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The Lost Art of Innkeeping


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...


  • 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!

Release date

Early 2020!

This game is an extension of my Indie Game Maker Contest 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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Van Gogh's paintings in the game

Without giving too much away, Van Gogh's paintings play an important role in the storyline of my upcoming game The Lost Art of Innkeeping. If you've played The Rock and the Rose, you already know this, but I've added a few more paintings to the mix. Even better, you'll be able to view the paintings at a higher resolution (instead of just tiny thumbnails) in The Lost Art of Innkeeping.

Some of the paintings - including the one shown here - are from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which has stunning images from many artists in their digital database and a very nice open access policy!

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Oh, I'm so happy to see this go commercial. I remember judging it during the IGMC and it was such a pleasure to play. One of my favourites to come from that year's IGMC and I loved how you made it work.

I also love the title change. While I liked Rock and Rose for how stand-out it was as a title, I think this is a little more... ingenious.

I'm definitely keeping an eye on this space!
Beautifully clean and streamlined concept, with a mystery as well! Love it.
Maybe too early to ask, but will this game be available on Steam?
Thanks, Liberty and JRibbons, for your support! Also glad to see that there's some love for the new title - it literally took me days of thinking. :)

Maybe too early to ask, but will this game be available on Steam?

I hope so... it'll definitely be on Itch, but I'm going to try to put it up on Steam too.
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