Just in case you haven’t heard of this game: Oh My God! If you are an Austen fan and you haven’t heard of this game, I repeat: OH MY GOD!
Back in my dissertation days, I wrote a few posts about different YouTube web series including the amazing and award winning Lizzie Bennet Diaries. As the fandom just celebrated the 5 year anniversary of the beginning of the series, 4 of the actors gathered in order to play this card and dice game and it was hilarious. My sister and I quickly sent out for both Marrying Mr. Darcy and the Emma expansion pack and spent tonight watching LBD and playing the game – since we were the only two we played multiple characters.
If you don’t want to watch the LBD video which really gives you all the basics in terms of instructions, here is the basic game play: after picking characters, setting out ‘character’ cards, designing your game plan, and picking order, each player picks an event card in turn following instructions therein. You try to match the rewarding ‘character’ cards to the criteria needed to make a match and gain more points than anyone else.
After playing both the Pride and Prejudice and Emma packs, the difference is as clear and as telling as the books they are based on.
Since Emma is really the story about a rich, entitled girl who blunders her way through life with a sharp wit eventually trying to redeem herself, this game is vicious. There are cards that let you undercut other players – like stealing their top cards – and almost every character has a special skill that lets the player work the game in their favor.
P&P, on the other hand, is nicer in terms of game tactics but is a little sad. There are less guys for all the girls but also as a story of a family of girls with few to no prospects going to dances with few men (again less options). You seem to fall victim to heartships more often than you may usually associate with this story.
We had so much fun playing both of these, although they were really complicated when we were trying to balance our character priorities. I’d love to play in a big group with either of these decks, or with a really big group, a combined game.
Seriously, Watch the LBD video if you don’t think this is an amazing game. Oh and for you zombie people, there is the undead expanded pack (thank you, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies!). Basically, if you are looking to make your Austen celebration even grander, this game is so worth a look!
- Taylor Gallagher