The Last Gameboard will be demoed at GameStop stores in 10 cities

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The Last Gameboard, creators of Gameboard, a tabletop console that combines physical objects with digital games, has partnered with GameStop for a “game night experience” in 10 cities launching Saturday.

The first stop on the tour begins at the GameStop store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where players will get a live game night experience. This live and hands-on experience cheers the desktop community’s triumphant return to game night. Players can join and play at participating GameStop stores and keep their game boards.

Board games and tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs) are designed to bring people together and create shared experiences. Shail Mehta, CEO of Denver-based The Last Gameboard, said the partnership is creating a unique mix of retail and entertainment that will allow fans to meet and play their favorite games in a whole new way.

Over 40 million people are playing research and development Worldwide, sales have grown by double-digit percentages for five consecutive years, according to an article by Andreessen Horowitz’s gaming venture capitalist Jonathan Lai.

Gameboard’s digital-physical platform gives players instant access to a growing library of content, including role-playing, strategy, party and card games. It has a 16″ x 16″ touchscreen gamepad with 1920 x 1920 resolution.

The design brings together three key engineering components: proprietary hardware with SenseScreen technology; custom-designed software with a native operating system and community and marketplace capabilities; and machine learning to enable object recognition and track touch and gestures on and above the board . This enables players to blend physical, tactile gaming with digital animation and gaming immersion in unprecedented ways.

Gameboard connects physical and digital game parts like miniatures, dice, cards, and even mobile devices, while keeping the gaming experience immersive and intuitive. The game board doesn’t just detect pieces; it understands how these pieces are used in the game and how they should interact with digital elements during play.

Gameboard’s technology breaks down barriers previously unbreakable by similar products. Gamers see them as large tablets because they lack the core elements of a proper video game board: smooth infinite touch technology, online gaming, community-based features like our companion app, and support for online gatherings and guild creation Ability.

Hosted by professional game masters at your local GameStop store, each event will provide guests with an immersive tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) experience (elf ears are not included but encouraged).

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Tim Schuckar and Shail Mehta (right) of The Last Gameboard.

I spoke with Mehta and co-founder Rob Wyatt in the fall of 2019. Since then, the company has faced many challenges during the pandemic, as The Last Gameboard and other hardware startups have been hit hard by supply chain disruptions during the pandemic, Mehta said in an email to GamesBeat. Tim Schuckar is also a co-founder.

“Costs have gone up dramatically from smaller components, packaging and now shipping. Big companies falter under pressure, we’re just a Gameboard startup,” Mehta said. “It’s hard to manage geopolitical issues and a pandemic at the same time. We wouldn’t be able to do it without our team at Gameboard.”

Partners and investors have come together to help the company through the past two years, she said. Costs haven’t changed, they’re still going up, but because the company works closely with suppliers and partners, it’s helped forge a solid path to sourcing components for Gameboard.

“Finally, we’re seeing the light at the end of the Gameboard tunnel. We’re finally starting to bring this incredible product to market,” Mehta said. “We ended up sourcing all the components overseas, brought them to the U.S., and are now building the game board here in Denver.

Mehta, meanwhile, met Stacey Ferrira, who is in charge of in-store optimization and the new format, at GameStop in the fall of 2021. They started planning these experiential game nights for nearly six months.

“GameStop is focused on experience-based retail, and Gameboard’s core mission is to bring people together around games,” Mehta said. “This has been a great collaboration for both of us. Gameboard is out in beta and we have over 200 game partners and publishers signed up on our platform, offering hundreds of different experiences: from TTRPG to Simple board game.”

The company will complete all Kickstarter and beta waitlist units next month, she said. This fall, she said, thousands of people on the waitlist will begin receiving their game boards. Gameboard currently requires a $199 pre-order fee to get on the waitlist.

“Two years after the pandemic, we’re still going strong,” Mehta said.

place and time

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Gameboard is a fusion of physical and digital games.

May 14, 2022 6pm-9pm local time

Oklahoma Local GameStop Store
10916 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74133 (#3430)
430 W Wekiwa Rd, Sand Springs OK (#2804)
2419 W Kenosha Street, Broken Arrow, OK (#3887)
12401 E 96th Street N, Owasso, OK (#3073).

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