Continue the Regency romance intrigue of Netflix’s Bridgerton with this RPG
If you viewed Netflix’s spicy Regency romp Bridgerton over the vacations and believed, “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 video game for that now.
Offered on itch.io, The Social Season is a one-sheet TTRPG developed to recreate the intrigue of Regency social season, where you play as member of the family attempting to conserve their credibilities by striking useful matches.
Social Season developer Scott Sexton informs Polygon he was motivated by video game designer Lysa Penrose’s stream of The Haunting of Excellent Society, a ghostly take on the popular Jane Austen RPG Excellent Society. Sexton desired something fast and easy, and when he saw Justice Arman’s Convertibots, motivated by Grant Howitt’s popular one-sheet TTRPG Honey Break-in, he used that category.
In the video game, gamers aren’t limited to functions as prospective debutantes — in truth, you don’t even need to play as somebody looking for a marital relationship. Sexton included range throughout playtesting; his initial draft of the video game had all the gamers handling debutante functions, however that wound up being restricting.
“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 video game utilizes 2 statistics, Composure and Scandal, which Sexton states is adjusting the uncomplicated Honey Break-in 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 stated.
Social Season asks GMs to create a circumstance by rolling on random table, which will develop 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,” while excessive Scandal will destroy you socially.
The Social Season is a name-your-own-price download on itch.io.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.