"The lamb can also be the lion, you know?"
Decided to do the whole Apples/Hearts split in a different way. I draw him (them?) less than I should, really.
Growth is pain. The Correspondence was never meant for the children of earth. Down here in the darkness it’s a little safer, but it still smells like suns. You force away the headaches, lave your blistered fingers with ice water, have a handy student cart away the bubbling tub of corrupted lead. Onwards.
—A Scholar of the Correspondence has increased to 11 - Cryptophilologist Emeritus! (via vvarinn)
I, ghostsintheeyes on IRC/FL, have created for us a custom deck. I shall give you a small preview:
I can’t wait to play with it.
September 29, 2014
The Correspondence is a striking fashion. Seems the rats have taken note as well.
The first thing you want to do as a new character is equip a talkative rattus faber. Congrats, you now have negative stats *sniff* it’s beautiful. :’)
Many Londoners fear ridiculous hats. The hats take their stats, but you aren’t like them. You have no stats and therefore NO FEAR. Gather a large pile of hats, maybe 77 or so, and build an indestructible hat fortress (bonus if you put it on a platform with wheels). Laugh at the other Londoners as flee from you in terror.
Being homeless is illegal in Fallen London, which is why your homeless lodgings are shown as New Newgate Prison. There aren’t many places in the Neath that are higher than prison so of course the view from up there is very good. Stay homeless forever and you will, in the most literal sense, be above the law.
Take a taboo to make gameplay more challenging. Perhaps your character has an extreme aversion to books and academia. Or maybe they can’t wear anything that isn’t a hat. Homelessness is a form of taboo against lodgings. A bottled oblivion habit is a taboo against having stats. You can even taboo certain story qualities such as never giving up your Surface Ties. Anything is possible! These are interesting ways to suffer- er have fun!
Menace areas are a magical tour of the most interesting places in the game. A suite at the Royal Bethlehem is expensive, but you can save a ton on real-estate costs by just staying mad forever. Challenge: Go for the legendary “Quad Fail” (that is, raising all four menaces to 8 at the same time) it’s a rite of passage and a neat puzzle all in one (yes this can be done without fate, and as a non-posi if you are clever).
- Don’t be afraid to be “sub-optimal”. I’m pretty sure that after burning more than 2,500 levels of stats in frivolous pursuits, nothing I ever do from this point forward can ever be considered optimal haha. But did I let that stop me?!? No way! Find your own way through the content, and never be afraid to be yourself and enjoy the slow road to victory or to laugh as you set the road on fire :)
Fallen London is deep, dark, marvellous… and massive. Here are ten things which may help the new player find their way:
Do not worry about seeing everything. There are more than a million words in the game; some are best unread.
Don’t be afraid of failure. You learn more from challenges that involve more risk, and there’s very little you can do that isn’t recoverable in some manner.
The currency of the Bazaar is Echoes, but around London you will find people with different motives trade in different things.
Poke around the Bazaar (… gently). Spend Echoes on items which will enable you to improve your abilities (remember to equip them). (If you’re not sure what you should and shouldn’t sell, Cryptic Clues, Jade, Deep Amber, Rats on a String and anything in the Goods category are good choices. Whispered Secrets are the most useful common items.)
Come back weekly to collect an Earnest of Payment; it will be wasted if you don’t.
Some effects lessen with the passing of time (weekly, at the same time as the above), like your wounds and your reputation in the public eye.
Consider your ambition carefully and choose it wisely. It’s costly to change further down the line.
Read everything. Save things in your journal for later reference. Very little of what you see is unconnected with something greater.
Don’t be in a hurry to advance. Opportunities will arise throughout your game that are suitable to your level.
Join the community. They are very friendly, and can help with those Nightmares you’ve been having.
What advice would you give to a new player?
(Experienced players, note our distinction between guidance and spoilers).
I have a soft spot for Fires and he’s actually pretty high up there in my favourites. So there we go.
fallen london basically swallowed me
my glorious individual of mysterious and unknown gender is probably embarking on a heist or something
this was an ordeal to post just have some concept(?) sketches of Pages and Wines being friends