I didn't participate in this jam, but when I was debating it 'Rusty Blade' stuck out as the cart I would work on. What you did with the concept took it it to a whole new level. I am avoiding details so the game isn't spoiled, but I played through without really reading through the messages, mostly because I didn't grok the interface at first. Even without that context, the game feels like a whole work and an amazing short story. In my second play-through, because I HAD to play again, the additional story through the messages took it so much deeper then I anticipated. It made me rethink what I've been doing with game-development.
To players: this game deserves your time!!!