Vorpal Board Game Telepresence - Demo Now Available

My team has been working for the last year on a board game telepresence product called Vorpal Board. Our goal is to allow people to play board games with friends online using the actual board and pieces.  We use a combination of board streaming, card scanning, and integrated video chat to enable remote players to feel like they are sitting at the table.

We just went live with a demo version of the application that lets users see what it feels like to be a remote player in a game of Gloomhaven.  You can find that here: https://demo.vorpalboard.com 

If you would like to see a video of us using the platform for a lot of different games, you can see that here: https://youtu.be/7m7GzU69u4w

We are going to be coming to Kickstarter in the Spring and are just trying to get the word out and also get feedback from dedicated players.  Thanks for checking us out!

4 points by VorpalJames - updated 12 months ago | 7 comments | report | subscribe

rockstar 16 months ago | 3 points[-]

What caused you to make this?

VorpalJames 16 months ago | 2 points[-]

I moved from Wisconsin to NY and missed my gaming group.  I wanted to play Pandemic Legacy and Gloomhaven and everything else with them so I started working on a solution.

trentellingsen Supporter16 months ago | 2 points[-]

This seems like a cool idea. How does it work? Is there 1 person who needs to have a camera all set up like this and take pictures of all the cards and stuff?

VorpalJames 16 months ago | 1 point[-]

That's right, the local player would set up the actual game and then mount their cell phone above the table using our mounting arm. Our smartphone app takes and streams the high res photos to the web application.

We also support secretly scanning cards using our card scanning box.

trentellingsen Supporter16 months ago | 1 point[-]

What does secretly scanning cards mean? How much is the mounting arm?

VorpalJames 16 months ago | 1 point[-]

The scanning box lets you scan cards face down to retain secrecy. Think of it like a document scanner but a smart phone sits inside with the camera point upwards. This way you can play games that require secret information/hands of cards.

Our pricing isn't set in stone, but we will be coming to Kickstarter in the spring and we estimate $60-80 for the mounting arm and scanning box.

trentellingsen Supporter16 months ago | 1 point[-]

Oh gotcha. That makes more sense. Cool!