RMMV The Lost Art of Innkeeping

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The good news is that you've just inherited Cascade Manor from your eccentric Aunt Agatha. The bad news is that the manor is in a dismal condition and you have no money to pay for repairs and its upkeep. The even worse news is that the bank has given you an ultimatum: pay off the mortgage within the next thirty days, or the bank will seize the manor.

You decide to convert the manor to an inn, but while you’re busy trying to satisfy the needs of your unusual and persnickety guests, you discover that there is more to the manor than meets the eye...

Why did Aunt Agatha borrow so much money, and what did she spend it on? (Obviously, it wasn’t to keep the manor in tiptop condition.) What is your helpful and unflappable butler hiding behind the locked door of his bedroom? Is cousin Rudolph trying to help you or hinder you? How do you get rid of the ghost that’s suddenly decided to start haunting your manor? And doesn’t every manor have a secret room somewhere?

Highlights
  • Explore the manor and its surroundings, and unlock new rooms and areas.
  • Hire an interesting cast of characters to work at your inn.
  • Meet a gaggle of guests, including adventurers, inventors, opera singers, fairies, and many others, all of whom have unique personalities and varied preferences.
  • Configure the guest rooms. purchase amenities, and upgrade the manor and nearby village to keep your guests happy.
  • Design advertisements to attract more guests, but be warned, false advertising will not be taken lightly either by the authorities or your visitors!
  • Find items that will help you pay off the mortgage and solve the mystery of Aunt Agatha’s puzzling behavior.
  • Experience different outcomes and multiple endings based on your choices and actions.
  • Complete the tasks on your to-do list, unlock achievements, and become the owner of a 5-star inn that caters even to royalty!

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Release date

Early 2020!

This game is an extension of my IGMC 2017 game, The Rock and the Rose (which won 2nd prize!), with new items, areas, characters and upgrades, additional gameplay elements, a more fleshed-out storyline, achievements, and improved graphics.

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Elinor
The main character and new owner of Cascade Manor.
The manor’s been in the family for years,
and she’ll do all she can to keep it that way and restore the manor to its former glory!

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Wodehouse
The butler who joined Aunt Agatha’s household just a couple years ago.
He’s helpful and unfailingly polite, but is he hiding a sinister secret?

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Rudolph
Elinor’s cousin, who moves from the city to the nearby village
shortly after Elinor inherits the manor.
He publishes the local newspaper and gives the inn some much-needed publicity,
but he totally seems like a suspicious character.

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Employees
Hire a maid, chef, gardener, receptionist, and more!

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Villagers
Buy items from and complete quests for the café owner, shopkeeper, blacksmith, and more!

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Guests
Meet adventurers, inventors, train engineers, opera singers, cat burglar, fairies, mermaids, royalty, and more!
Are their pets welcome too?​

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Graphics
FSM: Town of Beginnings Tiles, FSM: Woods and Cave Tiles, FSM: Castle and Town Tiles

Title screen and logo
Heather "MakioKuta" Farnsworth

Sprites
Nirwanda, REFMAP blog

Icons
Avery, Enterbrain

Additional art
Avery, whtdragon, Ayene, Kadokawa, Enterbrain, RPG Maker MV Add-on Series, WikiArt, National Gallery of Art, REFMAP blog, spiritsighs-stock

Plug-ins
Yanfly, Galv, Hudell, Quxios, HimeWorks, Shaz

Music
J.C. Brickston
 
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I only got to play The Rock and The Rose last year and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to playing this updated (and extended) version. The screenshots are looking really nice so far. :)
 

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Gone follow this one. I am a sucker for simulation/tycoon type of games :)
 

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This looks amazing! Can't wait to give this one a run. I simply love simulation games.
 

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The game is almost done! I'm just working on the code for the guest reservation system now, to make it easier for the player to assign guests to rooms, without having to configure everything manually. It's one of the last upgrades one can purchase for the inn, but it's a little tricky to automate since one guest's preferences can have an impact on another guest!

In the meantime, here are more sneak peeks. Some of the new things I've added to the game, compared to The Rock and the Rose, is a star ranking system, side-quests, a train station, and many more guests, including pets. The first screenshot also gives you an idea of how dismal the inn looks when you first start out, and how it'll be up to you to upgrade it and make it worthy of 5 stars!

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This sounds super neat! I can't wait for it to come out!
 

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I love games like this. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product!! :kaopride:I really like the title too.
 

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I'm happy to see that a number of people are interested in the game - thanks for the support!

I finally finished the code for the guest reservation system, and the bulk of the work is done... now I just need to do a lot of play-testing for bugs and balance! I also updated the release date from January to early 2020. :smile:

Anyway, some characters in the game are based on historical & mythological figures. Can you guess who Lance & Gwen were inspired by? And are you a matchmaker or a cynic? Because there are achievements to unlock!

I also wanted to give a shout-out to @Avery for the animals (can we consider Mr Turnip an animal?) and icons, among other things!

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