Old school fun meets new school flair - 8bit graphics with real time shadows, particles, bump mapping and more. Gameplay has permadeath but with progression (skills, crafted items, professions, and proficiencies), heavy crafting influence, and more.

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0 comments by jeffsim on Jan 3rd, 2015

It's hard to live up to the name "7 Year Roguelike" - I often have to go months, even half a year, without being able to work on it in order to keep up (down?) that pace of development. Such is life.

Over the long holiday I was able to wrap up a bunch of features which have been half-baked for a number of months. The highlights include:

Moved from 8x8 to 16x16

This was far more work than it should have been, and impacted every aspect of the rendering and tool pipelines. I also took advantage of the churn to refactor spritesheets a bit more sanely. On the plus side, 16x16 allows much better looking normals; on the downside, it (a) requires more power, and (b) requires me to find a real pixel artist to create an entire new set of tiles :P. Until then, I'm just using the original 8x8 tiles (from Oryx Design Labs) doubled in size; so it looks the same except for normals.

High DPI support

I picked up a Retina macbook, and everything shrunk to half size, so I added High DPI support to fix it. Yet another unexpectedly high cost refactoring and I've got a few more hacks now than I did before. Lessons learned!

Completely revamped menus


As soon as the game is started, the player starts 'in-engine' - they walk a little dude around to select gameslot, navigate the main menu, etc. Kind of cool, but time will tell if it's too much overhead. I'll need to ensure there's a quick way into the game.


Particles are fairly well broken currently due to the 16x16 refactoring.

Custom Room Templates


Similar to how it looks like Claustrophia works, I've added custom room templates; these lie somewhere between 'standard' rooms (default dungeon floor, walls, and adornments) and 'vaults' (prelaid out rooms - e.g. "Ogre King's Throne Room"). The template specifies probabilities for floor tiles, wall tiles, and adornments. The above picture shows the same room - with lighting disabled - with various different room templates applied. I've only gotten the engine in place, and haven't yet created interesting templates.It's completely tool-driven, so all I have to do is create the graphics and the engine takes care of the rest. Rooms still feel pretty boring to me; I'm waffling on whether or not that needs to be fixed for V1. Most classic roguelikes have pretty boring rooms when you get down to it, so maybe it's okay?

Major tooling refactoring


The game's toolchain is now entirely built around a common core. Players will never notice it, but my dev QoL is muuuch higher.

Message pane added in game


I added a message pane ala WoW; it spits out damage and various other actions. I still need to add skill usage and the like.In the above image you can also make out the higher fidelity normal mapping on the outer edge of the bear.

Poison, water, and fire pipes and pools with particles


Particles in the pipes flow 'properly' which is a nice touch.

Up Next

Unfortunately, I'm not sure how much time I'll have to put into 7YRL over the next few months; it feels like it's getting close enough that I could theoretically strip a bunch of incomplete stuff out (e.g. proficiencies), add a few more roguelike basics, balance it out, and ship a v1 without too much trouble. However, my job disagrees; I recently mapped out the work I have to accomplish over the next few months and notified my boss that all I need is 17.5 days per week to get everything done. The folks reporting to me have it easier at only 10 days per week of work through Q1. Such is life.


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7YRL Alpha v0.4.4 (Mac/OSX)

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Feb 15, 2014 Demo 1 comment

Mac/OSX Demo: New Alpha WIP demo with ranged skills, skill recipes, tile animations, doors, and more.

7YRL Alpha v0.4.4 (Windows)

7YRL Alpha v0.4.4 (Windows)

Feb 15, 2014 Demo 1 comment

New Alpha WIP demo with Sound effects, ranged skills, doors, tile animations, and more

7YRL Tech Prototype 3 (Mac)

7YRL Tech Prototype 3 (Mac)

Jan 15, 2014 Demo 0 comments

(this is pretty old - v0.3 demo coming later today!) This tech prototype demonstrates the still in-progress engine being developed for 7YRL. It contains...

7YRL Tech Prototype 3

7YRL Tech Prototype 3

Jan 15, 2014 Demo 0 comments

(this is pretty old - v0.3 demo coming later today!) Infrastructure updates since the last demo: Vaults, skill buttons functional, classes, tons of bug...

7YRL Infrastructure Prototype

7YRL Infrastructure Prototype

Jan 1, 2014 Demo 0 comments

New infrastructure features since the last demo include: monster AI (pathfinding and attacking), ActorEmotes, full attack/defend flow with dodging/parrying/blocking...

7YRL (Seven Year Roguelike) pre-pre-pre-alpha demo

7YRL (Seven Year Roguelike) pre-pre-pre-alpha demo

Dec 29, 2013 Demo 0 comments

This demo is not intended to be a playable game, but instead shows off the game infrastructure, including real time shadows, particle effects, animations...

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AdamLaStrange Jan 19 2015 says:

osx yosemite here:
no sound
map glitches - where the position on the mini map is not the same as the real position
Just had inventory appear right over to the left and wouldn't close
numerous times when closing, app closes, but doesn't (still on task bar - need force quit)
in inventory - the three buttons (skills, etc) have other buttons over the top of them
can drag items in inventory but not drink or drop onto other places
Press 'i' to also close inventory

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TheFurCrew Jul 19 2014 says:

Guessing it's still too early for a youtube video... BUT! I'll play it!

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TheFurCrew Jul 19 2014 replied:

I withdraw that question.... The game won't even load up.

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RenderedWorld May 26 2014 says:

I was gonna say that these character Sprites are from Realm of the Mad God, but they are public domain sprites! Interesting game you have here. :) The real-time shadows are fantastic.

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jeffsim Creator
jeffsim May 27 2014 replied:

Thanks for the good word! The 8bit sprites aren't quite public domain though - I purchased a license for them from oryxdesignlabs and have been very happy with them so far. I did do the extension into animation though as the oryx set is just the single image; that explains why they look good standing still but janky when moving ;). The 24bit images come primarily from Ails' '420' public domain set (google ails 420 to see it).

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Tajin May 27 2014 replied:

You can see those sprites in plenty of games, so yeah.

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grandmasternewbie May 26 2014 says:

Those EXCLAMATION MARKS in the video are very intrusive. Would you consider to make them smaller/less opaque ?

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jeffsim Creator
jeffsim May 27 2014 replied:

Yep! Most of the game is in the 'proving out the infrastructure' stage and I haven't worried too much about making it all look 'right' just yet. Loooot of polish waiting to be done after I get the systems themselves solid ;). Thanks for the feedback!

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