Marrying Mr. Darcy

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
Books, Uncategorized

A truth universally acknowledged….

That a summer of Austen is just what the doctor ordered.

This year, I took part in the 5th grade 40 book challenge. This is a school year long challenge wherein 5th graders are challenged to read 40 grade level or challenging books across a variety of genres.

I have loved this challenge even though I’ve only managed to get 25 books under my belt – my choices did tend to exceed 600 pages or so, therefore, that number isn’t shocking.

I have completed series started a decade ago, fallen in love withnew authors, and revisited books I’d rushed through before but have now learned to really appreciate.

It’s been absolutely amazing.

But now I’m looking forward and planning an equally daunting but less page heavy book nerd challenge: a summer of Austen.

My recent trip up north had me wandering bookstores and in one I found a copy of The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler and couldn’t stop myself from buying it.

Therefore, it is going to be the start of my summer book challenge; reading all of Austen.

For the sake of my starter novel, I’ll most likely go in the order that the book club read unless I’m persuaded otherwise.

While I have read Pride and Prejudice in high school – including tutoring a friend on the novel – I fell victim to the density of Mansfield Park and stopped. Since then, I’ve discovered webseries which make me hopeful that I’ll manage to complete another attempt.

Speaking of, I’ll probably be watching everything Austen I can get my hands on – film, web and miniseries adaptations, everything, not to mention rounding out with some adaptation novels.

If anyone is interested in this challenge or has any advice, let me know! I am also down to send you my suggestions on best adaptations – seriously, transmedia webseries! I did my dissertation on these and they are amazing!

But for now, read on booknerds!

  • Taylor Gallagher