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Crossword Dungeon

Crossword Dungeon

Crossword Dungeon is a lite dungeon crawler RPG for iOS and Android, in which you make your way through a series of dungeon levels made up of crosswords.

Most letters are guarded by monsters, some with special abilities, which you must defeat in order to proceed: guess the correct letter for a critical hit, or trade blows with the monster if incorrect.

Level up your brusque Barbarian, intrepid Ranger, or wily Scoundrel, choosing special abilities along the way, to claim victory at the depths of the dungeon!

Guildmaster

Guildmaster

Guildmaster: A Hero Management Sim is a party and inventory management-focused game currently under development for PC/Mac.

Build and upgrade buildings in town to attract a variety of unique heroes, each with their own stats, skills, special traits, and equipment.

Heroes fight on their own accord, so it is up to you to lead them to quest locations, equip them well, train and resupply them in town, and optimize their parties' balance, in order to keep them alive and looting.

Articles

World Generation Breakdown

World Generation Breakdown
A large part of Dance of Death v0.6.136 was the addition of world generation. Although the world is little more than a large island at the moment, the results are rather satisfying, even considering that the current method of generating terrain is purely based on elevation. After experimenting with a number of techniques, I settled on this simple formula: 1) Generate Fractal Perlin Noise, 2) Multiply noise by a radial gradient, and 3) Apply terrain and water line. Here is the breakdown:

Neural Particle Deposition

Neural Particle Deposition
In developing an algorithm to generate nodes that are guaranteed to be within a certain distance of each other, I stumbled over this interesting distribution of particles which were initially placed randomly then moved near their nearest neighbor. I've dubbed this particle system "Neural Particle Deposition" on account of the organic, neuron-like shapes it produces. Take a look:

Updates

Nolithius.com Fall Clean-Up

Nolithius.com Fall Clean-Up
It's been a while since the site got some love, so I've taken a bit of time to make a few enhancements, mostly with the focus of separating evergreen content from timely updates. A rough list of the notable changes includes:

Guildmaster Alpha Progress

Guildmaster Alpha Progress
Guildmaster has progressed rather nicely in the months since the last update, so it is worth taking some time to collate some screenshots showcasing such progress. Most of these were initially posted on Twitter, currently the best avenue to receive bleeding-edge updates on the project. Let's dive in:

About

Ebyan Alvarez-Buylla

Ebyan Alvarez-Buylla

Nolithius, LLC. is a humble game development company owned, operated, and staffed in its entirety by yours truly, Ebyan Alvarez-Buylla.

I graduated with a degree in Computer Science and became involved in the roguelike development community after having worked for some time in educational game development and web development.

In 2012, I released Nolithius’ first commercial endeavor, Crossword Dungeon, on iOS, and a while later on Android.

Currently, most of my time is spent on the next big commercial project, Guildmaster: A Hero Management Sim, for PC.

The rest of Nolithius.com houses a series of articles largely focused on procedural content generation and game development.

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