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Check out this guest article by Michał Napora of Yaza Games. Inkulinati is coming soon to GOG.COM, but if you want to check it before the release, download the free demo now!

Hello! We are Yaza Games, a six-person studio scattered all around Poland. We graduated from the Warsaw GameDev School and have all been friends for years! We are now working on our first title, Inkulinati - an ink-based strategy game straight from medieval manuscripts, where a rabbit’s bum can be deadlier than a dog’s sword.

So, the first thing that you might be thinking is “Ok, well that is great and all, but what’s up with butt references and the fart jokes?! And why did the devs come up with all of these crazy weapon-wielding creatures?”

Well, actually, it’s not us that came up with this wonderful world - in fact, our ancestors are to blame! You see, our game is based on real-life historical medieval works, notes, and ideas.

All of our characters, scenes, moves, and actions are based on works from people that lived over 700 years ago. You could even say that the people that created these things are the oldest concept artists in game development history. So the praise for this creativity and imagination really goes to them - we merely brought it to the 21st century.

Hopefully, you are now looking at our game and thinking “Ok, this seems pretty cool, but what about the gameplay itself?” Well, we’re glad you asked! When it comes to games, our inspiration comes from titles like Heroes of Might and Magic 3, Worms, Slay the Spire, and more.

With our games, we want to achieve a sense of depth - meaning you can play the game the way you want. There are dozens of units (we call them Beasts) that you can use to build your army. Each Beast has its own strengths and weaknesses. We include classic conundrums, such as power versus agility, close combat versus ranged combat, healers versus tanks, and so on.

Then, you need to decide how you’ll handle these units when they attack. With friendly fire on, it adds weight to each decision. Will you use a unit that deals with damage in front of and behind them? What about units that have the potential to explode? We made sure to include plenty of brain-tickling variety in Inkulinati (hey, that rhymed!). This way, one path to victory might be a recipe for total disaster in other circumstances.

In addition to your army, the Battlefield itself is something that you need to study, analyze, and be wary of. The battleground itself is pages of medieval manuscripts. Each Battlefield has its own opportunities, threats, and quirks. Some levels are flat plains, while others might have towers that are perfect for ranged units. You could even end up on the high seas, where anything could happen!

Using the Battlefield to your advantage is key, but don’t get too comfortable, as the Apocalypse may be just around the corner. Yes, we said the Apocalypse! To make battles even more intense, an event of apocalyptic proportions is always a possibility. This could be deadly fires that start from the outside of the pages and work their way in, or disease that spreads through both you and your enemies’ ranks. There’s no mucking about when this happens - you have to settle the battle before the Apocalypse does it for you!

We hope that you like the look of Inkulinati and hope that you will check it out! Our demo is now available as part of the Made in Poland sale on GOG.COM, so grab your quill and mark your place in (and on) the pages of history!
King: "Scribe, this is manuscripts made from leather. It's very hard to make, pretty expensive to make as well and limited in number. I believe you can use this to its fullest and write good words on it."

Scribe: "I will my lord, you can trust me."

Also Scribe, in his mind: "Going to draw farting animals and tree full of dicks tho."
Great job! Funny and have some good moments. I can actually see myself playing a board game of this!
Swissy88: The screen shake is atrocious, can't disable it either.
It looks like they are working on this one (from the kinckstarter FAQ):

[i]" I watched your video and the extreme shaking is very annoying. I hope it is just a video special effect or that it can be disabled in the game.

A few people mentioned this, and it's something we will look into. Comments like these are helpful, so thanks for letting us know."[/i]
Post edited November 18, 2020 by Sulibor
r8V9b1X3u9VcA12p: It would make sense and hype the game more to localize it in Latin, too. I'm sure a professor would enjoy translating it!
That´s a splendid idea!
There should be translation OR some voice over for various animals :)
Demos are always good.
As someone who took medieval studies as a minor in college, I heatily approve of this game idea.
r8V9b1X3u9VcA12p: It would make sense and hype the game more to localize it in Latin, too. I'm sure a professor would enjoy translating it!
Swedrami: That's treading super-thin ice there.
The localization would have to be absolute perfect lest some perfectionist comes along and criticizes the shit out of your ridiculously poor attempt at proper Latin.
Dohi64: great, more temporarily available demos, entirely defeating their purpose. and I couldn't even watch the trailer the screen shake was so bad.
Swedrami: Put it in your library right now, then?
It's not like the demo will be removed from your library once the deadline is reached...
what joppo said above. but without a screen shake toggle it doesn't matter, renders the game worthless anyway.
MartiusR: The only thing which bothers me is... That I will need to wait for full version until next year.
Probably the game will appear earlier than that as an "in development" title, if you can cope with that.
In order to give another view of the issue...

About demos being a sort of technical test of whether the actual game will work on your machine or not... Well, it can be misleading as well. A demo may play at a sluggish pace, or not at all, due to bugs/lack of optimization/shenanigans, and the final game work just fine. Or the opposite, the demo can work, and the final game does not.

Also, if lots of game assets are going to change to the point that eventually the studio believe that it only misrepresents the actual fine game they are working on, that might be a point.

In any case, it would be a better approach to replace the demo with an updated one. Just removing it feels way too orwellian to swallow. Not good
Post edited November 19, 2020 by Carradice