I have just had a look at EPawn, a new company that seems to have aroused both the Geek and the Nerd in my soul. Why?
Well the French company seems to have sent plugged and unplugged gaming on a date with each other and they seem to be getting on great together. Essentially they have amalgamated the geeky need to create new gadgets and the nerdy need to play games obsessively. And it seems to look very, very promising.
They have two proposed products at the minute. The EPawn Arena and EPawn screenLess Arena.
The Arena is a 26” screen tht can track and computate real-world objects(miniatures) into interactive and multimedia environments (digital map). The ePawn Arena uses tracking technology embedded in the 26” IPS screen and can be connected to any smartphone, PC, tablet, gaming console or laptop, allowing several players to play simultaneously together. ePawn Arena’s unique capabilities take the gaming experience to a whole new level of fun and creativity . The ePawn Arena is geared towards role-playing games, immersive environments and action games.
The screenLess Arena is designed more for playing family and tabletop games. The screenLess Arena is a generic 50×50 cm tracking platform capable of interacting with any remote device such as TV, tablets or PC. Boardgames or any tabletop gaming can be associated to the screenLess Arena.
The screenLess Arena is generic 50×50 cm tracking platform capable of interacting with any remote device such as TV, tablets or PC. Boardgames, chess boards or any tabletop gaming can be associated to the screenLess Arena.
Both products will be available in the second half of the year.
The tagline is "A brand new way to play family games and tabletop games." though there are no actual prices they have indicated on their FAQ page
This wonderful stuff and will cost a lot, I’m sure of that!
No. Not at all. Our products have been designed by gamers for gamers and we want them to be affordable. The ePawn Arena will be in the pricing range of a game console while the screenLess Arena will be even more affordable.
I'm hoping the games console price range they are talking about will be one of those 'plug into your tv' consoles that the likes of Poundland or Argos sell ;) Though i doubt it. This could put the Arena into the £200 to £400 price range.
Unconvinced about its potential? Well just take a look at this promo trailer they have on their YouTube channel.
Oh My Giddy Aunt!!
What do you think? Leave your feedback in the comments.