One game that has grabbed my attention every time I’ve seen it during a games showcase is Inkulinati. It features hand-drawn ye-old illustrations of creatures and characters that do battle across a piece of parchment. The inspiration comes from 700-year-old real-life medieval marginalia, but this game features 2020 battle mechanics. It’s a turn-based strategy game, but also reminded me heavily of card games like Magic the Gathering, but it’s the humour and style that make this game stand out from the competition.
The battle takes place across a piece of parchment, sometimes in a direct line, other times there are stairs leading to vantage points above. Whatever it is, it is hand-drawn. As you play out the battle the parchment shall also be inked with words telling of every move and action as if you’re playing out the scripture of some famous battle between sworn nemesis.