Good Society: A Jane Austin Role Paying Game from Storybrewers Roleplaying is nominated for Table Top of the Year at the Australian Games Awards (AGAs). We spoke with Hayley Gordon and Vee Hendro from Storybrewers Roleplaying about their reaction to being nominated and about the wide range of role playing games available.
Vote for Good Society: A Jane Austin Role Playing Game to win Table Top of the Year at the AGAs by clicking here. Voting ends December 7th 2018.
GC: What was your reaction to being nominated?
SR: We were very surprised as we found out by random chance. A friend was also nominated in the same category: we went to the website to look at their nomination and then saw that Good Society was also listed. It’s great to see the Australian Game Awards is including tabletop gaming as it’s a growing force in Australia!
GC: How did you come up with the concept for this game?
SR: We were watching the 2005 Pride and Prejudice when the idea came to us. People often imagine themselves in the world of Austen’s novels, and how they would conduct themselves or react if they were in the situation of her major characters – hence movies such as Lost in Austen, and Austenland. Where there is that impulse to imagine yourself within a particular world or situation, then that’s often a sign that there is great potential for a roleplaying game!
GC: How much of this game’s content is based directly on Jane Austen’s writings?
SR: All of it and none of it! None of the narrative content of Austen’s works appears in the game – you’re not going to meet Elizabeth Bennet. To use actual content from the books would have been too limiting. We really wanted people to be able to create their own Austen drama. However, the mechanics of the game are inspired by Austen’s writings. There is a rumour and scandal phase where you create the rumours flying around the town, a reputation phase to see how you are faring in society’s eyes, and even an epistolary phase where you write letters to the other characters. The system is built from the ground up to feel like you’re playing in an Austen novel.
GC: Is there anything else you would like to add?
SR: Whatever you love, there’s almost certainly an indie roleplaying game about it! Our game is about Austen but we’ve played games about supernatural teenagers (buffy style), cosmic horror in the prohibition and an all women bomber squadron. There’s a lot more options in roleplaying than D&D, so check some of it out!
Good Society can be purchased via Storybrewers Roleplaying. Vote for Good Society: A Jane Austin Role Playing Game to win Table Top of the Year at the AGAs by clicking here. Voting ends December 7th 2018.