A semi-roguelike game inspired by the literature of Jorge Borges, Umberto Eco & Neal Stephenson, and the games Europa Universalis and Dark Souls.URR aims to explore several philosophical and sociological issues that both arose during the sixteenth and seventeenth century (when the game is approximately set), and in the present day, whilst almost being a deep, complex and highly challenging roguelike. It explores questions of philosophical idealism, cryptography, linguistics and the writing and formation of the historical record, and will challenge players to hopefully think in ways and about themes that are rarely touched upon by games.
After seven months of development, I am extremely proud to announce the release of Ultima Ratio Regum 0.6!
This release allows you to explore every single settlement you see on the map: every feudal city, hunter-gatherer encampment and nomadic fortress, in addition to the towns and farms dotted through the feudal lands, are free to explore. You can download it here, and read more detail about the release notes below.
This is the sixth of seven planned worldbuilding releases, which will conclude in March with 0.7's creation of the interiors of every single building you see in this release, after which core gameplay will begin with 0.8's NPC generation. Until then, look around the vast world, be sure to ‘l’ook at everything, consult the ‘E’ncyclopedia for information on the planet you’re exploring, and generally get an idea of the scale and complexity of the generated civilizations the game features.
- Explore massive and varied feudal cities (each able to support a population of ~300,000+), each with its own range of districts, architectural styles, and buildings influenced by the political and religious choices of its civilization.
- Discover nomadic fortresses in the desert, enclosed by walls and with an emphasis on strong defence and open-air markets.
- Farms and towns now also generate within the countryside, which in the future will be important stops on your travels, and sources of occasional markets and information.
- Hunter-gatherer civilizations now have settlements, laid out in complex geometric patterns, built from a range of materials, and containing cryptic shrines…
- A huge range of new ‘l’ook graphics for almost everything new in the game, and for a range of items/features/terrains which did not possess graphics in the past.
- Improved world map generation – now includes rare marshland areas, and a significantly overhauled polar biome, now featuring ice as well as snow.
- Introduction of strategic-layer movement around cities, a note on the pricing of city districts, and the unique coinage of each civilization, which will be activated in version 0.9.
- Significant expansion of variety of religion and civilization generation.
- A range of bug-fixes and optimizations on roads, settlement generation, coats of arms, line of sight, generating certain aspects of rivers, and more.
From this point onwards, developing URR will be my full-time occupation for approximately the next twelve months, and I will post in more detail about this next week. Until then, I hope you enjoy exploring this huge world, please report any bugs you might encounter and the crash log (either on this blog post or emailed to mark @ my domain) and here are some screenshots of the kind of variation you’ll find in an average generation.
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@GridSageGames Ha! Thanks for the heads-up, that is splendid. I think it's the first time there...
Dec 18 2014, 1:59pm
@lamnatos Hmm, I do get your point - I'll think about whether there might be a compromise in there somewhere...
Dec 16 2014, 8:46am
@lamnatos counts as a point of interest might vary across situations!
Dec 16 2014, 8:33am
@lamnatos Ah, noooo, I won't be adding that I'm afraid! Don't want to make it too obvious what you should be looking at, and besides, what
Dec 16 2014, 8:32am
@lamnatos Hmmm, do you mean instead of a)/b)/c) when you're in the 'l'ook function, or something else? I am not a Brogue player!
Dec 16 2014, 8:09am
@lamnatos Ah, crap, sorry about that! Noo, they and other regions will always appear on the world map once they return in the future :)
Dec 16 2014, 8:08am
Dec 15 2014, 9:40pm
@LogicalDash Very interesting, thanks for getting in touch! Email me at mark @ my domain name, that's by far the best method.
Dec 15 2014, 8:21pm