Settlers of Catan on Microsoft Surface: Yes Please

I still prefer the real-deal version of board games like Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne over the Xbox Live/iPhone versions because real board games are social. But the official Microsoft Surface version? It might be the perfect way to play.

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By using the Surface Table, this version of the classic German board game features the best of both worlds. On the one hand, you've got four people sitting around a physical table, talking, laughing, whining in order to secure a resource cards trade. But on the other hand, you've got the slickness and convenience of a video game, with nothing to put away or organize and everything slickly organized and set up.

And yes, this is an official project with the Catan license, not just a tech demo to show off what could be. So in theory, gaming cafes could have a surface set up with this for people to come in and play. Or, you know, you could spring for one in your living room. Which doesn't seem like that crazy an idea after watching this video. [Kotaku]

DISCUSSION

I would totally blow a good bit of money on this...especially if they continue down this road with German board game developers.... perhaps some D&D or other table top games. This could be a huge success to bridge the gap between Xbox'ers and Table Toppers if the two shall ever meet in a compatible environment I imagine this would be it. I regularly host board games and rotate through a collection of great often German games and this would be a great wow factor plus save time on setup and cleanup which is often a large portion of the said game day....My only thought is how they could deal with card based games that require you to hide you cards in hand....perhaps a compatible phone app or wifi link.