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&lt;div style=&quot;font-size:200%;&quot;&gt;Welcome to [[RogueBasin:About|RogueBasin]],&lt;/div&gt;
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'''Roguelike [[:Category:Events|events]] of 2019:'''
* [[7DRL Challenge 2019]] 
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* [[Articles|Articles]]
* [[:Category:Roguelike_games|Games]]
* [https://forums.roguetemple.com//irldb/ Searchable Database]
* [[Developers]]
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* [[Chatroom]]
* [[RogueBasin:Community_Portal|Community]]
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= What is a Roguelike? =

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A Roguelike is usually described as a free turn-based computer game with a strong focus on intricate gameplay and replayability, and an abstract world representation using ASCII-based display, as opposed to 3D graphics. Of course, as with any genre, there are deviations from the norm.

Roguelikes allow the player an indefinite amount of time in which to make a move, making gameplay comparable more to chess than to reflex-based games like first-person shooters. Since graphics are limited (if not completely shunned), the player's imagination must come into play - gameplay is more like reading a book than watching a movie.

Of course, the best way to understand what Roguelikes are is to download and play one.&lt;br&gt;[[What_a_roguelike_is|--more--]]

= Roguelikes =
Many Roguelikes are freely available online. The most influential are known as the [[Major_roguelikes| Major Roguelikes]]:

&lt;div style=&quot;text-align:center&quot;&gt;[[ADOM]] '''|''' [[Angband]] '''|''' [[Crawl]] '''|''' [[NetHack]] '''|''' [[ToME]]&lt;/div&gt;

Before their rise in popularity in the late 80s and 90s, the genre was dominated by the [[Major_classic_roguelikes| Major Classic Roguelikes]]:

&lt;div style=&quot;text-align:center&quot;&gt;[[Rogue]] '''|''' [[Hack]] '''|''' [[Moria]] '''|''' [[Larn]] '''|''' [[Omega]]&lt;/div&gt;

Since the control systems of these Roguelikes are geared towards &quot;expert&quot; players, the novice player may be interested in trying a 'lighter' game like some of the '''[[coffeebreak roguelike]]s''' or just dive in at the deep end and find a '''[[:Category:Roguelike_games|roguelike game]]''' to suit you.

= Roguelike Community=
There are several other important places in the roguelike community that you should consider visiting:

* [http://www.roguetemple.com/forums/index.php Temple of the Roguelike Forum] - The main forum for the roguelike community.
* [http://groups.google.com/group/rec.games.roguelike.development/topics r.g.r.d Newsgroup] - The very old and very active R.G.R.D newsgroup.
* [http://groups.google.com/groups/dir?q=rec.games.roguelike Other roguelike newsgroups] - A list of all roguelike newsgroups.
* [[chatroom|R.G.R.D IRC Chatroom]] - The &quot;official&quot; IRC chatroom of the roguelike community.
* [http://angband.oook.cz/ Angband.oook.cz] A very active website about Angband and variants.

{{:Featured roguelike}}&lt;br&gt;
[http://roguebasin.roguelikedevelopment.org/index.php?title=Featured%20roguelike&amp;action=edit Update featured roguelike] '''|''' [[:Category:Featured_Roguelikes|Previously featured]]

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= New Roguelike Releases =
[http://roguebasin.roguelikedevelopment.org/index.php?title=News&amp;action=edit Announce new release]
{{:News}}

= Roguelike Development =
 
If you have some ideas for a new Roguelike and would like to give development a go (or are already a seasoned [[developer]]) the RogueBasin is here to help you expand the Roguelike genre. A [[articles|complete list of articles]] is available, but here are some to get you started:

* [[rgrd|rec.games.roguelike.development Newsgroup]]
* [[Roguelike Dev FAQ]]
* [[How to Write a Roguelike in 15 Steps]]
* [[Articles|All Roguelike development articles]]

=Contribute=
If you'd like to contribute to RogueBasin, simply create an account and log in. Feel very free to edit! We especially need more information added to the [[:category:roguelike games|games pages]] and the [[list of roguelike games|lists]] - if you're a developer, consider updating your game's page, and making sure that it (and you) are included in the relevant lists.

If you're an experienced developer, consider writing articles about creating Roguelikes. There are many people new to Roguelike development, and they often need help. It's especially helpful to write articles about problems you have experienced yourself.  Also you can add your name to the [[RGRD Wiki Project]] (directly, or by posting a message on [[rgrd]] saying how you want to participate). If someone sees a relevant post by you, they'll upload it to this wiki as an [[articles|article]].
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