"The very first single-player dungeoncrawl game was not a video game. It was a series of charts printed in the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons, back in 1979. By rolling dice according to the instructions, you could generate a dungeon which was illogical, arbitrary, super-lethal, and which often didn't even produce useable results.
THIS GAME USES THOSE CHARTS
Dungeon Robber is a flash text game that simulates playing AD&D by the AD&D Appendix A dungeon generation rules
. You'll probably die a lot, but the game saves every time you head to town. Blog of the creator
⇒ Dungeon Robber comics!
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Matt Barton's Matt Chat
started as a series of discussions on classic video games from Elite
to System Shock 2
. It now features interviews with the likes of Chris Avellone (Planescape Torment
), Tim Cain (Fallout pt.1
, Brian Fargo (The Fall of Interplay
, Waste land and Fallout
, Bard's Tale and Wizardry
), John Romero (Wolfenstein 3D
and the infamous Daikatana
) and Al Lowe (Leasure Suite Larry pt.1
). [more inside]
Friday Flash Fun
: Realm of the Mad God
is a co-op MMORPG shooter with cute 8-bit graphics
. Death is permanent, play addictive. [more inside]
You are in a warm, dark, comfortable place. This has been your place since you became aware that you are alive. It's almost time to enter a different world now.
In 1986, Activision published a roleplaying computer game called Alter Ego
. Unlike the action and fantasy titles that ruled the day, this game simulated the course of a single ordinary life. Beginning at birth, players navigated a series of vignettes: learning to crawl, reacting to strangers, getting a first haircut. The outcome of each scenario subtly influenced one's path, and with every choice players slowly progressed through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Graphically minimalist
-- one's lifestream is represented by simple icons, and the scenarios are all text -- the game was nevertheless engaging, describing the world in a playful, good-natured tone tinged by darkness and melancholy. And it had quite a pedigree; developer and psychology PhD Peter Favaro
interviewed hundreds of people on their most memorable life experiences to generate the game's 1,200 pages of material. Unfortunately for Dr. Favaro, the game didn't sell very well. But it lives on through the web -- PlayAlterEgo.com
offers a full copy of the game free to play in your browser, and the same port is available as a $5 app for iPhone
. More: Port discussion group
- Vintage review
- Original game manual (text
One of the better online random dungeon generators out there.
Scroll down a bit to see it. You can change the size and learn more about it from the home page
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In 1974, a pair of wargame enthusiasts from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin transformed the nascent hobby gaming world by publishing three little brown booklets
. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson's Dungeons & Dragons
has become an important part of the lives of generations of young gamers. Along the way, D&D went through numerous editions
, each with increasingly complex
rules. [more inside]
is a flash collection of retro RPG-themed minigames. An amusing way to kill a half hour or so.