The archetypal roleplaying games are predicated on frequent combat scenarios. You can of course play a game without any combat, but things are going to break down somewhere.
In the real world of the Darcies & Diaries universe, of course, Bridget Jones's Diary doesn't exist. That's the premise of this entire comic, after all. But most of the other things we know and love (such as turkey curry) do, albeit modified by the lack of Bridget Jones's Diary:
- Darcyballs is a serious documentary about a food truck in Adelaide, Australia.
- Renée Zellweger is known (barely) for doing voiceovers for poorly selling computer games, but gains widespread fame after her appearance in the first Futurama movie.
- Colin Firth is known primarily for his role in Blackadder: Back & Forth.
- Nerdy guys make YouTube videos of themselves playing giant games of Frogger in real traffic instead of wearing giant underwear.
- Without the success of Bridget Jones's Diary to spark interest in modern rescripts of classic literature, Moby Dick was never revisited with numerous movies and series, and remains an obscure short-print-run novel.
- Romeo and Juliet was never made into a movie. Fans of Shakespeare never had it so good.
- The major romantic comedy background that pervades all of Western culture is Gentleman Prefer Blondes, despite it never being much good. The original film was adapted recently into a new, updated film with a bigger budget, high-tech computerised special effects, and edgy writing. And it sucked.
- Throughout the 2000s, all the greatest British blockbusters were shoestring budget science fiction series with cardboard sets and terrible acting.
- The Comic Irregulars exist and are making a screencap comic based on David Attenborough's The Life of Mammals.
Mark: Look, Cleaver, are you leaving or not?
Daniel: I just wanted a chance to make things up with Bridget.
Mark: I bet you did!
Jude: Do you want us to leave, Bridg?
Bridget: No, don't worry Jude, I'm sure everything's going swimmingly.
Shazza: Good, because we weren't fracking going anywhere.
Mark: C'mon then, Cleaver. Let's take it outside.
Daniel: Oh, what, you're challenging me to a duel?
Mark: No, I'm just going to punch your lights out!
GM: What are you doing! This is intra-party conflict!
Mark: Yes, and it's the only combat we've had in six weeks of this campaign!