Not long after the original Jane Austen's Matchmaker Kickstarter had funded, I started to get requests for a ‘zombie’ expansion. Well... here it is!
This expansion consists of 50 new cards and rules to supplement the original game.
You must still make advantageous marriages for your ladies and gentleman but now with the inconvenience of an undead apocalypse which threatens to make a bloody mess of your wedding plans. One player starts the game afflicted with the Curse of the Living Dead.
The Cursed player draws cards from the new deck - both on their own turn and when anyone gets married. This deck includes many Zombie cards, which transform the Cursed player's ladies and gentlemen into flesh-eating monsters! If the player runs out of characters to infect, they must pass the Curse onto someone else.
Gift cards send useful items to other players - including weapons and the means to protect themselves from zombie attacks. Event cards may unleash a horde of ravenous Zombies on polite society or help the poor survivors to persevere with their essential tea-drinking and courtship.
It is very difficult for the Cursed player to win, but not impossible - if they can keep their Zombies well-fed with a stocked up Slaughter pile...
I realise that many Austen purists might consider this expansion an abomination in more ways than one. Jane obviously didn't have much patience with gothic novels, which she gently mocks in Northanger Abbey. It was a year after her death that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was published, so we’ll probably never know her opinions on the ‘living dead’. But if the very idea of her works combined with zombies makes you hot under the collar, I’d cordially invite you to consider Jane Austen’s Matchmaker in its original composition and put all thoughts of flesh-eating monsters from your mind.
Risks and challenges
All artwork is complete and the final touches are being made to the design. The next milestone is printing.
Depending on demand, I'll either use the U.S digital printer Drive-Thru Games or U.K-based playing card manufacturer Carta Mundi. I've used both in the past and they've proven to be very reliable.
The Kickstarter for the original project went very smoothly and all deliveries arrived on time. Crazy stretch-goals can sometimes delay a project, which is why I'm avoiding them... for now.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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