I can tell a lot of work went into this! The writing has a distinctively inviting style, and the humor is fantastic.
I did experience a decent amount of lag while playing, which was disappointing. (Perhaps that’s just because this is a UK site and I’m accessing from the US? Not sure.) The command “aurale” in particular produced a perceptible lag in the browser every time I used it.
More specific notes under the spoiler tag.
[spoiler]I kept trying to interact with items that weren’t “real”, such as her civvie clothing (before it gets removed), the craters, the vegetables, the ice, the icicles, so on. I figured out after a bit that only the items listed to the right are actually implemented, but that was a little disappointing. Also, the Upper Rotunda claims to have a west exit to the clock tower, but it isn’t implemented.
I also couldn’t “look in” some reasonable things - the knapsack, the welcome basket. Not sure if “look in” is implemented in this game.
I liked the self-creating map and being able to mouse around directions. However, why can I click on my possessions in the sidebar? I fiddled with this for a bit but couldn’t tell if there was functionality or not.
Really liked the mouse-driven disambiguation when I tried “read file” - that was fantastic.
A few puzzle problems I hit:
I have a wand, and I see a key out of reach, and I know the key can hang on things because I see it hanging on the hat. But I can’t do anything like “get key with wand” or “push key with wand” or “lift key with wand”. (I know this wasn’t the right answer, but it would be nice if there were a response.)
I have pruning shears. There is a deer trail blocked by bushes. But “prune bushes” and “cut bushes” don’t do anything, and “use shears” just tells me I can’t use them.
Had trouble getting responses from the magic mirror - tried a bunch of topics like “students”, “school”, “academy”, “students”, “Gwen”, “Marx”, and it just flickered at me. Figured out after a while that it wants full student names, but it would be nice if it were a bit less picky.
“Break ice” didn’t work after looking at the greenhouse.
Reached a point where I couldn’t find anywhere new to go and didn’t know how to go into the portal, so I checked HINT and WALKTHROUGH. Since neither was in, I quit. (Disclaimer: I’m not a very patient player when I get stuck.)
Personal annoyance point: the “don’t eat gingerbread, it makes you fat” sequence. It might be appropriate for the character, but body image shaming is a turnoff for me and makes me want to play a game less.[/spoiler]
Overall, I really enjoyed what I saw of this game! I’ll be interested to see the final version down the road.