Buy the Rights: Movie Making Party Game

 Game: Buy The Rights  Age: 14+
 Publisher: Literally Wizards  Players 3- 10
 Time: 30 minutes  Replayability: 7/ 10

buy the rightsBuy the Rights: Movie Making Party Game

I feel like in the past three months I have done more party games than I have any other genre of gaming. This is definitely not an issue to me because party games are what bring together the biggest group of players, it’s what brings together players who didn’t know they would be analog gaming, and it’s a way to have a good time. Buy the Rights takes the concept of film idea pitching and creates a thought-provoking and very entertaining party game out of it! In Buy the Rights, each player will be given a two of each card type: a genre, a hero, a descriptor, and a plot. The “producer” at the time will listen to each players’ pitch based on the combination of the four card types he puts together, and will then distribute the 20 million he was given amongst the players how he sees fit. It’s a creative party game with fluent game play. The box and components are sturdy and use nice colors to provide the game with a fresh look. Its rules are simple to follow and the game can play within minutes.

My Experience and Final Thoughts

We had a four player experience and all went into the game knowing we are all film buffs ourselves. Little did we know, creating a movie idea (and pilot to give ourselves more creative freedom) was a lot harder than we thought. I made an action comedy, which featured the streets of Chicago, and my character was a divorce lawyer. I name-dropped a few actors and began my pilot of a few fallen out divorce lawyers looking for a new way to turn their life around. They ended up being underground Chicago street thugs but that was on a whole level of pilot elaboration. I ended up winning 5 million while one other player who had a very Inception-like story won 10 million. I didn’t get paid the big bucks until I introduced the cold-blooded Rabbi superhero. I received 10 million for that one!

In the end, I didn’t win but I came second place holding 20 million with another player reaching 30 million. It was a great experience and we all had a good time shooting our concept at each other. Even players who would identify at new in the community had a good time building their movies and pitching it to us, the verbal interaction of this title makes it accessible for all players, and the variety of cards to choose from are safe for the family. It’s great for large groups and plays best with four or more players. the learning curve is hidden within your own creative ability and how you can interact with cards given to you. It’s pacing is based on players interest in the game, the more elaborate and fun you are telling a story the less likely people will feel the need to make things move quicker if you aren’t enjoying the game–it’ll more than likely be noticeable.

You will like this game if you enjoy film and enjoy party games.

You will not like this game if you don’t feel you are creative enough to build movie with a couple descriptive cards.

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Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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