We are pleased to announce that Hotseat mode is now available on Board Game Arena. Using Hotseat mode, you can play any game on Board Game Arena with friends next to you, using the same computer/tablet/phone.
Board Game Arena's main purpose is to give you a way to find opponents anywhere in the world, but we figured that in some specific situations it could be nice to play on BGA from the same place: playing against oneself to learn how to play, playing with a friend next to you AND a friend far away, ...
So we chose to introduce Hotseat, and it's available right now. After you create a table, click on "invite a friend" and select "Hotseat". You can invite as many hotseat players than you need, and you can even play with both hotseat players and distant players. Please note that ELO ranking is disabled when using this mode.
Hotseat is a BETA feature, so please do not hesitate to report any difficulties you may encounter using it.
Important note: BGA's purpose is not to replace real board games, but to advertise for real board games. We certainly do not want this new mode to incite players to play board games on BGA when they are physically at the same place. This is why Hotseat mode is going to become a Premium-restricted feature after some period of time. In the meantime feel free to enjoy it!