It's all about "playing the game" — with guts and heart...
But oneupmanship (lowercase) is also all about living life like you have a pair, and a brain, and how.
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 quixotic 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, hurree y'up!
UPDATE — Here's what an old friend replied when I sent him an email about our Kickstarter campaign (click play button):
Darwinian. Expensive. Smart. Classic.
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.
WARNING: It's the perfect game for the right players, but is definitely not for pinkos, pikers, posers or pantywaists. There are other people who probably won't take a shine to it either, like do-gooders and vegans, but we wanted to stick with the alliterative for now.
Hey, Players, join the party.
Don't you want to learn every trick in the book, hang around with the cool crowd, get the latest updates and treasures from our Miltonic mind, have the most fun/best time? Of course you do. Alpha Males and Females only.
An Old's Cool Handbook.
We also think there are lots of life lessons to be learned from oneupmanship (the attitude), and THE OFFICIAL MAN UP MANUAL is our stab at a smart-alecky guide to the really important stuff, like "How to be the world's worse dad without even trying" and "Three must-read books if you're on death row." Just kidding.
Our guide is filled with practical, old-school know-how, lost arts, recalcitrance and humor, too: we guarantee you'll laugh out loud at our smirky debut monograph — Brain surgery... it's not rocket science.
Are you also a word nerd?
One Up! is the ultimate mind game — it's not only faster and easier than Scrabble, it's also way harder too. Seriously, do you think you have enough intellectual soup in the kitchen, so-to-speak, to whip out the biggest words and win?
We learned all about oneupmanship as a teenager in the early '70s from a very old friend named Dr. Victor Popeo. He was, and is, a wry, self-deprecating and fine man, and knew every cool trick in the book. Our hat's off to you, Dr. Popeo.
Eric Berne's bestselling Games People Play was a huge best-seller when we read it in college, and it made a lasting impression on us. (The book, not college.) Even though Berne readily credits Stephen Potter's Gamesmanship as a precursor, we weren't familiar with his work until recently.