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Enchanted Hat
Aug 18, 2013

Defeated in Diplomacy under suspicious circumstances




Restaurant Empire is a bizarre series of restaurant management sim games from a company called Enlight Software. I recently did an LP of the first game, Restaurant Empire 1, which had a ridiculous cast of characters, high-stakes cooking duels, inedible recipes and a story that didn't make any sense. It was a beautiful mess. Now I'm doing the sequel!

Do I need to know anything about Restaurant Empire 1 to enjoy this?

Restaurant Empire 2 came out in 2009, six years after Restaurant Empire 1. Because of the long gap between the games, Enlight Software wisely decided to have Restaurant Empire 2's story have as little to do with the story of Restaurant Empire 1 as possible. Other than the two main characters, this game has basically nothing to do with the first game, so you aren't missing anything important if you haven't played that. That said, when Enlight Software made Restaurant Empire 2 using a slightly updated engine, they were nice enough to go back and update a bunch of the old Restaurant Empire 1 textures and include the first game for free for anyone who bought Restaurant Empire 2 in case they might want to play the first game too. I think that's really cool of them, so big props even though they probably should have devoted more resources to QA instead!

Can I help design and/or destroy your restaurants?

Absolutely! Like in the Restaurant Empire 1 thread, I'll need the thread to help me choose the menus and the décor for the restaurants we acquire throughout the game. Additionally, we discovered in the last thread that Restaurant Empire's textures are easily moddable, so if we get any restaurants with boring default décor options, I'll need you guys to help me make some more appropriate paintings and artworks for our restaurants!

Update list

Episode 1: Who's on first?
Episode 2: But thou must give me $10,000
Episode 3: But, coffee
Episode 4: The one that's 90% recipes
Episode 5: Where it all began
Episode 6: Veal à l'or
Episode 7: A sweet new restaurant
Episode 8: A DIFFERENT castle?
Episode 9: Barefaced
Episode 10: Nemesis - part 1
Episode 10: Nemesis - part 2
Episode 11: Groundhog Day
Episode 12: Gotta go fast
Episode 13: The theme is a metaphor for its financial situation
Episode 14: Nice restaurant. For a CLOWN.
Episode 15: Carnival!
Episode 16: One last cup of coffee

Enchanted Hat fucked around with this message at 19:09 on Oct 24, 2018

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Enchanted Hat
Aug 18, 2013

Defeated in Diplomacy under suspicious circumstances


Episode 1: Who's on first?



In Restaurant Empire 1, the chef prodigy Armand LeBoeuf had to face the evil OmniFood restaurant chain. At their peak, they had a market share of 68% of the global restaurant industry, which would make them easily ten times bigger than McDonald's.



But all that came crashing down when their best chef faced Armand in a final cook-off and lost to our legendary stuffed lamb in a potato crust with truffles. Humiliated, they had no choice but to burn down all their restaurants and leave the industry forever, I guess.



Armand married his sweetheart, Delia Delecoeur, herself a master chef who helped us win many international cooking championships and ran our best-performing restaurant for years. A perfect ending to the story of Restaurant Empire 1. But what will befall Armand and Delia in this new story?



Well, now that our honeymoon's over. What do you think we should do now?

Hmm… now that you mention it, well I've always wanted to… well… never mind, it's a stupid idea.

C'mon tell me. It's not like I'm going to make fun of you or anything…

Well ok, I was thinking that maybe it would be a good idea for me to open my own coffee shop here in town. I've always wanted to do that.

What do you think?



Restaurant Empire 1 was always very awkward about Delia, and you had to sit through a bunch of dialogue about how weird and unusual it was for a woman to be a chef. Restaurant Empire 2 solves that problem immediately by revealing that despite having attended the LA Gourmet Academy, running our best restaurant for ages and becoming the 4th most famous celebrity chef in the world by the end of Restaurant Empire 1, what Delia REALLY wanted to be was a barista! Delia will never be cooking in a restaurant again for the duration of Restaurant Empire 2.

In the screenshot above, you can see that we have several dialogue options. Restaurant Empire 1 technically had a dialogue system, but it was completely linear, and typically you would have one dialogue option that was the right one that would progress the story, and a couple of other options that would just give you a little more information before forcing you to go back and pick the correct one. In Restaurant Empire 2, they've significantly expanded the dialogue system. Although you still can't really change the story, you can now choose how much of a jerk you want Armand to be to the people around him!

Naturally, I'm going for maximum jerk.

My opinion is that I don't think it's going to work well… There are plenty of coffee shops in town. What can you do to make it stand out from the rest?

I've been looking around Paris a while back to see whether building a coffee shop in town would make sense, and what I saw was that those traditional European cafés here in Paris have been giving way to the more mainstream type of coffee shops.

The mainstream ones are nice and everything, but I yearn for the cozy atmosphere of a traditional Parisian café. And I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that. Honey, I really think that I can make this work…

You're right, I have noticed that. I'm surprised people haven't been more vocal about it actually. I just realized that I haven't gone to a traditional café in a while myself.

Hmm… alright, if it's really what you want then I'll agree to it. But you're going to have to take responsibility for it. If you can maintain a good enough performance then I'll be glad to shoulder the costs.

Well, with the world's greatest restauranteur backing me, I'm sure I could do it. Sweetie, I promise you won't be disappointed.

YOU HAVE A COFFEE SHOP NOW.



Welcome to Delia's first coffee shop! It's named "Delia's First Coffee Shop", because apparently Delia has no imagination whatsoever. Or maybe she was inspired by our Italian restaurant from Restaurant Empire 1.

When designing this place, they were going for "traditional Parisian café", and can I just say that they nailed it. I can't count the number of times I've gone for a coffee in a small postmodern Roman-inspired palace like this.



Restaurant Empire 1 had a tradition of really ugly restaurant interiors, and thankfully the tradition is very much alive in this game! This is the default look of your first restaurant. This is what they wanted you to see when you start this game.



Coffee shops in Restaurant Empire 2 require a counter area in addition to the kitchen. However, going back and forth between the counter and the kitchen wastes valuable cooking time, so I've tried to set up the restaurant to minimise that.



I hired some staff and set up these chic marble tables for our guests. Delia's first coffee shop, Delia's First Coffee Shop, is now open for business!



That is, it would be, but then I remembered that we kind of don't have a menu yet. Oops.



Restaurants in Restaurant Empire 1 divided recipes into five categories: appetizers, soups, mains, desserts and breakfast dishes. Since that obviously doesn't work for a café, we now have five new categories: hot coffee, iced coffee, tea, other drinks and food.

This is one of our starting recipes, café vanilla. Every recipe in the game has a page like this. The most important things to note are the fields labelled "RATING", "COOKING TIME", "COST" and "DEFAULT PRICE".

The rating of the recipe is basically how delicious it is. A rating of 50% is pretty good for a starting recipe. Our highest rated café recipe right now is rated 52%, so this is one of our best.

The cooking time field will show between one and five clock icons, indicating how long a recipe takes to prepare. Being able to prepare food quickly is extremely important, as during busy periods your chefs will be cooking 100% of the time, and the cooking speed of your recipes determines how many dishes you can serve and thus how much money you'll make. Unfortunately, the cooking time indicated here is a total lie, and the number of clocks bears no relation to how long a recipe takes to cook. In Restaurant Empire 1, a recipe that showed two clocks under cooking time might take anywhere between six seconds and 20 seconds to cook – you have no idea unless you actually watch your chef preparing the recipe.

The difference between the default price and the cost is your default gross profit. The café vanilla has an extremely good profit margin for coffee and will earn us a gross profit of $8.12 per serving!

Overall, the café vanilla is a very nice recipe, and I add it along with a bunch of other recipes to our menu. I'll list all of our starting café recipes at the bottom of the post. I am hoping that you guys will help me decide what to put on our menu!



Now we have to sort out the wine list. Wine is by far your best moneymaker when you're starting a new restaurant in Restaurant Empire, so when you're deciding what beverages to serve at your restaurant, I recommend offering your guests wine and absolutely nothing else. Just like in Restaurant Empire 1, you add this through the menu page by clicking on the… wait…



Where is the beverage button?!









I'm out.



Nah, nevermind, I'll deal. So, the biggest problem with running a coffee shop is that you don't really have a wine list! Making things worse, aside from outliers like the café vanilla, most of our coffees actually have very low profitability since we only sell them for like $5 - $10 a cup, which means that this coffee shop, indeed all of our coffee shops, will be making pathetically low profits compared to our restaurants in Restaurant Empire 1, which were basically money-printing machines.

Well, no sense whining about that now. Let's get some customers in!



We get our first customer, a woman named Loli Robin, who orders the café vanilla and a salad Niçoise. Here's another problem with coffee shops: see that laptop? Our guests are going to come in here, order some coffee, and then they're just going to sit there for hours on end nursing their one cup of coffee rather than just downing it and leaving to make room for other customers. Coffee shop customers are the worst.



They're also extremely greedy! A customer by the name of Ladislas Leroy calls me over and offers to sell me a ~secret recipe~ for the low, low price of $11,340!

This is obviously ridiculous, but Restaurant Empire takes place in an alternative timeline where cookbooks were never invented and recipes are closely guarded secrets that are passed down orally like the epic poems of ancient Greece. Getting new and better recipes is the game's primary progression mechanic: the better your recipes, the better your restaurant will be, and the better you will be able to face the various challenges the game throws your way. I buy the recipe.



It turns out to be the recipe for apple croissants. I have to say, if I bit down on a croissant and found it had a wedge of apple inside it instead of chocolate, I'd be furious. The recipe has a pretty mediocre quality rating of 46%, and its gross profit is a paltry $5.01. The cooking time is stated to be one clock, but that could mean anything. This is a pretty poor recipe.



Another one of our customers calls me over, a Lidija Petit. Some of your guests will be able to refer you to wholesalers who can get you higher quality cooking ingredients than what is normally available. In Restaurant Empire 1, they'd do this for free, but now they want money for it. Lidija here wants me to pay her $2,000 for the privilege of being allowed to buy ingredients from her.

Getting new wholesaler relationships is Restaurant Empire's other important progression mechanic, as it can vastly increase the quality of your recipes, so I reluctantly pay her. No wonder so many first-time restauranteurs fail, we've been open for one day, and we've already had to pay our customers over $13,000.



These are the ingredients that we can buy from Lidija. Because so many coffee recipes call for thyme and rosemary.



By the end of the day, you get a profit and loss statement which the game extrapolates to the rest of the month. We made a profit of $31,788 in January, which is an impressive 60,4% return on our sales! The only thing holding us back is that it's going to be very hard to grow our revenue much more than this, given our slow customer turnover.



This is our goal report for mission 1. We have to pass all of the main goals in order to proceed to the next mission. Our three main goals are to make $30,000 in monthly revenue, get 50 customers per day and to "meet George". We also have an optional side goal of getting at least 40% customer satisfaction, but as far as I know these side goals are completely pointless.



Since George doesn't seem to want to visit us here, let's go to our actual restaurant!



Ta-da! Although Armand stupidly sold most of our old restaurants after defeating OmniFood, we still have our very first restaurant from that game. This is Treize à Table, a fancy French restaurant that Armand inherited from his uncle, Michel.



Impressively, the interior of the restaurant has somehow gotten five times bigger in the time between Restaurant Empire 1 and Restaurant Empire 2. Ah, how quickly the little ones grow up!

The restaurant is closed, so I hire new staff and put together a quick menu just to lure in George. I don't want to focus on this restaurant right now, as our main task should be to get Delia's First Coffee Shop up and running.



Ah! Good day to you Monsieur Lebouf. I must concede that this dessert of yours is truly exquisite. The touch of caramel you added to it… genius!


The only dessert I put on the menu is a fruit gratin, so I don't know where this guy is getting caramel. In fact, none of the dessert recipes we know contain caramel! Also, you'll notice that the game's writers frequently have trouble spelling the main character's name. I guess I could be charitable and assume that it was intentional and that George is just pronouncing it wrong.

In fact, I found the whole meal rather magnificent really. I dare say your Grand Master Chef title does not suit you, Monsieur Lebouf. I'd wager it's beneath your considerable skills!

Eh… haha… Please call me Armand, everybody does.

I'm uh… we're very flattered that you found our cooking delicious. It's always a thrill to get compliments from customers. We here at the Treize ?table [sic] aim to please Mr…

Perrot. But call me George.

Look Armand I'll get straight to the point. I did not come all the way down here to sample your food – that was simply a minor excursion on my part. I came here to offer you an opportunity. I'm producing a new TV show and I see you as the centrepiece of the whole thing.

You have a unique gift my friend, and you've probably heard this a thousand times before, but I think that you can take your magnificent cooking skills to television. I guarantee you'll be a big hit with audiences.

Uh… Actually, this is the first time I've been offered a TV show of my own…

Well, I guess I'm a lucky loser then aren't I? I've seen you in competition, Armand. Your skill as a chef is unquestioned.

But! Unlike the other grand masters, you're not just a bland character that can cook amazing dishes. You, my friend, possess charm and a personality that can captivate an audience! You're perfect for TV!

I definitely can't argue with you there, George.

Just look at this way: there's no way you can lose here. One, we pay you to do what you love; two, you only work a few hours in any given week; and three, you get instant personal recognition as well as considerable publicity for your restaurants. What's not to like?

Well if you put it that way, I can't really say no now can I?

I guess you can't… So, what do you say? Shall I tell my people the good news?

Alright. You've got yourself a deal, George.

Great! That's settled then. Let's shake on it partner!


So while Delia slaves away in that puny coffee shop, Armand's getting his own TV show! Awesome!



Another customer grabs me while I'm at Treize à Table and sells me this recipe for $14,175. It basically illustrates everything that's wrong with Delia's coffee shop. It's significantly higher quality than all her recipes, at 56%, and its profit margin is a whopping $19.65 per serving. Pair it with a glass of wine and you're making $30 profit just from that. I'm lucky to get $15 in profit from a customer's entire order at the coffee shop.



The rest of the day passes, and since we've met all the main goals we win the mission. Next mission, we'll be going to the TV studio to become a STAR!

Before we get to that, though, I'd like you guys to help me with the décor of our new café!




These are the wall, floor and table options for Delia's café.



These are the additional decorations available. These are unfortunately pretty uninspired, but we will be able to easily edit the textures of those paintings if anyone has any good ideas! Rest assured, though, that we'll be getting some really stupid restaurants later in the game with absolutely incredible decoration options.

Thread poll: what décor should we have in Delia's First Coffee Shop?

Vote on wall, floor and table design. For example, to vote for wall type C, floor type D and table type B, vote "CDB". The winning combination will be whatever has the most votes when I play the next mission. Also, let me know if you want me to add any of the floor or wall decorations.

I have listed all the café recipes currently available in a separate post below. Let me know if there's anything you think I should add to the menu!

Enchanted Hat
Aug 18, 2013

Defeated in Diplomacy under suspicious circumstances


Starting café recipes
















Haifisch
Nov 12, 2010

Objection! I object! That was... objectionable!



Taco Defender



EAC seems about as ugly as we can get here.

ComicsandSlushies
Feb 22, 2013


CFD looks the most eye seering to me, poor Della this game isn't gonna be kind to her is it?

DariusLikewise
Oct 4, 2008

You wore that on Halloween?


Serve nothing but iced coffee and frozen juices along with the salad/danish

Mr. Fall Down Terror
Jan 24, 2018


three lemon wedges in the lemon tea?

exactly 1.2 bacon slices in the BLT?

this is a sequel alright

habeasdorkus
Nov 3, 2013

Royalty is a continuous shitposting motion.

They got the right amount of coffee beans for a cup of coffee, but 2 TABLESPOONS of vanilla syrup on top of a teaspon of extract? Also, $9.60 for a cup of coffee... in 2009! Never change, Restaurant Manager.

Enchanted Hat posted:

The only dessert I put on the menu is a fruit gratin, so I don't know where this guy is getting caramel.

Where the gently caress is our Crepes Marcie a la un Fucktonne de Cinnamon, Armand?

Can we rename the coffee shop Au Bon Peiner? Because when I was young (ok, when I was like 22, so not that young) I'd see the Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, Somerville and having never really noticed others from the chain, think to myself "I can't believe they have a sex shop in this otherwise family friendly square!" It'd look especially great in BFA with the griffon/dragon statues glaring at people who think they're going to become famous authors taking up time at our seats.

Actually, if you can put the dragons on one of the tables, that'll get them at eye level with these wannabe Molieres.

Tulul
Oct 23, 2013


CCC looks like the most horrifically depressing, basement-of-a-'70s-era-DMV option available, which will hopefully encourage your customers to make their stay a short one. It's unfortunate you can't pick the lighting, because some fluorescent tubes would really complete the look.

Also, cover every square inch of the wall with Van Gogh's glowering mug, to both subtly intimidate your customers and remind them of the fleetingness of life.

Psychotic Weasel
Jun 24, 2004

Bang! You're dead.


I think BDA is suitably grotesque, so I bite for that. I can't modify any of the other decor from my phone.

Also, what kind of cafe are we running that doesn't serve alcohol? How are guests supposed to enjoy a stiff Irish Coffee to start their day? Or get smashed on B-52s at lunch? Those sound like perfectly French drinks, I dont see what the problem is.

Snorb
Nov 19, 2010


Enchanted Hat posted:

This is Treize à Table


Impressively, the interior of the restaurant has somehow gotten five times bigger in the time between Restaurant Empire 1 and Restaurant Empire 2. Ah, how quickly the little ones grow up!

Oh, Armand redecorated between games!

...I don't like it. Let's go with FBD for our new decor, and add Pink Perfection Juice to the menu. (It... God help me, that actually sounds delicious.)

Any way to change those garish paintings on the walls?

Aesculus
Mar 22, 2013



quote:


This isn't a biscuit or even a biscotti, this is just a chocolate bar. And just "mixed fruit"? Really? The last game already showed that there are ingredients for fruits, so why did the recipe ingredients suddenlly become so lazy this time?

My only opinion for the decor is that we have to have Wall option E as the wallpaper no matter what.

habeasdorkus
Nov 3, 2013

Royalty is a continuous shitposting motion.

Au Bon Penier
le café, comme votre maîtresse le fait

Café et Thé
Thé au Citron. . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Espresso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Cappuccino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Cappuccino Glacé . . . . . . . . .6
Café Glacé aux Amandes . . .9
Café à la Vanille. . . . . . . . . . 10
Petit-déjeuner Anglais . . . . .15

La Pâtisserie
Croissant de Pomme . . . . . . .6
Biscotti au Chocolat . . . . . . .10
Mixed Fruit Danish . . . . . . . .13

La Bouffe
Salade Nicoise . . . . . . . . . . .13
BLT Sandwich . . . . . . . . . . . 14

(note, all prices in whole dollars, and reduce the English Breakfast Tea quality as low as you can go, because gently caress the English, we're French motherfuckers!)

Pharohman777
Jan 14, 2012



Aesculus posted:

This isn't a biscuit or even a biscotti, this is just a chocolate bar. And just "mixed fruit"? Really? The last game already showed that there are ingredients for fruits, so why did the recipe ingredients suddenlly become so lazy this time?

My only opinion for the decor is that we have to have Wall option E as the wallpaper no matter what.

That's 200 grams of chocolate.
That really is a chocolate bar.

Wonderslug
Apr 3, 2011

You don't say.

Fallen Rib

luxury handset posted:

three lemon wedges in the lemon tea?

exactly 1.2 bacon slices in the BLT?

this is a sequel alright

1.2 slices of bacon resting gently atop 80% of a lettuce, with a few atoms of tomato and some feta cheese. That's not a BLT, that's Amelia Bedelia making a salad.

paragon1
Nov 22, 2010

FULL COMMUNISM NOW


The thing about coffee house customers being terrible and just sitting at a table for hours nursing one order is at least horrifically accurate.

BDB Seems like it'd be sufficiently awful.

Do you have an image for us to do edits on, or do you just do them on the image of the decoration you posted?

I'm thinking...anime.

paragon1 fucked around with this message at 23:20 on Aug 30, 2018

Zanzibar Ham
Mar 17, 2009

You giving me the cold shoulder? How cruel.




Grimey Drawer

I must say, all those decor options are terrible, and I'm excited for how much worse it'll get as the game goes on.

ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007
Probation
Can't post for 6 hours!


BBA


If anybody ever asks me to illustrate the uncanny valley, this is the image I'm going to pick.

MaxieSatan
Oct 19, 2017

critical support for anarchists


As always, let's make the decor BAD.

Can we get a portrait of the Space Needle up there? Seattle invented coffee, right?

e: Actually, if we have a wreath and a dove for some inscrutable reason, I say let's make this place holiday-themed. Clipart snowmen for all!

MaxieSatan fucked around with this message at 01:05 on Aug 31, 2018

queserasera
Jul 10, 2014

These high-G injections have some serious side effects after pulling so many jumps.



None of the coffee drinks include water. The tea drinks are just a pile of dry leaves. Delia knows water's involved...right?

BEA and the paintings should be different "mainstream coffee house" logos.

habeasdorkus
Nov 3, 2013

Royalty is a continuous shitposting motion.

queserasera posted:

the paintings should be different "mainstream coffee house" logos.

YES.

Added Space
Jul 13, 2012

Free Markets
Free People

Curse you Hayard-Gunnes!

Can we get the texture picture for editing?

Leraika
Jun 14, 2015

slime time



BDA I guess.

I'm so glad the madness continues

Section Z
Oct 1, 2008

Wait, this is the Moon.
How did I even get here?

Pillbug

My only disappointment is that Delia could not go all in on inspiration from Armand's first restaurant.

"But it's a coffee shop-"
"Red wine, White wine, or get the gently caress out"

Though at least you tried. And that's what matters.

Nondevor
Jun 1, 2011





catposting


FCC for an incredibly plain interior. Gotta start small before the eye-searing options come in!

Armand looks 1000x more of a smug jerk with his new portrait. Which is fitting I guess.

Ibblebibble
Nov 12, 2013



DDA for that maximum pure brown.

Aesculus
Mar 22, 2013



Enchanted Hat posted:

YOU HAVE A COFFEE SHOP NOW.

I forgot to ask but is this and the other SOMETHING HAPPENED. allcaps text boxes actually from the game or are you adding these in? They seem to be constructed with some actual humor despite being basically matter-of-fact statements.

Pharohman777
Jan 14, 2012



queserasera posted:

None of the coffee drinks include water. The tea drinks are just a pile of dry leaves. Delia knows water's involved...right?

BEA and the paintings should be different "mainstream coffee house" logos.

Oh god, you are totally right!

All the tea and coffee is missing water as an ingredient. We are literally serving ground up coffee beans and tea leaves plus extracts directly to customers.

Iunnrais
Jul 25, 2007

It's gaelic.

I understand that the catering world, such as it is, can be massively chauvinistic. But why are these game's authors so chauvinistic? Also, if you wanted to go full jerkface, I think the first option would have actually been MORE degrading than the second. The second option has the decency to OPENLY and EXPRESSLY say "I don't believe in you," while the first is right out of an MRA handbook on negging.

Enchanted Hat
Aug 18, 2013

Defeated in Diplomacy under suspicious circumstances


ComicsandSlushies posted:

CFD looks the most eye seering to me, poor Della this game isn't gonna be kind to her is it?

Oh, you have no idea.


habeasdorkus posted:

Where the gently caress is our Crepes Marcie a la un Fucktonne de Cinnamon, Armand?

Can we rename the coffee shop Au Bon Peiner? Because when I was young (ok, when I was like 22, so not that young) I'd see the Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, Somerville and having never really noticed others from the chain, think to myself "I can't believe they have a sex shop in this otherwise family friendly square!" It'd look especially great in BFA with the griffon/dragon statues glaring at people who think they're going to become famous authors taking up time at our seats.

Actually, if you can put the dragons on one of the tables, that'll get them at eye level with these wannabe Molieres.

Sadly, we don't start with the Don's favourite recipe! Naturally, if we get it later, it's going on the menu immediately.

Renaming restaurants is a no-go, as is putting the dragons on tables. Best we could do is horrible dragon paintings to scare our customers out.


Aesculus posted:

I forgot to ask but is this and the other SOMETHING HAPPENED. allcaps text boxes actually from the game or are you adding these in? They seem to be constructed with some actual humor despite being basically matter-of-fact statements.

Those all-caps messages are from the game itself, I haven't touched them. At one point in the first game, one of those all-caps messages gives Armand a bit of sass, like "DID YOU REMEMBER TO WRITE THAT RECIPE DOWN, ARMAND, YOU DUNCE?", which is great, because it means that even the game itself was getting fed up with him.

Enchanted Hat
Aug 18, 2013

Defeated in Diplomacy under suspicious circumstances




Here are the painting textures. Luckily, Restaurant Empire 2 significantly upped the texture budget, so it should be much easier to make these look half-decent. Feel free to change the paintings to something more interesting, but please don't change Van Gogh in the bottom right, as someone requested that.

Aesculus
Mar 22, 2013



Pharohman777 posted:

Oh god, you are totally right!

All the tea and coffee is missing water as an ingredient. We are literally serving ground up coffee beans and tea leaves plus extracts directly to customers.

Maybe Delia has a better business acumen than Armand and is just using seawater or industrial runoff to cut costs? At least we're not paying a dollar a litre like Armand used to

Dire Chinchilla
Mar 27, 2013


So happy to see this LP

Enchanted Hat posted:




In Restaurant Empire 1, the chef prodigy Armand LeBoeuf had to face the evil OmniFood restaurant chain. At their peak, they had a market share of 68% of the global restaurant industry, which would make them easily ten times bigger than McDonald's.



But all that came crashing down when their best chef faced Armand in a final cook-off and lost to our legendary stuffed lamb in a potato crust with truffles. Humiliated, they had no choice but to burn down all their restaurants and leave the industry forever, I guess.



You missed a perfect opportunity to name this thread Restaurant Empire Strikes Back.

MaxieSatan
Oct 19, 2017

critical support for anarchists


Enchanted Hat posted:



Here are the painting textures. Luckily, Restaurant Empire 2 significantly upped the texture budget, so it should be much easier to make these look half-decent. Feel free to change the paintings to something more interesting, but please don't change Van Gogh in the bottom right, as someone requested that.

Aww, dang, the higher-quality textures are nice but the real estate limit is a drat shame. Two separate proposals, then, so I'm not denying anyone else the opportunity:


Option One: Shrek Isn't So Played Out, I Hope, That We Want To Ignore That That One Dude Looks Like Lord Farquaad


Option Two: L'homme de Glace de Michael's Vient

TooMuchAbstraction
Oct 14, 2012

Hubris

Fun Shoe

I don't have appropriate image editing software on this computer, but I'd like to nominate that we change one of the portraits to be Armand himself. He's getting his own TV show, of course he's egotistical enough to have portraits of himself in his own restaurant.

ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007
Probation
Can't post for 6 hours!


TooMuchAbstraction posted:

I don't have appropriate image editing software on this computer, but I'd like to nominate that we change one of the portraits to be Armand himself. He's getting his own TV show, of course he's egotistical enough to have portraits of himself in his own restaurant.

We should replace the portrait of a woman with a portrait of Armand. That seems to

Nondevor
Jun 1, 2011





catposting


TooMuchAbstraction posted:

I don't have appropriate image editing software on this computer, but I'd like to nominate that we change one of the portraits to be Armand himself. He's getting his own TV show, of course he's egotistical enough to have portraits of himself in his own restaurant.

Aren’t these decorations for Delia’s coffee shop and not Treize a Table? Might as well give herself a portrait instead of Armand. He already has a TV show, so she needs something too.

Zanzibar Ham
Mar 17, 2009

You giving me the cold shoulder? How cruel.




Grimey Drawer

Was gonna replace that one portrait that bears a striking resemblance to George Costanza with the genuine article, but couldn't find something in a similar style to the rest of the art so I went with the lowest common denominator.



Also imgur is being a real rear end in a top hat.

Enchanted Hat
Aug 18, 2013

Defeated in Diplomacy under suspicious circumstances


Nondevor posted:

Aren’t these decorations for Delia’s coffee shop and not Treize a Table? Might as well give herself a portrait instead of Armand. He already has a TV show, so she needs something too.

I could see Armand insisting that Delia put a giant portrait of him in her new café. "Sure, honey, I'll provide the capital for your little café. As long as you don't forget your place!"

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MaxieSatan
Oct 19, 2017

critical support for anarchists


Enchanted Hat posted:

I could see Armand insisting that Delia put a giant portrait of him in her new café. "Sure, honey, I'll provide the capital for your little café. As long as you don't forget your place!"

It would also have to be the extra-large one, natch.

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