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tim p
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Do these exist?

I can see a lot of boardgames converted to mobile phone versions.
And mobile apps to help calculate board game positions. Or play wargames remotely.

But are there a selection of games where :

1) all the players have mobiles.
2) there is a shared board or components on the table.
3) the players use the phones to play.

They could keep track of the game by moving the components - Using the phones to pass messages or bid secretly or plan moves or store characters or trigger distractions or a hundred other things not yet invented...

Is there a name for these type of games - I couldn't find them?
They will surely be part of the future of gaming.

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Riley Doyle
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World of Yo-Ho is the only one I can think of.

For non-board games, the jackbox series of games does the same sort of thing, where each person uses their phone as a buzzer, or gets their own information on it.
 
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I know of only one - Alchemists. And for that the phone is not the focus of the game, so probably not what you're looking for.

Although strictly speaking you can make do with only one phone or even no phone if one person is willing to just be the dummy and not play at all.
 
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Not necessarily a board game, but a Roleplaying game, its called Eon Altar. Every player has his phone for controls and "thoughts" and is watching the game on a big screen like a tv. Its a pretty neat concept wrapped in a basic role playing/dungeon crawler. How they incorporated role playing between the NPCs and player or player and player is what i find especially refreshing.
 
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Your question talks about 2 ways that phones and board games have been combined:
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boardgames converted to mobile phone versions.
And mobile apps to help calculate board game positions. Or play wargames remotely.

I'm not sure either of those cover games like:
XCOM: The Board Game
Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) – Road to Legend
Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game
where the app is definitely doing more than just calculating board game positions. They do all fall into the second category of the thread title ("boardgames with mobile use required"). But they don't fall into your other category of "all players" "using the phones to play".

There was also a co-op game that required some german "smart pen" device to play. I don't remember the name.

Generally board games with apps required have been referred to as "hybrids", but it seems like you're looking for a finer distinction.

World of Yo-Ho is a good suggestion of a game where each player has his or her own phone.

I would put Alchemists in a category of something like passive assistants, just a step above "soundtrack" games like Escape: The Curse of the Temple and Space Alert (which can be done with just a CD, but randomization is a nice option).

As always, my recommendation/plea for designers and publishers is to release the app source code. That way, users can translate it to different languages, port it to other platforms (e.g. Linux desktop), and continue to maintain it even if the publisher loses interest.
 
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tim p
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Good I'm glad they don't exist - or only in a limited way.
I'm gonna invent some.
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tim p
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Here's another game Beasts of Balance which also isn't quite what I had in mind. It uses a tablet to set balancing challenges on a shared board.
 
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tim p
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It would be a good way to simulate the Fog of War.
 
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They should be called Mobile Boardgames or MOBO games.
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