1897. . . recreates London and Windsor of the British Empire at its zenith. Join us more than a century later and experience first-hand the world of 1897: Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. his weekend-long, live-action, theatre-style game consists of a cast of historical characters, drawn from real people who were alive in the year 1897, and fictional characters from books written around that time.

1897. . . is a Live Action Role-Playing Game. The players don’t sit around a table with a referee, or watch a group of actors play out a murder scene. Instead, each of the players takes on a character role, interacting with the other players: negotiating, persuading, romancing and - when all else fails - demanding satisfaction! Players remain in character all weekend long and are encouraged to dress in costume. There is no script: players make up the story as they go, trying to achieve their goals, with occasional reference to a Director.

1897. . . Was first run in the US in 1992 and has been played before in the UK, in 1997 and 2008, to widespread acclaim. Now, for 2021, it is again being expanded and partially re-written. The game will build on the success of the original UK and US runs, but contain new and revised characters, plotlines, and a variety of new twists and turns. Immerse yourself in negotiations surrounding Europe's fragile Balance of Power; walk the seedy and sometime perilous back-streets and alleys of London - where famous detectives hunt desperate criminals; explore the exciting scientific world of invention; or simply revel in the social event of the century! Come, slip into the world of 1897, and help us celebrate the 19th Century's great going-away party for itself.


To keep current with all the latest news and discussions, you should join the 1897: Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Weekend Game facebook event page:


We will also be setting up a 1897 announcement only mailing list (1897-players) where all formal announcements will also be reposted.


Should you have any questions for the GMs you can email us at 1897-GMs@ishtari.co.uk