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.

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5 comments by UltimaRatioRegum on Nov 15th, 2014

Just a quick one this week. First off, I've finally found a place to move to for URR's *full-time development year*, which is this lovely building:

Brew

The intention is to move on the 3rd/4th of December, so we can therefore say my full-time development year will be starting on the 5th of December! More information nearer the time. I've also been planning my travels in this coming year and there are potentially a lot of places I'm going to be visiting to give talks (including this year's roguelike conference, unless it ends up in North America), so more on those as and when - I've loved meeting fans in the past, so it would be awesome if anyone was based near some of the places I'll be travelling to.

More immediately, I've redone market districts. The playtesting I've been doing has shown a serious issue in the navigation of market districts above all others - it was very unclear what the boundaries of the district were, it took a long time to find all the shops, there wasn't much else to look at within the districts, and (quite simply) there were just too many damned shops. Here's what they used to look like:


As you can see, there's a huge number of shops (the normal buildings) and warehouses (the enclosed/walled buildings), but it's not clear if you'd have missed one or not without exploring the entire district because they are so spread out. That means optimal gameplay within a market district is uncovering the entire thing rather than having some idea where to go for the shop you wanted, and that's just not on. Instead, I decided to blend market districts with some of the housing districts, to create something like the version below. In this model (there's naturally a large number of variations) the markets and warehouses that service them are placed in a pattern in the middle of the district. All the patterns make it very clear when you walk around them when you have "exhausted" the shops that district has, and also, this new contained version allows me to simply have fewer shops in a market district. They can now spawn with 7-10 shops (towns have only 1-3 shops, heavily biased towards 1 or 2), and always spawn with a currency exchange (the diamond building) and an auction house (the flattened cross building).

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These both look a lot better, and more importantly, play a lot better. As above, there's never uncertainty once you've seen every shop there is to see, and the smaller number will make the variations in shops between market districts much more significant, as in the past most districts contained most shops, which doesn't really fit the scarcity gameplay mechanics one is used to from roguelikes. Alas, that's everything for this week, but we're only about a fortnight to the release of the colossal 0.6. There's a couple more graphics I need to make, and then it's just onto bug fixing. Stay tuned! In the mean time, you can keep up to date on my devlog, Facebook page, orTwitter!

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Sphyrna
Sphyrna Mar 10 2013, 6:10pm says:

Seeing the screenshots, I am immediately reminded of Dwarf Fortress.
I am thoroughly interested how Ultima Ratio Regum will turn out to be.

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Arethrid
Arethrid Mar 6 2013, 3:28am says:

I am kinda hoping to see a playable demo or at least a video of gameplay sometime soon (If actually there's one that I might have missed, please do tell me).
I love the idea of proceduraly generated graphic elements. Procedural game environments are something most gamers are familiar with but I belive procedural graphics that is as stylistic as pre-designed assets is something yet to be explored.
Being a programmer myself, I am always interested to see what other programmers can come up with procedural generation algorithms. I like watching the development of this project not only from a gamer's perspective but also from a programmer's technical perspective.

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Mar 7 2013, 9:30pm replied:

There's a playable version on the site with my development blog atm, though it's mostly in early alpha - you can walk around and look at the world, but little else. 0.3 which I'm working on now will have the first 'gameplay'. Glad you like the idea - I totally agree that it's a relatively new/unexplored one, which is a big reason why I'm so keen to do it. The talk I'm going to give at the conference is actually about this kind of generation, both in terms of art/graphics and coding, so I'll be sure to post up a link or something about it when the video's up. Though there will probably be updates before then on the same topic...

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Arethrid
Arethrid Mar 8 2013, 7:25am replied:

I found the demo in your blog after posting the comment above.
Looking forward to that conference video.

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romenigcandido
romenigcandido Jan 2 2013, 1:46pm says:

I must say that I created an account just to be able to follow the development of this game, and if you ever decide to charge for the game I'll be more than happy to pay. The game seems to be extremely complex, which is something that I love, not to mention that you make ASCII graphics into something beautiful to behold. My sincere congratulations!

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Jan 4 2013, 9:44am replied:

My sincere thanks! Very glad you like the concept and the graphics. As I speak, I'm finishing off the religious symbol generation (which there will be a blog entry on next week), which is itself another graphical route I'm exploring (along with flags). Let me know if you have any thoughts/ideas for the game in general, anyway :)

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romenigcandido
romenigcandido Jan 4 2013, 11:50am replied:

I have some questions and ideas about Religions, but I'll wait for the next update to comment on the matter.

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Jan 4 2013, 8:08pm replied:

Cool; I await them come Monday :).

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Arethrid
Arethrid Jan 1 2013, 2:48pm says:

I am looking forward to see this project's final version :)

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Jan 4 2013, 8:57am replied:

Thanks :) - though I couldn't possibly say when that will be...

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