J’dal by Ryan Kinsman opens me up to Drunk Jack’s Tavern, and I immediately think I will like this Drunk Jack.
It turns out I never get to meet Drunk Jack, and the waitress won’t let me order a beer. Sad face. Meanwhile, the game is telling to look and eat and wait. This is a very bossy game.
I’m also completely confused on the setting. Is it set in the past (there are some allusions to race being an issue)? Is it set in the future (this side of the planet, apparently, is very bright)? Is it the Wild Wild West (mines)? Or is this fantasy (maces and swords)?
I encountered an error almost immediately after sleeping in the room with ‘Dad.’ (Shh, don’t worry, I wore my blindfold.) When I woke up the next morning, I was trying to follow Dad and I re-entered room 203. Dad appeared again in room 203 and told me to sleep. I figured the bug would let me go back to sleep and then follow him again, but no such luck. I wasn’t drowsy, and now I couldn’t leave the room. Restart.
Trying to leave the tavern, neither ‘go out’, ‘go outside’, or ‘out’ work. ‘Exit’ does, however. I also lost Dad somewhere. About twelve turns later, he appears suddenly at the job site.
We all go into the mine and I learn about bearts.
>ask dad about bearts“What’s a beart?” I ask.“It’s like a bear, kind of, but it’s completely blind,” Dad says. “Lives in caves and dark places like this.”
>ask roderick about ropeWhich do I mean, the rope, rope, rope or rope?
“J’dal!” Dad exclaims, and then holds me. After a bit of crying and stuff, I realize we’re still both naked and this is weird, so I pull away. I explain what happened.We swim back to the cave and put our clothes back on. I feel a little better now.“J’dal,” Dad says, “we’ll have to tell everyone that I killed him. Alright? If they find out a darkie did it, even though he was a murderer …”“Alright,” I interrupt. “I get.”