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'''Roguelike [[:Category:Events|events]] of 2019:'''
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* [[7DRL Challenge 2019]]
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* [[Articles|Articles]]
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* [https://forums.roguetemple.com//irldb/ Searchable Database]
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* [[Developers]]
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* [[Chatroom]]
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= What is a Roguelike? =
  
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The [[RogueBasin]] is a central [[articles|knowledge-base]] for everything related to the [[What a roguelike is|Roguelike]] genre, as well as a detailed [[:category:roguelike games|directory of Roguelikes]].  
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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.
  
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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.
[[Articles|Articles]] &middot; [[:category:roguelike games|Games]] &middot; [[RogueBasin talk:Community Portal|Community]] &middot; [[Roguelike Links|Links]]
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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.
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Of course, the best way to understand what Roguelikes are is to download and play one.<br>[[What_a_roguelike_is|--more--]]
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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.
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Of course, the best way to understand what a Roguelike is is to download and play one.
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= Roguelikes =
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Many Roguelikes are freely available online. The most influential are known as the [[Major_roguelikes| Major Roguelikes]]:
  
=== Roguelikes ===
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<div style="text-align:center">[[ADOM]] '''|''' [[Angband]] '''|''' [[Crawl]] '''|''' [[NetHack]] '''|''' [[ToME]]</div>
  
Many Roguelikes are freely available online. The most popular are:
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Before their rise in popularity in the late 80s and 90s, the genre was dominated by the [[Major_classic_roguelikes| Major Classic Roguelikes]]:
  
*[[ADOM]] http://www.adom.de/,
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<div style="text-align:center">[[Rogue]] '''|''' [[Hack]] '''|''' [[Moria]] '''|''' [[Larn]] '''|''' [[Omega]]</div>
*[[Angband]] http://www.thangorodrim.net/,
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*[[Crawl]] http://www.dungeoncrawl.org/,
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*[[NetHack]] http://www.nethack.org/,
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*[[ToME]] http://www.t-o-m-e.net/
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Since the control systems of these Roguelikes are geared towards "expert" players, the novice player may be interested in trying a 'lighter' game like [[DoomRL]]. The following may help you find out more:
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Since the control systems of these Roguelikes are geared towards "expert" 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.
  
*[[:category:roguelike games|Categorized Roguelikes]]
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= Roguelike Community=
*[[list of roguelikes|Lists of Roguelikes]]
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There are several other important places in the roguelike community that you should consider visiting:
*[[Major roguelikes|Major Roguelikes]]
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*[[Roguelike Reviews]]
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=== Roguelike development ===
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* [http://www.roguetemple.com/forums/index.php Temple of the Roguelike Forum] - The main forum for the roguelike community.
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* [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.
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* [http://groups.google.com/groups/dir?q=rec.games.roguelike Other roguelike newsgroups] - A list of all roguelike newsgroups.
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* [[chatroom|R.G.R.D IRC Chatroom]] - The "official" IRC chatroom of the roguelike community.
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* [http://angband.oook.cz/ Angband.oook.cz] A very active website about Angband and variants.
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[http://roguebasin.roguelikedevelopment.org/index.php?title=Featured%20roguelike&action=edit Update featured roguelike] '''|''' [[:Category:Featured_Roguelikes|Previously featured]]
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= New Roguelike Releases =
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= 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:
 
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:
  
* [[:Category:Events|Events]]
 
* [[7DRL]]
 
 
* [[rgrd|rec.games.roguelike.development Newsgroup]]
 
* [[rgrd|rec.games.roguelike.development Newsgroup]]
 
* [[Roguelike Dev FAQ]]
 
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* [[How to Write a Roguelike in 15 Steps]]
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* [[Articles|All Roguelike development articles]]
  
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=Contribute=
One of the easiest ways to contribute is to add your name to the [[RGRD Wiki Project]]. Simply add your name there yourself, or post a message on [[rgrd]] stating that you'd like to participate, and what you agree to. If someone happens to see a relevant post by you, they'll upload it to this wiki as an [[articles|article]].
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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'd like to contribute to RogueBasin directly, simply create and log into an account. 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. Have a look at [[:category:templates|the templates]], [[:category:main]] or the [[RogueBasin:Requests|article requests]].
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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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Latest revision as of 18:16, 24 February 2019

Welcome to RogueBasin,

the Roguelike information resource that you can edit.

What is a Roguelike?

CTctB.png

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.
--more--

Roguelikes

Many Roguelikes are freely available online. The most influential are known as the Major Roguelikes:

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

Since the control systems of these Roguelikes are geared towards "expert" players, the novice player may be interested in trying a 'lighter' game like some of the coffeebreak roguelikes or just dive in at the deep end and find a roguelike game to suit you.

Roguelike Community

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


Featured Roguelike: Zorbus

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In Zorbus your goal is to delve deep into a dungeon, find a portal to a mythical place called the Zorbus where a mere mortal can ascend to demigodhood.

Thematically Zorbus draws influence from the late 70s and early 80s tabletop D&D campaigns, adventures and lore. The goal is to create a tight, streamlined dungeon crawling experience where the dungeon feels alive, eventful and rich in content. Something more than just boring empty rooms and corridors! Diversely shaped levels with themed content (throne rooms, prisons, lots of hidden treasure caches etc.) with good connectivity between the areas.

Important part of the living dungeon are the creatures. Creatures act intelligently, might fight each other, flee when threatened and try to gather their friends to overcome a threat. Most creatures can use items and also pick them up from from the dungeon floor. Creatures are not silent either but comment on things with speech bubbles.

You don't have to go to the fight alone but can recruit other creatures along the way.

The rule system for the game is slightly influenced by the d20 system used in the 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Zorbus has experience levels but no character classes (race is selected). On each level up, you point buy skills and talents (mostly combat maneuvers and spells).


Update featured roguelike | Previously featured

New Roguelike Releases

Announce new release

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 complete list of articles is available, but here are some to get you started:

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 games pages and the 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 article.

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