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The Dilettante's Debut

by Hannah Powell-Smith profile and Failbetter Games

Episode 62 of Fallen London Exceptional Stories
Fantasy
2020

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A well-written society story with horror roots, June 16, 2020
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes
Exceptional Stories are odd games. They are framed within the larger Fallen London game, which takes months and/or years, yet they themselves can often be completed in an hour or two. They have a really, really big wordcount though compared to what it feels like, especially since they often branch significantly.

This one was good. There is a struggling family trying to re-enter society. You can support them or their snooty cousins. All along, though, the butler has his own plans.

I'm not opposed to society machinations, but they're not my favorite. I like Jane Austen but prefer the Brontes. This game has horror depths that I like, but the particular genre didn't grab me as much as it could. Hannah Powell-Smith's excellent writing skills makes it worth playing, though.