Well, it has been a LONG time since I posted a blog entry so I'm way overdue!
Emma News: The Emma Expansion has been printed and is currently on the boat to the US! We will be fulfilling our Kickstarter rewards once they games arrive and then will release the game into our distribution channels! We'll announce our release date as soon as it is set, but I anticipate it will be in early 2016.
Other News: I just spent the weekend at Gamehole Con in Madison, WI where Marrying Mr. Darcy and the Undead Expansion were both very well received. I also did three interviews with various folks and the first one has been posted! I somehow managed to be fairly articulate. So +3 Wit points for me! Thanks to Guys, Games and Beer for checking out the game and being fun to talk to! (My interview begins at 24:43)
Here's a new review by Invalid Games (out of Australia I believe). It includes a play through example and a review of both Marrying Mr. Darcy and the Undead Expansion.
I was quite impressed with the stories you create... you can really get into it. You can really feel that catty infighting. You can feel that you're trying to find the balance of improving yourself or dragging down your competitors.
Watch the entire video here!
Well, it has been way too long since I wrote any kind of blog post, but we've kind of been in a waiting game for the past couple of months. Our second print run was mostly sold out by January because we underestimated our Christmas popularity. There are still copies available at Amazon in the US, but overseas stock is harder to find. I'm expecting the third print run to arrive at our distributor any day now and we doubled our order from our previous print run, so hopefully we'll be able to keep things in stock more consistently now.
Anyway, I've delayed launching a Kickstarter campaign for the new Emma Expansion because we've been out of stock with the base game. However, the design of the expansion is pretty much complete, just a couple of rule clarifications and tweaks, but it is basically there! The art is well under way, all of the Emma characters have been drawn. We're still working on getting the graphics ready for the new Event cards but they shouldn't take too long to complete.
Once the new MMD print run arrives at the distributor, we'll get started on a Kickstarter campaign for the Emma Expansion. I think this should be within the next month or so.
Thanks so much for your support! Stay tuned!
The folks at hellogiggles.com recommend Marrying Mr. Darcy as a great way to celebrate your Jane Austen fanaticism with your friends!
It’s a good time to be a die-hard fan of the author, so why not take your love for her to the next level—with a Jane Austen lady party? There are so many ways to spend the night celebrating your shared love (or obsession) for Jane—with Regency-inspired drinks, games and crafts. Here are some of the best products to plan the perfect night.
Check out the whole article here!
Marrying Mr. Darcy made The Morning News 2014 Good Gift Games list, along with a lot of other great games! We are in fantastic company! Article written by Matthew Baldwin. Here's a quote:
...I couldn't figure out why it bills itself as a “role-playing game.” ...During my first play of the game, however, it became abundantly clear why the RPG appellation makes sense—even an Austen-ignoramus such as myself couldn’t play the “Point out the faults of your rivals” card without actually doing so, and by the time the proposal stage rolls around I was very invested in netting my preferred husband.
Check out the full article here!
Nadia at Brutal Gamer was nice enough to interview me about Marrying Mr. Darcy. A lot of the interview focused on the process of designing the game and how it relates to Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Here's a sample:,
Svanoe took her deep rooted love towards Pride and Prejudice and developed Marrying Mr. Darcy: The Pride and Prejudice Board Game. This is the first official gaming project that she has done.
You can read the rest of the interview here!
Thanks for visiting our blog! Don't forget to include Marrying Mr. Darcy in your holiday gaming and gifting!
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.
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