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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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Hidden items and Steam Next Fest

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As you might expect from the title, The Hidden Art of Innkeeping is going to have some hidden art. But that's not all that you'll find. While you explore the village and the surroundings, you may come across some mysterious mounds of dirt. It turns out they contain buried artifacts, and you'll meet an archaeologist who can tell you more about them and their historical significance to the local area. (If you've played the prequel, The Lost Art of Innkeeping, you'll have a very good idea of who this archaeologist is.)

In addition, you'll be able to find books by a famous author scattered around the village - see if you can collect them all! By the way, what I try to do in all my games is that the player can take items only if they don't seem to belong to anyone else, or if you have the owner's permission. This is based on a valuable life lesson I learned playing one of the Ultima games when I was very young: you can't just take things from people's houses! (The guards came after me after I happily looted everything in a village, which had seemed like a very normal thing to do in video games back then!)

There's more to discover in The Hidden Art of Innkeeping, and you're going to get a chance to try it out soon... I'm participating in Steam Next Fest on Feb 5-12, so I'll be releasing a demo for that. The demo is going to be about 30 minutes long, and I've been busy putting the final touches on it. I finally had someone else playtest part of the game a couple days ago; this is the first time someone else aside from me has actually played it and I always find that a little nerve-wracking, though it's useful to get feedback and see someone else's perspective of the game.

Anyhow, I'll be posting the demo next month on both Steam and Itch.io, so stay tuned!
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cool, i'm going in the 5th time playing the first game, with all the archivements completed
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