For those who watched Netflix’s spicy Regency romp Bridgerton over the vacations and thought, “Nicely gee, I’d like to be a younger woman/gentleman in search of a affluent match by navigating a well mannered however ruthless society,” you’re in luck: there’s a sport for that now.
Obtainable 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 members of the family attempting to avoid wasting their reputations by hanging advantageous matches.
Social Season creator Scott Sexton tells Polygon he was impressed by sport designer Lysa Penrose’s stream of The Haunting of Good Society, a ghostly tackle the favored Jane Austen RPG Good Society. Sexton wished one thing fast and easy, and when he noticed Justice Arman’s Convertibots, impressed by Grant Howitt’s common one-sheet TTRPG Honey Heist, he tapped into that style.
Within the sport, gamers aren’t restricted to roles as would-be debutantes — the truth is, you don’t even must play as somebody in search of out a wedding. Sexton added selection throughout playtesting; his first draft of the sport had all of the gamers taking up debutante roles, however that ended up being limiting.
“I haven’t performed it with any of the gamers attempting to marry one another, however this was additionally some suggestions I acquired, so I added a bit to offer a unifying aim,” Sexton instructed Polygon by way of Twitter DM. “You’re all a part of the identical prolonged household and attempting to land an advantageous match for at the very least one among you that can save your loved ones from damage. What that precisely appears like in every sport is as much as the gamers.”
The sport makes use of two stats, Composure and Scandal, which Sexton says is adapting the simple Honey Heist mechanics, however for Regency-era England.
“This sport principally replaces the honey with a fascinating marriage, the felony bears with a scandalous Regency household, and the traps and guards with jealous rivals and opportunistic suitors,” he stated.
Social Season asks GMs to generate a situation by rolling on random desk, which is able to set up the setting (a masquerade ball, maybe, or an opera or symphony efficiency), the host (“an eccentric widow,” “the overall’s spouse,” “the queen), and a sequence of rumors and issues. Then gamers try and navigate the scenario as their Composure and Scandal shift as a result of circumstances, with the specter of their characters turning into unplayable if both stat will get too excessive: overload on Composure, and also you’ll “fall unwell with a case of the vapours and convalesce at house for the remainder of the season,” whereas an excessive amount of Scandal will damage you socially.
The Social Season is a name-your-own-price obtain on itch.io.