With isolation and limited ability to go outside the home, I find myself in a position (along with the rest of you) of nervousness and boredom. One can only watch so much Netflix before you develop bedsores and a stiff neck! So, I’ve set myself a challenge to play at least one board game a day during this time and if possible pair it with a good beer, wine, or cocktail. Why not! Feel free to play along. Just so my readers know, I’m not actually in quarantine yet–I’m a pediatrician and am still going into work on my regular work days. So while I’m not technically stuck at home, I am in a high-stress work environment these days and really need game playing as an outlet when I get home.

Marrying Mr. Darcy

Miss Lemon seems unsure about the character deck…

This is a game I picked up for my wife, Sarajo, for Christmas this past year. And we hadn’t played until isolation drove us to it. Just kidding, we just have too many games! This is a small card-based game based on the famous novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. They also have small expansions for Emma and for adding Zombies to the mix!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to better yourself so you some well-titled English gentleman will attempt to curry your favor? Do you have what it takes to improve your beauty, wit, friendliness, or reputation to beat out all the other eligible ladies? Are you cunning enough to make sure you have first pick of the landed noblemen? If so, this is the game for you!

I have not had much experience with this genre of literature, so it isn’t really my typical theme for a game. However, we did see an amazing production of Miss Bennet at the Jungle Theater this past year which made me realize I did not hate Jane Austen!

Poirot disapproves of my life choices

In this game Sj and I took turns playing event cards which allowed us to gain and play cards from our hands to improve our prospects of marrying the right nobleman. Some cards mix things up by having you roll a die to see what happens, good or bad. I chose to be Mary Bennet since she always has her nose in a book…my kind of lady! And Sj chose Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s sister (she had a good dowry!)

I took the lead from the first event and kept up my winning streak, beating out Sj for Mr. Collins in the finish. I used my cunning to make sure I got first choice and doubled down on only looking for one possible match.

To play this game we paired it with Unmapped Brewing’s Sour Eclipse Black Currant and Plum beer. This is a tart, tannic, and tumultuous sour ale that reminds me of Japanese tart plum candies. A pink and fruity pairing for a somewhat feminine styled game. Really we should have been sipping tea and eating biscuits. But we were fresh out of both.

I enjoyed this game, even having minimal knowledge of the source material. If you are a huge fan of Austen…you will probably squee with delight over this one. Or delicately sip some tea. While silently judging your friends and scheming to steal their men. Or something. And if you lose you become an old maid and get to see what horrible fate befalls you at the end! I really enjoyed this game, but I feel two players does not do it justice. Playing 2-5 players, this would blossom with more people to backstab and one-up in the quest for a suitable mate! I give this a 7/10 based on this playthrough…but could be higher with more players.

And tomorrow we finally play Descent: Journeys in the Dark!

As always, keep calm and play games.