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Map Prefabs, in Depth

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An increasingly common approach to roguelike map development today is to have content partially determined by so-called “prefabs,” with layouts which are hand-made rather than fully procedurally generated. Doing so gives a designer more control over the experience, or portions of it at least, without completely supplanting the advantages of roguelike unpredictability. Prefabs are a […]

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Generating and Populating Caves

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Before this point, the vast majority of Cogmind maps have fallen under the room-and-corridor style generation. The wide range of adjustable parameters, when combined with a variety of themed content (and prefabs!), give that one style plenty of potential to create a unique feel and gameplay for different areas of the world. That said, roguelikes […]

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Garrisons

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Last time we looked at what happens when you use the Unlock hack on a Garrison Access machine. Now about that rabbit hole… SPOILER WARNING: This post is going to be absolutely full of spoilers. There are so many details to the implementation of this feature that tip-toeing around them would be annoying and not […]

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Traps

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Traps. Right, that’ll be easy. Design a handful of spaces that when stepped on by the player cause any of a number of effects. Just a couple days of work. Or not. That might be the case with traps in most roguelikes, but not Cogmind traps. Two weeks later, they’ve been heavily integrated into many […]

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Map Composition

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Much of the “living dungeon” concept described previously applies to the main complex, and some branches. Roguelikes of significant scope tend to use a combination of map generation techniques, necessary to fill the game world with unique maps appropriate for their respective areas. Different map types are also likely to require different algorithms to populate […]

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