It’s easy to think of classic tabletop games as offering a way of playing that never changes, or that changes very slowly over a long period of time. Yet, by looking at some current versions, we can see how some games have moved in dramatic and unexpected ways in recent years.
Live-Streamed Roulette Games
Roulette has a long history that stretches back to the 17th or 18th century. It’s safe to say that the game has been unchanged for much of the years and centuries since then, as the cleverly designed wheel delivers a game of chance that has captivated players. Yet, the emergence of technology such as the internet and live-streaming has taken roulette in new directions.
A look at the current online roulette UK options reveals titles like Lightning Roulette, Immersive Roulette and Speed Roulette. These games are all carried out with a human presenter spinning the wheel in a studio setting. With the action live-streamed onto the screen, players can then place their bets and watch as the ball spins around the wheel before settling into a numbered pocket. As well as the live presentation, features such as multipliers and spread betting have been added to make the game more diverse.
This form of presentation has transformed other casino games such as blackjack and baccarat too. The live-streamed format has led to the introduction of new games as well as the updating of these classics, as game show-type efforts with lucky wheels and rolling dice are among the changes taking this industry in a new direction.
Board Games Based on Horror Movies and Racing
People have been playing board games for 5,000 years or more, with The Royal Game of Ur and Senet among the contenders for the title of the oldest game in the world. However, recent trends have seen board games of many different types appear. A good example is the introduction of the horror genre to board games.
Some of the best horror-themed games include Eldritch Horror, Mansions of Madness and Mysterium. This report from Collider reveals that Trick or Treat Studios has a new game available for pre-order, based on the Chucky movies. Played over three rounds, it challenges up to four players to survive a series of attacks while solving the mystery of who is behind them.
The world of motorsports might seem like an unusual choice for a board game but Heat: Pedal to the Metal shows how this can be done effectively. Released in 2022, it’s best played with a group of five or six competitors who each need to find the right cards to upgrade their vehicles and reach their top speed.
A Murder Mystery Card Game
It isn’t clear when the first card game was played or what it was called. We need to go back to ninth-century China to find the first reference to playing cards, which then reached Europe several centuries later. There are now many different ways of playing card games and the list is getting longer all the time.
An example of how card games have changed over the years can be seen with the emergence of online games, while augmented reality and virtual reality have been used to blend the real and virtual worlds in many cases.
The Bad Blood game takes a different approach and is a project currently on Kickstarter. Created by Kelly McMahon, it’s based around a set of beautifully illustrated cards with a 1920s theme. Players take on the role of journalist Joseph Field, who is trying to solve the murder of Dee Dumas and needs to follow the string of clues revealed by the cards.
What New Directions Can We Expect?
It’s interesting to note that these recent developments aren’t based purely on the implementation of the latest technology. In some cases, technology has allowed a game to evolve, but in others it’s simply down to applying a creative approach and looking for new ways to add a fresh twist to a genre that’s been around for a long time.
Therefore, we can expect to see more new ideas and interesting ways of playing board games and table games in the future, which is good news for anyone who loves playing these games and likes the idea of doing it in different ways.