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The Play's The Thing is a storytelling game about actors who want to rewrite the Shakespearean roles they've been given.
The Play's The Thing is a storytelling game about actors who want to rewrite the Shakespearean roles they've been given.
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The Play's The Thing is a storytelling game about actors who want to rewrite the Shakespearean roles they've been given.

You and your friends tell the story of an acting troupe that is scheduled to perform a new play, but has a lot of disagreements about how that play should go.  While the Playwright might present you with a classic Shakespearean folio, you'll use your imagination and wit to craft new events and excitement in old stories.

Imagine:

If Ophelia never drowned…and killed Claudius herself.

If Romeo never met Juliet…but fell in love with Mercutio.

If Othello figured out that Iago was to blame…or secretly plotted to kill him first.

In The Play's The Thing, one player takes on the role of the Playwright, the writer and director of the Play, and the rest of you portray Actors (Hams, Leads, Villains, and Ingenues) who are cast in roles.  As you work your way through the Acts of the Play, you'll suggest changes that the Playwright has to incorporate into the work, making The Bard's stories even better.

We're raising funds to produce a professional version of our entry into the Game Chef 2011 contest.  With the help of our editor, renowned game designer John Wick, the final version of The Play's The Thing will feature revamped rules, new roles and relationships, and sections detailing how to use elements of Tragedy, Comedy, and History to make your Shakespearean sessions amazing.  

We hope you'll join us and help publish The Play's The Thing!

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Thanks to all our wonderful backers, we've hit our main fundraising goal! 

Since our total funding has surpassed $1,500, we will be sending a free copy of The Play's The Thing to high schools selected by our backers who pledged at least $25. Thanks to you all, we're going to help high school students learn to love Shakespeare and roleplaying!

In addition...

Since our total funding has surpassed $3,000, all backers will receive a copy of Magpie Games' first short story collection, BY NO MEANS VULGAR, in eBook/Kindle/PDF format.  Our backers who have pledged at least $50 will get a print copy of the book as well!

Featuring a range of authors and genres, the anthology will contain brand-new stories that will remix, extend, and reimagine Shakespeare's works from such authors as EDDY WEBB (Tales of the Far West, Close Encounters of the Urban Kind), JESS HARTLEY (Buried Tales of Pinebox, Texas; Human Tales; Haunted), JASON CORLEY (Pulp Gamer: Out of Character), GREG STOLZE (Unknown Armies, SWITCHFLIPPED, Grim War), FILAMENA YOUNG (Amaranthine, Maschine Zeit, Guestbook RPG), J.R. BLACKWELL (Shelter in Place, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), and WILL HINDMARCH (The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Things We Think About Games). 

But it's not over yet:

If we can get to $5,000 of funding, Magpie Games will release one new Playset a month for the entirety of 2012 for free.  That means twelve completely free supplements to the game, each one with new rules and relationships that will help you and your friends adapt The Play's The Thing to a new setting.  

Even better, we'll let our fans vote each month on which Playset you think is the most fun.  That means that you'll get a new 10-15+ page PDF inspired by and voted on by our players. Here are a few of the ideas we've already got cooking:

IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME - Ancient Greeks, meddling gods, and a classic chorus will challenge your actors to put on Tragedies and Comedies from the age of Euripides.  

WITH GREAT POWER - Superhero movies have all the elements your actors need to tell stories of sacrifice, greatness, and power.  But can they keep it from becoming too hokey?

WE ALL GO A LITTLE MAD SOMETIMES - Horror movies always sell tickets.  Your actors just have to survive the process of filming.  

We're excited to spend the next year making these supplements an amazing part of the Magpie Games experience.  Please pass the word on and get your friends, neighbors, and pets to help us get all the way to $5,000!

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    Supporting Actor of the Globe: Get a softbound copy of The Play's The Thing + A printed set of supplementary materials + An early release PDF + Your name in the Playbill as a Supporting Actor.

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    Lead Actor of the Globe: Receive a set of custom Magpie Games Story Points + A softbound copy of The Play's The Thing + A printed set of supplementary materials + An early release PDF + Your name in the Playbill as a Lead Actor.

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    Prima Donna of the Globe: Place a one-page ad in the PDF and Print copies of The Play's The Thing for your gaming store, gaming product, theater company, or acting troupe + All Lead Actor rewards + Your name in the Playbill as a Prima Donna.

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    Select Troupe of the Globe: Mark Truman will host a special session of The Play's The Thing for you and up to four friends via the internet (probably Google Hangout) + All Lead Actor Rewards + Your Troupe's name in the Playbill as a Troupe of the Globe

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    Elder Patron of the Globe: Your likeness will be used as one of the Signature Character Types (Ham, Lead, Villain, or Ingenue) + All Lead Actor rewards + Your name in the Playbill as an Elder Patron.

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    Special Guests of the Globe: Your likeness will be used as an illustration to accompany one of the Shakespearean play summaries in the book + All Lead Actor Rewards + Your name in the Playbill as a Special Guest.

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    The Bard Himself: Mark Truman will meet up with you at a Gaming Con in the Northeast to run a private session of The Play's The Thing created just for you and four of your friends + All Lead Actor Rewards + Your name in the Playbill as The Bard Himself.

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