Printing this on a mug is SUCH a good idea!
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oh, it's a glacier that left millions of years ago! no mountains, just a very Great Lake (in this case, Michigan, but I was born next to Erie and my grandmother lived just north on the shores of Ontario...so apparently this is my destiny in some weird way). but i will whisper a hello to what's left of it and maybe the mountains will hear. i miss them too! <3
I love this - the encouragement to get a little more personal is ALWAYS both necessary and beneficial in my personal opinion (I know it's not shared by all, but I would much rather too much story/character development and not enough combat than the reverse), and I also appreciated the exhortion to address some of the societal issues that are already being put in front of us with Blades but are maybe not being given their proper due by the design.
You can tell someone loves a game when they critique it by writing a supplement! The vignettes are great and super helpful and the point of view is absolutely in line with things I'd want to address in play.
Forgot that ratings don't show up as comments and I wanted my praise to be on the front page:
Beautiful poem, that through both its words and its formatting does a phenomenal job bringing one into the experience and frustration and longing of a writer with dyslexia. As someone who's not dyslexic but DOES have aphasia that has worsened with age (and/or maybe just stress), I found myself not just empathizing but really thinking about my own struggles with words and my struggle to hold-on-tight.
(SPOILER WARNING HERE, WHICH I THINK DOES APPLY HERE)
I wanted to add something about the form. As I and most others have noted the form itself gets the point across perfectly, but it's not just the shape or readability of the letters. At first, I was fascinated that it was written as "hypertext" literature, since it's a very simple, kind of "traditional" form (are we old enough to call things old in digital non-linear literature?), and therefore most people choose something cooler looking these days. But the simple typeface (like a console) and the links are a clear invitation for you to not just click forward but very literally engage with the text -- and once again that specific choice really hammers home the awareness of every word.
I feel like students will be writing essays about this poem, or could. It's amazing.