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Short Doc ‘The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends’ Finds Rich Intensity in Settlers of Catan

24 April 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

On the face of it, the documentary short The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends doesn’t sound like such serious business: A group of friends get together to play Settlers of Catan, and occasionally get on each other’s nerves. Really, it’s difficult to think of anything more frivolous. But as anyone who’s ever gotten competitive [...] »

- Angie Han

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Watch: ‘The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends’ Explores the Seriousness of Settlers of Catan

18 April 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? Jay Cheel (Beauty Day, How to Build a Time Machine) has an incredibly fresh eye for documentaries. Not content to keep things dry, he hunts down compelling subjects and attacks them with nimble creativity, cool camera work and strong storytelling flair. In The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends (which, yes, sounds like a Community episode title), he almost-satirically points out the ridiculousness of high intensity, low stakes game-playing by taking it seriously. Specifically, he breaks down the dynamic between four friends bellying up to the table to play Settlers of Catan. This is a board game movie we can get behind. What will it cost? Only 10 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films »

- Cole Abaius

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