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Lua is a very nice and easy-to-learn scripting language specifically designed to be embeddable and able to represent complex data.


  • Clean syntax
  • Simple, yet extremely powerful and extensible, data structure: tables (can be used as hashtables, vectors, arrays, lists, namespaces, objects, ...)
  • Easily embeddable into existing projects
  • Lightweight
  • Very fast
  • Compiled to bytecode, which can be saved to a file
  • Easy integrated with all languages that can load C libraries (also FreePascal
  • Many other nifty things ;)

Lua Roguelikes

Lua is probably the most popular scripting language for roguelikes. Some of the projects that use Lua:

  • Angband - since 3.0.0 Angband supports Lua scripts.
  • Portralis - uses Lua a lot to create monster attacks and complex story and quest events. Many gameplay mechanics are now entirely script-based, and future versions will aim to expand it's use even further.
  • ToME - a good part of the engine is in Lua and the game itself will be completly in Lua in the next version.
  • H-World - all modding in this engine is done through Lua scripts
  • Carceri


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