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OggBoard: The Next Generation in Board Gaming

By on August 29th, 2011 12:42 am

Today I discovered an exciting new project that promises to take board strategy gaming to the next generation. The project is named OggBoard.

OggBoard intends to combine augmented reality technology with board gaming and the interactivity of computer and console gaming with the objective to create a “kind of” holographic board gaming experience.

The Project

Sam and Brook (the project team) aim to attack the problem in two fronts.

In one hand they propose to take the project from concept stage to manufacture and distribution, which includes developing the board structure itself.

On the other hand they also intend to develop a turn-based strategy game designed specifically for the OggBoard to be used as the best possible proof of concept. They state that probably the game will be fantasy in nature – close enough- let’s hope it’s sci-fi in the end :)

Other kinds of possible games for OggBoard would include turn-based strategy games such as D&D, battle chess, tower-based strategy games or interactive learning games for children and students.

Important Features

Light and durable gaming board. Sam and Brook state that the board “will be made of durable, light weight material and designed to fold into a flat, compact shape when not in use or for transport anywhere you go. Imagine a folding chessboard except a little bigger and much sturdier. All of this will be possible for $30“.

Multi-player but also single-player experience. Rather than being an experience to share only among friends Sam and Brook state that “although the OggBoard will be best utilized between friends and family, this game [the TBS proof of concept game]  will also support single player gaming. This includes not only playing against the ‘computer’ but we will also try to make sure multiplayer is supported so that you can play friends with OggBoards all over the world.“.

Funding

OggBoard applied for crowed-funding. The project will only be funded if at least $45,000 are pledged by Saturday Oct 8, 9:00pm EDT. I just made a pledge myself!

This type of funding is called a “pledge” so if you decide to fund the project, and the project reaches its target funds, the amount you pledged will be charged. If in the other hand the project does not reach its funding goal, your card is not charged.

Read all about OggBoard (very interesting read!) at OggBoard’s kickstarters webpage. Help spread the word!

Final Thoughts

Well, from what I could tell, the difference with OggBoard gaming,  is that you physically move around tiles like chess pieces. So, you interact physically with the game (not just press buttons).

There are already so many games where you just play on screen, with OggBoard you can play against another person like you would a board game except with the interactivity and graphics of a computer game.

In that sense OggBoard is just different, a new approach to gaming providing a new kind of experience. And that is always a good thing isn’t it :)

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3 Comments


  1. bertipa says:

    As I follow Apple’s blogs, gadget blogs and games blog I can say that today OggBoard has made quite a splash!

    My take on the idea is that I love boardgames on my iPad because there is no board and pieces to store and lose.

    They should really forgot about the board and let us play on any surface using any coins we have in our pocket.

    • Adam Solo says:

      I’m not sure but I guess the idea for the board is to keep the traditional way of playing board games. Some players with a board game in front of them.

      Maybe there are also technical challenges involved but I guess any surface would do as long as your software can recognize it to display the augmented reality objects on it.

      If I follow your point it would be like playing a game of Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering or whatever, set the cards freely and then the software would display the augmented reality 3D monsters on top of each recognized card, or any other type of recognizable object.

      But then you wouldn’t have a platform to exploit would you? :)

  2. bertipa,

    Well, in reality you could play on any surface. The difficulty comes from having to hold the iPhone / iPod / iPad the entire game so you can see the playing field. The board would include built in stands to support such a device and angle it properly to view the entire board. This is just the beginning though. If the OggBoard is a success, we can continue to provide more options for consumers, maybe even an option with just a couple of stands and the tiles so you could play on any surface.

    Thanks for your input!

    Brock Bingham
    http://www.oggboard.com
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/samandbrock/the-oggboard


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