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hpr1764 :: Introduction to Rogue Class Linux

Rogue Class Linux is a specialty distribution of Linux for playing the old games.

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Rogue Class describes itself as "a toy Linux distribution for playing games and reading books. RCL favors turn-based games, such as puzzles and rogue-like games. "

What are Rogue Class games? According to a link at the Rogue Class website, Rogue Class games are characterized by

  • "Tactical play. The unit of action is based on the individual adventurer. The game is not twitch oriented (like Quake, rewarding reflexes & well trained actions) nor is it strategy oriented (like Civilizations or Warcraft, requiring working on the large picture)
  • "Based in Hack and Slash. A roguelike isn't primarily about plot development or telling a story. It is about killing things and acquiring treasure.
  • "Random games. A roguelike is a dungeon crawler where no two games are the same. The maps are different, the items are different, there are no guaranteed win paths.
  • "Permadeath. You die, that is it. No restoring a savegame. Good roguelikes delete your save game after loading them. This is compensated by the replayability of the game.
  • "Complex interactions of properties. While the commands for a roguelike are simple, the potential interactions are not. My favourite example is equipping a silver ring as a weapon in order to damage a creature vulnerable to silver, but not one's other weapons. [Editor: This matches the Hack branch of the roguelike tree, not the Angband branch]
  • "Steam rolling monsters. If a critter is in your way, and weak, you shouldn't even notice it is there."

(Source: http://www.zincland.com/powder/?pagename=about)

Rogue Class contains four dozen or so games, two of which are actually categories which in turn contain additional games, as well as a number of utilities, including a network manager, an IRC client, and more. Some representative games include the following, picked quite at random: Angband, Fargoal, Magus, Moria, Nethack, and Tome.

If you liked the old games, give Rogue Class a spin.

Website: http://rogueclass.org/

The Rogue Class forum is located at Linux Questions.org: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/rogue-class-106/

You can see an interesting chart of Rogue Class's graphics subsystems at this link: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/rogue-class-106/rcl-graphics-sub-systems-4175522637


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