IF YOU’RE REVIEWING COURTESANS – LOOK AWAY NOW!
Courtesans is Ian’s latest history farce game, a partner game to Tough Justice but this time about the wheeling, dealing, ducking and diving of the ladies of the demi monde. Ian took what I said to heart about my offer to let people who wanted to say their part through games and that I’d be willing to publish them. Don’t think that I’m saying ‘Ian does not speak for the company’ because the company is, if anything, about free expression and ideas.
However, given that people lately seem determined to misinterpret everything and hurl blame around, it’s probably worth me mentioning that I don’t share a lot of Ian’s views on marriage, politics and certainly not religion. Despite this we manage to work together just fine, as I work with a lot of people with different points of view that conflict with mine.
That said ‘Dude, whatever so long as nobody gets hurt’ is pretty much my motto and I believe in legalisation for most vices as a way of making them safer, in this case largely for the sex workers themselves.
Courtesans examines an interesting period of history and some interesting people. Where Ian’s restricted it to female characters I think you could just as easily include a few ‘male companions’ particularly in the Victorian era. It’s risky for them, but it’s eminently doable. A male Landlady is also more than possible, just takes a little imagination to bend the rules and the game as written to make it all fit properly. Of course, the sodomy laws of the time make same-sex relationships risky, especially for men.
I think Ian’s hit on a good formula going here for games to be played over forums or e-mail, which is a formula I’ve been trying to crack for a while. The structured play – and the theme – would seem to lend themselves to this form of remote play and from what I’ve seen in the playtesting, that does – indeed – seem to be the case.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the game and you can buy it HERE