I think the steadily accreting continuity of Faction Paradox detracts from its core appeal. It upsets me when I see fans on Gallifrey Base replying to some newbie saying "Ooh, Faction Paradox -- what's that? Where should I start?" by handing out a reading list they have to work through before they understand it properly. The correct answer is, "Well, the best books are [give a couple of choices here] -- read those and see whether you like them."
In my view, the successful Faction Paradox stories have shared three things:
- A interest in history, coupled with an understanding that it's ultimately negotiable;
- A subversive politics which sees all forms of authority (including that of the storyteller) as fundamentally questionable;
- A syncretic aesthetic based in anachronism, cult imagery and outsider art, which articulates points 1 and 2 above.
Some of the best Faction Paradox stories have combined all this with an exhaustive knowledge of Faction continuity (Newtons Sleep being the obvious example), while others (Warlords of Utopia, Erasing Sherlock) have basically ignored it. Both approaches work fine.
In other words, if what you like about Faction Paradox is voodooesque cultists standing around posing in period dress and skull-masks -- it's OK. You get it. That's fine.