I don't often blog about games, since they don't really interest me that much, but I noticed that a few of my librarian friends from Twitter were all tweeting about 'going to Fallen London' so I thought I might tag along to see what it was all about. It's a browser based game, so nothing to download, but unlike other similar games (such as Farmville) there's a limit on the amount of time that you can spend there, so it's not the usual time sink.
The concept is simple - London has been swallowed up, and you live in a different version, populated by Rubbery Men, Tomb Colonists, Neddy Men, Araby Fighting Weasles, urchins, strange old ladies and much more. There are also different locations to visit, with various challenges to complete in order to improve various personal categories such as Persuasive or Dangerous. There is a social element in that you can work with Twitter friends to complete tasks, but even if you don't have any friends who play you can still have a lot of fun (though you do need a Twitter account to play).
I really enjoy the game - not so much for the strategy, which to be fair is rather limited, but the atmosphere is excellent - it's a mixture of Steampunk, Victoriana, Horror and slightly strange humour. It clearly attracts librarians though - not only is my character currently residing in rooms above a bookshop, he is currently on a task to rescue banned books! Screenshot below:
I don't know of any other games that are so attuned to the profession - but if you do, let me know. If you like playing games, I'd certainly suggest giving it a go, or if you like any of the genres I've mentioned, you might like this one. It's completely free to play and you may well find some of your Twitter librarian friends are skulking around somewhere!