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A funny thing happened at Gen Con this past August. I witnessed a new type of game being played by all different types of people. Adults, children, males, females and there was one constant thing being said over and over; “This is so cool”.
My board gaming friends weren’t so convinced. “I don’t want this much technology mixed into board gaming” they said. I had seen the Golem Arcana prototype at a previous GenCon and followed the kickstarter. While I didn’t hold the same disdain as my friends, I’ll admit I wasn’t so sold on the concept from the outside looking in.
X-Com is one of my favorite computer games, I love the turn based squad combat and the craziness of things that can happen. While there is an official X-Com game in the works from FFG my demo of that game at Gen Con made me realize it was missing my favorite part of the game, the combat.
Luckily for me, and you if you like squad based combat there is already a spiritual board game version of X-Com and it’s called Galaxy Defenders from Ares Games.
I’ve been attending Gen Con for over a decade and it’s interesting to see how things have changed in that time. Some companies get larger booths, some get smaller ones and others just disappear altogether depending upon the popularity of their products.
I think it is safe to say that Paizo is riding the popularity wave and it’s only getting bigger. The Paizo booth had the longest lines consistently throughout the convention. I couldn’t even imagine how many Skull & Shackles the new Pathfinder Adventure Card game were sold.
At this years Gen Con Playdek, the makers of iOS games such as Summoner Wars, Agricola, Ascension and Lords of Waterdeep, Unveiled a new online play system that will make its first appearance in Summoner Wars. The company hopes this new online play in-game technology will change the way boardgames are played in the digital space. The system is in the early stages but looks to have hooks for some advanced uses later in its life cycle.
The system itself has a slick look to its interface and it melded seamlessly into Summoner Wars the app we viewed it in. So the big question is what will this technology do for you? The short answer is allow you to better communicate and organize with friends across Playdeks suite of games.