If you watched Netflix’s spicy Regency romp Bridgerton over the vacations and thought, “Well gee, I’d love to be a young lady/gentleman seeking a prosperous match by navigating a polite but ruthless society,” you’re in luck: there’s a sport for that now.
Available 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 attempting to avoid wasting their reputations by putting 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 fashionable one-sheet TTRPG Honey Heist, he tapped into that style.
In the sport, gamers aren’t restricted to roles as would-be debutantes — in actual fact, you don’t even should play as somebody looking 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 played it with any of the players trying to marry each other, but this was also some feedback I got, so I added a bit to give a unifying goal,” Sexton informed Polygon through Twitter DM. “You’re all part of the same extended family and trying to land an advantageous match for at least one of you that will save your family from ruin. What that exactly looks like in each game is up to the players.”
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 game basically replaces the honey with a desirable marriage, the criminal bears with a scandalous Regency family, and the traps and guards with jealous rivals and opportunistic suitors,” he mentioned.
Social Season asks GMs to generate a state of affairs by rolling on random desk, which can set up the setting (a masquerade ball, maybe, or an opera or symphony efficiency), the host (“an eccentric widow,” “the general’s wife,” “the queen), and a series of rumors and complications. Then players attempt to navigate the situation as their Composure and Scandal shift due to circumstances, with the threat of their characters becoming unplayable if either stat gets too high: overload on Composure, and you’ll “fall ill with a case of the vapours and convalesce at home for the rest of the season,” whereas an excessive amount of Scandal will wreck you socially.
The Social Season is a name-your-own-price obtain on itch.io.