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26 January 2011 @ 10:08 am
Rogue, Reborn  
Who here remembers Rogue, or its successor, Nethack? Cripes, I played Rogue like it was going out of style, back in high school, sneaking it on to our school's computers. My buddies Dan, mark, and myself even managed to convince the teacher that it was something we programmed ourselves, when we got caught playing. As his advanced computer classes tended to only be four people and we were three of them, he believed it. Later, in college, I got hold of Nethack, and the fun began all over again.

Sure, these were ASCII-based, randomly generated, viciously deadly little dungeon crawls with only a hair's chance of winning, but that was, somehow, part of the fun. It's been forever and a day since I played...until yesterday, when I was introduced to Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup.

All the fun of the originals, plus more. Deeper, more polished, more options. Playable in ASCII mode or with a graphical tile set, with no loss of game feel. Yes, it's simple, yes, it's nothing compared to the games of today..and it's still a metric ass-ton of fun. if you ever enjoyed them before, I urge you to go give it a whirl. Hell, it's open-source and free, man, go for it.

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Chrisdeusinnomen on January 26th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
Two more Rogue-like games for you to ponder: Legerdemain (http://roguelikefiction.com/?page_id=7) and ADOM (http://www.adom.de/). Both are interesting and fun games.
freyisfreyis on January 26th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh Dungeon Crawl.... so much fun, so very very difficult.

I got hooked hard on the angband variants a few years back. Never beat any of them, but half the fun is seeing what terrible things happen to your character as you go too deep too fast.