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  1. 1. Did you read the first post below entirely?

  2. 2. Which Timespan is MOST appealing to You as a Player?

    • 1585-1642 
    • 1588-1613
    • 1585-1625
    • I'd play it equally with any of these timespans
    • I am not really interested in this game

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Since it's more likely than not that the Shakespeare game will come next, I've decided to conduct this poll. 

Basically, players will control a playing company, the term used for a theatre business. You will be in charge of doing the following things:

  • Hiring and casting actors.
  • Hiring playwrights and determining to stage their plays or not. 
  • Purchasing and upkeeping your theatre
  • Purchasing costumes and etc for plays
  • Advertising your theatre
  • Acquiring texts to inspire your playwrights
  • Attracting celebrity audience members
  • Trying to secure a performance at the royal court
  • Scheduling your plays and setting the prices for your tickets. 
  • Going on tour
  • Etc
  • All of this will trying to avoid historical events like the plagues and puritans shutting down the theatres, etc. 
  • Competing against other theatre groups to dominate Shakespeare's London. 

I'm considering the length of the game. Here are the options: 

- 1585-1642  -- From when the theatre really took off until it was closed down until 1660 by Puritans?

- 1588-1613 -- Shakespeare's active period

- 1585-1625 -- Covering only the Elizabethan and Jacobean area, but not the Carolinian Era. 

Notes: Most people only know of the playwrights Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Jonson, if they know any other than Shakespeare. However, there are some big name people that cover the entire era that are known to people that like the literature from this time. I should also note that the more restrictive the timespan, the more likely the player with Shakespeare will win. 

Sorry for any typos. Typing in a hurry. 

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Honestly, I don't know why, but when put like this, my interest suddenly shoots up quite a bit.  I guess it didn't click with me until now this would be a lot more of a "management" style game, and I'm all about those.  For the topic at hand, I'm someone who 99.9% of the time prefers the longest possible timespan (indeed, with AMPU I'm like probably never going to play any start date other than 1772 save for maybe a jump start on the era of the future once or twice just to see what that's all about).  That said, whatever era is in the game is whatever era is in the game, so I can't very well pine after what doesn't exist, so I'd be good with any.

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These are the names of the 27 Theatres that will be constructable, rentable, buyable, sellable in the Shakespeare game. Which theatre would you pick based on the name?

Each theatre will have the following stats:

Era Location Type Cost Max Occupancy Clientele Royalty Clientele Nobles Clientele Wealthy Clientele Groundlings Clientele Dregs of Society

Bell Savage Inn
Boar's Head Inn
Bull Inn
Cross Keys Inn
George Inn
Hart Inn
Inns of Court
Newington Butts
Palace of Whitehall
Red Bull
Salisbury Court
St Paul's
The Beargarden
The Bell Inn
The Bull Ring
The Curtain
The Fortune
The Globe
The Phoenix
The Rose
The Swan
The Theatre
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41 minutes ago, OrangeP47 said:

Boar's Head.

Boar's Head Inn is also famous for being the main hangout location for Falstaff, one of Shakespeare's most well-known characters. This connection probably inspired a lot of other things named Boar's Head

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I've gotta start with the Globe of course!

Went to a production at the New Globe when in London in 2005. Great experience.

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10 minutes ago, 10centjimmy said:

Red Bull gives you wings,  but my heart is in the Beargarden

Its a part-time theatre that does bear baiting the other half of the time. The cockpit does a similar thing with rooster fighting. 

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Playwrights and actors will have a % chance of quality and a potential. 

So Shakespeare might start with 20% chance C-grade play, 30% B-grade and 50% A-grade. His potential will allow these numbers to be more favorable. 

Marlowe will start with better numbers but have no real potential, so he doesn’t develop. Most scholars didn’t sense improvement in Marlowe from play to play. He was just really good at a sustained level. While Shakespeare was really good and developed. 

Impressarios, which is the role players will play as, will have actions. Then number of actions depends on the impresario. One can play as Philip Henslowe, who will have the most actions. A player wanting a challenge can play as a less active one. Players can also play as themselves. 

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Here are the theatre companies. I'll have some ahistorical companies too, but these are the historical ones: 

Admiral's Men
Children of Paul's
Children of Paul's (II)
Children of the Blackfriars
Children of the Chapel
Children of the Queen's Revels
Children of the Queen's Revels (II)
Children of the Revels
Children of the Whitefriars
Company of the Revels
Derby's Men
Duke of York's Men
King's Men
King's Revels Children
King's Revels Men
Lady Elizabeth's Men
Leicester's Men
Lennox's Men
Lord Chamberlain's Men
Lord Strange's Men
Oxford's Men
Palsgrave's Men
Pembroke's Men
Prince Charles's Men
Prince Charles's Men (II)
Prince Henry's Men
Queen Anne's Men
Queen Elizabeth's Men
Queen Henrietta's Men
Queen of Bohemia's Men
Sussex's Men
The King and Queen's Young Company
Worcester's Men
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Three big changes with the Shakespeare game are:

  • the game will be 1 or 2 players, instead of 4 or 5. 
  • players will not be a historical impresario, such as Philip Henslowe (the model for the game), but will play as themself. You'll select a district of London and a background for your character. 
  • The impresarios will be able to make money on the side through several investments. This money can then help with the theatre when it is struggling or can be used for personal purchases, such as a country estate and things like that. All of these investments and purchases will be based on the historical lives of impressarios and people attached to the theatre. 

As the character you create will not be historical to the time, I am able to creating a lot of events that can be used to add flavor for the time. This would have been harder had players all been selecting historical figures because there's only so much historical documentation for the personal lives. 

Each game's turns will take up a season -- Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. Four turns a year. The impressario will schedule their plays, adjust the casting if necessary, send workers to do things for the theatre, etc. Once scheduled, each week will be simulated one week at a time through the season. Events and decisions might pop up during the simulation, which will pause the game as you make a decision. Perhaps the lead actor gets sick. A play that was to be staged is censored, a playwright doesn't finish a play on time, etc. 

Historical impressarios will also be active, so they'll be competition. 

The location of a theatre will be important to clientele, accessibility, nearby competition, etc. For instance, it might be a good idea to put a theatre in a district where an opponent has a theatre, if you think you can run them out of business and force them to relocate. 

There will be several ways to win the game: 

1. Points

2. Having the most money

3. Dominating London theatre world

4. Having the highest personal prestige through accruing honors, estates, etc. 

5. Having had the most hit plays, most successful actor, most successful playwright, etc. 

Other things as well. 


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This is the first draft of how a player will create their character in the Shakespeare game. A lot of the options below will be disabled based on what is selected in the previous parts. For instance, you can't be a farmer that went to Oxford University or a wealthy sailor. If your parents have a high social class profession, you can't have a lower class initial occupation. What you choose will determine your initial wealth, difficulty level, and weather you get any sort of bonus points in the course of the game. They'll also determine your events, how people might react to you, what traits you might have, etc. 

Player Setup:


  • Start a new company or take over one of the two extant companies. 

  • Select a name (create generator of English names for optional use). 

  • Select an place of birth

    1. London

    2. Westminster

    3. Surrey

    4. Middlesex

    5. Canterbury

    6. Oxford

    7. Cambridge

    8. Stratford-Upon-Avon

    9. Ipswich

    10. Bristol

    11. Taunton

    12. York

    13. Newcastle

    14. Coventry

    15. Exeter

    16. Dover

    17. Kent

    18. Norwich

    19. Netherlands

    20. Wales

    21. Scotland

  • Age

    1. 21

    2. 35

    3. 50

  • Religion

    1. Protestant (Anglican)

    2. Protestant (Calvinistic)

    3. Protestant (Secular)

    4. Protestant (Catholic Convert)

    5. Protestant (Jewish Convert)

    6. Crypto-Catholic

    7. Crypto-Atheist

    8. Crypto-Jewish

  • Family

    1. Married without children

    2. Married with one son

    3. Married with one daughter

    4. Married with one son and one daughter

    5. Single

  • Illicit relationships

    1. None

    2. Mistress with shared illegitimate son

    3. Mistress with shared illegitimate daughter

    4. Mistress with no shared children

    5. Same-sex relationship

  • Select father’s profession

    1. Servant to Queen Elizabeth

    2. Servant to a nobleman

    3. London lawyer

    4. Landed Gentry Yeoman outside of London

    5. Merchant

    6. Artisan

    7. Scribe

    8. Farmer

    9. Fisherman

    10. Tavernkeeper

    11. Innkeeper

    12. Landlord

    13. Laborer

    14. Soldier

    15. Sailor

    16. Touring Actor

  • Education

    1. None

    2. Common School

    3. Oxford

    4. Cambridge

    5. Inns of Court

  • Select initial industry

    1. Farmer

    2. Scribe

    3. Lawyer

    4. Innkeeper

    5. Tavernkeeper

    6. Draper

    7. Clothier

    8. Dyer

    9. Haberdasher

    10. Goldsmith

    11. Touring Actor

    12. Acrobat

    13. Baker

    14. Candlemaker

    15. Minstrel

    16. Fishmonger

    17. Grocer

    18. Tailor

    19. Soldier

    20. Sailor

    21. Carpenter

    22. Mercer

    23. Blacksmith

    24. Miller

    25. Vintner

    26. Salter

    27. Cook

    28. Clerk

    29. Shoemaker

  • Part of a livery? (req: an artisan job above)

    1. Yes

    2. No because I’m not an artisan

    3. No even though I’m an artisan

  • Intent with Initial industry

    1. Maintain current job and work theatre interests on the side

    2. Quit job and commit fully to theatre

  • Reason for engaging in the theatre

    1. Love the theatre

    2. Hate my current job. 

    3. Family occupation left to my older sibling and I must find my own path to financial success

  • Initial wealth (Difficulty level)

    1. Wealthy through inheritance

    2. Wealthy through my initial occupation

    3. Middle-income 

    4. Lower Middle Income

    5. In debt through my initial occupation

    6. Poor

  • Home neighborhood

    1. Southwark (Bankside)

    2. Charing Cross

    3. City of London (Blackfriars)

    4. City of London (Eastcheap)

    5. City of London (Aldgate)

    6. City of London (Cripplegate)

    7. City of London (Cornhill)

    8. City of London (St Paul’s)

    9. Clerkenwell

    10. Covent Garden (Drury Lane)

    11. Inns of Court

    12. St Giles-without-Cripplegate

    13. Salisbury Court

    14. Shoreditch

    15. Whitechapel

    16. Westminster

    17. Moor Fields

    18. Holborn

    19. Finsbury Field

    20. Middlesex (Islington)

    21. Surrey (Newington Butts)

  • Current housing

    1. No permanent residence as I sleep in various Inns

    2. Rented room in the neighborhood

    3. Rented floor above a shop

    4. Live in rooms I rent above my place of initial occupation. 

    5. Live in rooms I own above my place of initial occupation. 

    6. Own property and land (req: outside of London)

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2 hours ago, OrangeP47 said:

+1 excitement for the ability to be Welsh

I wish I could add Irish but they were treated similar to how Jacksonian Americans treated Native Americans. There was talk of genocide to remove the Irish. No gaelic Irish person born in Ireland would have been able to make business in London. 

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