I’ve been playing Fallen London since around the beginning of April, and it’s been a great experience so far. However I feel like I play this game quite differently than most people in some aspects. There are four instances in particular where I seem to stand out from the typical player.
Here’s the first thing: I have used no Second Chances (for their intended purpose) and barely any Menace flasks (never bought any and the two free Absolutions I used had little effect before I hit POSI) throughout all the time I’ve been playing. But this is probably due to the fact that I dislike too much risk and generally prefer to do skill challenges at no lower than modest. My standard deck, two conflict cards, and some weird request about a "giant jewel" that I occasionally see keep my Menaces under control. The only real issue is Suspicion, because it has a tendency to get up to bad levels (I define ‘bad’ as 4-5) when I’m zailing.
I’ve currently got a bunch of tinctures on me right now, in case I need them for some obscure hunting or Correspondence thing. But at the moment I’d much rather sell them for Echoes.
When I discovered the forums, I was intrigued when I noticed posts about people using their second chances liberally and also genuinely surprised when I heard about people allowing their Menaces to get too high without any benefit whatsoever.
But I suppose that’s a part of how I play the game. I prefer the calm and calculated approach, and I believe rushing into things without the proper knowledge is pretty foolish. Yeah, that’s my character, alright.
Oh, and I also don’t like getting second chances unless I get more than 1 each time. The same goes for scraps. Sorry, benefactor and random devil I don’t know.
Second thing: I became a POSI just by being rich. I’m pretty sure most people here just did all the skill storylines and got them to at least 90 before hitting POSI. Meanwhile, I spent almost all my time at the Flit making my weasel entertain the Topsy King for days on end, turning in rats in bunches after a profitable week. With all the gear I managed to acquire, I was able to enter the realm of influence with enough Shadowy to enjoy Mahogany Hall. My other skills weren’t even at 80.
Thirdly - no Patrons. I actually did want a Patron early on, but I couldn’t find anyone with Exceptional Specialisation. And I discovered the forums long after becoming a POSI. I guess now I’m going to be the guy who taught himself everything he knows. Perhaps he knows a few unique tricks!
Last, fourth - Easy Notability. I succeeded in getting 5 Notability and Crooked-Cross faster than anticipated, and without ever grinding MW at the Empress’ Court. It’s probably due to the fact that I started off with +7 in BDR equipment and eventually got all the cool POSI stuff. I’d like to thank the Sardonic Music-Hall Singer, the Soft-Hearted Widow, the Bohemians, and those most respectable parties for making this possible. I expect to reach Notability 15 within the next two years.
So, I’d like to know, Londoners. How did you utilize your Second Chances and Menace flasks? How did you become a Person of Some Importance skillwise? What’s so great about having a Patron? And did you have any trouble reaching Notability 5?
I’m also interested in finding out if there are any people on the forums who have done the same thing as me. Especially for the first one. There has to be someone out there who also doesn’t use their second chances as second chances or takes minimal risks.
If you’d like, you can also talk about how these particular choices fit with your character. I’m sure many of you would love to do that.