Hello everyone, no this site hasn’t died, there have just been a few hiccoughs that we’re currently looking at. Incidentally, I was also over seas the last week on holiday, and had no time to update. Sadly, it seems like there wasn’t anything lined up for my absence.
Last week, Apple took objection to us using the term iPad in our domain, among other things. There are some legal loopholes we can avoid, but the long story is that it may be wise to change the domain name. While we expect to redirect all things from that site here, we are now going through a phase to determine what the new domain should be, as this is also an opportunity. The viability of this will depend on how supportive the ad providers are as revenue is, of course, vital to the longevity of this site.
Over the last year, you will have noticed that there isn’t always enough news and events related specifically to iPad Board Games, sometimes things can get slow and there aren’t always genuine board games for review. Also, we have tried to approach things in a more inclusive approach. The reality of gaming ecosystems are very different from 2010, than from today, if we change there is an opportunity to consider expanding the site to cover a) more types of games b) other platforms beyond iOS c) and greater variety of content, while still making board game or iOS related posts one of a type of news article accessible to those who want to focus in on them.
We’d be really interested in hearing from you about those developments. Personally, I am convinced that if we expand, we should maintain some coherent focus similar to this site. I think expanding to include other tablets would be quite organic, and being able to report on other platforms, like Android, would make sense. I also think there has to be some constraint to the types of games displayed on whatever permutation taken, to be more inclusive of a variety of physical games and their peripherals. This can include applications for pen-n-paper RPG gaming, miniatures, etc, like we tend to cover already.
The question is whether to also include other games on the tablet, and while I think games like King of Dragon Pass, Simon the Sorcerer, Monkey Island, a variety of strategy games, and various indie games all deserve mentions, I worry that too much of them would water down the focus of a website. Of course, with a decent filtering system, that probably wouldn’t be a real problem.
News and Updates
Here is just a few morsels for your interest. There is much more news to cover, but there is still a lot of work to catch up on.
Dominant Species is about to be submitted to the store, and Alien Frontiers
HAS been submitted to the store has been released, according to their respective developers! Expect to see these games in about two to six weeks while Apple gets on top of iOS6.
Da Vinci’s Art of War
Through the Ages
We have previously reported that this was upcoming. The developers have this to say:
Civilization is at your fingertips. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization allows iPad and iPhone users to build a culture-rich society over four different time periods. Based on the 2006 board game created by Vlaada Chvatil, Through the Ages challenges players to establish aspects of a civilization such as a government, military system, economy, and population. Drawn or purchased cards guide each player’s empire through four ages: starting with Classical Antiquity and ending in the Modern Age. The civilization with the most cultural elements, (religion, the arts, and architecture, to name a few) at the end of the ages is declared the winner.
Playdek announced that it has formed a partnership with Arclight Games, a Japanese publisher of hobby games, to bring the company’s popular anime style game, Tanto Cuore, to mobile devices. They had this to say:
Tanto Cuore is an anime style, deck building game for two to four players, who take on the role of “masters of the house” in control of serving maids. Players use strategy to add maids to their house and the player with the best collection of maids earns the most victory points and wins. Beware – a player’s opponents can make the maids become sick or give them bad habits, reducing the number of victory points they are worth.
Funder Other News
In other news, my own funder for a pen-n-paper funder has reached its target, check out this video for more info: