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Merging Digital and Physical Group Gaming with Overboard


ORGANIZATION   RISD
CHALLENGE
To create a new venture in the emerging field of digital-physical gaming.

DELIVERABLE
A tabletop card game that combines an immersive digital board and in-person interactions.





Digital games can do more to bring people together.


PROCESS   PROBLEM DEFINITION

There is a growing trend in digital games with physical play pieces.
A casual walk through the Providence Apple Store showed us: drones, iPad accessories, digital versions of Yahtzee! and Scrabble, Sphero, and so much more hardware with digital interactions.



Yet they miss the dynamic, interpersonal relationships of a board game.
Image courtesy of Ice Breaker Ideas, one of the digital-physical game sources we researched.



We identified an exciting space for adults who play games together.
We interviewed 30+ users and analyzed our data.



Learnings from prototyping in digital-physical play.


PROCESS   CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

Cards are low cost, easy to handle, and fun for bartering.



An expandable playing field creates a sense of escape and immersion.



Digital interfaces allow for an infinitely large and adaptable playing field.



There’s a lean business model in card-based gaming.