Questions tagged [roguelikes]

A turn-based exploration game with high degrees of random generation along with permanent death which can be categorized as a subset of RPGs.

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Huge procedurally generated 'wilderness' worlds

I'm sure you all know of games like Dwarf Fortress - massive, procedural generated wilderness and land. Something like this, taken from this very useful article. However, I was wondering how I could ...
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Balancing Player vs. Monsters: Level-Up Curves

I've written a fair number of games that have RPG-like "levelling up," where the player gains experience for killing monsters/enemies, and eventually, reaches a new level, where their stats increase. ...
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Why is permadeath essential to a roguelike design?

Roguelikes and roguelike-likes (Spelunky, The Binding of Isaac) tend to share a number of game design elements: Procedurally generated worlds Character growth by way of new abilities and powers ...
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Attributes for calculating a hit in a turn based game or Roguelikes

I'm trying to figure out a good formula for determining a hit when the player attacks an enemy in a Roguelike. I'd like to come up with something simplistic but, still true to the way it's done in D&...
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How to manage different speed of actions in RogueLike games?

How to manage different speed of actions in RogueLike games? What I mean is that turn based games may have actors acting at different "speed", depending on the action and some other characteristics. ...
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Longest path algorithm for roguelike maze generation

I have a simple grid-based map composed of rooms, like this (A=entrance, B=exit): 0 1 2 3 ######### 0 #B# ##### ######### 1 # ### # ######### 2 # # # # # # 3 # # # #########...
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Saving roguelike game state?

I'm working on a basic roguelike using HTML5 and jQuery, and I've come across a problem. The way the game currently stands, the system only saves the game state every time the user moves between ...
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How can I ensure field of view symmetry in a Roguelike?

I'm working on a Roguelike, and for it I've created a ray-tracing/casting field-of-view (FoV) algorithm that consists of plotting Bresenham lines to every point in a solid circle. It's artifact free (...
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What is a convincing Berserker enemy AI finite state machine for a Roguelike

I'm looking for a way to create a convincing Berserker enemy in a Roguelike I've been creating for some time. You may assume a game like NetHack for this when considering what kinds of actions can be ...
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Inconsistent movement / line-of-sight around obstacles on a hexagonal grid

In a roguelike game I've been working on, one of my core design goals has been to allow the player to "Play the game, not the grid." In essence, I want the player's positioning to be tactical because ...
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Connecting Circular Rooms

My roguelike generates a number of circular rooms. I quite like the current results, which look something like this: It's generated by carving out random circles in a filled space. I have one main ...
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storing procedurally generated roguelike world into zones

I am currently developing a 3D roguelike game which will take place in a very large world. The world is generated by procedural algorithm supplied by external script in run time. To speed up rendering ...
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Efficiently Handling Entity-Interactions in a Tile-Based World

I've been programming Roguelike games lately and there's a common problem I always run into. I can't seem to find a satisfactory solution for handling Monster-Monster interactions. For the intents ...
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Procedural Dungeon Generation Connect Rooms With Passageways

I've been working on a simple procedural generation class which currently places rooms on a x, y grid and selects a starting room. Each room needs to be connected with passageways so the player will ...
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Creating and connecting rooms for a roguelike

I'm creating a Roguelike and I'm having constant troubles with map generation, it's just something I have a lot of difficulty wrapping my head around. I currently have my map as a 50x50 square of ...
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How irregularly shaped rooms should be placed in a dungeon

I have made a procedurally generated dungeon that places every room successfully so it is accessible via at least one other room. A 'successfully' placed room is a room who's wall cells are right net ...
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How to implement a symmetric 3d field of view algorithm for a roguelike

I've been thinking about adding 3d support in my roguelike. It would still be top-down like other roguelikes, yet it would have layers, such that things like platforms, tunnels, and bridges, etc, ...
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Generating 'Specially' shaped rooms for a Dungeon

I've made a fairly simple dungeon generator but now I want to expand on it so that I can procedurally generate a dungeon with irregular shaped rooms. I don't just want any old crazy shapes popping up ...
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Pathfinding Search for Path of Specific Length

I am creating a roguelike. This question applies to random map generation. First, I generate areas using a BSP algorithm, where I randomly divide the map into areas. Then, I generate a graph of the ...
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Creating a Roguelike game in C

I'm trying to create a simple rogue-like game in ncurses in a C program. The idea here is that, I'd parse a file like this: ...
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Heightfield terrain in ASCII games?

Is there a good way to represent variable terrain using heightfields (or heightmaps) in an ASCII game such as a Roguelike?
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Procedurally generate rivers for 2-d heightmap terrain

I created an algorithm to procedurally generate 2d worlds based on a heightmap grid. (I used a 2d simplex noise algorithm mapped on the inverse of the distance of each pixel from the center, to "...
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How should I manage Roguelike levels/maps in JavaScript?

I am developing a Roguelike in JavaScript using ROT.js. I'd like to keep with traditional gameplay (permadeath, randomly generated dungeons/mobs/items), but I want to have a statically defined ...
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Centering camera on player div

I've been making a roguelike-style game in HTML5 without using canvas (only divs) with pure JS (fiddle!). I've been trying to enlarge the tile size (font size) while keeping the player centered within ...
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Porting Ruby/NCruses Rogue-Like to .NET and FlatRedBall

I created an awesome rogue-like game in Ruby. For the GUI, I used NCurses. Since I'm using FlatRedBall as my engine of choice for Silverlight game development, I want to port this game over. What is ...
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Rogue Door Connection logic

I'm having a bit of trouble developing code to figure out which doors connect in Rogue which is written in c. Not the actual path making. I just dont understand how they link to each other. If rooms ...
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How should my game characters store their abilities/spells?

I'm new to game development and a bit confused about how to effectively store an object's access to certain spells/abilities. The player and mob objects are all generated from the same class. However,...
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create a simple tilemap programatically

i am working on a tile roguelike i got some of the basics working using this tutorial http://www.raywenderlich.com/1163/how-to-make-a-tile-based-game-with-cocos2d but i want to be able to create a ...
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Why are dungeons so often created subtractively rather than additively?

I'm having difficult deciding on how to procedurally generate a dungeon floor. The way I've been doing it so far is like so: Populate list of Rooms with random height and width. Place first room in ...
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Efficient parsing of text file to map

I am creating a roguelike which will use an ASCII based tile set. There is a text file that represents the map (ie. walls, floor, items). I believe the next steps are to read this file in and use a 2D ...
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Magnitude of a vector in Generalized Balanced Ternary?

Generalized Balanced Ternary is a fairly obscure but very elegant method of indexing a hex grid, using only a single integer coordinate. Operations like addition and multiplication on these ...
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Why do unidentified items seem to solely exist in roguelikes? [closed]

Playing a variety of games I noticed that some concepts are "trapped" in the realm of roguelikes. One of the most intriguing game-play elements in roguelikes is the unidentified item. The unidentified ...
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Roguelike Class Structure Makes Everything Effectively Global

A brief rundown of the hierarchy of the game data objects: Configuration - loaded from XML files, has Descriptors, among other things Atlas - has a Configuration, has a CreatureInstance(represents ...
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Improving my Roguelike Dungeon generator? [closed]

I am looking to find improvements upon my Roguelike Dungeon generator. I find it is not 'roguelike' enough, with dungeons just looking like a mess more than anything. What would improve my generator(...
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Designing a weather system for biomes in a roguelike

I'm making a roguelike game similar to dwarf fortress. So far, I have an average temperature map and average yearly precipitation map generated with simplex noise. Now, I'm trying to implement a ...
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How can I place prefabs into a world in Unity?

I've looked around for a bit and can't seem to find any way to get a prefab with "Resource.Load" and then to place that object into the world. I'm making a roguelike so when the player enters a room, ...
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Using my pathfinding more efficiently

I'm making a roguelike in C# with the Roguesharp libraries, in which the map can be as large as 200x200 cells. When I have an entity requiring pathfinding, I am using Roguesharp's built in pathfinding ...
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RogueLike - Map and Entities - how to store it?

Started to write my own RL, and already fell into analysis (paralysis?) when implementing map class. My TILE class looks like: ...
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Pixel thin lines appearing between sprites on camera move

I'm going to apologize in advance for the lack of screenshots, but this was a very hard thing to capture, but very obvious to see. I'm using LibGDX to create a tile base rogue-like. Everything is ...
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Should Animations in Turn-Based Games Happen Before or After State Transitions?

I'm planning a roguelike game and I'm unsure how to design for animations. Since a roguelike is turn-based, the game model is discrete and would have no intermediate states during an animation(?). I'...
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Displaying a grid based map using C++ and sdl

I am trying to create a roguelike game using c++ and SDL. However, I am having trouble getting it to display the map, which is represented by a 2d array of a tile class. Currently, my code is this: <...
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How to Incorporate two loops: One for Turn Based Gameplay, and another for ongoing actions

I'm working on a roguelike using libtcod. So far everything works well with the turn-based functions. Essentially, when a player takes a turn, it triggers everything to advance. What if I have an ...
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Handling AI with ECS in a turn based roguelike

I am trying to implement the Entity Component System pattern to use in a roguelike game. Right now, I have 3 systems. Input, AI, and Action. The input system basically is just a system used by the ...
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How to do FoV similiar to Nethack? [duplicate]

I am currently writing a little roguelike and wondered how Nethack/other games do the FoV of the player. I had a look at Nethacks source code, but since it's C it's pretty hard to read. For people ...
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Roguelike game: detect intent of other actors by observing their moves

In grid turn-based roguelike game, how can I detect the following scenarios: other actor is following observing actor other actor is intentionally moving to block its path Path blocking can happen ...
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How can I structure my ASCII terrain object?

So I have this object which represents a simple ASCII "overworld". Note the code is broken, but it's for demonstration purposes... ...
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Best way to go with 3D dungeon crawler generation [closed]

I'm trying to prototype a little 3D dungeon crawler. That is, the same system as any rogue-like : A map with little rooms, linked by hallways. But in 3D. The world is still in blocks, but I can go ...
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Default movement keybindings for roguelike?

I'm developing a text based MUD, but unlike MUDs I'm developing without telnet and making a custom interface. Think Caves of Qud or Dwarf Fortress. The game only has 6 directions you can walk. ...
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How are Roguelike/Bullet Hell mechanics stored in Unity?

I'm going to be creating a roguelike bullet hell game wherein the play will be a bullet hell game, but you will be traveling between "rooms" wherein the action takes place. The "rooms" will be ...
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How to use depth buffer for z-level rendering in roguelikes?

Developer of the game explains how z-buffer works in Dwarf Fortress (loosely quoted): "If you clear the buffer every single frame, it kills the game. You have sort of a depth of field. You say I need ...