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    Vectorform Game Studio and The Settlers of Catan


    CatanThis week, Origins Game Fair attendees will get the first glimpse at Settlers of Catan on Surface. The game has been developed on Surface by the Microsoft Surface strategic partner, Vectorform and brought to the show by Mayfair Games. Ever since Surface was first released, I’ve heard people say, “I’d love to see Settlers of Catan on Surface.”  Now, their wish is granted. Microsoft Surface is in a variety of lobbies, cruise ships and other venues all over the world. Venue owners interested in purchasing this game should contact Vectorform for more information on availability.

    Settlers of Catan has been at the front of the pack when it comes to strategic board games. It has been translated into over 30 languages and has sold more than 15 million copies. We’ve seen it on many different platforms, including the PC and Xbox 360. Surface, while digital, brings the game back to the tabletop with real-world objects. Four people can play and interact all at the same time on Surface’s large 30” screen. You can learn more about the game, still in development, over at the Vectorform blog.

    We hope to see more video footage coming out of Origins Game Fair this week. If you’re at the event, look for the Mayfair Games booth, #501 (hint: they have the largest exhibitor space at the show) and let us know over at Twitter if you’ve posted any video.

    [Video: Vectorform - The Settlers of Catan]

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     - Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)

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    Papermaze on Microsoft Surface


    Recently, Vectorform visited our offices to show me a new title they’ve been working on for Surface. It’s a fun maze game that is perfect for hospitality venues where casual-gaming might be found.  

    Help your paper friend navigate his way home in PaperMaze, a new maze-solving title for the Microsoft Surface.  You lead the small blob through a sketched maze by tracing his path with your finger.  Try not to get lost though, since completing the maze in a shorter time gives you a higher score!  Featuring 3 modes of difficulty, signature leader boards and 30 levels of play, PaperMaze is sure to capture your heart and mind.  Contact Vectorform at http://www.vectorform.com for information in purchasing this title for the Microsoft Surface.

    [Video: Vectorform's Papermaze on Microsoft Surface]

    I remember playing maze games on mainframe computers back in the day when you had to couple a Ma-Bell phone to a modem to transfer data and print the maze on teletype paper to run the maze with a pencil.. we’ve come a long way since then!

    - Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)

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    Microsoft Surface Bluetooth Connect Code Sample Now Available for Download


    This sample helps developers integrate Bluetooth connectivity into their Microsoft Surface applications.  It can be used to can send content to Bluetooth equipped mobile devices – without the need for client-side applications.

    The sample demonstrates sharing pictures, contacts and ringtones to a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone; with a whole range of additional possibilities enabling enhanced assisted sales, gaming, education, and communication scenarios.

    The Microsoft Surface Bluetooth Connect Code Sample is now available for download from the MSDN Code Gallery at:  http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Surface-Bluetooth-Connect-570fa881

    This code sample is designed for use with the Microsoft Surface 1.0 SP1 SDK and makes use of the .NET Bluetooth library binary file available from http://32feet.net/default.aspx.  The sample code is provided "as-is" and is not supported.

    [Video: Microsoft Surface Bluetooth Connect Code Sample]

    - Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)

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