Posts Tagged ‘Failbetter Games’

The RPG Scrollbars: Seeking Mr Eaten’s Name

Full disclosure time. I’m about to talk about Fallen London [official site] by Failbetter Games, a game and company that I’ve now done a fair amount of writing for. Please pause to get the necessary pinch of salt to take with anything that follows, if you wish. However, my love for this crazy Victorian universe goes back a lot further than that, and this week I’m not going to talk about anything I’ve had a hand in. Instead, I thought I’d discuss Seeking the Name. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s one of the most interesting, disturbing quests you’ll ever regret taking on.

Some minor lore spoilers follow, but nothing too deep.

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Failbetter Fund Five “Small Narrative Games”

Edit: Three games are coming to PC, not two as originally reported.

The elegantly named Fundbetter is a new initiative from the wordy types at Failbetter, home of Sunless Sea and Fallen London. Launched in February, Fundbetter will provide the financial necessaries “for small narrative games and interactive fiction”, and the first five have been announced today. Three are destined for PC so we’ll concentrate on those. First up is The Edgelands, out this Autumn. It’s “an atmospheric adventure game set in the present day, based on real and imagined folklore”. Then there’s “narrative strategy game” Astronaut: The Best, heading to PC, Mac and Linux with a Kickstarter for funding (to be matched by Fundbetter) later this year, and Big Mike Lunchtime’s Business Training ‘95 – “Jumanji, but with businessmen”.

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Failbetter Co-Founder Alexis Kennedy To Leave Studio

If I’ve one regret with regards to games I’ve let slip through my fingers over the years, it’s Failbetter Games’ Fallen London. I’m told its mysterious world, its lovingly illustrated interface, and its quirky character ensemble is rather wonderful; yet this is exactly how I feel about last year’s follow up Sunless Sea [official site]. Not only did the latter bag a place on our list of best RPGs, we singled it out for bestest best words of 2014 – testament to Failbetter’s storytelling prowess.

Which is why it’s a surprise to learn today that their creative director Alexis Kennedy is parting ways with the studio he co-founded seven years ago.

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Deep Thoughts: Sunless Sea’s Zubmariner Expansion

If you were at Rezzed last week, you had two opportunities to see Failbetter folks live on stage, talking about narrative games on a panel hosted by our own John Walker, and presenting a talk on the Zubmariner expansion to the wonderful Sunless Sea [official site]. You can watch the latter presentation below and it contains loads of new details about venturing into the depths of Fallen London’s perilous waters. Key points: the Constant Companion is the most horrible of all the horrible things, and submarines are fragile things.

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Punbetter: Failbetter Launch Narrative Game Fund

Failbetter Games have found fame and fortune with Fallen London and Sunless Sea, and now they’ve started helping other folks in the narrative games lark. For fun and profit! They’ve already helped fund Harry Tuffs’s A House of Many Doors, but today formally announced Fundbetter. It’s a funding initiative for folks who want to make small narrative games and interactive fiction, fronting them cash in return for a cut of profits. You know, it’s funding. Money stuff. Like Dragon’s Den but without the gits.

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Toot Toot! Sunless Sea’s Free Steam Weekend Now On

You doing anything nice this weekend? How about: exploring an underground ocean, discovering wonderful sights, meeting strange and terrible things, losing your mind, eating your own shipmates, and meeting a watery death? Sounds lovely, no? Quite! If you’ve not played Sunless Sea [official site] yet, perhaps not hearing our incessant murmuring about how splendid Failbetter’s roguelikelike is, then now’s your chance. The full game is free to play from now until Sunday, see (sea), and on sale (sail) too.

For those who already know the cruel seas well, Failbetter have also recently shared a short video peeking at its upcoming Zubmariner expansion.

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Sunless Sea Zubmariner DLC Diving Down Into The Dark

Splendid searfaring fantasy-horror roguelikelike Sunless Sea [official site] is already set down in the dark, sailing oceans long ago swallowed by the earth. If that’s not terrifying enough, imagine what lies beneath those waves. I bring good/bad news!

Developers Failbetter Games are planning to let you get up-close and personal with what lies under the Unterzee in the game’s first DLC, named Zubmariner. As you might guess, it involves submarines. Details follow.

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