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Traditional Roguelikes (Turn Based) / Advanced Rogue on (ARRP)
« on: September 15, 2012, 06:18:29 PM »
Advanced Rogue is one of the original Rogue variants, released in 1985.  @Play has a good article on it.  It introduced several new ideas, including using the same letter for multiple monsters, a choice of character classes, and a world outside the dungeon.  Thanks to the Roguelike Restoration Project, it supports arrow keys.

You can now play online at, either over SSH or through the Web app.  I've fixed a bug that caused lots of crashes in shops, and some others that drew prompt messages on top of the map.

There's still at least one crash-causing bug that I haven't been able to reproduce, so please report any crashes.

Have fun, and happy Roguelike Release Party.

Other Announcements / Rogue tournament
« on: June 28, 2012, 09:16:10 PM »
To celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Rogue and the genre it created, is holding a tournament. is a dgamelaunch server, like or, but it offers the original Rogue and other early roguelikes.  Currently available are three versions of UNIX Rogue, along with Super-Rogue, one of the first variants.

The newest feature is a Web interface that will let you play in your browser instead of over SSH.

The tournament is scheduled to begin at midnight UTC on July 1 and last two weeks, until midnight UTC on July 15.  All games which begin and end during this time period count toward the tournament.

It's known that Rogue is a harder game than NetHack or Crawl, but I'm hoping to find out how much harder, by analyzing the statistics of a lot of players.  I also hope the tournament will help bug-test the new web player, and that someone will knock me off the high-score lists.

So if you're looking for a challenge or just want to play the original game in something like its original environment, try it!  Rogue is quick, simple, and particularly replayable.

Does anyone know if there are other places where tournaments like this are announced?

Traditional Roguelikes (Turn Based) / Public Rogue server
« on: January 06, 2010, 06:27:11 PM »
I've set up a public server for the original Rogue.  It's still in the testing phase, but Rogue 3.6 and 5.2 are playable.  To play, ssh to  The username is rodney and the password is yendor.

The website's not finished yet, but you can see results and statistics at

Let me know about any problems.  I know that games sometimes appear scrambled to people watching.  If you run into this, I'll need to know what terminal emulator you're using.  I'm hoping to get that bug squashed soon.  (Anyone know much about the internals of curses?)

Have fun, and keep waiting, I'm planning to add several more historical roguelikes.

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