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Build an aristocratic family's legacy through marriage,hiring servants,having children while crushing rivals with gossip and betrayal.
Build an aristocratic family's legacy through marriage,hiring servants,having children while crushing rivals with gossip and betrayal.
Build an aristocratic family's legacy through marriage,hiring servants,having children while crushing rivals with gossip and betrayal.
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Lords and Ladies is a new card game for 3 to 5 players where you control a turn-of-the-20th-century noble family and their servants. The game is inspired by our love of period dramas like Upstairs Downstairs and of course Downton Abbey.

Instead of just watching the drama unfold, we wanted to create a game where player’s could experience and make the drama themselves. 

Your goal is to raise your family’s status through careful marriages, hiring servants and having children all the while destroying rival families through gossip, backstabbing and using your superior wit.

Created by a brother and sister team, we are trying to raise funds to publish a small pressing of the game. We have some exciting rewards and stretch goals including an expansion pack with art from Carson Ellis, Eleanor Davis, Evah Fan, Marci Washington and Alec Thibodeau among others...

The goal of Lords and Ladies is to gain status points for your family. The first player to end a round with 18 status points wins the game.

Over the course of the game you build generations of a family by marrying off lords and ladies to available suitors, hiring servants to give you additional status and powers, attempting to have children with your married lords and ladies and using gossip cards and servant powers to destroy your rival families' reputations.

Additionally, you can earn status through three special awards cards in the game: Legacy, Gossip Queen and Full Service.  These entail having the most number of generations in your family, spreading the most amount of gossip and hiring and maintaining the largest number of servants. 

Lords and Ladies is played over a series of rounds where each player takes one turn. A player’s turn is broken down into three parts:

First they can either take two gold or a gossip card.

Then they can decide to either:

  • Hire an available servant.
  • Marry an available suitor.
  • Attempt to have a child with a married couple.
  • Take an additional gold.


At any point during the round players can team up to spread gossip about other families. This is accomplished by one player playing a gossip card on another player's family or servants.

Gossip only becomes confirmed when another player plays the same gossip card or a True card against the targeted player. Unconfirmed, gossip cards only last one round and then are shuffled into the discard pile.  

Players can also use their servants' powers against other players, use their fortune to buy status and bribe other players to stop gossip.

The game ends when the first player ends a round with 18 status points.

For more detailed rules see the next section:

If you are interested in finding out more about the game and it's mechanics please check out our beta version of the rules. 

Download the Lords & Ladies Ruleset v1.1

It should be noted that this ruleset will be edited and improved upon before publication.

For those of you who want to play Lords & Ladies now, here is a Print and Play edition to download !!!  All you need to do is print, cut out the cards, find some tokens, markers, download the rules and start playing !

Lords & Ladies Print+Play edition v0.1

*** This is an early version of the game without the complete art assets, we will release new versions as we continue production.

  • 32 Suitor Cards 
  • 26 Gossip Cards 
  • 33 Servant Cards
  • 36 Birth Cards
  • 3 Awards Cards
  • 1 Birth Die 
  • 1 Round Marker
  • 1 Status Board
  • 5 Pawns
  • 40 Gold Markers
  • 30 Gossip Markers
  • 20 Status Markers
  • 1 Dry Erase Marker ( not pictured, but for naming your lords/ladies )
  • 1 12-Page Rulebook ( not pictured )

Below are some of the awesome rewards that we will be giving out to Backers of Lords & Ladies, please see the sidebar for specific Backer rewards.

Buttons / Badges !!!

A framable print of the box art !!!

A tote bag to carry around your copy of Lords & Ladies !!!

Original signed framable artwork from the game !!!

Join the game with a suitor card using your likeness, plus you will receive the original signed artwork.

Game Design: Jason Corace (Jen's brother) is a game designer and educator who lives in Baltimore, MD and teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has an MFA in Design Technology from Parsons and his past game and art projects can be found at: www.goldengrave.com

Illustration : Jen Corace (Jason's sister) is a talented artist and illustrator of many wonderful children's books. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Providence, RI.  Her previous work can be found at: www.jencorace.com

Graphic Design: by the very talented Sean Ostrowski and Jason Corace.

* music in the video: Divertimento K131 by Kevin MacLeod 

In the U.S. : Shipping is free !!!

In Canada or Mexico: add $10 per copy of the game or $35 for 6 copies.

Anywhere else in the world: add $15 per copy of the game or $55 for 6 copies.

Unfortunately, we cannot ship some rewards internationally please see sidebar for more information.

Risks and challenges

To help make sure we meet our deadlines, we have completed the majority of our development before launching this campaign.

80% of the cards are designed, the rules are finished and the rulebook has been laid out. We have worked with our printers to make sure that our quote, timeline and production schedule are all on course.

That said, a number of cards will be designed after this campaign due to some of our rewards and stretch goals. There can also be unforeseen delays during the manufacturing and shipping process.

We are committed to keeping our backers updated along the way with updates and we will be candid with any setbacks. We want to make this game, we want you to love it and will work hard to make both happen.

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    Head Maid/Butler: Limited edition print of the Lords and Ladies cover signed by Jen Corace + the awesome buttons from reward #1.

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    Lord/Lady: One copy of the game, shipped free to those in the United States.

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    Duke/Duchess: We love you too...so we will give you a tote for the game, the buttons, the print and two copies of the game, one to keep and one to share.

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    King/Queen: For those of you who want to live forever, we will take your likeness and put you into the game as one of the suitor cards. These will ship with every copy of the game! Plus you will get the original artwork signed by Jen and a copy of the game.

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