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FBG Intern
FBG Intern
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22 days ago

Delicious friends, the Exceptional Story for February is here!



The Tournament of Toasts! The greatest cricket match of the season! And the perfect opportunity for Benthic and Summerset College to tear each other to pieces! Grab a bat, grab a drink, but keep your wits sharp: the stakes are higher than they seem.

Cricket, Anyone? is the third story in the Season of Hobbies, and was written by Chandler Groover. This season will give you the opportunity to spend time with Londoners at their leisure. You can begin each from the Season of Hobbies card.

Editing, design and QA: James Chew and Olivia Wood.

Art by: Paul Arendt

EXCEPTIONAL FRIENDSHIP


In addition to a new, substantial, stand-alone story every month, Exceptional Friends enjoy:

Access to the House of Chimes: an exclusive private members’ 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!
Finishing all three stories in the Season of Hobbies will make you eligible for an additional opportunity, to follow.

If you want to keep an Exceptional Story beyond the month it’s for, you must complete the related storylet in the current Season’s card throughout London. This will save it for you to return to another time.
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Skinnyman
Skinnyman
Posts: 1682

22 days ago
Well, now, welcome, delicious, welcome! This new ES really sounds interesting and it's nice to see some action involving our academic factions.

But may I ask where's Absintheuse? smile

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babelfishwars
babelfishwars
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Posts: 1124

22 days ago
Manning the Sunless Skies fort. smile

This is a *very* big day for us.


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Jolanda Swan
Jolanda Swan
Posts: 1083

22 days ago
Wonderful story so far - I bought two extra candles. Lovely writing.
I am a bit worried I am not timing my choices right, but we will only know at the end, I suppose.

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Ixc
Ixc
Posts: 262

22 days ago
Uhh... the art makes me think this cricket player has seen some things
edited by Ixc on 1/31/2019
edited by Ixc on 1/31/2019

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Out of the night that covers me,
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I thank whatever gods may be
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Skinnyman
Skinnyman
Posts: 1682

22 days ago
Ixc wrote:
Uhh... the art makes me think this cricket player has seen some things
Or ready for some other things!

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I am accepting Plant battles, Neath's Mysteries card, Starveling Cats and boxed cats.
No suppers, no second chances gain and no need to cure my menaces!
Achievement list if you're feeling bored!
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Tintinnabulum
Tintinnabulum
Posts: 28

22 days ago
I've unlocked this but haven't started it yet-- just wanted to say that I saw the phrase "Grab a bat", and then realized-- once cricket was mentioned (since in the game that comes later in the description)-- 'oh, that kind of bat.' Though who knows, maybe cricket's evolved a bit since the Fall.
edited by Tintinnabulum on 1/31/2019

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Hattington
Hattington
Posts: 120

22 days ago
Due to actions shortages and my timezones, I'm still in the middle of the storyline and will have to complete it tomorrow. Having said that, three interactions have given me enough of an opinion to comment:

"How would you like to be our cricket player?"
"Why ME?"
"Because! Now off you go, it's time for the game!"
"I do not want to do this. I literally tried to punch out your missing player earlier today. I have no reason to be invested in your team's victory, and based on the available facts I know you and your rival as a bunch of busybodies annoyed a woman who was supposed to win your game of cricket for you has gone mad"
"I'm counting on you! I've got a real good feeling about you!"
"I'm going to toast to myself"
"Good man!"

"Ah, hello sir. Yes you, an ostensibly unqualified citizen, have caught the police rummaging through your private property. I will neither summon heavily armed, thuggish reinforcements as is the stereotype for constables nor attempt to make this offer sound anymore appealing or unique as an opportunity than civic duty dictates. But would you, unqualified citizen, like to commit espionage on our behalf? Espionage is fun, all the cool kids are doing it! It's so much fun I clearly did not think mine through before breaking into your house!"
"Go away"
"Have a nice evening, sir"

"Hello, I am a devil. I'm going to teach you cricket now"
"...I appear to be experiencing physical wounds. Why is this happening. This is not supposed to be a full contact sport"
"I AM a devil"


That I am deeply, deeply unsure about how I got involved or why I should be invested in the ongoing events. I'm probably just going to hit Blemmigans the whole game, whatever the Correspondence scribblings in whatsherface's room turn out to be about.

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Tyrconnell
Tyrconnell
Posts: 234

22 days ago
Tintinnabulum wrote:
I've unlocked this but haven't started it yet-- just wanted to say that I saw the phrase "Grab a bat", and then realized-- once cricket was mentioned (since in the game that comes later in the description)-- 'oh, that kind of bat.' Though who knows, maybe cricket's evolved a bit since the Fall.
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Where are my sodding crickets?

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PSGarak
PSGarak
Posts: 638

22 days ago
Tintinnabulum wrote:
I've unlocked this but haven't started it yet-- just wanted to say that I saw the phrase "Grab a bat", and then realized-- once cricket was mentioned (since in the game that comes later in the description)-- 'oh, that kind of bat.' Though who knows, maybe cricket's evolved a bit since the Fall.

Cricket and Bats go together like a different type of crickets and a different type of bats. Either way, crunching and cracking.

I assume so, anyways. Not a lot of first-hand experience, or even second-hand. Now I understand how the rest of the world feels about the celebrations we're preparing for the gridiron hand-egg final on Sunday.

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Gallmarch
Gallmarch
Posts: 103

22 days ago
I absolutely loved this one. The structure, the pacing, and the sense of place are excellent. It's no surprise that Chandler is also an Inform author — the way that the story requires you to explore and retrace your steps feels very Inform-like. I enjoyed the match, as well as what happened afterwards.

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Great Pigmeat
Great Pigmeat
Posts: 13

22 days ago
I'm afraid the Benthic college team will be terribly let down by me; All I want to do is get drunk and throw blemmigans at people.
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Catherine Raymond
Catherine Raymond
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22 days ago
Great Pigmeat wrote:
I'm afraid the Benthic college team will be terribly let down by me; All I want to do is get drunk and throw blemmigans at people.




Nah, that's probably what most of the Benthic team does after a game, anyway. You'll fit in just fine. ;-)

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Jolanda Swan
Jolanda Swan
Posts: 1083

22 days ago
Loved it to the end - especially the end.
Despite some gripes.


-FINALLY, FINALLY I got to use Courier's footrpint in a story and it was worth. every. action. of the grind. When we complain that Poet Laureate and Courier's Fooprint is not celebrated enough at the end of the grind... this is the culmination to look for. I wish it wasn't locked behind a Fate story, but I am happy I finally got to have it.
-This was London at its most alive: sporting events, factions, fun, a view of the whole city, things you did mentioned casually, visitors from India, bats all over the place, librarians, blemmigans going around. I think it was the first time that, instead of focusing on a single Thing (like rubberies, or servants, or zee travel), you felt like someone who has partaken of everyhting that London has to offer and brought a bit of everything to the table. The city felt whole, and your character felt complete. No small feat on behalf of the writer.

-Loved the zero actions it took to wander around the game. The opposite would have been crushing, but this felt just right.
-Loved that we got to use Wings-of-Thunder and even the Bat with Attitude for those of us who had one.
-I would have preferred an explanation of why Benthic chose me; I mean, just the fact I expertly avoided the (wooden) bat swinging for my face would have been reason enough. Not to mention everything else that happened with me at the center, including the epilogue. As a Paramount Presence I can see why Jolanda was at the epicenter of all this, but for someone at the beginning of their FL career, a minor excuse would work better than 'it just has to be you' - even if certain qualities allowed for a different explanation later on.

-Just wondering: is it possible for someone to just play cricket and get drunk, and not get involved in any sleuthing at all? It does seem likely, though of course it would not be much of a story...
-The Broken Word is MINE. I am not giving it away, and I would love to know why would anyone do that. Having said that... Renown is supposed to be the one quality that never goes down. I can see how choosing to keep the item in question would cost you all your favors with either faction, or some Connected: Masters... but renown with them should increase, not decrease (which should never happen anyway, in my opinion).
-Did I say the word is MINE? And mine alone?
edited by Jolanda Swan on 1/31/2019

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MidnightVoyager
MidnightVoyager
Posts: 780

22 days ago
Jolanda Swan wrote:
Having said that... Renown is supposed to be the one quality that never goes down. I can see how choosing to keep the item in question would cost you all your favors with either faction, or some Connected: Masters... but renown with them should increase, not decrease (which should never happen anyway, in my opinion).
-Did I say the word is MINE? And mine alone?
edited by Jolanda Swan on 1/31/2019

A renown decrease? uuuggggHHGHHHHH

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Ixc
Ixc
Posts: 262

22 days ago
The only thing missing from this story is the ability to use Mr. Pages’ Christmas gift as a bat. Oh, and some of my memories.
edited by Ixc on 2/1/2019

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Pleased to meet you. Ixc, spy and detective. Inventor of the Correspondence Cannon.
Are you a Paramount Presence? Record your name here. For posterity, of course.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
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Azothi
Azothi
Posts: 382

22 days ago
Out of curiosity, which Faction(s) sees a Renown decrease?

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Jolanda Swan
Jolanda Swan
Posts: 1083

22 days ago
You are very explicitly told that, before you make a choice, and it is only one choice out of four - every other choice increases Renown. I can PM you the answer if you still want it! (cannot apply the spoiler tag)

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Omega8520
Omega8520
Posts: 102

22 days ago
This ES is amazing. It is probably the most well written ES for quite a while, and it's mechanically amazing as well. Everything ties in together, rarely used qualities and items get a chance to play, and it reveals/confirms a little more of the deep lore. I aboslutely loved it, and am proud to keep my new BiS weapon.

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The Stranger Man
The Stranger Man
Posts: 21

22 days ago
Having just finished the story, the detail involved was splendid, with the story fully taking advantage of the richness of the setting. Many times an ES, even a good ES, feels very isolated in its existence. Good ESs take advantage of this and build off of that isolation, typically ones involving boat trips or other travels (12:15 to Hell and Lost in Reflections are other examples). Bad ESs are typically a slight too mundane, and so you have nothing to distract from the railed nature of the story.
The potential renown drop at the end (you prob. know where) is really perturbing because renown isn't meant to work like Connected did, but I will say the ending was superb overall, and I at least I finally got to use SotC 21.
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