Hi, this should be of interest to anyone who plays the wonderful game of backgammon.
My name's Ross and I'm the developer of BG Buddy - soon to be released.
BG Buddy is an iOS talking score, clock, and dice app, currently being Beta tested by Yan Kit Chan, who is a very accomplished blind backgammon player in the UK. Although he travels the world playing in all the big backgammon tournaments. He uses a backgammon board with checkers for each player that feel different. Previous to BG Buddy, Yan would need his partner to sit next to him. She would read out the dice and the clock times, and describe the moves by his opponent. Now Yan plays solo, and Su is able to go off and play in her own tournaments.
Release is kind of imminent but if any of you would like to jump on the Beta tester's waggon to test accessibility with voiceover, you'd be very welcome. I'm sure you would find some improvements and squash a few bugs.
Backgammon sets normally come with different coloured checkers that feel the same. Yan's checkers were specially made but it wouldn't be difficult to adapt a player's checkers. For instance, by roughening the surfaces or adding a piece of tape maybe.
I know there are many blind chess players, but I don't know any other blind backgammon players. Apart from Stevie Wonder, who owns a very nice backgammon board with feel different checkers. Hopefully we'll see a change with BG Buddy!
Backgammon is a fun game with a lot of skill involved, but also a lot of luck as it's a dice game. So even a novice can beat the world champ, sometimes!
If anyone's interested send me your email and I'll add you to the beta testers program. You'll then receive details on how to install.