|−|'''Permadeth''' means that when one of your [[character ]]s dies inside the game, he is gone for good. Save files exist only as a device to allow you to play a single game across multiple sessions sessions, but they are deleted once your character dies. |+|
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|−|Permadeath is one of the main features of roguelikes; it encourages you to take your decisions wisely and to make strong bounds with your character , as you must defend his life if you want to be sucessful in the game. |+|
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|−|Permadeath is not as bad as it would seem at first... |+|
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Revision as of 00:32, 3 February 2005
Permadeath is one of the main features of roguelikes, it consists in the fact that once your character dies in the game, you can't restore him to a previous status via save-files or save-states. This means that once your character dies, he is dead for good.
The idea may scare people from other RPG genres, such as console and common "Plot" RPGs, as it is common custom to reload the game after something bad happens to the main character or his party; however, this feature makes roguelikes unique, demanding all your attention and thinking your best moves because the life of your character must be kept.
PermaDeath is not as horrible as it might sound at first. The design of Roguelikes is built around this concept. This is one of the reasons why they tend to be light in plot. Unlike an RPG, where starting over again can involve doing the same hundred page conversation over again, a roguelike presents you with fresh challenges every game.
Off course, roguelikes have saving facilities that allow long games to be played for several days, weeks or even months; but the save-file is deleted uppon the death of the character.
The PermaDeath can easily be avoided via back-up of save-files, however this is widely considered as cheating, and not the right way of playing the games. Using backups of save files is known as SaveScumming.