Going Cardboard

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Going Cardboard
Directed byLorien Green
Produced byLorien Green
Music byTony Longworth
Edited byJason Scott Sadofsky
Release date
  • February 23, 2012 (2012-02-23)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.[1] It was financed through the crowd funding service Kickstarter.[2][3]


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.[4]


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",[5] 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.[6]





  1. ^ "Lorien Green discovered designer board gaming four years ago through her husband". Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  2. ^ "Going Cardboard - A Board Game Documentary - A Documentary project in Nashua". Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  3. ^ "Lorien's experience shows how you can use Kickstarter to fund a portion of your dream, breaking it up into manageable parts rather than attempting to do the entire project at once". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  4. ^ "Featuring interviews with more than 30 top board game designers, publishers, reviewers and prominent figures in the hobby, and with a plethora of extras, this multi-zone DVD is ideal for the board game hobbyist, or as a tool to introduce non-gamers to our hobby". Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  5. ^ "Going Cardboard". Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  6. ^ "Dokumentarfilm "Going Cardboard": Warum Amerikaner deutsche Brettspiele lieben". Retrieved 2012-04-25.

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