UPDATED: MAY 8, 2021
I occasionally 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. 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 some options I currently know about!
1. Funagain Games is based in the US, but will ship to anywhere in the world!
2. There are often copies at Amazon in different world regions.
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 Marrying Mr. Darcy you'd like me to add, just leave a comment or send me a message!
Board Game Bliss
Le Valet D'Couer
In the UK
Board Game Guru
In other European countries
4. Check out Board Game Atlas and put in your region.
4. Do an advanced google search for the exact phrase "Marrying Mr. Darcy," include "game" and "buy" 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 and Emma Expansions!
The folks at islaythedragon.com did a great write up and review of Marrying Mr. Darcy. The also checked out the Undead Expansion and several of the base game rule variations. Very thorough! Thanks islaythedragon!
Marrying Mr. Darcy is a great fun and light strategy game that both fans and non-fans alike can enjoy. The theme is delightful and carries well throughout the game and artwork. It is strategic in that there are many ways to win, and even if you don’t manage to get married you can still accumulate enough points to pull off a victory!
Check out the full review here!
Check out the review of Marrying Mr. Darcy as well as a game giveaway (for US residents) over at Austenesque Reviews!
9/10 I love how this game was still fun and playable even if you had no knowledge of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen! A perfect game for Janeites who want to share their love for Jane Austen with their significant others, family members, and friends (without them feeling tortured or bored!) The game is elegant and the artwork stunning. Literary-based games are the best!
Read the entire review and enter to win here!
I just returned home from a long vacation visiting my husband's family and our friends who live in New Hampshire. I managed to bring the completed Alpha test of the Emma expansion along and got in a couple 2 and 4 player testing sessions thanks to my husband Erik Evensen, and friends Matt Talbot and Jen Omand.
Things went ok and we had a fun time, but there were definitely some issues. Matt played as Mr. Woodhouse. His superpower lets him remove cards from the young ladies characters since he doesn't want anyone to get married and leave him to live alone in his old age. (This is a little out of canon character for him, but it was an idea I was running with.) He earns points for every lady who becomes an Old Maid at the end of the game. Mr. Woodhouse is WAY overpowered because he slaughtered everyone both times we played. We even adjusted the scoring rules for the second play through and Mr. W still ended up with a house full of Old Maid companions.
This may have also been due to the fact that there are currently only 4 Suitors in the game. (Mr. Martin, Mr. Elton, Frank Churchill, and Mr. Knightly) and all of them are fairly difficult to get. So the combination of difficult suitors, too few of them, and Mr. W being kind of a jerk basically ruined everyone's chances. So, some significant balance issues to work on.
Moving forward for the next iteration of the Alpha test. I'm planning on adding Anne Taylor as the 6th playable character and changing Mr. Woodhouse to 3 Event cards that occur in the deck, as opposed to being a playable character. I feel like his super power just messed with the mechanics too much, though he might be usable in a 6 player game?? I'll also add Mr. Weston as the 5th suitor- probably easier to get. I also might adjust the rules so that unless an Event card gives you a power to change it, all ladies must roll for suitors in an order from lowest points to highest points. (This would change the order for each lady.) I think this would make the press your luck mechanic more interesting at the end of the game.
Anyway, most of what I wrote above was pretty stream of consciousness and probably didn't make a lot of sense, but hey, what are blogs for? The good news is that I think a LOT of the work is still good, especially the Event cards which took the longest to write. So we're making progress. My goal was to get this to Kickstarter backers by October and I think we are definitely on track to meet that goal.
I've been working on the Emma Expansion pretty diligently for the past few weeks. I finally got the files finished last Thursday and got my copies back from the printer today. This is just in time to take them on a trip to New Hampshire where I'll hopefully get the chance to do some play testing with some friends of mine. I just have to pack it up with Marrying Mr. Darcy and we'll be good to go!
After we work out the bigger bugs, I'll rewrite the cards and get the files prepped to send out to Kickstarter backers. I'm not sure how long this will take- probably depends on how well it works and how many changes there are. I'm guessing the play testing won't take nearly as long as the original Marrying Mr. Darcy took (many, many months) since a lot of the basic mechanics are similar as opposed to starting from nothing. Here's hoping!
Karen Doornebos, an author and JASNA Chicago member, reviewed Marrying Mr. Darcy for Booklist Online playing with a table full of fellow Janites from JASNA Chicago.
When it came to discussing the game’s writing, the word “charming” was bandied about, and that speaks volumes from a discerning Austen crowd!
Check out the full blog and review here!
2. Brain storming
I have a bunch of notes of random ideas for various cards and character powers. This was significantly easier than brainstorming the original game. Since I decided early on that Emma should be an expansion/companion to Marrying Mr. Darcy, several of the mechanics were already in place.
Eventually I started writing cards into my spreadsheet (picture above). I actually started by creating the left hand column which gave me an idea of what event cards were in MMD (like party cards, scandal cards) as a rough guide to what to include in Emma. It is definitely not going to be exactly the same- for example there are not as many scandals in Emma, but there will be much more Meddling. So there are some new mechanics that go along with gossiping, meddling, "helping" your friends, and my favorite - match making. I'm still writing cards for the beta test but as of today I'm about 2/3 of the was done.
4. Making "cards"
I had my husband set up a file that I could transfer my written text into a card size text box in a document that will eventually become the PDF Print and Play. I probably should wait until all the cards are written in the spreadsheet, but seeing it look like an actual card is really motivating. These are about 1/3 complete. We're keeping them very simple and art free until we've got the game play and text finalized.
That's where I am at this point! Once I finish I'll do some in-house alpha testing, make revisions, and then send the files out to Kickstarter backers. I am optimistic that we would be able to eventually Kickstart a print run of the expansion and make it available in stores.
The fact that Darcy went for a scandalous hussy known for wearing low-cut gowns and shamelessly flirting with soldiers made me question whether or not he’s such a catch after all.
I was very impressed with this young woman, Lily, who is half of the review team behind The Chalk. Lily and her dad review tabletop games and are posting the reviews on youtube. She clearly has good taste in books and also did an excellent walk-through at the start of the video. You can check out their review of Marrying Mr. Darcy below. Consider subscribing to them on youtube or twitter @chalkreviews.
I think this is a great game if you are a Pride and Prejudice fan...I had a lot of fun playing it with my family.
Marrying Mr. Darcy Game releases the Undead Expansion
If you need to have a few zombies interfering with your Regency Era romance, the new Undead Expansion for Marrying Mr. Darcy – The Pride and Prejudice Card Game will be released July 11, 2014.
Erika Svanoe, a Jane Austen fan and game designer, created Marring Mr. Darcy, a light strategy/role playing card game based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Players try to earn points and attract the attention of available suitors by attending events and improving their characters. All of their efforts are in hopes of marrying well and becoming the most satisfied character at the end of the game.
After completing a successful Kickstarter campaign, Marrying Mr. Darcy is now available online and in game stores around the world.
About the expansion:
The new Marrying Mr. Darcy: Undead Expansion adds the threat of the walking undead to the heroines' attempts to build their character and marry well. Elizabeth Bennet and the other ladies must now face the possibility of undead attacks, undead suitors, and curses, while still trying to marry the suitor that will earn them the most happiness. The ladies may use weapons, stealth, and cures to try to make it to the end of the game, but may end up undead themselves.
Marrying Mr. Darcy: Undead Expansion will be available in stores and online beginning July 11, 2014. Expansion must be played with the base game of Marrying Mr. Darcy. Expansion includes 20 cards.
Number of players: 2-6
Recommended ages: 13+
Time to play: 60 minutes
Marrying Mr. Darcy website: http://www.marryingmrdarcy.com
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