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ADOM (Ancient Domains Of Mystery)

10 months ago

Venerable roguelike ADOM gets major, near-final update

Ancient Domains of Mystery - ADOM, to its friends - has been kicking around for a good long while. A complex and traditional roguelike in the vein of Nethack, where everything seems to interact with everything else on some level, and death seems inevitable without extensive trial and error. The past few years have been treating this old workhorse well. While traditionally freeware, it returned…

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1 year ago

Roguelike ADOM making way for Ultimate ADOM

Adam loves ADOM. There must be something about very old roguelikes that overpowers our deputy editor. The allure of a random dungeon. The temptation to drink every potion at once. But he also once told us that the final boss of ADOM (short for Ancient Domains of Mystery) is his gaming nemesis. Well, now he has a reason to fight that giant ‘@’ sign once…

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Podcast: Middle-earth: Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2 and our nemeses

Who's your worst nemesis? This week the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is talking about our most reviled enemies, against whom we hold deep, lasting grudges. Matt harbours a lasting bitterness for Silencer, the magic-cancelling war jerk of Dota 2. Adam is fuelled by a dark hatred for the final boss of Ancient Domains of Mystery, a giant '@' symbol called Andor Drakon. And…

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2 years ago

Feature: Not so inaccessible

Playing roguelikes when you can’t see

For most of us, traditional roguelikes are intrinsically inaccessible. They’re notoriously difficult, their design is complicated and often opaque, they can have more hotkeys than there are keys on the keyboard, and their ASCII-based visuals mean that it’s often unclear what’s happening on the screen. It’s these exact qualities, however, that ironically make roguelikes accessible and even appealing to blind or low-sight players.

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3 years ago

Roguelove: ADOM Is Now Available On Steam

Ancient Domains Of Mystery (ADOM) [official site] is one of the first things I install on any computer I own or borrow. That's been the case since I first discovered the game around twenty years ago. Created by Thomas Biskup, ADOM is one of the great traditional roguelikes, a combination of randomised dungeon crawling and a hand-crafted overworld. There are scripted sidequests as well as…

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The 50 Best RPG On PC

An entirely objective ranking of the 50 best PC RPGs ever released. Covering the entire history of computer role-playing games is a daunting task and attempting to place the best games in such a broad genre in any kind of order is even more daunting. Thankfully, we are equal to all tasks and below, you will find the best fifty PC RPGs of all time.

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4 years ago

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Have You Played… Ancient Domains Of Mystery?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Ancient Domains of Mystery (ADOM) might be my favourite traditional roguelike. To some extent, the ranking depends on my mood, but ADOM has a remarkably well-tuned sense of progression to go along with the usual cluster of quaffable quandaries and randomised dungeoneering. Its…

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Actual Roguelike Alert: Ancient Domains Of Mystery

The purity of the term 'roguelike' has been debased and diluted. When I tell you that a game is a 'roguelike' you might expect to see platforming, first-person procedural dungeons or, I don't know, a kart racing game with a cast of death-staring cartoon characters. It's time to start a 'Reclaim Roguelike' campaign and Ancient Domains Of Mystery's revival is a superb catalyst. The game…

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