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Parelle
Parelle
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2/26/2016
Has anyone else seen Nanny McPhee?
https://youtu.be/2wxtZPI5kRo

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Anne Auclair
Anne Auclair
Posts: 2221

2/26/2016
Nanako wrote:

But my biggest criticism of all i think, was the overall mundaneity of the story. Nothing i did, or discovered, had any real consquence, for myself or london. I went looking for a missing nanny, and I found her. With barely a hint of dark magic or deeper mysteries along the way. I kind of expected higher stakes

[spoiler]Well, the secret servant staffing/relocating agency is kind of a big and very consequential secret, when you consider the ubiquity of servants in Victorian London.[/spoiler]
edited by Anne Auclair on 2/27/2016

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Emain Ablach
Emain Ablach
Posts: 348

2/27/2016
[spoiler]The poor starveling cat didn't see this coming... but I guess that, of all your means, it was the only one able to retaliate and wound the little devils a little bit. And the story you tell them, of course.
But I didn't think anything could ever get the better of the cat, or even be on par with it. Congrats to these kids, they're real monsters. Probably future psychopaths as well.[/spoiler]
edited by Emain Ablach on 2/27/2016

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Aaron Belfort
Aaron Belfort
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2/27/2016
I say, did anyone else wish there was option to introduce this matrons "little darlings" to your connected to The Urchins 20 or higher and let the professional juvenile delinquents handle these amateur little monsters? "Madam, I recommend you teach your children to play with matches...for the betterment of Fallen London's future..." A. Belfort, Now a confirmed misanthrope...
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Lamia Lawless
Lamia Lawless
Posts: 604

2/27/2016
I really enjoyed this story. I feel like I was deliberately given an opportunity to see "behind the scenes" of Fallen London when it came to talking to servants: Who cleans the mirrors at Mrs. Plenty's carnival? What's it like to work in a honey den? What's it like to work in the Shuttered Palace?

What horrifying forms would Victorian contempt for the servant class take in a city where death is temporary, and do the revolutionaries- who more often use the awful conditions of the poor as a fiery talking point- do anything to help?

I liked this story because it showed us what life in London is like for people who are not Of Importance. I think my player character, who could easily have ended up a servant, needed the reminder.

I also sense foreshadowing!

[spoiler]I'm wondering if the eldest child might become a future member of the Calendar Council. I don't have a solid reason to believe that, other than revolutionaries end up being a part of the story, and the eldest mentions something about building bombs.

By the way, did anyone choose to answer the family in a child-friendly way, and get the letter for the governess... and open it? I delivered it directly, but now I'm curious about what it might have said.[/spoiler]
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dragonridingsorceress
dragonridingsorceress
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2/27/2016
Great story.

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Kolanowski
Kolanowski
Posts: 148

2/27/2016
Just finished it. The Exceptional Stories are getting better and better! And I gotta say, I *really* enjoyed the rewards for this one wink

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Miranda Zero
Miranda Zero
Posts: 2

2/27/2016
I registered for the forums just to say how much I enjoyed playing this one. With its multiple locations and uses of various items, it really felt well-integrated into the universe. The characters were sympathetic, and that "the children would appreciate entertainment now" occurrence was like a tolling of a bell of doom. Zero-action dialogue really helps add atmosphere. The single plot niggle I had was that it wasn't entirely clear to me why there was a particular demand for the services of the institution encountered. Why would people care to pay for what they had to offer?

My only regret is that I apparently didn't pick up every bit of story in the city. And I neeeeeed to know what happens if you deliver the letter.
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Dinjoralo
Dinjoralo
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2/27/2016
I'm waiting on the opportunity card to finish things off, but I had a while of a time with this. I like things that focus on simple mundanity, rather than constantly having ludicrously high stakes all the time, and it feels at home in London. Everything added to the eldritch nature of the world and how that tied into the lower class of the world, which is wonderful.

It's ace, gentlemen. It's top bloody notch.

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sophianyogu
sophianyogu
Posts: 9

2/27/2016
Question about the opportunity card mentioned:
I took the ending which [spoiler] had the eldest give me a letter for the governess. However, I've seen no indication of anything to DO with that letter. Is the opportunity card regarding this? Is that simply the end of the story? [/spoiler]

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2/27/2016
I'm confused about the Flash Lay part. I got my progress up to 75, but I didn't see an option to actually FINISH it anywhere. I thought that I would get some opportunity card with an option to exit, but then my suspicion went too high and I got booted out, so now I have to do it all over again. What am I missing?
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Hobnail
Hobnail
Posts: 179

2/27/2016
You know, ol' MN is a bit esoteric for the work these days, but there was a time when my character would have loved and been EXCEPTIONALLY qualified for a position with the Triple Orpheus...

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2/27/2016
Robin Mask wrote:
nightday wrote:
I'm confused about the Flash Lay part. I got my progress up to 75, but I didn't see an option to actually FINISH it anywhere. I thought that I would get some opportunity card with an option to exit, but then my suspicion went too high and I got booted out, so now I have to do it all over again. What am I missing?



It needs to be 100.

I'm half-sure it says that when you begin the Lay?



The thingy on "Flash Lays: A Guide" says "Increase your Flash Lay Progress by playing cards from the Opportunity Deck. Raise Progress to 75 to claim your reward." Bit inconsistent, then. Thanks for letting me know though.
**Edit**: Yup, I got to 100 and it automatically presented a card to get out. On the "Gain Access to the Orpheus' files" requirement, though, it says that I needed 75, not 100. Bug maybe?
edited by nightday on 2/27/2016
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suinicide
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2/27/2016
I think its 75 to get out if you draw the card, and at 100 it just boots you out.

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Zero
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2/27/2016
aertew wrote:
I choose to give the truth for the children, but has anyone chosen the harsh lie option?
I did! Here is the echo. In exchange, does anyone have the letter's content?

Anyway, I really loved this story. Going around and speaking with different people was a lot of fun! I didn't even knew I have servants. Would be interesting to know something more about them, or even hire different kind of servants. Maybe they are our more humanlike Companions? I'd like to chat with them. I also liked the interaction with the children, and the new 'choose an item' mechanic.
The only part that left me slighty confused was the final flash lay, because I didn't completely understand my role and objective, but that's probably because I was playing at work and I was sleepy. I'll probably replay the storylet sooner or later, so I'll see.
Overall, a really good work!
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Kirr
Kirr
Posts: 44

2/28/2016
Emily Short! I was coming here to say how much I was enjoying the story and now I'm entirely unsurprised - I'm not very deep into the world of Interactive Fiction but that is the one name I do know. Loved the Atlantis word-gun game.
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dov
dov
Posts: 2580

2/28/2016
nightday wrote:
I'm confused about the Flash Lay part. I got my progress up to 75, but I didn't see an option to actually FINISH it anywhere. I thought that I would get some opportunity card with an option to exit, but then my suspicion went too high and I got booted out, so now I have to do it all over again. What am I missing?

See this recent clarification from Chris:
http://community.failbettergames.com/topic21842-a-flash-lay-some-revisions.aspx#post132928

Basically, when your Progress reaches 75 you can complete the Flash Lay by playing the right card.
But if you're unlucky and don't have that card, then the Flash Lay will automatically end when your Progress reaches 100.

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Shadowcthuhlu
Shadowcthuhlu
Posts: 1558

2/28/2016
I liked this story. It wasn't as intense as the previous ones and allowed us to investigate a more mundane but frequently overlooked part of Fallen London. Just because there are cosmic mysteries everywhere, doesn't mean that normal human ambitions and dreams are stopped.

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Miranda Zero
Miranda Zero
Posts: 2

2/28/2016
Zeroebbasta wrote:
aertew wrote:
I choose to give the truth for the children, but has anyone chosen the harsh lie option?
I did! Here is the echo. In exchange, does anyone have the letter's content?

Here is the letter's content.
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Lomias
Lomias
Posts: 84

2/28/2016
Pros:
+A dip into servants’ life (including your maids), enriching the flavor
+Mysterious story, pretty well-written, with some interesting characters
+Sense of humor (especially when playing with the children)

Cons:
-The investigation part is too long, maybe a bit distracting, the narrative pace could be better
-The theme of the story doesn’t stand out, I don't really know what it wants to tell. Loyalty versus professional advancement? Importance of proper parenting? Family bonding between kids and governess?
-The final reward is not promising, considering the action cost, but that’s just a minor thing

Overall: 8.5/10. Definitely worth the money. I highly recommend the story to anyone who wants to get some tastes about the lives of servants and wish to know a secret employment agency.
edited by Lomias on 2/28/2016

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