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.

Post news Report RSS Ultima Ratio Regum: now with z axis!

The introduction of the z axis, and the new importance of height, hills, cliffs, and falling to your death.

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Ultima Ratio Regum has now joined that illustrious collection of few roguelikes with a functioning z axis! Depending on your location, you will be shown where is higher, where is lower, and where is far higher (i.e. it must be climbed), and where far lower (you will take damage from falling). This all enables the construction of various things in time for the alpha (see below picture).

Note: the picture shows the world devoid of trees and other features, but simply because I've hacked them out to reprogram them in a much more efficient way.

- Buildings! Many floors, different sizes, you can walk on the roof, head in the front door, go down into the basement, and other such excitements. For the alpha, ruins will likely be the only above-ground buildings, but towers, villages and even cities remain in the works. These should be destructible from siege weapons, too.

- Falling/climbing! If something is too high, you can climb it (if you have arms). If something is a long way down, you will fall, and take damage according to the distance, and what you hit (sand, grass, water, whatever).

- Creature height! Tall creatures can attack up multiple z levels; small creatures (like you) cannot. Horses and other mounts raise you up higher.

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! : )


Sounds amazing, especially the creature height part. Keep up good work!

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Wow, cheers! Height is also distinct from mass, which deals with things like speed, momentum, and how much food you can get from a corpse. Of course, generally bigger creatures are more massive, but still...

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