i love the comebacks and i can't guess the source
I could guess it from the file name - either I'm too old, or you're too young.
Any way, I don't have time for that Victorian-themed game. If I were to work on something on that theme, it'd be a time management meets Jane Austen with a dash of Dwarf Fortress -inspired narrative mechanics. I had a nice chat with a friend, and the idea seems promising.
If any of you've come across Regency Solitaire
, it'd do what that did to PC solitaire, but to a different genre and gameplay.
We didn't even nail down any game mechanics, yet. Some sort of RPG-like stat system, equipment would be replaced by an assortment of dresses and hair-do's, and so on. The important thing would be that the player would try to influence NPCs moods, reactions, favours, alliances and dalliances, but things could go delightfully haywire. The goal would be to make the generated stories be so evocative that, when the player tells the story, it sounds like this, or close:
- [+] Fictional story report
So, I created Emma, with the "poor aristocrat" background, "Fame" ambition and gave her all the singing talents. I was trying to go the singer route, hopefully all the way up to entertaining the royalty. In the very first gala I did pretty well, but then in the second one, I found out that there was an NPC singer with maxed charm AND influence (WTF?) AND the "angelic voice" talent... Obviously, she was way better. My only chance to fame was to ruin her.
I had to spend most of my starting rumour points to get a lead, but I found out she had half a heart-point for Jonathan, who was a non-inheriting son of a local knight. I started playing the matchmaker, inviting both to talk to me, praising them to each other etc, and she got to two hearts and he was at three, I think, and I hoped they'd elope, and then I found out that the richest local Count, who was my patron, heard the rumours about MY character inviting Jonathan for talks, and then Jonathan heard the rumours and instantly got a full heart towards me, and then she got jealous and got the "best the rival" temporary goal and started challenging my singing again, so...
[skip skip skip]
In the end, it took twelve years, a divorce and a duel-to-death before I got my rival and Jonathan back together! The duel was kinda risky, but she was near the "death by heartache" zone, so I was kinda rushed. It was so silly, I can't belive I wasted so much time on two NPCs, but hey, 12 years is pretty good for a Matchmaker record, eh? I kinda forgot about Emma's singing career though and she got the governess ending, but damn if it wasn't worth it!
Oh, and obviously Emma took care of their kids. I've put a save file aside, so if they ever implement the "reincarnation" thing for NPC kids I've got a char with amazing singer genes AND a singer governess with the "family friend" bonuses on the upbringing...