Okay, I did a quick-ish first run-through of the new version.
Omg, I've just met the librarian, and her design is a-ma-zing
, and the art is absolutely gorgeous as well. Both kickstarter teachers look super cool and I so look forward to seeing more of them, I'm so excited!
I also approve of William's new sprite. Not that the previous one was anything less than great, but now he looks younger, and that's good!
I think this is a new thing in the dialogue, but I might be wrong: when a Scheming MC tells Minnie he can't promise he'll vote for her, because "in [his] country, it's not allowed to publically discuss who you'll vote for" (which, btw: hello dystopia!!!!), and then she emphasizes "tradition" when giving him a Helping Hand, MC's reaction comes across as a bit strange. He's the one who mentioned traditions first, why is he so concerned she might be onto him all of a sudden? She might just be trying to find common ground, or to tell him not to dismiss Iris Academy traditions out of hand.
Oh, something that keep bothering me but I always forget to mention: I don't like how the conversation with William after PC follows the footsteps at night and is attacked goes. When it starts, you think you're going to ask William for info about why would someone run past Wolf Hall, it's not framed as a safety thing, but then you find yourself making a big thing out of "being attacked" (after following someone who wasn't aggressive, so that's another reason I don't like the way PC handles this conversation). It's a bit of a bait-and-switch, especially because you can't drop the topic before it turns into complaints about the attack. I'd like if there was a choice to stop the conversation before it went there, it's a little annoying to find PC complaining about something I didn't intend to without being forewarned he's going to make an issue out of it.
Re: Dumping Damien. It is
a little bit early in the year to be gloating, but damn, that felt good
. "I don't want anything to with you. I never did." "I'm saying: I win. You lose."
WE STAN AN ICON.
Re: Refusing. "Which is a pity, because I can't ask him what 'playing up to' means".
PC's got priorities and I for one stand with him! Also a priceless demonstration of how little PC cares about Damien Ramsey. WE STAN.
I was a little surprised that Damien wasn't slamming the "oh but if you don't want it to be a date I wouldn't want to pressure you" button for all he's worth, but I guess his approach of Wolf!PC isn't shrouded in pretending everything's dandy and platonic the way he was toying with Horse!PC. So it makes sense he'd play the guilt-tripping card the way he does.
I wish we could buy a book of poetry even if PC got a poem another way (in the case of this playthrough, got it from Ms Darden
) XD I'm the worried kind, if it were me I'd like to be able to make comparisons before picking one to read at the club! Maybe we could pick between themes, or form/type of poem, something like that? It would be a neat detail to be able to make a decision.
Re: William asking about Damien and PC: "I'm going to crush him."
WE! STAN!!!!! Okay, it is a bit too strong for Wolf!PC, probably, who hasn't had Horse!PC's experience or the player's, BUT IT IS SO CATHARTIC! [ETA: also, man I can't wait to romance-actually-romance-for-real Damien while picking this option? Just. The development, the twist, the drama, the "no i never meant for that to happen!" on both sides!!!!]
Also I yelled at William's reaction. Well, the first part. I wanted to throw my arms in the air at the second. "That's what Angela did." Yeah well maybe Angela's allowed to have the right idea every once in a while!! Good on her!!!!!
WE HAVE A TIMELINE!1eleventyone
omg Hanako I'm so happy I could cry
. We finally know what went before what. I totally agree with William's analysis of Angela's motives, btw - which makes me wonder if that's really the end of it!
"I never learn, do I?"
XD T_____________T i am so sorry about your type, William. (also suddenly so motivated to get this version of PC with William.)
I love everything this conversation chooses to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I don't know it's new or if I just never did this convo as a flirt, but "I know he's a flirt, but so am I" is really nice. The convo about "I like him" is very nice, too - it's rose-colored, but realistically so.
I also find it interesting, now, that William's most positive about the relationship if you say Damien's "pretty, but shallow" - "this isn't a serious relationship for either of us". It's the only branch of the convo, as far as I can see, where William looks reassured (despite his "looking uncomfortable", which, again, so interesting. Guilt? or something more?). And he also says this: "Well, if it works out for both of you, then I guess I should wish you luck." William suddenly treating the Damien-PC thing as a legitimate relationship, if a shallow one. I think it might because PC's previous dismissal of Damien makes William think PC himself is too shallow to fall for Damien at all? Plus said dismissal of Damien's charms must not be very pleasant to hear, when you're one of his victims - like PC was saying "I don't see how anyone could be fooled enough to fall in love with him". And maybe William's relieved, too, because if PC's too shallow to fall for Damien, but Damien's interested anyhow, it means no-one gets hurts. Neither an "innocent fresman girl", nor PC... nor even Damien.
Food for thought, is all I'm saying.
I've run into a bug during the second exam: I was casting Farsight to see what was behind the two gas cases, and as I was Farsighting I cast Light, and the game froze on this message: "You cas Farsight. / The Gas attacks unnamed unit. / You takes 20 damage."
Third exam, a related problem: can we no longer cast Light while we're casting Farsight to light the way over the holes? I don't remember another way to light the way ahead, but maybe I forgot. Which means I had to Teleport myself into the dark and pray I wasn't falling into a hole...
EDIT: also there's a bug when I attempt to master Blue Magic. I uploaded it, so there's that.
This was a also my first playthrough where I managed to keep two adjectives active! Usually I lose all but one by the time the Dark Dance is announced at the latest. (Usually I retain either flirty or scheming; I've never managed to keep "sporty" for more than shortly after the Clubs meeting) So wooohoooo me! \o/