As you’ve already guessed, I’m a big fan of board games. I love games like Risk, Monopoly, Game of Life, Yahtzee and so many others. To me, sitting around the table as you snack and talk is the real social gaming. And, I love books. I don’t get to read as much as I would like, but I love books. I love the worlds they create, the adventures, the mysteries. And I love books you can read on a tablet. The ePub and Mobi formats are fantastic things, especially when you can go back and live those fantastic “Choose Your Own Adventure” books in digital format.
But what would happen if you combined board games with books you can read on a tablet? Is such a thing even possible? What would it look like?
Well, Tracy and Laura Hickman have the same question and it looks like their going to find out. They’ve kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to make a board game that integrates with and loads a story from your tablet.
High tech gadgets and old school gaming? Oh yes, this does indeed sound fun! The concept sounds fascinating of reading stories and collecting board pieces. It sound like a wonderful way to read and game at the same time.
For those that don’t know, the Hickmans are the creators of the DragonLance series (as well as others) and Tracy is writing the back story for Shroud of the Avatar with Richard Garriott. Sounds like Tracy is a busy man these days, but this project sounds absolutely fascinating. The cost of entry is quite reasonable and you get a copy of the game when it’s done. Since Tracy is working with Shroud of the Avatar, I have no doubt he’ll follow in their footsteps and keep people up to date on everything he’s doing, accept feedback at every opportunity he can and keep crafting this game until it’s brilliant. Like SotA, this sounds like a whole lot of fun.
I’m throwing in my support and look forward to getting my copy.
More brilliant musings about my adventures in New Britannia
- Tracy & Laura Hickman’s Sojourner Tales Board Game – The Final 12 Hours
- Sojourner Tales Telethon Countdown
- Last decade’s nerd is today’s mainstream gamer
- Ember by N-Fusion Interactive – A game inspired by Ultima
- A Brave New World in Ultima IV
- Freegameslist interviews: Richard Garriot
- It all started with Ultima III
- 1988, Ultima V sends me off to college
- Happy Holidays!! Here’s to wishing you all the best for 2015!
- Shroud of the Mustache