Thursday, April 18, 2019

Movie Night Review

Full disclaimer, the author had a post on Facebook asking for folks to give the game a look and I was sent my copy at no cost.

Movie Night is a game for the 3D System written by Peter Fran. The storytelling game is designed to be played out in an hour or two, just like a movie. If you're looking for something longer though, you can extend adventures together to make a Season.

The system is really simple. The players take part in Scenes and try to stop the Bad Thing. The simple d6 is the only die rolled and you describe what you want to do, roll a die (potentially with advantage or disadvantage) and add the associated trait. Characters in this game are kids, possibly teens, and very rarely adults. Their traits are connected to this.

The book includes several premade adventure ideas based on classic movies like ET, Jaws, The Last Starfighter, Goonies, and Gremlins. There are also a few alternate settings included, which have their own special traits. These let you emulate other very 80's things like My Little Pony and Masters of the Universe. The book also includes a movie generator. The book ends with a fully fleshed out adventure that's ready to go.

While I'm not always the biggest fan of storytelling games, I've fallen in love with this one. It's a very simple system, but lets you play a wide variety of things. The author designed it to get his daughter playing games and the game works perfectly if that's what you're going for. As a youth services library, I can't wait to use this with the kids and teens at my library. This is perfect for clubs and things of that nature. It's not as math heavy as some games and sessions should be less than 2 hours.

If you're trying to introduce gaming to no folks, I highly recommend this one. All versions of the game are pay what you want on DriveThruRPG. You can also grab it from Lulu.

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I picked this one up on Lulu a while back and dig it, but haven't ran it yet. Maybe next week w the fam. Keep up the good bloggin'!