If you watched Netflix’s animated Regency romp Bridgerton over the holidays and figuring out, “Smartly gee, I’d like to be a younger lady/gentleman seeking a prosperous match by navigating a smartly mannered nevertheless ruthless society,” you’re in kindly fortune: there’s a game for that now.
Accessible on itch.io, The Social Season is a one-sheet TTRPG designed to recreate the intrigue of Regency social season, the place you play as family contributors attempting to build their reputations by striking obedient matches.
Social Season creator Scott Sexton tells Polygon he was inspired by game model designer Lysa Penrose’s journey of The Haunting of Just appropriate Society, a ghostly consume on the favored Jane Austen RPG Just appropriate Society. Sexton wanted one thing like a flash and simple, and when he noticed Justice Arman’s Convertibots, inspired by Grant Howitt’s popular one-sheet TTRPG Honey Heist, he tapped into that model.
In the game, gamers aren’t restricted to roles as would-be debutantes — in actuality, you don’t even want to play as any individual seeking out a wedding. Sexton added selection all the device via playtesting; his first draft of the game had the entire gamers taking up debutante roles, nevertheless that ended up being limiting.
“I haven’t performed it with any of the gamers attempting to marry every other, nevertheless this was moreover some feedback I got, so I added a cramped to supply a unifying aim,” Sexton advised Polygon via Twitter DM. “You’re all section of the same prolonged family and attempting to land an obedient match for as a minimal one among you that can build your loved ones from slay. What that precisely seems cherish in every game is as much as the gamers.”
The game makes utilize of two stats, Composure and Scandal, which Sexton says is adapting the easy Honey Heist mechanics, nevertheless for Regency-technology England.
“This game in general replaces the honey with a mighty marriage, the criminal bears with a unsightly Regency family, and the traps and guards with jealous rivals and opportunistic suitors,” he talked about.
Social Season asks GMs to generate a scenario by rolling on random table, that can per chance per chance presumably build the atmosphere (a masquerade ball, presumably, or an opera or symphony performance), the host (“an eccentric widow,” “the general’s higher half,” “the queen), and a collection of rumors and problems. Then gamers strive to navigate the challenge as their Composure and Scandal shift due to conditions, with the threat of their characters becoming unplayable if both stat will get too high: overload on Composure, and also you’ll “gather ill with a case of the vapours and convalesce at house for the remainder of the season,” while too mighty Scandal will slay you socially.
The Social Season is a standing-your-gather-mark download on itch.io.