It’s not exactly a controversial statement to say that board gaming is doing well just now. There is a veritable plethora of designers, artists and publishers making original and clever games.
Recently the Fantasy Flight XCOM Board Game caused something of a stir by using a digital app as not just an optional extra but rather a key integrated component to the game. The app, available on phones tablets and laptops, is vital to the game functioning as a timer and prompting players when new threats are appearing across the board.
Many welcomed this integration of digital and physical gaming while some were skeptical of the hybrid. Everyone though seemed to agree that it was new. I’m not sure everyone got this right. Continue reading