A book detailing some early RPGs is being released to give aspiring developers and fans a look at where these games came from.
PressStart Press is proud to announce the release of Dungeon Hacks: How NetHack, Angband, and Other Roguelikes Changed the Course of Video Games in paperback as well as on Kindle, iBooks, and other popular e-reading platforms.
Written by Stay Awhile and Listen author David L. Craddock, Dungeon Hacks whisks readers back in time to the computer labs where seminal roguelike role-playing games (RPGs) such as Rogue and Moria originated. Roguelikes are beloved among their fans, who tout grueling difficulty, a wide breadth of character types, and procedural algorithms that generate brand new levels every time players begin a new quest as defining characteristics of the genre.
Dungeon Hacks has earned acclaim from visionary game designers like Warren Spector, director of Deus Ex and Disney’s Epic Mickey. “The design of roguelike classics still resonates today, inspiring many modern game designers. Read this book and you’re understand how and why,” Spector said. Torchlight and Rebel Galaxy designer Travis Baldree echoed Spector’s enthusiasm, praising the book for “capturing the human element behind the games—the particulars of the people, the context, and the time period.”
Dungeon Hacks was assembled from years of research and interviews with developers such as Michael Toy, Robert Koeneke, Thomas Biskup, and the architects of NetHack, which TIME magazine commended as one of the best 100 games ever made. Dungeon Hacks is available now in paperback, as well as on popular e-reading platforms. An audio release will be made available later this month.
Alongside Dungeon Hacks, PressStart Press is publishing two additional books. One-Week Dungeons: Diaries of a Seven-Day Roguelike Challenge follows programmers of varying skill levels as they race the clock to design a game in a single week. Angels, Devils, and Boomsticks: The Making of Demons with Shotguns tells the story of an aspiring programmer who must conquer his fear of math if he wishes to realize his dream of making games. Both books are available now on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and other popular e-reading storefronts.