Hiatus Games is a tiny board game studio from Ukraine with big ideas. They've just successfully crowdfunded their first project, Deus Lo Vult. It's a medieval board game of rampage, betrayal and agony, and it has over 300 original gilded and foiled miniatures. They were drawn by a professional art restorer and icon painter as a tribute to medieval illuminations from the Grandes Chroniques de France, and they're absolutely awesome.
Deus Lo Vult should've started its way to its backers all over the world, however, the pandemic had other plans.
"Our game shipping was greatly delayed due to quarantine in China, and then the quarantine and lockdown came everywhere," Mike Badelin, founder, producer, and game designer at Hiatus Games told Bored Panda. "We too are grounded at our homes and our game is stuck for an indefinite time in Shanghai, and it has made our Kickstarter and Facebook communities very sad."
So, to keep themselves busy and their fans entertained during these uncertain times, Badelin and two artists at the studio, Alex Komyakhov and Mykhailo Skop, started creating medieval memes. "We have the most amazing backers, who supported us through the darkest of times and we're trying to do what little we can: to cheer them up with some silly pictures. It worked, and people found it amusing."
Badelin said creating memes acts as the whole team's coping mechanism, helping them to handle pandemic-related fears and anxieties. "The more we laugh at something, the less scary it looks."
At the same time, of course, they're spreading the word about their game. The coronavirus is no joke, but a joke could be the best way to make people remember Deus Lo Vult and what it's all about, Badelin said.
According to him, the beauty of this process is the realization that modern memes are a lot closer to medieval miniatures than one could think.
But there's certainly a lot of work the team put into when creating one of their medieval memes. "You need to avoid the sin of anatomism, everyone must be properly disfigured and have the signature medieval 'resting b*tch face'".