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Going Cardboard: A Board Game Documentary

4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews


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In 1978, the German press and board game makers created the Spiel des Jahres, or "Game of the Year" award for excellence in board game design. Competition for this award contributed to an explosion in the variety and sophistication of "Eurogames." With the arrival of The Settlers of Catan in the United States in the mid-nineties, more people began to discover the new breed of board game that had been quietly evolving in Germany for the past 30+ years. Going Cardboard takes you into the world of "designer" board gaming, from the community of enthusiastic fans to the publishers and self-publishers, and of course, the designers. Witness the spectacle of the SPIEL show in Essen, Germany, where over 150,000 people from all over the world come together... for board games.Fans and industry notables take you into the world of designer board gaming, compelling newcomers and delighting existing fans alike.Includes:Going Cardboard feature documentaryOver 90 minutes of bonus footageSubtitles in English, Spanish, German, and EsperantoAnamorphic widescreen (16:9) formatShoot-Out, a board game by Reiner KniziaInterviews include:Game Designers:Klaus Teuber, Reiner Knizia, Alan R. Moon, Matt Leacock, Donald X. Vaccarino, Friedemann FriesePublishers: Days of Wonder, Mayfair Games, Rio Grande GamesCommunity Leaders : Tom Vasel of The DiceTower, Derk Solko of BoardGameGeek, Scott Nicholson of Board Games with Scott ...and many moreThis DVD is region free.

Product Details

  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, DVD
  • Studio: T-Cat Productions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0075HIZE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,032 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
Length: 5:17 Mins
Hey everyone! I did a review of Shoot Out which is released with the Going Cardboard documentary. In this review I talk about both the game and the DVD documentary, which is absolutely fantastic!
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As a gamer, I found this documentary to be riveting. Interviews with some of the biggest names in the designer gaming world, behind-the-scenes looks at how publishers work and the impact that Kickstarter.com has had in the industry... it's all here. Also included: tons of bonus clips and a board game!

A caveat.. I have shown this to several non-gamer friends. They said they felt it was too "inside baseball." Though enjoyable, they felt like they were missing out on a lot because they weren't familiar with the games and people mentioned. That being said, they did actually enjoy it and are now more open to designer board games. Seems like a "win" to me.

Grab some friends, pop in the DVD and be ready to bust out some Settlers of Catan after!
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If you are a hobby gamer, know one or are interested in starting off this is the DVD for you. The main feature mixes a series of story lines quite well. You get to see the hobby from the point of view of players, designers and publishers. It Goes to show that while hobby gaming may just be catching on in the US that we are behind many areas of the world. There is info on and interviews with many of the established designers and the tale of an aspiring designer as well. There are many mini-bonus clips. These are all relatively short but well focused. Each does a great job of covering it's topic without going overlong. These show additional interviews that were cut form the main film. They also showcase how some of the earlier Eurogames came into the US. There is also a game timeline and history of the Spiel DES Jahres winners up until the time the movie was completed.

As a bonus you get a copy of Shoot Out a game by Reiner Knizia.
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Going Cardboard delves into the resurging world of boardgames, focusing on the European competitions and the new games that are at the forefront of a revival of an old family tradition - game night. The documentary touches on collectors, makers, designers and players of some of the new and exciting games that are really worth checking out.

The Board Game is not dead, it has merely been resting. And now it's woken up.
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This is a great documentary! It gives tips on how to get newbies into gaming, the history of gaming, interviews with seasoned professionals. Everything you need to know about gaming and how awesome it is, is in this doc.
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By E. Waggoner on February 17, 2014
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While I appreciate the concept, I can't give 5 stars due to the amateur-ish hack-job that this video is. If you're interested in board games it's still worth a watch though. The content is definitely there.
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I followed the production of this film as closely as I could over the internet, so I was really excited to see it when it got finished. It definitely did not disappoint. Very well done film, very informative and interesting documentary, and an overall excellent product. The extras in the box were awesome! I will absolutely be recommending this film to my friends and showing my copy off to as many people as I can, whether they like boardgames or not.
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