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@Play 80: Welcome back to the Dungeons of Doom
You are lucky! Full moon tonight. This marks something of a revival of my old GameSetWatch column, @Play .
That one slowed to a halt because it was getting harder to avoid
repeating myself, or had to resort almost to filler columns to keep it
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#80 is a new introduction to the column.  Thanks for reading everyone!
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These are titles and subjects of the 79 @Play columns written to date.
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@Play, my column on roguelikes and other procedural content games, is resuming before long.
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Indeed, looking forward to it!
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I've played and enjoyed two of the games.

Sessions of Vertical Drop Heroes may suffer from permanent upgrades, but have some decent risk/reward due to gravity, the unknown depths and little clue if you'll be able to get back up.

A Wizard's Lizard has optional permanent unlocks, but sessions turn into a more general action game with the possibility of avoiding dead end paths.


Outside of the bundle, I'd recommend Sproggiwood.  It's more of an actual, turn-based rogue-like.  There are permanent upgrades, but they can be toggled.  Even with them, the risk/reward leveling and tactical decisions are retained.

For action, I'm currently enjoying Tallowmere as a dungeon crawling platformer with levels and loot juggling without permanent upgrades.
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@Play is back, with an article on the history and future of Genesis Roguelike ToeJam & Earl.
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Finally got around to making a page for my first Android game, Octropolis.  Windows version coming soon (as in, later today).
OCTROPOLIS is a maze game.  Guide an octopus through the huge underwater Octropolis, collecting "eggs," escaping sharks, and consuming "mega eggs" that let you attack the sharks back.  If this sounds a bit like Pac-Man, well,...
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Windows version is delayed, it's ready to go but I've got a bit of cold feet.  I'll probably put it up tomorrow though.
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Ecto-1, seen at DragonCon 2014 (Thursday before).
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On MetaFilter I'm JHarris. I write about games and comics, draw sometimes, and I'm working on a computer game called In Profundis.
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I write the @Play column for GameSetWatch.  I also write, from time to time, Game Design Essentials columns for Gamasutra.

I also maintain a blog for going through the comic strip Peanuts.
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I wrote @Play for GameSetWatch, I wrote Game Design Essentials for Gamasutra, I'm working the computer game In Profundis, I'm more fitfully working on a shooter called Sisyphus, and made a game a couple years back called Mayflight. I'm working (fitfully) on a blog about the comic strip Peanuts called Roasted Peanuts, I post a lot on Metafilter, and I've done other things too, some of which don't immediately spring to mind. Oh, I helped edit Dr. Doug Thomson's academic edition of M.G. Lewis' _Tales of Wonder_.
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