Our top story tonight, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
And so is Bill Shakespeare. Oh no! And it's the night his new play was to debut! The actors are here. The stage manager is here. The audience is here (and already paid their entrance fee). The show must go on! It's up to the actors and stage manager to come up with the script on the fly in order to entertain the audience. That's the gist of Bill Shakespeare is Dead, the new party card game by Brikenbrak Games, that's up on Kickstarter now.
The game is a bit Mad Libs, a bit Who's Line is it Anyway?, and a bit Cards Against Humanity. Each round, there's two actors, a stage manager, and an audience (the main game calls for 5+ players, though there are 3-4 player variants). The actors start their lines, but when they get to a blank, the stage manager calls for a noun or verb from the audience, who pick from their cards the option they think is best. The stage manager then chooses one of the called-out words and the actors continue on, inserting the word where necessary in the script. Points are totaled for who had the best words picked and a new act begins with players swapping roles.
The base game costs only $25 and comes with 100 noun/verb cards, 17 script cards, 10 character cards, stage manager book, and rulebook.
The campaign is a little over half-funded with just over 2 weeks to go before the final curtain.