Fallen London Wiki:Editing Guidelines

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Hello and welcome to the Fallen London Wiki, Delicious friend! We are touched that you would want to share your knowledge with your fellow Londoners!

Editing rules[edit]

For this wiki, there are a few rules:

  1. Always use gender neutral pronouns when writing user-created content, such as guides, and change them if you find any non-neutral pronouns. The wiki is used by all genders and not all Fallen London characters follow traditional gender roles anyway, and we are all welcome.
  2. There is a Content policy which outlines the situations in which no/only partial info might be posted.
  • If you see any pages that violate this policy, mark it for deletion via Template:Delete, preferably with a comment that explains why you have marked it for deletion.
  • As a rule of thumb, you can only contribute content that Fallen London gives for free (i.e. if a free user can't see it, it's probably not allowed here).
  • You may still make item descriptions of Fate-locked items. Just don't mention how to get them unless it's mentioned in the description.
  • Do not include storylets that only cost 1 Fate; the cost is mainly a hint from FBG that they want these actions to remain hidden.
  • You may include content that was intentionally made available for free, even for a minority of players.
  1. You can only quote up to 250 characters of narrative content at a time. This applies to all in-game content (that isn't covered by rule 2). When you use templates this is worked out for you: the page will warn you when a description field is too long. Either cut it shorter or write a summary in the matching summary field.
  • Please don't just take the first 250 characters and cut the rest. Pick out interesting or crucial sentences. You can always hit 'Preview' to get an up-to-date character count.
  • Please add […] or (…) to denote trimmed passages (aka, when you cut a sentence, put […] in its place. Example: A decidedly incautious approach). Otherwise the readers might not know that the article was trimmed, and that would be unfair to FL writers.
  • Note that this does not apply to access codes and item descriptions – see this blog post for details.
  • For more information, see Trimming Guidelines.
  1. You may not post images which link directly back to Fallen London. Upload them to the wiki first. See the relevant section below.

If you are new to the Wiki style of editing, playing around in the Sandbox might help.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask any of the active admins or contributors!

Formatting and page structure[edit]

The Fallen London Wiki uses WikiText for formatting. A quick Cheat Sheet can be found here.


There are customized templates available to help in formatting the content pages. Templates are the reason for the uniform formatting and categorization you see in the wiki, so always use them when submitting content! A list of templates for Fallen London Wiki content can be found here.

The most used page-level templates are probably {{action}}, {{card}}, and {{storylet}}. Checking the documentation on these pages can help a bit for understanding the templates. Comparing with other pages can also help a lot! You can always copy a template from another page and then edit the fields.

Please note that the entry fields from the documentation are begun with a "|" — so "Description" should be written as "|Description". Note also that this is case sensitive.

Action results[edit]

A set of templates are used to keep track of changes which result from taking actions. Please use these!

  • Use the correct template to indicate what exactly happened. Put an asterisk (*) before each line:.
    • Use {{Item Gain}} if you got any items (and indicate how many)
    • Use {{Item Loss}} if you lost any items (and indicate how many)
    • Use {{Increase}} if a pyramidal (CP-based) quality increased (indicate by how many CP if you know)
    • Use {{Drop}} if a quality dropped (indicate by how many CP if you know)
    • Use {{Gain}} if a discrete (level-based) quality increased (indicate how many levels)
    • Use {{Move}} if you were moved to a new location as a result of taking that action
  • Finally, use {{Redirect}} if the action forwarded you to another storylet instead of the location where you currently are.

Using these templates will automatically add the correct icon, a link to the item or quality as well as the standard text formatting of the game, and the appropriate Wiki categories. For additional parameters available for each of the templates mentioned, please refer to the template documentation pages or just copy information from other wiki pages with the formatting you are looking for.

The Quicklist page has a list of many different item and quality gain/loss statements, including the thumbnail images, so it's easy to copy.

Rare Success[edit]

Sometimes, the same action gives out different rewards. If what you saw is different from what's on the wiki, there's always a chance that the different reward is a Rare Success, so don't edit the page just yet! Instead, leave a comment stating the different result, and wait for another editor to confirm it.

Challenge type[edit]

The vast majority of basic skill challenges are of 'Broad' difficulty, but some challenges, particularly for the Esoteric Arts are of 'Narrow' difficulty.

It is quite easy to determine which difficulty you are dealing with. Narrow challenges will have large Probability of Success changes for small differences in Quality Level — a change of 1 in Quality Level translates to a change of 5% or more in Probability of Success. In contrast, Broad challenges will have much smaller Probability of Success change — generally, a change of 1 in Quality Level translates to a change of 0–1% in Probability of Success.

The Broad and Narrow pages have calculators which can help you determine the exact parameters of challenges you face.


Help us track our pages! Always make sure that every page is linked to a relevant category. This usually happens by using the appropriate template.

Keep in mind these few questions when adding categories:

For more information, see Fallen London Wiki:Categories.

Incomplete pages[edit]

You might not have everything that you want to include on a page all at once. If a page is missing information (e.g., images, challenge information), placing the {{Incomplete}} template anywhere on it will help the editing team find it and fix it.


Please do not link images directly back to Fallen London. Upload them first to the wiki database.

Uploading images[edit]

We have quite a number of pictures already uploaded into the wiki — check if what you're upload is already here! We generally use the same file names as the ones in Fallen London for easy searching.

To upload:

  1. Go to the Upload page
  2. Right-click the image on fallenlondon.com and save it onto your computer or copy the image URL.
  3. Choose your saved image or past the image URL into the form.
  4. Name the "Destination filename" to the name of the image (the bit before ".png" is the name)
  5. For "Licensing", select "This file is copyrighted. The copyright holder has given permission for its use."

An exception to naming has been made for cameos, which are quite often used as profile pictures on the wiki; when newer versions arrive, we include 'cameo' in the file name rather than replace the original.

Adding images to pages[edit]

Images can be added by simply adding [[File:imagefile.png]] to a page. If you want to align the image to the left or right of the page, include "|left" or "|right" in the [[File:]] link. e.g. [[File:imagefile.png|left]]. For examples, see the Whitsun Guide.


When dealing with large numbers, particularly in guides, it's often tempting to use thousands separators, such as in 10,000.00 or 10.000,00. This can be confusing in an international community where thousands separators and decimal symbols vary. Fallen London doesn't use thousands separators, and as such we recommend not using them on the wiki either.

For particularly long numbers which are hard to read, you may consider an international system such as 10 000.00, but use this sparingly.

Meta pages[edit]

Disambiguation pages[edit]

To create a Disambiguation page, please follow these steps:

  1. Create a list of links for your page. Put {{Disambig}} at the top.
  2. Now move the content to your new pages.
  3. Back up, and revisit the Cards and Storylets your Actions point to. Update the Action page names to the new ones.

For a full explanation including examples please consult : User_blog:Neonix/Disambiguation_Pages.

Deleting pages[edit]

Likewise, if a page needs to be deleted (e.g., extraneous redirects), please place the {{Delete}} template on it for the admins to take care of.

Living stories[edit]

Some Storylets appear in a player's message feed, instead of the usual places in Fallen London. To reflect this, use the template:LivingStory instead of the usual Template:Storylet.

Where do I start?[edit]

If you have come this far, you may be wondering what to do on the wiki. There are always several areas where your work is welcome, such as


If you have any questions at all, no matter how dumb you think the question is. Please leave a message on the appropriate admin message wall. All Users below are a Admin and any other titles they might have are listed after their username.

Currently Active Admins[edit]

Historical Admins[edit]

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Happy editing!