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Hello visitors,

As with last year, I’m taking part in the 7 Day Roguelike Challenge.
Last time my game was a simple twist on the roguelike formula, making it more into an action game than a deep tactical stuff. I’ve also used a modified code from the python+libtcod tutorial that almost everyone and they mother used by now. However, this was pretty much my first game jam, and I have been doing any coding for only about 6 months back then.

This year I have something more sophisticated in mind. Finding a strange void of stealth games (with few exceptions that I want to come back and link here [TODO!]), I’ve decided to focus my game on that aspect of roguelike behaviour. However, it will be simplified for both gameplay reasons and developement time constraints I face with only 7 days to mess around. My most basic goals include:

  • Accessibility (I always say that I want to have my father sit down and play my games instantly without reading a huge manual)
  • Expandable gameplay (gameplay options revolve around equipment and special items player will be finding on the dungeon floor – adding one thing should mix things up a bit without much hassle)
  • Simplification of UI (I’m using my own sprites, so prepare for eyesore, yet most of the game info should be easily obtainable by looking at the screen, and I think that beside movement keys I’ll only need 6 others)
  • The game will be short, 5-6 dungeon levels. No use of dragging out.

As for starting base: I’m using my own engine I started working on about a week ago, you can find the code on my github page. Right now it includes sprite drawing, wall collision detection, edge-walls (unlike usual full cell walls), and half-broken recursive shadowcasting FOV algorithm that’s going to be my first priority to fix.
Language and libraries: C with SFML via CSFML. I intended to use libtcod, but the FOV algorithms are not fit to use with the kind of walls I have.

Alpha/Beta – I intend to release an AUR package for Arch users that wish to help me test this game out during the 7 days. More info here later, or catch me on irc: magikmw #rgrd @
Final build platforms include Arch Linux AUR, Windows and other Linux distributions if I mange to make them behave.

I’ll be starting at 22:59 UTC, that’s 23:59 UTC + 1 (my time).

Good luck to all (+200!) participants!


Sil is now on AUR

I’ve uploaded a PKGBUILD of Sil to the Arch User Repository.

Sil is a roguelike in the ‘new’ style of Brogue – tight design, numbers transparency, small and clean set of rules. I’ve really enjoyed it for the time I played it, so here is me making it easier for Arch users to try it out.

Now, from the tech perspective this version is somewhat inferior to the Windows counterpart. The multi-window UI is much less customizable, and doesn’t save the layout between sessions in X .I cannot easily fix any of these problems, since Angband’s (and in extension – Sil’s) UI/display code is rooted into Windows UI libraries. Please let me know if you have any solutions for this, I’d love to update or push the patch to the creator.
As it has been pointed out to me, Linux users are more likely to use the curses version anyway, and you can do that. The installation script presents you with basic options, you can also go ‘sil –help’ for the overall option listing (be aware that some of those just don’t work).

Have fun playing, and please report any problems in the AUR page.