Railways & Respectability
* Number of players: 19 men 13 women = 32 total
* Setting: Regency party
* Time to run: 4 hours (including setup and debrief - actual game lasts for about 3.5 hours)
* Space Requirements: Large room
* Author: Written over two Peaky weekends, and then with a ridiculous amount of additional writing
by N Barnard, P Dall, J Elsmore, S Hatherley, S Lee, T Mitton, D Oddy, AJ Smith, M Snowden, J Winnard, Additional development by S Lee, AJ Smith and J Winter
Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer meet 18XX in this freeform game of Romance, Responsibility and Railways.
"I have seen the future and it is the railways!"
It is the Prince Regent's Birthday and celebrations are underway. In honour of the royal event Lady Sybil Ffolkes-Porter is hosting a dance at her extensive London home.
It is clear to everyone that railways are the future and Parliament has declared that new routes are needed between London and Bristol, and London and Brighton. Initial surveys have identified two possible new routes for each of the towns. A third route to Bristol is possible, but only if the Kennet and Avon Canal is closed to navigation.
An act of Act of Parliament is required to set up new companies to build and operate the routes, but further capital is still required.
The party gives an opportunity for interested parties to assemble and offers an excellent opportunity to discuss the building of Railways across the English countryside. However some members of society consider Romance and Respectability to be considerably more important. Present at the dance are a number of eligible young ladies and potential suitors. Lady Sybil is hoping that the evening will result in a number of satisfactory "understandings". There should be ample opportunity for discussing both Romance and Railways.
Please note: We have taken appalling liberties with history, not least with the dates, since the Rainhill trials took places in 1829, and George III died in 1820. Please don't let that get in the way of your enjoyment.
Rules and various other things can be found here