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Fanbase Feature: An Interview with PlayTable’s John Dempsey about the Board Game Console of the Future

As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture.

In this Fanbase Feature, Fanbase Press Contributor J.C. Ciesielski talks with PlayTable‘s John Dempsey about the world’s first board game console.  PlayTable is a tabletop gaming console made for playing with a group of people. It’s like Netflix for board and card games – imagine having instant access to a library of board games, the ability to learn them in minutes, and create and customize your own versions. Oh and you can use physical pieces, cards, and your mobile phone with your PlayTable.

It’s game night. You have friends over, dust off a board game you haven’t played in quite a while, and sit there for half an hour trying to explain the rules. Perhaps you order food and some random lo mein falls onto your board, along with about a liter of cola. Well, that just ruined the game, and possibly the board itself. Being a board gamer has its trials and tribulations, just like Ace Attorney. But, what if that didn’t ruin the night? What if some paper towels and a minute of cleaning puts you right back into the game?

This and many other reasons are a good indicator why it’s worth your time to check out PlayTable.

PlayTable by Prizm Labs may just be the answer. Taking prototypes out to gaming cons (such as IndieCade), the response is very favorable. An electronic replacement for games you may already own or even better, if you don’t own it, you’ll be able to download a game, have it instruct players through tutorials if needed, and much more.

I had a chance to sit down with John Dempsey, Computer Engineer and much more for PlayTable. We go over a plethora of PlayTable information, including its specs. It’s mind opening to find out what PlayTable can do as of right now and what may be in the future at their release.

Check out their website to get a taste of some video, specs, and more.

But before you do that, take a listen to my interview with John and hit me back with your thoughts. I’ll be covering PlayTable more throughout the year. When I get information, you shall, too. So, take a listen.

You can thank me later.

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J.C. Ciesielski, Fanbase Press Contributor



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