A few days ago, 3 Turn Productions finished raising $109,563 (from 1,600 backers) on Kickstarter to fund the development of "Ever, Jane,” a virtual game that allows people to role-play in Regency Period England. 3 Turn describes the gist of their game as follows:
Similar to traditional role playing games, we advance our character through experience, but that is where the similarities end. Ever, Jane is about playing the actual character in the game, building stories. Our quests are derived from player's actions and stories. And we gossip rather than swords and magic to demolish our enemies and aid our friends.
Try to win the sympathy of Lizzie Bennet by telling lies about your rival, as Mr. Wickham does, but be careful. The system will notify someone if they are being talked about too often and a good sleuth may find the player who is spreading such rumors. If you are caught in your lies, the consequences you intended for your target will hit you two-fold.
A description is nice, but a demo is even better. And happily you can download a prototype that "provides fully functional infrastructure for both the gossip and the invitation systems as well as a 3D village in which you can walk about, bowing and curtsying to people appropriately." There's also a tutorial that walks you through the basic mechanics and UI. (It should be included in the download from this link.) More information about Ever, Jane can be found on the project's Kickstarter page.