New techs brings board games back

Written by

Last Updated: May 7, 2014

Tech-patent developer uses technology to create a low-tech board game for children.

Dan Shapiro has a great reputation as someone who has created several technology-related patents. He has also sold a company to technology giant Google and he has worked in Microsoft.

His latest venture, however, is somewhat peculiar to what he is used to creating – he used technology to create an offline board game for the kids.

It is expected that technology would erase old-fashion children games since tabs, smartphones, android phones, game consoles, pc games, etc. have eye-popping effects, great online communities, and visceral actions that offline games don’t have.

But it is ironic that it is actually technology that is bringing back board games and other old-fashioned kids games back to market trend. Mr. Saphiro and other independent designers found a gold mine in the low-tech games because of the advent of new available technologies.

Mr. Saphiro said the new technologies of today have opened up a generation of creative gameplay innovations that could not yet be done before.

Because of the new technologies of today, tabletop games can be turned from concepts to reality. Most of these board games are fantasy and strategy genres – think Dungeons and Dragons.

Technologies such as 3-D printers can easily create the figurines, prototypes and dice needed for the game. Online retail giant can help distribute and ship these tabletop games taking out middlemen in the equation.

Crowdfunding sites gives developers and designers the funds needed to start these boardgame businesses and study the demand for this market.

Even though the video game industry wiped out its low-tech counterparts, tabletop games still maintained a consistent growth.

Trade publication ICv2 shows that hobby stores in the US increased its sales at 15 to 20 percent every year for the past three years. According to board games sales have increased significantly from 2012 to 2013.

Crowdfunding service Kickstarter reports that the money raised last year on tabletop games was $52.1 million surpassing the amount raised for video games which is only $45.3 million.

There is a big boom for average designers as they put up ideas, get it funded and then get it marketed, according to Peter Adkinson, a designer who sold his tabletop game publisher Wizard of the Coast to Hasbro in 2001.

Saphiro’s major successful tabletop game is Robot Turtles, a board game, which subliminally teaches children computer programming basics.

Related Posts


Hints on how to write a helpful review

A great review should have the following qualities:

  • A helpful review should connect and engage with the readers using personal experience.
  • An excellent review provides the readers with cogent and unbiased information necessary to help them make the best choice.
  • A review must be well-formatted to make reading easier by using multiple paragraphs and avoiding caps.
  • The primary goal of your review must remain to provide accurate and non-salesy information.
  • Above all, let your review be fair and honest.

We have high level of professional editorial section with zero tolerance policy on fake reviews.

To maintain the genuineness of our brand, we ensure all customer reviews submitted to us are verified and confirmed before publishing. Though we might not be a 100% accurate, however, we try our best to ensure being next to best. For a thorough verification of submitted reviews, we spend close to 7 working days before allowing any customer review to be published since we also work on the earliest submissions first.

The Quality Page Score Explained

    Your Rating*

    Were you able to find the information you were looking for on our website? YesNo

    Did you find that information valuable?

    How likely are you to share our page with a friend? Scale 1 to 5