About this project
MEET THE CREATORS OF KILL SHAKESPEARE
ABOUT THE GAME:
Kill Shakespeare is an epic adventure that will change the way you look at Shakespeare forever.
In this dark tale, the Bard’s most famous heroes embark upon a journey to discover a long-lost soul. Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff and Captain Cesario search for a reclusive wizard who may have the ability to assist them in their battle against the evil forces led by the villains Richard III, Lady Macbeth and Iago. That reclusive wizard? William Shakespeare.
In Kill Shakespeare, you and 3 of your friends will join together to free the kingdom from the clutches of the forces of Richard III. You will compete to liberate cities, remove his influence from the land and complete quests to wrest control from the vile King Richard.
You will use your own influence to grow your army and steal troop movement letters and city plans in order to liberate the cities that have been occupied by Richard and Lady Macbeth’s forces. You must be careful, however, because not all of your companions can be trusted. You must beware that the vile Iago will steal your own plans and report your troop movements to your sworn enemies.
Throughout the game you will be given quests by the likes of Puck, Shakespeare and other favorite characters from the pages of William Shakespeare's great plays. These quests and events will weave a deep narrative created by the writers of the Kill Shakespeare comic book that bring you even deeper into the engrossing world of the award-winning comic.
While only one of the heroes can rule the day, you will need to work together to ensure that Richard doesn't overrun the realm, that Lady Macbeth doesn't ensnare your rebellion and that Iago doesn't gain the knowledge of Shakespeare’s whereabouts.
In this world, your enemies have a single goal. Kill Shakespeare. It’s up to you and your friends to Battle for the Bard.
GAME PLAY OVERVIEW
REVIEW BY DAVID MINKEN (CONNECT MORE/ AVOID THE RULES:) http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1130270/connect-more-to-kill-shakespeare-i-thought-shake
"...Embrace an evening immersed in cooperation, treachery, negotiation, and the wonderful world of kill shakespeare that I am only now beginning to discover!" - David Minken
Kill Shakespeare Rules (2/26 Working Draft):
This launch title from IDW Games can be pre-ordered through this Kickstarter campaign and is scheduled to ship in late May of 2014.
Kill Shakespeare is an area control board game from the designers of the critically acclaimed, Yedo. Players will participate in auction drafts to acquire resources in order to liberate territories from the forces of King Richard and Lady Macbeth. Resource management will be highly important as players will need to not just be working toward individual goals, if they don't come together to defeat Richard and prevent him from finding the bard, all will be lost.
Whether you're a fan of tabletop gaming or the excellent series of graphic novels that created the world featured in the game, there's plenty of exciting and fresh content for us to deliver to you. Have a look at the following chart explaining each of our pledge tiers.
The Deluxe Tray Case Edition:
For fans who want something extra special for their bookshelf, we've created a special deluxe limited-edition version of the game.
This is a Kickstarter exclusive offering featuring a leatherette case featuring a design inspired by classic literature.
MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE KILL SHAKESPEARE GAME AND COMIC:
KILL SHAKESPEARE BOARD GAME DESIGNERS:
Wolf Plancke & Thomas Vande Ginste designed Kill Shakespeare as the follow-up to the well-reviewed and now sold-out YEDO.
Tom Vasel of Dicetower had this to say about Yedo, "I LOVE this game. I was so happy to play this. […] Love the artwork, love the theme. It is one I am going to keep, it’s a game I was really enamored with for a number of reasons.”
Both designers live in Belgium, and when Thomas Vande Ginste isn't designing games he's fighting fires for the Bruges fire department.
You can follow Thomas Vande Ginste on twitter here: @TVandeGinste
KILL SHAKESPEARE COMIC CREATORS
Anthony Del Col
Co-creator and co-writer Anthony Del Col has a wide range of experience in the comic, music, film and television industries. He has produced two independent feature films and served as a manager for international pop star Nelly Furtado, helping to supervise her “Loose World Tour”.
Co-creator and co-writer Conor McCreery is an award winning comics writer, print and broadcast journalist whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, WIRED.com, The Grid, among others. He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Crystal and his daughter Peregrine.
Kill Shakespeare is the acclaimed IDW Publishing comic book series that debuted in 2010 and has been profiled by the New York Times, Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly, BBC and CBC. The series has been nominated for a Harvey Award for Best New Series and Joe Shuster Awards for Outstanding Comic Book Writing. A stage adaptation, Kill Shakespeare: Live Graphic Novel, debuted in 2011 with Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre and has played in a dozen cities, from New York to Dubai.
http://kill-shakespeare.tumblr.com/IDW Games was founded in 2013 with the intention of bringing high-quality strategic board games to market featuring several of IDW's creator-owned and licensed products. IDW Games will offer both big and small box games providing entertainment for fans of all ages.
IDW Games is headed by Jerry Bennington with Nate Murray handling project management and marketing duties.
Pandasaurus Games is a start-up independent publisher of hobby board and card games based in Austin, TX. Our goal is to help great games make it to gamers tables. We believe board games are a great way to get together with friends and family and foster a sense of community that many forms of entertainment stifle.
Risks and challenges
While this is our first kickstarter project, IDW Publishing has a long history of delivery timely, high-quality content to fans around the globe. But with each new project, there are new challenges that we could face. Shipping delays can happen. We've been working with our printer to ensure he follows a tight timeline.
The artwork for the game is complete. The only assets left to finalize are the kickstarter exclusive limited-edition pledge items.
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Just raise your pledge amount by the corresponding value of the item you'd like to add.
For example, if you'd like a set of Iago's Tavern Dice and you were an early bird, you would select the $40 pledge tier for an early copy of the game then enter in a manual pledge amount of $65. ($40 for the game plus the $25 for the tavern dice.)
We want to be honest here - it's definitely not designed for it. With some adjustments the game could be solo'ed if need be. You'd have to pull out some easy quests, because you'd be working together perfectly on resources instead of out auctioning each other for V.P's. We can't it'd be the ideal experience, but hey, sometimes getting a group together's tough and you just have to run it solo.
We're going to talk to the designers about some variant rules possibilities. This question has come up a bunch and we will try to do an update or have a conversation on bgg where the designers can say what they think.
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