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Support This Jane Austen RPG Kickstarter To Turn P&P into D&D

Support This Jane Austen RPG Kickstarter To Turn P&P into D&D

Each week here at Geek & Sundry we’re taking a look at new and upcoming exciting titles on Kickstarter! This week’s Kickstarter of the week is Good Society, a tabletop RPG in the style of the writings of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. As of this writing, the Kickstarter has exceeded their $3K funding goal and is at over $78K.  

The setting of tabletop RPGs are often exotic worlds filled with strange creatures, exotic treasures and magic powers. In the novels of Jane Austen, the strange creatures are marriageable bachelors, the exotic treasure is a relationship that’s satisfying and the magic powers are the keen wit and wordplay exchanged by her main characters. Storybrewers Roleplaying have injected a bit of lit wit into RPGs before with last year’s Alas For the Awful Sea , setting a seaside town inspired by the works of Melville or the classic Mutiny on the Bounty films. Designers Vee Hendro and Hayley Gordon return this year with Good Society: A Jane Austen RPG.

“This game owes a debt to designers who have shown you can make an amazing roleplaying game that is about relationships, romance, and obligation rather than simply focusing on violence,” said Gorden. “I have to call out Shooting the Moon by Emily Care Boss, and Alienòr by Maracanda both of which are fantastic games that I cannot recommend highly enough.”

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A quick-start PDF is available to backers right now giving a small taste of how the game flows. It also seems inspired by games like Fiasco, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and even Marrying Mr. Darcy,  the Jane Austen card game.

Players assemble their characters based on their background, their reputation and their secret desire, assembling a character sheet that has their special narrative abilities. Characters must navigate the complex social web they start at the game by spending tokens to affect narrative change that affects other characters or NPCs connected to those characters. Play revolves around turns set at parties, weddings and other social occasions common to the Austen novels, and the epistolary phase provides characters a chance to create letters and diary entries that move the story along. In a most flavorful twist, every player has one monologue token they can play on another character forcing that character to open up their inner monologue at the moment for everyone to hear.

The Kickstarter has hit several stretch goals already to improve the quality of the printed game. In addition to PDF versions, there are print copies that include cards with secret desires and relationships, plus setting add-ons for games adding in a bit of Susanna Clarke or the Baroness Orczy. The designers are excited about the goals that have expanded the scope of the experience.

“I’m extremely excited for the two expansions we unlocked for the game – Pride, Prejudice and Practical Magics, and Sense, Sensibility and Swordsmanship,” said Hendro. “These were voted for by our backers, and I must say they have good taste! My favourite part about them is that all the materials for both expansions and Good Society itself will be completely compatible, meaning you can have magic AND swords AND advantageous marriages all in the same game.”

“I’m most excited about the LARP,” added Gordon. “Getting a chance to don regency gear and play out a ballroom scene is just a really fun thing – I think a lot of the Austen lovers who backed the game will really enjoy it.”

The Kickstarter ends today, March 5th, so if you want to match wits with your potential suitors, you better propose backing this game.

Image Credits: Storybrewers Roleplaying

Rob Wieland is an author, game designer and professional nerd. He’s worked on dozens of different tabletop games ranging from Star Wars and Firefly all the way down to his own creations like CAMELOT Trigger. He can be hired as a professional Dungeon Master for in-person or remote games. His Twitter is here. His meat body can be found in scenic Milwaukee, WI.

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