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myshkin October 23, 2014 12:10

Angband history
 
Prompted by the recent discovery (thanks, elly!) that most of the posts from rec.games.moria and rec.games.roguelike.angband are available for download from archive.org, I started curating a collection of Usenet posts about Angband. Please add on if you can (I'd like to see notable variant announcements and discussions about game design and strategy, for example), and enjoy if you haven't seen them before. Most of the links below go to Google Groups individual post pages.

half October 23, 2014 13:39

This is brilliant. I've only read the first three so far, but they are a fascinating record. I actually got quite excited about this 'Angband' game. It is easy to look at all of its flaws now that they are well known (e.g. many cases of bigger but not actually better), but they really were making an impressive contribution to roguelikes. Artefacts and uniques are probably my favourite improvements, but I may be forgetting some others.

half October 23, 2014 13:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by myshkin (Post 96145)

I had thought you were referring to these, which are already archived on this forum, but well worth watching again. I remember the first of them vividly.

http://angband.oook.cz/fun/lotr2.php
http://angband.oook.cz/fun/lotr3.php

thapper October 24, 2014 12:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by half (Post 96149)
I had thought you were referring to these, which are already archived on this forum, but well worth watching again. I remember the first of them vividly.

http://angband.oook.cz/fun/lotr2.php
http://angband.oook.cz/fun/lotr3.php

"You hear a door burst open" made me laugh out loud, and I needed that, so thanks!

half October 24, 2014 13:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by half (Post 96148)
Artefacts and uniques are probably my favourite improvements, but I may be forgetting some others.

Oh, I forgot vaults.

Nick October 24, 2014 13:35

This is a great collection, myshkin, well done.

half October 24, 2014 16:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nick (Post 96172)
This is a great collection, myshkin, well done.

Nick: you probably want to download these for your archives as they might not be around for ever.

HugoTheGreat2011 October 24, 2014 23:45

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Originally Posted by half (Post 96178)
Nick: you probably want to download these for your archives as they might not be around for ever.

....And re-post on another server. :

takkaria October 25, 2014 00:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by HugoTheGreat2011 (Post 96186)
....And re-post on another server. :

All the posts are archived on archive.org forever so it's probably not worth worrying about it.

AnonymousHero October 25, 2014 01:45

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Originally Posted by takkaria (Post 96189)
All the posts are archived on archive.org forever so it's probably not worth worrying about it.

archive.org FTW. Although... they could probably use donations.

seanym November 6, 2014 21:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by myshkin (Post 96145)
Prompted by the recent discovery (thanks, elly!) that most of the posts from rec.games.moria and rec.games.roguelike.angband are available for download from archive.org, I started curating a collection of Usenet posts about Angband. Please add on if you can (I'd like to see notable variant announcements and discussions about game design and strategy, for example), and enjoy if you haven't seen them before. Most of the links below go to Google Groups individual post pages.

How strange - I was just reminiscing about Angband and thought I'd do a quick search, to find that there is still an active community for it - wow! 21 years since I sent out an email from the University of Warwick to announce its general release. Very glad to find out it is still being enjoyed today, I've just had a game myself for old times sake - it's funny how it comes back to you and how addictive it still is, despite it being about as basic as they come graphically.

Cheers all, Sean (Marsh).

seanym November 8, 2014 09:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by myshkin (Post 96145)
Prompted by the recent discovery (thanks, elly!) that most of the posts from rec.games.moria and rec.games.roguelike.angband are available for download from archive.org, I started curating a collection of Usenet posts about Angband. Please add on if you can (I'd like to see notable variant announcements and discussions about game design and strategy, for example), and enjoy if you haven't seen them before. Most of the links below go to Google Groups individual post pages.

Wow this brings back memories. For some reason, I thought I'd see if Angband was still being played and clearly it still has some popularity. Who would have thought that, 21 years ago, when we released the first version from the University of Warwick, it would still be being played so many years later. Just having a game to reminisce - it's funny how it all comes back to you so quickly, although I did just nearly suffer an embarrassing death to a Death Mold...

Cheers,
Sean (Marsh)


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