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Sunless Sea Guide - How to make money in the early game (minor spoilers)


So, a small guide for Sunless Sea, covering how to get going in the early game and make some money.

It's actually pretty straightforward, and takes advantage of the fact that death is encouraged.

Essentially, quickly make 200 echoes, buy the reproach gun, die, pass it to your heir, and then get going. Head out and uncover as many ports as possible, including strategic information for the Admiralty.

Uncover the Salt Lions if you can, and also Mount Palmerston (because the Blind Bruiser quests can net quite a lot of cash quickly).

Spend the first 1200 on lodgings and a will, and don't forget to start a scion legacy, which will put you in great shape for down the line. You can then retire, if you like, and do it all again, starting from an even stronger position.

After that, you're on your own!

Sunless Sea Legacies | An Adumbration of Her Heart | +10 Pages | Explore the Abyss

Read more for the quick answers!

So, back to Sunless Sea. I've been exploring the Zubmariner content, and here's how to get a very easy legacy, which also boosts stats insanely on later playthroughs.

An Adumbration of Her Heart requires that you explore the many, many Abysses littered under the Zee. Perhaps you've ventured into them and found the dark cathedrals waiting below?

When you sail(?) over one, an interaction will appear. There are four in total (spread randomly across 16 or so abysses), and you need to submerge all four in the correct order.

First, the Abyss of Scriptures, then Pyres, Pomegranates and finally the Abyss of Graves. Dive twice (a tricky hearts challenge), and start the appropriate rituals.

When all are complete, it's Elemental time. What will you choose?

Good luck!

Let's Play Sunless Sea Gameplay Part 1 - Starting fresh Tutorial and Walkthrough

Let's Play Sunless Sea because it's now in 1.0 Pearl Release! This Sunless Sea walkthrough will show you how the gameplay works and Josh will review the game as he plays!

This is Part 1 of the Lets Play, to see the other episodes of the playthrough check out this playlist:

About the game:

Sunless Sea is a nautical roguelike in glorious 2D, presenting a non-linear, choice-heavy, personalised experience.

Set on a randomised map, it’ll take dozens of games to explore all the sub-plots, grand arcs, alternatives, mysteries, relationships and romances in the game. Your character will die (or disappear, or lose her mind, or be hollowed out and filled with candle-wax and haunt a cliff-top chapel), but their legacy may survive. You’ll build up your own story across generations of zailors who braved the Unterzee and lost – or won…

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Sunless Sea Combat Update

My Sunless Sea Review of the first Early Access version to show how far it's come!

The game is available on Steam (PC and Mac OSX). It is not currently available for Linux or Consoles.

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Sunless Skies - Early Game Guide + Tips (no spoilers)

Sunless Skies has now left Early Access - as a huge fun of Sunless Sea and Zubmariner, I wanted to put together a 'best practices' guide for those of you who are maybe at a loss for where to begin. This is spoiler free, so you don't have to worry about having the game ruined for you.

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Sunless Sea Best Engine: Fulgent Impeller & Tireless Mechanic Story (Element of Dawn)


Ahh, the Fulgent Impellor. A very long, very complicated quest, involving all sorts of running all over the map, and upgrading of ships.

You'll need an Element of Dawn, cargo space for 42 items (plus fuel and supplies), the Unsettling Sage from Wisdom and the Mechanic's Secret from Frostfound.

The Element of Dawn requires the Memento Mori, available through the Cannoneer's Story, and that's here:

None of these are easy things to do, but the engine is excellent, and totally worth it.

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Ranneko's Zailing Tips 9 - Making Money (Part 2)

Today's Tip is how to turn that modest fortune from yesterday into a truly impressive pile of Echoes.

All it takes is a bit of heavy Light smuggling.

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Sunless Skies Game Description:

Sunless Skies is a Gothic Horror roleplay game with a focus on exploration and exquisite storytelling.
Command a flying steam locomotive

The only thing between you and the waste-winds, storms and cosmic lightning is your engine. Tend and upgrade it, buy weaponry and exotic equipment, and keep her hull in good shape to hold the hostile Heavens at bay.
Explore a unique and dangerous universe

You play the captain of a locomotive, a steam engine fitted for off-rail travel: sailing the stars, leading your crew into trouble and out of their minds. Smuggle souls, barter for crates of time, stop for cricket and a cup of tea.

Discover more of the deep, dark and marvelous Fallen London Universe, as seen in our previous game, SUNLESS SEA. (You can play either game first, the stories coexist happily.)

Fight her majesty's agents, pirates and abominations of the skies

Face ships of differing factions and unknowable beasts each with different attacks and agendas.
Survive starvation, madness and terror.

Manage your crew’s condition and your captain’s nightmares. Balance fuel and supplies against your desire for new horizons, knowledge or riches. Struggle with sights never meant for human eyes. How will the dark change you?
Recruit officers on your adventures

Populate your ship with unique, upgradeable officers, each with their own quest to fulfill: an incautious driver, an incognito princess, a repentant devil, and - dear god! - your Aunt?! How did she get out here?

Discover your captain’s past through narrative levelling

Reveal your captain’s past deeds as facets of their personality as you progress. Most captains will perish, but their actions will leave a mark on the world for their descendants - for better or worse. Pass on some effects, and return anew to deal with events that your previous captain put into motion.


The High Wilderness is a wondrous vision of space: shifting, wind-swept ruins where the laws of the cosmos are not as we imagined.

The stars are alive. They are the Judgments: vast intelligences that govern all things. But they are dying. One by one, something is snuffing them out, leaving their thrones empty.

Unfettered by trivial things like gravity, the Victorian Empire have pushed their tendrils into this new world, and their ambition is savage. They have built a new Sun. The Empress Victoria reigns from the Throne of Hours, which gives her control over time.

Your Captain and crew must carve out a life between the stars. Will you support her majesty and the establishment, or the working class rebels who yearn for freedom from the Workworlds?


Multiple, intertwining stories with a depth and richness unlike anything else in games, inspired by CS Lewis, Jules Verne, Lovecraft and HG Wells

Lush, hand-drawn 2d art to match

Four giant regions to explore: celestial wilderness, impossible industrial empire, pagan midnight expanse, and the mysterious Blue Kingdom.

A choice of play styles: build a lineage of captains as each dies, or reload your most recent captain and continue

Key remapping and full controller support

Who are Failbetter Games?
We’re a boutique games studio based in London, UK. We’ve been making indie games since 2009. If you’ve read this far, this game is almost certainly for you. Come with us into the dark, delicious friend.

Everything you need to know about Sunless Skies

Thinking about boarding a locomotive and firing yourself off into space? We can't really blame you, but it's good to be prepared. Here's Johnny with everything you need to know about sunless skies.

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Sunless Sea: How To Reduce Terror Guide


In this guide, we'll look at how to manage and reduce Terror. We'll look at a few things you can buy to do it (bigger engines, for example), and the effect of the main ports which can rapidly mitigate and reduce terror issues.

Mostly, they're around the edge - Fallen London and the Cumaen Canal are obvious candidates, but there's perhaps a few further afield you didn't know about

Ranneko's Zailing Tips 1 - Fuel, Lights and Hiding in Fights

A little bit of an experiment in shorter, more edited videos. This is a series giving advice for new zailors on the unterzee. The focus at least at the start will be basic advice on getting the most out of your initial characters.

Today's tip is about lights, it is probably the most easy thing to miss, but also the easiest thing to give advice about. Lights consume fuel. This is surprisingly less than obvious.

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Sunless Sea: The Serpentine VS: The Fulgent Impeller

In this video, I compare the quality of the two storyline engines that can be obtained in Sunless Sea

How to obtain The Serpentine:

How to gain The Fulgent Impeller

How to pick up the Leucothea-class Steam-Yacht

Sunless Sea Strategy & Tactics 10: Retirement

Today we bid farewell to our first Zee Capitan as things are looking more and more like he has reached the end of his useful lifespan. While he might not have completed his life's goal, he has set things up for his heir quite nicely.

Ranneko's Zailing Tips 10 - The Map

Today's tip is on the map in Sunless Sea, it is a little bit random, a little bit predictable and full of monsters.

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Sunless Sea: Zubmariner - How to Make Money Trading - A Stoic Plays

While not really intended to be a trading game, with the right ship and route you can make a lot of money trading goods in the Zubmariner expansion for Sunless Sea. In this video I show you how.

Sunless Sea: Zubmariner is a game by Failbetter Games ( and can be purchased on Steam (

Disclosure: The developers were kind enough to give me a preview version of the game but as always the choice to record the video was my own and content was not influenced in any way.

Sunless Sea: How to get a Zubmarine (Zubmariner DLC)

Sunless Sea's Zubmariner DLC is out now, but taking to the murky depths in a Zubmarine isn't as easy as clicking your fingers or eating a crew mate. Find out how to get your ship made into a Zub in this handy video guide.

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Sunless Sea ~ Secret Technique

Credits to FearfulFerret on the SpeedDemosArchive forums for finding and sharing this.

When you have the blue scintillack lump, go into hold after using it to reset cooldown, mash 1,4, G and hold to do rapid fire, works while paused too. Combat is now trivial!

Sunless Sea Review

Sunless Sea gives you a wonderful world to explore and packs it with memorable written vignettes.

Ranneko's Zailing Tips 7 - Legacies

How does the legacy system work in Sunless Sea? It can be a little confusing and some parts don't quite work the way you might expect.

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Must Play Indie? p2: Sunless Sea

Sunless Sea may look like a rouge-light sea adventure with trading and combat but is probably more enjoyable as a text adventure with a game attached. Check out if this indie game is for you and if it is you can check it out on steam:

A Hitchhiker's Guide to Early Access: Sunless Sea

Hello from 2015! It's a new year, time to start back in with some new content. This time we are taking a look at the very interesting Sunless Sea by Failbetter Games. Set in the world of Fallen London, the Neath, and the Unterzee, we find ourselves adrift in a black sea of very well written stories, dismal but whimsical, and vaguely unsettling events in a mysterious world for you to explore and attempt to understand.
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