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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A quick 0.3 update and the development of some door graphics. FAR more exciting than it sounds.

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This week I’ve been focusing on finishing off everything except bugs and small features for Ultima Ratio Regum's 0.3 release, and that’s going well. All the secrets and the basic inventory are fully implemented, ziggurats work perfectly, and I’ve done a lot of work on generating some rather nice door graphics. For example:

What lurks
(I am aware there should be vines trailing inwards – working on it).

I'll be keeping the updates coming - for this coming fortnight I’d like all graphics finished off, one slight movement issue with blocks, walls and the player character fixed, then I can move onto bug fixing. The requirements for the next release are really coalescing in my mind now as well, so I’ll probably post about those in the near future. Any feedback on the door graphics would be great - different door types exist for different buildings, and there are some particularly special doors in the game that require their own. Each combination of the exterior and interior are partially procedurally generated. In the long term, I want everything the player can "Look" at to have its own graphic, and this is just one of the first steps on that road.

In the mean time, you can keep up to date on my devblog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed. The devblog is updated weekly or fortnightly on Mondays, Facebook a few times a week, and the Twitter roughly daily. Any thoughts, please leave them in the comments! Stay tuned...


How are the graphics for things that a player can 'look' at displayed?

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This is beautiful. I love the glyphs on the frame. Great attention to detail for the minimalist style.

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@ Billy - you use the 'L' key to bring up a crosshair, which you then use to look at things. It's a vital part of reading things, viewing enemies, objects, etc.

@ Tehryanx - thanks :). Glad you like. Working within these kinds of confines has been an interesting challenge, but I'm very pleased with what's coming out of it.

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