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Our first expansion for Monikers, a game that people inexplicably still want to play.
Our first expansion for Monikers, a game that people inexplicably still want to play.
1,168 backers pledged $19,988 to help bring this project to life.


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“The most you will ever laugh playing a game” – Shut Up and Sit Down

“Hilarious” – Boing Boing

“The cardset is freaking brilliant” – Gamers With Jobs

Hello again! Hi. So last year, we made a party game called Monikers. Now that it’s a real, actual thing and inexplicably sort of a small hit, we’re adding a bunch of new cards to the game. But you don’t even need to own the original game to play. This new set works perfectly as a standalone version of the game that you can bring to a party or a bar or wherever.

The rules are pretty simple: get your friends to guess the name on a card. The twist is that you give clues over three rounds, and each round has rules about what you can and can’t do. So in the 1st round, you can say anything. In the 2nd, you can only use one word. And in the 3rd, you can only do charades.

You use the same deck of cards in each round, so weird inside jokes inevitably start to develop, and you’ll find yourself making some obscene gesture to get your friends to guess “A bumblebee.” And the crazy thing is that people will know EXACTLY what you mean.

Here’s what the game looks like if you haven’t played it before:

And here’s a review from one of the best gaming sites out there:

So yeah, Monikers is super quick to play, can accommodate a huge group, and is just stupid, hilarious fun. You can buy it right now on Amazon for $25

Monikers: Shmonikers comes with 112 new cards that you can use completely on their own or, if you own a copy of Monikers, just add to the set.

It works great either way, since the names are the same combination of internet weirdos, the profoundly silly, Venusians, people who were famous in the 90s for basically no reason, tip-of-the-tongue references, maybe some dogs, things that really just shouldn’t be, random memes, and the least redeemable members of society.

The other thing is that people have come up with all sorts of weird new rounds: under a sheet, behind a couch just using your head, a single sound, etc. For the expansion, we’re collecting the best (worst?) ones into a single list and inventing a few more that we’ve had a lot of fun with. 

Also like last time, we’ve lined up some amazing artists to add new illustrations and some guest contributors to add a name to the set:

And contributing names, it’s:

So awesome.

Each copy is only $10 and ships anywhere. Aaaaaaaand that’s pretty much it. No stretch goals, no early birds, no high fives, no commemorative coins.

I’m sure I’ll say this every time, but these are the best, funniest cards we’ve ever come up with. If you’re into party games or laughing or fun, it’s a steal for ten bucks.

We can’t wait to get it to you.

The original Monikers box
The original Monikers box

Risks and challenges

For our last Kickstarter, we shipped 2,000+ copies of Monikers to backers in over 25 countries. We ended up having two short delays—one from a production issue and one from congestion at the L.A. ports.

Shmonikers is already finished, so once the kickstarter ends, we’ll be able to submit the game to our printer right away. Barring any big setbacks, US backers—and hopefully everyone else—will have their copies for the holidays. But yeah, there is always a chance of unforeseen delays.

We use the same printer (Ad Magic!) as bigger deals like Exploding Kittens and Cards Against Humanity, so they’re definitely up to the job. For fulfillment, we use Amazon, which is an internet retailer based in Seattle.

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