I was chatting to my friend Joe and his girlfriend Gemma yesterday. Joe is a gamer, Gemma is not. If fact she doesn't like roleplaying at all. Gemma likes to read romance novels, especially set in a Regency era setting with the appropiate values and moral conventions.
I asked her: "If I write a romance game, would you play it?"
Gemma said she wasn't sure. She is not too hot about the idea of shared authorship, because this sharing may threaten the rules of the genre. I suppose she means, if she was narrating the story on her own, not sharing with others, this wouldn't happen.
Now, this got me thinking. I am not a big fan of the romance genre, quite the opposite, but it would be an interesting challenge to design a Story Now game that adhered to this genre's themes and strict rules.
Later that day I got an email with a link to Gemma's wiki where she had listed all the rules of romance novels. How can I ignore that?
So, for research purposes, I don't know many romance themed games. Maybe it's been done already. There's Blue Rose, but that's fantasy. Breaking the Ice, but that's too contemporary. Shooting the Moon is close as far as I can see.
Any other already published romance games?
(edited Victorian to Regency era)