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Allyn Gibson September 6 2009 02:31 PM

When I was in high school, two decades ago, I discovered this fantastic game called Hack. I was a @, and with my d I went down into dungeons in search of pillage and plunder, while trying to avoid O and K and, especially, k. That damn k!

Hack was part of an entire genre of games, that went back to some of the early terminals. It all began with a game called Rogue. And from Rogue there came Moria and Hack. Moria evolved into Angband, Hack evolved into NetHack. I never really got into the Moria or 'bands, and NetHack is a wee too complicated for me.

The game I liked the most? Larn.

If you've played Diablo or Champions of Norrath, you've played a very modern Roguelike.

Recently, I found some Hack executables, and I've been spending an hour or two a day in the dungeons, looking for the Amulet of Yendor. (In NetHack, that actually leads to an endgame. In Hack, it's just an artifact you can find.)

Anyone else have fond memories of the Roguelike games? Anyone still play these text-graphics games?

Rincewiend September 6 2009 03:24 PM

Re: Roguelikes
Well, i got Vulture's Eye and Claw installed...'s

Rii September 6 2009 03:38 PM

Re: Roguelikes
Castle of the Winds is an old favourite of mine.

firehawk12 September 6 2009 06:30 PM

Re: Roguelikes
What I find interesting is that in Japan, the genre (in the traditional turn-based sense) is still fairly popular. On the handhelds, there seems to be a few roguelikes released every year.

The only one I sort of got into was Legend of the Red Dragon 2, a BBS game from way back... but other than that, the genre didn't really grab me. I don't know why, because having everything be "slow paced" somewhat appeals to me. Maybe it's my obsession with narrative or something. :lol:

McBastard44 September 7 2009 03:42 PM

Re: Roguelikes
Wow, no mention of ADOM ? One of my favourite games of all time and one that I still reguarly play. The ambitious successor to ADOM has been in the works for years now and a beta shouldn't be too far off (I hope...)

Robert Maxwell September 8 2009 03:10 AM

Re: Roguelikes

Rincewiend wrote: (Post 3372103)
Well, i got Vulture's Eye and Claw installed...'s

Hell yes! I used to play this years ago (like, 10 years ago) when it was called Falcon's Eye.

Don't forget Angband and its various incarnations, too.

For more modern Roguelikes, the Sacred series is pretty good. Pretty much follows in the Diablo tradition.

Mr. Adventure September 8 2009 03:50 PM

Re: Roguelikes
I've had some good times playing DoomRL which puts Doom into a Rogue-Like game, it works a lot better than I would've thought.

LitmusDragon September 8 2009 05:31 PM

Re: Roguelikes
I recently stumbled across Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, which is a traditional roguelike with "graphics" and some mouse functionality. link There's also the option to play the ASCII-only version, if you so desire.

I've played it a bit here and there when I'm not playing Warcraft or writing. I've made it as far as level 5 before I was killed by an orc mage. :lol:

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