The 2011 7DRL Challenge, March 5 to 13
The time has almost come! Gather all your strengths and build a roguelike, be it your first one or your next one.
A good roguelike is an expression of pure gameplay: as a developer you can turn your ideas into games for the people to enjoy, without the constraints of 3d modeling or expensive graphics creation.
Developing a roguelike also allows you to portrait a theme within the limitations of abstract or simple gfx output, but having imagination as a tool to recreate infinite environments and stories
Summon your indie gamedev friends, be they roguedevs or not for this, the annual roguelike development party!
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For ARRP 2010 a very old game was resurrected. BOSS is a variant of Moria. Its last official release was for ancient computers. Having this gem back is very nice. However, in spite of lack of science fiction themed Angband variant BOSS generated minimal attention. Answer to why is that is fairly simple.
Playing BOSS could be considered retro gaming even by roguelike standards. Monochrome ASCII display combined with interface significantly inferior to those seen nowadays can take a great deal of dedication to overcome and get into. With competition in genre so great one would rather play something else.
Curiously the game has several things noteworthy to offer. Player has computer equipment slot where he may put his Commodore Vic-20, Boysenberry Laptop or other such machine. Shops in town offer various services. For example you can have your sex changed for five hundred dollars. Among things you might find are Vogon Commanders reciting poetry at you, refitted Jarwangian Armor pieces, Daisyian Screwdrivers and Daisyian Umbrellas.
In past days Moria overshadowed Angband while it was still in development. Today for BOSS to break through something more than a port is needed. BOSS needs active maintainership to regain its beauty. Maybe not a whole rewrite like NLarn developers attempt but a solid set of changes and interface overhaul.
The International Roguelike Database, developed by fellow elite roguetemplar “Z“, has been updated and now allows you to rate and comment on the roguelikes, as well as create your “rogue” profile, by describing your level of expertise on each game.
IRLDB fetches its data daily from roguebasin, and allows you to search information about the games in a more practical way. There are currently 290 roguelikes on the list.
If you are a developer, you’ll be able to see who are your players, how cool they think they are and their comments on your game. Isn’t this great?
Please note that in order to use the community features of the IRLDB, you just have to login into the forums (no need to create another account)
Go now, rate, comment and build your rogue profile!