Friday, September 25, 2009

Is it Friday yet?

This was a busy week. posted a great interview on their GeekDad blog about the board game documentary I'm working on. Through that, I learned of the massive progress made on Under the Boardwalk, a documentary about Monopoly and the Monopoly World Championships. I'd first seen mention of it on IndieGoGo almost a year ago, but they have been rocking and rolling since then, and have a great-looking teaser trailer up! In some circles, Monopoly is the arch-enemy of designer board gaming, but if you ask me, there's room for everyone in this world.

The Wired interview paired with a shout-out on the Double Down Film Show (/highfive to the Down and Dirty DV MAN, Anthony!) got me focused back on my documentary efforts in a big way. I'm nailing down some interviews I've put off for far too long, and getting my Essen plans as solidified as possible....

...while sealing gates by night in Oblivion! Even if they are the WRONG gates. OK, so there was a closer gate to Anvil than the one I sealed. It was still a threat, and those ingrates could repay me by sending a few troops to Bruma. Not until I close the other "gate right outside Anvil?" Very well, but it's not like you'll be needing them for that; I'll close this gate single-handedly, as I always do, like the hero I am. :)

My saddest recent moment was discovering that Bethesda doesn't apparently sell Oblivion shirts and merchandise anymore. Or at least, the store link wasn't working. So sad. I'll have to make my own shirt, I guess. I brake for clouded funnel-caps would be nice.

And speaking of Monopoly, my empire in Monopoly City Streets is going alright. I managed to snag Broad Street, but some knave built a prison on my E. Dunstable Road. The nerve! I retaliated with a sewage treatment plant for their Royal Crest Drive. But as it turned out, I was able to neutralize the rent-sucking powers of the prison by...building a school on the same road. hmmm. There's just something deeply wrong about that, but now I'm collecting rent on E. Dunstable Road again, so I guess all's well that ends well.

And now I'm just getting word that Moscow has opened up on Mafia Wars. Oh great, that's just what I needed...

1 comment:

Kevin T said...

Thanks for the shout-out Lorien! Best wishes with continuing filming on your doc!

One stereotype about Monopoly that I'm trying to fight in my film is that Monopoly is just a "roll your dice, move your mice" kind of game. Our film will show the deep strategies for the game and how interaction between the players is what really makes it an exciting game.

As far as Monopoly City Streets goes, you're almost better to not build hazards on your opponents as that will provoke them back. It also is in your best interest not to make it on the leaderboard as everyone will target you (I found this out the hard way).

Kevin Tostado
Producer, Under the Boardwalk
Twitter: @MonopolyDoc