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January 31, 2017: Munchkin Shakespeare Is Coming To Kickstarter!

Munchkin Shakespeare

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely munchkins! SJ Games is proud to announce our next Kickstarter project: Munchkin Shakespeare

Set in the plays and poems of the world's most famous bard, Munchkin Shakespeare lets slip the dogs of foolishness, with all the classic looting, backstabbing, and leveling up of the original Munchkin game, combined with Shakespearian jokes that the groundlings would love. Featuring new art from John Kovalic, the game will start as a Munchkin Christmas Lite size tuckbox, but we have plans to grow it based on the success of the campaign. So the better the project does, the more cards and fun stuff we can stuff in your shipping boxes! 

But why Kickstarter? To crowdfund or not to crowdfund, that is the question. We decided to use Kickstarter for this project because of its origin. Munchkin Shakespeare started off as a fan-created project on the JoCo Cruise. Steve and Andrew polled audience members for card ideas and added plenty of their own. Considering how it began, we wanted to bring it to the people to make this game a reality. Of course, local game stores will have incentive to back throughout the campaign as well, and if it funds we'll release the base game at retail when it delivers to backers. Ultimately though, we wanted this set to be by the fans and for the fans, and we believe Kickstarter is a great way to make that happen. (Watch for another Illuminator later this week by Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard, talking about why we went this route in more detail.)

We'll have more details when the campaign launches on February 7. Sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss out! 

-- Hunter Shelburne

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