Safety Tools and Wellbeing - A Curated List
A downloadable Safety Tool Resource
This is a work in progress. I intend to provide an easy list of resources for safety tools to use before, during and after play.
You can find a selection of Safety Tolls published by several users on Itch.
This is a list of Tools straight from "Making your game fun for everyone", found at the Black Armada website.
- The TTRPG safety toolkit by Kienna Shaw and Lauren Bryant-Monk
- Support tools compilation by RPG Natalie
- Bleed as described by Sarah Lynn Bowman
Tools for use before play
- CATS (Content, Aim, Tone, Subject matter) by Patrick O’Leary
- Content Warnings as used by the Gauntlet RPG community
- Tags as used at Garrison RPG conventions
- The same page tool by Chris Bankuei
- Lines and Veils by Ron Edwards
- When the Dark is Gone by Becky Annison (in the Seven Wonders anthology)
- Script Change Toolbox (ratings) by Brie Beau Sheldon
- Flags as described by Chris Bankuei
Tools for use during play
- The Luxton technique as explained by PH Lee
- More on the Luxton technique
- The X Card by John Stavropoulos
- The N Card by Mysty Vander and Adam Cleaver
- The O Card by Kira Magrann
- Script Change Toolbox by Brie Beau Sheldon
- Archipelago ritual phrases by Matthias Holter
- Cut and Brake as described by Lizzie Stark
- The consent flower by Taylor Stokes
- The Ok check-in by Maury Brown, Sarah Lynne Bowman and Harrison Greene
- Tap out as described by Johanna Koljonen
- The open door as described by Lizzie Stark
- Look down as described by Johanna Koljonen
- I will not abandon you as described by Meguey Baker
- Game wraps as described by Fair Escape
- Debrief: returning to the real world by Sarah Lynn Bowman includes the idea of a debrief buddy
- Sharing the cognitive load by Gerrit Reininghaus covers debriefing
- Dear Jane letter as described by RPG Natalie
- EARS (Explain, Agenda, Reflect, Support) structured debrief tool by Joshua Fox
Articles and Blogs
These are some blogs, articles and discussions related to the use and application of Safety Tools.
- haring the Cognitive Load - A bit more info on what to use before, during and after a session.
- TTRPG Play Culture: Safety and Consent - Safety tools and play cultures discussion/personal experience and an example of when it went wrong.
- Supplementing CATS: What does a given rpg ask of its players?
- PTSD, access to role-playing games, and the Luxton technique by P.H. Lee