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Off-topic (Locked) / Darkest videogames ever
« on: November 19, 2011, 07:10:42 PM »
Let's make a thread about the darkest games we ever played.

I'll start with I have no mouth and I must scream.. if you don't know it please watch the intro:

Another very nice one is the first Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen (top-down view). The initial crypt amazed me the first time I played.. immersive music, the sound of thunders and prisoners crying, Kain diabolic laugh when he swings the sword (or even better his "VAE VICTIS!"), drinking blood from chained girls.. and then lots of rain, dark forests, etc. Fantastic.
Here's my favourite cinematic:
Intro and first minutes of gameplay:

What are in your opinion roguelikes' biggest turn-offs?

I think such a thread could be useful for developers to know what things could keep away potential players from giving a try to their games.

Let's rate them from 1 to 3.
1- Just a little annoying
2- Big turn-off; unless there are other potentially interesting aspects to balance this factor, I'll not try it
3- I'm very likely not playing a game because of this

First things that come to my mind:

- no screenshots on the website (2)
I like to try new games but I need at least a glimpse on what I'm downloading.

- development still at the very beginning (3)
I'm not saying that I don't play alpha relases, but unless the game architecture is *very* innovative, there should be at least some complexity and features, otherwise I don't want to immerge myself in something like that hoping that the work will go on.

- libraries to install (2)
I really don't like to install all those libraries, .net stuff, compilers and so on to play a roguelike.. but sometimes the game is worth the effort

- java (2)
I think no explanation is needed here haha.

- bad controls (1)
Unintuitive key configuration, ankward controls and maybe no txt controls file (so I can print it) can be a real pain.

Off-topic (Locked) / Might & Magic X project
« on: July 20, 2011, 12:29:48 PM »
Some Might & Magic IX fans are willing to make by themselves the last chapter of the awesome Might & Magic saga.. if you want to help them here are their threads:

(edit: and here another MMX project I just found:
maybe it should be better if they joined their efforts)

I really loved M&M games, and even if IX was somewhat disappointing (no flying, shallowest NPCs ever, not much crafting, etc) I have to say that I still really liked it.

Any M&M appreciators here at RogueTemple?

I just watched again that masterpiece cartoon movie and noticed the main character name is Larn. So my question!

BTW: those fantasy cartoons back in the 80's were really awesome.
Naked beautiful chicks, cool heros/villains, a lot of different situations.. never seen things like that in the last 20 years.

My favourite one is Heavy Metal. Fire and Ice is #2, and then there is Starchaser: legend of Orin. Neat stuff.

Wouldn't it be awesome to give 100.000 € each to Thomas Biskup, Kornel Kisielewicz, DCSS devs, Lost Labyrinth devs and so on so that they can focus more on developing?
If I manage to make a lot of money I'm sure I'll do something like that.


Very interesting video by National Inflation Association.

Things are like that also in Italy, what about your countries?

Off-topic (Locked) / The goal in your life.
« on: May 03, 2011, 07:32:28 AM »
What's your life goal?

Mine is to get enough surplus money (15.000-25.000 euros) so I can afford to pay a programmer to develop the (free) action-roguelike I planned on paper (since almost a decade).
Currently I am not in a good situation because even if I have a degree I live in a country which has been hit hard by recession and things don't look good, but at the same time I really like investing in stock market, commodities, etc and until now I'm performing good so who knows :-)

I also would love to go live in a house in front of the sea, but let's this be goal #2 because it's way expensive here (at least 10 times than goal #1!).

Goal #3 is to travel in south-east Asia (I'm always been fascinated by those countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, etc).

Tell me about you!

Off-topic (Locked) / Night Sky
« on: April 19, 2011, 08:39:56 PM »

Very nice little game.

.. and: is this true?
If so, I don't get this.

When I drive my car and there is sunset I always try like an idiot to totally block the sun to access my sight, I move all around like I have Tourette's syndrome, shit.

Not a roguelike, but a nice turn based strategy game. Are there any players here?
UFO: Alien Invasion is an open source strategy video game in which the player fights aliens that are trying to take control of the Earth. The game is heavily influenced by the X-COM series (mostly by UFO: Enemy Unknown). It is based on a modified id Tech 2 engine, and runs on Linux, Microsoft Windows, AmigaOS 4, and Mac OS X for both PPC and Intel Macs.
UFO:AI has been nominated for "Best project for Gamers" in the Sourceforge 2007 and 2008 Community Choice Awards and was positively noted by Linux Journal.



Traditional Roguelikes (Turn Based) / DiabloRL 0.4.5 released
« on: November 30, 2010, 09:57:44 PM »

After a long cold winter, the light that is DiabloRL has burst forth into being once more. After many new features and numerous gameplay tweaks, at last the gates of Hell are ready to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting town once more. But this time there are more choices on how to drive it back!

Download the new version without delay!

Here's the list of improvements done since Version 0.4.0 (7DRL first release)

[add] Save/Load
[add] Random items on the ground
[add] Shrines
[add] Twohanded weapons equipping/unequipping with shield
[add] Unique items added
[add] Recent messages command
[add] Recent messages mortem section
[add] All church quests
[add] Unique random monsters
[add] Sword/spear versions of fallen one monsters
[add] Story tomes
[add] Town fountain
[add] Sound and music support
[add] Sound extractor
[add] Icon and version resources
[add] Spells
[add] Magical staves
[add] Game manual in "manual.txt" (can be reviewed from the game using '?' key)
[add] Moster Info
[mod] Improver random map generator
[mod] Barrel explosion rewritten. chain explosions are supported now
[mod] Auto-identification of all items in mortem
[mod] Inventory and other item lists slightly modified
[mod] Quick spell auto assigns to new staff when equipped
[fix] Invulnerability for NPCs
[fix] Better conformity with Jarulf rules: spawns, drops, ai, etc.
[fix] Barrel/sarcophagus should spawn appropriate skeleton
[fix] Made 'a'ct command take no time if nothing to act on
[fix] Lots more stuff
[fix] Typos fixed
-- untracked massive changes

-- [add] added Rogue class
-- [add] added Bows
-- [mod] potions in starting gear are quicksloted
-- [mod] some minor changes

-- [mod] quickslot from ground
-- [mod] buying in shop doesn't leave shop screen.
-- [mod] inventory volume shown on inv screen
-- [add] scroll of Town Portal
-- [add] weapons and wearable items are swapped by default
-- [add] added requirement checks
-- [add] added quickslots
-- [mod] moved to Valkyrie + Lua
-- [fix] fixed stat calculation in secondary stats
-- [fix] fixed inventory messages
-- [fix] improved monster movement a little
-- [fix] fixed two handed weapons
-- [fix] fixed message from butcher
-- [fix] cant close/open door on monsters
-- [fix] fixed the turn counter

Traditional Roguelikes (Turn Based) / Lost Labyrinth 4.3.4 released
« on: November 01, 2010, 08:11:48 AM »
   Lost Labyrinth 4.3.4
- Improved idle mode for mainloop (don't use pocessor if nothing happens)

- made survivalists get double water portion from puddles and potions
- made merchants in levels 1-9 have no waterskins

- Roomlist was buggy. Causing terrible bugs when game was loaded or restarted
- fixed damage calulation for ice and exploding arrows
- stopped "breaking" spell working with non-magical attacks
- removed SDL_gfx dependency (some ubuntu und fedora users reported errors with this lib)

So the multi ??? rooms bug has been solved.


Traditional Roguelikes (Turn-based) / Xenocide
« on: October 13, 2010, 08:10:51 PM »

Do someone plays this sci-fi roguelike?

I would like to try it but I keep receiving this error, no matter how I change the resolution:

Off-topic (Locked) / Foul Bachelor Frog :-D
« on: June 13, 2010, 08:04:58 PM »

I love this meme!!

It always makes me laugh and somewhat feel a little nostalgic about the times when I was.. a Foul Bachelor Frog myself without realizing, hahah!

Some links: bachelor frog


Among the Advice Animal memes  popularized by 4chan and Meme Generator, Bachelor Frog (aka Foul Bachelor  Frog) occupies a unique "it's funny because it's true" space.

Whereas other advice animals (animal heads that give two-line directives), such as Advice Dog and Courage Wolf, emphasize over-the-top humor, Bachelor Frog relies on nuance familiar to anyone (especially dudes) who's ever lived alone. That naturally makes him the perfect internet mascot.

Bachelor Frog's first habit is losing track of the passage of time. When you haven't left your apartment in over a week and all your clocks are off, sometimes the best way to tell that it's time for dinner is that 'The Simpsons' is on. And if it isn't? Well, it's probably Saturday! Weekends aren't a big deal to Bachelor Frog, though. His whole life is the weekend!

See, Bachelor Frog doesn't ask for much out of life. His tolerance for monotony, discomfort and the barest of domestic situations is high. He's the kind of frog who will pull the blinds down on a beautiful sunny day to prevent glare on his computer screen. He is able to find enjoyment in the simpler things, like the race against time that occurs when he flushes the toilet before he's finished peeing, or building haute cuisine out of food purchased at a gas station. He's a minimalist, a freecycler, a visionary. Bachelor Frog doesn't just live like this out of necessity. He's practically an aesthete!

Bachelor Frog also seems to fall victim to the kind of crushing lethargy and self-loathing that befalls bachelors after weeks of joblessness. It's not just that Bachelor Frog is lazy, it's that he so prefers short-term comfort to long-term benefit. He'd rather brush off an old magazine for an impromptu plate than actually do the dishes. He's not big on hygiene, once declaring Axe bodyspray to be "a shower in a can." You might think that his net comfort level is lower this way, but that's just how Bachelor Frog likes it and who are you to judge?

One of Bachelor Frog's defining characteristics is his taste for experimental, dirt cheap cuisine. He loves to throw together what's lying around, whether it's a packet of Arby's sauce or the crumbly bits at the bottom of a box of croutons. Heck, he'll eat croutons straight out of the box if he's all out of chips.

Ultimately, we love Bachelor Frog because we are Bachelor Frog. Who among us hasn't blown his or her nose with printer paper now and again? Who hasn't sniffed the crotch of his or her pants to see if they're OK for another wear? Ye who haven't been shocked out of a marathon gaming session by the sound of your roommate's morning shower may cast the first stone.

Be warned: Not all Bachelor Frog memes are as safe for work as those we've culled for this post. Scatological jokes ("Someone didn't flush - Blast it with p*ss!" being a popular installment) and masturbation stories define the character as much as anything else. So be careful out there before you go wild with a Google image search.

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