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Welcome, delicious friend! Welcome to the Echo Bazaar...
The Bazaar is located at the heart of Fallen London, in the Neath, a cavern of impossible size, by the Unterzee, a tremendous saltwater lake. They say it's the skull of some defunct pagan god. That doesn't sound very likely. Although it would explain the dreams.
Thirty years ago, London was stolen. By who or what, nobody seems to know - and only revolutionaries and anarchists say 'stolen' any more. But a fantastic Bazaar has sprung up in the middle of Fallen London where anything can be bought or sold if you know what to ask for, Hell has established an embassy, and suddenly death doesn't seem to mean much...
Echo Bazaar is a browser game like Kingdom of Loathing, where you have a limited set of actions which replenish every so often, and a limited amount of total actions per day. However, the good bit about it (and what makes it different from other games like Mafia Wars) is that most of the time, you're using those actions not only to grind stats, but to find out more about the world. Echo Bazaar is filled with little 'storylets', similar to those books that Rank keeps making threads about, that drip-feed you a little more of the Neath. That's what makes it so addictive for me.
If you'd like to play a game of chess or perhaps spend an evening confiding your nightmares in me, my twitter username is @karlnp. Feel free to follow. Perhaps we'll make a day of shopping at the Bazaar.
To sign up, all you need to have is a Twitter or Facebook account. I know that seems shady, but you don't have to actually do anything with those - although you can retweet or post some element of trivia about the game to replenish your actions (once per day), it's not mandatory. You can play this game without ever posting to your twitter feed.
You start out in Newgate Prison, a Stranger of Indeterminate Past.. but Echo Bazaar's strength is allowing you to determine how you escape and who you were before your capture.