Geek Native first wrote about the Last Gameboard project in August and talked CTO Rob Wyatt.
As I said back then, I like the concept of a digital subscription model to traditional board games, but I wondered if Gameboard-1 would struggle to woo traditional gamers. We’ve been burnt by the computer game side of the hobby; hardware and software so many times before.
Now my concerns look unfounded. In just a week, Gameboard-1 has smashed the $100,000 funding goal with 450 backers. The lure of an actual tabletop that could also be a virtual tabletop with dynamic lighting is pretty cool for many roleplayers.
The early bird tier is gone. That would have gotten you the first edition of the Gameboard-1 for $299. Now it’ll cost $349. That price also gets you 10 programmable bases, a 3-month subscription, low serial numbers and a first edition unit.
It’s worth stressing that you do not need a subscription to use Gameboard-1. The subscription gets you to access to the software library of digital games.
The early list of who’s contributing to that library is out. It’s a good one with companies like D20Pro, Library Pass, Serenity Forge and Cryptozoic also convinced by Gameboard-1.
I especially like the board’s ability to link in with other boards. You could cover a whole table with these if everyone in your gaming group had one.
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