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A feature documentary about designer board games like The Settlers of Catan, and the people who love (and design) them.

THANK YOU, Going Cardboard Backers! We've hit the funding goal!  With just a smidge to spare.  ;)  Donations above and beyond are welcome of course, and will be put to good use both for film costs and for extra niceties for our backers.  Keep spreading the good word!

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In an era of tech-based, plugged-in entertainment, board games are making a comeback. But this is not your Grandma's Scrabble we're talking about! The new breed of board game is sleek, sociable, and cerebral. Going Cardboard takes you into the designer board gaming scene, from its community of enthusiastic fans to the creative passions of the designers and their journeys from concept to reality.

For this film, I traveled to various board gaming events including the SPIEL fair in Essen, Germany, home of the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) award. I interviewed designers, publishers, podcasters, and gamers. I am utterly committed to this film, and I want YOU to see it. Yes, you there.

I'm also thrilled to say that the DVD packaging will include a new designer board game from famed designer Reiner Knizia!  I'll tell you more about that soon, but of course Kickstarter supporters will be the first to get a peek at it. 

For a full overview of the film and the hobby, including a brand new teaser clip, see my Hustream interactive presentation (this requires an HTML5-enabled browser, i.e., NOT IE 8):

http://apps.hustream.com/going_cardboard/going_cardboard_overview/

STATUS Post-production is nearing completion on this film. I have over 60 hours of footage shot in full HD. An animator (Kerry Hutton) and musical composer (Tony Longworth) are on board. Your contributions will allow me to enlist a professional editor for the final editing work, and will help make production of the DVD possible.

MORE INFO You can find out more about the project on my website, www.goingcardboard.com. Thanks for listening, and if you're inspired or mildly amused, please consider donating. It is especially appreciated if you could spread the word far and wide, hither and yon!

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