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Santiago Zapata
Alias Slash
Projects libjcsi, SERF Engine, RogueNet, JSRL
Games CastlevaniaRL, DrashRL, MegamanRL, MetroidRL, ZeldaRL, Expedition, RULER, Elite International Detective, Hope, Rodney, DNDX, Ananias, Stygian Abyss, Rise of Kramora, PokemonRL, ROGUElike ONE, Haunted Mansion, Heroes of Noresskia, Emerald Woods, Rainy Day, SpelunkyRL, Monte del Diablo, CvRL2: The Lady of Berkeley
Nationality Colombian
P. Languages Java JavaScript C#
Official site of Santiago Zapata



Slash, the Dragon Coder (Human)
(Level 38 Roguelike Developer)

Playtime: About 22 years (since the year 2002)

He survives. He is actively rogue-developing.

He created RogueBasin and is one of the staff members
He created and maintains Temple of the Roguelike
He is one of only two roguelike developers to have completed entries for ALL of the 7DRL Challenges up to date.
He released the commercial roguelike: Ananias
He is working in the open-world historical roguelike: NovaMundi
He created the roguelikes:
 CvRL2: The Lady of Berkeley, Monte del Diablo, SpelunkyRL, Rainy Day, Emerald Woods, Heroes of Noresskia,
 Haunted Mansion, PokemonRL, Rise of Kramora,
 ROGUElike ONE, Stygian Abyss, Expedition,
 DNDX, RULER, Elite International Detective,
 MetroidRL, MegamanRL, CastlevaniaRL,
 ZeldaRL, DrashRL, Hope and Rodney
He created the roguelike engines: JSRL, SERF Engine 
He created the roguelike libraries: libjcsi

He was the maintainer of the ODP Roguelike Category. 
He barely remembers his original roguelike project: Guardian Angel
He created and maintained The Roguemundi
He maintained the roguelike reviews website Slash's Roguelike Reviews
He was involved in the failed development of GREEKIE and OfficeRL

He is the current host and Guardian of RogueBasin.

He started his roguelike development journey at university with Amber Dragon: The Roguelike
He went on to develop Guardian Angel
He presented the Guardian Angel framework at a local university fair in October 2004
He created the initial RogueBasin in January 2005 using the service.
 He revived the RogueBasin along with DarkGod after its initial downfall.
He started the unsuccessful GREEKIE game.
He got into the first 7DRL Challenge with his game, CastlevaniaRL: Prelude, and survived!
He failed the QB Roguelike Compo along with Milesss with OfficeRL.
He entered the second 7DRL Challenge with ANT, the OP.
 At the last moment, he went for Mt. Drash: the Roguelike instead, surviving the challenge!
He published Slash's Roguelike Reviews, a website to promote the newborn roguelikes
He created The Roguelike World Map
He became the DMOZ Roguelike Category Editor
He featured CastlevaniaRL at a local university fair in September 2006
He entered the Orange October Minigun 7DRL challenge with MetroidRL
 After many heroic trials, he survived the challenge with the game
He braved the dangers of the third 7DRL challenge with a non-disclosed project
 Against all the tricks of the RNG he survived the challenge with ZeldaRL
He created the Temple of The Roguelike
He jumped into the perils of the fourth 7DRL challenge with a non-disclosed project
 After many heroic trials, he survived the challenge with MegamanRL
He brought life to the Roguelike World Map creating The Roguemundi
He created libjcsi
He faced his fate again on the fifth 7DRL challenge, after a year of no roguelike activity
 Against all odds, he succeeded with Expedition, and the foundations of the SERF Engine
 He obtained a Silver Medal for Expedition in the Technical Department from CymonsGames
He released Expedition and the SERF engine as Open Source Projects under GPL3
He defeated the RNG on the sixth 7DRL challenge with RULER, releasing under GPLv3
He had a roguelike release party in 2010 with Expedition
He released all of his roguelike games under GPLv3 as part of the OpenXRL initiative
He played again and succeeded on the seventh annual 7DRL challenge with Elite International Detective, releasing under GPLv3
He went on to work is own indie game development company, Slashware Interactive
He became the Guardian of Roguebasin in August 2011
He had high hopes for his 2012 7DRL challenge entry Hope, but over-ambitious scope killed his dream
He came for revenge on the 2013 7DRL challenge and managed to create Rodney.
He failed the commercial game dev game with his company for the first time, and vowed to get revenge.
He participated in the 2014 7DRL challenge with the HTML5 mobile roguelike, Ananias
He participated in a contest with DNDX
He participated along with Jucarave in the 2015 7DRL challenge with the WebGL 3D real-time roguelike, Stygian Abyss
He participated in the 2016 7DRL challenge with the Smartwatch Roguelike, Rise of Kramora
He participated in the 2016 Roguelike Celebration in San Francisco with this talk "Get your game done: Experiences through the development of 13 roguelikes"
He participated in the 2017 7DRL challenge with the Pokemon Roguelike, PokemonRL
He participated in the 2017 Roguelike Celebration in San Francisco with his talk "Conserving the classic roguelike definition, does it make any sense in 2017?"
He participated in the 2018 7DRL challenge with Haunted Mansions
He participated in the 2018 Roguelike Celebration in San Francisco, with his talk "Roguelikes as automated Dungeon Masters: a historical overview"
He participated in the 2019 7DRL challenge with Heroes of Noresskia
He participated in the 2020 7DRL challenge with Emerald Woods
He created RogueNet
He participated in the 2021 7DRL challenge with Rainy Day
He became the host of Roguebasin.
He participated in the 2022 7DRL challenge with SpelunkyRL 
He participated in the 2022 Virtual Roguelike Celebration, with his talk "Celebrating Moria: A roguelike before the roguelikes"
He participated in the 2023 7DRL challenge with Monte del Diablo 
He participated in the 2024 7DRL challenge with CvRL2: The Lady of Berkeley

He is not a very proficient roguelike player.
 He used to fry cyber demons to the death using overcharged plasma rifles and rockets
 He was commonly transformed into an ugly, corrupted, purple monster
 He tried to become a master Arena Pilot
 He once sought to retrieve The Amulet of Yendor

He can be found at

7DRL Challenges

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