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Yearly Archives: 2020

Audio Accessibility Features for Roguelikes

Anyone who’s followed my development work over the years will know that I’m big on providing all sorts of quality of life features, optional functionality, configurable settings, and so on. This is also why even from the earliest stages (pre-7DRL!), and ever since, I’ve given the utmost priority to Cogmind’s interface. How players interact with […]

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Building Cogmind’s Ambient Soundscape

I first introduced Cogmind’s ambient sound system back in 2014 during the pre-alpha days, as it was initially developed for Cogmind’s predecessor (X@COM) in the years before that, and sound would continue to play an important role going forward. It wasn’t an especially long post like the ones I tend to write these days, but […]

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My Cogmind Dev Tools

I sometimes get questions about what I use to develop Cogmind and although I compiled a list on r/RoguelikeDev years back, it’s undergone a few changes since then, so it’s about time to put an updated version here on the blog for anyone who’s interested. Maybe you’ll find something useful you weren’t aware of before […]

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Developing Multitile Creatures in Roguelikes

Creatures/entities that occupy more than one space in the grid-based world of a roguelike still aren’t all that common, although in the development community this is an increasingly popular topic. Many of these discussions revolve around how to solve various technical and design issues associated with this type of entity, and while I’ve provided input […]

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Special Mode Design: Battle Royale

Every good game needs a Battle Royale mode, right? Okay maybe that’s something you’d be more likely to expect from an actual online multiplayer AAA title looking to jump on a bandwagon, rather than a traditional roguelike :P Nonetheless, I did build one for Cogmind! It was going to be Cogmind’s next April Fools Day […]

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