Tabletop Games: Platforms, Experimental Games and Design Recommendations

  • Michael Haller
  • Clifton Forlines
  • Christina Koeffel
  • Jakob Leitner
  • Chia Shen


While the last decade has seen massive improvements in not only the rendering quality, but also the overall performance of console and desktop video games, these improvements have not necessarily led to a greater population of video game players. In addition to continuing these improvements, the video game industry is also constantly searching for new ways to convert non-players into dedicated gamers. Despite the growing popularity of computer-based video games, people still love to play traditional board games, such as Risk, Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit. Both video and board games have their strengths and weaknesses, and an intriguing conclusion is to merge both worlds. We believe that a tabletop form-factor provides an ideal interface for digital board games. The design and implementation of tabletop games will be influenced by the hardware platforms, form factors, sensing technologies, as well as input techniques and devices that are available and chosen. This chapter is divided into three major sections. In the first section, we describe the most recent tabletop hardware technologies that have been used by tabletop researchers and practitioners. In the second section, we discuss a set of experimental tabletop games. The third section presents ten evaluation heuristics for tabletop game design.


Video Game Game Play Heuristic Evaluation Gaming Experience Touch Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Haller
    • 1
  • Clifton Forlines
    • 2
  • Christina Koeffel
    • 1
  • Jakob Leitner
    • 1
  • Chia Shen
    • 3
  1. 1.Media Interaction LabHagenbergAustria
  2. 2.Mitsubishi Electric Research LaboratoriesCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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