A 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.

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Details of the religious icon generation system in Ultima Ratio Regum, and some info about future updates.

Posted by UltimaRatioRegum on Jan 7th, 2013

Ultima Ratio Regum now has generated religious icons. Religious icons are generated in three parts - a "base", a "symbol", and a "surround". The base is the largest shape present - it might be two crescents at the top and bottom, various kinds of squares, triangles, octagons, linked squares, arrows, and the like. Once that's been chosen, the game then selects a set of symbols appropriate to that base - symbols are the sections that go in the middle. Here's a few dozen:

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Lastly, if *no* symbol has been chosen - some bases have no valid symbols, whilst even bases with valid symbols will sometimes choose against a symbol - then a surround is chosen, which is things that are outside the main design. Some of these are specific to specific designs, whilst others are more general. As with flags, names and everything else, the same religious icon cannot be generated twice in one game. And, like flags, some combinations are denied, either because they don't look very interesting, or they actively create a clash between the components. Some symbols and surrounds are also changed to match with certain bases in certain ways - the upshot is, there are about 30 bases, 30 symbols and 30 surrounds, with variation within each, and that gives a heck of a lot of religious symbols. Note, though, these are not cult symbols - those are coming in the future.

On the topic of the future, I'll be updating IndieDB hopefully weekly, but certainly fortnightly, as development towards 0.3.0 continues. A lot of development at the moment is going into history generation, and I hope to be able to post some of that in the near future. Additionally, I've also been working on the in-game icons for various policies, and I'm going to be posting these over the next few months as well. So, to start us off, here are the icons for "Pacifism" and "Constitutionalism":

You can keep up to date on my devblog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed. The devblog is updated weekly (or rarely fortnightly) on Mondays, Facebook a few times a week, and the Twitter roughly daily. Any thoughts, please leave them in the comments! Version 0.3.0 is now in the works, and will generate languages, myths, histories, coats of arms, flags, and entire civilizations. It'll be a big one, but I'm hoping to keep the updates coming regularly, and maybe put out a 0.2.2 in the mean time. Stay tuned...

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babeco Jan 8 2013 says:

Interesting work!

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Nvminder Jan 8 2013 says:

As always looks great.

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Zollec Jan 8 2013 says:

I like those symbols. And random generation are always good thing for replayability and for exploring. I think 0.3.0 will be a pretty Ver. So as always, thumbs up and wish u a good work.

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AFellowStalker Jan 8 2013 says:

How interesting will we see religion? Will we see religions splintering and fracturing IE: the great schism? Or maybe sub religions like Christianity, Protestantism and Lutheranism? Religious wars? Heresy? Inquisition? Spehss Mahreens?

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UltimaRatioRegum Jan 10 2013 says:

@ Babeco - thanks! Still got another 50% of icons to add to the database yet, but I'm happy with how it looks so far.

@ Nvinder - cheers :)

@ Zollec - glad to hear it. Agreed, lots of new graphics and generated art coming in 0.3...

@ PinkPanzer - religions can splinter, and go into sects/sub-religions, inquisitions will definitely exist (though SPEHSS MAHREENS will not) - my next devblog entry is going to deal with religion/sects/cults, so there will be more information then!

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Arethrid Jan 11 2013 says:

Nice job.

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UltimaRatioRegum Jan 13 2013 replied:

Thanks :). Have roughly doubled the number of possibilities now, and disabled all similar generations. Calling it a day, for now, on religious symbols.

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