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Hannah Flynn
Hannah Flynn
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3/31/2016




The Stags fall to their knees - all save one, who holds up the antlered crown of their Ragged King.


Delicious friends, April's Exceptional Story is here!


The Young Stags - favourite haunt of the young, rich and idle - are holding a lottery! Their secretive Ragged King is weary, and they require a temporary sovereign to reign over them for seven days.


Enjoy the privileges of rule and uncover the truth behind the Stags in this tale of sovereignty, mystery-rites, and political corruption.


Play An Exceptional Story: the Ragged King to begin.


The Seven-Day Reign was written by Chris Gardiner. Editing, QA and special thanks: James Chew, Adam Myers, Olivia Wood and Sam Partridge. Guest art by Carly Trowbridge.


The Seven-Day Reign is the second story in our Family Ties season, which completes next month. If you have played all three stories in the season, you will be eligible for an additional opportunity


Please remember to be liberal with your use of spoiler tags when discussing this story. If you're unsure whether something is a spoiler, use the tag! Here's a reminder of our position on spoilers and guidance.


In addition to a new, substantial, stand-alone story every month, Exceptional Friends enjoy:
  • Access to the House of Chimes: an exclusive private member's club on the Stolen River, packed with content!
  • An expanded opportunity deck: of ten cards instead of six!
  • A second candle: Twice the actions! 40 at once!

(To retain this story for playing at a later date, you must play through the related storylet inside the House of Chimes. This will save it from the monthly changeover.)

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Robin Alexander
Robin Alexander
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3/31/2016
An interesting story.

I absolutely adore the art; I really can't express how much I loved the new art used, which was absolutely lovely. I didn't care too much for the story, however, but it wasn't badly written at all . . . more just that the topic was one I was more indifferent about, and the characters weren't ones I felt invested about. Just waiting to complete the story now [spoiler](not too keen on the opportunity card to do that, but that's a mechanic I've always been a bit iffy about in exceptional stories, to be fair, especially when used to complete a story).[/spoiler]

Thanks for the FBG team for all their hard work again.

Looking forward to the next story smile

Edit: Pretty surprised by the ending reward 0_0 I did earn some cool stuff throughout, I'll admit, but was expecting a lot more than what was given. I'm not too disappointed, as - like I said - I gained something else not long before, but . . . maybe the two rewards ought to be switched, if the previous one was meant to be the 'big' one? The one I got feels anti-climatic in comparison XD



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suinicide
suinicide
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3/31/2016
Can someone tell me if entering the king's gallary ends the story?

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Chris Gardiner
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3/31/2016
suinicide wrote:
Can someone tell me if entering the king's gallary ends the story?

No - just the Case you're doing.
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Estelle Knoht
Estelle Knoht
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3/31/2016
I enjoyed it! I especially liked how the All Shall Be Well choice is used; much more perilous and thrilling compared to the one in Flint. The Family Ties theme is very much front-and-center, and the Stags get pretty chilling in contrast. (Not sure how well it works if you have the generic protege in place instead.) There's a bunch of old faces resurfacing, too, but I am surprised that of all things it refers to, Cut with Moonlight is not one of them.

On the flip side, it's perhaps a bit too luck-dependent towards the end, and it is both abrupt and I was hoping for a bigger follow-up to it. You get to learn about the Stags, but you aren't quite allowed to react to it, strangely, compared to the other stories. (I got really lucky and ended with 6 Head Start despite having a balanced set of reigns.)

Another nit-picking: I found it a bit tiring to repeatedly go back-and-froth between Ladybones and other locations for each action. Seems to me it'd be nicer if the 6 options are just folded into the storylet at Ladybones.
edited by Estelle Knoht on 3/31/2016
edited by Estelle Knoht on 3/31/2016

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Kade Carrion (an_ocelot)
Kade Carrion (an_ocelot)
Posts: 1349

3/31/2016
Small mechanics note for the early goings:

[spoiler]If you're a completist, there was one option in the Spite-Veilgarden-Watchmaker's Hill set that I wasn't able to complete -- I suppose it might unlock after I do something else, of course -- but prioritize among them just to be safe.[/spoiler]

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Parelle
Parelle
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3/31/2016
Out of my own curiousity, is there any difference in the story if you are a member of the young stags yourself?

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rahv7
rahv7
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3/31/2016
I have seen that one of the options in the first storylet requires *Inconvenienced by Your Aunt* > 10. I was planning on purchasing the extended "Aunt"-storyline soon and now I'm wondering if it's worth to play the Aunt storyline first for that one option?

I suspect it's just a minor detail and doesn't really matter but could someone please confirm/deny?

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The Duke of Waltham
The Duke of Waltham
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3/31/2016
Judging from the art alone, I'm waiting for the Game of Thrones jokes to begin—which I've probably just rendered unfunny, so you may as well not bother unless they're really good.

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suinicide
suinicide
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3/31/2016
Parelle wrote:
Out of my own curiousity, is there any difference in the story if you are a member of the young stags yourself?


No difference, but it does unlock a new option that gives some small backstory.

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Jermaine Vendredi
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3/31/2016
The story in Veilgarden appeared and completed okay, but there is no sign of anything in Spite or Watchmaker's Hill -- are those parts card-based?

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Kivrin Neverwinter
Kivrin Neverwinter
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3/31/2016
Jermaine Vendredi wrote:
The story in Veilgarden appeared and completed okay, but there is no sign of anything in Spite or Watchmaker's Hill -- are those parts card-based?


Go back to Ladybones and do some more ruling! Spite and Watchmaker's Hill reopen as the week progresses.

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Also: August Reave, whose quest for knowledge tends to drive him mad or dead or both, at least once a week.
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dov
dov
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3/31/2016
I haven't started this story myself yet, but I just wanted to note that with this month's story we've now completed a year of Exceptional Stories - which started at May 2015 with the Haunting at the Marsh-House, and includes 11 stories (Flint taking 2 months).

Many thanks to FBG for all the unique content and experiences.
Here's to another year of stories!
(raises a cup of Cider)

p.s.
I would love to hear sometime from FBG's perspective how the whole Exceptional Friends and Exceptional Stories approach have worked out for them, and whether it has met their goals of more predictable revenue stream.

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Kaigen
Kaigen
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3/31/2016
I've only just started and I'm already nervous about what the consequences might be for my daughter. Which is a fabulous bit of writing to sneak a drop of menace into such a nominally innocuous group.

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absimiliard
absimiliard
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3/31/2016
Chuffy is such a petty and spiteful creature. I'm quite worried about how my Aunt shall do in the company of the Young Stags now that she won their blasted lottery.

*Absimiliard pauses in thought for the briefest of moments*

Then again, perhaps it is them I should feel pity for, this is my "Aunt" after all.....

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Kylestien
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3/31/2016
[spoiler]I debated long and hard over whether or not to tip over the Cauldren, or sneak off to try and offer better support. Then I went "Screw it, she's my adopted daughter" and tipped the lot. Worth it.[/spoiler]

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mnemosius
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3/31/2016
There's something quite delightful about the little thrill I get every time I see the "Will all be well?" choice. I definitely enjoy the added risk element, that's for sure.

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Kylestien
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3/31/2016
I must admit, while I took All Shall Be Well, I AM curious what would occur if you picked the risker option and failed...

[spoiler]Would your Daughter/Aunt really be eaten? Would you lose that massive gain from Refreh Actions? Can I kill each and every last Stag for doing it? [/spoiler]

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Kade Carrion (an_ocelot)
Kade Carrion (an_ocelot)
Posts: 1349

3/31/2016
Minor bug:

I picked my Aunt at the opening storylet, but my daughter to win the lottery; my daughter was properly named in FL proper (e.g. "You watch your Daughter stand"), but my Aunt is appearing in the echoes. (and then in some places it's my protege, who I never picked!)
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Estelle Knoht
Estelle Knoht
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3/31/2016
Kylestien wrote:
I must admit, while I took All Shall Be Well, I AM curious what would occur if you picked the risker option and failed...


Yes, it is in the instruction that this is a permanent loss, whether you betray them or failed. No, I didn't pick that, because why would you? It doesn't seem like the Flint kind of risk where you can just get another either.

Ocelot: For the majority of the story, the identity of the Sovereign is handled like Addressed As. In fact, some of the echoes will have "Possessive" and "0" instead, so it is pretty much a gendertitle thing, save for a few character-specific storylet for the daughter and aunt.
edited by Estelle Knoht on 3/31/2016

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