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If you watched Netflix’s spicy Regency romp Bridgerton over the holidays and thought, “Well gee, I’d love to be a young lady/gentleman seeking a prosperous match by navigating a polite but ruthless society,” you’re in luck: there’s a game for that now.

Available on itch.io, The Social Season is a one-sheet TTRPG designed to recreate the intrigue of Regency social season, where you play as family members trying to save their reputations by striking advantageous matches.

Social Season creator Scott Sexton tells News Brig he was inspired by game designer Lysa Penrose’s stream of The Haunting of Good Society, a ghostly take on the popular Jane Austen RPG Good Society. Sexton wanted something quick and simple, and when he saw Justice Arman’s Convertibots, inspired by Grant Howitt’s popular one-sheet TTRPG Honey Heist, he tapped into that genre.

In the game, players aren’t restricted to roles as would-be debutantes — in fact, you don’t even have to play as someone seeking out a marriage. Sexton added variety during playtesting; his first draft of the game had all the players taking on debutante roles, but that ended up being limiting.

“I haven’t played it with any of the players trying to marry each other, but this was also some feedback I got, so I added a bit to give a unifying goal,” Sexton told News Brig via Twitter DM. “You’re all part of the same extended family and trying to land an advantageous match for at least one of you that will save your family from ruin. What that exactly looks like in each game is up to the players.”

The game uses two stats, Composure and Scandal, which Sexton says is adapting the straightforward Honey Heist mechanics, but for Regency-era England.

“This game basically replaces the honey with a desirable marriage, the criminal bears with a scandalous Regency family, and the traps and guards with jealous rivals and opportunistic suitors,” he said.

Social Season asks GMs to generate a scenario by rolling on random table, which will establish the setting (a masquerade ball, perhaps, or an opera or symphony performance), the host (“an eccentric widow,” “the general’s wife,” “the queen), and a series of rumors and complications. Then players attempt to navigate the situation as their Composure and Scandal shift due to circumstances, with the threat of their characters becoming unplayable if either stat gets too high: overload on Composure, and you’ll “fall ill with a case of the vapours and convalesce at home for the rest of the season,” while too much Scandal will ruin you socially.

The Social Season is a name-your-own-price download on itch.io.

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Netflix cuts controversial Challenge episode when Tonya Cooley’s co-stars ‘took naked pics of her while she was asleep’

NETFLIX has decided to cut the controversial Challenge episode that showed Tonya Cooley's co-stars take "naked photos of her while she was sleeping."

Tonya, now 41, would later sue MTV in a separate incident claiming she was sexually abused.

6Netflix has cut a controversial episode featuring a much-talked about Tonya Cooley sceneCredit: Getty Images

The popular streaming service recently posted two throwback seasons of the competition show, but hardcore fans may notice one particular episode missing: To Hell and Back: Hot Gossip From The Inferno 2.

The episode was the Inferno 2 finale, and aired instead of the usual reunion special.

According to TMZ, that's because it had a scene involving Tonya being bullied by fellow competitors Veronica Portillo, Tina Barta, and Rachel Robinson as the three ladies eventually took "nude photos of her while she slept."

The trio would later show off the snaps to other competitors in the house.

6Sources claimed it was due to a scene involving Tonya as well as three fellow competitors, one of them being Tina BartaCredit: Instagram 6Veronica Portillo was also a part of the scene in questionCredit: Instagram 6As was Rachel RobinsonCredit: Instagram

The episode, from 2005, originally aired on TV, but more than 15 years later the network seems to have made a decision not to rehash any of it.

As for Tonya, this wouldn't be the only controversial incident involving her as she sued MTV six years later in a separate incident.

6It is said the three ladies took 'naked photos' of Tonya was she was 'sleeping' - eventually showing them off to other competitors in the houseCredit: Getty Images 6Tonya would eventually sue MTV for another incident years laterCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Tonya claimed she had been sexually abuse by two male cast members while on The Ruins in Thailand.

At the time of the incident, Tonya would be sent home the very next day after slapping a female competitor.

According to EW, Tonya would claim the network “further mistreated [her] by subjecting her to stricter disciplinary rules than male participants.”

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Tonya would reportedly settle with MTV out of the court the following year.

However Tonya, as well as the two male cast members, were banned and have not appeared on any Challenge season since.

The program has gotten more strict with it comes to sexual assault since then - kicking off a competitor in 2012 for allegedly attempting to rip off a co-star's dress at a night club.

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