My talented husband Erik Evensen (erik-evensen.com) drew this original art for the Heroine and Suitor cards for "Marrying Mr. Darcy." He loosely based some of the characters off of various film/tv/web adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, but not so much we need to ask permission of the actors.
These were sketched in pencil and then inked. Digital colors were eventually added for the final version to be printed on the cards.
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Here is some promotional material I'm giving out at Chicago Comic Con. We've had a fun 4 days! I narrowly missed meeting Wil Wheaton, but my hubby got to shake his hand and press one of these cards on him.
About a week ago I received my first professionally printed prototype of the game from a print on demand game publisher called The Game Crafter. I discovered The Game Crafter about a year ago when I was just starting development on the game. My husband has a couple of books he has written available via a print on demand service, and I wondered if this kind of service exists for games. Apparently it does!
Game Crafter is a company based in Madison, WI. They can print cards, boxes, rule sheets, boards, as well as put whatever pieces or dice you need all in one package. It looks great! The playtesting I've done with this prototype definitely adds to the experience of playing it, making it feel like it is a real game.
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This is an Event Card from my upcoming Pride and Prejudice Card Game “Marrying Mr. Darcy." It is meant to reflect the time in the book after the Netherfield Ball when Mr. Bingley unexpectedly leaves Meryton for London, mostly due to the influence of his sisters and Mr. Darcy.
How devastating this card is depends on when this card appears in the deck. If it turns up early in the game, chances are good a Party Card will be drawn and Mr. Bingley will return. However, if it appears late in the game, it could be a huge blow to some of the ladies who were hoping to marry him at the end of the game. Of course if the player who draws a Party Card decides it is in their best interests not to invite Mr. Bingley to the party (Caroline) it is possible he might stay in London for the rest of the game.
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So I just drank a Red Hook Wise Cracker WIT beer for the first time. (Very tasty by the way- a little hint of ginger.) I was pretty amused by the bottle cap, an orange circle that has WIT stamped right on it. The color on the photo above is a little bit off, but in the game “Wit" and the level of Wit you can add is represented by an orange circle.
Beer + games: together forever.
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Jane Austen refers to “cunning" in Pride and Prejudice and her other works. In my upcoming card game “Marrying Mr. Darcy," how Cunning a character is, and how they use Cunning during the game is a key part of the strategy of the game.
Cunning does not earn you any points at the end of the game. However, it can be used to your advantage in two ways. First, looking at the top of the card, you may blemish another players character by forcing them to discard a card they have played, in this case beauty. This causes the rival character to lose points, but also might affect which Suitors are interested them. If you want a particular Suitor to yourself, this could be a good strategic move.
The other way you can use Cunning is to play it on yourself, facedown. The Character who has acquired the most Cunning points at the end of the Courtship Stage of the game, will be the first character to roll for to see which Suitor proposes in the Proposal stage. This is a huge advantage, since there will be fewer Suitors available as the Proposal stage goes on.
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