Friday, December 9, 2016

Episode 131: International Roguelike Developers Conference - Europe 2016

This is episode 131 of Roguelike Radio, where we report from the International Roguelike Developers Conference (Europe 2016).

You can download the mp3 of the podcast, play it in the embedded player below, or you can follow us on iTunes.

Topics Discussed:
  • Thank you to rexocorum for hosting at the InitLab in Sofia, Bulgaria, and for his Friday evening talk on 'What is a Roguelike?'
  • Darren's talk looking at the role of rogues in culture and how they affect game mechanics [video | slides]
  • Tom's talk on applying academic outputs to game design, particularly using graph theory [video | slides]
  • DarkGod's talk on building roguelike communities (and don't be an ass to your players) [video | slides]
  • Rexocorum's talk on aesthetics in roguelikes, both good and bad [slides - alas, the video was lost]
  • Hieroglyphika, a game with zero text
  • Darren's talk on story in infinite games, with practical tips on how to make variety in roguelike stories [slides - alas, video lost]
  • Kornel's talk and demo of Jupiter Hell, successor to DoomRL, which is now on Kickstarter [video]
  • Constraints inspiring game design (and another reason to use ASCII!)
  • An intermission from Mark Meer, voice of Commander Shepard
  • Patrick's talk on the Nethack devteam and the opportunity to now get involved with Nethack development [video]
  • Tom's latest work on web-brogue (US/EU servers, github) - an in-browser Brogue client, with various interesting stats [video | slides]
  • Some games shown off, including Dungeons of Everchange, a new Brogue-esque with a lot of interesting content (plus the dev gave us t-shirts and mugs!)
  • DarkGod's T-Engine
  • The awesome indie community in Bulgaria
  • Next IRDC - Poland?
  • Beautiful image of roguelike developers in the wild

Join us next time for more roguelike-y goodness!


  1. This was a really good episode. I wish I could have been there. I've been playing roguelikes for a few years, but I'm just breaking into the community. I feared that it would be a hostile community but this show, and the little bit I looked around on Temple of Roguelike has shown me this is a great community! Keep up this show and doing things like this event. I love it!

  2. What was the "Puzzle Quest" game mentioned between web-brogue and Dungeons of Everchange?

    1. That would be Oaf Match ( - for some reason it's the Swedish page, but yeah :)

  3. Hey Darren, might the game you would be referencing be Out There: Omega Edition?

  4. Yup, that's the one! I enjoyed it a while, but it became very repetitive.