For the make up aficionado: This Etsy store called the LBCC Historical Authentic Cosmetics & Apothecary carries a really cool line of historical makeup. It has been researched to use authentic and natural ingredients, and they work too! Check out their Etsy store here.
For the jewelry lover: Every Austen fan wants to wear this moment of Pride & Prejudice close to their heart. Check out this adorable necklace by CSLiteraryJewelry or the other pieces in their shop.
For the binge watcher: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a youtube series created in 2012-13 and is a fantastic modernized adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Get your dose of Jane Austen set in modern day in entertaining 5 minute increments! If you watch the DVDs, I guarantee a binge watching session of extreme proportions. Buy the DVD set here.
For the academic: For the historically minded Austen fan, check out "The Annotated Pride and Prejudice" which brings a greater depth and understanding of the work to modern audiences. For the mathematically minded, check out "Jane Austen, Game Theorist," which explains game theory using Austen's works.
For the tea drinker: Be sure to visit Bingley's Teas for a full selection of Jane Austen inspired teas. All of your favorite Austen characters have a special tea created just for them, including sassy blends like "Compassion for Mrs. Bennet's Nerves" and "Lydia Had More Fun."
For the collector: This beautiful cloth-bound set of Jane Austen novels looks pretty on your bookshelf, coffee table, or pretty much anywhere. It includes all six of Austen's novels and the full set is available at Juniper Books.
For the fiction fan: There are a lot of great Pride and Prejudice adaptions out there, but one I really enjoyed this year puts a modern spin on the classic story. Check out "First (Wrong) Impressions" by Krista D. Ball. This is the story of Lizzy’s quest for happiness, security, and love in the 21st century.
For the t-shirt lover: Nothing says Pride & Prejudice fan quite like an "I heart Darcy" shirt. Declare your love for that proud, disagreeable man by wearing him boldly on your chest. This shirt design from Customized Girl is available in many colors, shirt types, and sizes.
For those in good humour: Maybe the critics didn't love the movie adaptation of Austenland but I laughed out loud in the theater many times! Starring Kerri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge, and the super dreamy JJ Field, an Austen fan who loves to laugh will enjoy Austenland.
For the Darcy obsessed: For the Pride & Prejudice fan who simply must marry Mr. Darcy, now you can! Marrying Mr. Darcy: The Pride and Prejudice Card Game is a light strategy card game where players take on the roll of one of the unmarried ladies from the novel. You must work to improve yourself by gaining accomplishments, attending events, and using your cunning to your advantage. One lucky lady might get a proposal from Mr. Darcy! Easily played by both novice gamers and players who have never read the book, Marrying Mr. Darcy is a fun time for everyone!
Happy black Friday everyone! If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the Janeite in your family or circle of friends, look no further! Whether they love Jane Austen or are obsessed with Mr. Darcy, you'll find our favorite picks for your holiday present needs in 2014.
I sent a review copy all the way to Czechoslovakia a few months ago and now I have a review done in Czech! The English translation says
It has a wonderfully light gameplay, provides fun and amazing accessibility for all.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we are able to sell our PDF Print & Play of Marrying Mr. Darcy online. This is a good option if you want to spend less money, enjoy DIY craft projects, or MMD is not readily available in your part of the world. While the price is low, there is some labor involved in creating your print & play set. I've gotten a few questions about making Print & Plays, so I'm going to try and document every step in this blog.
1. Buy and download the Print & Play .ZIP files. You can do that here.
2. Unzip the ZIP files. This will give you access to the PDF files inside.
3. Open the PDF files. Most computers already have Adobe software installed that can open and print PDF files. However, if you don't, you can get Adobe Reader for free here.
4. You will see that the game comes with several PDF files. Each of these is a a different component of the game. Let's look at each of these:
4A. Each "card" file is a different deck in the game. For the "Event" deck and "Character" deck the first page of the file is the card back. The other pages of these files are the card fronts. I suggest printing all of the card fronts first, flipping over the paper, and then printing the card backs on the other side.
4B. For the "suitor," "heroine," and "player guide" decks, these files are only 2 pages each. They should be printed double sided, but make sure that with the "heroine" and "player guide" decks that the cards line up properly. For example, in the heroine deck, Elizabeth Bennet should be on the front and back of her individual card when it is cut out.
4C. There are a few files for the Rules depending on how much you want to print or in what format. I would suggest looking at all the rule files and then decide which ones you want to print.
5. Print your cards and rules. On your print settings, be sure to select "Actual size" so the cards don't shrink. If you don't have a printer, you can often find a local copy store or printer (Kinkos, Staples, Office Max, UPS Store, etc.) that can do this for you. I would suggest printing on cardstock or a heavier paper for durability. If you have a store print your copy, they will probably need fairly specific instructions, so be familiar with the files so you can relay instructions.
6. Cut out your cards. The best way to do this is with a cutting mat, exacto knife, and ruler. Set the page down so you are looking at the card fronts. Set your ruler along the guides at the sides of the page and make your cut. I have found it best to stop and start the knife about 1/4 inch from the edge of the paper. This way the ruler guides don't get cut off the paper!
7. Assembly and general craftiness. Find or purchase a 6-sided dice to go with your game and you are ready to play! You might consider purchasing some Eurosize card sleeves if you want to protect the cards and make them a bit easier to shuffle. If you are an extra crafty type, you might make a box to hold your cards, dice and rules in. Here is one made by justinboy24!
Or, if you want a really special box for your print & play, check out this tin available from Customized Girl. It is the perfect size and shape to fit your custom game!
8. Read the rules, get some friends together, make some snacks (optional but highly encouraged) and have a great time playing Marrying Mr. Darcy! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me! Enjoy!
In the end, though, maybe Marrying Mr. Darcy isn’t so much about the final outcome as it is about the interactions and reactions to the events. As the female characters in Jane Austen’s novel, you have dreams and aspirations but you’re also bound by social conventions and societal norms. The outcome of the game won’t always match up with the plot of the novel, but when it ends you’ll have a fun story to tell.
UPDATED: SEPT 10, 2015
I get a LOT of questions from folks outside the USA who would like to purchase Marrying Mr. Darcy. Keep in mind that I am the game's designer and publisher, but my distribution is done by a third party, Game Salute. I thought I'd put all the options to purchase Marrying Mr. Darcy and it's expansions in this one blog post, which I will update occasionally when I become aware of new stores or ways to purchase the game. Here are ALL the options I currently know about!
1. Game Salute recently stopped selling directly online. However, they list several online stores in various locations that they are affiliated with here.
2. You can search for a store near you on Game Salute's website. Game Salute has relationships with stores in many countries. Not all of these stores will carry Marrying Mr. Darcy, but it might be worth a call to see if they have stock or could order you a copy. You can use Game Salute's store locator here.
3. Try the links to the stores below. I have come across these stores via various sources of information. If you have a store that carries MMD you'd like me to add, just leave a comment or send me a message!
Board Game Bliss
Face to Face
Le Valet D'Couer
In the UK
Board Game Guru
In other European countries
Oz Game Shop
Games and Hobbies
4. Do an advanced google search for "Marrying Mr. Darcy" and limit your results to the country you are searching for. (That is how I found several of the listings above.)
5. If all else fails, you can buy a Digital Print & Play PDF copy for just $6.99. Print out the cards and rules on heavy paper or card stock, cut them out, find a dice, and enjoy! It is a bit labor intensive, but many folks who have purchased and made their own set have been very satisfied with the results. You can read a blog about how to print one here.
I'll update this blog post occasionally when I hear of a new non-US based seller. Hopefully this helps all of you outside the US find a copy of Marrying Mr. Darcy. And don't forget to ask about the Undead Expansion!
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