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Welcome to the south coast, where beautiful beaches and sunny days abound! Unfortunately, the only hotel in the area has enjoyed a monopoly for years and is notorious for its bad service and tiny, expensive rooms. After a disastrous stay, Elinor decides to take on the challenge of converting a dilapidated farmhouse in a small neighboring village into an inn.

Meet a colorful cast of characters as Elinor welcomes visitors to her new inn and recruits villagers and employees. While trying to meet her guests' finicky demands, she also has to contend with the machinations of the manager of the rival hotel. Moreover, renovating the inn doesn't come cheap, so she's forced to take a loan from an elderly tycoon who demands payment within a month.

Meanwhile, she discovers various objects hidden around the village and the surrounding areas, and gradually learns more about the other villagers and the mysterious former owner of the farmhouse. Can Elinor uncover the secrets of the past, revive the fortunes of the struggling village, and turn the inn into a roaring success before the deadline?

  • Renovate the inn, and watch it transform from a decrepit farmhouse to a luxurious inn!
  • Meet unusual and fascinating guests, including biologists, adventurers, a pirate, and even a vampire - plus some familiar faces who are back by popular request!
  • Complete mini-quests such as getting seeds for the farmer, restoring a ruined monastery, helping kids build a sand castle, and more!
  • Configure guest rooms, purchase amenities, hire employees, and upgrade the inn and its surroundings to keep your guests happy.
  • Discover new areas, welcome residents to the village, and unlock delicious dishes to be served to your guests!
  • Find items and beautiful paintings that will help you improve the inn as well as uncover the secrets of farmhouse's former owner.
  • Replay the game with a New Game+ and discover several exciting new items and guests, and experience different outcomes and multiple endings based on your choices and actions.
  • Unlock achievements, master the art of innkeeping, and become the owner of a 5-star inn that caters even to royalty!

Itch.io (devlog): https://seaphoenix.itch.io/hiddenart
Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2613800/The_Hidden_Art_of_Innkeeping/

This game is a sequel to The Lost Art of Innkeeping, but can be played as a stand-alone game without knowing anything about the previous game. I'm hoping to release this in either late 2023 or early 2024.

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The Lighthouse

I'd like to highlight one of the buildings in The Hidden Art of Innkeeping - the lighthouse!

It's inspired by Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada, and I found it while Googling "picturesque lighthouses" for my game. And it actually seemed possible for me to recreate it, by editing the lighthouse made by Avery (who has made and shared a ton of resources with the RPG Maker community). I recolored the roof and fence, and made the diagonal walls based on some tutorials (also by Avery).

I thought this was rather fun to recreate, and I like how the red roof makes it stand out on the beach!

(Photo of the lighthouse on the left by KristaKals)
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cool, i'm going in the 5th time playing it, with all the archivements completed
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