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Maya H
Maya H
Posts: 6

11/27/2021
Something very weird is happening.

So, I recently got back into Fallen London. I also much more recently made a couple of alts based on some OCs I made in a story a while back, because I thought it would be fun to imagine them in the setting, and I'd be able to check out some other Ambitions. What's bizarre is when I created the alt accounts, roughly at the same time, they had two completely different beginnings.

One had the old one I remembered, a relatively short escape where you pick a method based on the four main abilities.

The other had a "Recall where you are" option which gave some story but didn't seem to have any other affects, but when I got to escaping it was a completely different, much longer path, with many storylets, and no specific focus on any one trait. Instead at some point you pick one of four Pursuits: Pleasure, Discovery, Wonder, and Escape. These don't give any indication that they give a quality or have a story effect, and the game reassures you not to worry to much about the choice, that you can change it later.

You also make an alliance with another prisoner: the "unlucky devil". At the end of this escape you get to choose whether to abandon him. I didn't, and got "A Friend of an Unlucky Devil 1" as a quality.

So I am very confused at this point. Google tells me absolutely nothing, I can find no sign of the existence of these events online. I end up deleting one of the accounts (and end up deleting and recreating both as I decide to use Facebook and Google sign ins for convenience and being able to have different characters open in different tabs of the same browser) and seem to just be getting the new version of the start at that time. So I figure this must be literal brand new content, added as I was making my accounts originally. No problem, it's a cooler beginning, and I'm intrigued to see what comes with the unlucky devil (and if there's a way for my main to retroactively decide if I abandoned him or not and get the same associated stories).

Except, it gets weirder. Just now I decided to make yet another account, so that I can see all four Ambitions. (And I'm already doing three, what's one more lol?) But when I create it... it's the old start.

I try deactivating and it and recreating it, and still get the old start. Until I get the new start. It seems like it might be random which you get?

I still can't find anything about this on Google. So what's going on? I can't imagine adding new content, but then deliberately making it completely random whether players can see it at account creation. Is this new content that's not supposed to be live yet but is sometimes for some reason? I checked recent patch notes and also found nothing.

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Meradine Heidenreich
Meradine Heidenreich
Posts: 647

11/28/2021
This is fascinating, though I've never heard of it before. It does remind me of an instance where I was out at zee and got stuck in an area I'd never seen before. Turned out it was being prepared for a future ES and had been left open by mistake.
Do keep us all informed on what is going on. I might create an alt just to see the new stuff, if that's what it is.

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PJ
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Posts: 789

11/28/2021
Maya H wrote:
I can't imagine adding new content, but then deliberately making it completely random whether players can see it at account creation.


I don't know of FBG ever doing it before, but that kind of soft-launch of a new feature is not at all uncommon.

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Tsar Koschei
Tsar Koschei
Posts: 828

11/29/2021
PJ wrote:
I don't know of FBG ever doing it before, but that kind of soft-launch of a new feature is not at all uncommon.
I've never heard of it. Sneaking stuff in unannounced is hardly unprecedented, but why would it only be available to some new players and not others? That sounds strange.

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Hannah Flynn
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Posts: 545

11/29/2021
Maya H wrote:
I can't imagine adding new content, but then deliberately making it completely random whether players can see it at account creation.


This is in fact what we've done. smile This is a test for a new opening to Fallen London. Some new accounts are randomly selected to play it and we're gathering gameplay data to see how people respond to it. Eventually we expect account creation to move over to the new format entirely.

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Skinnyman
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Posts: 2316

11/29/2021
Hannah Flynn wrote:
Maya H wrote:
I can't imagine adding new content, but then deliberately making it completely random whether players can see it at account creation.



This is in fact what we've done. smile This is a test for a new opening to Fallen London. Some new accounts are randomly selected to play it and we're gathering gameplay data to see how people respond to it. Eventually we expect account creation to move over to the new format entirely.

Will there be a (complex probably) option for alts to "restart"? Alts that were created to replay early content, but ended up being used as menace dump and event/code gathering. smile

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Maya H
Maya H
Posts: 6

12/1/2021
Hannah Flynn wrote:
Maya H wrote:
I can't imagine adding new content, but then deliberately making it completely random whether players can see it at account creation.


This is in fact what we've done. smile This is a test for a new opening to Fallen London. Some new accounts are randomly selected to play it and we're gathering gameplay data to see how people respond to it. Eventually we expect account creation to move over to the new format entirely.



Ah I stand corrected then. smile I rather like the new opening (and in fact made sure that all my new accounts got it, though part of that was just me testing to see what was going on). I'm very curious as to what this will mean for future events as well.

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Samwise the Dave
Samwise the Dave
Posts: 1

19 days ago
Maya H wrote:
Something very weird is happening.

So, I recently got back into Fallen London. I also much more recently made a couple of alts based on some OCs I made in a story a while back, because I thought it would be fun to imagine them in the setting, and I'd be able to check out some other Ambitions. What's bizarre is when I created the alt accounts, roughly at the same time, they had two completely different beginnings.

One had the old one I remembered, a relatively short escape where you pick a method based on the four main abilities.

The other had a "Recall where you are" option which gave some story but didn't seem to have any other affects, but when I got to escaping it was a completely different, much longer path, with many storylets, and no specific focus on any one trait. Instead at some point you pick one of four Pursuits: Pleasure, Discovery, Wonder, and Escape. These don't give any indication that they give a quality or have a story effect, and the game reassures you not to worry to much about the choice, that you can change it later.

You also make an alliance with another prisoner: the "unlucky devil". At the end of this escape you get to choose whether to abandon him. I didn't, and got "A Friend of an Unlucky Devil 1" as a quality.

So I am very confused at this point. Google tells me absolutely nothing, I can find no sign of the existence of these events online. I end up deleting one of the accounts (and end up deleting and recreating both as I decide to use Facebook and Google sign ins for convenience and being able to have different characters open in different tabs of the same browser) and seem to just be getting the new version of the start at that time. So I figure this must be literal brand new content, added as I was making my accounts originally. No problem, it's a cooler beginning, and I'm intrigued to see what comes with the unlucky devil (and if there's a way for my main to retroactively decide if I abandoned him or not and get the same associated stories).

Except, it gets weirder. Just now I decided to make yet another account, so that I can see all four Ambitions. (And I'm already doing three, what's one more lol?) But when I create it... it's the old start.

I try deactivating and it and recreating it, and still get the old start. Until I get the new start. It seems like it might be random which you get?

I still can't find anything about this on Google. So what's going on? I can't imagine adding new content, but then deliberately making it completely random whether players can see it at account creation. Is this new content that's not supposed to be live yet but is sometimes for some reason? I checked recent patch notes and also found nothing.



i started fairly recently and made an account here just to reply, I got this start and thought it was normal for the longest time, i thought the unlucky devil would come back up later or something.

here's my profile for proof: https://www.fallenlondon.com/profile/samwise%20the%20dave
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Kylestien
Kylestien
Posts: 774

18 days ago
so... did anything come of this? It felt like perhaps they were testing something for their new game plus content, it did not work out, they left it, but perhaps are reapplying it for however the New Game Plus 2: Zee Version works?

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PSGarak
PSGarak
Posts: 1568

17 days ago
Kylestien wrote:
so... did anything come of this? It felt like perhaps they were testing something for their new game plus content, it did not work out, they left it, but perhaps are reapplying it for however the New Game Plus 2: Zee Version works?

That was not directly related to Metampsychosis. MYE met its end in August of last year; Hannah's comment is more than three months afterwards. Seems to me this is just a project to re-work early-game content. Quite possible they're re-using some work or ideas, but there's no direct connection.

Also for what it's worth, it sounds like the new Zee Ztoryline will incorporate story elements of MYE but not actually the NG+ mechanic.

Still, curious that it wasn't on the 2022 Fallen London content roadmap. Either they're still keeping this under wraps for the moment, or it's back-burner while Mask is under development.

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