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Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



The Let's Play is over! You may follow it on the Let's Play Archive.



































































What is Night in the Woods?

Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character. It was funded through Kickstarter and made by Infinite Fall, a three-person teamup of Alec Holowka, Scott Benson, and Bethany Hockenberry.

In it, we play as Mae Borowski, a 20-year-old college dropout who returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. Mae wants to resume her aimless former life and reconnect with the friends she left behind, but things aren't the same. Home seems different now and her friends have grown and changed. And there's something in the woods.

What kind of LP is this?

This is a blind LP with voice commentary, and those who joined me in this journey of self-discovery and nostalgic desire were my good friends Maple Leaf and Antinomy. Night in the Woods has several branching paths regarding dialogue options and diary entries. This is semi-completionist run showing these alternate paths. The LP originally started with the game's original launch version, but the Weird Autumn update added much more that I covered in bonus episodes.

Main Characters

Mae Borowski: The player character. A 20-year-old with a history of violence and risk-taking behavior, Mae has dropped out of college and moved back in with her parents in the dying mining town of Possum Springs. In therapy for her anger management and dissociative disorder issues, Mae drifts from day to day, doing what strikes her fancy and rarely thinking about the consequences of her actions. Despite her aloofness she recognizes she has issues and feels she is irredeemable living trash. Witnessed a kidnapping on Halloween and thinks she's being haunted by a ghost. Plays the bass.

Greggory Rulz: Mae's best friend. Gregg is impulsive and prone to petty criminal acts such as theft and vandalism, feels his going to jail is inevitable, and wonders if he is a good person despite it all. Despite being aware of Mae's turbulent personality, he often enables her behavior. Dates Angus but dislikes Angus's family, and is fearful of losing him. Works at the Snack Falcon and plays the guitar in the band.

Beatrice Santello: Mae's best friend when they were kids. Beatrice (or Bea) works at her family's hardware store but resents Mae for dropping out of college when she never got a chance to. Always tired from work and sad after her mother's passing, Bea covers up her pain with an apathetic and cynical outlook on life, and expects very little of Mae's capacity for maturity and good behavior despite once having been friends. Plays "drums" in the band.

Angus: Gregg's boyfriend. Awkward around people and preferring to cling to Gregg, Angus has a very scientifically-oriented mind and is skilled with computers. Abused as a child by his parents, Angus developed his skeptical worldview after suffering such violence. Works at the Video Outpost Too and does vocals for the band.

Jeremy Warton: Bike enthusiast and fresh out of high school. Jeremy Warton (or Germ Warfare, as he prefers to be called) hangs out with an assortment of people and seems to jump from topic to topic during conversation. His conversations with Mae tend to be one-sided and inconsequential. His brother passed away at some point, and he lives with the rest of his family near the woods, away from town. Takes care of Rabies, a wild possum that lives in a sewer.

Lori M.: A teenager who was in middle school when Mae put a kid in the hospital. Sometimes calls Mae "Killer", the nickname given to her for that event. A lover of horror movies and dedicated crafter of fake body parts and blood, Lori wants to make her own horror movie someday, but has thoughts of isolating herself after losing her mother. Lives near the railroad tracks.

Casey Hartley: One of Mae's former friends. Missing since June, Casey used to be a drummer for the band. Mae's friends thought he hopped a train and ran away from Possum Springs, but in reality, Casey was killed by the Possum Springs cult, sacrificed to the existential horror lurking in the depths.

Candy Borowski: Mae's mother. A gentle soul, religious woman, and voracious reader, Mrs. Borowski works as a church administrator, even if she gets distracted easily from doing her job. Loves to read books about crime and horror. Tends to trade jokes with her daughter, but the strain caused by Mae's past and college abandonment has created a rift between them.

Mr. Borowski: Mae's father. A former alcoholic who was once a danger to Mae and her mother, Mr. Borowski stopped drinking but was laid off from work. An older gentleman with a sharp sense of humor, even if he relies heavily on puns. Loves to read books about birds. Knew Angus's father in the 80s.

Molly Borowski: Mae's aunt. A cop on the beat in Possum Springs, she has a concern for Mae even though Mae hates her and all police. Doesn't believe that Mae witnessed a kidnapping after investigating the area the night after the incident.

Pastor Karen: A church pastor. Well-meaning and go-getting, Pastor Karen is willing to act as a therapist and helper to any who ask, but she has her own private doubts about the existence of God. Tried to help Bruce with his living situation despite facing opposition from the town council.

Bruce: A vagrant and drifter who used to do several manual labor jobs before hitting a patch of bad luck and ending up in Possum Springs. Lived near the church before leaving the town for his home and family.

Mr. Chazokov: One of Mae's former teachers. An astronomer and education enthusiast, he appreciates Mae's interest in stargazing and invites her to hunt for dusk stars on his telescope, telling her stories about each star as she identifies them.

Selmers: One of Mae's neighbors. Unemployed but part-time babysitter, Selmers was caught shoplifting painkillers and put in rehab for her drug abuse. Now an amateur but surprisingly eloquent and aware poet and multilevel marketer saleswoman of beauty products.

Olive Branch fucked around with this message at 18:51 on May 18, 2019

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Fish Noise
Jul 25, 2012

IT'S ME, BURROWS!

IT WAS ME ALL ALONG, BURROWS!


This entire game is wallpaper material.

Edit: Also you gotta take a look at the "demo" games for this: Longest Night and Lost Constellation.

Fish Noise fucked around with this message at 08:32 on Feb 23, 2017

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



Fish Noise posted:

This entire game is wallpaper material.

Edit: Also you gotta take a look at the "demo" games for this: Longest Night and Lost Constellation.
I know, this game is gorgeous to look at. I definitely will be playing the two other games midway through the story, as by next episode I can already see how Lost Constellation would fit.

Scaramouche
Mar 26, 2001

SPACE FACE! SPACE FACE!



I can't help it when I see eels that often I have to watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JoxISdBzmY
(cf Mighty Boosh)

Glaive17
Oct 11, 2012

What is there left to discover about donuts...?


Pillbug

I will come back to this after a bit, I definitely want to play the game myself first. I really enjoyed Longest Night, still have to try Lost Constellation, too. Will probably get the game this weekend, we'll see how far I get!

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



Possum Springs?

Fish Noise
Jul 25, 2012

IT'S ME, BURROWS!

IT WAS ME ALL ALONG, BURROWS!


...did you do something to the music?

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



Fish Noise posted:

...did you do something to the music?
No, it's played distorted like this. I assume that the game has a soundtrack that ISN'T meant to be distorted? Maybe the recording software, Sykpe sharing screens and Virtual Audio Cable are all jumbling up the audio for the game.

EDIT: To clarify, I think Fraps may have recorded it like this. I fired up the game just now as a test and sure enough, there is no weird distortion going on. I'll take it up with the Tech Support Fort and see what I can do for future recordings.

Olive Branch fucked around with this message at 03:17 on Feb 25, 2017

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



A couple of things I'd like to note before the next episode goes up (tomorrow night or so).

First, that the game audio this time seems to have recorded without any distortions in the music. So, that's good! EDIT: Spoke too soon, there are some distortions here and there. Sorry, folks.

Second, that Maple Leaf is not only a cool cat to comment with, but a man of great service and a distinguished guide at troubleshooting streaming-related content and programs. I don't know what I'd do without him to test things out to see how they work before recording.

Olive Branch fucked around with this message at 07:21 on Feb 27, 2017

AltaBrown
Sep 8, 2011


The syle of the game was reminding me of something, but it wasn't until the song popped up on my playlist that I remembered what it was. Seven years ago Morcheeba released "Dive Deep", and the song "Enjoy the Ride". The video for the song is reminiscent of the game's style, and theme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUPA0C60YDE

Also, I love that song.

White Coke
May 29, 2015


This has been an interesting game so far. I wonder if they're going to escalate the stakes with something like a murder. I'd be pleasantly surprised if they just keep the game focused on Mae, why she dropped out and what life is like in Possum Springs.

BallisticClipboard
Feb 18, 2013

Such a good worker!



I really like this game and enjoy the LP so far. I hope you solve the audio issues but good job.

Maple Leaf
Aug 24, 2010

Let'en my post flyen true


Olive Branch posted:

Second, that Maple Leaf is not only a cool cat to comment with, but a man of great service and a distinguished guide at troubleshooting streaming-related content and programs. I don't know what I'd do without him to test things out to see how they work before recording.

You forgot to call me pleasant, you douchebag

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



We've got an update. I am better at rhythm games than this, I swear.

Vexrm
Feb 2, 2009

Full of hot raspberry jam blooded passion.

Man this has a nice slow burn going on.

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



An update to celebrate the middle of the week.

vdate
Oct 25, 2010


Mae's Dad posted:

Ok really Mae don't poke dead body parts with sticks.

welp, I'm buying this game sooner rather than later

Olive Branch posted:

If you don't have responsibilities, what do you have?

Your desires. In my experience 'what I want to do' drives me far more than 'what I should do'. This may reflect poorly on me!

vdate fucked around with this message at 23:35 on Mar 1, 2017

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



vdate posted:

welp, I'm buying this game sooner rather than later


Your desires. In my experience 'what I want to do' drives me far more than 'what I should do'. This may reflect poorly on me!
I wanted to drive more at the fact that, at least in my opinion, seeking a life of pleasure and hedonism doesn't necessarily give you as much fulfilment as a life with meaning, which usually relates to some sort of responsibility. Even responsibility for yourself is "adult", which could mean anything from staying healthy and active or simply bettering yourself by being the best person you can be.

Mae's life is like a floating lily in a river: it's got its own allure, but it's fragile and has no control over where it's going. Of course, it is way too early in both the game and Mae's life to declare her a lost case, even with her checkered past. I just don't want to watch her ruin her life further by trapping herself in a cage of apathy and developmental paralysis.

BallisticClipboard
Feb 18, 2013

Such a good worker!



Boy will you love hanging out with Bea.

e: maybe a spoiler

Vexrm
Feb 2, 2009

Full of hot raspberry jam blooded passion.

I am enjoying the slow pace dread. Coming from a small town that's been dying this feels like home in all the worst ways. However, fixing that computer quest didn't really add anything? Am I wrong? I don't think any character growth happened or information that couldn't have been given in a better and probably less annoying way. Shocking yourself was a pointless puzzle and doesn't feel like it added anything. We already know Mae does stupid things and doesn't think things through. I don't know, maybe I'm being a bit harsh on the game and I'm not the one playing it, but the whole episode seemed like filler.

vdate
Oct 25, 2010


Olive Branch posted:

I wanted to drive more at the fact that, at least in my opinion, seeking a life of pleasure and hedonism doesn't necessarily give you as much fulfilment as a life with meaning, which usually relates to some sort of responsibility. Even responsibility for yourself is "adult", which could mean anything from staying healthy and active or simply bettering yourself by being the best person you can be.

Mae's life is like a floating lily in a river: it's got its own allure, but it's fragile and has no control over where it's going. Of course, it is way too early in both the game and Mae's life to declare her a lost case, even with her checkered past. I just don't want to watch her ruin her life further by trapping herself in a cage of apathy and developmental paralysis.

I agree. As you said, it's unclear what precisely (if anything) Mae wants right now, so she isn't driven towards anything.

vdate fucked around with this message at 15:51 on Mar 2, 2017

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



It's Friday! Have an update.

RedMagus
Nov 16, 2005

Male....Female...what does it matter? Power is beautiful, and I've got the power!


Grimey Drawer

oh excellent! I just got done with AM2R right when you guys started that one, and I finished this game last night.

Honestly, I'm looking forward to seeing you both roll around town. It's a game I really want to play with someone just hanging with me, I almost wish it had co-op!

Sankara
Jul 18, 2008




Night in the Woods is the best game ever made.

ModeWondershot
Dec 30, 2014

Portu-geezer


I think the art for this game reminds me most of the construction paper cutout sections of Cucumber Quest. This is very much a good thing.

Also, I can sort of agree that the story so far seems more than a little aimless given that little of note besides the discovery of a detached arm has happened. That said, as someone who did return home jobless after finishing university, I can attest to them nailing the feeling of having days where you spend the whole time just accomplishing one thing because of the relatively meaningless feeling of time.

Hopefully Mae will make her mind up about something by the time this is all over.

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



It's not quite an LP curse but trying to LP this game live while sharing screens is a pain in the neck. Expect a new episode tomorrow or Wednesday!

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



So this sucks to say, but the LP commentary will be post-recording now rather than live. Between the music distortion, low frame count and graphical quality, issues setting up screen sharing and audiovisual transfer to Maple Leaf, and now a desync between audio and video in the Fraps file, I've decided to make the LP's quality better by sacrificing the debate between dialogue choices and my own reactions at the time of recording.

So, for those who enjoyed hearing both myself and Maple debate Mae's problems as we see them at the same time, I apologize! At least, in Maple's own words, his reactions will still be "virginal".

Forgall
Oct 16, 2012

What're you lookin' at?


I bet you just broke your computer with too much porn.

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



Forgall posted:

I bet you just broke your computer with too much porn.
Dude you know it. If only I knew of a porn log, this wouldn't have happened.

And man, this game gets really wild. The party is something else.

Fish Noise
Jul 25, 2012

IT'S ME, BURROWS!

IT WAS ME ALL ALONG, BURROWS!


I believe there is in fact an entire thread about Woods Porn somewhere in the goldmine of this very forum.

get that OUT of my face
Feb 10, 2007



Between this and the sorta-derail of the Federation Force LP, perhaps the LP gods are giving signs that you and Maple Leaf both need to branch out and go solo for a while before making a grand reunion.

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



An update for you!

cant cook creole bream
Aug 15, 2011
I think Fahrenheit is better for weather

I don't want to complain about your new recording style, but the audio is a bit desynched. You are reading a lot of dialog half a second before it appears on screen and it is a bit disorienting. It's quite noticeable around 7:00.

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



cant cook creole bream posted:

I don't want to complain about your new recording style, but the audio is a bit desynched. You are reading a lot of dialog half a second before it appears on screen and it is a bit disorienting. It's quite noticeable around 7:00.
Yeah, I became aware of the desync the moment we finished the recording session and saw my audio (not Maple's) was shorter than the game audio's. My computer had a couple of slight freezes during the recording but I didn't want to force Maple to start the video all over again as we already had screwed it up once. I had to add silences where I could find them, but clearly I didn't find them all. Sorry.

If it's any consolation, the next video has no such issues... at least that are glaring.

cant cook creole bream
Aug 15, 2011
I think Fahrenheit is better for weather

To say something game related:

Mae should be a little more careful when it comes to alcohol. She just raises so many red flags.

-She said that this was pretty much the first beer.
-By the weird American standards she is technically underage.
-She dislikes the taste and feels like it's more of an obligation.
-She is a tiny, light cat.
-She's socially awkward and believes that the booze might be a magic cure for that.
-Her live is sort of a mess right now she might be depressed.
-There is genetic disposition for being a (violent?) alcoholic!

Any two or three of those points should be enough to make her run away from that stuff. The only way it could be even worse would be if she took painkillers to ignore an impending liver failure while she was pregnantly driving a car through the desert.

cant cook creole bream fucked around with this message at 22:55 on Mar 8, 2017

Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



cant cook creole bream posted:

To say something game related:

Mae should be a little more careful when it comes to alcohol. She just raises so many red flags.

-She said that this was pretty much the first beer.
-By the weird American standards she is technically underage.
-She dislikes the taste and feels like it's more of an obligation.
-She is a tiny, light cat.
-She's socially awkward and believes that the booze might be a magic cure for that.
-Her live is sort of a mess right now she might be depressed.
-There is genetic disposition for being a (violent?) alcoholic!

Any two or three of those points should be enough to make her run away from that stuff. The only way it could be even worse would be if she took painkillers to ignore an impending liver failure while she was pregnantly driving a car through the desert.
Ah, the BoJack Horseman approach. Clearly a model to emulate.

Atomikus
Jun 4, 2010

Muncie? Muncie! MUNCIE!


ACAB is classic edge-teen for "All Cops Are Bastards"

C-Euro
Mar 20, 2010



Soiled Meat

I've only watched the first episode of this LP so far but that first episode made me immediately call my mom and then my dad right afterwards So thanks for that.

Minty
May 2, 2005

by Nyc_Tattoo


Atomikus posted:

ACAB is classic edge-teen for "All Cops Are Bastards"



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Olive Branch
May 26, 2010

There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.



Here is another update! To be honest, I'm pumping these out because I really want to keep playing this game. I'm also not sure how long it is so I feel more frequent episodes will make the slow pace of the game go by faster!



As mentioned in the video, there is a vote for the next (few?) episode(s)! Mae's mom said that we only have so many days in our lives and water to feed the trees of friendship, and since I'm not sure if that means we're limited in our choice of events, the vote is a simple one. Between Bea and Gregg, who do we hang out with for today? You can also vote to ignore both and just go straight to the band jam session and watch me fail miserably.

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