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Marrying Mr. Darcy is a role-playing/strategy card game for 2-6 players, based on Jane Austen's novel “Pride and Prejudice.”

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ABOUT THE GAME

2-6 Players, 60 minutes, Ages 13+

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that lovers of Pride and Prejudice want to marry Mr. Darcy. Marrying Mr. Darcy is a strategy card game where players are one of the female characters from Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. Players work to earn points and attract the attention of available suitors. Our heroines do this by attending events and improving their characters, but advantage can be gained by the use of cunning. All of their efforts are in hopes of marrying well and becoming the most satisfied character at the end of the game!

I created this game to be the ultimate participatory fan fiction experience for lovers of Pride and Prejudice, the classic novel by Jane Austen. You are able to put yourself in the shoes of your favorite female character, who must marry to secure her comfort and/or happiness. You are affected by who asks you to dance at the ball, Mr. Bingley leaving unexpectedly for London, and a possible elopement with Mr. Wickham. I hope this game will be loved by Janeites, gamers, and high school English teachers who need to trick teens into reading the book. 

So after you've gone through to the sitting room, set up the card table and enjoy the camaraderie and competition of a round of Marrying Mr. Darcy! 

Card examples
Card examples

WHAT IS INCLUDED

1 Custom box, 1 six-sided dice, 1 rule sheet, 181 Cards (60 Events, 100 Character, 8 Heroines, 6 Suitors, 1 Old Maid, and 6 Player Guides)

LEARN TO PLAY

You can get a brief overview of the rules and how to play by this video, or by downloading the full rules here.

STRETCH GOALS! 

$10,000: The amount needed to do the smallest print run. 

$13,000: This allows us to do a larger print run. Game variants will be published on our website and included in the Print & Play to all backers. WE DID IT!

$15,000: Expanded rule book printed and included with every game. This allows us to include not just the basic rules, but variants as well as more room for illustrated instructions. WE DID IT!

$18,000: Designer's reference guide. Learn what each Event Card refers to in the story of Pride and Prejudice and what chapter they occur in, as well notes on the games Heroine and Suitor design. It will be published on marryingmrdarcy.com for everyone. WE DID IT! Check out a sample here!

$20,000: We will develop an Undead Expansion Pack for those folks who enjoy zombie-like creatures! (This will NOT change the original game AT ALL, it is just an add on for folks who want to change things up!) All backers will receive a PDF print and play of the expansion, or can order a Print-on-demand copy (actual cards!) to be shipped to them at the lowest possible cost. WE DID IT! Preview below!

Preview of Undead Expansion (Draft)
Preview of Undead Expansion (Draft)

$25,000: We will open a reward tier that adds a paperback edition of "Pride and Prejudice" with annotation and forward by Erika and original cover art by Erik Evensen. (Shipping to US only) A PDF version of the book will be an optional download for all backers. (International backers who want a hard copy will be able to order one through Amazon.) WE DID IT!

Work in Progress - Book cover art by Erik
Work in Progress - Book cover art by Erik

$30,000: We will do a print run of our Undead Expansion Pack and include it free of charge for all backers who want it and pledge at the $30 reward tier or higher. WE DID IT! 

$40,000: Over the next year, we will create a version of the game based on Jane Austen's "Emma." (We estimate at least all new Event cards, Heroines, and Suitors) All backers will have the option to beta-test the game. Backers will receive a free Print & Play download of the Emma beta-test version, or can order a Print-on-demand copy (actual cards!) to be shipped to them at the lowest possible cost. WOW! WE DID IT!

REVIEWS

Blue Peg, Pink Peg 

"It plays great, I really enjoyed this game….a great job of creating the feeling of the novel." Starts at 10:10 http://bluepegpinkpeg.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/bppp-galaxy-trucker-non-gamers-outpu.mp3

Dad, Son, and A Game 

Luke (the son) "You get really involved in the game, and when you get involved you really have a lot of fun." 

Joel (the Dad) "If you're a guy out there with a wife, buy it...a great game to get non-traditional players involved…Its a really fun game." Game demo at the beginning, review starts at 8:45 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iuypwWXyFU

Spotlight on Games 

"This very faithful-to-its-topic effort has the chance to work quite well." http://spotlightongames.com/list/nights/m.html#marrying

Couples vs. Cardboard 

"Marrying Mr. Darcy does a great job identifying and breaking the game down to a single concept which is both true to the book, while also fun and engaging." http://couplevscardboard.com/a-most-handsome-and-agreeable-game/

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is my money going? Printing, delivery, shipping to backers, fulfillment administration, and kickstarter fees. 

Are you working on this by yourself? No! My talented husband, Erik Evensen, is my artist, graphic designer and sounding board. He has independently published two graphic novels and ran his own successful kickstarter campaign for "The Beast of Wolfe's Bay." He has experience working with printers, file preparation and self-publishing. 

Why did you make this? I am a huge Jane Austen/Pride and Prejudice fan. I initially had the thought to write an adaptation of it, but then had the better idea to make a game a little over a year ago. I've been working on it ever since. I love playing Settlers of Catan and Munchkin and thought a game of P&P would be really fun to play. 

Will this be sold in stores? I hope so, but this is not a sure thing. I'm currently working on getting distribution for the game, but it all depends on how successful this Kickstarter campaign is. If you want a copy, supporting us now is the quickest and guaranteed way to get a game.

Where did you get those sweet vintage graphics? Various sources, but mostly from The Graphics Fairy. (Used with permission)

Do you know what you are getting into with this whole Kickstarter thing? Why should I trust you? While my personal Kickstarter profile is quite new, I've been involved on Kickstarter supporting campaigns through my husband's page since early 2012 and helping him fulfill his rewards for The Beast of Wolfe's Bay. I know how much work this will take and I have the time and energy to bring this project to completion. As you can see from the video, we are very close to being print ready. We just need the funds to do it. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

If our project is funded, we should be ready to finalize the files and send them to the printer within a week or two. We are currently making final revisions and have the proper print specs to make our best effort at having no delays on our end. I've gotten many quotes, and have made a good faith effort to figure out all costs associated with this project so that if we fund, we should not have any financial issues.

I have no control over the timing or mishaps from the printer when project is actually printed, delays in shipping from overseas, or postal delays once your game is in the mail. I have made a good faith estimate based on research of when I can deliver your game, but there are somethings outside my control. However, I am working with trusted industry professionals who have 20 years experience working with printing/delivery, and have worked with many kickstarter campaigns before.

FAQ

  • All backers will receive the PDF Print & Play that comes as a part of every reward tier when the files are finalized in October, realistically close to the end of the month when the campaign is over.

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  • Print-on-demand games are offered by a company called The Game Crafter, located in my home state of Wisconsin! They are the company that printed the prototype cards and box that you see in the videos. I think the cards are pretty decent quality and my prototypes have held up quite well overall.

    By making the cards available print-on-demand, this helps us stay cost neutral in developing the Undead expansion, until we reach a point where we can afford to do a print run. But it makes the expansion available to all backers AND those who are not Print & Play enthusiasts the option of ordering actual cards and having them shipped to you.

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  • Everyone who wants the Undead Expansion will get one expansion for each game they order. So if you've ordered multiple copies of the game, you will get multiple expansion packs!

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