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Mercury is an experimental roguelike.
August 26, 2012 4:00 PM   Subscribe

Mercury is an experimental roguelike. How is it experimental? Let's have the creator, Jason Lantz, explain :
" all the game’s content is winner-generated. That means that the game starts out barren. One class for players to play, one monster to fight, and one item to use. But every round, the top two scoring players use a tool built into the game to make a monster, item or class and then that object is automatically inserted into everyone’s game, and players fight for new high scores in an entirely different game every round."
posted by boo_radley (16 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
What could possibly go wrong?
posted by nicebookrack at 4:01 PM on August 26, 2012


Finally, the game will do all the hard work of creating a Butt Pirate class for me!
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 4:04 PM on August 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


So... like Spore, except the giant penis monsters look like some kind of Unicode character instead of actual animated dancing genitalia?
posted by XMLicious at 4:05 PM on August 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


It is very dark. You have been attacked by an Insurance Salesman.

You are confused.
posted by jaduncan at 4:16 PM on August 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


As of this post's time there was something called "da class" with a nigh-infinite amount of hit points, damage dealt, etc. Playing around with it after five or so rounds eventually broke the game, since now the game crashes on start-up.

It's like they recreated Missingno for Rogue.
posted by zer0render at 4:16 PM on August 26, 2012


Heh. Actually I know what my enemy would be.

You come across a Gazebo.

G
posted by jaduncan at 4:21 PM on August 26, 2012 [27 favorites]


Looks nice too. Instead of ASCII it has kind of a stylized map interface going on.

I'd like a version where you could program mobs in lua, send them out into the map to dominate or be killed by the other lua mobs lurking there.
posted by Ad hominem at 4:44 PM on August 26, 2012


...so basically they made the computer game equivalent of 4Chan?
posted by wolfdreams01 at 4:53 PM on August 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


This needs to be a live action reality TV show
posted by Bwithh at 5:01 PM on August 26, 2012


AMERICA!
posted by srboisvert at 5:50 PM on August 26, 2012


James Lantz, btw, not Jason. He's the son of Frank Lantz,: designer of Drop 7 and all around swell NYC game design guy.
posted by malphigian at 6:50 PM on August 26, 2012


Having played it for a about an hour I know I'm doing something wrong as the bloodzerker. I can never take even the lowliest enemies, I never seem to be able to recover from even mild combat, and someone made a fucking stupid enemy that exists only to block your movement. Except it randomly takes half your health for no reason and the game occasionally decides that you would be better off poisoned for no apparent reason.

So what gives... aside from the rampant trolling. I mean, really now, velcromancer?
posted by Slackermagee at 9:06 PM on August 26, 2012


I want to beat the round so I can add a cursed item. But I can't figure out how to get beyond floor 7.
posted by TwelveTwo at 10:41 PM on August 26, 2012


It's written in PyGame, so it should be trivial to run on Linux if the guy would release the source, but he hasn't. It seems to run okay in Wine with 32-bit Python installed.
posted by LogicalDash at 5:08 AM on August 27, 2012


You always have a turns-to-live counter in this game? Like you're poisoned or wearing an amulet of strangulation? That's SO weird.

BTW: Brogue is my favorite non-hardcore roguelike so far.
posted by floatboth at 10:19 AM on August 27, 2012


Having played it for a about an hour I know I'm doing something wrong as the bloodzerker. I can never take even the lowliest enemies, I never seem to be able to recover from even mild combat . . .

For the bleedzerker, try bloodlust + vampiricism. The arbalist is much easier at low levels, though.

someone made a fucking stupid enemy that exists only to block your movement. . . So what gives... aside from the rampant trolling. I mean, really now, velcromancer?

Ironically, the velcromancer is the answer to the annoying enemy that follows you around and blocks you (floating fedora). That, or the bramblevest.
posted by suncoursing at 1:17 PM on August 27, 2012


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