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Zero-Player Game
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Genre: RPG, Simulation
Platforms: PC, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:19pm
Jan 29 @ 1:23am

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Description
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Description:
Zero-Player Game is a roguelike in which the player has no direct control of the character, and only chooses a name and a class. The character just wandering around and fighting random enemies. Upon levelling, the character recieves some random new equipment and a few stat bonuses. The entire game is displayed in ASCII.



Classes:
Currently there are only twelve classes, divided into three groups: four basic, four advanced and four master classes (which are available upon reaching character level 50 and 100):

Basic:
  • Freelancer
  • Warrior
  • Thief
  • Mage

Advanced:
  • Expert
  • Knight
  • Rogue
  • Warlock

Master:
  • Master
  • Templar
  • Assassin
  • Necromancer



Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why this ♥♥♥♥ty game is on my Greenlight?
A: Okay. I know, this game (simulator) is like a ♥♥♥♥ for now, but come on, really, it's just a prototype! And yes, it's not a joke. Actually, when posting this on Greenlight, I was hoping to hear something more interesting and constructive, than just "woah, this Excel-based Progress Quest clone is SUX!!!1".

Q: What's the point?
A: Well... Role-playing without intervention of the player. Personally, I don't want spend my time on leveling, but I truly like to watch the progress of the character.

Q: So, basically, it's just the Progress Quest in ASCII?
A: I believe, you will not call, for example, Battlefield as a clone of the Doom, just because they have same genre.

Q: Are you planning to sell it? Seriously?!
A: Actually, no. I know, that such "game", made in free time by one developer, can't be anything, but freeware (believe me, I'm adequate). But, as almost any human, I would not reject little donations ($0,05, maybe?). So, the answer is "no".

Q: Why ASCII?
A: Because I really like roguelikes, but I don't like their attributes/skills/etc. system. And, for sure, no graphics is better, than bad graphics.

Q: Alright, maybe I want to try it. Where can I get this?
A: You can download this (sorry) "game" at the links below.



And, at last... I'm really sorry for bad English, I'm trying to be more understandable.

Thanks for your attention.



Links:
http://roguebasin.com/index.php?title=Zero-Player_Game
http://rpgmaker.net/games/5840
http://sourceforge.net/projects/zpg
298 Comments
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So you just sit there watching the game play itself? Why not just watch "Let's Play" videos on YouTube instead?
Dragonlord3344 Jul 3 @ 4:25pm 
you should sell the game for 5 cents, would be epic.
099lives Jun 28 @ 1:49pm 
looks promising and unique, kind of like ADOM, another favorite that doesn't rely on graphics
CannedApe Jun 24 @ 1:44pm 
Sorry, I absolutely don't get this one. Why would one "play" a game were there is nothing to "play"?
İlham Penisi #RIPD2DOORS Jun 18 @ 7:45am 
Looks Dwarf Fortress' Adventurer mode
MoeTheMystifier Jun 15 @ 4:26pm 
i really dont understand anything about this game but it looks aboslutely hilarious, so you get my vote!!!
Keep it up man.
Your English is great btw.
HombreFelipe Jun 8 @ 5:43pm 
Here is some gameplay if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTO67d0453I
kaaschuig May 25 @ 11:01am 
I tried it... different than I imagined... I thought I would be watching 'somebody else' playing angband or other rogue-like, but it felt more like my character was just looking for other characters that seemed identical to my character (and thus was [with my luck] more likely to kill me than me killing them.)

I can not in good faith suggest this game as it is, though I will keep up with updates and improvements, and will not take back my 'yes' vote on the principal that you are doing this for free and I hope you receive the criticism necessary to push your future projects to success.
kaaschuig May 25 @ 9:58am 
I know it probably goes completely against the the devs want to do with this game, but would be nice if you could 'unlock' a game mode that allowed you to play it as a rogue-like rather than an idle, maybe after 5 player-less characters so you have some scores to compete with on your player-ran character.
kaaschuig May 25 @ 9:54am 
quick google search and found that old mmo I used to play... probably going to start ZPG and run it while I start a new character on Dark Grimoire.