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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Managed to find time for some programming this week, as we inch towards my year of full-time development on the game. A fair bit of this time was spent working on religious buildings. I’ve been putting these off for a little while because the method I wanted to use to generate them was a little bit daunting, but I decided the time has come.

So, in keeping with my objective to give everything in the game a totally unique generation algorithm and therefore make my workload infinitely greater (and, y’know, make the game look better), I decided to try something new with religious buildings. They are created in a modular manner. Each religion chooses a unique layout for its religious buildings (and also a unique name, so you’ll get churches, stupas, pagodas, monasteries, convents, etc) and this consists of a central component and a number of peripheral parts to the building. The central part of the religious building has a number of points where extra parts can be “attached”. There’s somewhere in the range of fifty cores to these buildings (each of which will have unique generated interiors in the next version), and around fifty attachments. Some attachments can only go on some cores, so there’s a little over a thousand possible religious buildings. Each religion will always have the same type so the player may come to recognize them as the game goes on. Whereas most cities have their religious buildings scattered around, some cities have religious districts like this one:

So, in this case we have nine religious buildings; this is from a nation with a lot of religions. Only nations with the “Religious Freedom” policy will have such a district, so it’s pretty rare. Other nations will place their religious buildings in other districts – a “Zealotry” nation will have a religious building in every district and have no room for other religious buildings (much like those with “Theocracy” leadership), whilst some might have religious buildings in city centres, or in a small number of districts, or throughout the countryside in towns.  In a “Collective Faith” or “Organized Religion” civ, for instance, you’ll have religious buildings around most districts, though OR will be a little more centralized/organized than CF. Some nations will therefore have many religions represented, some will only have few, and in 0.7 you’ll be able to walk around inside these modular buildings and steal the holy cheeses, or whatever one may find inside. The district is not 100% finished – some of the edge roads need shortening, for example, and I need to work on generating some things within the religious building walls –  but it gives a good impression of the final product.

The last thing to do on religions for this release is to handle the spread of religions so we know which are represented in which cities, and therefore which religious buildings should appear where. I’ll probably implement a simple version of this for this release, and then in later versions possibly allow you to the spread of each religion on the world map, or at least give the player more information about it. I also fixed a bunch of bugs to do with roads I hadn’t really noticed before, stacked up a bunch of other things to fix closer to release, and started to seriously think about how docks were going to work before realizing I needed to do a lot more research first on how the hell 17th-century ships actually docked.

Until next time you can keep up to date on my devblog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed. The devblog is updated weekly on Saturdays (or sometimes Sundays), Facebook a few times a week, and the Twitter roughly daily. Stay tuned...

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Jakwattack
Jakwattack Apr 21 2012, 9:04pm says:

If this game doesn't have retarded fish monkeys as starting allies then there will be hell to pay

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UltimaRatioRegum
UltimaRatioRegum May 11 2012, 4:19pm replied: Online

There are no fish monkeys of any description, I'm afraid :(. You can pick what items to start off with, though, so instead of an ally, you could start with some nutritious apples instead?

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker Apr 7 2012, 11:09am says:

New update... any day now...

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UltimaRatioRegum
UltimaRatioRegum Apr 8 2012, 7:55pm replied: Online

There have been lots of updates on the blog! A new IndieDB update is on the way, though. Probably this coming week :).

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bloodyraoul
bloodyraoul Jan 3 2012, 11:36am says:

do you plan to make a graphical version of the game ?

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UltimaRatioRegum
UltimaRatioRegum Jan 4 2012, 5:42am replied: Online

This IS the graphical version : )
Basically, no, I intend to stick with ASCII. I find graphical tilesets for games like this really diminish from the gameplay, and simply don't look as good. I'm sure I'll put in the option for adding one, but I don't plan to make one.

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Glarg
Glarg Jun 3 2012, 6:00am replied:

I would suggest you to look at Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup's recent poll regarding the graphical version. Many people feel differently than you. I would encourage you not to deliberately cripple your game with an interface that only a small group appreciate.

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Glarg
Glarg Jun 3 2012, 5:58am replied:

What a shame you feel that way. I hate looking at ascii, makes me feel blind.

It was fine for games like ZZT, but the games people are making nowdays just have too much information to present to be adequately represented by a wall of abstract symbols.

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CumQuaT
CumQuaT Jan 21 2012, 3:51am replied:

I'm glad to see you're sticking traditional! Not enough people develop proper roguelikes these days!

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gauge632
gauge632 Apr 14 2012, 3:56pm replied:

too right :D

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