If you were going to play in a Savage Setting based in Jane Austen-style Regency Romance, would you rather see it paired up with Gothic Horror or Arthurian legend?
Like most RPG bloggers, I fantasize about publishing professionally or semi-professionally. Given that the majority of my gaming over the last decade has been romance-infused solo sessions with my wife, I'd like to take that experience and translate it into the written word. The long-sought Savage Jane Austen setting seems like a perfect opportunity
Most Savage Settings, however, are a mash-up of unexpected genres: fantasy + alien invasion, military + horror, Pirates of the Caribbean + Pirates of Dark Water, etc. The two genres that I think would best fit with the Regency are:
Gothic Horror - Jane Austen was a contemporary of Mary Shelley and Lord Byron; the heyday of the Gothic novel was during Austen's lifetime and her novel Northanger Abbey is a satire of the prevalence of the Gothic. The classic Gothic is actually set in the Middle Ages and features spirited heroines caught up in the dastardly doings of mysterious men in haunted places, but a Regency mash-up would make the Gothic style contemporary with the writers who created it.
The Regency Gothic would be a setting where the Napoleonic Wars have ushered in terrible darkness across Europe. Vampires stalk the parties of the high-born, while the revenant remnants of the soldiers of Waterloo feast on the living. Handsome rakehells are indeed the tools of Satan, and that mysterious new landowner who just bought the big estate up the road? He's Frankenstein's Monster.
Arthurian Legend - What if Camelot had never fallen? What if every ruler of Britain from the Dark Ages on had sat on the throne as Arthur's regent, holding the crown for the once and future king?
The Arthurian Regency is a realm of romance in both the modern and medieval definitions. Society bucks compete with wit and blade for the affection of young heiresses, daring the dark and dangerous royal forests to hunt dragons and giants. The ton is awash in magic as young ladies use love potions and faerie glamour to ensure their success in the marriage mart. Meanwhile, enemies of the realm arise in Gaul, awakening the sleeping king...
Vote in the poll above, or leave your own suggestion for a mashup genre in the comments!