It's a nice game- both for people who play board games on a regular basis and those that shy away from the idea of board gaming. It may seem dull, but when you have a grown man begging his "husband" to buy him a pretty dress, new levels of comedy ensue.
How you play the game
You pair off- one of you is a lady, the other a gentleman (if there are an odd number of players there is a courtesan, which adds a whole new level to the game). The ladies' job is to buy clothing for a ball at the end of the week. The gentlemen have to make enough money at the stock market to buy these clothes. Each turn is a "day". Every day, there are new items in the store for the ladies to buy and the stock market is refreshed. If you have a courtesan in play, she plays as a normal lady but tries to get the husbands to spend money on her rather than their wife. Each woman needs a dress to be able to attend the ball, and anything else just counts towards your final score- including servants. Servants can improve items, and can therefore turn what seems to be a loosing set of items into the winning one.
I've never actually played with gossip cards, because they seem like too much hassle. I've no idea what they do, but I know they'd make the game longer.
My overall thoughts
This is a cool, kooky game set in the Victorian era- my favourite era in history. The game plays well and it's actually surprisingly exciting to be a man in. It's quite cheap and the ability to have so many people playing the game really make it stand out from the crowd- a must have for any fan of Victorian history or just someone that enjoys board games.