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THE AMERICAN UNCLE
An unexpected inheritance
THE PRODUCER
1940-1944 THE HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN ERA
A game by: Manlio Zaninotti
“Dear Sir,
I’m afraid to inform you that your uncle has recently
passed in our city. From his last will, you appear to be
his last living relative.
We hereby invite you to appear at our offices...”
INTRODUCTION
While the shadows of war lengthen over Europe, the movie making industry in
Hollywood experiences its Golden Era. Just like many others, you’re trying to get by,
dreaming of the good life of the Stars with those few pennies you can spare to go to
the movies.
One day, however, the postman delivers you an unexpected letter. From a law firm in
LA. Strange, you didn’t even remember of that uncle.
“He’s a strange one, that one. Don’t mind him... “ your old man used to say. He had left
home, looking to make a fortune, a long, long time ago.
Now you’re in the outskirts of Los Angeles, under a hill where a huge word stands tall,
wooden planks painted white: Hollywoodland.
Your uncle left you a millionaire, and a landowner on top of it all. You find yourself
the owner of a land of several hectares just outside the city, with wide areas where
nothing hasn’t been built yet, a warehouse full of movies sets, cameras, costumes and
everything else; a storehouse for tools, a construction site and a trailer where your
uncle had his office, and where you have found a stack of Scripts and screenplays and
some drafts for contracts to be used to cast movie stars. It really seems like the good
man was on his way to invest his capital in the movie industry.
Now it’s up to you to carry his legacy on and transform this rough soil into a
money-making machine, a Studios, with you as the new leader of a new, rising Major.
Or, you could drive the business into the ground, spending recklessly all your money
and vanishing in the golden sand of the Mojave like many others before you.
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INDEX
PAG
WHAT’S IN THE BOX . . . . . . . . . . 4
HOW TO WIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
GAME SUPPLIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
The Central Board . . . . . . . . . . . 6
The Player Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Central Board details. . . . . . . . . 8
Player Board details . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Producer tokens. . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Audience tokens
and other tokens . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Script cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Character cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Actor / Actress cards . . . . . . . 14
Director Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Actor / Director cards . . . . . . 15
Event cards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
PREPARATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
FIRST STAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Script drafting . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Hiring Characters . . . . . . . . . 20
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MAINTENANCE STAGE . . . . . . . . .
Resetting the Boards. . . . . . .
Paying maintenance fees . . .
Assigning Event cards . . . . . .
OPERATIONAL STAGE. . . . . . . . . .
Playing an Event card . . . . . .
Event card types. . . . . . . . . . .
Playing and discarding
Event cards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using a Producer . . . . . . . . . .
1. Producer Actions
on the Central Board . . . . .
Casting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hollywood party . . . . . . . .
First National Bank . . . . .
CBS Radio . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starlight Motel. . . . . . . . .
Caffè Colosimo . . . . . . . .
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INDEX
2. Producer Actions
on the Player Board . . . . . . .
Construction Site . . . . . . . .
Stage 1-2-3 . . . . . . . . . . .
Theme Set
and Genre Movies . . . . . .
Producing a Movie . . . . . . .
B-Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Kolossal . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Distribution,
Audience and Box Office .
Firing Characters . . . . . . . .
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36
3. End of Operational Stage . . . 36
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OSCARS COMPETITION . . . . . . . .
The Oscars competition. . . . .
Academy Award
for Best Picture . . . . . . . . . . .
Academy Award
for Directing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Academy Award to:
Best Actor, Best Actress,
Best Supporting Actor,
Best Supporting Actress . . . .
Second distribution
of the winning Movie
for Best Picture (Optional). . .
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END OF GAME
AND FINAL SCORE . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
OPTIONAL RULES . . . . . . . . . . . .
Quick Hardcore Game . . . . . .
No Background,
No Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Flash Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Long Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trending Genre . . . . . . . . . . .
Versatile Tycoon . . . . . . . . . . .
Second Distribution
of the Winning Movie
for Best Picture . . . . . . . . . . .
Size Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Characterized Characters . . .
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DISCLAIMER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT . . . . . . . . . 45
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PAG CONTENT
QUANTITY
HANDBOOK
6 / 8 CENTRAL BOARD
7 / 10 PLAYER BOARD
1
1
4
PAG CONTENT
12
THEME SETS — 4
Theme Set Western
Theme Set Noir
Theme Set Swashbuckler
Theme Set Military
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“STAGE” AREAS — 8
Stage 2
Stage 3
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AREA “EDITING ROOM”
AREA “MAKE-UP ROOM”
AREA “SPECIAL EFFECT”
AREA “ORCHESTRA”
GOLDEN FILM REEL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
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SQUARED PLAYER CHIPS — 28
Frankenstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CBS Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Worker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
stage 2
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13
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BROWN CARDS: SCRIPTS
GREEN CARDS: CHARACTERS
RED CARDS: EVENTS
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70
80
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stage 3
10
10
10
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ROUND TOKENS — 110
RED
“Adult Female” Audience
BLUE
“Adult Male” Audience
GOLDEN
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PINK
“Girls”
Audience
LIGHT BLUE “Boys”
Audience
GREEN
“Children”
Audience
WHITE
“Seniors”
Audience
OSCAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MAFIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MORTGAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
STAR + / STAR -. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
QUANTITY
1940 - 1944
1940 - 1944
1940 - 1944
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MONEY — 120
10.000 (green) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
50.000 (brown) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
100.000 (blue) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
500.000 (red) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
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2. THE PLAYER BOARD
HOW TO WIN
The winner is he/she who, at the end of the last year, after the
Each player will have his/her Player Board (pag. 10), representing the inherited lot
and upon which the players will have to build their Majors.
Final Score (pag. 41) stage, has accumulated the most Victory Points.
UNBUILT AREAS (pag. 10)
The areas of your lot appearing in sepia
hues are yet to be built, but you can
already clearly see what their purpose
will be. Some of these areas are meant
for buildings that are required for the
production of a number of movies.
GAME SUPPLIES
1. THE CENTRAL BOARD
The Central Board (pag. 8) represents the different locations of Los Angeles that
the players can “activate”, by positioning over them one of their “Producers” (pag. 12).
Every individual location has its box explaining its function.
BUILT AREAS (pag. 10)
Some areas on your lot are brightly
colored, and are the ones that have
already been built.
Details on each location in the game are explained in the “Central Board details”
(pag. 8) and in the “Producers Actions on the Central Board” chapter (pag. 24).
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stage 3
editing Room
stage 3
construction site
stage 1
your luxurious office
theme set
make-up room
special effects
orchestra
tools storehouse
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SCOREKEEPER FILM
At the beginning of the game, each player puts a Producer token on the
“0” box of the Scorekeeper Film and moves it every time he/she gains
Victory Points.
HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
This area cannot be activated by players.
It is used to place Character and Scripts cards
that are yet to be acquired and are available
on the market.
pag. 12
pag. 12
PRODUCER TOKENS
TOKENS
Each player at the beginning of the game gets a
set of Producer tokens. These represent his/her
closest partners through which he/she will act.
Each player can perform a number of action
each year that corresponds to how many
available Producer tokens he has (pag. 23).
Different kinds of tokens represent different
elements of the game (different audiences,
votes for the Oscars competition, Mafia
affiliation, mortgages, temporary modifiers).
TURN COUNTER
GOLDEN REEL
Shows the current
year (pag. 21).
The reel is placed on the 1940
box on the Turn Counter at the
beginning of the game and moved
forward every passing year.
pag. 12
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
This area can be activated to mortgage buildings
or to estinguish activate mortgages by placing
a Producer token here. The player who does
chooses one or more buildings among those
he/she owns and has already built (pag. 29),
then receives half of their value from the bank.
Every Maintenance Stage he/she will pay 10%
of the mortgaged amount. Players can’t win the
game if they have active mortgages.
pag. 25
pag. 24
CASTING
CBS RADIO
This area can be activated to acquire more
than one Character and/or Script card at a
time. The player draws a total of 5 cards form
the Character and Script decks (at least one
from each) and puts them in the Hollywood
Boulevard. Then he/she can acquire a maximum
of 3 cards among all those present in the
Hollywood Boulevard.
By placing a producer here, a player
significantly increases the audience of
his/her movies and gains 2 votes for the
Oscars competition (pag. 37).
The player adds 1 audience star of a color of
his/her choice to a movie he/she produces
and changes the number of audience tokens
that will be extracted.
pag. 26
HOLLYWOOD PARTY
This area can be activated to acquire at
half the price one card from the Hollywood
Boulevard. The player who activates this area
can also negate any Rumor (pag. 23)
or Aggressive Press Campaign (pag. 26)
on one of his/her characters.
1940 - 1944
1940
- 1944
1940 - 1944
pag. 24
pag. 13-16
pag. 41
CARDS
In The Producer there are 3 card types:
Characters, Scripts ed Events.
GENRES / POINT CONVERSION TABLE
This table sums up how to calculate the Victory Point each
player gets at the end of the game based on how many different
movie genres he/she produces.
pag. 26
STARLIGHT MOTEL
This area can be activated
to start an Aggressive Press
Campaign against a character of
the opposing team.
That character loses 1 star form
each of his/her stats until the end
of the year.
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CENTRAL BOARD DETAILS
pag. 27
CAFFÈ COLOSIMO
This area can be activated only
once each year. The player who
places a Producer token here
becomes a Mafia associate,
gains $ 1.000.000, one Mafia
token and everything that
comes with relating to Mafia.
pag. 37
OSCARS CEREMONY
STAGE
This area can’t be activated
by players. It is used to show
nominations for the Oscar
competition.
pag. 17
MONEY
Money used in The Producer.
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The Editing Room, when built,
grants a significant increase in
quality of the produced movies.
These area are not yet built. In
order to do so, the Construction
Site must be activated (pag. 29)
once for each Stage.
Building these stages allows
the production (pag. 31) of
more than one movie per year
(you can produce a movie
for every built stage you own
during each year).
Each stage can be activated
once a year by placing a
Producer token over it.
A player that has built the Editing
Room will always win the draws
occurring during the Oscars
awarding phase (pag. 37) against
players who haven’t.
EDITING ROOM
Construction cost:
$ 300.000
Maintenance cost:
$ 200.000
THEME SET
This area is always active (no
need for activation).
Construction cost:
$ 1.000.000
Maintenance cost:
$ 200.000
Each player can build one
Theme Set (pag. 30).
Theme Sets in The Producer are
one of a kind, so two different
players aren’t able to build the
same set.
This area, when built, grants 1
character star to
Actors/Actresses playing
Supporting Roles in movies
that require the use of the
Make-Up Room.
These Set counts as a Stage: as
such players can activate it by
placing a Producer token over
it in order to produce a movie
(pag. 31).
This area is always active (no
need for activation).
MAKE-UP ROOM
Construction cost:
$ 200.000
Maintenance cost:
$ 200.000
When built, during the Audience/
Ditribution phase (pag. 33)
of movies that require the use
of Special Effects, this area
allows the substitution of a
drawn audience token with an
audience token of the player’s
choice that has been discarded.
STAGE 2 - STAGE 3
Construction cost:
$ 500.000 (Stage 2)
$ 1.000.000 (Stage 3)
Maintenance cost:
$ 200.000 (each)
SPECIAL EFFECTS
stage 3
STARTING BUILDINGS
editing Room
stage 3
construction site
Construction cost:
$ 500.000
Maintenance cost:
$ 200.000
theme set
make-up room
special effects
This area is always active
(no need for activation).
When built, this area adds 1
black (Critics’ Judgement)
star (pag. 13), to EVERY
produced movie.
orchestra
VALUE: $ 1.000.000.
This area is always active
(no need for activation).
These brightly colored areas have already been built and
are available at the beginning of the game.
ORCHESTRA
They can be mortgaged all together, gaining half of their
value ($ 500.000), by activating the First National Bank
(pag. 25) on the Central Board.
stage 1
your luxurious office
Construction cost:
$ 500.000
Maintenance cost:
$ 200.000
tools storehouse
PLAYER BOARD DETAILS
Allows the production of a
movie (pag. 31).
This area can be activated once
a year by placing a Producer
token over it in order to
produce a movie.
STAGE 1
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This Caravan is the office in
which players place all the
available Producer tokens
at the beginning of every
year/game turn (pag. 21).
At the beginning of the game it
is already built and it can’t be
activated.
YOUR LUXURIOUS OFFICE
STARTING
BUILDING
This area can’t be activated, but
it is used for setting aside some
Event cards (pag. 22) that let
the player activate them in later
moments.
By placing a Producer token
over this area, players can build
one of the buildings that aren’t
available at the beginning of the
game (areas of the Player Board
in sepia hues) by paying its
construction cost.
CONSTRUCTION SITE
STARTING
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At the beginning of the game,
it is already built.
TOOLS STOREHOUSE
STARTING
BUILDING
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3. PRODUCER TOKENS
At the beginning of the game, each player receives a set of tokens with a specific
design that will identify him/her for the rest of the game. These tokens are seven in
the base game, six in the extended version. They represent as many “Producers”, the
player’s closest partners, through which the player will act, and they also represent
the number of actions per turn that the player will be able to do (pag. 23).
One of the player’s tokens will be positioned in the “0” box of the Scorekeeper Film
(pag. 8), while the others will remain available for the player.
Their use is explained in the chapter regarding the Operational Stage (pag. 22).
4. AUDIENCE TOKENS AND OTHER TOKENS
Adult male
Audience
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Script cards represent the movie Scripts that the players will be able to produce.
They show:
– the original movie’s poster.
– the title of the release.
– the nationality of the production.
– the real year of production.
– the genre of the movie. Some movies belong to more than one genre,
and both count towards the amount of Victory Points awarded (pag. 41).
– Critics’ judgement for the original movie counted with black colored stars.
– Audience’s judgement at the moment of distribution, counted with stars of different
colors, dependent on the type of audience the movie will attract (pag. 33).
– Then the cards show the director who shot the movie, followed by the original cast.
The names of some of these Characters are in golden letters and underlined, signaling
that these Characters are included among the in-game Character cards (pag. 14),
while the others are not. As we’ll see further on, this can largely affect the chances a
movie has of winning the Academy Awards for Best Picture (pag. 38).
There are various tokens in-game:
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6. CHARACTER CARDS
There are three main types of Character cards: Actor/Actress, Director and
Director/Actor. To produce a movie, as we’ll see later, you will need to
combine: a Script card, a Director card, an empty Stage available for shooting
the movie and at least three Actor/Actress cards (pag. 31).
Actor/Actress cards
Actor/Actress cards show:
– the Character’s picture.
– his/her stage name (often an Actor’s real name was very different).
– his/her fame as a Star stated with a value ranging from 0 to 3 golden stars.
– his/her dramatic acting ability stated with a value ranging from 0 to 3 blue stars.
– his/her comedy acting ability stated with a value ranging from 0 to 3 green stars.
– his/her acting ability as a Character Actor stated with a value ranging from
0 to 3 red stars.
– his/her field of specialization (Field) if he/she has one; an actor/actress who is
specialized in a specific genre gains 1 additional star in that genre during the Oscars
competition (pag. 37) if he acted in a movie of that genre.
For example, an actor/actress who is specialized in comedy playing the Star in a
comedy will gain 1 green star for the Oscars competition for Best Actor/Actress
(pag. 40), while he/she will gain a red star if he/she played a supporting role in the
Oscar competition for best Supporting Character (pag. 40).
– biographical notes that could have effects on the game (golden title) or could be
unimportant (black title and italic text).
At the bottom of each card are two values:
– The highest amount is the full hiring fee the producer will have to pay when casting
and hiring an Actor for his Studios.
– The lowest amount is in brackets and is the halved hiring fee or maintenance fee,
the price the player will have to pay during each Maintenance Stage to keep the
contract active with the Character or to cast him/her with a reduced fee through
connections related with the Hollywood Party (pag. 24) location on the board (pag. 10).
Director Cards
Just like the Actor/Actress cards, the Director Cards show:
– Character’s picture.
– name.
– field of specialization (if present); a director who is specialized in a specific genre
gains 1 additional star in that genre during the Oscars competition (pag. 37) if he
directed a movie of that genre.
For example, a director who is specialized in Comedy will gain 1 star for the
Oscars competition (pag. 37) if he/she directed a a Comedy.
– biographical notes that might be relevant for the game (golden title)
or not (black title).
Instead of the three acting values, Director cards state the Character’s ability in
Directing, stated with a value ranging from 0 to 3 black stars that will add as an active
effect to the Critics’ value for movies produced by them (pag. 31).
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Event Cards show interactions among players, like making another player’s Star
Money doesn’t grant a player victory, but without Money it’s hard to win.
Money is the engine for most of our actions. To build new Stages and sets
(pag. 29) we’ll need Money, to pay our Stars (pag. 21) we’ll need a lot of money.
get drunk at the party for the end of the shooting, or spreading gossip to make another
player’s star lose favor with the Audience or the Critic.
The cards could also make a player hire professionals, Scriptwriters, costume
designers and others to raise the quality of a movie produced. Or again, the cards
could be real or fictional Events that can deeply influence the Audience’s or the Stars’
lives, or can make the movie making industry swing, like the start of WWII, atomic
experimentations, the Mafia’s involvement and such.
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PREPARATION
Take from the Character cards’ deck (pag. 14) and set aside the following:
the “The Lumberjack”, “Piano Bar Singer”, “Boss’ Babe” and “Frank Sinatra”
cards. Shuffle the following decks separately and put them beside the Central Board:
Event (pag. 16), Character (pag. 14) and Script decks (pag. 13).
Each player takes a Player Board (pag. 10).
The players choose among them a Banker.
The Banker will, from now on, distribute the game supplies, will collect and distribute
the bank’s money and will call for a vote during the Oscar competition (pag. 37)
according to the rules.
Each player chooses his/her own symbol and receives seven “Producer” tokens
(pag. 12) of the same type; places one in the “0” box of the “Scorekeeper Film” of
the Central Board (pag. 8), and places the other six ones on his Player Board over the
Luxurious Office (pag. 10).
Place the “Turn Counter Reel” on the 1940 box of the Board (pag. 8) to signal the
starting year.
Take the Audience tokens: 15 adult males (blue), 10 adult females (red), 10 boys
(light blue), 10 girls (pink), 10 children (green), 10 seniors (white), 10 fans (golden) and
place them inside an opaque container. They represent the potential Audience going
to the movies each year (pag. 12).
The 4 “Mafia” tokens (pag. 12) are placed on the Central Board over the
Colosimo Café (pag. 8). Set aside $ 3.000.000: this will be the Mafia money (pag. 27).
Set the Vote tokens aside.
The Banker hands out $ 2.000.000 (two million dollars) to each player, placing the
remaining money over the “First National Bank” in the Central Board (pag. 8).
The Banker hands out 5 covered Character Cards (pag. 14) to each player.
These represent drafts for contracts with 5 Actors or directors that the player will
then have the choice of confirming or refusing. The Banker then hands out 5 covered
Script cards (pag. 13) to each player.
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Script drafting
Not every Script (pag. 13) is as interesting to a player as it would be for another, both
for the Characters involved as well as for their potential Audience value, the genre
and the necessary buildings needed to produce the movie.
To avoid luck from favoring a player rather than another, the 5 Scripts handed out by
the Banker at the beginning of the game will be selected with the following procedure.
Each player selects 1 among the 5 Scripts received and sets it beside
his Player Board. The remaining 4 Scripts are passed on to the player to his/her left.
The players selects 1 among the 4 Scripts received from the player at his/her right
and sets it aside along with the first Script chosen, passing on the other 3 Scripts to
the player at his/her left.
This goes on until the player at one’s right passes on only one Script, and this will be
kept by the player who received it, along with the 4 other ones. The 5 Scripts selected
with this method will make up the starting supply for each player.
The Scripts of a player which haven’t yet been turned into a movie are always
secret, and should be kept covered.
MAINTENANCE STAGE
Game Turns
Each game turn represents a year from 1940 to 1944, each one with the following
phases.
ATTENTION!!!
The maintenance stage is skipped for the first turn of the game (1940)
Resetting the Boards
The “Golden Reel” token moves forward of one year on the Turn Counter (pag. 8).
Each player collects from the Central Board (pag. 8) his/her Producer tokens and
stores them on the Luxurious Office section of their Player Boards (pag. 10).
The Vote tokens (pag. 12) that haven’t been used are handed back to the Bank.
Additional bonus stars (pag. 12) or Event cards (pag. 16) whose effect is no longer
active are discarded, and the Event cards’ deck is reshuffled along with the discarded
cards. All Audience tokens (pag. 12) that have not been removed from the game by
effect of an Event card are put back into the opaque container.
Paying maintenance fees
Hiring Characters
Once the initial supply of Scripts has been selected, each player can then choose how
many and which contract drafts to confirm and which Actors (pag. 14) and Directors
(pag. 15) out of the 5 received from the Banker he/she wishes to hire.
The Actors a player has chosen to sign up will have to be paid their full hiring fee
and will officially be part of the player’s team. They will be positioned visibly (not
covered) beside the Player Board (pag. 10). Each player can, at any time, check which
Characters are currently hired by another player.
The unconfirmed Characters will immediately become available and will be positioned
visibly on the “Hollywood Boulevard” section of the Central Board (pag. 8).
Now you’re ready to start the game and begin the first turn.
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Each player has to pay to the Bank the maintenance costs for their buildings:
$ 200.000 for each building which is not among the starting ones. The player must pay
an interest equal to the 10% of the loaned amount if he/she has an active mortgage
with the Bank (pag. 25). Then the player must pay his/her Actors’ wages.
At the beginning of each year, each Actor receives a payment equal to the amounts
in brackets printed on their card (pag. 14). If a player does not have enough money
to satisfy these conditions and cannot pay the maintenance fees, he/she has to
immediately mortgage one or more of his/her Studios’ buildings, enough to cover the
expenses. In this case, after activating a mortgage, the player has to put one of their
Producer tokens in the First National Bank section of the Central Board (pag. 8), and
then a Mortgage token is placed over the mortgaged building(s).
If, even after doing so, the player doesn’t have enough money to cover maintenance
costs, one or more contracts with Characters on their team will have to be terminated.
The player will choose which contracts to terminate and place the Character(s)’ cards
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Assigning Event cards
The Banker retrieves what’s left of the Event deck (pag. 16) of cards and hands out 6
cards to each player. Once the deck has been used up, the Banker will reshuffle the
used or discarded cards to form a new deck.
OPERATIONAL STAGE
Playing an Event card
Starting from the player with the fewest points on the Scorekeeper Film (pag. 8) and
in ascending order, each player will have to play a card from his hand and take an
action with one of their Producers. This action will be repeated until every player has
no more Event cards in his/her possession and the game will move on to the Oscar
competition (pag. 37).
In the event of a tie in points among players, the one with the least Money in his/
her possession will go first. The order established at the beginning of the Operational
Stage will be kept for the duration of the entire turn (the current year) and will only
be updated according to the new position of players on the Scorekeeper Film at the
start of the next year.
During the first year of the game the player who starts is the one who has gone
to the movies most recently and then in clockwise order.
The Action Event cards that determine a negative effect on any Characterare called
“Rumors”.
The Historical Event Cards have a red title and, on the background, a newspaper page.
Historical Event Cards are often twists of fate and will most likely have negative effects
on those playing such cards. These are cards recalling real life Historical Events that do
not depend on the player’s choices but have an influence on the game regardless of
(and against) his/her will.
Playing and discarding Event cards
Simple Event cards can be either played or discarded. When an Event card
is played, apply its effects as written on the card (the text on the card prevails
over this general rule). When an Event card is discarded, its effect is not applied and
the Producer action is loose.
Special Event cards can be played or discarded as well, but with some exceptions
that are meant to balance their important impact on the game:
-special Action Event cards, if played, do NOT allow the player to use a Producer
during the turn in which they are played;
-special Historical Event cards CANNOT be discarded.
PIE FIGHT
Event card types
There are mainly two types of Event cards: Actions and Historical Events.
Both can be “regular” or “special”, the latter will be underlined.
The Action Event Cards have a black title and, on the background, a car’s silhouette.
Simple Action Event Cards offer less relevant advantages. Special Action Event
Cards have stronger effects that can even determine the course of the game.
These are Actions that the player can do on himself/herself and that constitute an
advantage for him/her, or they can be played on others and constitute a disadvantage
for the opponents. To balance Action Event cards’ effects, if a special card is played,
the player who used it will NOT be allowed to do the Producer action that would’ve
followed.
The player can, however, decide not to use the special Action Event card and discard
it without applying its effects, and doing a Producer action instead.
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At the beginning of the game each player is handed a set of Producer tokens (pag. 12).
After playing an Event card, the player has the right to use one of his/her
available Producers from the ones currently in the “Luxurious Office” box of their
Player Board (pag. 10). A Producer can be used to activate different areas of the
Central Board (pag. 8) or some areas of a player’s own Player Board (pag. 10).
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PRODUCER ACTIONS ON THE CENTRAL BOARD (pag. 8)
1. Casting
By placing a Producer in this section of the Board, the player can enlarge his team by
hiring new Actors and Directors, and can search new Scripts to produce.
The player will draw 5 cards from the Character (pag. 14) and Script (pag. 13) decks in
any combination, the only restriction being that at least one card must be drawn from
each deck. The he/she will reveal the drawn card and position them on the Hollywood
Boulevard (pag. 8) along with the other cards already here. The player will have to
choose among all the cards present on the Boulevard and acquire a maximum of 3,
paying them their full value (each Script has a full value of $ 100.000). The cards that
haven’t been bought will remain on the Boulevard.
3. First National Bank
By placing a Producer in this section of the Board, the player can voluntarily activate
a mortgage on one or more of the buildings of his/her Player Board (pag. 10),
or fulfill a mortgage that has been activated previously. The player will choose which
buildings to mortgage, take a mortgage token for each and position them on the
selected buildings.
The Banker will then hand to the player amount of money, which corresponds to
half of the acquisition value of the mortgaged assets. The total value of the starting
buildings equals to $ 1.000.000 (so they will be worth $ 500.000 when mortgaged),
and they can be used to activate a mortgage. A mortgaged building or structure can
be used normally.
At the start of each turn, during the Maintenance Stage (pag. 21), each player will have
to pay the Bank 10% of the mortgaged amount in the form of interests.
To extinguish a mortgage the player will have to use up an action and utilize one of
his/her Producer tokens by positioning it over the First National Bank section of the
Board to pay out the full amount of the mortgage.
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2. Hollywood party
By placing a Producer in this section of the Board, the player can entertain relationships
with the city’s jet set, meeting Actors and producers. The player can hire for
half of the hiring fee (the amount in brackets) any one Actor present on the
Boulevard (pag. 8) or buy at an halved price one of the Scripts already available
on the Boulevard. The player can also decide to cancel the effects of any Rumor (pag.
23) or Aggressive Press Campaign (pag. 26) deriving from negative effects from the
Motel location or from an Event card that has been played on one of his/her Actors
(Special Historical Events excluded).
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By placing a Producer in this section of the Board, the player can significantly increase
the amount of people that will go see one of their movies and gain votes for the
Oscar competition (pag. 37). The player will be able to assign an additional Audience
star of any color (golden excluded) to a movie that he/she will produce during the
current year (pag. 33). He/She will also be able to change the contents of the Audience
container that are still available either by putting back inside up to 4 Audience tokens
chosen among the ones already drawn but not yet assigned to other players, or by
drawing from the container up to 4 tokens of a color of his/her choosing among the
ones still available. The choice of the action to take and of the color and quantity of
tokens moved must be declared before being done and WITHOUT having checked the
available Audience tokens in the container first.
Furthermore the player who chooses to activate this location gains 2 votes that
can be used during the Oscars competition.
By placing a Producer in this section of the Board, the player can propose to a known
mobster to become partners in crime. This can be an easy way to solve any financial
problems. Don Vito will be very happy to put his money on your Studios.
He’ll give the player $ 1,000,000 (from the Mafia money pool, pag. 18) without asking
for any interest during the following years. Furthermore, being a Mafia associate
doesn’t stop a player from winning the game. The Family will, however, ask big favors
of you, and they’re offers you can’t refuse. Many Historical Event cards (pag. 22)
require certain favors from the player and can turn out to be a real ball and chain for
his/her progress. However, Mafia also offers certain “services” that allow an associate
to play Action Event cards against other players not associated with the Family.
Be careful, though: The FBI is always on the lookout for Mafia associates and the
Federals’ involvement can cost you a lot.
NOTE!!! Unlikely other locations on the Central Board that allow multiple uses
during the same year, the Colosimo Café allows entrance to only one producer
each year.
5. Starlight Motel
By placing a Producer in this section of the Board, the player can send a paparazzo to
take compromising pictures of a Character of his/her choosing from another player’s
team. This action represents an Aggressive Press Campaign.
The Character targeted by this action will lose a star from each of his stats (pag. 14)
until the end of the current year.
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1. CONSTRUCTION SITE
By placing a Producer in this section of the Board, the player can build any new
structures inside his/her Studios. To build, it’s necessary that the player pays the
according cost of construction to the Bank.
Building structures is also a way to earn points.
Each building awards a number of Victory Points (VP) to the player for its construction.
Completing the construction of all structures available for one’s Studios awards an
additional bonus to the final points (pag. 41).
The cost for each building, the effect, the Victory Points the construction of it awards to
the player and their maintenance costs are as follows:
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Theme Sets are very elaborated and expensive sets made up
with various buildings and structures simulating cities, exotic places, adventure
or war scenarios. A director is able to make the audience believe they’re seeing an
entire foreign city in just a small space of well-placed and well-designed backdrops
and supplies. There are four Theme Sets available for the players and each of them
will be allowed to build only one: Theme Set Military, Theme Set Western, Theme
Set Noir, Theme Set Swashbuckler.
NOTE: Characters assigned to supporting roles cannot have more than 2
Golden Fame stars. No Actor with 3 Golden stars will accept to be cast in a role
other than the lead.
ATTENTION!!! There are four types of Theme Set, but there is just a single
copy for each. A player can only build one of the Theme Sets that haven’t
already been built by other players. The Theme Set counts as a set, a studio,
but unlike Studios it can be also used by another player, multiple players
at the same time, and more than just once per year for movies in the same
genre by the same player.
Orchestra, Editing Room, Special Effects and Make-Up Room are to be considered as
always ACTIVE once built, and will always give their support to the movie produced.
They don’t require the positioning of a Producer on their boxes of a Player’s Board to
be functional once built by a player (pag. 10).
A Theme Set will always count towards the requirements for the production of a
movie. Unlike other Stages, the Theme Set can be used by multiple players during
the same year and is the only structure on the Player Board (pag. 10) that can be used
by opponents. The player owning a Theme Set CANNOT block another player from
using his/her set, but he/she will have to pay the owner of the Theme Set a rent of
$ 300.000. Furthermore, each time a player uses the Theme Set built by another
player, the owner of the set immediately gains a Victory Point.
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supporting roles CAN be given to Actors/Actresses with 3 Golden stars.
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– the Theme Set if the Script card state it as a requirement. Theme Sets
by other players can be used
- any special structures if marked as a requirement in the movie card.
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Once produced, a movie immediately goes on to the distribution stage (pag. 33) and
it’s determined how much of the Audience will go see the movie produced by a player.
Once produced, a movie and the Characters who have worked on it are set aside,
waiting for the Oscars competition (pag. 37). A Script card can only be used once.
Characters (directors and Actors) who have worked on a movie will not be
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Any movie can be produced with one (and only one) requirements missing, with the
exception of an available Stage (pag. 30) which is always required.
A movie produced this way will be a B-Movie.
B-Movies will have a reduced Critics value: -1 Critics star (black) (pag. 13).
Famous Stars (Actors/Actresses with 3 Golden stars) will NOT accept to work on a
B-Movie and cannot be assigned to these productions.
In order to be allowed to produce 2 or more B-Movies during the same year,
the player must’ve produced at least a regular movie.
B-Movies CANNOT take part in the Oscars competition (pag. 37). Similarly,
Characters involved in a B-Movie CANNOT run for the Academy Awards for roles
done in that movie.
B-Movies do, however, count towards the production of different movie genres for
the final score (pag. 41).
As soon as a movie is produced (pag. 31) it moves on to the Distribution Stage.
The player will now choose whether to assign to a movie any Action Event cards
(pag. 22) that have been previously set aside to their Board’s Storehouse (pag. 10).
The player will also apply positive effects given by advertising (see CBS Radio,
pag. 26) and special effects related to the Director/Actor/Actress Characters cast for
the movie. Then the Potential Audience that could be interested in the movie will be
calculated, and the result will indicate how many Audience tokens (pag. 12) will be
drawn from the container making up the pool of viewers.
Kolossal
Any movie can be produced as a Kolossal. These are extended productions, requiring
multiple supplies and resources. To produce a Kolossal, the player will have to use at
the same time three sets, choosing from Stages and Theme Sets (pag. 30).
This puts a limit to the amount of movies a player can produce during that year,
but Kolossals mean great advantages for the player who chooses to employ the
necessary structures:
– a Kolossal sees the Audience value written on his Script’s card (pag. 13) double .
– in a Kolossal there is no limit in the number of Supporting Actors/Actresses
that can be cast, and Characters with 3 Golden stars can be cast as Supporting
Actors without restrictions (pag. 37).
– producing a Kolossal give great fame to the player, who immediately earns
a Victory Point.
– during the Academy Awards, if a Kolossal wins the award for Best Picture, the
Victory Points awarded to the player who produced the movie double.
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Audience tokens are drawn as follows:
– 1 for each Audience star on the Script.
– 1 for each Golden star on every Actor/Actress Character, in leading
or supporting roles.
– according to the effect explained on Event cards.
– according to the deScription on the activation of certain areas of the Central Board.
Example: Player A produces “The Mark of Zorro”. The Script card shows 4 Audience
stars: one red, one blue, one pink and one light blue. This means that the movie
will interest a mixed audience. The player assigned Victor Fleming as the director,
Tyrone Power as the lead Actor, Linda Darnell as lead Actress and Edward G.
Robinson and Judy Garland as supporting Actor and Actress (he/she could have
used a third supporting Character but preferred to keep the card aside to use him/
her in another movie during the same year). Tyrone Power has 1 Golden star, he
could have one more during the War. Linda Darnell has no Golden stars but both
Edward G. Robins and Judy Garland have 2 and 2. Player A used one of his Producer
tokens to activate the CBS RADIO location on the Board and gains +1 Audience
star of his choosing. He/She chooses a green star to interest the younger audience
as well. Lastly he/she decides to use an Action Event card, “Lighting Technician”,
that he/she had previously set aside and which gives the player an additional +1
light blue star. This means that the player will draw in total 11 Audience tokens
from the container.
NOTE!!! Golden stars on Scripts count as having a color of the player’s choice
that must be chosen before drawing the tokens.
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The tokens drawn from the container will be associated with the colors of the
stars that have already been calculated.
Example: Player A draws 3 blue tokens (adult males), 2 red tokens (adult females),
1 light blue token (boys), 1 golden token (fans), 2 green tokens (children) and 2
white tokens (seniors). The cards used in the production of the movie stated: 1
blue star, 1 red star, 2 light blue stars, 1 pink star, 5 Golden stars and 1 green
star. So the tokens that are initially assigned are the ones dictated by the cards,
according to the possibilities of the player, depending on what was drawn: 1 blue
token, 1 red token, 1 light blue token, 1 Golden token and 1 green token.
Then chaperones and partners are assigned. Each type of Audience can be paired
and bring along to the movies a chaperone of partner of the right kind: an adult male
(blue) can bring and adult female (red) and vice versa, a boy (light blue) can bring a girl
(pink) and vice versa, a child (green) can be accompanied by an elder (white) but NOT
the other way around.
NOTE!!! Chaperoning a child is the only way to earn white tokens (since they
are not included on Character and Script cards), except for cases where some
Event cards state otherwise.
Example: The player can then assign chaperones and partner to the tokens that
have already been assigned, choosing from the ones that are left among those
drawn previously. A red token is paired to the blue one, and additional blue token
is paired with the red one, a white token is paired with a green one. The following
tokens are left: 1 blue token, 1 green token and 1 white token.
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Now the Critics value of the Script card (pag. 13) and the Directing value written on the
Director’s card (pag. 15) are counted. These valued determine the quality of a movie
and help in optimizing the audience for it. The sum of the two values indicates how
many unassigned tokens can be discarded and redrawn from the audience container.
The tokens discarded by doing this are not added back into the container.
Example: “The Mark of Zorro” has a very high Critics’ value, equal to 4 black stars.
The Director assigned to the movie, Victor Fleming, is a professional and has
another 2 black stars. The player could discard and redraw up to 6 tokens, but only
3 remained unassigned, so these are the only ones that will be discarded instead.
Player A draws 3 new tokens: 2 pink ones and 1 white. One of the pink tokens is
immediately assigned to fill in the position stated on the Script’s card that hadn’t
already been fulfilled while the second pink token is paired with one of the light
blue ones previously assigned. The white token can still not be paired or assigned
so the player discards it and sets it aside with the other discarded tokens.
NOTE!!! NO more drawings will take place. Critics and Directing values in
excess will be lost.
For each Audience token assigned, the movie earns to his PRODUCER $ 200.000
at the Box Office.
Example: Player A has assigned 10 out of the 11 Audience tokens drawn from the
container so the total grossing for his movie is $ 2.000.000 for “The Mark of Zorro”.
Audience tokens assigned to a movie are kept beside the movie’s card until the end
of the current year: these viewers have already spent their budget to go to the movies
and will not take part to other Audience phases. The tokens that have been discarded
during a the players’ Audience phases, however, will be all set aside together and
will only be placed back to the container to make up for a new viewers’ pool once all
Audience tokens have been removed and there’s no one left.
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Firing Characters
OSCARS COMPETITION
A player can choose at any time during his/her Operational Stage (pag. 22) to fire
one or more of his Characters (pag. 14), and which ones to fire, with the intention of
not paying their wages during the next Maintenance Stage (pag. 21).
Characters fired in this way will be placed back to the Hollywood Boulevard (pag. 8)
and become available to be hired and cast by other players.
The Oscars competition
Once the Operational Stage is over, it’s time for the final stage of the game year:
the Oscars competition.
Each player checks how many available Vote tokens (pag. 12) he/she has and lets the
other players know the amount. Remember that Vote tokens can be earned by using
the CBS RADIO (pag. 26) location of the Central Board (pag. 8) or thanks to the effect
of certain Event cards played during the player’s turn. Furthermore, each unused
Producer in possession of a player is converted into 2 Vote tokens.
NOTE!!! Characters that have already worked on a movie during the current
turn/year cannot be assigned to other movies and thus cannot be fired until
the Oscars competition is over.
Five Academy Awards will be assigned each year. Winning Oscars is the main way
a player can earn Victory Points.
END OF OPERATIONAL STAGE
Once each player has played all of his/her six Even cards, the Operational
(pag. 22) ends.
Academy Award for Best Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 + 1 x each match
between Characters casted
and original cast VP
Academy Award for Directing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 PV
Academy Award for Best Actor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 PV
Academy Award for Best Actress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 PV
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor/Actress . . 2 PV
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If during the Operational Stage a player runs out of Producer tokens for some reason
while still having available Event cards (pag. 16) to play, he/she can use (pag. 23) the
Event cards remaining but without doing Producer actions.
If at the end of the Operational Stage a player, despite having played all six Event cards,
has some Producer tokens left unused (ex. by effect of special Action Event cards o
for having discarded Historical Event cards), the remaining Producer token will NOT
be available for further actions, but for each token left the player will receive 2 Vote
tokens that can be used during the Oscars competition, to simulate the influence that
these professionals couldn’t have had over the jet set while not being otherwise busy.
NOTE!!! General rule: in any category, in the event of a tie among the players with
the most points, no one wins and the Oscar in that category remains unassigned.
EXCEPTION: If a player has built an Editing Room on his/her Player Board and
other players have not, the one in possession of an Editing Room wins.
NOTE!!! General rule: Characters played on a movie that are deceased for some
reason or no longer in possession of the player who cast them in a role at the
time of the ceremony CAN RUN for the award as if they were still owned by
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Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Directing
Each players selects for the Nomination ONE of the movies produced by
him/her during that year and places it on the Academy Award location
of the Central Board (pag. 8).
Each players selects for the Nomination ONE of the Directors who have
worked on a movie produced during that year (pag. 31) and places it on the
Oscar Ceremony Stage location of the Central Board (pag. 8).
Then his value in Directing is counted by adding together: (black) Direction stars,
effects given by Event cards played during the turn or available in the player’s
Storehouse (pag. 10) that he/she wishes to activate, location effects, Rumors (pag. 23)
or Aggressive Press Campaigns (pag. 26) initiated by other players, and the effects of
the Director’s special abilities or weaknesses if mentioned on his card (pag. 15).
NOTE!!! B-Movies (pag. 32) cannot concur for the awarding of an Oscar.
Then the original cast written on the Script card (pag. 13) is compared with the
Character cards (pag. 14) chosen by the player for that movie. All Characters are taken
into consideration for the score: Director, Actors, Actresses. In the event of Directors
who are also Actors or vice versa (pag. 15), and in the case where the Character is
featured in both roles for a movie, he/she will be counted twice towards the score.
The movies with the most matches will win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The player who produced the winning movie will immediately earn as many Victory
Points as the matches made among original and player chosen casts. If the winning
movie is a Kolossal (pag. 32), the player who produced it will see the Victory Points
scored this way DOUBLE.
Example: Player A has produced “The Mark of Zorro”, with Victor Fleming as the
Director. Fleming was a genius and unlucky director at the same time and died
at the apex of his career. To simulate this Event, the player must toss a coin as
he/she is producing the movie to see if Fleming will or will not die at the end
of the shooting for “The Mark of Zorro”. If the coin lands showing “tails”, Victor
Fleming dies. Player A gets “tails”, the Director dies but can still be Nominated
for the Academy Award for Directing, and the player chooses to do so. Fleming
has 2 black stars in Direction. Player A has played the Event card “The game
theory has been developed” during the last turn, and the card’s effect is that each
Character’s features raise by +1 star (with the exception of Golden stars and until)
up to a maximum of 3 stars until the end of the year. This makes it so that the
Direction value for Fleming increases to 3 stars.
NOTE!!! In case that the movie produced is a Kolossal, the doubling of Victory
Points happens ONLY AFTER the awarding of the Oscar. A Kolossal that hasn’t
won does NOT double its matches and does NOT benefit from any advantages
in case of a tie just for being a Kolossal.
The awarding of the other four Oscars is slightly different.
Once each player has counted the total Base Value the chosen Director will have
while concurring for the Award, each player can, secretly, draw however many Vote
tokens (pag. 12) he/she wants from the total of Vote tokens the player has available,
and will hold them in his/her hand in front of him/her.
All the players will reveal at the same time how many Vote tokens they’ve drawn and
the votes spent this way will add up to the Final Value, not to the base value (the
one previously calculated). For each Director taking part in the Academy Awards, the
player will draw a card from what’s left of the Event cards’ deck (pag. 16) for each
Base Value in Directing (ex. 3 black Direction stars = 3 cards drawn).
In the bottom right corner of Event cards there is an icon depicting 1, 2 or 3 Oscars.
Each player sums the Oscars shown on the drawn cards for his/her Director and the
Final Value corresponds to: Base Value, Vote tokens spent on the Director, number
of Oscars shown on the cards. The Character with the highest value will win the
Academy Award for Directing.
The player who wins this competition will earn 2 Victory Points.
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Academy Award to: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor,
Best Supporting Actress.
The awarding of these three Oscars happens similarly to the Academy Award for
Directing, with the only difference that the values players will have to refer to when
counting Base Value for an Actor/Actress are those in Acting (not Direction).
Nominations and victories will happen in the order here specified and one at a time
with the same procedure used for Directors.
For the Academy Award for Best Actor and the one for Best Actress the Acting values
are to be taken into consideration, and they are shown with stars corresponding to a
Character’s ability in a certain genre. The genre of the stars that the players will need
to count match with the genre of the movie the Actor/Actress stars in. If they’ve acted
in Dramas or Romance movies, player’s will have to consider blue stars.
For Comedy movies the relevant stars are those in green. If they took part in a Genre
Movie (see Theme Sets and Genre Movies) of any kind, player will have to take the
Actor/Actress’ Character Actor trait, marked with red stars.
The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor/Actress will always have the
players take the value marked in red stars into consideration (Character Actor/
Actress trait on the Character’s card). As with the Award for Directing, once the
Base Value in Acting has been counted and the modifiers depending on certain
Event cards (pag. 22), Rumors (pag. 23) or Aggressive Press Campaigns (pag. 26)
played added to that value, the player can secretly use his/her remaining Vote
tokens, before moving on to drawing Event cards and adding the total Oscar icons
found to the Value of a Character.
Vote tokens which haven’t been used by the end of the Oscars competition will
have to be discarded and returned to the Bank.
Each Academy Award for Actors, Actresses and Supporting Actors/Actresses is
worth 2 Victory Points to the player who has won it.
Second distribution of the winning Movie for Best Picture (Optional)
See Optional Rules.
At the end of the awarding ceremony for Best Supporting Actor/Actress (or at the
end of the second distribution of the winning Movie for Best Picture if you’re applying
the Optional Rule), a game year ends and a new one begins, with the following
Maintenance Stage (pag. 21).
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END OF GAME AND FINAL SCORE
At the end of the Oscars competition (pag. 37) of 1942 in the base game or of 1944
in the extended game, the game is over and the Final Score is calculated to
choose the winner among the players. To determine the winner, add to the Victory
Points scored until now during the course of the game the Victory Points that can be
awarded depending on certain end game conditions.
Studios Completionist Achievement .......VP 5
Every area on the Player’s Board (pag. 10) has been built upon.
Diversified Production Achievement .......VP varies
Each player checks the scripts (pag. 13) of the movies produced and counts
how many different movie Genres he/she has produced during the game
and compared the total amount of genres produced with the table below,
earning the according Victory Points.
NOTE!!! If Scripts state that a movie belongs to two genres, like Comedy/
Western, both genres count towards the Achievement.
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Versatile Tycoon Bonus (Optional)
See Optional Rules.
Size Matters Bonus (Optional)
See Optional Rules.
NOTE!!! Remember that any player who gets to this stage with mortgages still
active CANNOT win the game, no matter the total Victory Points scored. In the
Event that the player with the most VPs has one or more active mortgages, the
second best player gets the victory, and so on.
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OPTIONAL RULES
The game described up to this point is the base game. It can be shortened, changed
or lengthened by applying the Optional Rules below. These rules can be applied
on their own or combined according to the players’ taste or experience.
Versatile Tycoon
Quick Hardcore Game
If you don’t have a lot of time or prefer Hardcore management games, we suggest you
remove the Event cards’ deck from the game and simply be strategic in placing your
assets, ignoring each and every reference to Event cards.
No Background, No Questions
To speed up the game, players can agree to simply ignore Characters’ backgrounds.
Just act.
Flash Start
If you’d like to shorten the time for the Initial Stage, you can skip the drafting of Scripts
and the initial purchase of Character cards. Each player will simply have to keep his
own five Script cards and five Character cards, assigned at the beginning, and move
on to the first Operational Stage. With this option, however, each player only receives
$ 1.000.000 from the Bank instead of $ 2.000.000.
Long Game
If, on the other hand, you like the game who evolve more gradually in time you can
choose to let the game end in 1944 instead of 1942, playing for two more game years.
If you choose this option a game can last well over 2 hours. With this option, however,
only 5 Event cards will be handed out to each player, and each player will only have 6
Producers: one for the Scorekeeper Film and 5 for Producer actions during each turn.
With this option players also begin with a reduced starting budget of $ 1.000.000.
During the Final Score Stage, each player will add up the totals for: total black stars,
total blue stars, total green stars, total red stars for their team’s Characters.
Out of the four totals, the player will choose the lowest value and add it in the form of
Victory Points to his/her own score. This bonus will favor the player who has the most
balanced team of Characters when it comes to their abilities.
Second Distribution of the Winning Movie for Best Picture
If you choose to include this rule, right after the awarding ceremony for Best
Supporting Actor/Actress, the movie which has won as Best Picture will undergo a
new Distribution Stage. Every Audience token remained UNASSIGNED during the game
year is placed back into the opaque container and a new Distribution and Box Office
Stage will take place with some changes: Only the values for the movie are taken
into consideration, ignoring the Golden stars for Actors/Actresses, Direction values
for Directors and any effect given by Event cards playing during the first Distribution
Stage. No new cards can be played, but it’s possible for a player to apply positive or
negative effects related to locations on the Central Board, provided that such effects
haven’t already been used up.
Size Matters
Your wallet’s, of course... VP 3
The player with the most Money in his/her possession at the end of the last turn’s
Academy Awards earns 3 additional Victory Points.
Characterized Characters
Trending Genre
Each year the Trending Genre is defined: this is the movie genre that will interest the
Audience the most during the following year. The trending genre can be determined by
certain Event cards or by checking which genre was the most used in movies produced
during the year. A card’s effect prevails over the production of movies by players.
When a Genre becomes Trending, each movie produced during the following year
belonging to the same category will earn +1 Audience star. The Banker will draw a
random token from the Audience container, thus determining the color of the star added
by the trend. The color drawn by the Banker will apply to all movies. White or Golden
tokens must be put back and the
5 Banker will have to draw another random token.
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NOTE!!! If every player produces movies of the same genre during a year,
the Trending Genre effect will work in the opposite way, because of the
overexposure of the Audience to the genre. This way each movie belonging
to that category will lose -2 Audience stars, to be determined in the same
way explained above. If the token drawn with this method is of a color not
represented in the values of the movie at hand, it will be ignored.
Some Characters’ card state that Actor/Actress/Director’s field of specialization
(Field). his means that that specific Character has specialized in a certain Genre. If the
Character is assigned to a movie belonging to the corresponding Genre, he/she gains
+1 star to their Acting value during the Oscars competition.
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— AKNOWLEDGMENTS —
— DISCLAIMER —
“Oscar®” and the “Academy Award of Merit” statuette
are trademarks of exclusive ownership
of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Thanks to: Federica Tinelli, Jacopo Jay Vuga,
Emanuele Degano, Michele Gardini, Ivano d’Aronco,
Oscar Serafin, Alfonso Querini, Saul Clemente, Simone Arena,
Alessandra Bergagna, Hjalmar Hach, Maurizio Vergendo,
Giulio Boccamazzo, Massimo Forni, Alan Mattiassi, Amado Angulo,
Gabriele Zuttion, Giovanni Bernardis, Anarya Ryu, Mattia Sköll,
Massimo Scaini, Maresa Bertolo, Matteo Bergna
and all those who have helped us in planning,
designing and testing the game.
We’d also like to thank the C.E.C
Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche of Udine
for having allowed us to premiere the game
during the Far East Film Festival 2015,
the Ludoteca Comunale of Udine,
The F.L.U.S. Club in Spilimbergo (PN),
the “4° Dimensione” café in Udine, Udine’s Giocoliere
for the spaces provided to us to present and test the game.
This handbook has been revised
by Alan Mattiassi and Anna Bonasera
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