OK, yes, fine. This post is at least partly an excuse for me to finally tag something "Downton Abbey" here at Kotaku. But in this case, the tag is warranted — over at Kill Screen, writer Sarah Elmaleh (who some of you may remember as the voice of Aeris in that column I wrote about silent protagonists) and illustrator Daniel Purvis have put together a series of fake playing cards depicting a Magic: The Gathering-like Downton Abbey card game.
I don't even know where to begin with how much I love these. Highlights include the "Fingers in All Pies/Mrs Crawley" card ("Entirely friendly party slowed"), Mr Bates's special ability for self-sacrifice, and Mr Carson's hilariously organised and specific special abilities. And, of course, "Virgin Lust".
I'm guessing I'm not alone when I say that I would both buy and play the crap out of a real Downton Abbey card game. Though I do wonder if the second series of cards would be kind of a letdown when compared to the first.