Fantasy Flight Games
  d.. World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game - board game based on World of 
Warcraft, also by Fantasy Flight Games
  e.. World of Warcraft Miniatures Game - a miniature war game based on World 
of Warcraft, by Upper Deck Entertainment.

Warcraft Collectible card games
  a.. World of Warcraft Trading Card Game - 2006


Assuming you mean World of Warcraft, there are original features in the game as 
well as several addons that may help making it (slightly) more accessible for a 
few visual diabilities. One is Color Blind 4.0 
(http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info6395-ColorBlind4.0.html ) which 
makes the game accessible for color blind players. To enlarge fonts you can use 
Clearfont2 (http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/clear-font2.aspx 
). The Dominos addon 
(http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info9085-Dominos.html ) allows you to 
scale your action bar buttons. ScaleEverything 
(http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info10292-ScaleEverything.html ) lets 
you scale all dialog frames. There are more addons out there for scaling other 
stuff. Simply do a Google search and check out WowInterface. I haven't tried 
most of these addons myself, though. You can also code your own addons (there's 
a HUGE community out there, so you could also post your question on a forum and 
have someone else help with building or build the addon). 

"Scaling" the gameworld (where your avatar walks around) is not really present 
in an addon since WoW allows the player to zoom the camera with the mouse 
scrollwheel, from 1st person to 3rd person, far away. WoW also features a neat 
feature called "follow". If you select follow and then click another character 
(for instance a fellow party member) your character will follow that other 
character automatically. You can probably write a simple macro (= an in-game 
script written in simple programming language, with which for instance you can 
assign a keyboard key to execute the action "follow <party leader> = ON" or 
something). Macros are actually very powerful and could be WoW a whole lot more 
accessible. Unfortunately Macros can be used to 'cheat', for instance, someone 
could program a macro to make an avatar automatically fight. This way someone 
could simply start the game and leave it on with the macro running for a couple 
of days/weeks and then return to have a high level character. So the 
functionality of macros was cut back a lot in the past :(

But even with all the addons and macros that are out there, there is not yet a 
blind-accessible addon/macro that makes the game accessible. I've been looking 
into this in the past and found none, although I discoverd that there are some 
possibilities. For instance, it is possible to simply play sound external sound 
files in the game with a simple macro:

/run PlaySoundFile("Interface\\AddOns\\PlayMe\\PlayMe.mp3"

This script runs the file PlayMe.mp3 located in the PlayMe addon folder. This 
way it is possible to record sound files for everything in the game (a huge 
task, which could be sped up with recording speech synths reading textfiles and 
batch processing for cutting it up - still a huge task with the 100.000+ ?? 
items/options/etc. in WoW). But since using macros not very handy [1] this 
should really be done in an Addon. I think you can also play soundfiles from 
addons, since the Shared Media addon 
supposedly can do this. The addon should then be able to capture in-game 
events, such as when the player presses the TAB-key (automatically selects the 
most nearby enemy), and on the in-game event play a sound file (for example 
"Level 36 Troll"). If this is possible I don't know. Mmm... I guess I'll visit 
the Addon Dev Community forum (http://wowinterface.com/community.php ) and make 
some inquiries about what is possible.

Hope this shed some light on the accessibility of WoW for blind gamers...

Best regards,

Richard (http://www.audiogames.net)

[1] You then need to connect all keyboard keys to the actionbar buttons, and 
add macroscripts for each button. Meaning that every time you gain a new 
spell/ability, you need to add such a sound script (and since WoW is not 
screenreader accessible, so when you are blind you can't do this yourself).

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ron Schamerhorn" <blindwon...@cogeco.ca>
To: "gamers@audyssey.org" <Gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 1:46 PM
Subject: [Audyssey] Warcraft

> Hi all
>  Just wondering and asking on behalf of a friend if anyone knows of a way 
> to enlarge the print/graphics?  Or for that matter other ways to make it a 
> more playable online game.
> Ron
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