The Daughters of Verona

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The Daughters of Verona

The Daughters of Verona

The Daughters of Verona is a storygame of Shakespearean comedy for five players. It is playable in a single evening/session and requires no prep except for that which the players do together at the start of the game. The game also includes a ready to play story called “The Daughters of Verona” for groups that want to get started even more quickly.

Key features of the game are GM less play, low prep, dice less and troupe style play (i.e. each player plays several PCs). It is very beginner friendly and the non-violent nature of comedies appeals to players who are put off by the violent themes present in many other games.

The Daughters of Verona actual play

The table during a game.

The game was my entry for Game Chef 2011.


  1. July 29, 2011 at 00:50

    […] The Daughers of Verona was, according to the author, an attempt to make a comedy version of Montsegur 1244, which is a very story-oriented game about burning Cathar heretics. I’m told the original has preset characters randomly dealt out and then random story events come from another deck. DoV uses a similar idea, however the characters are just names and pictures – the game has an enormous amount of hand-waving at the moment – you are supposed to arrange your characters into a series of love triangles, villainous blockers and comic relief, and then tell the story through five acts. Apparently a lot of entrants this year read the same website about Shakespeare’s five act structure (or there’s some indie rpg that is also huge on acts they’re riffing off) because they’re all madkeen on it. In each act you have a general sense of what to establish but not a specific sense, you’re supposed to get that by choosing an event from three dealt out and a location from four dealt out. The events are quite evocative (Rumours of War, A Messenger Arrives) but still not really specific enough to help the idea-lacking. There’s no resolution mechanic, you just assign parts and “make a scene”. […]

  2. August 18, 2011 at 08:04

    […] The Daughters of Verona […]

  3. October 2, 2011 at 13:49

    […] from my work with The Academy, I took part in Game Chef 2011, and competed with a game called The Daughters of Verona. We have played it and I must say it captures the feeling of a Shakespearean comedy very well, and […]

  4. March 20, 2012 at 10:42

    […] in this episode I share another game from Holmcon. We play my game of Shakespearean comedy – The Daughters of Verona. […]

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