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I have no idea what I'm supposed to do once the MC actually starts writing. There is no more interactable text.

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Thanks for playing! The essay section runs on a set of timers. More (interactable) text will appear after a set amount of time; the HTML counter does have a weird reaction if you click away from the game tab after loading the passage, so that may have thrown off the timer. If the rest of the essay passage still doesn't show up, please let me know (preferably with screenshots) here, or on tumblr @lapinlunaire-games :) 

Huh, ok, so I guess my frantic clicking on literally everything to find hidden interactables is what caused it. It does show up if I just wait. Maybe you should reduce the wait time? Also, what's the reason for the wait time?

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I'll look into it, but the wait time is deliberately an inconveniently long period. It's intended to force the player to re-read the single line and let it sink in, rather than quickly going to the next chunk of text. The discomfort and inescapability of that stasis is meant to convey an alternate flavor of how last spring felt for many Asian Americans.

Hm. Well, there is a part of the game where an ellipsis shows up slowly, one dot at a time, to let the readers know that something else is coming. Maybe you could do that in that section too?

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How long of a wait period is there? Because I've waited a while multiple times, and still nothing is loading for me. 

Hi there, so sorry for the delay! 

I've tested the updated build on a few different browsers and it seems to be working...you may need to refresh the tab/hit back and then "run manuscript" again. The longest delay is hardcoded at 5 seconds, so it definitely shouldn't be taking too long. Also, if you've previously played and have an old save file from before November/December 2021, please make sure you refresh before starting the game! Sometimes browsers won't load the newest version without that.

Thanks for playing!

Pray tell how long will the wait take?

Hello and thank you for playing! So sorry for the delay in my response - my raven must have gotten waylaid. 

The longest delay in this essay passage is hardcoded at 5 seconds - if you're stuck waiting, try exiting the game with the back button on your browser or refreshing the page. It'll begin the passage again, but that seemed to fix any timing problems when I tested it. Also, if you've previously played and have an old save file from before November/December 2021, please make sure you refresh before starting the game! Sometimes browsers won't load the newest version without that.

Thank you for playing!