this is super late as i literally just got to it myself, but this author has done quite a few games with similar themes and settings! check them out on his website
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Really enjoying this game so far!! The mythos you've created is fascinating, and I like the characters you've conceptualized. I can't wait to finish the game!
Unfortunately, at some point, I stopped getting the option to pick things up even after the dialogue suggests that I may. I'm not sure if this is the same dialogue bug you mentioned, but just in case, I wanted to let you know.