Allure

Near-future Sci-Fi roguelike and tactical squad game http://allureofthestars.com

Latest on Hackage:0.6.1.0

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AGPL-3 licensed by Andres Loeh, Mikolaj Konarski and others
Maintained by Mikolaj Konarski

Allure of the Stars

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Allure of the Stars6 is a near-future Sci-Fi roguelike2 and tactical squad game. Try out the browser version of the LambdaHack sample game at http://allureofthestars.com/play! (It runs fastest on Chrome. Keyboard commands and savefiles are supported only on recent enough versions of browsers. Mouse should work everywhere.)

gameplay screenshot

Please see the changelog file for recent improvements and the issue tracker for short-term plans. Long term goals are high replayability and auto-balancing through procedural content generation and persistent content modification based on player behaviour. Contributions are welcome.

The game is written in Haskell1 using the LambdaHack 10 roguelike game engine. Long-term goals of the project are high replayability and auto-balancing through procedural content generation and persistent content modification based on player behaviour.

Game installation from binary archives

The game runs rather slowly in the browser (fastest on Chrome) and you are limited to only one font, though it's scalable. Keyboard input and saving game progress requires recent enough version of a browser (but mouse input is enough to play the game). Also, savefiles are prone to corruption on the browser, e.g., when it's closed while the game is still saving progress (which takes a long time). Hence, after trying out the game, you may prefer to use a native binary for your architecture, if it exists.

Pre-compiled game binaries for some platforms are available through the release page11 and from AppVeyor (Windows 32bit17 and Windows 64bit18; note that these no longer work on Windows XP, since Cygwin and MSYS2 dropped support for XP). To use a pre-compiled binary archive, unpack it and run the executable in the unpacked directory.

On Linux, make sure you have the SDL2 libraries suite installed on your system (e.g., libsdl2, libsdl2-ttf). For Windows, the SDL2 and all other needed libraries are already contained in the game's binary archive.

Screen and keyboard configuration

The game UI can be configured via a config file. A file with the default settings, the same that is built into the binary, is in GameDefinition/config.ui.default. When the game is run for the first time, the file is copied to the default user data folder, which is ~/.Allure/ on Linux, C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Allure\ (or C:\Documents And Settings\user\Application Data\Allure\ or something else altogether) on Windows, and in RMB menu, under Inspect/Application/Local Storage when run inside the Chrome browser.

Screen font can be changed by editing the config file in the user data folder. For a small game window, the highly optimized bitmap fonts 16x16x.fon, 8x8x.fon and 8x8xb.fon are the best, but for larger window sizes or if you require international characters (e.g. to give custom names to player characters), a modern scalable font supplied with the game is the only option. The game window automatically scales according to the specified font size. Display on SDL2 and in the browser is superior to all the other frontends, due to custom square font and less intrusive ways of highlighting interesting squares.

If you don't have a numeric keypad, you can use mouse or laptop keys (uk8o79jl) for movement or you can enable the Vi keys (aka roguelike keys) in the config file. If numeric keypad doesn't work, toggling the Num Lock key sometimes helps. If running with the Shift key and keypad keys doesn't work, try Control key instead. The game is fully playable with mouse only, as well as with keyboard only, but the most efficient combination for some players is mouse for go-to, inspecting, and aiming at distant positions and keyboard for everything else.

If you are using a terminal frontend, numeric keypad may not work correctly depending on versions of the libraries, terminfo and terminal emulators. Toggling the Num Lock key may help. The curses frontend is not fully supported due to the limitations of the curses library. With the vty frontend started in an xterm, Control-keypad keys for running seem to work OK, but on rxvt they do not. The commands that require pressing Control and Shift together won't work either, but fortunately they are not crucial to gameplay.

Compilation from source

If you want to compile native binaries from the source code, use Cabal (already a part of your OS distribution, or available within The Haskell Platform7), which also takes care of all the dependencies.

The recommended frontend is based on SDL2, so you need the SDL2 libraries for your OS. On Linux, remember to install the -dev versions as well, e.g., libsdl2-dev and libsdl2-ttf-dev on Ubuntu Linux 16.04. (Compilation to Javascript for the browser is more complicated and requires the ghcjs15 compiler and optionally the Google Closure Compiler16 as well. See the Makefile for more details.)

The latest official version of the game can be downloaded, compiled for SDL2 and installed automatically by Cabal from Hackage3 as follows

cabal update
cabal install Allure --force-reinstalls

For a newer version, install a matching LambdaHack library snapshot from a development branch, download the game source from github5 and run cabal install from the main directory.

Testing and debugging

The Makefile contains many sample test commands. Numerous tests that use the screensaver game modes (AI vs. AI) and the teletype frontend are gathered in make test. Of these, travis runs test-travis on each push to github. Test commands with prefix frontend start AI vs. AI games with the standard, user-friendly frontend.

Run Allure --help to see a brief description of all debug options. Of these, --sniffIn and --sniffOut are very useful (though verbose and initially cryptic), for monitoring the traffic between clients and the server. Some options in the config file may prove useful too, though they mostly overlap with commandline options (and will be totally merged at some point).

Further information

For more information, visit the wiki4 and see PLAYING.md, CREDITS and LICENSE.

Have fun!

Copyright (c) 2008--2011 Andres Loeh, 2010--2017 Mikolaj Konarski

Allure of the Stars is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program in file LICENSE. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

Changes

v0.6.1.0, aka 'Breaking one rule at a time'

  • major engine bugfix: fix redrawing after window minimized and restored
  • major engine bugfix: hack around vanishing texture on Windows
  • major engine bugfix: hack around SDL backends not thread-safe on Windows
  • update wrt the only breaking API change: specify font dir in game rules content
  • let the game use its own fonts, not fonts from the sample game in library
  • tweak some item creation to occur in character's pack, not on the ground
  • slightly balance various content
  • make sure the 'resolution' effect is not a drawback
  • make artifact weapon rarities more regular
  • avoid creating lit, open dungeon at the bottom, where foes have ranged weapons
  • number scenarios in user descriptions

v0.6.0.0, aka 'Too much to tell'

  • add and modify a lot of content: items, tiles, embedded items, scenarios
  • improve AI: targeting, stealth, moving in groups, item use, fleeing, etc.
  • make monsters more aggressive than animals
  • tie scenarios into a loose, optional storyline
  • add more level generators and more variety to room placement
  • make stairs not walkable and use them by bumping
  • align stair position on the levels they pass through
  • introduce noctovision
  • increase human vision to 12 so that normal speed missiles can be sidestepped
  • tweak and document weapon damage calculation
  • derive projectile damage mostly from their speed
  • make heavy projectiles better vs armor but easier to sidestep
  • improve hearing of unseen actions, actors and missiles impacts
  • let some missiles lit up on impact
  • make torches reusable flares and add blankets for dousing dynamic light
  • add detection effects and use them in items and tiles
  • make it possible to catch missiles, if not using weapons
  • make it possible to wait 0.1 of a turn, at the cost of no bracing
  • improve pathfinding, prefer less unknown, alterable and dark tiles on paths
  • slow down actors when acting at the same time, for speed with large factions
  • don't halve Calm at serious damage any more
  • eliminate alternative FOV modes, for speed
  • stop actors blocking FOV, for speed
  • let actor move diagonally to and from doors, for speed
  • improve blast (explosion) shapes visually and gameplay-wise
  • add SDL2 frontend and deprecate GTK frontend
  • add specialized square bitmap fonts and hack a scalable font
  • use middle dot instead of period on the map (except in teletype frontend)
  • add a browser frontend based on DOM, using ghcjs
  • improve targeting UI, e.g., cycle among items on the map
  • show an animation when actor teleports
  • add character stats menu and stat description texts
  • add item lore and organ lore menus
  • add a command to sort item slots and perform the sort at startup
  • add a single item manipulation menu and let it mark an item for later
  • make history display a menu and improve display of individual messages
  • display highscore dates according to the local timezone
  • make the help screen a menu, execute actions directly from it
  • rework the Main Menu
  • rework special positions highlight in all frontends
  • mark leader's target on the map (grey highlight)
  • visually mark currently chosen menu item and grey out impossible items
  • define mouse commands based on UI mode and screen area
  • let the game be fully playable only with mouse, use mouse wheel
  • pick menu items with mouse and with arrow keys
  • add more sanity checks for content
  • reorganize content in files to make rebasing on changed content easier
  • rework keybinding definition machinery
  • let clients, not the server, start frontends
  • version savefiles and move them aside if versions don't match
  • lots of bug fixes internal improvements and minor visual and text tweaks

v0.5.0.0, aka 'Halfway through space'

  • let AI put excess items in shared stash and use them out of shared stash
  • let UI multiple items pickup routine put items that don't fit into equipment into shared stash, if possible, not into inventory pack
  • re-enable the ability to hear close, invisible foes
  • add a few more AI and autonomous henchmen tactics (CTRL-T)
  • keep difficulty setting over session restart
  • change some game start keybindings
  • replace the Duel game mode with the Raid game mode
  • various bugfixes, minor improvements and balancing

v0.4.101.1, aka 'Officially fun'

  • the game is now officially fun to play, with a seal of the Galactic Council
  • introduce unique boss monsters and unique artifact items
  • add robots that heal the player, in particular as a mid-game reset for HP
  • move spaceship airlock to level 10 and beef up spaceship crew
  • let AI gang up, attempt stealth and react to player aggressiveness
  • spawn actors fast, close to the enemy and in large numbers
  • spawn actors less and less often on a given level, but with growing depth
  • prefer weapons with effects, if recharged
  • make the bracing melee bonus additive, not multiplicative
  • let explosions buffet actors around
  • make braced actors immune to translocation effects
  • make actor domination yet less common and deadly
  • use mouse for movement, actor selection, aiming
  • don't run straight with selected actors, but go-to cross-hair with them
  • speed up default frame rate, slow down projectiles visually
  • rework item manipulation UI
  • you can pick up many items at once and it costs only one turn
  • allow actors to apply and project from the shared stash
  • reverse messages shown in player diary
  • display actor organs and stats
  • split highscore tables wrt game modes
  • move score calculation formula to content
  • don't keep the default/example config file commented out; was misleading
  • update vs the naughtily changed v0.5.0.0 of LambdaHack content API

v0.4.100.0, aka 'The last interstellar thaw'

  • update vs the unexpectedly thawed v0.5.0.0 of LambdaHack content API
  • unexpectedly add items with timeouts and temporary effects
  • start campaign on level 3 and don't spawn aliens until level 4
  • rebalance campaign (probably still too hard)
  • tweak skills of some factions and actors
  • rename tablets to chips to make their vanishing easier to understand
  • make colorful characters bold (if it resizes your fonts, turn off via colorIsBold = False in config file or --noColorIsBold on commandline)
  • start the game with a screensaver safari mode
  • improve keyboard handling on Windows
  • add i386 Linux and Windows compilation targets to Makefile

v0.4.99.0, aka 'Player escapes through airlock'

  • balance game content a bit (campaign still unbalanced)
  • fix a bug where doors can't be closed
  • assign AI tactics to players, in particular use follow-the-leader in safari
  • specify monster spawn rate per-cave
  • generally update content to the new v0.5.0.0 of LambdaHack content API

v0.4.14, aka 'Out of cosmic balance'

  • add tons of new (unbalanced) items, actors and descriptions
  • add a simple cabal test in addition to make-test and travis-test
  • add items of Wonder and of Marvel
  • add game mechanics, items and places to enable stealthy tactics
  • add lots of shrapnel (explosions) and organs (body parts)
  • expose a bit of the plot via new game modes and their order

v0.4.12

  • make walls lit by default to simplify exploration
  • improve and simplify dungeon generation
  • simplify running and permit multi-actor runs
  • let items explode and generate shrapnel projectiles
  • add game difficulty setting (initial HP scaling right now)
  • allow recording, playing back and looping commands
  • implement pathfinding via per-actor BFS over the whole level
  • extend setting targets for actors in UI tremendously
  • implement autoexplore, go-to-target, etc., as macros
  • let AI use pathfinding, switch leaders, pick levels to swarm to
  • force level/leader changes on spawners (even when played by humans)
  • extend and redesign UI bottom status lines

v0.4.10

  • screensaver game modes (AI vs AI)
  • improved AI (can now climbs stairs, etc.)
  • multiple, multi-floor staircases
  • multiple savefiles
  • configurable framerate and combat animations

v0.4.8

  • experimental multiplayer modes
  • a lot of gameplay changes induced by the engine overhaul and in particular the client-server rewrite

v0.4.6.5

  • this is a minor release, primarily intended to fix the broken compilation on Hackage
  • changes since 0.4.6 are mostly unrelated to gameplay:
    • strictly typed config files split into UI and rules
    • a switch from Text to String throughout the codebase
    • use of the external library miniutter for English sentence generation

v0.4.6

  • the Main Menu
  • improved and configurable mode of squad combat

v0.4.4

  • missiles flying for three turns (by an old kosmikus' idea)
  • visual feedback for targeting
  • animations of combat and individual monster moves

v0.4.3

  • the Allure of the Stars game depends on the LambdaHack engine library
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