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Dungeon Hacks: How NetHack, Angband, and Other Roguelikes Changed the Course of Video Games

Dungeon Hacks, David L. Craddock

I was contacted recently by David L. Craddock who requested the use of a screen shot of Rogue that I have in my early Macintosh disk archive.  The screenshot was for use in his then upcoming book Dungeon Hacks.  He offered a pre-release copy of the book for review which I was happy to accept.  The book covers the development of the RPG game genre of Roguelikes, named after Rogue the game that started the genre.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  It's extremely well researched and written and has a great deal of interest in it, not only for people into this genre of RPG gaming but for anyone interested in computer and software history.  For example, early pioneers of Rogue were directly in contact with people like Dennis Ritchie who was instrumental in the development of Unix and C. 

I was never one who got into Rogue or any of the directly related RPG games on the Unix platform, but I did relate to many of the games and people mentioned in the book.  For example, there‚Äôs a section in the book on Sword of Fargoal on the VIC20.  My first computer was a Commodore VIC20 and one of my all-time favorites on that computer was Sword of Fargoal.  I recall at the time I had to borrow $90 from family members to buy the game and the 16k memory expansion cartridge required to run it on the VIC20.  This was a lot of money at the time.  I recall the great excitement of playing that game and finally finishing it.

I highly recommend Dungeon Hacks for anyone interested in RPG's and the history of game development.  Many of you I'm sure will relate to at least some of the games and platforms they ran on.


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David L. Craddock, the author of Dungeon Hacks


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