NaNoRenO is the month of grueling labor, blood, and passion. Participants are tasked with the daunting challenge of completing a game within the confines of March. In short, it’s a game jam that lasts from March 1 – March 31.
In honor of all that hard work and effort, the boys are going to play one of those NaNoRenO games. We’re starting with Pastelle Studios’s Sweet and Spices. Let’s go!
The Let’s Players
Barium of the Vi
Wind of the Imugi
A member of the Imugi. Romanceable in War: 13th Day and the upcoming War (X Playing Pieces). Labeled as the Hot & Cold Beast in War: Valentine Edition.
Barium: Well, this will give us more time to figure out which classroom Kazuoki should be in…
Wind: What are you talking about?
Barium: The Let’s Play I was doing last time with Night and Onyx. You could join us.
Wind: I don’t even want to do this one.
Barium: Well, I would prefer to play through this with my brother. His reactions would be priceless. But when life gives you lemons…
Wind: Shut up. We’re starting…Sweet and Spices.
Barium: That’s right.
Wind: You’re serious? Why in the world did you pick this one?
Barium: What’s wrong with this one?
Wind: Ambrosia and Wildfire should play this one.
Barium: Now, now, watch and see. Anyway, it’s asking for a name. I’ll put in mines since I wasn’t able to join all of you for Ready, Set Parody!
Wind: It’s nothing to be jealous about.
Barium: And now, it’s asking me what my manager’s name is. Do you think that person’s a male or a female?
Wind: Don’t know. Don’t care.
Barium: I’ll go with ‘Cupcake’ since it’s imprinted on the text box. And the opening video. And the logo.
Wind: If it’s a guy, that’ll be real weird.
Barium: It’s all right. His parents were great lovers of desserts and sweets of all kind, and so, they chose a name imbued with their love.
Wind: See? This is why you earn your name on Virgo Island. It makes no sense to give someone a name that doesn’t suit them.
Barium: You never know. He could be as sweet as a cupcake. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s a woman.
Wind: You better hope so. Now, hurry up already.
Barium: All right, all right.
Barium: Aww, that sounds bittersweet. I have a feeling there’s a heartwarming romance down the road.
Wind: Move. Faster.
Barium: Next time, remind me not to do a Let’s Play with you.
Wind: If I had my way, we’d never have started this one.
Barium: Yes, I haven’t forgotten what you said less than five minutes ago.
Barium: Okay, we’re working at the cafe called Sweet and Spices.
Wind: Big surprise.
Barium: And what do you know? Cupcake’s a woman. A lovely one at that.
Wind: She’s putting you to work and asking for your nickname. You’re the King of the Freaks.
Barium: No, my nickname is Handsome.
Wind: No one calls you that.
Barium: Guess again.
Wind: Sure. Lie to the woman.
Barium: I know you don’t like me, but give me the benefit of the doubt, all right?
Wind: She half-jokes that she’ll use your nickname to tease you. How can she tease you with that?
Barium: One day, when you’ve been with a woman, you’ll understand.
Wind: Who says I haven’t been with a woman?
Barium: Well, have you?
Wind: …Go work at the cashier.
Barium: Heh. Cupcake’s calling for me, I suppose. But she stays behind at night. Why is that?
Barium: I’m definitely asking. But it’s a secret! Oh, such a shame. She does the same thing that night. The next morning…
Wind: I honestly don’t want to work here anymore.
Barium: We’re not telling her that. I’ll help you, Cupcake.
Barium: Aww, thank you, Cupcake. But you didn’t have to do that.
Wind: It’s like I’m not even here. Why wouldn’t you have those things for free anyway? You’re working there.
Barium: Shh. You’re killing the mood. Also, I think that’s just how their country works.
Barium: Well, I’m definitely seeing what she’s been up to these past few evenings.
Wind: There’s no stopping you.
Barium: By the way, if any of our readers are planning on playing this game, you should be forewarned. This next part’s a spoiler.
Barium: So, as it turns out, Cupcake has been cutting cookies in half in dedication of an old friend.
Wind: You know I can read, right?
Barium: You can?
Wind: You –
Barium: Ahaha! Actually, I’m just making sure no one’s lost as they’re reading along. There are only so many pictures, you know? Unless you want me to capture every scene and put it here. But that would be ruining it for anyone who wants to pick it up.
Barium: Anyway, Cupcake’s old friend left town because of his parents’ business, but he promised to come back and marry her.
Wind: That sounds like the kind of promise you make in your childhood.
Barium: And? It doesn’t make it any less valid, Wind. Haven’t you ever made a childhood promise?
Barium: At least, I assume you were young once.
Wind: Stop talking.
Barium: Unless no one wanted to be your friend. That would be sad.
Wind: Seriously, enough already or I’ll give you something to really be sad about.
Barium: Is it impossible for you to talk to someone without throwing around threats?
Wind: Fine. Next time, I won’t give you a warning.
Barium: Oh-ho! It seems like Cupcake’s story is stirring my memories. What she’s describing is exactly what happened to me.
Wind: I think I can see where this is headed.
Barium: Well, the next day, I find the front doors of Sweet and Spices locked, and Cupcake gives me a call.
Barium: I like surprises. I wouldn’t mind meeting you on the hill at all.
Wind: Are you sure it’s the hill? Cupcake’s voice said “beach.”
Barium: Hush. You’re being rude. As always. Don’t let him bother you, Cupcake.
Barium: Oh…she looks beautiful.
Wind: Why is she wearing a cookie in her hair?
Barium: It’s just an ornament on her headband. You know, she’s been wearing it all this time. It’s interesting that it took you this long to mention it.
Wind: I didn’t really notice it over you making silly goo-goo eyes at her.
Barium: Well, don’t cry, Sweet. You know that I will love you with all of my heart forever.
Wind: You’re changing the line.
Barium: I’m just adding my own style to it.
Wind: Are we done yet?
Barium: Almost. Two years later, I married her. I promised to love her forever and never break her heart. And that’s the “True End.”
Barium: I wonder what would happen if I went back to the start and said my nickname was Spices…
Barium: Oh, wait. It’s asking if we want to talk to the developer.
Barium: Yes, we are!
Barium: Hello, MimirollCookie!
Wind: More cookies.
Barium: Cookies are good.
Barium: Let’s take a look at them all.
Wind: Do it later. By yourself. Nobody wants to see you go through all of that.
Barium: Aren’t you a downer? Fine. But I still want to see what happens if I put in “Spices” as my nickname.
Wind: And nothing happens.
Barium: No, it actually makes the story more complete. When she says that her old friend used to be called “Spices” and that happens to be your nickname…well, all the pieces fall into place. It now makes sense why she asks for your nickname.
Wind: And if you picked a different one? Why’d your nickname change from Spices to whatever it was you chose?
Barium: Some people outgrow their nicknames. But I like to think it was her private nickname for you. No one else was allowed to call you that but her. And no one else was allowed to call her Sweet but you.
Wind: Okay. Now we’re done.
Barium: You know what your nickname should be? Bitter. You need some Sweet in your life – but not Cupcake. She’s mines.
Wind: You can have her.
Wind: That’s a whole lot of things.
Barium: I’m not really familiar with them, so I’m just calling them that. Oh, but you can also just leave a comment. Have a good rest of the week! See you next time.
Wind: Hopefully, I won’t.
Barium: You’re really earning your nickname, Bitter.
Barium: Oh, and before we go…
Barium: I would have kissed her like this.