Ben Lehman’s Downloadable RPG:
In observance of this Holiday Season Victorian Adventure Enthusiast is proud to present (gratis, with our compliments) an Edwardian set game created by the goodly Gentlemen Mr Ben Lehman:
“Being a role-playing game on the topic of the High-Flying adventures of Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE, daring Aviatrix and accomplished Exploratrix, and her Gentleman Companion, who for a Modest Fee, accompanies Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE, when the Occasion warrants her an Escort.”
Or you can read it all right now:
You WILL REQUIRE
Several Players, one of whom is Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe,
DBE. Applications for the prospective Gentleman Companions.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT
Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE is accepting applications to
accompany her on her latest Aerial Adventure into the Unknown. All
those players who are not Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE
should fill out an application for their prospective Gentleman
Companions. She will choose one. As you can clearly see, her
aeroplane will not hold more. Those Gentleman that are not
chosen should be resigned to portraying the Natives. Now,
properly introduce yourselves. No, not you, the Natives.
THE AEROPLANE CRASH
As Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE’s aeroplane does not have
landing gear, your adventure begins with an aeroplane crash of
such excitement that it would not be Suitable for a Lady, excepting
an Adventuress of such Quality and Distinction as Beatrice
Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE. Panicked, the Gentleman Companion
should ask a Question, which Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe,
DBE will of course answer with Confidence and Aplomb
Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE’s Gentleman Companion will no
doubt at periods in the Adventure be Troubled, and Concerned.
Or perhaps he is simply Confused about the Particulars of his
Situation. At these times he should ask Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-
Smythe, DBE a Question (about the Adventure, for because the
Gentleman Companion would not be so Rude as to ask a Personal
Question of a Lady such as Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE
we need not include it in the Rules As Such), which Beatrice
Henrietta Bristol Smythe, DBE will answer with Confidence and
Aplomb. She is always and in all ways Correct.
AFTER THE CRASH
After the Crash, the Gentleman Companion should ask “Where are
we?” or Some Variant Thereon. Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe,
DBE will then Answer with Confidence and Aplomb, as she is
Familiar from Past Experience with all Parts of the World (excepting
the United States, which, due to an Excess of IRISHMEN, is Unsuitable for a Lady of her Social Class.)
Throughout the adventure, the Natives describe the environment,
Surroundings, Condition of the Gentleman Companion and so on,
including the presence and actions of any Native Inhabitants of
this Distant Land.
For his Part, the Gentleman Companion describes his actions
and asks Questions.
For her part, Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE describes her
own actions and condition and makes Assertions.
Three times during the Adventure, Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe,
DBE, may make an Assertion without first being asked a Question.
This is in all ways the same as an answer to a Question.
ADVENTURES NOW OCCUR
Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE, is an Experienced
Adventuress, and thus is Always and in all ways Correct in
her Answers and Assertions. If her Answers Contradict the
Experience or Expectations of the Natives, most especially
regarding their own Savage Practices, she is Correct and they are
Mistaken. Futher, Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE throughout
the Adventure is in no Real Danger. She will not be Harmed or
Killed or Injured. The Gentleman Companion, on the Other Hand,
must Fend for HIMSELF.
AT THE END OF THE ADVENTURE
When Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE, and her Gentleman
Companion extract themselves from their immediate Predicament
and head back to London, the Adventure is Over. The Gentleman
Companion must now either Ask for Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-
Smythe, DBE’s Hand in Holy Matrimony, or he must Walk off
in a Huff. Regardless, this Gentlemen Companion may never again
Accompany Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE.
If Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE, accepts the Proposal of her
Gentleman Companion, she must Stop her Winsome and Adventurous
ways until such time as she is Tragically Widowed.
Questionnáire for prospective gentleman companions
Height and Weight:
Proposed Means of Payment:
Marital Status: circle one
When confronted by a raging lion in the Heart of DARKEST AFRICA, the most appropriate Course of Action IS:
Mr Lehman is a Renown Creator of Role-Playing and Story Games, including those this Humble Editor finds quite Worthy of Note: “Polaris” and “XXXXtreme STREET luge”.
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