Welcome to Hollywood, in the golden age of the silver screen. Everyone wants to be the biggest studio, but making these “moving pictures” is a tough business. It takes money to make money. Between the actors, the directors and the screenwriters, nobody works for free. You’ll have to make smart deals, spend your earnings wisely and time your premieres carefully, if you want to beat the competition.

  • Players: 3-5
  • Play Time: 45-90 minutes
  • Current Version: 3.0 (2014-10-23)

Box Office Blitz is a card collecting and set building game. Players must acquire scripts and compete in bidding wars for actors and directors to complete their movies. Finished movies go to the box office, but beware of ill-timed releases and drained audiences.

TARGET AUDIENCES

Target Audiences is a game mechanic that simulates different demographics of moviegoers. Multiple movies with the same target audience premiering simultaneously vie for a limited source of revenue.  The pots in each target audience replenish over time, so players must time their releases carefully. You may have a great movie starring actors born for the role, but you may not even see a profit if your target demographic has already been exhausted.

FINDING THE RIGHT SCREENPLAY

Different movies appeal to different demographics. Keep this in mind when selecting screenplays to send to production. You must choose a director who specializes in that movie’s genre – you wouldn’t hire a comedy director to helm your dramatic epic. Directors also have special qualities that might just give you the edge you need.

Each script also calls for one to three main characters. You might be looking for actors to play daring heroes or dastardly villains. Any actor can play the part, but if you want to rake in the big bucks, you’re going to want someone who can play the part well.

THE HOLLYWOOD MILL

Winning screenplays need winning talent. You will acquire most of your actors and directors by bidding in the Hollywood Mill. Players contend to acquire the perfect actors and directors for their productions. Actors in high demand may end up costing a fortune, so remember to always keep profit in mind. Having the most in demand actor may doom your efforts to a box office flop.

Box Office Blitz is a game focused on strategic decisions and optimizing expenses with returns. Higher quality talent may have the potential for greater return, but they may end up costing more than they contribute to your film. The winning studio will not be the one that makes the best movie, but the one that ends up the richest.