Navigate, survive, explore! Roam a vast underground ocean in a customised steamship. Trade with strange new lands. Battle sea monsters. Smuggle souls. Seduce your crew. Go mad and hallucinate lizards. You are the captain. It’s your call…

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Thirty years ago, London was stolen. Now it rests on the shore of the Unterzee, that old dark ocean under the world. Hell is close, immortality is cheap, and the screaming has largely stopped…

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Failbetter Games

Purveyors of only the finest examples of interactive narrative – Failbetter are an independent games studio, creating games and stories mostly set in the Fallen London Universe. At present there’s Fallen London itself, a highly acclaimed Victorian fantasy RPG set in a unique subterranean city, and Sunless Sea, an exploration and trading game set in a vast underground ocean of the same world.

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FAILBETTER IS HIRING: Mobile App Developer
May 12, 12:00am

We’re looking to hire a native mobile app developer, preferably with Xamarin skills: this is a full-time permanent role, with salary dependent on experience. Read on to find out more about the company and the role. The Role Experience in order of desirability: Mobile app development (native development platforms, x-platform authoring tools like Xamarin, and […]

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Useful Posts for Writers
May 12, 12:00am

Over the years, we’ve published a great deal of information on writing for interactive fiction. Some of the posts are pretty old – and our thinking has moved on. But it’s interesting to see how our thoughts have evolved – and there’s stuff to be gleaned even from the earliest posts. I’ve collated the most-relevant […]

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Fallen London Writer Guidelines: Part III
May 5, 12:00am

This final post sharing the Failbetter writers’ guide discusses writing prose for Fallen London. This guidance helps establish a consistent tone and quality, and discusses particular techniques we’ve learned to favour or avoid. Previous posts on this theme are here: Writer Guidelines (internal process for pitching and creating content) and Designing for Fallen London. Writing for […]

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May 22, 1:37pm

The next Exceptional Story will be called: The Court of Cats! Subscribe to #FallenLondon to play it in June. #ExceptionalFriends

May 22, 10:53am

Exceptional Friends now receive an Exceptional Story every month. We'll be announcing the title of June's story later today! #fallenlondon

May 21, 10:47am

RT @IndieByDesign Ebullient to have @failbettergames @alexiskennedy part of Independent By Design, now 50% funded! -

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