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.
An overview of the recent changes to Ultima Ratio Regum's worldmap - a massive increase in size, complexity, and variety.
Posted by UltimaRatioRegum on Nov 4th, 2011
This is a quick update to talk about the major change to the Ultima Ratio Regum worldmap! Originally, it was a mere million squares – 1000 x 1000, and I somehow expected that to hold an entire world. This was, I will admit, a tad naive. The world has now increased rather in size. It is currently 40,000 x 40,000, but this can be increased by just fiddling with a particular variable (and might easily go up to 50k or 60k a side, depending on the eventual density of populations, cities, etc). This makes the world map over 1.5 billion squares in size, and much more fitting for an entire world!
The world generation is still being perfected, but here's a teaser screenshot of what the world map looks like currently:
The central colour is within the 'temperate' biome; above that desert, and below that taiga, then tundra, then arctic (not shown in this pic). There are also tropical biomes, and swamps, and all kinds of other funky stuff. Suddenly, the world is big enough to actually hold a world...
You can read more on my devblog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed. The devblog is updated weekly on Mondays, and the Twitter/FB roughly daily. Plus, those who follow will get updates first, and may gain access to the alpha (or particular facets of the alpha) before the general public. Stay tuned!