Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
In Buy the Rights, players create their own movies based on four decks of cards and pitch their ideas to the Producer.
Buy the Rights is the fast-paced, fun-filled party game for the movie lover in us all! Pick your cards & pitch your movie!
Buy the Rights is the fast-paced, fun-filled party game for the movie lover in us all! Pick your cards & pitch your movie!
471 backers pledged $17,550 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Buy the Rights: The Movie Pitching Party Game project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Buy the Rights: The Movie Pitching Party Game

$17,550

471

THANK YOU BACKERS!

Over 450 of you pledged over $17,000 to make this game a reality.  We really appreciate the support and can't wait to get Buy the Rights into your hands!

Buy the Rights is a Movie Pitching Party Game that takes 30 seconds to learn. It's a storytelling game great for making your friends laugh and getting your creative juices flowing.

Players create their own movies based on four decks of cards:

  • Genre
  • Hero Descriptor
  • Hero
  • Plot

Each round, 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.  For example:

A post-apocalyptic movie about a socially awkward former President befriending a giant robot that fell from space? Yes please.
A post-apocalyptic movie about a socially awkward former President befriending a giant robot that fell from space? Yes please.

After the Screenwriters have created their movies, they pitch them to the Producer, getting as involved as they want with their pitches.  Titles, characters, theme songs, trailer narration; anything goes.  The Producer has a budget of $20 Million to spend on their favorite movies, and can divide it up any way they want using the included $5, $10, and $20 Million denominations.  The player with the most money at the end of the game wins!

With 400 cards, 100 million possible combinations, and multiple expansion packs in the works, Buy the Rights is infinitely replayable and is a great party game to add to your collection.

 Buy the Rights comes in a portable box and includes:

  • 400 Cards - 100 Genre, Hero Descriptor, Hero, and Plot cards
  • Play Money - $5 Million, $10 Million, and $20 Million bills.

Want to try out Buy the Rights? Hit the download button below to get our demo Print and Play PDF file. This version has 270 out of 400 cards from the game and the instructions.

Buy the Rights also has an optional dice mode that changes up the rounds, including Hero & Genre Showdowns, Blockbuster rounds, and Producer Kickback rounds.  You can play this with a standard six-sided die, but we have a cool stretch goal planned for a custom, engraved die too, so stay tuned!

Buy The Rights Card Prototypes
Buy The Rights Card Prototypes

Buy the Rights is completely finished and ready to send to our manufacturer, AdMagic, the same company that prints Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, and more.   

AdMagic has been working with us for months getting our game ready to print, and they are very responsive and will help make the whole process of manufacturing smooth and painless.

We went with iconography and a minimalistic art style to emphasize the text of the cards, and our art was provided by the excellent Jason Smith.

  • It's Social - Buy The Rights is a very social game.  It can be competitive and collaborative.  Often, players build on each others' ideas and it makes the game more fun.
  • It Encourages Creativity - You can make completely silly movies but you can also use Buy The Rights to create unique, interesting ideas.  With 100 Million combinations it will always get you creating new stories.
  • It's Hilarious - Many cards are funny on their own, but combining them in unique ways leads to very funny movie pitches.  We've even used the game in a live comedy show with local comedians!
  • Easy to Learn - It literally takes 30 seconds to explain the rules so you can spend more time making each other laugh, and less time learning to play.
  • Infinitely Replayable - With 400 cards and multiple expansion packs in the works, in addition to the fact that everyone pitches differently, the game never gets old.
  • Future Plans - Our team has years worth of Buy The Rights content planned, including expansion packs, a junior edition of the game, and more.  We want to build a community around this game and can't wait to share all the ideas we have.
  • We Can't Do It Without You - Manufacturing games is expensive and requires large orders.  Luckily, the more copies we can order, the more the costs go down.  We plan on having some copies left over if we are funded so we can sell them at events and self-finance a second printing of the game.
  • Great for Many Age Groups - While there's plenty of room for innuendo there are no outright offensive cards, so you don't have to worry about putting the kids to bed before you play.  But, you can pitch your movies however you want and it can get interesting pretty quickly. 
  • It's Adaptable - Different groups of players have different play styles, and Buy The Rights is easy to adapt to your group.  With the optional dice mode and your own house rules, you can play it the way you want.

Feature Presentation - One copy of the game.

Special Edition (New!) - One signed copy of the game, plus an exclusive pack of Buy the Rights buttons, a vinyl sticker, and an art postcard.

The Producer and Executive Producer levels come with Custom Cards that will be unique to your copy of the game.  These cards will be subject to our approval and must be submitted through our survey system.  These levels also come with blank Hero cards so you can customize your copy of Buy the Rights even further.  These levels also come with the buttons, sticker, and postcard.

The Buy the Rights t-shirt will be printed by the excellent folks at Real Thread and will be super soft with a water-based ink print.

The Movie Studio level ($200) includes 10 copies of Buy the Rights, plus all extras from the above tiers.

The Game Store level ($400) is for US-based game stores that would like to order 20 copies of the game to sell.  

The Screenwriter level ($500) lets you write one card that will be included in every copy of Buy the Rights.  Our team will work with you on creating your own Hero Descriptor, Hero, or Plot card that will be a part of Buy the Rights forever! Also includes 5 copies of the game and all the bonus rewards from the above levels.  Limited to 5! 

Buy the Rights is great fun and infinitely replayable right out of the box, but it gets even better when you mix in expansion packs!  There are three large expansions in the works for later in 2016, but we have an awesome mini-expansion pack that everyone in the $25 and over levels will get if we reach $20,000.

The 80s Action Expansion Pack - 30 cards in a foil pack reminiscent of old movie trading cards, packed full of cards that will make your pitches sound like awesome 80s movies.  10 new Hero Descriptor, Hero, and Plot cards (plus a bonus 80s Action Genre card) increase the number of possible combinations in Buy the Rights to over 133 Million!

The 80s Action Expansion can create 1000 pitches on its own, but combining it with the core game is where things will really get fun.  Help us cross our goal and hit $20,000 and everyone gets a pack!

Prototype version
Prototype version

Custom Engraved Die - Buy the Rights has an optional dice mode that lets you switch up the rounds a little bit, and we've been using these prototype dice during our playtests.  If we hit $25,000, everyone in the $25 and over levels will receive an awesome engraved die, and the 80s Action Expansion!

We've played Buy the Rights with huge crowds, small groups of friends, complete strangers, and everyone in between, and so far the response we've had has been amazing.  People understand the game quickly and can jump in and start making everyone laugh.  We're also going to be attending a lot of events over the next month to spread the word about the game even more, so check out our website to see if we'll be at an event near you.

We played the game for the first time in April (on index cards) and by May we had full prototypes.  Around that time we were chosen as finalists in the Boston Festival of Indie Games, and found out in August we were officially selected. 

Buy the Rights is the passion project of a group of four best friends from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Riley Day, Tommy Day, Chad Yadon, and Michelle Yadon
Riley Day, Tommy Day, Chad Yadon, and Michelle Yadon

Tommy Day, Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park - Tommy is a self-employed web developer and huge movie nerd. He created Buy the Rights about a year ago and fleshed it out with the help of his wife Riley and their best friends. 

Riley Day, Favorite Movie: Dan in Real Life - Riley is a Nurse Practitioner and Tommy's high school sweetheart, and also a big movie fan.  She loves the social aspect of Buy the Rights and that it brings people together.

Chad Yadon, Favorite Movie: Network - Chad is an avid player of games of all types, as well as a student of film and game design. He also is a huge fan of comedy and occasionally aspires to the stage himself. He couldn't imagine a game more up his alley than Buy the Rights.

Michelle Yadon, Favorite Movie: Beauty and The Beast - Michelle Yadon is a drama therapist who works with people with disabilities. She believes in the power of play and leisure and has seen it transform people's lives. She is excited to play Buys the Rights someday with her clients.

You can follow Buy the Rights online at these links:

Together we form the team Literally Wizards, and Buy the Rights is our first product. 

Of all the vast multitude of party games spawned by the success of Apples to Apples ... Buy the Rights is the funniest and funnest.  And, it’s definitely not Apples to Apples. - Bernie DeKoven - MajorFun.com - Read Full Review

Read the full article on GeekDad.com

This game might be the biggest hit at family gatherings in 2016. - Ball State Daily News - Read Full Article

It’s a great group game, especially if you’re with a bunch of creative people who love to tell stories. - Geeking in Indiana - Read Full Article

The different cards that are used to create the movies provide plenty of laughs and lots of replay value, and the fact that they are safe for younger gamers makes this a title that can be enjoyed both by families and by partygoers. - Board Game Quest - Read Full Review

In all seriousness, the game is a lot of fun and while we were playing we were constantly laughing at the pitches…After playing it, I think this could be really big, like in all the Targets and junk big. Branded in the 80s - Read Full Review

We've had a lot of time to plan our campaign and if we reach our goal we will be able to put in the minimum order from AdMagic, pay for shipping the games all over the world, and cover all fees and rewards.  The more we can raise, the more we can upgrade the game and bring costs down so we can unlock stretch goals.  We plan on building Buy the Rights into a business we can run for years and our goal is to have copies left over that we can sell at events and online in order to fund new products.  With your help we can!

Playing Buy The Rights at Boston FIG
Playing Buy The Rights at Boston FIG

We'll be updating the page throughout the campaign with new videos, images, and information on our stretch goals, so make sure to back us to keep up to date!

Special Thanks

A very special thanks goes out to Rocket 88 Doughnuts, The Speakeasy for letting us film at their awesome establishments, and AdMagic and Print Play Games for all the help with manufacturing and prototypes.

Risks and challenges

Buy The Rights is 100% done and ready to be sent off to our printer, AdMagic. AdMagic prints Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, Monikers, and more, and we've been working with them for months to make sure everything is ready to go as soon as our campaign is over.

Since we won't be waiting for any art or content when the campaign is over, we'll be able to immediately submit the final files to AdMagic. A few weeks later we will get a physical proof, and when the proof is approved, production can start.

Buy The Rights will be shipped by professional fulfillment companies, so hopefully there will be a minimal amount of risk involved with getting games to backers.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    TEASER: Just want to stay updated on our project? Every dollar helps!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    FEATURE PRESENTATION: One copy of Buy The Rights, featuring 400 cards and play money.

    Ships free to the US!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    340 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    SPECIAL EDITION: One copy of Buy the Rights signed by the team, and a pack of Buy the Rights goodies including a custom vinyl sticker, art postcard, buttons, and more.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    20 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    DOUBLE FEATURE: Two copies of Buy The Rights.

    $5 Shipping in the US

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    38 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    PRODUCER: One copy of Buy The Rights, a high-quality t-shirt, all unlocked stretch goals, 10 blank Hero cards, and 5 custom cards*

    Custom cards will be unique to your copy of the game and will be subject to our approval.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    22 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Two signed copies of Buy The Rights, a high-quality t-shirt, all unlocked stretch goals, custom Producer sunglasses, 10 blank Hero cards, and 10 custom cards*.

    Custom cards will be unique to your copy of the game and will be subject to our approval.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 24 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    MOVIE STUDIO: 10 copies of Buy the Rights, plus all rewards from the Producer tiers including the t-shirt, blank cards, Producer sunglasses, and custom cards.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    GAME STORE: 20 copies of Buy The Rights for US-based game stores.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    SCREENWRITER: You get to write a card that will be in the final version of the game! You can submit ideas for a Hero Descriptor, Hero, or Plot cards and the team will pick one to include in the game. Cards will have to be approved by us.
    Also includes 5 copies of the game, all rewards from the Producer tiers such as custom cards, blank cards, sunglasses, and t-shirt.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    PREMIERE PARTY: At least one team member will host a Buy the Rights game night at your house anywhere in the continental USA. You'll also be thanked as an Executive Producer in our instructions and on our website.

    Also includes 5 copies of the game, all rewards from the Producer tiers such as custom cards, blank cards, sunglasses, and t-shirt.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    RED CARPET VIP PARTY: The entire Buy the Rights team will travel anywhere in the continental USA, cook dinner for up to 8 people, and host a game night. All guests will be thanked as Executive Producers in our instructions and on our website.

    Also includes 10 copies of the game, all rewards (for all guests) from the Producer tiers such as custom cards, blank cards, sunglasses, and t-shirt.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (32 days)