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We're out for now, but find Bill Shakespeare is Dead back on Kickstarter on May 19th!

Bill Shakespeare is Dead is a fast-paced party game for five or more players.

Three and four player variants now available! Click HERE for more info.

In what could loosely be called a plot, players are performers in The King's Men, the famed troupe that performed at The Globe Theatre. It's opening night of a brand new play, and your star playwright, Bill Shakespeare, is dead. And he was supposed to bring the script. With an audience already out in the house, you'll have to take bits of the script and Bill's furious scribblings and put together a show. Good friggin' luck.

The game, like Shakespeare's plays, is split into five acts. For each act, one player is the Stage Manager, two players are Performers, and everyone else provides the necessary nouns and verbs for the scenes. Roles change for each act.

Everyone starts out by drawing five cards from the Nouns and Verbs deck. This deck, funny enough, is filled with nouns and verbs. 

While performing, you might encounter a line like:

The Stage Manager, following along in their own book, knows that they need to call for a noun right there. When they call for it, it's everyone else's job (those not Stage Managing or Performing) to look through their cards and pick what works best in context. Maybe it's funniest. Or wittiest. Or the most disgusting. Whatever. Just shout it out and be quick about it. The Stage Manager picks the first one that sounds good, the line is repeated with that new word in place, and on you go!

At the end of each act, you tally points to figure out who is the Stage Manager for the next act. At the end of the game you can total up your score, but the honest truth is that points are really not the point of the game. You can keep score if you want...but that might say something fundamental about you as a person. 

                                       

Pace 

You might have played games that have a similar feel to Bill Shakespeare is Dead, but the big difference between our game and others is the pace. Cards are played every 20-30 seconds, and there are no turns. With almost no downtime, everyone is always playing in some way.

Versatility

Bill Shakespeare is Dead comes with 200 Nouns and Verbs cards, but there are a lot of other games on the market that use white cards in a similar fashion. You can feel free to mix in or substitute those cards to tailor the experience to whatever group you are in, and add to the replayability of the game. Bill Shakespeare is Dead has been tested to make sure it is compatible in this way.

Art

The box and character cards are all beautiful, slightly surreal watercolors by Anna Poplawska.

Great for the Whole Family

As long as your family is ever-so-slightly foul-mouthed and not easily offended. Or carnies. 

Fully Printed Prototype of the Game
Fully Printed Prototype of the Game
     

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Shipping within the United States will be handled by Amazon fulfillment. European shipping will be handled by Ideaspatcher. Games there will ship from within the EU to cut down on costs as much as possible. For more information on international shipping, visit the F.A.Q. 

                                       

Paul Cosca is a designer based out of Montana. He got a degree in acting from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Believe it or not, a BFA in acting doesn't immediately lead to lucrative jobs with great benefits. Who knew? He currently lives in the snowy north with his wife, who is a rock star for putting up with all this. 

As an independent designer, the opportunity to market directly to and get funding directly from you is amazing. If you like the game, you have the opportunity to buy it (at the cheapest price available), and your feedback can go directly to the one person who can change things: me. You may not be buying stock, but this is an opportunity for you to take ownership in the creation of this game. 

The big question for you is, why back now? If you want the game, here are three important reasons you should back it.

1. Without this campaign, it won't get made. A lot of people wait to contribute to campaigns because they'd rather wait and buy it later when it is in stores. It's understandable, but if this campaign isn't successful, you won't see it on store shelves at all. So now's the time to jump in. Plus, the cost of manufacturing means that this is absolute lowest price it can be. No retailer level. No early birds. The absolute lowest price for everyone right now.

2. This edition is special. If things go brilliantly, this game may be reprinted many times. But this initial printing will be completely unique. The cards that are marked as specifically for this campaign will not be included in future runs. So you might make a killing on Ebay or something.

3. You can take ownership. Let's dream for a second. Imagine, a couple years from now, you are in your local game store. A friend of yours sees Bill Shakespeare is Dead on the shelf and says "Oh man, I love that game." You can look at your friend all smugly and say "I was particularly instrumental in the creation of that game. You can go ahead and thank me." Your friend might hate your smug face, but you'll be right. And isn't being right the most important thing of all?

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Risks and challenges

This is my first time out creating a large print run for a tabletop game. So of course, there may be unseen challenges ahead. However, I have been seriously studying campaigns for other games both large and small, looking at what went right and what went wrong, to ensure that I fall into as few pitfalls as possible.

I will be working with PrintNinja. Their main office is here in the U.S., so I can be assured that communication will be timely and simple. If any problems arise (and of course we hope they do not), I will make sure things are fixed immediately.

Finally, you can be assured that Bill Shakespeare is Dead will be my top priority. While I do have other projects in the pipeline, there will be no other funding campaigns until backers begin receiving this game. Customer service is incredibly important to me. Without you, this whole thing will just fall apart.

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    Create a Noun - Think you're funny? Prove it! You get to submit a Noun card that will appear in EVERY copy of Bill Shakespeare is Dead. Your name will also appear in the rulebook. Noun will need to be approved by Brikenbrak Games.

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    Create a Verb - Think you're funny? Prove it! You get to submit a Verb card that will appear in EVERY copy of Bill Shakespeare is Dead. Your name will also appear in the rulebook. Verb will need to be approved by Brikenbrak Games.

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    Customize everything! - Men - Want this game to be truly yours? Not only will you get to customize one noun or verb that will appear in every copy of the game, but your (or a loved one's) likeness will also appear in every copy of the game!

    After the campaign concludes, we will give artist Anna Poplawska pictures of you, and she will turn them into a beautiful watercolor on one of the character cards.

    This also includes 1 (one) copy of Bill Shakespeare is Dead with all unlocked stretch goals. In addition, your name will be included in the dramatically rendered thank you video done at the end! (This includes free shipping WORLDWIDE!)

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    Customize everything! - Women - Want this game to be truly yours? Not only will you get to customize one noun or verb that will appear in every copy of the game, but your (or a loved one's) likeness will also appear in every copy of the game!

    After the campaign concludes, we will give artist Anna Poplawska pictures of you, and she will turn them into a beautiful watercolor on one of the character cards.

    This also includes 1 (one) copy of Bill Shakespeare is Dead with all unlocked stretch goals. In addition, your name will be included in the dramatically rendered thank you video done at the end! (This includes free shipping WORLDWIDE!)

    (Please note, this reward is for female art subjects)

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