As previously announced, today we have retired some old social actions and enabled new ones. You can read in more detail about this on the preceding post. If you’re eager to try them out, you can start writing and sending letters in Your Social Engagements; opportunities for social slights can be found in parties, working on an edition of your newspaper, or when talking to Mr Slowcake’s Amanuensis.
Since Tuesday’s announcement we’ve received a lot of feedback that we’d also like to address.
While the new Epistolary social action is intended partly as a replacement for dining, a lot of players told us that they will miss the social and role-playing aspects of dining. We’ve decided to keep dining in the game a bit longer while we work on a new social action intended specifically for this; we expect to launch that sometime this spring.
We also got a lot of questions from players about being limited to only sending letters to acquaintances in London, so we took another look and came to the conclusion that both new Social Actions can work without that restriction. You will still need to be in London to send letters, or to hire and encounter assassins related to Social Slights, but you will be able to target players who are not currently in London with those actions. You will be able to receive letters while away from London, but you will need to return to Your Lodgings to read them.
Another player request was being able to retain Sanguine Ribbons and Chess: Mastery of the Game. Now, if you trade those qualities in for new ones to keep making progress towards London’s Sinew and London’s Nerves, you will get a vanity quality you can keep.
Finally, we have removed the Making Waves and Confident Smiles effects from ‘snubbing’ an acquaintance; it should now be possible to prune your acquaintances list without harming the other character. Merely accepting a calling card to become someone’s acquaintance also no longer has an effect on Making Waves.