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More Goodies in SquidLib!

Progress keeps progressing!

Since putting up the how-to video for installing SquidLib, I’ve been hard at work adding more new things.

First up are a couple dungeon generation algorithms I ported from rot.js by Ondrej Zara.

 

Most excitingly, here is some output from the Classic Rogue generator:

Generated in SquidLib, this dungeon is in the style of those found in Rogue

Generated in SquidLib, this dungeon is in the style of those found in Rogue

Now you can more easily make your roguelike more like rogue!

 

Next up is a maze:

Created by a maze building algorithm in SquidLib.

Created by a maze building algorithm in SquidLib.

 

And lastly, some new methods for getting random points inside a shape:

A sample of randomly chosen points from SquidLib.

A sample of randomly chosen points from SquidLib.

These random point methods are attached to the RadiusStrategy interface so they’ll line up with whatever Field of View and Line of Sight shapes you’re using.

If you don’t yet have it, you can get all the SquidLib releases here: https://github.com/SquidPony/SquidLib/releases

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SquidLib NetBeans and Eclipse Installation Tutorial

Library Install, won’t you?

I’ve put up a video on installing SquidLib as a library in both NetBeans and Eclipse. You can see it here: http://youtu.be/FLt-DwvRnVM

In the video I go through getting the library, getting the IDEs, setting the IDE to have SquidLib as an available library, and making a short example code to show it all working. I hope it helps you start your Java roguelike games more easily!

It's really simple to get an output window running.

It’s really simple to get an output window running.

Here’s the code in the above image:

 

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SquidLib 2.0 on the Way!

SquidLib 2.0 alpha 1 is out!

This means the newest, sexiest, and most used Java roguelike library can be yours today!

This release is self-stable and feature-complete. It is the recommended version to use until a newer one comes along as it reduces the complexity of SquidLib 1.95 considerably while adding new features. The only two features removed from 1.95 are highlighting and libgdx support. It is the first SquidLib release to use Java 8.

This version is an alpha as many sections may move or have method names and signatures modified. For example all “character” placement methods now accept code points internally rather than char types. At the end user level however the overload with a char parameter still exists for convenience purposes.

For most projects conversion from 1.95 to 2.0a1 should be fairly painless. I’ve converted all of the example code projects and for the most part it was a matter of simply replacing the placeFoo() calls with put(), which is the new universal grid placement method name.

Again, this is a self-stable and feature-complete version and can be used without being required to switch to a later version when one becomes available unless a desired feature has been added to the newer version.

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Hello Loot Crate!

Oh my god, it’s full of dragons! Well bits of dragon jerky anyway.

If you don’t yet know about Loot Crate you are missing out! Short version, you sign up with them, pay a small fee, and they send you awesome surprise packages filled with things related to their monthly theme. And my April crate arrived loaded with dragon related goodies :D

And now, on with the unboxing!

Dragon Loot Crate Opening

What mystery could be contained within this mysterious black box of mystery?

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