You accept everything that will happen from now on. Let's Play Deltarune!

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You accept everything that will happen from now on. Let's Play Deltarune!

Postby nosimpleway » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:47 pm

We sure do love our anagrams.

It all began with a tweet.

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The thing that appeared 24 hours later was simply a link to deltarune.com, soliciting feedback for Toby's next big project.

But... hmm. A feedback form is just an HTML thing, on a webpage. This website offers an executable download for the SURVEY_PROGRAM.

...and the entirety of the EULA is...

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So that's ominous!

What could this possibly be?

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Postby nosimpleway » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:47 pm

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Postby nosimpleway » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:58 pm

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ARE WE CONNECTED?

The text crawl is l i t t l e m o n e y slow. Text floating on a black background... is this Chara?

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TRULY EXCELLENT.

NOW.

WE MAY BEGIN.


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The background softly shifts and ripples. The background sounds are ambient, but they are most definitely sampled from the Giygas fight in Earthbound.

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Wow. Huh.

Not really feeling like this last choice really matters.

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DO YOU ACCEPT IT?

Sure.

EXCELLENT.

YOU HAVE CREATED A WONDERFUL FORM.

NOW.

LET US SHAPE ITS MIND AS YOUR OWN.


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"Pain"? Is this Chara?

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That is... an exceptionally unsettling question.

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HAVE YOU ANSWERED HONESTLY?

Still kind of weirded out by that blood type question, but sure.

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THE POSSIBILITY OF PAIN AND SEIZURE.

Um. I guess? Are there going to be, like, flashing lights and stuff?

UNDERSTOOD.

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Er, Rtwo is the name of the first child from Undertale, so let's not make things too confusing.

Okay, I'll admit. I blanked here.

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Heh heh.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE CREATOR?

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Oh, I know this one.

"NOSIMPLEWAY."

EXCELLENT.

TRULY EXCELLENT.

"NOSIMPLEWAY."

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

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Re: You accept everything that will happen from now on. Let's Play Deltarune!

Postby nosimpleway » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:59 pm

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Postby nosimpleway » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:00 pm

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Postby nosimpleway » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:01 pm

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Postby nosimpleway » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:05 pm

All right, GET HYPE FOR WHAT APPEARS TO BE UNDERTALE 2 OR SOMETHING KINDA LIKE THAT

Seriously when the EULA told me I had to accept whatever happened next I was kind of expecting a jumpscare -- this was released on Halloween, after all. Or maybe a snide "UNDERTALE 2 IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN" while an annoying dog hops around

Or maybe "YOUR SHIP WILL NEVER BE CANON" or some other hard truth for a fandom to swallow.

But nope! Apparently Deltarune is chapter one of a full game.

So.

I know a few of you binge-played this the instant you downloaded it until you got to the end. I haven't! I'm only a little bit through the first part as of this post, so while I welcome and encourage discussion and analysis, please mark spoilers if they come up.
(This will probably end up like my Undertale LP in that I'll self-spoil after I've played through once or twice -- assuming another metanarrative based on multiple playthroughs -- to make sure I'm not missing anything important, but until then, keep any major plot points under your hat, okay?)

Updates might be slow in coming, and smaller than you're used to seeing. I'm a lot busier these days than I was when I was doing my other LPs.

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Re: You accept everything that will happen from now on. Let's Play Deltarune!

Postby mharr » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:13 pm

The most important thing to know is that there is a classic point of no return on the way to the final act, and it's not explicitly signposted.

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Postby Friday » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:16 pm

spoilers: Undyne shows up and she suplexes you and it's game over
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Postby Friday » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:18 pm

YOU ACCEPT EVERY SUPLEX THAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU FROM NOW ON
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Postby Defenestration » Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:21 am

nosimpleway wrote:Seriously when the EULA told me I had to accept whatever happened next I was kind of expecting a jumpscare --

If you record any video for this, be careful. It's already been confirmed the hard way that the game has several ways for detecting if it's being recorded or streamed and will then helpfully provide a few jumpscares only in this context.
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Re: You accept everything that will happen from now on. Let's Play Deltarune!

Postby Mothra » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:37 am

Shhh, half the fun is people finding out that kind of stuff without knowing about it.

I got a little ways in, then stopped, cause I still gotta beat the O.G. U.T.

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Postby nosimpleway » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:52 am

Friday wrote:spoilers: Undyne shows up and she suplexes you and it's game over


I already did that ending. Like a dozen times.

Back to this LP, though:

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Good morning, Crono!

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So this is Toriel's adopted human child, but it isn't Frisk. We sure do love our near-anagrams, though.

Maybe the other bed is for the eighth child from the last game.

So if Kris's home is anything like Home or New Home there's all sorts of foreshadowing scattered about, so let's... transcribe a shitton of descriptive text. I'm particularly concerned about what appears to be a bloody smear next to a cage in the corner, there...

Smear: It's stained.

Cage: It's a red wagon with a rusty birdcage in it. Looks like it's seen quite a few crashes.

Nightstand: Clothes drawer.

Window: It's a beautiful day outside.

Birds are singing, flowers are blooming. On a day like this...

er.

Other nightstand: The drawer is mostly empty, except for... A school cross country shirt with a tear in it.

So... Frisk runs track?

Other nightstand again: There's nothing useful in the drawer.

Other bed: There are CDs under the bed. Classical, jazz, religious ska... There's also a game console. It has one normal controller, and one knock-off one.

Desk: It's a computer desk. There are many boxes under it filled with old books.

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Out in the hallway, there are a few overt callbacks to the previous game. There are even crayons in the drawer, and in case this turns out to be some important foreshadowed thing later on, there's no green.

The door at the end of the hallway, presumably Toriel's own room, is locked.

Cactus: A cactus. There's not much to say about it.

Bookshelf: There are many books.
Tales of Snails - A Story Book
Snails Do Not Have Tails - A Scientific Refutation
Can Snails Help Your Garden? Um, Not Really
And a signed copy of The History of Humans and Monsters, by Gerson Boom.


The old tortoise from Waterfall has moved on from the Hammer of Justice to shopkeeper archaeologist to a published writer. Good for him.

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Door to the left, then we'll snoop around the kitchen.

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...a can of Ice-E's Cool Boys Body Spray "Spray For The Boys," Flamin' Hot Pizza Flavor. It seems to be almost entirely full.

...and the ice block with a face has moved from writing impossibly difficult word jumbles to pushing the sort of body spray middle schoolers use instead of a shower. Good... for... him...

Toilet: (It's a toilet.) (Flush it?)

There's a little celebratory fanfare if you do.

Shower: On the shower ledge, there's a small container of apple-scented shampoo.
...and a gallon-sized container of pet shampoo.


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<thinking emoji repeated three or four times>

Sink: There is some white fur stuck in the drain.

Oven: There's some cinnamony batter caked on the stovetop.

Aw, man. Nothing beats food home-cooked with fire magic, but it looks like Toriel's taken to using mundane kitchen equipment.

Microwave: (Cookie cutters for gingerbread monsters and gingerbread humans.)

Garbage: It's a trashcan. Somehow, it's emitting a pleasant floral scent.

It's nice to visit the garbage can sometimes.

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Postby nosimpleway » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:57 am

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Do I?

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Oh, so I do. I can only "Call home" right now...

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...with predictable results.

Let's have a look around the menu. ITEM is empty, and STAT...

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Reveals that we are equipped with a small wooden stick and a bandage, appropriate gear for starting a game.

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Television: It's the TV. Doesn't seem to even be plugged in anymore.

Sofa end table: It's a book of hymns.

I wonder if it's religious ska.

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Postby nosimpleway » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:04 pm

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Make it to what? Guess the only way to find out is to climb in.

Driving narration: Kris... It is a beautiful day today, is it not? I hope it stays this way when ASRIEL visits next week.

whoa hold on what

Driving narration: But I wonder... After the excitement of university... Will he still enjoy coming home to this little town...?

Back up a sec you can't just namedrop something like that and then keep going like it's nothing I have multiple questions

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But Toriel offers no answers. We get cameos from a few familiar faces, including what appears to be Catty's mom and dad. I'm pretty sure dad's missing arm is a graphical glitch, I'm like 90% sure they both waved as Toriel drove past. Bratty is just around the corner, though I missed the screenshot.

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Rather than captain of the Royal Guard, Undyne is a beat cop. Everyone here also waves as Toriel drives by.

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And the library sign is still misspelled.

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It's pretty familiar how Toriel leads you by the hand through the first bit of the game.

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Postby nosimpleway » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:06 pm

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Inside the school we get a hug from Toriel that is somewhat less heart-wrenching than the last one we saw,

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and Kris, still on autopilot, walks to class.

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...ugh. If Alphys was my teacher I'd sleep in and be late to class, too.

Looks like Kris isn't the latest one, though. There are two empty desks.

That's Temmie, Monster Kid, and Snowdrake down the rightmost row. The other four students I don't recognize.

Next Time:: Finding a partner!

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Postby nosimpleway » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:24 pm

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Well it's not like I had a choice. There's a long list of things I'd rather do than be in the same room as Alphys, but I didn't really get that decision, did I?

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Ugh. This day keeps getting worse and worse.

Anyhow I'm not going to put in the time to make speech icons for every character like I did last time so we get plain-text transcription for this one. Alphys's facial expressions are all the same, with lots of anxious wincing and sweating.

Alphys: Uhhhh... so, walk around and find a partner, ok?

So like usual, let's go look at everything other than the other students first.

Alphys: What? Wh-what am I watching on my phone? It's schoolwork, of course. A... animated schoolwork... and... H-hey, Kris, have you chosen a partner yet?

Vase on the desk: (It's a bunch of roses.)

Desktop monitor: (The computer's wallpaper is a rotating slideshow of nature images.) (...and, rarely, an image of two buff superheroes embracing, blushing.)


Wall clock: (You check the time.) (It seems to be time for class.)

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Temmie what are you doing here you're already a cool leg graduate. Is this a joke? Are you having a little chuckle?

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(Sadly, seems like it already has a partner.)

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Berdley: Hmm? You need a partner? Sorry, I'm already partners with the 2nd smartest student. Though... wait! Kris, now that I think about it... Your unique skillset might help a LOT on this assignment!

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That's a pretty wildly distorted expression you've got there, buddy. Berdley. Budrdly.

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Nope! Got it equipped in my weapon slot, right where it belongs.

Noelle: Here, you want the candy-cane one or the one with lights on it?
Huh? You want to be partners? Ummm... Sorry... Berdley already asked me... But I could ask Ms. Alphys if we could make a group of 3!


There are still other people to talk to, so I pass.

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Catti: Taken.

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Jockington: We're the ultimate academic duo, Ever since our first gym class! It was hula hoop day, and they ran out of hoops, for us... So she used me instead! That's our origin story!

Jockington continues: We SEEM different, but me and Catti have a TON, In common! We both like breathing, and unhinging our jaws!

Somehow your inconsistent punctuation and captitalization is even more annoying to transcribe than Papyrus and Mettaton talking in ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME

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Monster Kid: I ended up having to partner with Snowy, haha... Now he keeps turning to me and saying "Howdy, Partner!" like a cowboy...

Monster Kid continues: Yo, Kris, you're lucky. I'd rather be partnerless than this, haha...

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Snowy: Ha ha ha!! Whaddya think of that one!? Funny, right???
...No?
Well, I got NEWS for you, PAL! I already GOT a partner!! SCRAM!


Snowy continues: That's right, KRIS! I got the GOOD partner! And WE'RE going to be laughing all the way to the BANK! Because I need money, and I'm also VERY funny.

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Looks like I'm out of options.

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Postby nosimpleway » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:46 pm

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Noelle: Miss Alphys! Umm, is it OK if we have a group of 3?
Berdley: Hey! What? No! I do NOT approve this! ABORT!!
Noelle: What? B-but Kris doesn't have a...
Alphys: Noelle, what were you saying?
Berdley: She was just saying we're FINE being alone!
Noelle: A-actually, I just wanted to know if...
Alphys: Noelle, can you PLEASE SPEAK UP?

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The final student throws the door open with enough force to shake the room.

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...whoa, hold up again. Susie?

A few years back I got a neighbor's blessing to meet "Suzy". Are you her? Is this you? Did your neighbor just spell your name wrong? And misjudge your age, since Suzy's neighbor said Suzy was about Frisk's age, and Susie looks a lot older...

So I guess not.

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Alphys, sweating bullets: Ohh, n-no! You're fine! W-we were just, uh... Ch-choosing partners for the next group project, and... Umm, Susie, you're with Kris!
Susie: ...
Susie: great.
Alphys: ...N-now that everyone's here, I'll write the assignment!

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Alphys: ...
Alphys: Uh... H-has anyone seen the chalk? Th-this is the third time it's gone missing, and... Y-you all know I can't start class without some!

There is a long pause.

Alphys: H-how about this? If no one speaks up... E-everyone gets in trouble!

There is another, longer, pausier pause.

Alphys: A... Anyone? P... please?
Noelle: Hey, there might be a box in the supply closet... Miss Alphys, why don't Susie and I...
Alphys: G-good idea, Noelle! Susie, s-since you came in last...

...And haven't moved from the doorway...

Alphys: Why don't you go get it for me...?
Susie: ...
Susie: whatever.
Alphys: And K... Kris... Can you go with her and make sure she... Um, actually gets it? And, um, stays out of trouble...?

Well you know I'd really rather no--

Alphys: Thanks Kris! See you later!

Right. Early-game railroading. That decision doesn't matter.

But I can stall for time by talking to everyone else in the room again.

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Egg: (The hardboiled egg emanates a feeling of pity towards you.)

Monster Kid: Yo! Kris! I'm sorry! If I had just waited to be your partner... You wouldn't have to be HERS! She's gonna pound you to pieces, Kris! And then kick the butts of all those little pieces!

Yeah, had you waited a bit, Snowy would have had to go instead of me, adding another layer of tragedy to the Snowdrake family history.

Monster Kid continues: Kris, just keep running and don't look back!

Snowy: Kris, don't listen to 'em. It's not that bad. You'll PROBABLY survive Susie beating you up. You're just gonna fail when she doesn't do ANY of your project!!

So... standard group project plus one asskicking, then.

Snowy: It's like we always say, Kris... You SUZ, you LOSE!!! ... uhhh, that's not very reassuring, huh.

Snowy continues: Hey Kris, if you die, can I have your brother's CDs?

Sure, you can have 'em right now. How would you like to SEE DEEZ NUTS?

...ass.

Berdley: Kris, didn't I SAY being late was a bad idea? Hmm, it's almost as if you should have, as they say...
Listened?


Ass.

Noelle: Don't worry, Kris! I've always through Susie can't be so bad, you know? I'm sure everything will turn out fine!

Yeah, you're probably right. It's not like she's, like, eating the chalk just to be a pain, huh? She's just dour and quiet and probably wants to be left alone.

Catti: (Click, click, tap, tap...) Don't die.

Jockington: Kris, if I had arms... I would take off this cool hat in rememberance of you.

And finally...

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so much

Next Time:: suz... VER MEAN!

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Postby nosimpleway » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:57 pm

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There's even the Undertale you're-about-to-get-in-a-fight sound effect.

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No fight, though.

Susie: Didn't see you there.

Susie: Hey. ...You didn't see anything just now, did you?

There is a pause.

Susie: Hmm... ...you can't even say?

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Kris: Let me tell you a secret.

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Postby nosimpleway » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:09 pm

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Susie: You think just 'cause you don't say anything... I can't tell EXACTLY what you're thinking? "It's OVER! I caught Susie eating ALL the chalk!"

Pretty... good bit, really. Alphys is in there sweating, and if she can't teach it's going to look terrible on her evaluation. Principal, I dunno, Asgore or whoever is gonna be mad as hell. I'd love to be a fly on the wall at that meeting.

Actually, no, it was Toriel who wanted to open the school. Asgore just did landscaping. Principal Toriel, then.

Susie: "This was her LAST chance! Now she'll FINALLY be expelled!"

what? nah. You wanna prank Alphys you're okay by me. I can't stand her.

Susie: Haha... Come on, Kris. Don't act shocked. You know it's true. Everyone's waiting for it. Everyone wants it. So, congrats, Kris. You got me. I'm done for.

Seriously 100% don't care, but I guess this game is drawing a broader line between the player and the protagonist than the last one.

Susie: ...

Susie: Just, lemme say one little thing. Seems like a waste to get expelled just for having a snack. So, Kris, if I KNOW you're gonna pull the trigger...

Susie: Heh heh heh... Why don't I get expelled for some REAL carnage?

Susie: Kris... How do you feel...

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Susie slowly acts out the final cutscene of Five Nights at Freddy's... 4? Wasn't it? Well, whatever.

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She doesn't go through with it.

Susie: Kris. You've got a good mother. ...it'd be a shame to make her bury her child.

Whoops. Susie is crueler with a passing comment than she is with her nightmare face.

Susie: Alright. Let's get this over with. We'll get more chalk. Mosey back to class. And then, Kris... YOU'LL do our project.

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Well, it's a group project, me carrying th--

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Susie: If you haven't gotten it by now... Your choices don't matter.

I had certainly gotten that impression, yes.

Susie: Let's go, freak.

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