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Posts tagged “Failbetter Games”

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IF Only: Alcyone on Kickstarter

Fresh on Kickstarter is a science fiction IF piece called Alcyone: The Last City. A look at the screenshots will suggest something familiar to dedicated IF fans: it looks a lot like StoryNexus, the Failbetter engine that powers both Fallen London and (behind the scenes) Sunless Sea/Sunless Skies.

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Sunless Skies definitely happening, KS closes tomorrow

Sunless Seas sequel Sunless Skies [official site] has a rosy glow to it as it nears the finish line of its Kickstarter. Successfully bringing in £300k in pledges - 3x what devs Failbetter originally asked for - will do that, eh? In other words, the spaceshippy alt-Victoriana exploration, storytelling and sudden death game is, barring developmental disaster, looking like a sure thing.

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A House Of Many Doors review

A House of Many Doors [official site] is developer Harry Tuffs' expansive story-weaving game where you roam a mysterious parasite dimension creating memories and pursuing stories. It's a curious, beautiful thing which I both loved and grew frustrated by as I scuttled from room to room. Here's Wot I Think:

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Sunless Skies launches Kickstarter, talks combat improvements, spacefaring Victorians, warm cardigans

Since Failbetter previewed it yesterday I've been poking around the Kickstarter campaign for Sunless Skies. I only had a basic idea of the game (Sunless Sea/Fallen London in space with a certain amount of "stars being murdered"), although I know there have been a few blogs and chats and things which covered the game in more depth. I think I was waiting for Failbetter to…

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Sunless Sea’s Pirate-Poet, Cladery Heir free to all players

All Sunless Sea [official site] players get access to the formerly Kickstarter-exclusive Pirate Poet and Cladery Heir content thanks to an update to the game today. Failbetter consulted with Kickstarter backers to see if they backed the move and the consensus was apparently "the more, the merrier", or words to that effect. I assume the timing is very much related to Sunless Skies (the Sunless…

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Do not look directly at these snippets of Sunless Skies’ cosmic horror

As we continue to turn the one known human-friendly planet against us, the rich and hopeful look to space. Mate, we're purpose-built for Earth yet couldn't make this work; do you expect we'll fare better with what - and who - awaits us up there? Sunless Skies [official site, Failbetter's follow-up the the oceanic horror of Sunless Sea, will let us explore that possibility. Announcing…

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Sunless Skies: less crawling back home, more exploring

Failbetter have been looking at Sunless Sea in order to inform what they do in Sunless Skies [official site], their Sunless Sea sequel set in a kind of Victorian/Fallen London version of space where the stars are being murdered. It looks like one of the lessons is about making the return journey part of exploration a bit shorter/less punishing. Obviously Sunless Skies is still in…

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The Right Stuff: Astronaut – The Best

Astronaut: The Best [official site] is a game about training a bunch of people who definitely do not seem to have "the right stuff", in preparation for a trip into space. There are four days left in its Kickstarter campaign and it's only half way to its $26,000 goal. There's still enough time to make up the difference, I reckon, even if the odds are…

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Sunless Sea: How Zubmariner Lured Me In

I've just jettisoned a wounded zailor while underwater. It was to free up a last gasp of oxygen for the rest of my crew as I frantically try to ascend from the depths of the Zee in Sunless Sea's [official site] Zubmariner update. As the screen fades to black (to resurface, not to die horribly) I wonder whether to imagine the departed comrade as being…

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Avast! Sunless Sea Gets Free New Quests Today Too

Sunless Sea [official site] will adventure under the Unterzee when the Zubmariner expansion launches in a few hours - we'll tell you later today about our time with it - but developers Failbetter haven't forgotten about the surface. New quests for the supernatural naval roguelikelike's base game are arriving in a free update alongside Zubmariner, perhaps teasing what's under the waves but not requiring you…

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Sunless Skies Takes Sunless Sea To The Stars In 2017

'Sunless Skies' sounds a bit too 'A Day Trip To Reading' to my ears. I guess 2unless 2ea, Sunless Sea 2: None More Sunless and 2 Sea 2 Sunless were deemed insufficiently lyrical. The name, of course, matters nought: what does matter is that charmingly bleak, ocean-bound, narrative rougelikelikelike12 Sunless Sea [official site] is going full sail to sequel-land with Sunless Skies next year. And…

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Sunless Sea Adds Text Scaling; Devs Tease New Game

Here's a twofer: 1) A new update for awfully nice and nicely awful adventure Sunless Sea [official site] has added text and UI scaling to finally improve how the game renders its many words; 2) Developers Failbetter will announce their next game on Saturday. The UI improvement means no more squinting, and the announcement will mean... oh dang, a new Failbetter game!

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Failbetter Founder Alexis Kennedy Writing For BioWare

It was a sad day, for me, when Alexis Kennedy left Failbetter. The creators of Fallen London and Sunless Sea built their games on some of the strongest and most idiosyncratic writing games have ever been host to, and I hoped we'd see more of Kennedy's words sooner rather than later. The good news is that Failbetter's foundations seem sturdy enough that Kennedy's absence may…

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IF Only: Stories With Texture

Newcomers to interactive fiction tend to distinguish just a couple of IF formats — Twine and parser, often, depending on whether you're clicking or typing. Those with a little more experience might also recognize ChoiceScript and inklewriter, as options for creating games with a classic choose-your-own-adventure-style interface and some of the qualities of a gamebook. But in fact there are many other possible interfaces for…

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Have You Played… Sunless Sea?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Most roguelikes or lites or whatever you prefer to call this newer generation of permadeath roleplaying games, I play to win. Or, at least, to try to win: with the intention of victory, even if the actuality of it is unlikely. In Sunless…

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State of the Art: Sunless Sea and the world of Zubmariner

Sunless Sea's [official site] first expansion, Zubmariner will be released on 11 October bringing with it new ports and cities to explore and tales to be told. Or as developers, Failbetter, put it: "agonising choices presented in beautiful prose." But it wasn't the beautiful prose which caught my eye in recent dev blog entries, it was the undersea (or rather, Unterzee) flora and corals. That's…

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Sunless Sea’s Former Lead Now Writing For Stellaris

Stellaris [official site], Paradox's sci-fi fusion of 4x design and grand strategy ideals, is a game that generates stories. As your species moves through the galaxy, encountering all manner of alien life, you'll create tiny tales and epic sagas. There are also stories already written, however, in the form of quest chains, and over the weekend we learned that one of the minds behind Fallen…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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