Thanks for all of those who have supported this project! Even though we probably won't reach our goal, this has definitely been a success because of all of the buzz and interest we have seen in the OggBoard.
We have decided that this Kickstarter project wasn't more successful for a few reasons:
-The concept was difficult to understand or unclear without a working prototype
-Non iPhone users were hesitant to support a project that they may never use
-One game wasn’t enough to justify a $30 pledge
The good news, though, is that we have several individuals interested in the full investment, development and manufacture of not just the OggBoard but the OggBoard System (multiple games for multiple platforms). We are confident that when people see the real OggBoard in action with some amazing games, it will become a quick selling product and begin the board game revolution we have talked about all along.
If you feel that your talents or resources could benefit the further development of this concept, please feel welcome to contact me- firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on twitter @samuelllytle.
"it could change the way we play board games using the device, flipping the current status quo on its head" -Kotaku
"This has the potential to ramp up the excitement level of games like chess." -CNET
"The Oggboard is going to change everything, change the way people used to play board games" -Why The Tech
The Next Generation in Board Gaming
New games come out every day.
New platforms that attempt to revolutionize an industry aren’t quite as common.
That is exactly what the OggBoard is- a platform that combines augmented reality (AR) and mobile gaming in a way that could change board and card gaming forever. Instead of touch or button based input, this new method allows users to move tiles and pieces like classic board games while still enjoying the interactivity and graphics of CPU gaming.
The patent pending OggBoard has stands at either end where you place your iPhones or iPod touches (first, and hopefully Android in the near future) with a playing space between them. The devices are angled at the board so that you can see the entirety of it through the camera. Tiles with special patterns will come with the OggBoard (and possibly playing cards) and characters will be placed on them using AR. Because of the unique and simple design of this board, players will be able to watch this interactive action through the screen of the device while both hands are freed to move the pieces around the board. (This video by Unity3D gives a good example of interactive AR characters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnEzrChVhEI)
When more fully developing this concept, we realized that there are numerous games and genres that would very much benefit from this new system of gaming. Battle chess, tower defense and turn-based strategy games, battle ship and educational puzzles are all possibilities for the OggBoard, among others. (This video of Battle vs Chess by Topware demonstrates how battle chess could look on the OggBoard except using AR http://youtu.be/W0Vi7Qfrm1Y)
The OggBoard Project
And while we wish we could get all of these games developed and more, we need to start somewhere. This Kickstarter project will fund the development of a turn-based strategy game (similar to Mage Knight) and a basic chess game (no interactive pieces), both for iOS (Apple iPhone). With the success of these games, we want to quickly move to other operating systems, including tablets (OggBoard HD baby!) We want to get this funded outright so that we can ensure these games will be free for OggBoard users forever.
Also needing funding is the actual manufacturing of the OggBoard itself. We have constructed our first prototype and have done so in a way that producing them would be as cheap as possible, but it will still take tens of thousands of dollars to get the first order put out and production set in motion. For a $30 pledge you will get one of those first production OggBoards along with the gaming tiles and possibly cards.
We hope that you can catch our vision. We know that much of the general public is still new to augmented reality and will only be convinced of the potential of the OggBoard when they see working units in stores. That is why we need you who believe in this project and technology to help us make it happen. Please pledge and take part in this distinctive opportunity to change board gaming as we know it. And after you pledge we hope you will also tell your friends, family, Facebook friends and twitter followers so that this project can spread quickly from trustworthy sources.
Thank you so much for your time and pledges. The OggBoard Project on Kickstarter is hopefully just the beginning of something much bigger.
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