Labyrinth of Reptoran

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Labyrinth of Reptoran
Alpha Project
Developer Gamer 2k4Talk
Theme Fantasy
Influences ADOM, ToME, Nethack, GearHead
Released 2006
Updated 2006
Licensing Freeware
P. Language C++
Platforms Windows
Interface ASCII, Keyboard
Game Length Short
Official site of Labyrinth of Reptoran


The Labyrinth of Reptoran is the first in a series of roguelikes planned by Jared Brayshaw. It is going to be a dungeonhack, with a large town on the surface and 100 levels of random dungeons underneath. This game is different from standard roguelikes mainly in how it approaches skills, magic, and combat. The homepage is here.


Contents

Story

Long ago, only the Gods existed, each an incarnation of one of the ten elemental forces. Each God created for himself an elemental realm and denizens to populate that realm. Most of the Gods were content with this arrangement. However, Guroth, the strongest God and master of Earth, proposed that they combine their powers. First, the Gods created a world that was a combination of all the elements: Fire, Air, Water, Earth, Nature, Light, Darkness, Storm, Ice, and Death. The Gods were pleased with this new land and its inhabitants. However, Guroth pressed, they had only mixed their powers, not truly combined them. Guroth suggested that they fuse their elemental energies. This was done, but the outcome was of an evil nature.

They had created Shadow, the strongest element, one that seeked corruption and death. The consensus was that this power must be locked away, and hidden in the newly created world. A gem was forged to contain this evil, and buried deep underneath Reptoran, the new world. All was well for many thousands of years. Unfortunately, the Burvaks and Dwarves, both mining races, came across the Shadow Crystal. It was sent to the mages of Xaltrir for examination, and soon the relic was placed in a mountaintop temple.

Most of the travelers to the temple were content to merely look at this gem, but one wizard took it upon himself to study the crystal and learn its secrets. The wizard became extremely powerful in the shadow magicks, which corrupted him and turned him against the people of Reptoran. Belatedly the Gods, concerned with their own realms, became aware of this menace. They aided the king of Reptoran as he ventured to the mountain to combat the wizard. In the battle that followed, the once dormant volcano the temple was on awakened, and erupted mightily.

The king could not contend with the powers of the wizard. Finally, amid showers of fire and ash, the fallen king raised his sword to attack the Shadow Crystal. His last action was a powerful swing at the crystal, which shattered. Immediately the shadow energy, no longer contained by the gem, joined itself with the other source of shadow - the wizard. The stress of the energies flowing into him was too much, and the wizard fell into a coma.

Guroth took this opportunity to imprison the wizard deep inside the earth so as to never harm the people of Reptoran again. The shards of the crystal fell into a ring of lava around the now destroyed temple, which cooled to solid obsidian. Each God took a piece of the crystal to their own realm to prevent the reunion of the elements in the future.

Many peaceful millenia passed. The inhabitants of Reptoran had no way of knowing that the wizard was slowly attuning himself to the shadow power now within him. Finally, he awoke with a tremendous burst of shadow energy. The earth tore asunder as the shadow energies made their way to the surface. Tunnels and passages were carved underground, and strange monsters came from those tunnels.

Many heroes have tried to stop this threat but all have failed. Now you must face this evil and destroy it, before all of Reptoran is lost...

Innovative Features

Skills

The skills in the Reptoran series are increased based on usage. Like combat where a player gains experience as he kills monsters, skills gain experience with each successful use of them. I believe this creates a more realistic game, unlike games such as ADOM and ToME where the player increases his skills each time he gains a combat level. Also, the game will have skills that allow for item creation, such as smithing and crafting.

Magic

There are seven types of magic in this game: attack, protection, healing, movement, divination, control, and morph. There are also five elements: fire, water, nature, earth, and air. Obviously this setup is common to many roguelikes, but mages in my game have a special class power called 'Fusion' which allows spells to be combined. For example, calm monster + bend will = tame monster, stone skin + dark armor = steel skin, water aura + air aura = water breathing, and invigorate + bloodlust = battlemind. Ego-items (magically enhanced items) can also be created using the 'Power' ability. This applies a spell to a weapon, so using flame aura on a long sword would create a flaming long sword.

Combat

Combat will involve much more than merely slaying monsters. Adventurers can learn various combat techniques that will improve their capabilities depending on the situation and their equipment. Also, there will be many available tactics to use, including blockading and non-lethal tactics. This game will take an innovative approach to armor, evasion, bleeding, shield usage, and kills; however I don't want to give away everything at once. You will have to wait until the release of the game or some demo of it.

Current Version

Version 0.4.6 of the game is available at the homepage. Expect further releases as the summer progresses.

Right now the following features are implemented:

  • line of sight
  • inventory and equipping
  • item hitpoints
  • monsters
  • items
  • skills
  • a very basic town
  • data files

The following features are planned for the next release:

  • attacking, defending, armor, weapons
  • possibly savefiles


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