Exceptional Story for May: The Ballad of Johnny Croak

By Hannah Flynn, April 30, 2020 · Exceptional Friendship


A string of horrible murders strikes London, made all the more horrid by their permanence. Who is Johnny Croak, the legendary urchin with the lethal crossbow? What’s his connection to Mr Fires’ factories? And what’s with all the frogs?

Written by Harry Tuffs
Art by Tobias Cook
Editing & QA: James Chew

In addition to a new, substantial, stand-alone story every month, Exceptional Friends enjoy:

  • Access to the House of Chimes: an exclusive private members’ club on the Stolen River, packed with content
  • An expanded opportunity deck: of ten cards instead of six!
  • A second candle: Twice the actions! 40 at once!

An Exceptional Update: Mr Chimes’ Lost & Found

We’re making some changes to Exceptional Friendship from next month!.

From the end of May, there will be a new shop in the Bazaar: Mr Chimes’ Lost & Found. There you will be able to buy permanent items using currency earned by playing Exceptional Stories. These items will give stat boosts. Some will give a little extra.

The Exceptional Story currency will be back-dated, so you will receive it for Exceptional Stories you’ve already played (but not for other, premium stories).

Shopping at Mr Chimes’ will replace the seasonal trade-in stories from now on, and Exceptional Stories will no longer be arranged into seasons. This will enable us to broaden the subject matter for these stories, and free us up to write more free stories to expand Fallen London. This was an important change to make as we move on to new game projects: we want to ensure Fallen London still gets sufficient doting attention!

Automatic Story Unlocking

From May’s story, you will also no longer have to worry about logging in and beginning a story in order to keep it for playing later. If you’re an Exceptional Friend when a story is released, you’ll automatically receive it and can play it whenever you like.

Remaining Season Conclusions

The Season of Animals conclusion will arrive later today. There is then one remaining season in the old system, the Season of Endeavour, which will conclude shortly after these changes, in June.

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