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April’s Exceptional Story: The Murgatroyd Formula Messages in this topic - RSS

Holden
Holden
Posts: 22

4/10/2018
This Exceptional Story was quite charming, but also felt... mm... very, very brief, almost breezy. While every Exceptional Story doesn't have to have a ton of depth, high stakes, gripping story, exciting lore reveals, or cool rewards, I'm left feeling a bit high and dry that this ES didn't have -any- of those things. I met a couple of neat characters, made a few simple decisions, and came away with a bottle of Fourth City Airag, which puts me one incremental step closer to that Vial of M_st_r's Bl__d at least.

Hoping we get something really toothy to cap off the season.

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curtistruffle
curtistruffle
Posts: 122

4/12/2018
Just finished a story, and feel quite amused with it. There were interesting choices and complicated characters within, and I encountered an interesting fragment of Neath lore (I had a theory before that Mr. Murgatroyd is a sentient business-blemmigan abomination like a rubbery enterpreneur at society party card).

[spoiler]Finked a moon-milk smuggler to constables, used Harriette's vial, gave away Tabitha to father, persuaded both to follow their aspirations. Got a couple Moves in Great Game and an Airag![/spoiler]

Especially loved a decent space for roleplay, even if most choices changed nothing.

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Shaerys
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4/12/2018
Optimatum wrote:
Here's two of the results for asking with the charisma tonic active. Did anyone ask about getting a job yourself?

Yup, echoed here.

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Pnakotic
Pnakotic
Posts: 225

4/13/2018
Writing was good, but the story mechanics weren't, and it's an overall experience I'd rather blot from my characters history than be stuck with. Mechanically this ranks down with Our Lady of Pyres, the (broken) Seven Day Reign, and the (also broken) Sinking Synod for stories that have most frustrated me with just getting unsatisfying grab-bag results out of what should have been very fun storylets given the interesting and engaging character writing and plot elements.

The "they will do the same/opposite of what you tell them" ending spoiler is also pretty crap, and it spoils any "roleplay" that could come out of the whole jumble by setting a very obvious way to game final results. In the end I played everything straight and now everyone can miserably scrape for a few more years hoping mushroom tycoon will remember their names again someday.

I should burn the whole damn place to the ground and sell Murgatroyd to the special constables to hang by his heels in New Newgate until lacre-day. Lord knows I have the resources... just no storylet options to anything but fumble in the dark like a blind pig.

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Catherine Raymond
Catherine Raymond
Posts: 2109

4/13/2018
Pnakotic wrote:
Writing was good, but the story mechanics weren't, and it's an overall experience I'd rather blot from my characters history than be stuck with. Mechanically this ranks down with Our Lady of Pyres, the (broken) Seven Day Reign, and the (also broken) Sinking Synod for stories that have most frustrated me with just getting unsatisfying grab-bag results out of what should have been very fun storylets given the interesting and engaging character writing and plot elements.

The "they will do the same/opposite of what you tell them" ending spoiler is also pretty crap, and it spoils any "roleplay" that could come out of the whole jumble by setting a very obvious way to game final results. In the end I played everything straight and now everyone can miserably scrape for a few more years hoping mushroom tycoon will remember their names again someday.

I should burn the whole damn place to the ground and sell Murgatroyd to the special constables to hang by his heels in New Newgate until lacre-day. Lord knows I have the resources... just no storylet options to anything but fumble in the dark like a blind pig.


I suspect the "they will do the opposite of what you tell them"ending was implemented to avoid player complaints about not getting the result they expected from particular choices.

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Skinnyman
Skinnyman
Posts: 1475

4/25/2018
My usual reminder to unlock this story if you haven't already.
~26 hours left!

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dov
dov
Posts: 2461

5/9/2018
Again, a bit late:

This was a lovely little story. No real high-stakes, but really well-defined and likable characters.

I liked the various options there (betray or keep each sister's trust both with each other and with their father). It was a nice touch that at the end you can use reverse psychology with the sister who *doesn't* trust you by advising her the "wrong" thing, knowing she'd do the opposite.

The one thing which I disliked was that when choosing what to do with the Moon-Milk the options were to "destroy" or "keep", but in fact choosing "keep" really means "bring it to Tabitha as she's requested, which was *not* my intention.

I also could have used a bit more text when turning in the Moon-Milk dealer to the constables.

Personal ranking of all Exceptional Stories:
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Excellent:
  • Lost in Reflections
  • Cut with Moonlight
  • Hojotoho!
  • The Frequently Deceased
  • The Waltz that Moved the World
  • Steeped in Honey
  • Flint
  • All Things Must End
  • The Century Exhibition
  • The Twelve-Fifteen From Moloch Street
  • The Persona Engine
  • Where You and I Must Go
  • The Sinking Synod
  • The Attendants

Good:
  • The Murgatroyd Formula
  • Lamentation Lock
  • The Web of the Motherlings
  • The Pentecost Predicament
  • The Calendar Code
  • The Art of Murder
  • The Chimney Pot Wars
  • The Final Curtain
  • The Heart, the Devil and the Zee
  • Our Lady of Pyres
  • The Clay Man's Arm
  • Five Minutes to Midday
  • Discernment
  • The Haunting at the Marsh House
  • The Pursuit of Moths
  • Factory of Favours

Meh:
  • Trial and Error
  • The Last Dog Society
  • The Seven-Day Reign
  • The Court of Cats

Terrible:
  • The Stone Guest

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Dudebro Pyro
Dudebro Pyro
Posts: 588

5/15/2018
Out of curiosity, what happens if you mix the formulae? I really want to do it but everyone (including the game) keeps saying it's bad.

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suinicide
suinicide
Posts: 2403

5/15/2018
Nothing will happen, but you will later call Mr Murgytroyd bald.

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Dudebro Pyro
Dudebro Pyro
Posts: 588

5/15/2018
Oh, awesome!

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Aardvark
Aardvark
Posts: 65

6/4/2018
I realize my question comes a little late, but do any of you fine people know what options you have if you don't betray the sisters to one another by taking the ruthless options? Will you still be able to motivate Tabitha into leaving and Harriet to approach her father with her revelation?
They seem like such nice ladies that I wouldn't want to endanger their relationship and abuse their trust...

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Dudebro Pyro
Dudebro Pyro
Posts: 588

6/5/2018
I'm pretty sure I kept all their secrets safe (and mixed the formulae, favouring neither) and still had the full complement of choices for both of them at the end. My memory isn't 100% crisp on this, but I'd be surprised if it was otherwise.

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