Friday, 29 July 2011

Vapors of Insanity preview

This is the first release of my big roguelike, named Vapors of Insanity. It is intended to be a major roguelike. It already has lots of features, but probably also lots of bugs, imbalances, and other bad stuff. Check it out at your own risk! :)

Vapors of Insanity is a roguelike game set on a paradise island of Fortarica, where the common Humans, mighty Dwarves and Orcs, insect-like Melissans and Formicans, and many more people lived in peace and harmony... until now. One day, you wake up, and see magical fog everywhere around you, and every man and beast around seems to become a mindless machine, wanting only to kill you! The only way to find the source of the problem is to fight the crazy beasts, hoping that you will find a way to remove the vapors, and the beasts will be sane again... Will you be able to win?

Vapors of Insanity features:
  • A big three-dimensional world, consisting of a big variety of outdoor, building, and underground locations.
  • You can play both in hex and orthogonal mode.
  • An original spell system, where you can build complicated spells using simpler spells as components.
  • Also original skill/experience and fighting systems.
  • Many hopefully interesting magical gadgets that can be found.
  • A variety of creatures and items to find: about 150 types of items, 150 species of monsters and plants, 150 materials (including potions), 150 types of magical runes, 80 skills and spells; some of them are parametrized. These include both the standard high fantasy stuff and more original ideas.
  • Graphics that are supposed to not only have the advantages of a graphical display (better aesthetics, accessibility for new players), but also the roguelikes' classical ASCII display (clarity, allowing one to use imagination, simplicity of creation of new monsters and items). An ASCII mode is also provided for SSH access, and other hardcore ASCII fans.
For developers:
  • Most of the game written in a special scripting language called VaporGS, allowing developers to create new modules, which can be simply placed in an appropriate game to modify the game somehow; these can range from minor additions (and you should be able to easily use several such additions at one time, if there are no obvious conflicts); they can be also provided as either open source (for educational purposes), or as closed source (if you want to have hidden secrets)
  • The language is based on a extension of the Object Oriented paradigm, where objects can modify other objects by providing additional methods to them (like a ring of flying providing a flying ability to the wearer, but this paradigm has been applied in many various ways)
(Note: the development tools and the script sources are not yet available in the current release)

Get Vapors of Insanity here


  1. Manual says something about concentrating on smithing in order to get designs for crafting. I couldn't find it anywhere in smithing skill menu. Also interface is generally unwieldy and so far from being intuitive as possible, it's not a rocket science, it's worse.

  2. You need a "skill of analysis" to create designs. I see I have forgotten to add this skill (or any designs) to the blacksmiths' and artificers' initial list, sorry about that (I have been mostly testing wizards and knights).

    Thanks for a comment!