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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8 comments by UltimaRatioRegum on Apr 18th, 2015

After a mere four months of development, I am proud to announce the release of Ultima Ratio Regum 0.7! This release procedurally generates the interiors of every single building in the world – from cathedrals and mansions to slum housing and shops, and everything in-between – and the graphics for a vast range of items and features within those, ranging from ordinary chairs and tables to rare altars and underground sarcophagi.

You can download it here, and read more detail about the release notes below.

This is the last worldbuilding release!
From this point onwards I’ll be pushing onto gameplay, starting with NPCs in 0.8. This release now establishes URR as one of the most detailed procedural worlds ever rendered – and one unparalleled in procedural cultural, aesthetic and religious detail – and marks the end of generating the immense world over which the player’s “quest” will play out.

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Highlights:

- Procedural generation of cathedrals and religious buildings, distinct for each religion but consist across iterations.
- Generation of religious altars, religious reliquaries, and incense holders.
- Crypts now generate beneath graveyards in monarchies, and underneath cathedrals in theocracies.
- City centers how have all interiors generated for embassies, courts, galleries, mercenary guilds and mints.
- Generation of large family mansions in upper-class housing districts, for both dominant and “ascending” noble houses.
- Generation of middle-class housing and lower-class housing, as well as slum housing outside city walls.
- Taverns, arenas, jails and slave quarters spawn in lower-class districts in nations with the appropriate policies (taverns, however, are universal).
- Military hospitals, Officers’ Quarters, Stables, Barracks and Armouries can be explored in feudal military districts.
- Shops and warehouses can be explored in market districts, although they do of course currently lack any items!
- Banks spawn in middle-class districts.
- Parliamentary buildings spawn in city centers of democratic nations.
- Farmhouses can be explored in the farms outside cities and towns.
- All buildings in hunter-gatherer nations now generate – longhouses, chieftain huts, and general houses – although they remain currently sparse.
- In fortresses, the player can now explore barracks, housing, and most importantly the oasis-like citadels at their centers.
- Altars for all religions now generate, aesthetically varied according to the archetypes and beliefs of each religion.
- Cathedrals and lesser religious buildings contain procedurally-generated reliquaries, incense holders, ornate vases, and much more, each distinct to a given religion.
- Everyday items like chairs, tables and beds also generate, with shapes and wood types distinct to each nation.
- Several buildings now contain candle stands which offer external sources of lighting that can be seen, even if the tiles between you and them cannot.
- Crypts are filled with sarcophagi, each with a unique generated image, within which is buried a figure from the world’s history.
- Save files are no longer in a single monolithic file, but now spread out so that no matter how many map grids may have been generated in a given playthrough, saving/loading speed never slows down.
- Various bug fixes, improvements, optimizations, etc, and a whole host of under-the-hood things implemented in preparation for 0.8.

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SteelMantle
SteelMantle Dec 2 2012, 2:52pm says:

You do not know how excited I am for this game. I downloaded your 0.2.0 release and although there isn't a lot to do at the moment (alpha), the content I have read from your website is amazing. This is the type of game I've been wishing for a long time. It's a shame that this is a single player, but I know it's extremely hard to set up a multi-player option due to the turn-based movement.

But anyways, a humongous thanks from me for starting this project, I'll definately be tracking this game. Thank you!

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Dec 3 2012, 8:28am replied:

Thanks! Ditto; because I'm a one-man team, and releasing for free, I have that kind of freedom to just shovel everything I've ever wanted to see in a game, into the game! Multiplayer I did briefly consider, but rejected both for the reason you said, and because I know nothing about it technically. You're very welcome! Let me know what you think of 0.2.1, which I've just released - added resources, and you can export maps to .png now, too.

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GorillaOne
GorillaOne Dec 3 2012, 11:36am replied:

Unsolicited advice from a fellow dev: Constraints are what make us the most creative, and produce the best games/movies/whatever. When you're free to just shovel anything in, it may be interesting in the moment, but not make a good game.

Good luck! I already like how you used ASCII - much more elegant than some other implementations.

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Dec 3 2012, 3:12pm replied:

Very interesting, and I understand what you mean. I hope people would/will tell me if/when that happens, but at the same time, this is a *long* project. Anyway, thank you re: ASCII - glad you like it.

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Zollec
Zollec Dec 2 2012, 5:17am says:

Well, bright idea. But!!! Make a working and usable in persin ordering system for a huge kingdom... Not an easy task, not a bit sir. But far not imposible. But beware of gamekilling bugs (Dwarf Fortress :)).

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Dec 2 2012, 1:42pm replied:

Undoubtedly :). I'm doing a very bottom-up approach, which is why there isn't yet that much gameplay. I'm doing extensive in-house playtesting, and - thus far - no gamebreakers have appeared!

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Zollec
Zollec Dec 2 2012, 4:16pm replied:

good to know. But u know, DF problem is, instead of making a great polishing and game fixin, they add more and more kontent (bugged fcourse:). And if we find somethig broken, we let u know. So I look forward for 0.3.0. yeah and any idea about the price?

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Dec 2 2012, 7:13pm replied:

Agreed; I don't intend to keep adding content whilst previous issues still exist. Also - price? It's free!

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Zollec
Zollec Dec 3 2012, 1:30pm replied:

yes I know. I mean u will keep it free in the full version too?

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Roh
Roh Nov 3 2012, 11:13am says:

Finally! I am a fan of fantasy and scifi myself. But the fact that someone is finally letting you play a game like this as a single individual sparks my interest. I've been trying to figure out why no one has done this already for a while now. Nice to see that someone actually IS!

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dark_matter_mobius
dark_matter_mobius Nov 7 2012, 11:15am replied:

I think it is the amount of effort to accomplish such a task vs how much sales will go up due to it. It is far better, for the bigger game companies, to replicate old results and just add new shiny features.

Indie is the true birthplace for innovation because you HAVE to stand out and you're free to develop how you want to despite how the thing will sell. This game likely won't appeal to the large population of casual gamers out there. Even if we gave it really shiny graphics. However, I think it'll hold a place in the heart of any hardcore/DF fan once it is finished.

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Zollec
Zollec Dec 2 2012, 5:09am replied:

Nicely wrote. I played the Version 0.2.0, and came here to write my congrats. But u hit the point. One more thing to say, I hope that URR will dont have a game killing bugs like DF.

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Dec 2 2012, 1:43pm replied:

Thanks for congrats, again! Let me know what you think of 0.3 once it's out.

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Nov 7 2012, 3:30pm replied:

I absolutely agree. Indeed, maybe strangely, were I aiming to sell it I would be aiming a lot lower because I have to meet deadlines, put polish on the 'product' early, etc. The freedom to develop you mention is exactly what appeals to me, and exactly what I'm enjoying. And thanks - I hope it will :).

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UltimaRatioRegum Creator
UltimaRatioRegum Nov 4 2012, 7:46am replied:

Thank you! Should be interesting to see how it all turns out...

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