Friends develop movie pitching party game, Buy the Rights
By Mark Ambrogi
Tommy Day has always been a movie buff.
“When I was a kid, I wanted to make movies,” he said.
So it seems natural that Day, 30, came up with the idea to create a movie pitching party game called Buy the Rights. The players create their own movies based on four decks of cards.
“The premise is you’re a screenwriter trying to sell the movie to a producer, trying to get them to buy the rights to your story,” Day said.
Day started toying with idea in January. In April, Day and his wife, Riley, made index cards and played the game with their friends Michelle and Chad Yadon. Both couples live in Indianapolis.
“It was actually a lot of fun, so we formed a team and have been working on it since April,” Day said.
Michelle works as the inclusion supervisor for Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation, where she oversees the adaptive program for people with disabilities. Chad is a 2006 Noblesville High School graduate.
“We had such a good time, and we knew this could be a success,” Michelle said of the first time they played the game.
Day began a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise enough money to submit an order to the manufacturer. Michelle said they are excited about the response on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects.
“We all believe in the game, but we still need more backers,” she said. “The game is a blast because there are so many possibilities, and it’s fun to see them all unfold.”
The game was an official selection of the 2015 Boston Festival of Indie Games in September.
“We were one of 40 games that got a table at the event,” Day said.
As of Dec. 1, there has been more than $9,400 raised of the $15,000 needed. The project will only be funded if that figure is pledged by 5 p.m. Dec. 11. For more, or to contribute, visit buytherightsgame.com