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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ANYTHING NICE: Fall From Heaven 2 (Derek Paxton)
Sep 20, 12:00am

FFH2 is a full-conversion mod which turns Civ IV into dark fantasy complete with gods, apocalypses, magic and a giant helping of lore from the designer’s long-running homebrew D&D campaign. But in a good way. (Paxton was subsequently hired by Stardock to work on fixing their flawed Elemental design, and did the excellent job you’d […]

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Failbetter Writing Role: More questions!
Sep 19, 12:00am

Oof! That job post provoked a healthy degree of interest. Thanks for being so enthusiastic! Here are some popular questions. Q. Does traditional linear fiction count for the published work criterion? We’re afraid not. We really need someone who’s dealt with the specific challenges of branching or interactive or non-linear fiction. The acid test is […]

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ANYTHING NICE: Out There (Mi-Clos)
Sep 19, 12:00am

Out There is FTL as reimagined by French hipsters. It’s eerie and distinctive and intelligent in lots of ways, but I want to call out a simple point: when you want to talk to an alien, the option you choose is ‘Encounter Life’, not ‘Visit Settlement’, ‘Meet Locals’, or indeed ‘Talk to an Alien’. Out […]

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Sep 15, 3:33pm

On which last point: we would like to indicate, once more, how intensely, growlingly delicious you have been these five years. Thank you all

Sep 15, 12:29pm

We WILL BE hiring (but not quite yet):

Sep 11, 2:21pm

The Fruits of the Zee festival draws to a close. You have mere moments to purvey the last of your aquatic horrors.

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