The Veins of the Earth

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The Veins of the Earth
Beta Project
Developer Zireael, Sebsebeleb
Theme Fantasy
Influences Incursion, D20, Sil, Angband
Released 2013 Jul 15 (v.0.1.0, beta 1)
Updated 2014 Mar 24 (beta 4.6 "A drow, a human and a halfling")
Licensing Open source, Freeware
P. Language Lua
Platforms Windows, Linux, Mac
Interface ASCII, keyboard
Game Length
Official site of The Veins of the Earth

The Veins of the Earth is a module for T-Engine 4 1.1.5.

The standalone version (T-Engine + module) can be downloaded from The ModDB site downloads come later due to their authorization process.

The game is a playable beta.

Contributors WANTED! Various branches contain WIP code which isn't working properly for some reason. Any help debugging it is welcome!

Just fork the repo, make your changes and then make a pull request back. There's a list of issues (bugs and ideas) available on git, too.

Remember, do NOT include anything that's not OGL (i.e. no kuo-toa or illithids).

Anything that IS OGL - for example, SRD, Incursion, or the D&D Wiki portions marked as Open Game Content - is fine.

Any contributors will be credited in the Readme.

Features currently implemented include:

  • brand-new start-up screen and menu [standalone version only]
  • new old gold and black UI skin
  • TILES - David E. Gervais with some edits by me
  • controls displayed automatically at game start
  • 12 classes: barbarian, bard, cleric, druid, fighter, monk, paladin, ranger, rogue, sorcerer, wizard (with specialist schools [Seb]), warlock
  • 2 prestige classes: shadowdancer, assasin
  • 13 races: human, half-elf, half-drow, gnome, halfling, elf, dwarf, half-orc; drow, duergar, deep gnomes
  • backgrounds for quicker character creation
  • attributes can be generated either via rolling or via resettable point buy starting at 10
  • a random name generator, taking into account your race and sex, now with an option to type the name yourself
  • working ECL (Effective Character Level)
  • Luck stat affects generation of rare loot (but not magical properties)
  • XP for killing monsters, descending deeper, disarming traps, seeing monsters
  • multiclassing (with attribute scores requirements) & prestige classes
  • complete, colored character sheet with tooltips displaying rules info
  • randomized unarmed and weapon damage; archery and weapon finesse; two weapon fighting penalties & feats
  • attack roll & AC & critical hits & offhand attacks (including double weapons) & iterative attacks
  • death at -10 and detrimental effects both at 0 and in the -1 to -9 range
  • saving throws printed to log; now take the best of two stats (Dex-Int; Con-Str; Wis-Cha)
  • inventory & encumbrance
  • spellbook, an iconed hotbar for spells [Seb]; some 0, 1st, 2nd, 3rd level spells
  • armor spell failure chance; key stat must be 9 to cast spells; casters gain access to next spell level every 3rd level
  • skill checks (printed to log) including armor check penalty & racial or feat bonuses; opposed checks
  • stealth
  • all weapons from SRD; magic armors and shields; magic weapons; light sources; magic items
  • all feats from SRD except archery feats and unarmed combat feats
  • most monsters from the SRD (missing: demons, devils, dragons, lycanthropes, swarms, most animals which don't fit the dungeon theme)
  • pre-made d20-style encounters of more than 1 monster
  • humanoid NPCs can now have character classes
  • item identification in two stages, auto-destroying known cursed items
  • CR displayed in tooltips; monsters drop equipment and corpses
  • monster info screen, showing number of monsters killed and seen
  • hp, exp, dungeon level on-screen display now with bars and color changing depending on the amount of HP left
  • colored in-game help screen; legend screen; basic rules info
  • colored tooltips (color-coded relative monster stats and CR); colored log messages; item tooltips
  • terrain effects
  • speed bonuses
  • resting takes 8 hours, monsters respawn on rest
  • cure x wounds spells work in a traditional way; heal x wounds spells heal a percentage of total hp
  • stairs have a chance of not changing the dungeon level [Seb]; Sil-style min depth and anti-stairscum measures
  • level feelings and item feelings (warning: these affect only pre-spawned items, not monster loot)
  • calendar
  • hunger counter and display