My Game ‘Buy The Rights’ is on Kickstarter!

Posted 2 weeks ago by Games

Gamers and movie fans, you should check out my Movie Pitching Party game called Buy The Rights. I’ve been working on it since about April with my wife and my two best friends, and it’s up on Kickstarter!

In each round of Buy The Rights, one player is the Producer, and the other players are the Screenwriters. Screenwriters create their own movies by playing one card from each deck out of their hand. They then pitch their ideas to the Producer (getting as involved as they want with their pitches) and the Producer has a budget of $20 Million to spend on his/her favorites.

There are 400 cards, which equals to 100 Million possible combinations, and it’s a lot of fun! You can get the game for $25 with free shipping in the US, and we’re already over 30% funded in just a day and a half. Come check it out!

Back Buy The Rights on Kickstarter

Star Wars Battlefront First Impressions

Posted 1 month ago by Games


Star Wars Battlefront I and II are both probably in my top five video games of all time. My love of Star Wars in addition to the addictive gameplay and awesome multiplayer of those games make them about perfect for me. Needless to say, I had a feeling that a new Battlefront game was going to drag me into the current generation of gaming, and I was right.

I told myself I was never going to get an Xbox One or a PS4. I have plans to (someday) build a kick-ass gaming PC and I didn’t see the point in a console other than the Wii U, but I changed my tune when I started reading some good things about the Xbox One, its upcoming backwards compatibility, and when an Amazon gift card for the exact amount of the console landed in my inbox.

My mysterious benefactor

Obviously I haven’t been updating this site much in the last couple years, but I still get a decent amount of search engine traffic thanks to my years worth of posts. Occasionally, I get a tiny amount of money from Amazon affiliate links, but it’s usually only a few dollars a month. A couple months ago, however, someone actually paid over $6,000 for an out-of-print LEGO Star Wars set (from this article) through one of my links, and I ended up with an Amazon gift card for about $350. Crazy.

Rather than use that on something I really needed, I decided that it was the universe telling me I needed to get a new gaming console so I could play Battlefront. Someone spent six grand on a Star Wars toy so I could play this game. Thanks, rich stranger.
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Introducing Buy The Rights – The Movie Making Party Game

Posted 6 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:

Buy the Rights Buy the Rights

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 11 months ago by Stuff


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!


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.