Fallen London is a free to play browser game from Failbetter Games. The year is 1889, and 30 years ago, London was stolen by giant bats.
Though no one says "stolen" anymore, except for the anarchists and revolutionaries. The rest of the residents have grown quite accustomed to the situation. Now London is ruled by the mysterious Masters of the Echo Bazaar, and is full of devils dressed like gangsters, talking cats, Clay Men (don't ask if they're actually made of clay; they don't ask you if you're made of meat), poets, murderers, monster-hunters and worse roaming the gloomy streets.
Most games use various baubles in their reward loops to keep players coming. Fallen London uses words. It has more words than War and Peace, with stories, plots, characters and narratives going back and forth between political intrigue, elder things from beyond the skies, real world historical events, multi-continental mythologies, colors that don't actually exist, and romance. You develop your character in whatever way you see fit - they can be agile or clever or persuasive or hulking or all or none. They can make important decisions unique to them and terrible mistakes delving into forbidden mysteries the rest of the playerbase has no idea about. They can join the player-vs-player leagues of Knife and Candle and stab their friends in their back. They can take part in a high stakes game of chance who's winner gets their hearts desire or go after the murderer of a loved one or steal a diamond the size of a cow. They can be you.
How to play:
Go to fallenlondon.storynexus.com
. If you already have a Storynexus account, you can put in your email and password. If you don’t, click the “SIGN UP WITH EMAIL” button and follow the instructions.
You get two choices in the beginning. You can either hear some introductory stuff, or you can skip it. Whichever one you do is up to you, and will not affect your experience.
After you get out of prison and choose somewhere to go, you gain access to all the regular features of the game, including the bazaar, where you will buy and sell items. Sooner or later, you’re going to need to get a house. It allows you to unlock more storylets and have more cards in your hand, so this should be right after getting out of prison. Do whatever is closest to you. When you finish one of them, you can buy your house.
When you log in, you enter where you were before. I was at my lodgings. The following is some of my available storylets…
You can get to the central districts and the carnival pretty easily. Finding things to do is a completely different matter. However, many places are quite difficult to reach, and some places have more than one way to gain access to them. After you unlock the central districts, a pulldown map appears to allow you to navigate.
Right below the map in the above picture are two oppurtunity cards. Cards contain special occurences, such as a mugging, that may repeat more than one time, or may not. Most of what you draw from the cards is random, but specific cards can remain hidden until one of your qualities reaches the specified amount. Some cards have different colored borders to specify their importance.
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