Bill Trammel and Nate Veldkamp faced a problem similar to that of many Settlers of Catan enthusiasts: the game board was frustrating to use. The hex-shaped tiles didn’t stay in their assigned slots, you couldn’t pick up the game and move it to a different surface, etc. So, they decided to do something about it.
They took the correct step first: they shared the idea with the folks at Catan, Inc and Mayfair Games to see if they could work together and to make sure they could run with the project. Once they got an official okay, they put their heads together and came up with a simple and effective board that they’re raising funds for on Kickstarter.
The solution is a plastic board with indented spaces for the hex cards. Duh. They also have holders to keep your resource cards in tidy stacks. Their initial goal of $25,000 was left in the dust; the Kickstarter funding has already reached $282K. You can still pledge $25 for six more days to receive a board for 3-4 player Settlers of Catan; estimated delivery is May 2013.
See more photos and the Kickstarter video after the break.