Introducing Buy The Rights – The Movie Making Party Game

Posted 3 months ago by Games

Buy the Rights

Hey folks! Once again it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything here, and once again it’s shameless self-promotion that brings me back. This time it’s for something I’m ridiculously excited about though; I created a board game!

Well, it doesn’t have a board, but it’s a party game called Buy The Rights and I think it’s pretty cool. It’s a game where players create their own movies based on four decks of cards, trying to come up with the best/funniest movie ideas and pitching them to the Producer, who then ‘buys the rights’ to the movie(s) they like best.

I’ve been working on it for quite a while now, and it’s almost done. In just a few weeks it will launch as my very first Kickstarter project. I’m working with AdMagic, the company that prints Cards Against Humanity and a bunch of other awesome games, on manufacturing, and I already hired the awesome Jason Smith to provide art for the cards. The game looks great even in prototype form, and will look even better if when it gets funded!

Buy The Rights

Buy the Rights is a true party game. It’s meant to get people laughing and isn’t meant to have a ton of rules, and because of that, it’s my type of game. Each deck has 100 cards which makes for 100 million possible combinations, so the game will have a lot of replay value. Here are a couple of my favorite movies that have been made in playtesting sessions so far:

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Players are encouraged to really pitch their ideas to the producer, who changes each round. The Producer has a budget of $20 Million to spend on their favorite movies and can divide it up however they want, and the player with the most money at the end of the game wins.

The base game will be available for a $25 pledge, and that gets you 400 cards in a 11×7 box with a molded plastic insert, custom printed Buy the Rights play money, and instructions. Then we’ll have all sorts of awesome reward tiers with rewards designed by a lot of awesome artists and friends of the site. Art prints, button packs and stickers, and an exclusive t-shirt will all be available at various pledge levels.

If you’d like to stay up to date or just find out some more information, head over to the Buy the Rights website!

Nostalgia Packs now Available on Amazon!

Posted 8 months ago by Stuff

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Hey there! Long time no see. Life got pretty hectic in THS headquarters and I haven’t had much time to think about the blog, but hopefully that will change after the holidays. In the meantime, I wanted to fill you in on something cool in case you haven’t heard any of my other shameless plugs. Nostalgia Packs are now available on Amazon Prime!

I realized I didn’t have time to leave Boxsome open as an on-again-off-again webstore, but that making a standardized Nostalgia Pack and selling them on Amazon could be a fun experiment. So far it has been. I’ve sold quite a few on there, and hopefully people are enjoying them. Selling on Amazon is pretty easy, but getting feedback and reviews is hard, so if you decide to get a Nostalgia Pack, please leave a product review and a seller review and I’d be super grateful!

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These Nostalgia Packs are basically a grab bag, but come with:

  • Two random wax packs (Think Nintendo, TMNT, Alf, etc)
  • 1 foil pack (Bill Nye, Power Rangers, Bill & Ted, etc)
  • Random loose cards and stickers
  • Pogs!

I wanted to launch these before Christmas because I think they make fun gifts for geeks like us, and since they’re available via Amazon Prime, you can probably order them all the way up to the 22nd or something and still get them in time.

They are low in stock at the moment but I have a big box that should be at Amazon’s warehouse today or tomorrow, so there should be plenty soon!

Check them out on Amazon

If I don’t post again before Christmas, have a great holiday!

Missing Links: Will Vinton, Usagi Yojimbo, Ghostbusters, Guardians

Posted 1 year ago by Missing Links

Missing Links

How the Father of Claymation Lost His Company
I’ve been a huge fan of stop-motion/claymation since I was a very little kid, and Will Vinton has always been one of my favorites. I was vagely aware of what happened when his studio was taken over by Phil Knight of Nike fame, but I didn’t know the whole story. It’s pretty incredible what happened to him, but it has to be said, would films like Coraline and ParaNorman have been made if the change didn’t happen? I think Laika has a bright future but it sucks that Vinton got booted from his own company.

Watch Stop-Motion ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Short Film
This short is rough, but it was just used as a proof-of-concept for the filmmakers to get the rights to Usagi Yojimbo to make a stop-motion animated feature. I love stop-motion and I love Usagi Yojimbo (through his TMNT connection of course) so this is pretty awesome.

How Laika Pushed 3D Printing to New Heights with ‘The Boxtrolls’
I love that 3D printing is helping keep stop-motion animation alive. Laika’s movies are great and I can’t wait to see the Boxtrolls.

See the Ghostbusters Ride That Was Never Built
This would have been a really fun ride.

Inside the Wild UI Design of Guardians of the Galaxy
I love when a sci-fi movie has a great UI design, and Guardians certainly did. Beyond the screens and holograms that we’re used to seeing, it had some amazingly weird “UI” in Ronan’s ships. Just another thing that this movie did right.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Review

Posted 1 year ago by Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy

Things have been quiet around here again. Sorry about that! I’ve been busy launching a new business and the only thing I’ve had the energy or time for resembling blogging lately has been maintaining the THS Instagram account, but hopefully that’s changing soon. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching geeky movies, playing video games, etc, I just haven’t had the energy to blog about it.

That said, it’s been a pretty eventful few weeks for us geeks. I’m sure you all are wondering if I’ve seen the new TMNT movie, but I haven’t. I’m really divided on seeing it (at the least I could write a bad review) but being so busy and also having so many awesome things I’m excited about has made me strangely at peace with the idea that there’s a new Turtle movie out there that I haven’t seen. The opinions I’ve read from the people I trust basically let me know that the movie is terrible, and honestly all the people I’ve had telling me it’s good have had to preface their recommendations with things like “If you don’t think about it…” or “It’s just the Turtles…” which is bullshit to me. I’ve gotten called out on Instagram and Reddit (ugh, don’t go to the TMNT sub) for being whiny for wanting a good TMNT movie, and I’m kind of over the whole thing. I’ll torrent it when it comes out on video to make sure I don’t contribute any money to Bay’s production company, and maybe write a late review.

Anyway…

Meanwhile, I’ve seen ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ twice

And it’s amazing.
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When You Hear This Sound #13 – Christmas in the Stars

Posted 1 year ago by Podcast

When You Hear This Sound

It’s Christmas in July August! Celebrate the holidays with R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, and a young hair metal icon in 1980’s oddball Star Wars spectacular, Christmas in the Stars.

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