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As a first project in game design, I'd like to make a roguelike game, (you know, an rpg with ascii characters for graphics). How would I start with such a project? What's the best language to use? Also, I eventually plan to work with making a multiplayer version once my programming skills improve greatly, but for now, what are my options? I know the most common language is for this is C/C++, but is there a more game-oriented language out there? I know enough about programming to get started, so I'm not completely new to this, I just need help getting started. Are there any websites or forums specific to multiplayer roguelike games? I don't want to make an MU* but that seems to be the only thing I can find info about. Thanks much.

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Well, language is up to you. If I was going to do it, I'd use C++, because it's a language I know. As for a place to start, you could go through the Zork Source. It's in C, and if you can follow it, then you're more than ready. In fact, even if you can't follow all of it, if you can follow most of it, you're more than ready.

I'd start with some characters, since it's a roguelike. Or maybe a background (you won't really NEED a story, but it's always nice if you want to immerse the player/reader).

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But Zork isn't a rougue like game is it? Try the ZZT game maker for making rogue-like games (aka ASCII games)


No, but it helps if you want to know about text-based games. My bad, should've clarified that one.

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As a first project in game design, I'd like to make a roguelike game, (you know, an rpg with ascii characters for graphics).
How would I start with such a project? What's the best language to use?
Also, I eventually plan to work with making a multiplayer version once my programming skills improve greatly, but for now, what are my options? I know the most common language is for this is C/C++, but is there a more game-oriented language out there? I know enough about programming to get started, so I'm not completely new to this, I just need help getting started.
Are there any websites or forums specific to multiplayer roguelike games? I don't want to make an MU* but that seems to be the only thing I can find info about.
Thanks much.


Doing a multiplayer roguelike is probably quite hard and complicated task (and even "regular" roguelikes are awfully complex!). I know that there have been few done and I think most of them were Angband variants.

You might want to check out roguelikedevelopment.org which is, surprisingly, about making roguelike games. You will probably find it useful if you're doing a roguelike. It may have some articles about multiplayer roguelikes.

You should take a look at the newsgroup rec.games.roguelike.development. Currently there's a thread about multiplayer roguelikes. If you don't have a newsgroup client use Google groups.

And about the language.. Everyone will probably say that it's best to use the language you're most comfortable with. Like you said C and C++ are the most common languages but if you've used to another language use that instead. On the other hand, there might not be good "console drawing" APIs (e.g. ncurses) for your favourite language.

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