In the event you watched Netflix’s spicy Regency romp Bridgerton over the vacations and thought, “Effectively gee, I’d like to be a younger woman/gentleman searching for a affluent match by navigating a well mannered however ruthless society,” you’re in luck: there’s a sport 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 relations making an attempt to save lots of their reputations by placing 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 needed one thing fast and easy, and when he noticed Justice Arman’s Convertibots, impressed by Grant Howitt’s in style 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 searching for 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 making an attempt to marry one another, however this was additionally some suggestions I obtained, so I added a bit to offer a unifying purpose,” Sexton instructed Polygon by way of Twitter DM. “You’re all a part of the identical prolonged household and making an attempt to land an advantageous match for no less than certainly one of you that can save your loved ones from spoil. 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 legal bears with a scandalous Regency household, and the traps and guards with jealous rivals and opportunistic suitors,” he mentioned.
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 collection of rumors and issues. Then gamers try and navigate the scenario as their Composure and Scandal shift on account 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 in poor health with a case of the vapours and convalesce at residence for the remainder of the season,” whereas an excessive amount of Scandal will spoil you socially.
The Social Season is a name-your-own-price obtain on itch.io.