I did not back the Good Society: A Jane Austen RPG the first time it went to Kickstarter because I did not think I’d ever play it.
Then it sold out, won awards and much critical acclaim. Often, when an indie RPG does that, you’ve missed your chance. The big print run was a one-time-only event. Storybrewers are given us a second chance as Good Society: A Jane Austen RPG returns to Kickstarter.
Crucially for many potential backers and me are two key points. Firstly, the production values Storybrewers have shown are high. Secondly, the fancy dresses, balls and walks in the garden are just the surface – even an illusion. As with Austen’s great stories, the game actually gets into obligation, ambition, and society’s issues.
In this game, play the type of characters that captured your imagination in Austen’s books – from a wealthy heir who falls in love with the aloof new arrival, to a charming socialite bent on ruining the reputation of their rivals.
If you already have the game and have arched your eyebrows at a prospect of a new deck then the first two tiers are worth looking at. A pledge of AU$10 (about £6) will get you a PDF version of the Love & Longing Deck. That’s not standalone; you add it to the base cards you already have. A pledge of AU$20 adds the physical deck to your rewards.
Pledge AU$80 (about £46), and you’ll get the Good Society Hardcover and PDF, plus the base deck as a reward.
The Expanded Acquaintance Hardcover, Swords & Magic Deck, Service & AMbition Deck, Love & Longing Deck, PDFs of Expanded Acquaintance and the Love & Longing Deck require an AU$125 promise.
The paper books are due, if all goes well, to ship in October 2021, but the PDF is scheduled for much earlier; in March.
Importantly, Storybrewers are not using a pledge manager, but there are add-ons for physical level tiers. You have to adjust your pledge by the appropriate amount.
Amazingly, Storybrewers say there are no additional shipping costs as they’re calculated once you select your destination country (ie, where in the world you are). Backers in Australia, Storybrewer’s own country, in the US or UK won’t have to pay import taxes or VAT.
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