I’ve gotta be honest, the only exposure to Jane Austen I’ve had has come from parodies (mostly from Daria and Futurama). However, many of my friends are deep into literature and have read most of her works. If you’re like them, then you’ll be excited to know about Good Society, a new RPG that brings you right into the world of Jane Austen’s work. Make your way through social gatherings and the seemingly impenetrable wall of social situations and rules as you look for love. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Good Society is a collaborative roleplaying game that seeks to capture the heart, and the countenance, of Jane Austen’s work. It is a game of balls, estates, sly glances, and turns about the garden. At least on the surface. Underneath this, just as in Austen’s own novels, it is a game of social ambition, family obligation and breathtaking, heart-stopping longing.
In this game, you play the type of characters that captured your imagination in Austen’s books – from a wealthy heir who falls in love with the aloof new arrival, to a charming socialite bent on ruining the reputation of their rivals. Exploit your advantages, connections, and family influence to achieve your secret desire – all while jealously guarding your good name.
Not only that, players in Good Society hold the power to control the story itself, and change it in their favour. Take control of influential connections, create rumour and scandal, and spend tokens to orchestrate balls, carriage accidents, and even marriages.
It is the elegance of Austen’s world, the sharpness of her wit, and the beauty of her passion that inspired us to create this system. But it is the deep and complex struggle between desire, expectation, and position that has guided its development – and we hope you will enjoy both elements.
The Kickstarter is more than 10x funded with still 28 days left to go.