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2 min ago
Topic:
Bat with Attitude sources?

Azothi
Azothi
Posts: 559
Jermaine Vendredi wrote:
The bat one offers a Great Game favour, of course. Anyone who has read Phryne's guide to favours and renown would be aware of that.
I mean, that's part of the problem, isn't it? Because if you play it for the Great Game favour every time, you have a 0% chance of having a Bat with Attitude.

Jermaine Vendredi wrote:
Bats are also useful during zee voyages, so ship owners would know about them, too, and that will be all POSI players.
But that's not always the best option for zee voyages. The option to "Take advantage" gets you to your destination faster. If you correspond with other scholars, you lose bats as well. I decided after a few trips that it just wasn't worth it.

Jermaine Vendredi wrote:
There have also been options to exchange bats at festivals in the past. So it seems an entirely reasonable assumption on Failbetter's part that anyone who has played for a while would be aware of the existence of bats and possibly have the required variant.
I've got to admit that I don't remember exchanging bats at festivals, and I haven't found that in the wiki.

Jermaine Vendredi wrote:
Ambitions are also designed to be played over a longish period; stat requirements see to that. Given that they were all within a couple of chapters of being completed, I assume the players of these final portions are fairly late game. So again, time enough to know about bats and perhaps acquire what is necessary.
This proposal ignores players - including late-game players - who don't have a Bat with Attitude, though. We exist.
edited by Azothi on 1/20/2020
1 hours ago
Topic:
Bat with Attitude sources?

Amalgamate
Amalgamate
Posts: 371
I got a bat with attitude, but that was back before the favors/renown conversion. If I remember then, the option that had a chance to give a bat with attitude was more profitable somehow, and so I played it for a while, up until the late game?


I got a second one recently, from just playing that card a few times since it was discussed. Felt almost bad TBH, because Nemesis isn't my ambition at the moment.

Anyway, I think I agree that the real problem is that there's a good chance someone can't figure out how to get a "Bat with attitude" without going on wiki or forums or discord.

I'm curious whether there's anything in the Light Fingers conclusion which will be like that. I don't expect it would be a problem if there were, I've probably collected most of the collectibles around, and I don't think I'd mind a few weeks of card-draw or whatever to grab an extra item. (On the other hand, if I had to lose stats, THAT I would mind, because at that point I'll be overcapped and then Flint-overcapped with my dangerous).
edited by Amalgamate on 1/20/2020
2 hours ago
Topic:
Bat with Attitude sources?

Jermaine Vendredi
Jermaine Vendredi
Posts: 571
When I started playing (around 4 years ago now), I found the bazaar quite appealing and over time, picked up a wealth of bits and bobs, including most of the beasties. I wanted to explore all the denizens of the place where I found myself. It seemed the obvious thing to do -- to find out what each of them did, if anything. Some I ditched again (lizard), some I kept for the cards.

The bat one offers a Great Game favour, of course. Anyone who has read Phryne's guide to favours and renown would be aware of that. Bats are also useful during zee voyages, so ship owners would know about them, too, and that will be all POSI players.

There have also been options to exchange bats at festivals in the past. So it seems an entirely reasonable assumption on Failbetter's part that anyone who has played for a while would be aware of the existence of bats and possibly have the required variant.

Ambitions are also designed to be played over a longish period; stat requirements see to that. Given that they were all within a couple of chapters of being completed, I assume the players of these final portions are fairly late game. So again, time enough to know about bats and perhaps acquire what is necessary.

Having said all that, this is not my ambition. In fact, I decided that playing long stories I find hard to remember over time is not the way I enjoy FL at all, so mine is stuck fairly close to the beginning.

If FB does offer the option to send bats out, I'll be happy to oblige with my little flock.
2 hours ago
Topic:
Which fate locked story has...certain information?

Meradine Heidenreich
Meradine Heidenreich
Posts: 440
You may want to take a look at my scrapbook...
2 hours ago
Topic:
Noman Melt-Rate Tracking, 2020

CameoAppearance
CameoAppearance
Posts: 145
What's the current cost at the Wicket? I haven't started mine yet because I lost track of time.
5 hours ago
Topic:
Which fate locked story has...certain information?

AbsolxGuardian
AbsolxGuardian
Posts: 28
Azothi wrote:
"Lost in Reflections" gives the aforementioned quality with the Finishing School tie-in, and in case you weren't aware, there's a limit of one spoiler tag per post due to forum architecture.



Ah thank you. I'll purchase that tomorrow then. As for the spoiler tags, I think the first spoiler has more merit, so that will be the one I leave in. Let's hope the mods don't get upset.
5 hours ago
Topic:
Which fate locked story has...certain information?

Azothi
Azothi
Posts: 559
"Lost in Reflections" gives the aforementioned quality with the Finishing School tie-in, and in case you weren't aware, there's a limit of one spoiler tag per post due to forum architecture.
5 hours ago
Topic:
Which fate locked story has...certain information?

AbsolxGuardian
AbsolxGuardian
Posts: 28
So the fifth city wiki says that there is reason to believe that the 6th city will be Paris. I also found a locked option in Sinning Jenny's finishing school that
[spoiler] hints at there being a story where I can see a vision of a Paris that is yet to be. [/spoiler]

I would like to see this evidence for myself. Unless there's another story I should be perusing, it is likely that this information is fate locked. I've already tried the likely suspects. But Empress' Shadow and the Gift didn't show me what I seek.

So what story should I purchase next, so I can see this evidence and implications with my own eyes?
edited by AbsolxGuardian on 1/20/2020
5 hours ago
Topic:
Correspondents making Orphanage calls!

AbsolxGuardian
AbsolxGuardian
Posts: 28
the old man wrote:
AbsolxGuardian wrote:
Which orphanage is this? Is it the one from the Empress' Shadow, because I never saw anything there where I could invite someone. What story is this from?

in the handsome town house lodgings, you can choose to make a salon or an orphanage.

Ah thank you! I'll be sure to look into that!
9 hours ago
Topic:
Weekly Fallen London Questions, 13/01/2020

Azothi
Azothi
Posts: 559
Ixc wrote:
About a week or two ago, someone was posting to ask for donations of First City Coins for a (if I remember correctly) costly venture. Does anybody have a link to that forum post?
That would be Siegron's project of Mr Tears.
9 hours ago
Topic:
Weekly Fallen London Questions, 13/01/2020

Ixc
Ixc
Posts: 323
About a week or two ago, someone was posting to ask for donations of First City Coins for a (if I remember correctly) costly venture. Does anybody have a link to that forum post?
9 hours ago
Topic:
The Goosey Gazette

Frogvarian
Frogvarian
Posts: 85
The Goosey Gazette turns one today!

Or, technically, one and a week - however, it is precisely a year since the very first edition had been published.

I would like to say many thanks to everyone who has submitted over this year, it would be quite literally impossible to lift of if it weren't for you.

In some exciting news, we have a website now! Go check it out:
https://gooseygazette.art.blog

Exciting stuff! The site is, of course, heavily under construction, so pardon the look of it.
9 hours ago
Topic:
The Goosey Gazette

Frogvarian
Frogvarian
Posts: 85
-------------------------------------- Editorial --------------------------------------

The passage of time truly is a bewildering concept when one wills to give it thought. Not in the way where it might lack sense, rather in the way of the human mind being unequipped to fully comprehend Time’s full quirks and reaches. A month, at times, might feel like a week. A month, often, might feel like the full extend of a year. A year, rarely, might feel like no time had passed at all.

No matter subjectives or unperceivable truths, there is objectiveness to the comparative length of a year. 12 months; 52 weeks; 365 days; 8,760 hours; 525,600 minutes; 31,536,000 seconds. Today’s is the 53rd edition of our humble paper. A year in the making, truly, and all of it impossible without the help of London’s artistic community.

In the darkness of the Neath still shine lights. In the galleries, the theaters, the smoked back rooms of restaurants. There, brighter than the candles, the creativity of artists radiates luminous iridescence. It is our great honour and privilege to capture a bit of this glamour, to print it onto our pages, to share it with the rest of our remarkable city.

It is my hope that the Gazette has provided you dear readers with at least some amount of entertainment and, perhaps, an amount of joy as well.

We shall, of course, continue further on, and discover new reaches for our as well as your art to blossom within.

Best of regards,

R.


------------------------------------ Art of London ------------------------------------

Sun-Filled Stories, Chapter Three
Part II
by Cassius Mortemer

“Here we go again…” he whispered. He tried his best to remember the road he took yesterday. He hadn’t been focussing on the way at all. He was too busy asking questions and watching the Devil’s reactions.

He had passed four horse statues (or the same statue four times?) and finally admitted to himself that he had no idea where he was going. Perhaps he should’ve looked for a guide instead? He sat on the edge of what might’ve been a broken statue. Or a fancy rock. He didn’t care, he was too busy moping.

He unfolded the little sketch he drew of the Devil. He had only met the man yesterday. Do the soulless normally get this attached to the devil that takes their soul? Do devils usually rush an Abstraction? He had a friend who got hounded by a devil for weeks before he finally attempted an Abstraction. The devil failed, of course.


A shadow passed over his sketch, making it hard to see. Someone was standing before him. The Author’s gaze shot up, and he locked eyes with a pair of sulphur-fire blue eyes. The man was grinning cruelly at him. It took the Author a moment to recognise the Churlish Devil, who had nearly made him an Infernal Hunt participant the day before.

The Author sprang to his feet but the Churlish Devil planted a hand on his shoulder, pushing him back down.
“Now, now, no need to rush...” he purred. “Where’s your little friend?”
The Author didn’t say anything. He couldn’t, he wouldn’t, he didn’t want to. The Churlish Devil tightened his grip.
“It’s not nice to stare,” he said. It almost sounded like a threat.

The Author attempted to weasel out of the Devil’s grip. An awkward roll of the shoulder, a little shimmy to the side. The Devil didn’t hold on, instead watching him with idle interest. Like a cat watching a lizard wriggle and run before he tears its skin off with his fangs. He grabbed the Author by the collar before he could get too far away.

“I seem to recall your little friend breaking something of mine…” the Devil said, pulling the Author close. The Devil’s chest pressed to the Author’s back, and his free hand grabbing on to the Author’s bicep.
“Please let go of me…” the Author said. The Devil leaned his face close to the Author’s neck and took a deep breath. Every muscle in the Author’s body was telling him that now would be an excellent time to run, perhaps. Only for self-preservation purposes, of course.

The Churlish Devil hesitated… then started laughing.
“He took your soul, eh? Ha! Didn’t know he had it in him.” He roughly pushes the Author away, sending him stumbling. He caught himself, barely.

“Well, I no longer have any use for you. But that doesn’t mean my time would be wasted…” the Devil said. “I’ll give you a five second head start. If you get away, you’re safe. At least for some time. But if you don’t…” the Devil only smirked. The Author didn’t waste any time. He bolted before the Devil could say ‘go’.


(Un)Holy Night
by Chronic Dreamer

Two of my friends and I raced to the city center on bicycles, all of us having started from various points around the city. The brown multi-storied buildings were primarily of the Tudor style; a few modern sensibilities accented the buildings, such as shingled roofs and windows on the lower levels bastioned by iron bars. Other than the three of us, the city was desolate.

I had been the last one to arrive which made me the last to have my wish granted by The Crimson Beast. The building — that The Beast had propped their tent on the lawn of — towered over us with white columns and cold trim. Bearing a wide berth, it pushed all the other buildings away with well-groomed green. The building accented a much smaller white tent housing myriad musical instruments and mixing tables in which waited the wishing fairy (previously The Beast). Her violet hair floated freely as if in water and she drifted free from the shackles of gravity. She listened to one of my friends, the one who was the second to arrive. The first to arrive had already received their wish, and they were kept as a liquid in a tall-necked, deep-blue vase.

I already knew this was to be our fate; it had happened to me the previous time I had made a wish. That time, I was unaware of the process and shocked to find myself melted into a liquid and kept in a bottle. I watched as the universe around me slowly folded in on itself, molding itself to where my wish became the altered reality. For those around me, this was instantaneous; for me, I had to wait for the eternity to end and circle back to the point where I had uttered my wish.

When my second friend melted into the eternal liquid, I stepped up to make my wish. I joked with the fairy of how we had done this dance before and how I wanted a different wish, this time. Before I could express my wish, and after I had made the off comment, angels in sharp suits came into existence, seized me, and flew me away by my shoulders. They ferried me to the foyer of a drab office building, the whole place in a tumult.

Something evil had been re-born because of my wish, I had overheard. Ordinarily, they would have perceived each and every time the universe looped, and kept that evil under their watchful eyes and in their made prison. My wish, they did not know about. The evil being, called Noah by the angels, had been able to escape its imprisonment. During the singular point in time, the gap between where the previous universe ended and my wish universe began, Noah escaped its bonds with its will of wrath and gave itself birth in the new world.

The other side of the foyer, next to the hallway of office rooms, faded away to reveal a dirt path that wound through a neatly kept wooded area. On the path trod an adult male holding tightly to a baby wrapped in a serene blanket. The angels cross the threshold, frightening the man and poised to execute the infant. My sense of morality was thrown into conflict. I did not want a baby to die, but I knew that if it is true evil it must. I am unable to decide its fate.


------------------------------- News of Art, Art of News -------------------------------

Prolific Paper Reaches One Year In Age

Which is, of course, both a truth and jest on this humble reporter’s part. The bottom line, of course, is information.

In the next year of The Goosey Gazette, a few changes and improvements:

The Gazette is now under the label of the Word & Press printing agency, who provide us with new possibilities of form.

The Gazette is still under the ownership of one R. J. Frogvarian, which guarantees a wealth of content.

The Gazette is still here to serve its readers, which guarantees integrity.

All in all, there are positive changes on the horizon for a humble growing paper.

Wish you all the best, London.


---------------------------------- Ask Mother Goose ----------------------------------

Dear Mother Goose,
Perhaps, it is good.
Resting

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Resting,
It is what it is, and it will be what it shall be.
11 hours ago
Topic:
Improving the daily grind?

The Curious Watcher
The Curious Watcher
Posts: 154
The most important thing you can do at this stage is unlock all the areas such as the Shuttered Palace and Mahogany Hall, as well as POSI areas such as Wilmot's End by completing the basic tutorial grinds there. This is so that you can raise stats as fast as possible. With high enough stats, Echoes and progress will come naturally.

If you haven't finished the University storyline (the murder of the Senior Reader) already, then you can exploit it to solve multiple issues. Once you start the investigation, trade cryptic clues with the porters to get whispered hints, sudden insights, and investigation progress. At the Lodgings, trade sudden insights to get the fastest rate of Watchful possible, as high as the max base 200 if you want. The investigation progress can be traded at the Heights of Chicanery option at the Flit, by repeatedly raiding message drops to give yourself enough cryptic clues to sustain the loop. The whispered hints you will inevitably accumulate can be used to fund Forgotten Quarter expeditions, buy a Premise at the Bazaar lodging straight from the Bazaar tab, or be converted into Appalling Secrets to hasten Seeking progress or be turned into items. This grind will take several weeks, but is the fastest way to obtain max Watchful. If this storyline is finished, however, the option will be locked and you will have to grind Watchful the normal way.

If you decide to become a POSI, your first goal is to get a ship to explore the Unterzee. A reward for becoming a new POSI is found in "A Rainbow of Offerings", if you pick the "Going Over the Spoils" option, it will give you most of what you need to get a ship. Do not worry about getting a fancy ship, as those grinds will take forever for new POSIs, just focus on getting the affordable Rusty Tramp Steamer.

For Renown purposes, it is useful to increase the following factions to 10+: Church, Great Game, Hell, Society being the most important.

If you purely want Echoes, the fastest possible grind at your level is continuously do expeditions at the Forgotten Quarter for the Tomb of the Silken Thread. Dock favors are the cheapest option, but if you have savings, you can buy Strong-Backed Labour at the POSI area, the Bazaar Sidestreets, and still get a profit. Only attempt this if you can reach Watchful 160 or higher, otherwise, just focus on obtaining stats or grinding items to sell.
11 hours ago
Topic:
January Exceptional Story: Fine Dining

Babtest
Babtest
Posts: 2
Well, this did really take me back to being a waitress at a fancy hotel. The chaos, the politics, wanting to help but being unqualified to do so, that feeling when you look at a professional kitchen and just wonder how no one has murdered each other yet, the gang is all here.


It did trigger my flight or fight response, so on the one hand Great Job at flavor, but it also meant i couldn't exactly enjoy it. I just decided early on not to engage with it too deeply, and if everything went wrong, oh well lets burn the place down.

Usually I'm deep in the camp of "lets all just be nice and work together". Which is why I could not work in a kitchen. Still haven't read the review, I'm hoping that taking responsibility for the disaster I send out will at least shift the blame to me, person who shouldn't have been in the ktichen in the first place.
11 hours ago
Topic:
Improving the daily grind?

Soldren
Soldren
Posts: 3
So, I have been thinking.

Currently I have finished The Flit, Labyrinth of Tigers, waiting with Shuttered Palace and Forgotten Quarter until I have higher stats (for bold/buccaneering approach, etc., base stats 96/77/144/97) and focusing on mostly getting favours via many opportunity cards (I have the means to do many per day)/turning them in for renown (lvl 10-15 with all) until I have to turn them in for profit/let conflict cards happen, eventually lacking the items.

I also have a 1.95 EPA option from an exceptional story (giving Romantic Notions and some Appalling secrets) if I don't know where to spend leftover actions, otherwise I do social actions for stat improvement. Ratwork Velocipede (though the cards annoy), The Gift done (for the Affiliation/Docks favour card), Cheesemonger Agent lvl 1 for the card to farm 3 faction's favours. Many +5 equipment pieces for all stats, 4600E in items. Can become POSI with 2 actions or so.

Now, how can I improve this further? Exceptional stories with unique items/cards to improve my deck/arsenal? Go for POSI for a specific reason before I'm done with the available content? Go on as I currently do for an easy time with upcoming content?

I'd really love to hear your thoughts and knowledge on this. Thank you.
14 hours ago
Topic:
Weekly Fallen London Questions, 13/01/2020

phryne
phryne
Posts: 1315
Oh, I should've thought about the social actions! That did clear the matter indeed. Thank you!
14 hours ago
Topic:
Ambition: Synopsis! (SPOILERS)

Azothi
Azothi
Posts: 559
For what it's worth, I have Heart's Desire from Wolfstack to the current content barrier recorded here (beginning 2 January). There are a few brief interruptions in the middle (moving into a Sanctum, becoming a T1 POSI, a few Deep Blue Heaven results in that order), but the four days from 10 January to 14 January are fully uninterrupted and cover the stretch from first going to Polythreme to the content barrier.
15 hours ago
Topic:
Weekly Fallen London Questions, 13/01/2020

Azothi
Azothi
Posts: 559
phryne wrote:
Where can I see who my character is married to? Whaaaaa?

I have an alt who seems to be married to another PC but I can't remember who and rummaging around the Myself tab hasn't helped so far.

It used to be you just had to hover over the image of the wedding ring under Spouse on your Profile and the hover text would show the account name of the spouse. Unfortunately, this no longer seems to be the case.
I also remember being able to do this, but it doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

You could try the spouse-exclusive social actions under "Attend to Matters of the Heart!" If they're in London, their name should show up. If they aren't, they should be the only character without [needs qualities!] beside their name.
15 hours ago
Topic:
Correspondents making Orphanage calls!

the old man
the old man
Posts: 234
AbsolxGuardian wrote:
Which orphanage is this? Is it the one from the Empress' Shadow, because I never saw anything there where I could invite someone. What story is this from?

in the handsome town house lodgings, you can choose to make a salon or an orphanage.




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