Short Documentary: The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends

In the last couple of months I’ve had some down time while focusing on getting my next film, How to Build a Time Machine, up and running. I’d been itching to shoot something and with a fairly new camera (the Panasonic AF100) sitting on my shelf, I really wanted to log a few more hours shooting and become more familiar with my equipment before jumping into the next feature. So, I thought why not make a short documentary? With limited time and resources, I focused on a topic close to home…board gaming. My group of friends have recently started playing games like The Settlers of Catan and Pandemic, and this has resulted in some interesting ‘in game’ personality shifts. This short looks at the politics of competitive board gaming amongst friends, detailing one specific incident in which one friend loses his cool, threatening the future of ‘game night’.