Augmented reality meets D&D-style gaming

The OggBoard Kickstarter project is raising funds for a new gaming platform that combines augmented reality, iPhones, and Dungeons & Dragons-style games.

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This rendering shows what the OggBoard will look like. OggBoard

Dungeons & Dragons and other turn-based strategy games are alive and well. Gamers paint elaborate miniature fighters, monks, thieves, and monsters and send them out to battle on tabletops around the world.

OggBoard, a new Kickstarter project, is looking to bring those characters to life without plastic or paint. The concept is to mix augmented reality with board games so that knights and creatures take shape on your iPhone.

The OggBoard has an appealingly minimalistic design. It features a playing surface with small tiles and docks on either side for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Each tile is rendered on the screen as a different 3D character.

"We aren't just trying to make new apps, we are trying to change the way players and developers think about strategy gaming," said OggBoard co-creator Sam Lytle in an e-mail to CNET.

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This has the potential to ramp up the excitement level of games like chess. Your queen could go to town in a virtual smackdown with your opponent's knight. Chess already rocks. This would just make it rock harder.

The Kickstarter project just launched with a goal of reaching $45,000. That will fund the creation of the boards themselves, a chess game, and a turn-based strategy game that will likely fall into the fantasy genre.

The makers estimate that the board will cost $30 once it makes it into production. The first prototype has been completed. The rest is now up to Kickstarter funders.

 

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