Oi, Innkeep! - Hayden
Hey, everyone,

So, if you've been following the game these last few months, you may have noticed that we haven't been anywhere near as active as we have been in the past, and I wanted to explain a bit of why that is and what's goin on.

Oi, Innkeep! is our first ever real attempt at making a video game ourselves. Having never done this before, there's been a butt load of stuff that has come up along the way that we just never expected, from plenty of game breaking bugs to longer than expected turnaround times to get features in.

The real issue is that we're just two people. We don't have a massive team behind us. Apart from the music, we do everything ourselves.
After almost three years of working on Oi,Innkeep, we've hit the point where we just need to make money to keep going. Neither Rich or I have had any money coming in this entire time, and have had to make some pretty big sacrifices just to keep it going this long. But, with both of us over 30 now, we need to start thinking a bit ahead and addressing the money issue.

So, you may have already guessed where this is going, but we don't really have a choice but to put Oi, Innkeep aside for now while we both try and get some sort of work, and try to make some money.

This doesn't mean we're just giving up on Oi, Innkeep. We've both put too many years into this to do that, but we just don't have a choice at the moment. With a bit of luck, we'll have pulled enough money together in a couple of months to work on it again and finally bring it out, but who knows what will happen. We're not going to bullshit and make any promises we might not be able to keep.

We're sorry that we haven't been able to deliver on what we've promised so far, guys.


- Hayden
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Hi everyone!

We recently announced Oi, Innkeep! Chronicles!

Chronicles is a serialized, narrative-driven set of short, top-down adventure games that acts as a prequel to Oi, Innkeep!

The first episode will be free and out soon, and the second episode is almost complete. All future episodes will be delivered as DLC and won't cost much at all.

We sort of want this to be almost like an episodic tv show, something that we can release a new episode of once or twice a month.

Here's a link to the steam page for Oi, Innkeep! Chronicles! where you can watch the trailer, wish-list and follow:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1025620/Oi_Innkeep__Chronicles/

Other than Chronicles! we're still working on getting the main game ready for Early Access, which shouldn't be too long. it's all coming together nicely.

We're aiming for the end of June at the moment, but keep in mind, that could change.


Take care, people!

- hayden.

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Hi guys and welcome to another dev log for Oi, Innkeep!

For this dev log, we're going to go over a few little things that we've changed + talk abut some systems and stuff we've got planned.



First off, how we've changed the cooking process: it used to be that you just had to take an ingredient to a cooking station (pot or oven), but we wanted to expand that out a bit more. So, we changed it so if you want to make a carrot soup for example, you first have to go to a work bench, place a carrot down and then grab a cleaver and hit the carrot a set number of times. Once you've chopped it enough, the carrot or whatever ingredient you have there, will turn into a chopped version of that ingredient. You then take that ingredient and add it to the pot or oven.

Here's a quick look of the new system in action:



This is going to add a fair bit of depth to the cooking system, which we felt it was sorely lacking. Also, there will probably be other kitchen items you'll have to use. Some possibilities include: rolling pins, beaters, etc

Next up, plants:

We've shown plants before I think, how you have to water them or they'll die over time. One thing we're wanting to do here that is new is that we want to make it so you actually buy a vase separate from a plant. You then get a seed and place it in the vase and it'll grow. It'll take some work on our part to ensure that all plants fit all vase sizes, but we'll hopefully figure it out.

Here's a new vase/plant combo we have made recently, which is part of the ocean-themed kit we're making:



We're making plenty of themed items that you can decorate your inn with. These items come from different, related characters. For example, Hunting Harry will provide animal mounts and rugs; Katrina, a local witch and cat-lady will provide witch and cat themed items, Joshua the Executioner will provide dungeon/torture themed stuff, etc.

As well as selling you fish, Cliffy the fisherman will sell you some ocean themed stuff such as these chandeliers, decorative anchors and ocean themed pots:



I think that'll do it for now. Expect plenty more updates now as we get closer and closer to our Early Access release!



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Hi everyone!

So, it's been over two months since the last dev log and we thought we better give you guys an update.

Rest assured, we're still working non-stop on Oi, Innkeep! and we're sorry for the lack of communication lately.

We finished up the tutorial section of the game, but we also went through some design revision and decided our plan going forward for release, which is what this dev log is mostly going to be about.



Originally, we didn't want to do Early Access. We thought we'd be able to just get everything we have planned out in one release, but we soon realized that just wasn't going to happen, not with a 2-man team and zero funding.

So, now we're thinking that in early 2019 we're going to release Oi, Innkeep! into Early Access on Steam.

We plan to launch the core of the game. From there we can build on it and release new content over time. Here's a rough idea of what systems and activities we'd likely launch with:

Cooking

Lots of different recipes to discover and cook up.

Limited Unique NPCs.

If you've been following the dev logs, you would've seen some of the characters we've been showcasing. We have about 20 of these thought out with storylines. We won't launch with all of them. We might start with around 5 and then release them as we make them and put in their storylines.

In addition to these unique NPCs, we're going to have randomized NPCs as well. These won't have storylines, but they'll probably come in with traits. So, on a rowdy night you might get in a random who is just itching to start a fight or get drunk or whatever. It should add a lot of emergent play to the game and keep things from getting repetitive.

Unique NPCs will have schedules that they stick to, but randoms won't.

Farming

You'll be able to plant seeds and grow your own crops. Not all crops will be available, but a lot should be. There won't be any animals, at least not initially, but that's something we'd certainly like to include later because having cows and stuff is pretty cool.

Decorating

This is ready to go now. You can decorate your inn with a variety of things including lights, rugs, wallpapers, props, furniture, etc.

We'll just keep adding more and more items to this.

Random Events

These would be things like a vampire plague, war tax, King's edict, etc that spice up gameplay from time to time.

For example, during a vampire plague, the King might order every inn to serve food including garlic for a week or they will be fined.



So that's what we want to launch with. Here's some ideas for different things that we want to include over time.

  • More unique NPCs.

  • Farming with animals.

  • Fishing.

  • Hunting.

  • A small city hub that you can walk around in and buy ingredients, tools, etc from.

  • Possibly other locations.

  • Festivals.

  • Boxing/Combat


    So, yeah, if we can get most of that in, we reckon we'll have a pretty neat game on our hands (and in yours).

    Again, we're sorry about the lack of communication lately. We'll be back with regular, weekly dev logs from now on. I was going to show some cool new stuff that we've added, but I'll keep that for next week's dev log, as I wanted this to be about our plans for Oi, Innkeep!

    Take care, people!



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Oi, Innkeep! - The Hawk (Hayden)


Hi everyone and welcome to the 9th dev log for Oi, Innkeep!

It feels like forever since the last dev log. We've been busy putting together a tutorial which has really been bringing a lot of Oi, Innkeep's different core systems together.

For today though, I'm going to give you guys a look at another character that you'll be able to befriend in Oi, Innkeep!

This week's character is. . .





Sola is a shy local witch who scares easily and isn't very good with people due to a spell that went horribly wrong left her with green-face.

She's into cauldrons and black cats, and she doesn't like loud noises or witch-hunts.







We're wrapping up the tutorial. It shouldn't be too long!

We're also putting in some weather stuff and refining how time works as well. More on this stuff soon.



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Oi, Innkeep! - The Hawk (Hayden)


Hi everyone and welcome to the 8th dev log for Oi, Innkeep!

For the time being, we're going to continue showing off some of the NPCs you'll be meeting in Oi, Innkeep! These characters all have jobs, likes, dislikes, traits, unique animations, favorite foods, schedules and unique storylines for you to experience.

This week's character is. . .





Joshua is the local executioner. There's nothing he loves more than getting the crowd riled up for a good ol' execution. Whether it's a beheading, disembowlment, hand removal, boiling alive, etc. Joshua has probably done it to someone who crossed the law.

That's it for Joshua. Join us next week for another Oi, Innkeep! character reveal!



We're still working on character art and writing.

And the tutorial is getting closer and closer to being finished!



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Oi, Innkeep! - The Hawk (Hayden)


Hi everyone and welcome to the 7th dev log for Oi, Innkeep!

We've been working on the art and writing for a lot of the characters you'll be getting to know in Oi, Innkeep! So, we'll probably start showing them off over the next couple of dev logs.

We'll mostly be showing art, as we don't want to reveal too much about each character's story because we want you guys to experience all that for yourself. But, keep in mind that NPCs will have multiple storylines that you'll be able to progress through, with unique gameplay features and unlockables.

So, anyway, let's get started with. . .





Pierre is a painter from a far away land, where they speak like this: "Oh, why hello. You are ze Innkeep here, no? Ze name’s Pierre Von Zart. I am, how you say? A painter, yes?"

(Sorry, french people)

From Pierre you'll be able to buy new paintings do decorate your inn with.

That's all from Pierre. Stay tuned for next week when we show off another character!



As I mentioned earlier, we're working on character art and writing.

All of this is going into a tutorial, which is nearly complete.



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Oi, Innkeep! - The Hawk (Hayden)


Hi everyone and welcome to the 6th dev log for Oi, Innkeep!

This is going to be a fairly short one just going over some of the stuff we've been doing this week with Oi, Innkeep!



We made it so things can now catch fire. There's a few different ways this can happen. If you leave things too close to the fireplace, they will start smoking and eventually start to burn.

We are probably going to make it so if you leave your oven/pot cooking for too long there's a chance it'll start a fire that can spread to nearby flammable objects.

You can put fires out with the watering can. Check it out below:





We've been polishing up the art a bit for the inn itself. This new one has curved ceilings and windows in both the walls and ceiling.

We're not sure if this will be the starting inn that you get access to. If anything it might be a bit smaller to begin with. We hope to make it so as you make more money, you can afford to renovate the inn into different shapes and layouts.

Oh, and that little bell in the second image rings every time someone enters. You can also ring it as well if you like.







We're tuning the stuff we added last week + doing a lot more animations.

We're also working out our tutorial so you guys won't have to jump into the game and be totally overwhelmed with all this stuff thrown at you.

That's about it for this dev log. Stay tuned for more next week!



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- Hayden
Oi, Innkeep! - The Hawk (Hayden)


Hi everyone!

Welcome to the 5th dev log for Oi, Innkeep!

For this one, I'm going to go over a few - but not all - of the things we are adding to Oi, Innkeep! that will help make the game more immersive.



You guys will have to eat and sleep. This isn't a hardcore survival game, but we want to include some light survival elements. You'll have to eat once a day and sleep between 6-8 hours to fully replenish your energy.

The lower your energy gets, the slower you will move. If your energy runs completely out, then you'll pass out and be forced to sleep, but when you wake up you'll be slower for the next few hours because you pushed yourself too hard.

Different food will refill your hunger at different rates and better, more expensive beds will allow you to sleep less while still fully replenishing all your energy.

We plan to add coffee at some point, which can be drunk to give you a bit of an energy boost.

Later on, we'll probably add sliders and options for all these player needs, so players who aren't into them can tweak them to get what they want out of Oi, Innkeep!




(Don't forget to make the bed!)

We're also thinking of adding bathing as well. So you can buy different baths, with more expensive ones giving you more energy when used. Some customers will also be more likely to leave you a bad review if your're dirty.



Speaking of dirty, customers who are dirty themselves have a chance to leave dirt marks around your inn, which you must clean up, and if you're dirty, then you'll be more likely to leave these marks yourself as well.

Cobwebs also form over time. You'll have to clean these as well.

We do have some cool and magical stuff planned for helping with cleaning, but we'll keep that a secret for now, I reckon.





So we already had wall sconces and chandeliers added, but now we've made it so you can place candles on tables as well. You can then lit, extinguish and remove them.

Customers aren't going to be happy if candles are not on their table and lit of an evening. As an alternative, we're probably going to make it so you can place little flowers there instead. So candles for night and flowers for day.





You can already grow your own crops, so we've made it so you can grow your own decorative plants as well.

Plants will wither and die if they're not watered regularly, so you have to fill up your water can from your farm's well and make sure they don't go thirsty.

Plants give your customers a happiness increase.

We're also probably going to make it so you buy and place a pot/vase down, and then buy different seeds. Then you plant the seed and water it to make it grow. That way, you'll be able to grow the plant/flower of your choice in the vase/pot of your choice.





We're playing around with different immersion things to add such as chopping firewood, fishing and dealing with rat infestations in your inn.

As well as the stuff above, we're fixing a lot of things that got broken over the last few months. Most of this is done though.

We're adding a heap more animations for when you talk to characters. There's also new animations for different characters so they don't all just stand around the same.

That's about it for now. Stay tuned for more next week!



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- Hayden
Oi, Innkeep! - The Hawk (Hayden)


Hi everyone!

Welcome to the 4th dev log for Oi, Innkeep! Today I'm going to show off the 'Magi-Tab', a magical device that handles all our UI, social mail system and other stuff. Read on!



The Magi-Tab is more than just a pause/settings menu. It's a magical tablet that helps you keep track of customers and manage your inn. Pressing TAB on the keyboard will take you to it's home screen, pictured below:

NOTE: All the images below are not final. We're still going to add stuff and pretty it up some more!



It should be familiar if you use any sort of modern smartphone. From the home menu, you can access different apps. There's more to come, but at the moment we have the following:

Matester
This is one of the cooler apps. It lets you send and recieve msgs from different NPCs. You can also view their profiles and other information. It's used in storylines and other stuff.



Calender
Helps you keep track of NPC birthdays, days to pay rent and other important dates you probably shouldn't forget about.



Menu
Here's where you set your different menus that NPCs can order from.



Recipe Book
This lists all your discovered recipes and details their required ingredients and processes to cook them.



Magi-Shop
Here you can buy different items and ingredients if you don't have the time or don't want to grow them yourself. You place an order and after a set amount of time it'll get delivered.



Settings
Everything you'd expect from a settings menu, such as graphic, audio, control and gameplay options.



Other Stuff

We do have some other stuff planned and half-made. Here's a list of possible apps we might add as well. None of these are for certain though.

Inn Rating - Let's you know what people think of your inn and assigns you a raiting.

Staff Members - We did have a rough system where you can hire different staff memebers at one point. If that makes it back in, we'll have an app for you to hire and manage staff working hours.

Rooms for Rent - You'll be able to assign rentable rooms through the Magi-Tab.

Notifications - Keeps you up to date with things you need to know in your inn.

Licences - Let's you buy different licenses such as Liquor licenses.

And more!



We're getting closer and closer to something that we will be happy to have you guys play.

We're doing a ton of different animations. Most characters are going to have different animations that are unique to them in different situations.

We're also doing a bit of polish to current systems + adding in some new ones that will make Oi, Innkeep! feel a whole lot more immersive. We're pretty excited about those and I'll probably detail those out in a future dev log.

Thanks for reading!



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- Hayden

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