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Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Who is the Most Boring Man in Fallen London?

Penned upon the 1st of January, 2014

What follows is a slightly unconventional sort of Let’s Play: an account of the experiences of the most tedious, unadventurous, home-loving, risk-averse man in Failbetter Games‘ browser RPG Fallen London. That man is Doctor Taupe-Wainscot, a Suffolk-born general practitioner in his late fifties, who has spent much of his life ensconced in various English enclaves in South and South-East Asia, and consequently knows next to nothing about the gloomy, monster-haunted subterranean world that now houses the city of his youth.

As Fallen London is an online game, other players can contribute to the doctor’s narrative – and, indeed, he has proven remarkably popular among London’s citizenry. As a rule, passages written by others are printed in italics, and include a link to their character profile where appropriate. Invitations for in-game actions can be directed to the doctor’s account, though there may be a delay before they are accepted, depending on the state of the narrative. (Once the doctor’s practice is re-established, too, requests for treatment can be made via in-game messaging.)

The adventures of The Most Boring Man in Fallen London were inspired in no small part by George and Weedon Grossmith’s classic novel The Diary of a Nobody. Also, thought it was not a direct inspiration, it would be negligent not to mention the influence of Christopher Livingstone’s excellent Let’s Play project, Living in Oblivion.

Fallen London is © 2015 and ™ Failbetter Games Limited: This is an unofficial fan work.

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