She wore! She wore! She wore a yellow ribbon! She wore a yellow ribbon in the merry month of May, And when I asked her why she wore that ribbon,
She said, "It's for the Arsenal and we’re going to Wembley!" Wembley! Wembley! We’re the famous Arsenal and we’re going to Wembley!
Like many others I frequently enjoy board game ports on my iPhone & iPad, but the worst part of many of these otherwise great ports is the lack of online multiplayer. Some developers can't afford to implement their own backend; others don't bother. Some, like Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride, offer impressive multiplayer matching that we wish every port could emulate.
At today's WWDC keynote, the Apple folks slipped in a relatively tiny detail that could have big ramifications for us - iOS Game Center now supports turn based games. Devs no longer need to create their own back end; they can use Apple's. So there is little excuse now for our favorite board game ports to NOT have multiplayer. It wasn't clear when that feature was going live though. I only found this one mention of it, from Engadget's coverage:
2:12PM And, you can now play turn-based games right in the OS. Settlers and Carcasonne fans in the house just started smiling.
I'm cautiously very happy.