SKYFARER: A Sunless Skies RPG

By Hannah Flynn, September 22, 2018 · Sunless Skies

SUNLESS SKIES will be released on 31st January 2019. It will be available on Steam and GOG for PC, Mac and Linux.

“We’ve used the time in Early Access to fill the world with the most glorious stories, and to refine the play experience: improving combat, tweaking the skyfaring experience, and closing in on a dark and dread-soaked atmosphere.” says CEO Paul Arendt. “The next update, due on 10th October, will include a complete overhaul of the Reach region and extended mechanics for Terror, fuel, hunger and crew.”

To accompany SUNLESS SKIES, we’re releasing a free pen and paper RPG system set in the Fallen London Universe, available exclusively via digital download at


SKYFARER: A Sunless Skies RPG is a pen and paper RPG system by Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor of Rowan, Rook and Decard, the minds behind Spire, Honey Heist, Goblin Quest, One Last Job and many other games. SKYFARER follows in the footsteps of their previous work with a focus on quick-form, rapid-fire play that leaves players wanting more.

“‘Why don’t you make an RPG set in the Fallen London universe?’ has been a regular request from players for – oo, going on nine years, now. Working with Grant and Chris on SKYFARER to bring one of our worlds to the tabletop has been hugely exciting. I can’t wait to hear what delicious and horrifying adventures people have with their friends,” says Narrative Director Chris Gardiner. “We’ve tried to make the game friendly to new and experienced roleplayers, and to provide evocative adventure seeds to get things moving in an appropriately Failbettery direction. The game is completely true to our universe: player will find mystery, adventure, bad decisions, improbable characters, nocturnal horrors, and tentacles.”

About SKYFARER: A Sunless Skies RPG

While SUNLESS SKIES puts the player in the role of a Captain aboard a locomotive engine, cruising the skies looking for adventure and profit, SKYFARER gives players the opportunity to play the crew. Gunners, quartermasters, engineers, signallers – even mascots – are brought to the fore as the Captain is struck down by misfortune and the crew must band together to get out of, and probably into, trouble.

Using a simple dice-based system, SKYFARER allows players and gamemasters to easily tell stories set in the FALLEN LONDON universe with plenty of climactic moments, tense stand-offs, and grim decisions. As characters risk life and limb, they’ll accrue Peril – the more Peril they have, the greater the chance of them meeting a grisly and permanent end.

Luckily, things are made easier by spending Tenacity – a resource earned by acting in accordance with your character’s drives and beliefs. But how will those integrities change, now you’re out on the frontier of Victoria’s Empire?

Download your copy from, and please let us know how your games go!

Psst, as an extra bonus for being a friend of FBG, here are some additional story seeds written by our narrative director, Chris Gardiner:





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[…] addition to this, Failbetter Games also revealed their new pen-and-paper game: Skyfarer. It is similar to Sunless Skies, in that you are still on a locomotive, air-borne vehicle, except […]

Jasina Oct 6, 5:32pm

That's a pleasant surprise. Hopefully it'll be easily enough to homebrew for some Sunless Sea sessions. ;)

Simon Sep 27, 10:29am

How can I donate a soul?

Vandel J. Arden Sep 26, 4:03pm

This looks like a great little game. I cant wait to try it out :)

Ter Sep 23, 6:15am

The links are being a bit fiddly, both of those going to tabletopgaming. Looks really awesome~ Thank you!

IAN D EASTMOND Sep 23, 4:58am

The links to the RPG aren't working, please fix them so I can give you my money NOW.