It's all about how to "play the game" — with verve and audacity:
November 11, 2013
Let's do launch.
We had the official debut celebration on Saturday night for all the friends and family who have helped to make this new cheeky idea a reality, and to let the world know that ONEUPMANSHIP HAS ARRIVED. A bunch of people stopped by and had a drink, got a picture or two taken, and left with a complimentary first-edition of the "game-changer", as well as the smug satisfaction that they got in on the ground floor of something that is actually going to shift a paradigm. Somewhere. We hope!
October 30, 2013
ONEUPMANSHIP has arrived!
The proverbial slow boat from China finally pulled in the driveway this morning (looking more like a rusty tractor-trailer truck with Jersey plates), so it seems like it will be ONEUPMANSHIP for everybody who behaved this year! Or didn't behave, as the case might be. Ha ha! Calling all first-dibbers, pushy A-types, and the hopelessly, constitutionally impatient — here's your golden opportunity to seize the moment and buy ONEUPMANSHIP now. What are you waiting for, Christmas?
August 4, 2013
We just received the "tooling" sample, which is essentially the first printed prototype, with the gold foil leaf on the box and everything. We decided to partner with Grand Prix International to manufacture the games, and we couldn't be happier. Looks classy and like we actually know what we're doing!
A shot of what's inside the black box — capitalist pig*, priceless art and private jet included.
May 29, 2013
We are finally ready to push the button on the initial manufacturing run, and we thought we'd turn to the Kickstarter community to see whether there are enough closet capitalists out there who want to join us as partners in crime. We set the bar low (our M.O.) and are asking for only $5,000 — so if you haven't gotten on board yet, you can do it right here, right now.
UPDATE — Here's what an old friend replied when I sent him an email about our Kickstarter campaign (click play button):
Darwinian. Expensive. Classy. Smart.
ONEUPMANSHIP is a beautifully-designed grown-up board game that's not only wicked, cutthroat fun, it's also a witty and irreverent lifestyle accessory/wry political statement.
We're going underground, so-to-speak.
And we're planning on staying there, figuratively of course. As an independent design studio (recalcitrant, even), we have less-than-zero desire to become part of corporate toy America, or to sell out, or to lower our admittedly low standards any more than they already are.
Seriously, we believe that no one has a monopoly on fun, and that ONEUPMANSHIP is sure to be the new board-game gold standard, the giant killer, the literal game-changer.
We also think there are a lot of lessons to be learned from ONEUPMANSHIP, i.e. realizing how the real world actually works; why integrity, perseverance, hard work and excellence are the keys to success; risk (usually) = reward; the best way to take one on the chin, etc.
Here's t-shirt-ready call to action:
Wear it loud and proud, while you read these classic books to your children at night —