”Revolution is not a dinner party.”
The year is 1788. France is in on the brink of financial ruin. A costly defeat in the Seven Years’ War was followed by a costly victory helping the American colonies has left the country deep in debt. The Americans have a central government unable to borrow money through a national bank nor to raise taxes, so we’re unlikely to see the money they owe us anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Louis XVI is a fool with no idea of how to manage the economy of the kingdom. His wife, Marie-Antoinette, (sister of the Emperor of Austria), receives a disproportionate share of the blame due to her playing peasant as a game, and for throwing extravagant galas. To the people, she is “Madame Deficit,” or more vulgar nicknames.
The people themselves are divided into the system of “Estates,” with the First Estate, the clergy, and the Second, the nobility, controlling the bulk of France’s wealth. No taxes are levied on the nobles, and the clergy pay a pittance compared to the wealth of the Church. But 97% of the people of France are taxed, and taxed heavily. They are the laborers of the city, the peasants of the country, the privates serving in the Armée. They are the emerging monied class without noble title, the Bourgeoisie. Altogether, they are the Third Estate.
Now, to raise more money, King Louis has increased the hated Gabelle, the Salt Tax which only the poor Third Estate must pay. And he is considering doing something which has not been done since 1614: Calling together representatives of the three Estates, the Estates-General, who alone have the power to levy entirely new taxes.
The Estates-General shall meet in 1789. All who wish to stand as representatives and meet in Versailles are encouraged to sign up below!
Notes on Game
This game shall be a low-to-intermediate complexity game, designed for 21 players. Town shall be supporters of the Revolution, seeking to reform the unjust Ancien Régime. Wolves will be Counterrevolutionaries, opposing the French Republic which would emerge.
No knowledge of French History or literature is needed to play in this game. There will be themed events/contests from time to time in this game, but with very generous time limits to them. Apart from normal posting guidelines (minimum 3 per day please), players will not need to be on at any particular time to play this game.
- 11 Vanilla Town (Citizens)
- 1 Town Jailer (Georges Danton)
- 1 Town Doctor (The Bishop of Digne)
- 1 Town Investigator (Maximillien Robespierre)
- 1 Town Vigilante (Jean-Paul Marat)
- 1 Town Martyr (Sydney Carton)
4 Wolves (Counterrevolutionaries)
- 1 Wolf Recruiter (Marquis de Lafayette)
- 1 Wolf Roleblocker (Olympe de Gouges)
- 1 Wolf Spy (Napoleon Bonaparte)
- 1 Wolf Daykiller (Charlotte Corday)
1 Serial Killer (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
- Tiff Aching’s Golden Hare
- Sic Humor
- Raven and Rose
- The Hayes Code
- Sister Jude
- Nate the Lesser
- Captain Video
- Miss Rim
- The Wasp
- Mars 5
- Library Lass
- Josephus Brown
- Forget it Jake
- Lamb Dance