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9 months ago

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The best RPGs to play on PC

The best RPGs have always found their home on PC, but the sheer size of the genre can make it difficult to know what you should play next. That's why we've put together this list of all the best RPGs you can play today on PC.

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4 years ago

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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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5 years ago

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Four Examples Of Excellent Interface Design

Welcome class. Take your seats and take out your note paper. We've all struggled through a game with a bad interface, one where none of the icons are clear, the screen is cluttered, and elements are unresponsive. Those problems still rear their heads in every genre, but I think we've more examples than ever of how to do an interface well. Let's look at a…

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Free Broguelike: Forays Into Norrendrin

Forays Into Norrendrin [official site] is a streamlined roguelike dungeon crawler, perfect to fit between the gobbets of work on your desktop, or long dress-up sessions out in the Commonwealth. It's similar to RPS favourite Brogue in that it doesn't use elaborate tilesets to communicate the particular sights, sounds and stenches of its dungeons, relying instead on ASCII figures and lovely snippets of flavour text.…

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Interview: How Does Level Generation Work In Brogue?

Roguelikes are my favourite genre of game and Brogue [official site] is one of my favourite roguelikes. It has the genre's carefully interlocking systems, which drive players towards important decisions and produce plentiful fun anecdotes, but it also presents them via an interface that's approachable and without the bloat that can make its peers intimidating or fatiguing to play. I think a large part of…

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Drinking Myself To Permadeath In Brogue

My favourite thing in roguelikes are the unidentified scrolls and potions, and no game does them better than the freeware, long-developed Brogue [official site]. It's a mouse-controllable and surprisingly pretty ASCII roguelike in which quaffing everything you find is a valid early game strategy for identifying found potions and where reading every scroll is as likely to help you as hurt. I decided to play…

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6 years ago


Have You Played… Brogue?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.You hear combat in the distance. You feel a sense of loss. You hear something die in combat.Brogue is a freeware roguelike with attractive ASCII graphics, intuitive mouse controls, and monkeys who will steal your heart and your portions.

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9 years ago

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Potions And Pitfalls: My Year In Roguelikes

It’s been a fantastic year for Roguelikes, with continued development of the stalwarts and plenty of releases that have toyed with the formula, sometimes reshaping it until it’s almost unrecognisable. I’ve even managed to have great roiling arguments with people about whether certain games should be called Roguelikes or not. That led to Roguelikelikes, which I am simple enough of mind to be pleased about.…

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