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March 14, 2022: I Got To Write For Batman! Kind Of!

Still on Kickstarter is the new Munchkin game with the loooooong name: "Steve Jackson's Munchkin Presents Batman." (Don't ask. It's a license, and sometimes you just shouldn't ask.)

The point is that we got to do it. Before I go any further, big thanks here to Cryptozoic Entertainment, our partner for the Batman license. Not only did they let us do this, they were hugely helpful at every stage of talking us through the progress, and their studio skills made the Kickstarter video a thing of wonder and beauty.

I have been a Bat-fan for a long, long time. If you ask me which versions I prefer, I'd have to say that Adam West, Burt Ward, and their cast of villains represented the high point. But with a serious hat tip to Jim Carrey's Riddler and Heath Ledger's Joker. It's like discussing religion (or cheese). No matter how much you rave, unless you are Martin Luther (or Anthony Bourdain), you will never actually convert anyone. But if I had to put a stake in the ground, that's where it would be.

Doing this was just great. It's bragging rights, and I am hereby bragging. I am not quite a Batman writer; I did not put any words in the Dark Knight's mouth. But I sure made it possible for YOU to take him through some adventures that, for sheer weirdness, will do any version of the Caped Crusader proud.

And I'm delighted to say that my friend John Kovalic now IS, in all serious truth, a Batman artist! I especially like his Harley Quinn, and I hope that the big WB calls him someday and says "John, we need the funny." Because he can do it!

Anyway: I had a good time with it. I think you will too. Obligatory plug and link: please check out the Kickstarter and our pre-release unboxing. (Hey, it's what proof copies are for, right?)

-- Steve Jackson

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