Gamasutra has just published the fifth in a series of nine bonus chapters not found in our book, Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time, on Rogue, entitled, Rogue: Have @ You, You Deadly Z's. If you enjoy this and the other bonus chapters (don't forget the bonus images!), you'll be sure to love the full color book as well. Let us know what you think!
By the way, I have "Rogue Touch" on my iPhone from Chronosoft, and I must say it's a wonderful implementation (visually, it's a lot like the Epyx Atari ST version). It's highly recommended if you have an iPhone. You can see it here and it's certainly worth the meager $2.99 asking price: http://www.chronosoft.com/
I actually am something of a latter day collector of Epyx Rogue versions, since each platform release offered a different implementation. So far, I have the Apple Macintosh, Atari ST and Radio Shack Color Computer 3 versions. To complete my collection, I'd need the IBM PC version and the supposed best version, the Amiga version. Of course there have been other non-Epyx commercial implementations of Rogue as well that would be worth tracking down. I of course also have other Rogue-like games, like Telengard (Apple II and C-64 versions) and inspired variations, like Sword of Kadash (Atari ST version) and Gemstone Warrior (C-64 version), which are somewhat like early versions of Diablo. It's an interesting genre and genre-variations to say the least!
Apparently, using this button will help us get this story posted on Slashdot. I'm not sure how, though.
I added the link to the roguelike sub-reddit. aaah my favourite type of game.
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Matt got it on Slashdot: http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/05/06/0159212
As expected, people are passionate about Rogue. It's just a damned shame that it looks like there's no reference or mention of the book, but I suppose it will be good for Gamasutra.
Another nice mention of the article and even a comment on there about buying the book!: http://www.rampantgames.com/blog/2009/05/history-of-rogue.html
WOW!! Look at the comments on the Gamasutra article. Ken Arnold himself!
Glenn R. Wichman as 'capmango' often frequents rec.games.roguelike.* places etc
He even created an entry for the 2007 7DRL contest you can read about his entry here;
-- Stu --