Jane Austen Playing Cards ~ your last chance to be in the game!

Gentle Readers:

Here’s your chance to be part of a Kickstarter effort to make a lovely set of Jane Austen Playing Cards a reality: I have facebooked this all over the place, but now doing a quick post to alert all that time is almost up and there is only about $1500 to go to reach the final goal by August 16, 2017, 7:15 pm EDT.

 

If you visit the blog Just Jane 1813, you will find a complete post on the cards with many pictures… then head over to the Kickstarter page and donate whatever you can – there are several options based on what you might like to receive for your contributions: a deck of cards, a t-shirt, a sheet of uncut prints of the cards – lots to choose from – do what you can to help!

Here is the designer Eric Ligon on his project:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man who has designed two card decks in honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, using images that Miss Austen is very likely to have seen, must be in want of a Kickstarter campaign to share them.

I’m Eric Ligon, an avid fan of Miss Austen, and of playing cards — but more as design objects than as playing cards. The cards I’ve designed are rich in period detail. Each suit in the two decks represent one of Miss Austen’s novels. The first deck features Pride and Prejudice: spades; Emma: hearts; Persuasion: clubs; and, Sense and Sensibility: diamonds. The second deck features Northanger Abbey: spades; Mansfield Park: hearts; Sanditon: clubs; and, Lady Susan: diamonds. The images for all the queens and jacks come from fashion plates found in Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts—a publication Miss Austen likely perused. With the exception of Lady Susan and Sanditon, these Ackermann’s images are found within the two years prior to the publication date of each novel. The design of each ace card represents the layout and typographic detail of the first edition title pages for her novels. The decorative line art on the back of the cards and within the ace of spades is based on needlework patterns also found in Ackermann’s.

I am launching the Kickstarter campaign on July 17, 2017 – I hope you’ll share this information with others who may be interested.

Yours very sincerely,
Eric

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Here is the link to the Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2089500234/jane-austen-playing-cards/description

Hope you can help, and tell all your friends!

c2017 Jane Austen in Vermont

Playing Jane Austen ~ The Jane Game Launches on Kickstarter!

Today is the day! – the Kickstarter campaign of The Jane Game has been launched!

I first posted on this here in January 2013 –  now it is time for you to sign on and help with getting this Jane Austen trivia game completed for distribution – a donation of $40. [or more!] will get you a copy of the game as well as the satisfaction of helping a Jane Austen entrepreneur. The Kickstarter website is here, where you will find the details of the game, the Rules of the game, and the various donation categories – you have until December 14, 2013 to sign on… I just did, and hope you will too!

Promoted_Posts_BoxEnter Jane Austen’s world of elegance, wit and romance along with your friends when you play The Jane Game

The Jane Game is a trivia board game devoted to Jane Austen’s six novels. It is designed to bring Austen admirers together to share in her stories, characters, wit and language. While playing, each participant enters Jane’s world as one of her heroines. As such, you seek after a fortunate life by becoming an accomplished woman, gaining life experience and choosing to marry or not. Through chance, expertise and choice you could become the envied Mrs. Darcy, the pitied Mrs. Collins or the new roommate of Miss Bates. 

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And here are a few words from creator Elizabeth Bankhead on what to expect: 

Experience Section: The Jane Game gives you the experience of:

  • Entering Jane Austen’s world
  • Sharing in the merriment with your friends
  • Becoming more acquainted with Austen’s novels and encouraging us to want to read her more

Unique Section: The Jane Game 

  • Is a shared experience
  • Is the only board game that has trivia from all 6 of Jane’s beloved novels

Details:

  • $37 and shipping is free; after the Kickstarter campaign it will be $40 +shipping
  • Kickstarter ends on December 14, 2013

Kickstarter 101:

  • Kickstarter is a method through which we can give small amounts of money that together will equal a large sum…which, in this case, will be the cost of manufacturing the game
  • If you give the cost of the game, then you will get a game, which basically means you are pre-ordering
  • If we do not reach our goal, your credit card doesn’t get charged. This protects you and me. It gives a guarantee that you will receive a nice product and guarantees that I won’t be stuck with promises I cannot keep because I do not have enough money

Why pledge now? 

  • You Become a Founder: As such, you become part of The Jane Game. Welcome! Your name is placed on our website and you get to take part in some of the decisions for the game’s future.
  • Get the Game…and First: You get The Jane Game, which is “loveliness itself,” is it not?  If we are able to do a larger print run and can sell them, you get the game before any other distribution begins.
  • We Need You: We have covered the cost of the game’s development, but we cannot manufacture and ship the game to you without your support.
  • Free Shipping: We are covering the cost of shipping to many areas of the world, which will not be the case if it goes retail.

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Click here to see The Jane Game video

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Further information:

[Text and images courtesy of The Jane Game and Elizabeth Bankhead]

c2013 Jane Austen in Vermont

Playing Jane Austen ~ The Jane Game

Hello all Jane Austen Readers!  I append a note from Elizabeth Bankhead about her soon-to-be-released The Jane Game :

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Hello, I am a fellow JASNA member and for three years have been developing The Jane Game, a Jane Austen board game with trivia from all six of her novels. You can finally see it in all its splendor at www.thejanegame.com. Right now the game is not for sale, though, you can enjoy daily trivia fun at www.facebook.com/thejanegame. And you can follow on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/thejanegame

Below is a visual teaser of the game-

For Email Teaser

I plan on bringing The Jane Game to market through Kickstarter.com . This is a web forum where funding of the game’s production can be provided by pre-orders. If you like the game and would like to own it someday, please do one (or all) of the following:

1. On the website — go to “The Game” at bottom left, then scroll down to the “Notify Me” button and fill in your email address

2. Send me your email address ( janesgame [at] gmail [dot]  com ) preferably with your name and, if you feel inclined, one thing very clever, two things moderately clever, or three things very dull indeed. I promise to laugh heartily at them all :)

3. Or, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/thejanegame

With your email (option 1 and 2) I will notify you when the game’s kickstarter campaign starts for pre-orders. The facebook page will stay updated with the game’s progress as well as provide trivia fun every day.

If you know anyone who would be interested in a Jane Austen trivia game, please let them know (forward this blog post or invite them to the Facebook trivia page). The more people who know about this game, the faster it will come!

Thank you,

Elizabeth Bankhead

janesgame [at] gmail [dot] com

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Some examples: [from The Jane Game facebook daily trivia]

Mansfield Park: The day after the ball at Mansfield, two men leave. Who were they (choose two)? Mr. Crawford, Edmund, William, Tom, Mr. Yates

Pride and Prejudice:  What is Georgiana Darcy’s most praised accomplishment?

Emma:  Who was the first person to tell Emma that Mr. Elton could very well be in love with her?–“Mr. Elton in love with me! What an idea!”

Sense and Sensibility: How old is Colonel Brandon when we first meet him?

Persuasion:  On meeting the Harvilles and Captain Benwick, Anne admires their informal hospitality, ingenuity and charm. Why does she struggle to remain in high spirits?

Northanger Abbey:  Who does the heroine, Catherine Morland, marry?

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Thank you Elizabeth! – and best of luck with this – sounds like a great deal of fun, and who can resist anything to do with Jane Austen!

 c2013, Jane Austen in Vermont

Matches & Matrimony: A Pride & Prejudice Tale ~ A Game to Download!

Have you ever wanted to manipulate some of Jane Austen’s endings?  [if not, would we have any sequels, or choose to read them?!] – Do you think Elizabeth should have married Mr. Collins, leaving Mr. Darcy to the likes of Miss Bingley? – or should Elinor have married Colonel Brandon, leaving Marianne to pine her life away and Lucy to Edward after all?

Well, here might be your chance.  There is a new game to download called Matches and Matrimony: A Pride & Prejudice Tale  – I haven’t yet played it, but for $6.99 it might be the perfect antidote to another cold winter day – or one can just try it for an hour for free.  At least there are no flesh-eating zombies in the mix, as on the iphone app that I play periodically if stuck in a line somewhere [though we rarely have lines of any kind in Vermont, except perhaps at the DMV, and why I still do not get past the zombie who eats Elizabeth in the first sequence…]

You can find the Matches and Matrimony game here at downloadgames24.com

From their website:

Help a Bennet sister find a husband as you take a starring role in Jane Austen’s most popular novels in Matches & Matrimony! Will you pursue Mr. Bingley, whose good nature has already endeared him to your sister, or perhaps Mr. Darcy, the famous protagonist from Pride and Prejudice? The narrative of Matches & Matrimony comes from the combining of 3 different novels, allowing you to create new storylines from Miss Austen’s most famous works!

Have fun and let me know how you fare… [but please don’t have Elizabeth marry Mr. Collins! – that would create an entire world shift of too immense a proportion to bear …]

Copyright @2011, by Deb Barnum at Jane Austen in Vermont

Another Austen Web Round-Up ….. there is no keeping up!

Some interesting items this week to pass on:

*JASNA-New York Region has published its Fall 2008 newsletter online with much on the Austen-Byron Conference, the news that New York City will host the 2012 AGM, and other chapter happenings.

*The Rethinking Jane Austen blog has a post on Austenmania, the blog author’s efforts to find the strangest item “boasting Jane Austen’s image”….. there are a few good ones out there!

*Jane Austen’s World has posted Ellen Moody’s take on the Mansfield Park 2007 movie.  See also Austenprose’s ongoing MP discussion.

*The Guardian.uk and a blogger’s review of Cassandra and Jane by Jill Pitkeathley.

*A blog on vintage fashion, ZipZip’s Vintage Clothing, offers “thoughts about vintage and period sewing patterns, lists of links to worthwhile online vintage sewing resources, comments on sewing with treadle sewing machines.”

*Click here for the Sunday Herald (Scotland) interview with Keira Knightley on playing the Duchess of Devonshire

*A resource on Regency Information has been compiled by the Favors and Fortunes blog: there are some great links here, including references to a map of London for 1827, card games, cost of living values, a slang dicitonary, and many others.  But NOTHING compares to the links to Regency Social Life and Customs than those compiled by Ms. Place at Jane Austen’s World… if you have an extra 24 hour day sometime in this long upcoming winter, take a look at this grand resource!

*And more on ITV’s Lost in Austen show at Austenblog, with numerous comments, as well as the show’s fansite filled with all sorts of information on this Pride & Prejudice in space!

And just added: The Musee McCord Museum in Montreal has posted an interactive game on 19th century women’s fashion.  Click here for the game and instructions.  There are also other interactive games on 19th century high fashion (for beginner and expert), interior decoration, and games and toys:  click here for the Museum’s website and list of games.