|While I was at Gencon I was able to speak with Jouni Jussila. He was at the con representing Dized. I didn’t see a lot of information about them, but after our conversation, I was able to leave them wanting to see their project get off the ground.
As you can see from their Indiegogo page, they offer an amazing product. Their product is a app that has tutorials on how to play games. Here are some of the things I learned (all paraphrased of course).
I asked about the games that were listed and how small the list was.
They explained that the list was small because they wanted to focus on popular games to prove to companies that if they could get these big names in gaming to have confidence in them to make this product, that other game companies would trust them with their products as well.
I asked if this is strictly board games or if all hobby games will be included.
The answer is that this is currently just board games. The reason for this is because the collectable games we all like to play not only have too many cards/dice/minis, but have too many personal/possible strategies to be able to include them all in order to do a proper how to play.
Another question I had was if the app would only show game play or if it would also show how to set-up games as well, because with most of the games I was seeing, the hardest/most time consuming part of the game was just the set-up.
At this point Jouni pulled out a tablet to show me the app in action. He showed me that it did indeed have the capability to not only show you how the game is played, but covers how to set-up a game with full placement of all of the components. He even said that some point there will be third party people submitting videos to the app.
Lastly, I asked about the pricing.
The app itself is free. There will be a subscription option that will have more complex features like storing your list of games and many more, but you can find out more about them on their IndieGogo page here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dized-board-games-made-easy-app-application#/
I really think that this is an app worth backing and that will be very useful to many a gamer. Especially the ones trying to convert new people over to the dark side.