The Kickstarter campaign for Marrying Mr. Darcy - the Pride and Prejudice Card Game has picked up in the past few days. The stretch goal for the Undead Expansion Pack was reached in record time! The expansion pack will consist of approximately 20 new cards that include undead suitors, becoming cursed, cures for the wounded, battle axes for protection and serious consequences for both the dead and the living at the end of the game.
You can check out our work in progress below. Be sure to check out our Kickstarter campaign in the next few days if you want a copy!
A father & son review team did a review of Marrying Mr. Darcy. They are called "A Dad, a Son, and a Game." I have to admit that 8 year old Luke is my favorite reviewer. His fake cry is something to behold.
There is a game demo at the start, and then the review begins at 8:40. I'll be posting more reviews as we have had a couple done, but I think these two really understood what I was going for.
I spent a lot of time yesterday shooting and editing footage for my kickstarter pitch video. I had previously made a "How to Play" video and was able to reuse a lot of the same footage. I have watched a lot of different pitch videos and have my own opinions on what makes a good one:
1. Don't make it too long. I made mine 2 1/2 minutes. Anything over 3 minutes feels too long to me.
2. Make it good. I appreciate videos where clearly some time was taken to make something of quality that reflects the care that you are putting into the project.
3. Don't make it too good. I feel like a lot of pitches are almost too professional. They miss that Do-It-Yourself quality that makes kickstarter so great. Whenever I see something that is too flashy or clearly professionally shot I feel like I'm giving my money to a company and not a person.
4. Be in the video. I personally like seeing the person who I'm donating to. Adds a human factor.
5. Put some cool music in there. This really adds something in my opinion. However, you have to be careful that you use music that is legally free to use. I found something at www.musopen.org, but there are other sites as well. Also, be sure to credit the composer, performer, and source somewhere in your video.
6. Don't sit on your butt- get the damn thing done. I have trouble with this. I love to research stuff and could probably research various aspects of a kickstarter campaign to death. I've been talking up this campaign on social media for a couple months now, and I am really at the point where I need to launch or I will be forgotten. I think a lot of people get stuck at this point.
Anyway, those are my thoughts. Keep in mind that this is my first pitch video and I don't actually know what I'm doing. I guess we will find out if my theories are correct!
If Marrying Mr. Darcy (a game about Pride and Prejudice) sounds like your cup of tea, you can visit us at www.marryingmrdarcy.com.
Hey Everyone! I made this video tutorial over the weekend. Check it out if you are interested in learning more about the game or how to play!
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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If you find this blog you are probably interested in Jane Austen or Pride and Prejudice, or maybe the Lizzie Bennet Diaries or tabletop games. I’m a huge P&P fan and for a while thought about delving into writing one of those awesome spin off books (which I still might do) but instead I got the idea for creating a game instead.
I’ve been working on this game for a year or so now, more heavily during the summers when my brian power isn’t as taken up by teaching or music or other work related things. It has undergone many revisions but is getting very close to completion. We are in the final round of play-testing and I’m anticipating that we will make only minor changes to a few of the cards or the rules.
I have always enjoyed playing games but this is my first time designing one. I thought the competitive nature of finding a eligible and wealthy husband in the Regency was rife with possibilities for a game. Also, I think a lot of people can relate to the women characters in the book and it would be fun to roll-play as them in their attempts to improve themselves and find husbands. Doesn’t everyone want to be Elizabeth Bennet? (Alas, I am much more of a Mary.)
I’ll be posting cards, rules, pictures of play tests and news about the inevitable kickstarter campaign.
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