7DRL Announcement Thread

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Darren Grey

Mar 4, 2011, 3:46:05 PM3/4/11
Last year the newsgroup got a tad flooded by announcement posts. This
year I propose that everyone reply to this thread with their
announcements, so we can keep track of entrants a little easier.

Or ignore this and make your own thread :P Best of luck to everyone

Darren Grey


Mar 4, 2011, 6:54:59 PM3/4/11
Its 01:00am here now. Roguelike started in Game Maker 8.


Mar 5, 2011, 2:02:21 AM3/5/11
I am beginning work at 12:00AM Saturday, March 5th -7 GMT on my rogue-
like called "Free-Like".
Best of Luck to all!

Michael Doherty

Mar 5, 2011, 2:03:25 AM3/5/11
Alright. Time to start. My friend got me interested in this and I
really want to stick to it. Best of luck to everybody! btw I'm doing
it in Game Maker 8

Kevin Wells

Mar 5, 2011, 2:29:36 AM3/5/11
I started cleaning up an old barely started roguelike engine earlier tonight. The time is now 1:22 AM here (Saturday, March 5th, GMT -6), and I am officially beginning work.

I'll be writing this in C++ using SDL (along with image, gfx, and mixer), GLEW, and Boost. Oh, and I'm using libfov and Richard J. Wagner's implementation of the Mersenne Twister. As I said, the rest of the code is my own generic engine code, updated earlier tonight to actually work, and the very beginning of a roguelike engine I started a while back.


Mar 5, 2011, 2:31:18 AM3/5/11
It's Saturday, 8:30 in the morning here. I'm starting my seven day
roguelike codenamed Dwarftown. The game will be about exploring a
fallen dwarven fortress. I plan to focus on level generation and
diverse environments.

This is my second 7DRL challenge, after Madness in 2010. This time I
will be using Lua and libtcod. My starting inventory: some design
notes, and libtcod Lua bindings (modified donblas's SWIG wrapper).


radek soldek

Mar 5, 2011, 2:36:40 AM3/5/11
Hello everyone!
I am glad to join this group. I always wanted to create a game with my
own world and rules
so one day I decided to start writing a roguelike. I think this event
7DRL is a good opportunity
to make the project alive. The project called "Alamut" has been
writing by me and freekE from polish forum of ADoM (by T. Biskup)
one year ago, but we stopped probably of its huge size and lack of
time. Now we are planning just to make smaller part of it, ofcourse
which doesn't means its low potential ;). The project was based on
previous written code in C using Borland C++ 5.02. What we
did that time is displaying viewed area, monster simple actions, item
management, location change system. Now the time has come
to build one small world with one main task and few quest just to see
if the idea could be cool or not ;). We are starting on Monday coz
last days of week are better to finish feeling the deadline is
coming ;).
Good luck to You too!


Mar 5, 2011, 3:17:05 AM3/5/11
7DRL: The Man in the Mirror

Starting now at 7.00pm, Adelaide Australia.

This will be my fourth 7drl, and this time Im going to break my trend of fast CTF style games and go with a much more genre adhering crawler, because that was basically the only thing I scored low on last year.

The game will be called "The Man in the Mirror", and its main feature will be a dual personality player who can trade places with his evil alter ego by switching over into a dark haunted mirror of the real world.

I will be using the engine and many of the image assets of Rogue Assassin, which came out at the release party last year. I intend to put as much effort into the appearance and atmosphere of the game as possible - and attempt to really breathe some life into the frozen timesliced worlds that roguelikes tend to be.

Best of luck to everyone else!



Mar 5, 2011, 3:32:31 AM3/5/11
Heya! Just found out about this competition yesterday. Looks like
fun! I think Rogue was the first computer game I ever played, and
since then I've played NetHack and Cthangband 3.12b (the best
version :> ). I loved those roguelikes, though I've never actually
played to the "end" of a game...

Anyway, it's 12:23am here, so I'm going to start coding and give this
competition a try. I'll be using Python with libtcod.

No title yet, still working out the idea for the game. I'm kind of
thinking a gothic/steampunk/fantasy/horror theme.

Good luck everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes
up with!


Scott Edgar

Mar 5, 2011, 3:45:23 AM3/5/11
Hey, I'm gonna throw my hat into the ring with my entry to the
competition. It is a going to be called the four challenges roguelike
(4CRL). I have never coded something as complex as this so who knows
how well this will go. It should be fun though and I think the concept
will at least be pretty interesting.

It will all be written in Java and I still have not decided what use,
but we will see I guess.

Good luck to everyone else, I sure know I will need it. :D

Darren Grey

Mar 5, 2011, 4:06:49 AM3/5/11

I did an hour of jiggling last night before settling on what I want to
do. I'm gonna properly start now, and finish on Thursday (since I'm
unavailable after then).

I'm scrapping my original plan for a sequel to Unstoppable and going
with a new idea - Broken Bottle, a post-apocalyptic game set down a
mine-shaft. You control a depressive alcoholic struggling to make his
way to the surface. Its intended to be gritty and emotionally
challenging, but ultimately may end up just camp and cheesy.

I shall be using DarkGod's T-Engine. This is in spite of having no
experience with it or Lua :/ We'll see how that goes... If I fail
to make any headway after a couple of days then I'll switch back to
Free Pascal and make the Unstoppable sequel in the remaining time. If
I made Unstoppable in 4 days I can do a sequel in 3, right...? :D

All the best to everyone taking part. Remember not to aim too high,
and try and get something at least playable out the door :)
Hopefully we'll have another record batch of new games to play at the

Darren Grey

Nik Coughlin

Mar 5, 2011, 4:39:38 AM3/5/11

Saturday 5th March 10:38pm NZST

Just about to fire up Visual Studio and create a new project.

It will be a homage to Seth Able Robinson's Legend of the Red Dragon.

Good luck everyone!

Nicolas Mäkelä

Mar 5, 2011, 5:16:04 AM3/5/11
Yep, roguelike started. Guess I'm doing it with CoolBasic, although C+
+ and PDCurses sounds tempting too...



Mar 5, 2011, 5:22:14 AM3/5/11
it's 10:20 am GMT, Sat 5th. and I'm going to have a shot at this using
Unity. good luck everyone :)

Ido Yehieli

Mar 5, 2011, 5:57:14 AM3/5/11
On 03/04/2011 21:46 , Darren Grey wrote:
> Last year the newsgroup got a tad flooded by announcement posts. This
> year I propose that everyone reply to this thread with their
> announcements, so we can keep track of entrants a little easier.

Starting now, Saturday at 10:00AM CET on a yet-unnamed 7drl written in
haxe & using a modified haxe port of the popular Flixel game library.

-Ido & Corey.

Ido Yehieli

Mar 5, 2011, 5:57:49 AM3/5/11
On 03/05/2011 11:57 , Ido Yehieli wrote:
> Starting now, Saturday at 10:00AM CET on a yet-unnamed 7drl written in
> haxe & using a modified haxe port of the popular Flixel game library.

Oops, it's 12AM not 10...

Ido Yehieli

Mar 5, 2011, 6:00:31 AM3/5/11

Arg, 12PM! Stupid AM/PM system...It's noon not midnight.

Konstantin Stupnik

Mar 5, 2011, 6:45:08 AM3/5/11
Starting my 7drl attempt. it's 17:43 GMT+6.
Name: 'Monster Slayer Show'.
Motto: 'Kill monsters with style' :)
Language: C++
Library: libtcod

Good luck everyone!


Mar 5, 2011, 6:55:55 AM3/5/11
I have started on my entry. Don't have a name for it yet. It's done in Unity so it will be in 3D, but movement will be like in the ascii variants. A lot of inspiration comes from Sword of Fargoal.

gabriel arthur petrie

Mar 5, 2011, 7:04:41 AM3/5/11
I'm in.

Glad to see I'm not the only person who'll get a late start, also on
Monday. I'll use the next two days to try and have a complete flow
design / checklist to work from by the time I sit at the keyboard. I
dont have a name for it. It's fairly ambitious but i think I'll finish
in time.


Mar 5, 2011, 7:13:12 AM3/5/11
On Mar 4, 8:46 pm, Darren Grey <darrenjohng...@gmail.com> wrote:

Ah sod it, I'll take part. :p

I've been bumbling about a new RL for a year or so now without getting
much done in it other than a @ walking around a map. So I should take
this opportunity to actually write the damn thing.

It will be a trad roguelike, called Stygia, inspired somewhat by
Frozen Depths, BRogue and Crawl, and I'll be starting it TOMORROW @
noon UK time.

I'll be using C# & Libtcod.



Mar 5, 2011, 7:45:13 AM3/5/11

Well, I guess I'm in. :)

My entry is going to be Gourmancer, a short-ish roguelike about being
what you eat. Hopefully as fun to play as it (probably) is to make.

I'll be using Python and libtcod, which is apparently really popular
this year. I'll be starting 10:00 AM GMT-3, in about 15 minutes.

Good luck to everyone. :P

Ed Kolis

Mar 5, 2011, 7:45:44 AM3/5/11
All right, I'm starting on my 7DRL, "Into the Darkness"... I posted a concept over at 7drl.org (formerly known as tendrl.org) a week or two ago, and now I'm ready to start coding... I hope! Wish me luck! :)


I'll try using Silverlight for this, but you never know, that might change...

Jeff Lait

Mar 5, 2011, 7:48:03 AM3/5/11
It's 7:45 AM EST and I'm about to embark on my 7DRL.

I'm taking a break from art-oriented non-roguelikes to push for
something completely traditional. There exists a dungeon. You go
into it to kill the vicious orcs. That is all.

Title: Vicious Orcs (Not to be confused with the slow moving Viscous
Engine: libtcod + Smart Kobold
Jeff Lait
(POWDER: http://www.zincland.com/powder)


Mar 5, 2011, 8:16:56 AM3/5/11
It's 15:15 here and I'm starting my endeavor with WebGL and
JavaScript. I have posted some thoughts to 7drl.org / tendrl.org and
will continue to do so during the challenge.


Mar 5, 2011, 8:43:13 AM3/5/11
Started now. Trying to improve Teemu Roguelike and possibly even
reach the new version 1.3 with data-driven engine and some new
content. Had a good start while waiting for Reason 5 demo
download (it's huge, still downloading.......).


Mar 5, 2011, 9:05:56 AM3/5/11
3:05 PM here. Starting roguelike as a T-engine module. Name is not yet

Sherm Pendley

Mar 5, 2011, 9:22:19 AM3/5/11
I've accepted a new job in NYC, but haven't finalized the starting date
and my travel plans, so I *may* have to bail out and start packing. But
what the heck, I'm gonna start anyway. :-)

It's 9:20AM local, and my (unnamed) RL will be in Objective-C, use SDL,
and will be based on the old Robots/Daleks game with an added twist or


Sherm Pendley
Cocoa Developer

Oohara Yuuma

Mar 5, 2011, 9:29:01 AM3/5/11
I participate in the 7DRL challenge this year.
I will use the following codes:
* the 7DRL I wrote last year
* digital FOV with recursive shadowcasting, which was posted
here last year
* basic room-and-corridor dungeon generator, which was posted
a few days ago
The time now is Sat, 05 Mar 2011 23:26:20 +0900.


Mar 5, 2011, 9:40:55 AM3/5/11
Getting started this evening on Mad Mage, a game to subvert the
Identify minigame. c++, curses


Mar 5, 2011, 10:20:11 AM3/5/11
I will be starting my 7DRL (Kepler-10b) this evening @ 5pm

You can find it announced with it's storyline here...


Kevin Mees

Mar 5, 2011, 10:58:04 AM3/5/11
4:48pm here. starting my 7DRL NRogue now. I will be using C# and WPF
for the gui. won't get too fancy though since there aren't any
good .NET RL libs and its my first RL,so i will mostly focus on
getting it done.

Ciarán Walsh

Mar 5, 2011, 10:58:17 AM3/5/11
It's about 4pm and I’m just now deciding to have a crack at this, so I
don't yet have a plan! But it will probably be using C++ and the tcod
library, and most likely without any complex AI as it’s my first


Mar 5, 2011, 11:02:28 AM3/5/11

Libtcod has a .NET version which is rather splendid.


Geoffrey White

Mar 5, 2011, 11:52:05 AM3/5/11
> My entry is going to be Gourmancer, a short-ish roguelike about being
> what you eat.

This sounds like fun. Good luck!

- Geoffrey White


Mar 5, 2011, 12:05:37 PM3/5/11
I am doing a time traveling rl, and it is on the blog. I will
probably start on sunday. I am using some predeveloped code. And
pointers in C++ are hard!

gabriel arthur petrie

Mar 5, 2011, 1:13:49 PM3/5/11
gabriel arthur petrie <eye...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm in.
> Glad to see I'm not the only person who'll get a late start, also on
> Monday. I'll use the next two days to try and have a

I rwad that the rules this year state you can start any time saturday or
sunday and finish 168 hours later. If that's the case i am offiially
starting at the latest possible time sunday night. I dpnt have a PC and
its going to be monkeys up the ass busy in college this week, and
saturday and sunday will be my only actual moments of extended periods
of time available to code. My total time where i can spend five or more
hours coding without interruption equals thirty seven hours. I wonder if
thats comparable to others' schedules?

hopefully the simplifications ive settled on will make the game doable
in the limited time i have. im going to springboard off my kobold mines
version 2x3 for windows code, so control handling and output wont need
to be recoded. Im doing it all in C using PSPad and MimGW, the standard
windows library and i think my own ansi graphic curses replacement but
cant remember (havent seen 2x3 in some time).

One thing ill do to simplify is use memory like normal people do.
Instead of cramming bits ill be giving myself room to breath. That frees
me from having to write dozens of lines of bit-manipulating code just to
shave a few K off the map data. If there is unused space ill just let it
fly and use it in a sequel, or beefier post-contest version, or other


Mar 5, 2011, 1:42:23 PM3/5/11

OK, what's the gimmick?



Mar 5, 2011, 1:45:28 PM3/5/11
It's Saturday, 20:45 (GMT+2) and I have started on my 7DRL: Life of a

You play as a dragon, trying survive from a mere wyrmling all the way
to a great wyrm. The activities of a dragon's life are many, for two
millennia is a long time. Deal with pesky adventurers, fend off other
dragons invading your territory, and, of course, gather a huge hoard
of riches in your home lair.

I'm coding in C++ and using libtcod.

I'll try to post about my progress on my blog during the week.