iPad Board Game

mrgreen4242

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Saw this on Reddit a little bit ago... there was a lot of talk about the iPad being fun for board games and at least one developer is planning on trying that out.

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4DThinker

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I'm curious.... is the back of the ipad curved?

If it doesn't lay flat on a table, all the board games planned will have to come with a little frame to stabilize the ipad when layed down on its back.
 

vini-vidi-vici

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I'm curious.... is the back of the ipad curved?

If it doesn't lay flat on a table, all the board games planned will have to come with a little frame to stabilize the ipad when layed down on its back.
It's only curved slightly. You can put it on a piece of cloth - problem solved.
 

mrgreen4242

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I'm curious.... is the back of the ipad curved?

If it doesn't lay flat on a table, all the board games planned will have to come with a little frame to stabilize the ipad when layed down on its back.
Yes, apparently the iPad isn't very stable lying on it's back (which I agree is a design flaw), but I for one will be putting it in a case which will likely provide enough stability for true table top gaming. Alternatively, I see some of this being more a pass and play style gaming.

I suppose we'll have to see after it's released how well it lends itself to things like this. I think it looks promising, tho!
 

4DThinker

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If it rocks, and has a g-sensor to detect that rocking, that "feature" can be employed in any game. I can see a pinball game you can bump and possibly TILT. ;)
 

vini-vidi-vici

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This is exactly the kind of thing that makes the iPad very different than other devices. It's a social device. You can't do this well with an iPhone or a laptop.

I hope they add a cribbage board to it! :)
 

samcraig

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This is exactly the kind of thing that makes the iPad very different than other devices. It's a social device. You can't do this well with an iPhone or a laptop.

I hope they add a cribbage board to it! :)
We resent the implication that size matters and that an iPhone's screen can't be used by more than one person

 

Sketh

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...What's wrong with a "real" boardgame, where you need a programmed one?

I suppose the argument could be made that real boardgames have easily lost pieces, lack a CPU opponent, and also normally don't include more than one game at a price of .99 Cents.
 

cwubbels

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...What's wrong with a "real" boardgame, where you need a programmed one?
You don't have to set it up, or take it down. For Monopoly in particular I found this nice on the iPhone app. I no longer have to be the banker, make sure everyone puts their money in the middle, hand out $200 everytime somone passes go etc...

Yes that is a function of me being lazy and yes I am okay with it.
 

mrgreen4242

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My first thought was "well, for $.99 I will never have to buy another card game, plus I get checkers and chess.

Also, playing in the car with something like this will be 1,000,000x better than actual cards/checkers/chess.

Lastly it'll be interesting to see if you can pull out random pieces from the game or if you will be limited to one set at a time. I can see kids (and adults) making up new games, especially if they add dice.
 

bobob

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I recently read that you may be able to use your iPhone and iPod Touch as controllers for the central iPad game you're playing - eg: entering moves in a strategy game.

Now that sounds promising! Can you imagine all the possibilities?
 

Bodhi395

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I think the ipad can be great for some board games, but others it still is lacking. The main area its lacking is a number of board games have a secretive element, such as scrabble. In scrabble you hide your pieces from everyone, so therefore that would no work well on an ipad, since everyone can see the screen. The same for playing a number of cards games, including poker. I guess you can overcome that if the game play is "pass and play" and you only look at the screen when its your turn, but then its not as fun as having an entire board spread out in front of everyone. Therefore I think some board games will not work well on the ipad.
 

samcraig

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"Party" games will work well. Esp with multi-touch. Think of a situation/game where it's predicated on the idea that the first person to "buzz" in takes their guess. On the iPad - this concept works well.

Monopoly would work very well. Backgammon, Chess. Games like airhockey, tennis, etc
 

bobob

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I think the ipad can be great for some board games, but others it still is lacking. The main area its lacking is a number of board games have a secretive element, such as scrabble. In scrabble you hide your pieces from everyone, so therefore that would no work well on an ipad, since everyone can see the screen. The same for playing a number of cards games, including poker. I guess you can overcome that if the game play is "pass and play" and you only look at the screen when its your turn, but then its not as fun as having an entire board spread out in front of everyone. Therefore I think some board games will not work well on the ipad.
As I described above, Scrabble was one of the games mentioned as being able to take advantage of using your iPhone/iPod Touch as an adjunct to the iPad - - each player sees only there own tiles on their iPhone while the iPad acts as the central board.