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Game Plan

Yay for forward planning!

As you may or may not know, I will be running a Gothic Regency freeform at Conquest called "All Hallows Eve". It may not be entirely historically accurate, but my plan is to keep the feel of the Regency in terms of social interactions and rules, as well as archetypes taken from period-based literature. You should play, it'll be great.

My plan, however, is to maybe run a sequel-ish game at Unicon set in either the Victorian or Edwardian era. The premise I have is that (much like "All Hallows Eve" will be set in an idealised Regency manor house) it will be set in an idealised Persian/Arabian Sultan's palace with European visitors. Again, I have no intentions of making it historiacally accurate, but to have it very much like a colourful story of Persia as told by a European.

This is, of course, part of a far-reaching plan to run a trilogy of freeforms, each set in an idealised version of a historic period. They will be sequels in as much as they are set in the same world and may or may not have characters/family lines in common. (And, not wanting to spoil you, but there will be a super-secret plot that links all three games together... but you will have to play "All Hallows Eve" to find it out - or, as punk_rock_nerd did, catch me when I've been drinking.)

My feelings on the matter are to have the second part based in the Victorian and the third in the Edwardian, but these are hardly set in stone at this stage. Ideally I'd like to end the triology in the Victorain era, so maybe the second part could be set in the post-regency Georgian? History is not my strong point, so advice is welcome.

Sound interesting?



Oct. 3rd, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
Some structural advice about the kings and things...
There are two patterns that would seem to make sense to me:
George III (the mad one) or George IV (the rakish Regency party prince), followed by his brother William IV (sensible, frugal Navy type), followed by his niece Victoria. So two 'Regency' eras winding up with Victoria.

Or, you could go for George IV, Victoria, and finish with Edward VII.

I honestly suggest Wikipedia and the (British) Dictionary of National Biography (which is in the Bailleau reference section) as good places to find lots of info quickly....the DNB is where I got most of my notes for the three historicals I wrote (and lots of those characters were just 'inner monologues' that followed pretty directly the range of facts given in the DNB.)

Otherwise, you are always welcome to come and browse in my library!

PS Kings go George III, George IV, William IV (bluff, hearty, sweet wife, very Austen, 10 bastard children, no heirs [lots of crown up for grabs politics as very few heirs in this period]), Victoria (sour), Edward VII (peacemaker, rake, good cheer, Vicci hated him), George V (another brusque hearty Naval type, much loved, no opera all sports, period of "Empire" [sun never sets etc etc], colonialism), Edward VIII (abdicated, Mrs Simpson and all that), George VI, Lizzie II.
Oct. 3rd, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)

I'll put all this into consideration. I had teid making sense of things using Wikipedia, but it was a bit like drinking from the fire hose... it's much more helpful to have this summary as a starting point. :)

I think what I may do is wait to see the outcome of the first game before deciding the exact era of the second... you know, have a pretty good idea of what will happen in Game 2, but not get too attached to the specific perdiod until I get a feel for what should logically follow, depending on how the game plays out.
Oct. 4th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
Excellent plan, you never know what really great/odd/totally crazy marriages will take place...you may want to use everyone's children as the next characters...or not.