By Marty Mulrooney
Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze is a point-and-click adventure game for Windows PC, described by its creator as Monkey Island meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The game (where you play as Lancelot, the sexiest Knight of the Round Table) was recently announced via Kickstarter, with a funding goal of €10,000. It all looks like hilarious medieval fun and apparently backers will increase their sexiness and charisma too – it’s been scientifically proven! AMO is therefore delighted to present an exclusive online interview with Lancelot’s creator, Jean-Baptiste de Clerfayt!
Hey Jean-Baptiste, thank you for your time and welcome to Alternative Magazine Online!
Hey Marty! Thanks for inviting me! 🙂
Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself please?
I’m a mid-30s indie dev from Belgium. Before making Lancelot, I wrote funny reviews for magazines. I also wrote a very silly book in French called “Le Guide pratique des situations pas pratiques.” It means, roughly, “The helpless self-help book.”
You recently started a Kickstarter campaign for Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze. What’s the game all about?
You play Lancelot, the sexiest Knight from the Round Table. God gave you a noble quest: find the Holy Grail and put some maximum booze it! But the Grail is hidden in France, where all men are gay and women have air under their arms.
As you can see, it’s an educational point-and-click adventure game for all the family! 🙂
How long have you been working on this project?
I started in August 2013 – so it’s been about 2.5 years I’ve been working on Lancelot.
What made you decide to go down the Kickstarter route?
The old lady who rents me her apartment needs the money! I know it sounds so cliché saying this, but I need the money to finish Lancelot. About 80% is already made, but I need some extra cash for the 6 last months of development.
How would you describe the game’s main character, Lancelot – and why is he half naked? 🙂
Because it’s nice to watch half-naked men, isn’t it? 😉
Seriously, Lancelot is a sarcastic (but extremely silly) English knight stuck in the most WTF world ever, with St. Francis of Assissi (the ventriloquist) and his trash-talking Baby Jesus puppet, and an annoying Nouvelle-Vague French mime with a gangsta-rapping tame bear.
What do you love most about the adventure game genre?
I only play point-and-click adventure game, so I cannot compare with other genres (frankly, I didn’t play any RTS since Command & Conquer and FPS since Quake II). But I’ll say: 1) This is the only genre that offers a 100%-humour oriented experience and 2) I don’t like the every-second-adrenaline-rush that provides other games’ genres. I like to take my time, enjoy the atmosphere and the graphics, sipping a glass of good Belgian beer, and live the adventure at my own pacing – plus, I admit Surgeon Simulator or Octodad are funny, but nothing compares to the hours of laughter you get while playing Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle or the Space Quest series.
Do you remember the first adventure game you ever played?
I do! It was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on my good-old 286 PC! I was 10 or something at the time, and I remember the graphics (for that time), the atmosphere, the adventure, and of course the humour in the dialogues! Everything was like magic. I remember I spent dozens of hours on it.
What’s your favourite adventure game of all time?
Wow! The tough question! 🙂 That’s very difficult to say… I love Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade because it’s the first one. I love Day of the Tentacle for making me laugh from the first second to the end. I love Monkey Island, the Space Quest and Leisure Suit Larry series. But if I had to choose only one, it would be Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis – it’s the most compete point-and-click adventure ever! Everything is there: the awesome graphics (remember Sophia’s décolletage? When you were 12 at the time, it’s a big deal!). The 3 paths. The fact that I didn’t speak English at the time – and I had to struggle with a French/English dictionary to finish it. Everything was awesome in Indy 4!
Who or what are the main inspirations and influences for Lancelot’s Hangover?
Of course, they’re all the early-90’s LucasArts classics, but I guess the strongest influence would be Monty Python. They’re really sort of a miracle. For instance, look at the Holy Grail movie trailer. It starts with some weird casting for voice-over comedians, then the voice-over goes to Japanese, then they talk about Ingmar Bergman’s Seventh Seal, and it finishes with some ad for an Asian restaurant. Can you imagine that kind of WTF for today’s comedies? That was 40 years ago, and the Pythons show how modern they are. I really love them.
What’s the technology behind the game? The animation style looks great!
For all the art process, I’m pretty classic (I use the Adobe products, you know, Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator).
For the game engine, I use Adventure Game Studio. It’s by far the best game engine for making retro point-and-click adventure games. AGS has its flaws (it’s difficult to get HD graphics or Mac and Linux ports), but it’s really close to the technology LucasArts and Sierra used at the time.
A game engine is like a guitar for a rock musician, and AGS is like playing with some vintage 1962 Gibson Les Paul or something. It gives some cool vibes to your work.
How would you describe the game’s sense of humour?
The really cool thing when you start your own game alone is that you have 100% freedom. I was speaking about Monty Python’s Holy Grail trailer – and frankly, when you’ve got a publisher above you, they’ll have a heart attack if I ask them for permission to make such a thing. But hey! I’ve got absolute freedom, so I have no limits? Saying the French men are all gay and their women have hair under their arms? No problem! Making jokes about religion and politics? Who cares? Let’s do this!
What do you think makes Lancelot’s Hangover stand out from the crowd?
Seriously, when was the last time you played a point-and-click adventure game which includes women with hair under their arms, a ventriloquist St Francis of Assisi with a trash-talking Baby Jesus puppet, or a gendarme who believes the French are the most sexiest people ever?
Do you envision Lancelot’s Hangover as the first game in a series, or would you like to try something totally different for your next project?
Hum… I don’t know yet. I’ve written a lot of script pages and drawn some artworks for Lancelot’s sequel. Nothing big yet, but the idea is there. I’m focusing now on finishing the first Lancelot. When I ship it in October, I think I might take a few months break to fill my creativity and play lots of games. I don’t know yet what will I do next, but be sure it will be a comedy adventure game.
What rewards can backers of the Kickstarter campaign look forward to?
First of all, all the backers will increase their sexiness and charisma! (Scientifically proven!) You can get the game via Steam and DRM-free for a few quid (€6, so roughly £4.60), but you can also show-off to your neighbour with the official licence to hold the backer’s copper plaque in front of your house or get the DVD-box of the game with its retro-DRM code-wheel. (Yes! like in Monkey Island!) The super-über-mega-fan pack includes your likeness within the game, a t-shirt, a copy of my book and tons of surprises.
What’s next for you Jean-Baptiste?
In the very short term, when the Kickstarter will be finished, I suppose I’ll get a heavy-drinking night! Running a campaign alone is such an emotional roller coaster! Afterwards, if I’m funded, I’ll focus full-time during the next 6 months to finish and polish Lancelot. It’s quite a challenge, but I’m ready as hell!
Thank you for your time – the game looks great (I’m a backer) and I can’t wait to play it!
Oh man! Me either! I can’t wait Lancelot to be funded! Then I could focus 100% to make Lancelot’s Hangover the most funny experience ever! 🙂
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