I know that the the answer is probably ‘no’ because this game was designed to avoid dead ends, but I feel like I’ve messed something up somehow.
I have just reached the part of the game where you navigate the forest to find thimbleberries. I had the Navigating Head and loaned Gloves, and I definitely had Bear Repellent before but it is no longer in any characters’ inventories. I didn’t use it and don’t remember losing it at any point.
I proceeded without the Bear Repellent and encountered a plaque that said something like “In memory of all past players who managed to reach this point without a shovel and had to load an old save”. This made me panic because I do not have the shovel, and I don’t have any old saves.
So do I now have to restart from the beginning? Or is the plaque just referencing past adventure games where missing an important item like the shovel would have made the game unwinnable?