We have come to the final month of Bingo or in long and full words, HTG’S 2012 SUMMER REVIEW EXTRAVAGANZA!!! [Click for the event thread] Some of the limited prizes are off the shelves but there are still many things to grab, not to mention many of the grand prizes are still there, ranging from free mansion 100M to make a film independently. One might feel like they don’t have enough time to do it all but still, one can finish a few lines and still grab some of the prizes.
To make the journey much easier for you all, Mr. G has compiled a little guide on the bingo:
Color: Slot Tier
First, let’s talk about tiers. While there are 25 slots in a bingo, not every slot has the same amount of usage. If you are not sure which slot to fill, consider filling the higher tiers first. Some explanation on the tiers:
Tier 1: Red
Tier 1 consists of slots that can chain up to three lines – horizontal, vertical and diagonal. Since they can chain up to the most lines so you have more branches to expand on later on.
Tier 2: Yellow
Since the center slot of this one is a free slot, one can fill up a complete line (that is supposed to take 5 slots) by doing the work of 4 slots.
Tier 3: Green
Green is the last tier, they are the least useful of all slots but still, they are needed to complete some lines.
If you only plan to complete a few lines, consider the lines with red and yellow first since the complete lines are easier to complete and it allows you to have more branches if you still have time to play on.
Star: Slot Difficulty
Some tiers are more challenging than others so I use a star system to represent the difficulty in my own opinion. I do understand that everyone probably has their own opinions, but this is just a generic difficulty for reference. The stars are rated based largely on time to review (longer film = more time), availability/rarity of the eligible films and difficulty to search:
- Original film – Any original film will do. Plenty of choices, no extra brain juice needed.
- Franchise film – Similar to original film.
- Less than 40 pages – If you can’t even bother to complete this, don’t play this Bingo.
- Out of Theaters – Tons of film to choose from. Not all are available but still, a wide range of choice.
- In Theaters – Still plenty of choices but limited at the same time.
- Opening Week (1st slot) – Easy to find but limited choices.
- Female Lead – Thanks to Kaitlynn (Halliwell Productions) there are plenty of choices out there.
- Two Reviews 24 Hours – The good thing is any film is fine, the bad thing is you need to review 2 instead of 1. You can hold up your reviews and submit them at the same time so the 24 hours isn’t that much of a problem.
- Longer Than 90 Pages – Easy, a lot of choices but take some time to read.
- Release before 2010 – A little harder to find those still available and ones that you are really interested in. The forum do have a few threads of recommendation for this.
- Sequel – Limited and not all are available.
- Has cameo – Need to find out yourself which film has cameo.
- Female director – Not as many as “Female Lead”. Here’s a list to help you out: Kathryn Bigelow, Lexi Alexander, Sofia Coppola, Amy Heckerling, Christine Jeffs, Miranda July, Hettie MacDonald, Julie Taymor.
- Producer’s First film – Not hard to find out by searching through the filmography of each producer, but not all are available and their first film might not be something you are very interested in.
- 2 or fewer reviews (in theater) – A rarer/harder version of the two star’s “In Theaters” slot.
- Opening Week (2nd slot) – You need one more for this slot, so I guess it’s more limited amount of choices, especially consider that there’s only 4 weeks of release to go.
- First Review – Not easy to find. You might as well bank on a new release rathe than looking for old one. Although I can say that there are some out there, try Pedro (Baseball Mogul Productions)’s films first.
- 2 or Fewer Reviews (Out of Theater) – A much rarer/harder version of the one star’s “Out of Theater”. Why the huge jump of difficulty? The main reason is that most of the films out of theaters already have more than 3 reviews. Again, try Pedro’s films first.
- Has Soundtrack – It’s similar to “Has Cameo” except it’s rarer from what I see so far. Much easier if you are a musical fan though.
- Top 20 on Critic Corner – Many are not available, leaving you with only a few choices. Majority of them are full releases so you need more time to read. The good thing is that they are freaking good.
- Yoda Best Picture Winner – Similar to “Top 20″, lack of choices (I think only 3 or 4 scripts are still available) and takes time to read.
- Five Point Review – Not very easy to get 5 points in a review, I can assure you this. Also, only films still in theater can get you five points so this is like the nightmare mode of “In Theater”. I think you can ask the critic rating judges whether one particular review of yours is 5 stars or not. CzarTim did help me on this one.
- Pre-screen A Film – Opportunity to pre-screen doesn’t come too much. Also, limited choice. You can ask producers to pre-screen their films.
- If you have a film review that can be used on multiple slots, always go for the harder one first.
- If you are aiming only for a few lines, pre-plan a few films to review. Set a target and achieve it.
- Consider what slots a film can fill instead of simply putting it in an easy slot.
- If you are confident that you can complete many lines, my personal way is to just read like 10+ films first without thinking about the slots, and then plan where to put each one when you are done. After that, fill in the remaining fields.
- Try to save 1 or 2 of your best reviews for the 5 point review slot before putting them into another slot.
- The easiest line is probably the left-to-right diagonal line, consists of Original Film, In Theaters, 2 or Fewer Reviews (In Theater) and Longer Than 90 Pages.
Without player’s contribution in the form of reviews, this game would not be as much fun, so please consider reviewing some films and earn extra prizes at the same time. It is a win-win situation. Here’s hoping that we can have more Bingo players before the end of the event and more importantly, have fun!
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