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March Exceptional Story: The Frequently Deceased Messages in this topic - RSS

Hannah Flynn
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2/25/2016




A family of promising youngsters have killed their Governess again. This time, she hasn't come back.


Question servants across London. The chief glass-cleaner at the House of Mirrors. The attendants at a honey-den. Your own staff. Keep the children distracted with Enthralling Tales and your least lethal pets.

Find the Unsinkable Governess.

Play An Exceptional Story: Staffing Difficulties to begin.

The Frequently Deceased is the first story in the Family Ties season. Playing it and the two stories that follow will make you eligible for an additional opportunity.

The recently deceased was written by Emily Short. Editing, QA and special thanks: Cash DeCuir, Chris Gardiner, Olivia Wood and Sam Partridge.

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 in the House of Chimes. This will save it from the monthly changeover, on the last Thursday of the month.)

edited by h4nchan on 2/25/2016

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Juno
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2/25/2016
"The children of the Harassed Mother would welcome entertainment."

And on that ominous note...

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Charlotte_de_Witte
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2/25/2016
I love the premise smile

"Help! Our Julie Andrews is missing!"

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Remedan
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2/25/2016
I haven't read much IF but I know anything bearing Emily Short's name is going to be great.

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Mr Sables
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2/25/2016
Remedan wrote:
I haven't read much IF but I know anything bearing Emily Short's name is going to be great.



I can vouch for that smile

I'm not sure how far in I am, although I'm about to cross over to the next part, but so far it's one of my absolute favourites smile The writing is very good, but the mechanics/gameplay is positively superb . . . overall, it's the perfect blend smile
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aertew
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2/25/2016
Has anybody tried giving the children the exquisite toy? I'm curious about the results but I'm not sure if it'll survive.

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Emain Ablach
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2/25/2016
I did. It hurts. x)
edit : I didn't lose the toy, don't worry.
edit2 : I used the Broken Toy, was there an Exquisite Toy ?

I didn't finish the story yet, but I can say this : I like the texts very much (so much that I'm trying to get all the possible texts), and I'm glad you have opportunies all around London !
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Kaigen
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2/25/2016
Speaking of getting all the possible texts, has anyone echoed the text from playing corsairs with the children? I was going to check out that option, but it disappeared on me.

Edit: Got a PM. Thanks!
edited by Kaigen on 2/26/2016

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aertew
aertew
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2/25/2016
I believe the corsairs (and prisoner for that matter) options are airs dependent. And yes, an exquisite toy can be received from the toymaker storyline from an opportunity card I believe.

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Gilphon
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2/25/2016
I just tried the exquisite toy. I didn't lose it- I'd assume none of options cost you anything except the ones that are marked as such- the beetles and the bedtime story. It seems like the others give you menaces, though- I got a point of scandal from the Exquisite toy.

I've also echoed the result.

But- the way the bed time story makes you choose something enthralling. Is that a new mechanic? I don't recall seeing anything like that anywhere else. And I'm curious if different books get you different results- not willing to lose anything valuable to check, though.

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Parelle
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2/25/2016
Gilphon wrote:

But- the way the bed time story makes you choose something enthralling. Is that a new mechanic? I don't recall seeing anything like that anywhere else. And I'm curious if different books get you different results- not willing to lose anything valuable to check, though.


On Enthralling (this thread links to another thread as well about a similar quality)

http://community.failbettergames.com/topic21627-enthralling--a-new-quality.aspx
edited by Parelle on 2/25/2016

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Curious Foreigner
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2/25/2016
I love it! Especially the children.
[spoiler]And I'm proud that this time, the Governess' motivation didn't have to be spelled out to me. I saw that one coming from a mile away.
It felt a bit like a good mystery novel, with all the necessary clues given to the reader before the great reveal.[/spoiler]

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Remedan
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2/25/2016
Gilphon wrote:
And I'm curious if different books get you different results- not willing to lose anything valuable to check, though.

I tried it with a Tale of Terror and a Proscribed Material and it was the same.

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Ben
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2/25/2016
It seems I'm the sort of person who would bring he hound of heaven FIRST... and then continue with deadlier and deadlier pets.

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Dante Kinkade
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2/25/2016
I echoed all the ones I could get, though I lack an exquisite toy so I couldn't play with the children with it. There is also an option if you have a Watchful Doll that gives some interesting information.

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Mordaine Barimen
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2/25/2016
Thank you for the information, Hannah!

Are these Exceptional Story Seasons going to be a regular thing, or is it just coincidence that we've had two sets of stories consecutively?

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yetanotherone
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2/25/2016
Remedan wrote:
Gilphon wrote:
And I'm curious if different books get you different results- not willing to lose anything valuable to check, though.

I tried it with a Tale of Terror and a Proscribed Material and it was the same.


I tried reading both collated research and a compromising document to the little horrors, and they gave the same (hilarious) response you can see in Ancient Drunkard's journal in link below.

I am not going to risk my one intriguer's compendium, and that's only 4 'enthralling' compared to 5 from the research anyway.

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Ruddertail
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2/25/2016
This was great. A lengthy chunk of mysteries with plenty to explore, and 0-ACTION DIALOGUE HALLELUJAH.

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genesis
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2/26/2016
Am I right that there are no servants in Ladybones Road? Even though the quality description keeps telling to go and deal with the family in Ladybones Road?...

On a related note, have all the servant storylets been "top-level" or are any of them hidden as branches or redirects?

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Zantumall
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2/26/2016
The way I resolved the story told me that I should wait for an opportunity card for the conclusion. Has anyone had this result and then actually received the card? I've flipped about 30 cards since and not seen it, I assumed it'd be high-frequency.

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