Ambitious dungeon simulator with roguelike and RPG elements. Take the role of an evil wizard and study the methods of black magic. Equip your minions and explore the world, murder innocent villagers and burn their homes. Build your dungeon, lay traps and prepare for an assault of angry heroes.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Making the game available since its early stages has been vital to its development. Feedback received from players was priceless. Now I feel that KeeperRL is ready to be shown to a wider audience.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“For at least one year, maybe more.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will be more stable and polished, and more complete in every aspect. Maps will be larger, monsters more intelligent, and loot more plentiful.

Individual games will last much longer.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“It's very playable, and stable enough to work for most players. A single game will give you up to two hours of fun. And you won't win on your first try :)

There are still some bugs though, and the game is incomplete in many ways.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will stay the same.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I've already involved the community by taking feature requests and openly discussing the game's design.”
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May 16

Gameplay features coming in Alpha25

I've been working on the next KeeperRL update at full steam for the past few weeks. The changes have all been oriented around gameplay and not very hard in terms of programming, so they were great fun to work on. I'm happy to say that the development of the game has recently transitioned more into adding smaller features, polish and content, as opposed to revolutionary changes.

Let's take a glimpse at the new goodies. :)

Moat building
Constructing arbitrary water or lava channels is an important tool in the hands of a Keeper, so it had to find its way into the game sooner or later. An important issue to solve was how enemy AI should deal with players who completely surround themselves with a moat. As you may recall, I faced a similar problem when allowing to freely fill up tunnels, and the solution was teaching AI to dig into sealed-off dungeons. A similar strategy will be used to breach moats: enemies will simply build bridges over them. Everyone knows that dwarves carry spare wood planks on their backs in case they encounter unexpected bodies of water in their way.



Portals overhaul
Portals are great dungeon feature that allows instant travel between distant locations. Up until now they could only be used when manually controlling a creature, because KeeperRL's finely optimized path-finding algorithms didn't play nicely with such abuses of the laws of physics. However, I was able to find a reasonable compromise between speed and the use of portals, so now all your minions (and enemies!) will include them when calculating their shortest paths around the dungeon. Even complicated arrangements will work! Also as you can see, connected portal pairs will be color-coded.

Ego items
At the urge of the most dedicated KeeperRL fan, SoftMonster, I added the ability to craft so called "ego items", which are items with special effects, like a flaming sword or a helm of telepathy. To craft them you'll need a minion with crafting skills above 90% and with high morale, which will drop after the act of creation. With these changes I also modified the underlying architecture to make it much easier to add new item and effect combinations, so your minions will get a lot of new shiny toys!



Special minion traits
Having new special items, I decided to make minions a bit more special, too. Every new immigrant will have a small chance to possess one or more special traits, not necessarily positive. So now and then you'll attract a goblin with an unusually high crafting skill (necessary for ego items, btw), an orc with night vision or a harpy that's straight insane (watch out for her). A lot of interesting traits are in development, and I hope they'll add a nice twist to the immigration system. It's possible that special traits will come with special requirements, too.

"Stand ground" and "ignore enemies" team orders
This is a nice quality-of-life improvement when controlling teams. Outside of full-control mode, team members have always had a mind of their own, chasing unimportant enemies or blindly charging at a dragon while you are trying to get your whole team to retreat. Switching to full-control to get them to do what you needed was a very tedious option. The "stand ground" order forces the whole team to stay in place even if the leader moves away, and "ignore enemies" stops them from chasing anyone (they will still attack adjacent creatures). The first one is great when you create a formation that you don't want your minions to break, and the second one is best used when retreating or when you don't want your minions to get distracted while traveling.
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May 8

Alpha24 hotfix 3 is out

This patch should hopefully wrap up bug fixing for Alpha24. I've also started working on Alpha25 already, and will give you an update on that in the next few days.

  • Fixed graphical glitch/screen corruption occurring on some computers.
  • Fixed crash caused by an AI controlled summoned minion (like fly) becoming team leader in full-control mode.
  • Fixed crash involving a creature being killed instantly when arriving to a new site.
  • Fixed movement glitch in ASCII mode. (ASCII mode features full movement animations from now on).
  • Made the fire scroll catch fire immediately when read.
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About This Game

KeeperRL is an ambitious dungeon simulator with roguelike and RPG elements. Take the role of an evil wizard and study the methods of black magic. Equip your minions and explore the world, murder innocent villagers and burn their homes. Build your dungeon, lay traps and prepare for an assault of angry heroes.

When you control your minions the game changes into a classic roguelike, with turn-based and very tactical combat. You can also play as an adventurer and assault dungeons made by you or other players.

Dungeon management

You will dig deep into the mountain and build dozens of rooms, corridors and traps. Your minions will train and produce weapons and armor. Prisoners will be tortured. You will research new technologies like alchemy, beast mutation and sorcery.

Roguelike mechanics

The world is simulated on a very detailed level. Creatures use equipment and consumable items. There are dozens of special items, spells, attributes and special attacks. You can cut off heads and limbs and blind or poison your enemies. If you're not careful with fire, you can burn an entire forest or even your own dungeon.

Large, procedurally generated maps

In your neighborhood you'll find castles, villages, other dungeons and special locations. Slay heroes, dragons and witches for their loot. Every game you play will be different.

Online map sharing

Download dungeons made by other players and explore them as an adventurer.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7 Lion
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.7 Lion
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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