Magic: The Gathering Creator is Making Location-Based Game, Map Monsters

Via Kickstarter, we’ve learned that Richard Garfield, the creator of famed allowance-eater Magic: The Gathering is working on “a free-to-play location-based adventure game.” Entitled Map Monsters, the upcoming title attempts to use location gaming as a secondary mechanic, rather than a primary one: players will not be obligated to actually go anywhere to catch the many monsters out there roaming the map. You’ll simply do better at it if you’re willing to move, though.

In the Kickstarter’s own words:

  • Location done right. Unlike other attempts at location-based games, our approach is to make location a secondary, not primary, mechanic. In Map Monsters, it’s not necessary to travel physically, although players that do will advance in the game more quickly.
  • Earth as a game board. We take raw map data from the four corners of the globe and roll a fictional world that mirrors our own.
  • Virtual travel. You’re not limited to what you can find in your physical location; walk your character through a virtual world teaming with new things to discover.
  • Explore. You never know what you’ll find in the game by checking in to new physical locations, or walking your character throughout the world.
  • Scarcity. You’ll find an abundance of some items in your area, but you’ll have to travel further afield or trade with others from far away places to succeed.
  • Build. Like to build stuff? Build mileposts, roads, goldmines, farms and more.
  • Social. Trade with your friends, use their roads, collaborate to fight monsters.
  • Available platforms. Available on iPhone and iPad initially; we plan to work on porting the game to Android subsequently.

Mind you, other games have tried this sort of thing in various ways; Shadow Cities allows you to travel far afield inside the game by leaping through your faction’s portals, which is a nice bit of team-oriented meta-gaming. Still, we’re always curious to see new variations on the location mechanic. Here’s hoping Garfield and Friends can kick the rest of their starter!

Powermat Partners With MyTown for Two-Fold Promotion

Powermat, a company specializing in wireless charging stations has announced a partnership with Booyah’s MyTown, the check-in app that has grown to more than 2 million players since its launch.

The promotion between the two companies runs until June 13, and in that time, users who check-in at any supported Powermat retailer (Best Buy, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond are just three examples) will receive Powermat branded virtual items within the game.

To take the promotion once step further, users are given added incentive to physically interact with the Powermat products in store in the form of a contest that will see all who do so entered to win a Powermat Wireless Charging System for their iPhone, which is otherwise available to purchase for around $70, depending on the retailer.

“Partnering with MyTown offers us a unique opportunity to engage millions of technology savvy consumers with a unique cutting-edge forum,” said Beth Harrison Meyer, Vice President of Global Marketing for Powermat, via a company press release. “Powermat is all about using technology to enhance consumer convenience. With MyTown, we are reaching the most tech savvy consumers right where they live. What could be more convenient than that?”

Powermat Partners With MyTown for Two-Fold Promotion

Powermat, a company specializing in wireless charging stations has announced a partnership with Booyah’s MyTown, the check-in app that has grown to more than 2 million players since its launch.

The promotion between the two companies runs until June 13, and in that time, users who check-in at any supported Powermat retailer (Best Buy, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond are just three examples) will receive Powermat branded virtual items within the game.

To take the promotion once step further, users are given added incentive to physically interact with the Powermat products in store in the form of a contest that will see all who do so entered to win a Powermat Wireless Charging System for their iPhone, which is otherwise available to purchase for around $70, depending on the retailer.

“Partnering with MyTown offers us a unique opportunity to engage millions of technology savvy consumers with a unique cutting-edge forum,” said Beth Harrison Meyer, Vice President of Global Marketing for Powermat, via a company press release. “Powermat is all about using technology to enhance consumer convenience. With MyTown, we are reaching the most tech savvy consumers right where they live. What could be more convenient than that?”