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QCF Design's IGF award-winning roguelike RPG Desktop Dungeons is now available on Steam, capping off an extended development period and years-long beta testing phase. Billing itself as "the perfect coffee-break game," Desktop Dungeons condenses the roguelike genre's complexity into a series of si...

November 8th 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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This is a weekly column focusing on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. Once upon a time, the "Roguelike" genre was a semi-hidden cache of secrets in gaming. Games like Rogue and NetHack were passed around from flop...

January 19th 2012 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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If you enjoy PC games, especially action RPGs like Diablo, but you've never once played Nethack, you probably should. No, seriously -- go, right now, download it, and check it out. Sure, it's hard, not very accessible (there are no graphics, only ASCII symbols to represent the player, items, and...

October 9th 2011 at 1:30pm 0 Comments