Tilt Five Rolls Bring Augmented Reality to Board Games at Gen Con

Tilt Five has announced that they will be debuting their mixed reality glasses at this year’s Gen Con. Designed for tabletop gamin, the glasses project onto a special retroreflective game board which creates a holographic scene which reminds me of Dejarik (holochess) from Star Wars.

According to Tilt Five:

Tilt Five is different from virtual reality, in that players can see everything around them while wearing the glasses, so they don’t need to worry about knocking their drink over while playing games. This also makes the experience more social. Just like traditional board games, players can sit around a table together and see each other. The glasses will also have stereo speakers and a microphone, so players can join in the fun even if they aren’t in the same location. Miniatures, and other tangibles such as playing cards, can also be used with Tilt Five, opening up a whole new way to play. A dragon miniature can breathe virtual fire and destroy a village, and a spaceship miniature can shoot virtual lasers and destroy enemy ships.

“Everyone on the team is an avid gamer themselves, playing everything from traditional tabletop games, like Catan, to DnD, RTSs, and video games,” said Jeri Ellsworth, CEO of Tilt Five. “Our design focus has always been centered around providing the best mixed reality experience possible for tabletop gamers, with a strong emphasis on the social aspects of playing games.”

You can find Tilt Five at Gen Con 2019 in the Zed: Isle of Misfit Events area in Hall C alongside CornBilt, who will be showing off the digital version of their board game LocoMotives. LocoMotives will be released in augmented reality as a featured title on Tilt Five.

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