Twelve people have so far successfully conquered the online registration for the second season of the Getafilm Box Office Moguls League. There is still time to join! After tomorrow you will be locked out and forced to spend the season watching enviously from the sidelines. Your movie fandom is at stake!
Those people already in have no doubt lost sleep over the last week second-guessing their picks. Remember, you can change them whenever you want throughout the season - IF the movie you pick hasn't opened yet, and if you can afford it. I've already completely changed mine once. Keep in mind the price for each movie goes up as the release date nears. (This game is free, by the way - you're "given" $100 to invest.)
If you're not yet in, follow these "simple" rules. (I'm just pasting these from the last post):
1.) Register and create a Box Office Moguls (not Ultimate Movie Moguls) studio with a funny name. If you played last season you can just sign in and create a new studio.
2.) Join the existing private Box Office Moguls league named "Getafilm Season #2". You can search for it or I think you try from the league homepage here. The password is "getafilm". Pretty tricky. It's also the password for my offshore account.
3.) Instruct the next person you talk to in completing steps 1 and 2 at the nearest computer.
4.) Choose your "slate" of movies. You can choose up to 8, but each movie "costs" you an amount of money based on the projected success of its theater run. Huge blockbusters will cost you more and they'll make the most, but what if they bomb? And what if you choose a small, cheap independent film that slowly, gradually gains traction and becomes a massive box office success (hello, Juno)? Choose your slate now, but remember that you can change movies throughout the season as long as the movie you pick up hasn't been released anywhere yet.
5.) Tell everyone you know to go see and the movies you picked.
6.) Follow the success of each movie throughout the season.
7.) Forget to track the success of each movie throughout the season.
8.) Talk trash on the league's message board.
9.) Laugh at me when my indie sleeper pick opens in 63 theaters and then disappears after two weeks.
10.) Win an amazing grand prize. I can't say anything yet, but it may or may not involve a chance to announce the Best Picture winner at next year's Academy Awards ceremony.
For more information (including a very important tip) and to hear the chatter from those who have already joined, revisit the original announcement from last Friday.
Twelve people is fine and all, but come on, don't you people have any friends who like to play meaningless games? Get 'em in!
Good luck and thanks for playing!