May 12, 2008, 15:47 EST
DROD - The City Beneath
Posted by calamarain

As some of you know, I'm a big fan of the DROD series of games. Wonderful puzzles, completely turn based so there's no reflex needed. Just brainpower.

And the diversity of elements involved lets there be some pretty amazing puzzles, interacting in ways you wouldn't think possible. There's a load of user-made holds as well, some as good as or better than the official levels.

Now that the bugs are worked out, they're finally releasing the third one in the series properly, burning it to CD and making it available that way.

Here's the City Beneath Trailer.

And here's the DROD website.

Go play the original (Architect's Edition). Go play Journey to Rooted Hold. Go play The City Beneath. They're all excellent.

May 7, 2008, 00:28 EST
Posted by calamarain

Tinkering with fonts and sizes for this comic. Might keep this one, might not.

April 30, 2008, 14:44 EST
Mr Budkin, I presume?
Posted by calamarain

I felt this warranted a news post. My first ever win in Angband (just plain Angband, not a variant - I've won variants before). Used a Dwarf Warrior. The final battle against Morgoth was both epic and very difficult, but I triumphed.

Character dump here - Budkin III, the Dwarf Warrior

April 7, 2008, 01:03 EST
Posted by calamarain

Yep, 500 strips. I feel amazingly smug.

And yes, the previous news post was an April Fool's joke.

April 1, 2008, 08:41 EST
Posted by calamarain

Just an announcement that this comic will be changing over to a fully drawn style, rather than an ASCII-based one. The change should improve the comic immensely.

March 7, 2008, 00:46 EST
7-day roguelike
Posted by calamarain

Don't forget, if you're a coder or have ever wanted to learn - then enter in the 7-day roguelike challenge! The goal is simple - make a roguelike game in 7 days or less. Happy gamings! And thanks to them for sponsoring this comic too.

7 Day roguelike challenge

February 11, 2008, 12:58 EST
Posted by calamarain

Apologies for late upload of Monday's comic. Things went all weird at home over the weekend.

February 5, 2008, 22:53 EST
Posted by calamarain

Y'know, I finally got Portal. Yes, I know it's been out for a bit, but it's only this weekend that I did the upgrade to my home system that allowed me to play it. I've had the components sitting around for a while, just not had a chance to install them.

So I'm asking this - any of you here who play it... can you recommend some custom level sets? I'm not just after the quick "This is my first room!" things, I'm after some properly done levels :)


December 31, 2007, 01:09 EST
Posted by calamarain

Yep, two years of the comic.

And it's not over yet. More to come! But whew, I cannot believe that I've done two years of this!

December 10, 2007, 17:00 EST
Other variants
Posted by calamarain

Well, we've had the comic go to NetHack. We've had the comic go to ToME. We've had the comic go to the new version.

How about going to ADOM for a week?

December 4, 2007, 01:17 EST
Posted by calamarain

As you might see on the left-hand side, there is now an RSS feed for the comic. Hooray for convenience :)

December 3, 2007, 00:10 EST
Posted by calamarain

A big thankyou to Devnull for sponsoring this comic throughout the duration of the November NetHack tournament. The next one is obviously next November, but the NAO tournament is next June.

November 20, 2007, 04:41 EST
Posted by calamarain

OK, has migrated across to a new server. There may still be some teething problems with caching of old versions of the page, but they should be sorted out in a day or so.

This will hopefully fix the problems with the site being down.

November 4, 2007, 18:15 EST
Website troubles
Posted by calamarain

Apologies for the connection problems that have shown up recently. It's being worked on and will be sorted out as soon as possible.

October 3, 2007, 21:16 EST
Posted by calamarain

Yes, there's now ads on the left. They shouldn't be intrusive, I hope. :)

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