Monday, June 29, 2009

Just not what I had in mind

Hollywood is banking on the idea that film versions of Monopoly, Candy Land will be box-office hits.

Reportedly, directors as notable as Ridley Scott and Peter Berg have respectively signed on to big-budget versions of Monopoly and Battleship, and there's even a version of Candy Land in the works. No word yet, though, on the Steven Spielberg adaptation of Chutes and Ladders....

I love the Tim Curry Clue adaptation, but not as having anything to do with the game, just as a fun whodunit comedy. I just don't see this working with Monopoly. Unless it's just their clever way of marketing Wall Street 2...and why not just do another cool submarine movie, like Das Boot? Why's everything gotta be "tied in" these days? Doesn't it virtually guarantee a mediocre movie?

This will be Super Mario Bros. all over again.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

A documentary about makers of documentaries (thanks to Anthony Q. Artis for the heads-up!). How fourty filmmakers became filmmakers. Granted, I've got a huge bias going here, but this film sums up so eloquently why I couldn't resist making my own.

You can find a bigger version here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TILT is now on Netflix and iTunes

(cross-post from keepingmycool)

I've waited for this day for a long time. TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball is one of my all-time favorite documentaries, but it hasn't been widely available. Until now! TILT can now be found on


It doesn't matter if you are a pinball fan or not; I wasn't a big pinball person when I first saw the film. The story told by TILT has got everything a documentary is supposed to have; interesting facts and beautifully illustrated background history, interviews with key contributors (like the guy who invented putting flippers at the bottom of the play field), and a story with an endearing human element to tie everything together.

Trailer for "TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball" from Greg Maletic on Vimeo.

Also check out Greg's Vimeo channel, there are some very cool additional clips there.

If you use Netflix or iTunes, go check it out IMMEDIATELY, and don't forget to add the bonus DVD to your Netflix queue. It's got some really great extras. Just do it, have I ever steered you wrong before? Swing by here and let me know what you think afterwards, and if you'd like to buy a copy to own after that, you can get it on the official website.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Going Cardboard: A Board Game Documentary

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a website!

Oh, right, and...a title! Going Cardboard is the artist formerly known as board game doc. Of course you know this means I need a new order of business cards. :)

So check out when you have a second. It's a work in progress, but I won't deny I'm stupidly excited.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Designing under a licensed IP

Last week, I had the good fortune of sitting down for a discussion with Corey Konieczka, a designer for Fantasy Flight Games. His latest work can be seen in the Battlestar Galactica board game (for which the Pegasus expansion was just announced), but he's also designed for a number of heavy-hitting licenses including Fantasy Flight's Starcraft, World of Warcraft, and Lord of the Rings board game titles.

Corey represents yet another point on the designer spectrum. He works with a team, and frequently with the interesting pros and cons that come with designing under an existing intellectual property license. This makes for yet another interesting angle on designing, and it was a great interview.

It was also the first real chance I've had to "dress the set." I was able to set up the Battlestar board game on the table, which makes for really nice context.

Next up? A board gaming barbecue weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Small World design contest

Days of Wonder Announces Small World Design Contest

Days of Wonder has announced the Small World Design Contest in which aspiring game designers can create and submit their own custom additions to the new hit board game, Small World. Central to the game are the fantasy-inspired character races paired with special powers enabling them to conquer the Small World board maps....