GenreDocumentary, Family, News ProducerLorien Green CountryUnited States
Release dateFebruary 23, 2012 (2012-02-23) CastReiner Knizia, Klaus Teuber, Friedemann Friese, Alan R Moon, Christophe Boelinger Similar moviesBronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony (2012)
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Going Cardboard: A Board Game Documentary is a 2012 documentary about the American adoption of German-style board games, and includes coverage of the 2009 board game event Spiel in Essen, Germany, as well as interviews with many prominent game designers. The film was written, directed and produced by Lorien Green, who was introduced to board gaming by her husband. It was financed through the crowd funding service Kickstarter.
Lorien Green shows how modern board games became popular in the United States. This includes interviews with influential game designers, fans, collectors, shop owners, specialized journalists and entrepreneurs who explain how, of all things, the internet promoted the success of non-digital games. It's been suggested that it's a useful tool to introduce newcomers to organized board gaming.
The Geeks Playing Games website called it a "must see for anyone interested in the people behind the games and the process behind the production", although German newspaper Der Spiegel criticized it for being somewhat dated, as the film spent several years in post-production and only covers games up to 2009.