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Like anyone who loves playing tabletop games, I’m always on the hunt for something new, fresh, and exciting — and that’s why I’m incredibly hyped about the SquareOne board games console. Yes, that is what it sounds like: a digital screen you can play a variet…

Dec 14, 2020

Like anyone who loves playing tabletop games, Im always on the hunt for something new, fresh, and exciting and thats why Im incredibly hyped about the SquareOne board games console.
Yes, that is what it sounds like: a digital screen you can play a variety of titles on.
Have a look:
The SquareOne board game console has a large touchscreen display that changes depending on what youre playing. It wouldnt be very impressive otherwise, right?
The hardware is also connected to the pieces youre using in the game, meaning the SquareOne can track and recognize specific cards, dice rolls, and the figures youre using to play. Ill have to judge how this operates in reality, but Im a huge fan of this concept.
Effectively, Wizma, the company behind the SquareOne, wants the console to be a blend between computer and board games, cherry picking the best of both worlds to try and provide a new experience. This is why the board games console has a number of features that should elevate the usual tabletop experience, including online play with friends, dynamic tutorials, and the option to save and resume games.
Designing something like a board games console is far harder than it appears on the surface, but Im in love with the idea so much that I cant wait to get my hands on it.
Still, a console is only as good as its games and this is where the SquareOne may be lacking.
At the moment, the main games on the console include titles like Air Hockey, Snake & Ladders, Chinese Checkers, and Ludo. In other words, quite generic titles that dont really have the deeper board game experience of classics like Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride. 
But it wont be this way for long. Wizma has partnered with Ravensburger, a German games publisher, to bring more titles to the SquareOne, while Urban Rivals and Cthulhu Wars are on their way to the board games console soon. Excitingly, Wizma also announced its opening up the SquareOne to independent developers in 2021.
Effectively, Im not only excited about the prospect of the SquareOne board games console now, but am delighted about how the company is making all the right moves to turn it into a platform that can last for years. This isnt the first product like this, but I hope itll be the best.
The company is currently running a Kickstarter (back at it your own risk) and the console will come out properly next year. Well also have a review up in early 2021, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that. Ill try not to pee myself in the meantime.
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Published December 14, 2020 — 09:47 UTC