Come away, O human youngster! To the waters and the wild With an Alice, hand in hand

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I discover myself alone. I’m the one individual left within the treehouse proper now. I believe it is the primary time this has occurred. It is attention-grabbing to think about that I may attempt to wipe the web site, delete a great deal of articles, do one thing to burn down my job. I do not significantly need to, however the coiled potential to do it exists, as a result of I’m unsupervised. There isn’t any different member of employees between me and all of you. The nice filter is eliminated. Any typos are on goal. How you doin’?

This offers me an ideal alternative, as a result of I get to have, in a way, the ultimate phrase on RPS this yr. There are a whole lot of posts developing (if we embody the Advent Calendar posts which have already gone, we’ve got 50-ish bits of hashtag seasonal hashtag content material this yr, which I believe is essentially the most I’ve needed to schedule for a Christmas break but), however virtually all the pieces after this level is a scheduled submit, product of time journey phrases written days or perhaps weeks in the past. I’m stay and uncensored, child. I’m going to fireplace up Among Trees. Let’s go and be alone collectively. But don’t fret, I take my responisbility severely, so I’ll make sure that the ultimate phrase is a joke.

It’s been a bizarre outdated yr for me. I moved to a brand new nation, and it is a good place to stay, however I haven’t got many buddies right here but. I’ve felt more and more remoted from work and games and other people generally, regardless that I’ve to work together with rising numbers of individuals day-to-day on-line. Sometimes it makes me unhappy, however equally as typically it makes me need to be much more alone. I like being on my own. There isn’t any stress to be anybody else whenever you’re by your self, y’know what I imply?

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Among Trees has been in early entry for a bit now. It’s a survival game about residing in a bit hut within the woods, foraging for mushrooms and sticks and finally constructing extra bits of your little home. I have not performed it for some time, and the very first thing I observed in the present day is that it opens with a Byron quote, which I’m fairly positive it did not earlier than.

There is a pleasure within the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society the place none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I really like not Man the much less, however Nature extra


A shot of Reed Lake in Among Trees, early at dawn

Unfortunately I fucking hate Byron. I suppose if you wish to open your game with a quote from essentially the most well-known poet to ever probably fuck his sister then that is the one to go along with. Among Trees all the time makes me assume extra of the W.B. Yeats poem The Stolen Child. The world’s extra stuffed with weeping than you possibly can perceive. It’s tempting, is not it, to go away the world behind, and put sufficient distance between you and it that you would be able to’t hear the weeping any extra.

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I would not really wish to stay in an unheated pine hut within the woods in actual life, as a result of I get very tied and I don’t like mushrooms. Having to hike round day by day to seek out mushrooms to eat wouldn’t be ideally suited. But I like doing it in Among Trees. Two years of early entry has added extra berries, and a bit pocket book the place you sketch key places you discover. Turns out they’ve names! What I regarded as “Big Pond To Right-Ish Of My Front Door” is definitely known as Reed Lake. I believe there’s extra mist within the air now. I believe there are extra animals. I do not bear in mind seeing rabbit ears within the distance after I walked all the way down to Right-Ish Pond within the morning, or geese. Maybe I did, and have forgotten as a result of it has been some time since I used to be right here.


The notebook in Among Trees showing some sketched key locations - a waterfall and a lake

When I used to be youthful my mother and father used to get very aggravated with me as a result of I did not like happening walks (I grew up within the nation, the place Going For A Walk was a precept type of leisure). Things have been stated in regards to the dangers of not going for a stroll with my mother and father. The factor is, I don’t like going for a stroll with anybody. They will insist on making dialog, after I would fairly like to focus on not concentrating. I do not really feel like I can breathe loudly when I’m strolling with an individual. I can not inform if I’m going too quick or too gradual. I am unable to cease and stare at issues for a disconcerting period of time. I am unable to bounce round or conceal behind a tree imagining I’m a spy, or an elf on a quest by way of a forest. I nonetheless do all this stuff now, clearly. But solely when I’m alone. And in Among Trees you might be alone, and you may bounce up and down alongside the shore of the river whilst you search for driftwood, and no one can see.

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Towards the tip of this yr I made new buddies, began speaking to new folks – on-line nonetheless, but it surely’s good. No man is an island, however they may really be like timber, as a result of a tree is alone, however a whole lot of timber collectively is a forest, and forests are linked in an unlimited, invisible undergound community of roots and fungus. They talk, kind of, and share vitamins. Let’s go now, you and I, and eat Walnut Whips and crisps and watch the movies we watched once we have been children, and cry, as a result of the world’s weeping would not cease when you possibly can’t hear it. I forgot there have been hostile animals in Among Trees.


A bear attacking the player in Among Trees

The player lies dying on the floor, attacked by a bear, in Among Trees

Exit, pursued by a bear.

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