This was excellent
A downloadable game
A Scots fantasia about anxiety
Featuring kelpies, lost keys, mysteriously-lit underground caverns, boring work, panic attacks and red hair.
Raik is a twine game, built in a platform for hypertext story-games. It's written in Scots, one of the languages of Scotland, with a full integrated translation into English. An earlier version was entered into the 2014 Interactive Fiction competition: this is a full expanded edition, twice the size, with additional features and more bad jokes about celtic fantasy and Scottish independence.
Average playtime: 25 minutes for a full playthrough, 90 minutes to read everything on multiple playthroughs.
Direct any thoughts, questions or bugs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover art by Kitt Byrne.
Trust System Sliding Scale Pricing
This game took me quite a long time to write! I also make a living from my art: I don't have another job. And I'm really proud of it and want it to be valued. But I also know that the market value of any given piece of digital art is effectively zero, and that many of the folk who might want to play this aren't earning much money either, and that most of the economic options available to us aren't particularly palatable, and that I want you to play this more than I want to get paid. So here's my suggestion.
I've set £4 as a rough price for this game based on a triangulation of how long it took me, how much I hope to sell, how experienced I am, how the art market functions, how much I think folk are willing to pay, and sheer guesswork. (Mostly guesswork.) If you're earning an average wage (UK: c£26k) then pay me that. If you're earning more, pay me more. If you're earning less, pay me less. If you're earning less than the Living Wage (UK: c£16k) then don't pay me anything, and I hope you enjoy the game. This system isn't policed, and if you've got a better idea of how artists should make a living (I hope you do!) then pay whatever you think is right.
Alternatively, support me on Patreon from a buck a month and get access to all the work I make for no extra charge.
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of £3 GBP. You will get access to the following files:
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This was great, thanks so much for making it. The language switching worked really well.
Such a cool concept and a good story to experience. Thank you for making this!
Oh I just love this. my dad was Scots and although I never spoken it myself enough of what I remember from my childhood let me play this in the scots. I have so far failed at least 3 times but am loving it....
First playthrough I stuck mostly to the English translation and I loved the in-game "encouragement" to try my hand at reading Scots (out loud to myself alone in my room of course) and it was well worth. Will most definitely be playing through a couple more times to see what you've hidden around in this treasure of a game.
Also thanks for introducing me to twine! The very last message you wrote in the game inspired me to try and figure something out with it :)
(Purchased through the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality)
I enjoyed this, good job. Also it's not common to see a game in Scots so it made for a nice change.