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Before their rise in popularity in the late 80s and 90s, the genre was dominated by the [[Major_classic_roguelikes| Major Classic Roguelikes]]:
Before their rise in popularity in the late 80s and 90s, the genre was dominated by the [[Major_classic_roguelikes| Major Classic Roguelikes]]:


<div style="text-align:center">[[Rogue]] '''·''' [[Larn]] '''·''' [[Moria]] '''·''' [[Hack]] '''·''' [[Omega]]</div>
<div style="text-align:center">[[Rogue]] '''·''' [[Hack]] '''·''' [[Moria]] '''·''' [[Larn]] '''·''' [[Omega]]</div>


Since the control systems of these Roguelikes are geared towards "expert" players, the novice player may be interested in trying a 'lighter' game like some of the '''[[coffeebreak roguelike]]s''' or just dive in at the deep end and find a '''[[:Category:Roguelike_games|roguelike game]]''' to suit you.
Since the control systems of these Roguelikes are geared towards "expert" players, the novice player may be interested in trying a 'lighter' game like some of the '''[[coffeebreak roguelike]]s''' or just dive in at the deep end and find a '''[[:Category:Roguelike_games|roguelike game]]''' to suit you.

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the Roguelike information resource that you can edit.

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What is a Roguelike?

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A Roguelike is usually described as a free turn-based computer game with a strong focus on intricate gameplay and replayability, and an abstract world representation using ASCII-based display, as opposed to 3D graphics. Of course, as with any genre, there are deviations from the norm.

Roguelikes allow the player an indefinite amount of time in which to make a move, making gameplay comparable more to chess than to reflex-based games like first-person shooters. Since graphics are limited (if not completely shunned), the player's imagination must come into play - gameplay is more like reading a book than watching a movie.

Of course, the best way to understand what Roguelikes are is to download and play one.
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Roguelikes

Many Roguelikes are freely available online. The most influential are known as the Major Roguelikes:

ADOM · Angband · Crawl · NetHack · ToME

Before their rise in popularity in the late 80s and 90s, the genre was dominated by the Major Classic Roguelikes:

Rogue · Hack · Moria · Larn · Omega

Since the control systems of these Roguelikes are geared towards "expert" players, the novice player may be interested in trying a 'lighter' game like some of the coffeebreak roguelikes or just dive in at the deep end and find a roguelike game to suit you.

Roguelike Community

There are several other important places in the roguelike community that you should consider visiting:


Featured Roguelike: UnReal World

UnReal World Screenshot

Survive Finland in the iron age. You start in the middle of a vast, unfamiliar wilderness, carrying some food and basic equipment.

Features

  • Intricate procedural world full of wonders both mundane and extraordinary to explore on a very detailed level
  • No character classes but nine different cultures to choose from
  • Skill-based system including a multitude of skills from cookery to hide working, from herblore to tracking
  • Convincing northern animal kingdom with species-specific behaviour patterns and feeding relationships modeled in detail
  • Detailed combat (and hunting) with many tactical options and galore of weapon, battle experience, and combatant-related factors resulting in vivid and rewarding struggles
  • Craft items from weapons to traps, build constructions for temporary shelter to log cabins


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New Roguelike Releases

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Roguelike Development

If you have some ideas for a new Roguelike and would like to give development a go (or are already a seasoned developer) the RogueBasin is here to help you expand the Roguelike genre. A complete list of articles is available, but here are some to get you started:

Contribute

If you'd like to contribute to RogueBasin, simply create an account and log in. Feel very free to edit! We especially need more information added to the games pages and the lists - if you're a developer, consider updating your game's page, and making sure that it (and you) are included in the relevant lists.

If you're an experienced developer, consider writing articles about creating Roguelikes. There are many people new to Roguelike development, and they often need help. It's especially helpful to write articles about problems you have experienced yourself. Also you can add your name to the RGRD Wiki Project (directly, or by posting a message on rgrd saying how you want to participate). If someone sees a relevant post by you, they'll upload it to this wiki as an article.