It's been a long time.

According to my notes, it's been over a year since I played the game, and did the things I'm about to describe. I went back and did it all over again, just so I could properly report it. I'm not sure how long it's been since Day 11.

At any rate, I installed The Path of the Shell disc, and both that and To D'ni loaded at the same time. I'll do my best to cover them in order as much as I can. Let's start with what's changed.

Yay, new books! We like books. These aren't the linking books; these are ordinary books with writing in them. I think I have them labelled correctly based on which section of the game they pertain to.

The one for To D'ni is quite short: "One new book... given to open up paths in the cavern / given to open up the origin / given to open up a glimpse of the future". What new book? This new book:

A few things have changed since the last time we saw the bookshelf. First, we now have a linking book for the Cleft on Earth. Both that book and now Balcony Age 1 lack a reset button at the bottom. The wall between BA2 and BA1 has moved two spots to the right, and the little hand icons on the upper flaps of the book holders have changed to reflect which section of the game they pertain to. So I'm not touching that last book for the time being.

There's one more change outside.

The Pseudo Clock Tower has finally showed up. It's much smaller—still—than the picture in my Relto linking passport would lead one to believe it should be. I'm probably going to have to find something or do something that builds it up, but I have no instructions or idea what that would be. I must face the facts. I have an Age from Ikea.

Lastly, I've decided it was time Dart changed his clothes. And—sorry, Yeesha—the "I Saved a Bah'ro and All I Got Was This Lousy Dashiki" costume isn't quite going to cut it. Dart is now layered, carries a backpack and is ready to go. What's in the backpack? Wouldn't you like to know.

Now all he needs is a destination. It looks like Balcony Age 1 has changed the most recently, so it sure seems like that's the one to check out. Indeed, a new page has been introduced into that book that shockingly is not on a balcony. For the novelty of it, I pick that one.