iOS Board Games

Among the best things in life is playing printed games in person with family and close friends. When those are not convenient we like iOS Board Games. News, reviews, previews, and opinions about board gaming on iPhones, iPads, iPods and even Android devices. (iPhone board games, iPad board games, iPod board games, Android board games)

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Gabe Alvaro
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Hello. My name is Gabe Alvaro (bgg username: blindspot) and I'm the other half of this blogging team. I'm a big fan of board games and Apple's iOS platform and devices, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Brad approached me about doing this blog and since it's on a topic that I am wildly obsessed with, I was very excited by the idea! It's my hope that through our collective efforts we can regularly blog about all things related to the iOS versions of the board games we know and love.

Here's a little bit more about me. I've been on BGG since December 2005. I "discovered" it after an old friend introduced me to Settlers of Catan and told me about BGG. I then used it to begin acquiring a number of quality board games that were totally new to me at the time and to kick a nasty World of Warcraft MMORPG habit. I've never gone back to video games since...until the iPhone came out.

Like many who come to BGG, I soon began acquiring board games by the online-retailer-free-shipping-box-load. I soon sadly learned, however, that my closest friends were all too busy to get together and play board games. So in the middle of 2006 I started local public board game group out of a local FLGS. It became the Berkley Board Gamers. That effort eventually attracted many local gamers and all was well in my gaming world. The game group is still going strong and flourishing better than ever, even after I pretty much handed the reigns over to one of our great fellow organizers.

I got an iPhone in December 2007 and in June 2010 I picked up an iPad. My wife gave birth to our beautiful daughter in August 2010. While it was a tremendous and life-changing experience, our daughter's arrival in my life had the effect of severely curtailing my game group activities. Though I was somewhat disappointed, I have simply shifted my interest a bit from cardboard to iOS versions of board games. I am, however, still trying to make it out to the game group once in a while. That's my board game group in the picture to the left, toasting the birth of my daughter on a night when I was unable to attend. Awesome group!

Since picking up my iPad last year I have been discovering all of the benefits to tablet board gaming. I have a very large list of these benefits which I will perhaps share in a future blog post. It should suffice to say that I have been devoting lots of my energy toward finding and playing all kind of iOS board game apps. I have also been thinking quite a bit about that activity and how it will change not only my gaming habits, but the gaming habits of others.

And of course I did not need a blog to begin chronicling trends that I have seen in the iOS board game app entertainment space. So far I have done a few living GeekLists including a list of Multiplayer (human) iPad games, some classic games clone lists, a list of games with asynchronous multiplayer features, a list of games that would benefit from asynchronous multiplayer features, and a list of unofficial "clone" iOS implementations of popular board games. I am attempting and mostly succeeding at keeping them all up to date when new games are released.

I look forward to using this blog as a central place to write about those trends and many more topics related to iOS board games. I'm excited to work with Brad and together share our observations and read the observations of others who are enthusiastic about iOS board games. So without further ado, let's get blogging!
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Welcome to iOS Board Games

Brad Cummings
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The aim of iOS Board Games is to bring you news and information about board games for iOS devices such as iPads, iPhones and iPods. We will provide you with reviews on the latest releases as well as the large backlog of games already released, along with previews of the up and coming titles. We will seek out and present interviews with the leading developers and designers.

We are avid board game lovers and enjoy playing games in groups, at game nights, and with our friends and families. Like many people, however, we are also opting for digital versions of board games for reasons of both preference and circumstance when a playing a physical board game is an otherwise challenging proposition. Web- and Java-client options like Brettspielwelt have existed for years and offer options for those with computers to play at home, but now things are going mobile.

Recently, Apple’s iOS devices have been embraced in an unprecedented way by developers and board game publishers alike, bringing us quality portable reproductions of our favorite board games as well as original board game titles released directly to iOS. We hope to present a picture of the growing iOS board game landscape and to discuss features that these apps have in common such as multiplayer capabilities, AI, online play (realtime and async), cloning, and much more.

If you are interested in board gaming on your iOS device please subscribe to our blog through BGG or RSS feed. We will be your center for news and information about board games on your Apple iOS device.
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Coming soon!

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Watch this space. Next update on 2/14...
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