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Kharsirr Lynx
Kharsirr Lynx
Posts: 201

11/28/2017
My first rare success on Poet-Laureate had been today, jumping to 19. It wiped all 23 Fine Pieces at once, despite being rare success indeed.

Oh, that RNG.

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dov
dov
Posts: 2430

11/28/2017
Actually, there have been a few very recent reports on the wiki that the rare success cost exactly as many AFP as the regular success.

Might be the RNG, of course, but maybe this was a bug which got fixed. I wonder if we'll get confirmation of anyone still getting the AFP increase.

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Raccoonajr
Raccoonajr
Posts: 33

12/6/2017
Damn that plant. This is the second time I’ve quick clicked and gotten rid of the thing!

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Siankan
Siankan
Posts: 523

12/9/2017
I need Making Waves 42. I have Making Waves 40 when I go to bed, fairly confident I can make 42 before Time the Healer pops by this evening.

Father Time came early.

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Siankan
Siankan
Posts: 523

12/10/2017
This was a few days ago, but it still hurts:

"Subtle has dropped to 14!"

followed shortly by

"Steadfast has dropped to 14!"

I know it's reparable, but... it still hurts. Moral of the story, kids: When your memory says, "I think one of these choices is a bad idea," listen to it and check the wiki.

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Catherine Raymond
Catherine Raymond
Posts: 2042

12/10/2017
Siankan wrote:
This was a few days ago, but it still hurts:

"Subtle has dropped to 14!"

followed shortly by

"Steadfast has dropped to 14!"

I know it's reparable, but... it still hurts. Moral of the story, kids: When your memory says, "I think one of these choices is a bad idea," listen to it and check the wiki.



Words of wisdom, those are. That's why my Magnanimous is now 23 (it was 26). And it will fall further, alas, if I persist in raising my Renown: Society to obtain the 40 Renown gift.

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The Curious Watcher
The Curious Watcher
Posts: 79

12/12/2017
I got my first point of criminal record due to visiting the waxy eighth room of the Bazaar. It could have been prevented if I asked for Christmas Cards to reduce suspicion, but it's too late now. Also, all my stats dropped by 7 in one action.

This holiday, learn from my mistakes: http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/Profile/Den%20Blackwell?fromEchoId=13149900

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Sir Joseph Marlen
Sir Joseph Marlen
Posts: 540

12/14/2017
A few days ago, I had used 2 Pails of So-Called Snow to raise my ToL to 4. Today I chose to get an Incandescent Robe over a fresh new Pail. What I didn't know was that obtaining the Robe gave me 2 points of ToL for a total of 6, getting rid of my chance to raise the quality to 8 with my Monocle. This would have been unfortunate enough, but the difference of 2 points meant that I lost 2 Tears of the Bazaar instead of 1 while raising ToL. Not the worst failure I've had, but certainly not the best.

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Herbal Tea
Herbal Tea
Posts: 23

12/15/2017
I failed a 98% skill check on the Bazaar lodging card and was immediately shipped off to the tomb-colonies. Moral of the story, check your menace progression and never believe in chances that aren't 100%.
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The Curious Watcher
The Curious Watcher
Posts: 79

12/16/2017
Herbal Tea wrote:
I failed a 98% skill check on the Bazaar lodging card and was immediately shipped off to the tomb-colonies. Moral of the story, check your menace progression and never believe in chances that aren't 100%.



I've learned that you should try to keep a menace at least 3 CP from 8 to make sure that "accidents" do not occur, because the RNG always seems to mess with you at your weakest point.

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Lady Sapho Byron
Lady Sapho Byron
Posts: 556

12/27/2017
Selected the wrong mood on a mood card. Now my mood is >:-(

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Slyblue
Slyblue
Posts: 203

12/30/2017
Me: I don't want to give up my dreams! And I'm not going to pick the safe option! Waah!

Also me:


Poet-Laureate who? I don't know her. And at this rate, I never will.

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Canvas Blank
Canvas Blank
Posts: 27

12/30/2017
I discarded AT LEAST 3 Mood cards. It's worth mentioning that I've had insane luck with them and used one for every stat on the road to PoSI, including one that brought Watchful to 100 and made me draw the Ambitious Barrister card (5 in total). I've started playing in July, so that's at least 8 Mood cards in 6 months.
I got rid of the plant on level 10 by accident.
Felt lucky and lost 3 buckets of Lacre by trying to use them with the Semiotic Monocle (70% is a good chance, isn't it? Who has the time to study that pesky Correspondence?).
Marked some of the best favor-raising common opportunity cards as useless and missed out on too many favors and renown.
Y'know, the standard stuff.

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JimmyTMalice
JimmyTMalice
Posts: 236

12/30/2017
I got rid of a level 17 plant once.

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Jimmy T. Malice, gone.

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Siankan
Siankan
Posts: 523

12/30/2017
I've been holding two mood cards for weeks in preparation for my final sprint to Courier's Footprint. (No, I haven't discarded them--yet.) The last piece in my plan was the Magnificent Feast from Christmas.

So, naturally, I entirely forgot about the Advent Calendar on Christmas Day, and not remembered that fact until just now. It is, of course, too late.

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Polite Society
Polite Society
Posts: 25

12/30/2017
Now I know many people will have tales of wondrous woe that will shock and awe many readers of this thread, however I just took a wander to the Cave of the Nadir and was greeted by a card to get a vial of tears of the Bazaar for a steep price of 7 taste of Lacre. Ok, says I, I have 10 taste and 2 pails, so let's do this for a prize of something I don't know what it does, but it sure sounds fancy.

So I get the tears, then open up a pail and gaze into it with my Semiotic Monocle, because that's what you do with weird spacecrab misery-snow. After weeks of scrupulous learning and research I had become a wise wizard in all things Correspondance, so with a 90% chance I figured 'this should be ok - all those nights dunking my head in buckets when my hair caught on fire will pay off'.

You have failed a Scholar of the Correspondance Check

Touche, Fallen London, touche.

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Six Handed Merchant
Six Handed Merchant
Posts: 96

1/1/2018
My latest woe is a failure born of roleplaying. (Or rather, my failure to realize my character.)

In game, I have spent the last several months grinding all the Renoun needed to open a salon. I am now 1 favor away from completing it!

However, while roleplaying The Six Handed Merchant with other people, I have come to realize how immensely kindhearted Six is. In all the months that I have played Six, their Magnanimous had shot up to 10 in the first few weeks and stayed there, never falling once.

That's when I realized: The Six Handed Merchant wouldn't open a salon, they would open an orphanage!

Which means this is what actually happened:

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The Six Handed Merchant was beaming: everything had fallen into place. After months of renovations and endless string-pulling, Six's very own salon would finally open!! Soon they would be sipping warm brandy while weaving new theories together with the greatest minds in London!

Six wandered through their gleaming new salon, straightening out books and moving chairs until everything was perfect. That was when Six noticed the extra tablecloth thrown into a corner. The workers must have forgotten it.

It was at that moment that the tablecloth started to move.

Six approached the tablecloth cautiously and poked it with the tip of their cane. The tablecloth rolled, and a tiny girl poked her head out of the pile of crimson fabric.

"Please forgive me Sir- er, Madam- er, yes. I will go without making any fuss, but may I keep this here blanket? They threw it away because it was torn, and I am so cold..."

Six just stared at the kid. Outside, the lacre began to fall.

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Six doused the last oil lamp in their gleaming new salon. Everything was in place. The chairs had been removed, and every couch now had two small children sleeping on them, nestled under piles of warm tablecloths.

The Six Handed Merchant sighed to themselves, "I will have to get new furniture in the morning."

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In other words, Six is now the proud owner of an Orphanage.

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    Siankan
    Siankan
    Posts: 523

    1/2/2018
    Six Handed Merchant wrote:
    In other words, Six is now the proud owner of an Orphanage.

    I think you put this in the wrong place. This is obviously an outstanding achievement. Props for knowing (and following) your character.

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    Six Handed Merchant
    Six Handed Merchant
    Posts: 96

    1/2/2018
    Siankan wrote:
    I think you put this in the wrong place. This is obviously an outstanding achievement. Props for knowing (and following) your character.


    Story wise, maybe. But mechanically, it was really painful!! I spent months of grinding for renown, finagling a membership into the Parthenaeum, half a dozen POSI-level items from the Bazaar Side-Streets....and I was only waiting on one last Society favor when I relented and canned the project and sold the Bazaar Side-Street items to pay for grubby urchins.

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    Six's Mantlepiece (I am available for roleplaying and SAs. My schedule is pretty full, so please PM me first to work out the details.)
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    Amsfield
    Amsfield
    Posts: 176

    1/2/2018
    Six Handed Merchant wrote:

    Story wise, maybe... SNIP ...and sold the Bazaar Side-Street items to pay for grubby urchins.

    Ouch, that must have stung a little, but such dedication to RP is immensely commendable. I'd still consider it a triumph, albeit of art over convenience.

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