Now, it's no secret that I am a Settlers of Catan enthusiast. Just ask the kind folks at TechFlash who made the mistake of letting me play in their tournament.
So I, like many devotees of the German board game have been hoping to see it make its way to Microsoft's Surface tabletop. Well, the good news is that it is indeed happening.
Enthusiasts at this week's Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio, will be the first to see Catan running on the Microsoft tabletop computer, although the game is still in development. The final version is planned to be ready for the Gen Con Indy show in Indianapolis this August.
Now if I could only buy a Surface. But, since I can't--and Catan isn't quite ready yet anyway-- there's always the iPhone/iPod Touch version.
Plus, the developers of the iPhone game have started seeking beta testers for an iPad version of Catan. I'm interested to see how they make use of the iPad's bigger screen. It would also be neat if, down the road, one could hold their cards on an iPhone or iPod Touch, in the same way that is allowed in Scrabble for iPad.
Meanwhile, here's a YouTube video of Catan in action on the even bigger and more capable Surface. It's interesting to see the details, such as how players still use their hands to block others from seeing their cards.