Dungeons of Dredmor is a 2D indie roguelike role-playing game developed and published by Gaslamp for the PC and Mac (both via Steam) on July 13, 2011. As the unfortunate hero (with large eyebrows), players must descend through a dungeon with the ultimate goal of defeating Lord Dredmor.
The game shares many characteristics of other roguelike RPGs (such as procedural map generation, turn-based gameplay, and permanent death), but features a clean, streamlined user interface, hand-drawn graphics, a simplistic control scheme, the optional to disable perma-death, a unique "Skill" system, and comical, absurd humor (including various references to other video games).
Along with numerous updates (including the option to play as a female hero), the game features two paid expansion DLC ("Realm of the Diggle Gods" and "Conquest of the Wizardlands", both $2.99) and one free DLC ("You Have To Name The Expansion Pack"). The game also features an expansive mod support (using Steam Workshop for distribution).
Dungeons of Dredmor uses a cleaner, less cumbersome interface which may be more intuitive to players not experienced with roguelike games; traditionally, these games are incredibly complex, punishingly difficult, or visually simple (the majority of roguelikes consist entirely of ASCII graphics).
The game features many staples of traditional roguelikes, including procedural map generation, turn-based gameplay, and permanent death. However, it also employs a streamlined user interface with hand-drawn sprites and backgrounds, a mouse-and-keyboard control scheme, and the option to turn off permanent death.
In order to complete the game, the player must find and defeat Lord Dredmor, the game's main antagonist. To do so, the player must traverse many levels, progressing only by finding staircases leading further down into the dungeon.
Upon starting a new game, the player is able to choose seven skills from a possible 51. These skills define the player's character; they determine which weapons and magic types can be used, which items the player starts the game with, bonuses the player receives and other abilities that can be taken advantage of throughout the playthrough. The player can also choose to have the seven skills randomly chosen or to retain the skill set from the previous playthrough.
Unlike many roguelikes, Dungeons of Dredmor features a skill system wherein players choose up to seven skills from a variety of choices, offering a number of spells as well as active and passive abilities. Each time the player levels up, they unlock a new level from their choice of their hero's skills, granting stat increases, new abilities, and more. Since there is no way to change what skills you have after character creation (with the small and very rare exception of an item's enchantment offering extra levels in a crafting skill), this choice determines how the character will play throughout the game, and the order in which skill points are assigned is the only significant way the player has to develop the character, except through the use of equipment.
Skills are divided between three types: Warrior, Rogue and Mage. The Warrior skills are dominated by the various weapon trees. Except for ranged weapons, a character suffers severe penalties (and receives no benefit from dual-wielding) if they are using a weapon they do not have the corresponding skill for. The Rogue skills are one that help the character survive in the dungeon environment: deal with traps, create items, and so on. The Mage skills are the various schools of magic available, as well as wizardly support skills. The mix of skills a character has affects his starting condition a bit, but this influence pales in comparison to the effect the skill choices themselves have.
|Grants combat bonuses to swords, the most common type of weapon in the dungeons. The Sword skill tree also grants the highest potential counter rate of any weapon.|
|Grants combat bonuses to axes, a powerful weapon type. The Axes skill tree grants smaller stat improvements over other weapons' skill trees, but features devastating abilities.|
|Grants combat bonuses to maces. The Maces skill tree features major damage stat improvements, as well as access to a number of knock-back abilities, allowing heroes to keep their distance from pursuing enemies.|
|Grants combat bonuses to all types of polearm. The Polearms skill tree features a number of improvements to stats, alongside polearms' natural ability to melee attack enemies from a greater-than-normal distance.|
|Grants combat bonuses to staves. While they don't have comparable damage output to most other weapons, staves and the Staves skill tree offer major boosts to magic power, pairing well with magic skills.|
|This skill tree allows the character to fight effectively without any weapons being equipped. This is especially useful if you want to use the weapon slots to hold two shields, or magic orbs, which use a shield slot.|
|Allows the character to use two weapons at once, greatly increasing the damage dealt. Developing this tree gives a useful proc and increases counter chance (though this is bugged in version 1.03).|
|Investing in the Shield Bearer skill tree greatly increases block chance while have a shield equipped, and gives active to active and passive abilities.|
|The Berserker Rage skill tree gives heroes access to various berserk buffs, each with a percent chance of activating upon taking damage. While under the effect of these buffs, heroes have significantly increased combat stats.|
|Developing your skill as a Master of Arms improves the character's ability to withstand attacks from enemies by increasing the block chance and ability to absorb damage, as well as with some buffs.|
|The Deadshot skill tree makes it harder for enemies to avoid your attacks (both ranged and melee), and gives easy access to debuff abilities that are normally only available deep into a melee weapon skill tree.|
*At some point between launch and the "You Have to Name the Expansion" DLC, this skill was removed due to its functional similarity to the assassination and archery skills.
|This skill greatly improves the character's dodge chance and all-round nimbleness, as well as providing a very handy short-range teleportation skill.|
|The Archery skill improves the character's ability with crossbows, as well as slightly increasing the likelihood of retrieving ammunition. Archery tends to do more damage than thrown weapons.|
|This increases the effectiveness of thrown weapons, increases dodging chance as well as the likelihood of recovering ammunition. Thrown weapons very often deal area-of-effect damage.|
|Perception increases sight range, accuracy when attacking, and the likelihood of spotting and being able to deal with traps.|
|The Burglary skill tree is a grab-bag of useful skills you'd associate with a thief in a dungeon: easy access to lock-picks, dealing with traps, ways to ease your movement and hinder those of your enemies, and a skill for stealing from the shopkeepers you find in the dungeons.|
|The Assassination skill tree grants heroes access to a number of attack buffs, each of which has a chance of activating when attacking an enemy. Upon activation, the buffs increase an attack's damage, as well as inflicting debuffs upon enemies, such as putting them to sleep or paralyzing them.|
|A surprisingly versatile skill, the Fungal Arts allows you to easily farm the various mushrooms, and the bonuses they provide, allows you to create fungal pets to serve you and unleash some mycological chaos in combat.|
|As well as providing useful bonuses to your character's nimbleness, a career as a rogue Archaeologist makes you far more handy with artifacts (enchanted items), including the ability to re-roll the randomly-assigned enchantments.|
|Mastering Alchemy allows the character to brew a large array of useful potions, as well as craft a few items that are useful to a mage.|
|Tinkering allows the character to craft a traps, bolts and crossbows, as well as various odds and ends from items picked up in the dungeon, and is a very useful support skill for players who prefer to keep away from danger while allowing their enemies to fall into it.|
|The Smithing skill tree gives the character access to an enormous amount of melee equipment, from weapons through to armor, as well as providing a hefty bonus to burliness|
|The spells within the Golemancy tree allow the character to get aid from inanimate objects, either summoning a variety of pets or by altering convincing walls to rise or fall.|
|Investing in Fleshsmithing allows the character the buff up their physique and healing rates through a number of spells that are especially useful to the mage who isn't afraid of getting into the thick of the action.|
|The Mathemagic skill tree allows the character to manipulate the environment and the enemies with the universal language of numbers, or, more directly, debuffs and very poweful damage-over-time spells, with teleportation thrown in for good measure.|
|Developing a character's skill at Psionics opens a range of spells that make enemies pliable to your will, through a sleep spell through stunning effects and culminating in a mind-control ability. Because of the practical nature and low mana cost of the spells, this skill tree is very attractive to more combat-minded characters who want a use for their mana points.|
|Through a series of bargains with dark powers and a firm grasp of Necronomiconomics, a character can unleash devastating magical abilities but must suffer from a series of side-effects every time he does so.|
|The abilities of Viking Wizardry are ways for the mage to control the battlefield with buffs to himself, debuffs to his enemies and dramatic area-of-effect spells.|
|The Astrology skill tree contains a number of spells which draw on the protective power of light, which proves a very effective way to keep the character out of danger in the dark underworld of the dungeons.|
|Promethean Magic is the most direct way to bring lots of hurt to lots of enemies very quickly through the power of fire. Indicative of this approach is the fact that every spell has an area of effect, except for the long-lasting wall of fire, and handily progress also brings conflagratory damage resistance.|
|The character gains no abilities at all across the three tiers of Magic Training, but does receive very large boosts to stats most relevant to magic users, which leads to magical abilities they do have being much more powerful.|
|Dabbling in the skills of the Blood Mage allows the character to gain mana, and at later levels, buffs to magic power, from killing enemies, allowing him to keep fueling his destructive magics from the effects of carnage past.|
|Greater skill as a Ley Walker greatly increases the character's mana pool and the rate at which that pool refills.|
|Taking the Vampirism skill means that the character no longer naturally regenerates health, nor does so through eating food as other characters, but instead by hitting enemies in melee combat, at a rate tied to his magic power.|
|The Wand Lore skill allows the character to get more use out of the wands that he is sure to find lying around the various levels of the dungeons.|
Attributes and Stats
- Burliness - The primary attribute of the Warrior (and pertains to hitting ones head on other people and getting hit by large objects). Affects the player's Life Points, Melee Power, and Block Chance stats.
- Sagacity - The primary attribute of the Wizard (and is mostly about being a know-it-all). Affects the player's Mana Points and Magic Power stats.
- Nimbleness - The primary attribute of the Rogue (and is the quality of swiftness and not getting hit by things). Affects the player's Dodge Chance, Enemy Dodge Reduction, Counter Chance, and Sneakiness stats.
- Caddishness - The primary attribute of the Pirate (and revolves around not caring about others). Affects the player's Critical Chance, Counter Chance, and Life Points stats.
- Savvy - The primary attribute of the Bard (and involves avoiding trouble). Affects the player's Haywire Chance and Sneakiness stats.
- Stubborness - The primary attribute of the Monk (and involves the ability to ignore mean things other people say about them). Affects the player's Magic Resistance and Block Chance stats.
Stats (Life and Mana)
- Life Points - The current and maximum pool of health the player has. (Base value: Burliness points + Caddishness points + 5)
- Health Regeneration Bonus - Determines the number of turns required to regenerate one point of health. The value is subtracted by the base health regeneration rate (5 steps for easy, 7 steps for normal, 13 steps for hard). Does not apply to those with the Vampirism skill.
- Mana Points - The current and maximum pool of mana the player has. (Base value: doubled Sagacity points + 5)
- Mana Regeneration Bonus - Determines the number of turns required to regenerate one point of mana. The value is subtracted by the base mana regeneration rate (5 steps for easy, 7 steps for normal, 8 steps for hard).
- Melee Power - Affects the bonus damage dealt with melee attacks.
- Critical Chance - Affects the percentage that the player's melee attack scores a "critical hit", doubling the Melee Power bonus damage and negating both dodges and counter-attacks.
- Counter Chance - Affects the percentage that the player, as a defender, can "counter", which negates an enemy's melee attack while automatically making a free melee strike. Does not apply to critical hits.
- Magic Power - Affects the potency of the player's spells and spell-like effects.
- Haywire Chance - Affects the percentage that the player's spells scores a "haywire", significantly affecting the magical ability.
- Magic Resistance - Affects the percentage that the player, as a defender, can "resist", which reduces damage taken by the spell or trap.
- Armour Absorption - Affects the amount of damage reduced by melee attacks.
- Block Chance - Affects the percentage that the player, as a defender, can "block", which further reduces damage taken by melee attacks.
- Dodge Chance - Affects the percentage that the player, as a defender, can "dodge", which negates an enemy's melee attack. Does not apply to critical hits.
- Enemy Dodge Reduction - Affects the penalty against the enemy's Dodge Chance.
- Sneakiness - Affects whether nearby monsters (who are not in confrontation with the player) notice the player walking by and affects whether traps activate by the player stepping on it.
- Visual Sight Radius - Affects how many tiles away players can see. Does not apply to Monster Zoo rooms.
- Trap Sight Radius - Affects how many tiles away players can identify the presence of traps of invisible monsters.
- Trap Affinity - Affects the chance that players can disarm traps. Can also affect whether players can easily identify and pick up certain traps.
- Wandcrafting Level - Determines which recipes can be used when crafting with an N-Dimension Lathe.
- Smithing Level - Determines which recipes can be used when crafting with a Smithing Kit or an Ingot Press.
- Alchemy Level - Determines which recipes can be used when crafting with an Alchemy Box or Porta-Still.
- Tinkerer Level - Determines which recipes can be used when crafting with a Tinkerer Parts or an Ingot Press.
Realm of The Diggle Gods
The first DLC for Dungeons of Dredmor, "Realm of the Diggle Gods" was released on Steam on December 14, 2011 for $2.99. The game adds an optional "Realm of the Diggle Gods" setting when configuring a new game, adding five new unique levels (Deeper Dungeon, Stygian Dojo, The Mechanarium, Underground Forest, and The Ossuary, each with their own unique environments and special rooms) to the bottom of the dungeon, with Lord Dredmor now residing in The Ossuary.
Occasionally, these levels may contain shrines to the various Diggle Gods, each of which may grant a permanent blessing to the hero if he/she prays to it. Only one blessing is applied at a time, and praying to another shrine removes the previous blessing.
Diggle God of War - Grants +7 to both Burliness and Caddishness, as well as +10 to Melee Power and +8 to Armour Absorption. In addition, melee attacks have a 1/3 chance of applying Fleshbore onto that target and being hit by enemies has a 1/3 chance of the player gaining Monstrous Rage.
Diggle God of Fertility - Grants +10 to Stubborness, as well as +22 to Life Points and +12 to Health Regeneration Bonus. In addition, being hit by enemies has a 1/3 chance of the player gaining Minor Regen.
Diggle God of Death - Grants +10 to Sagacity, but adds -25 to both Health Regeneration Bonus and Mana Regeneration Bonus and -2 to Visual Sight Radius. The hero also gains +5 Necromantic Damage and +5 Putrefying Damage to attacks, as well as various Damage Resistance buffs (+15 to Necromantic, Putrefying, Toxic, and Asphyxiative, and +5 to Hyperborean). In addition, melee contact with enemies (either attacking or attacked) has a 1/3 chance of causing Deadly Putrefaction (causing the target to get engulfed in a temporary 3x3 cloud of +7 Necromantic, Putrefying, Toxic, and Asphyxiative Damages, which the hero is resistant to).
Diggle God of Digging - Grants +1 to both Burliness and Caddishness, as well as +2 to Melee Power and +8 to Armor Absorption. The hero also gains +6 Blasting Damage and +10 Piercing Damage to attacks. In addition, melee attacks have a 1/2 chance of applying Fleshbore onto the target.
Diggle God of Secrets - Grants +50 to Sneakiness, +3 to both Trap Sight Radius and Trap Affinity, and +2 to Wandcrafting, Smithing, Tinkering, and Alchemy Levels, but adds -5 to Visual Sight Radius.
Alongside the new levels, the expansion adds a number of new features, which are present whether the new levels are activated or not:
New special room types (featuring new traps and puzzles) for all levels (including the three-runed "Room of Demands", the horde-creating "Mass Pitting Mechanism", the evil crate-spawning "Dwarven Mail System", the two-levered "Room of Levers", and the enemy-infested "Corrupted Shrine of Krong")
Twelve new monster types (Fish Warrior, Evil Magic Potato, Entropic Elemental, Slick, Mummy, Ectoplasmic Excession, Muscle Diggle, Living Statue, Wight, Gnome, and Undead Aethernaut) that can be found in most of the game's levels.
101 new weapons and armor, almost half of which have new crafting recipes.
Eight new Steam achievements, including the mastery of the new skill trees and death by either drowning or by the new Muscle Diggle.
Six new skill trees:
|An animal hunter-themed warrior skill tree (with five levels), adding a variety of anti-animal abilities while increasing the Enemy Dodge Reduction, Visual Sight Radius, and Sneakiness stats. In addition, killing animals give bonus experience points.|
Further leveling up Big Game Hunter grants the following abilities:
|A demon-themed rogue skill tree (with seven levels). Players who start upgrading the tree start becoming a force for righteousness (increasing resistance for Righteous Damage).|
However, after the third level, the hero quickly becomes corrupted with evil (significantly decreasing resistance for Righteous Damage while increasing Conflagratory Damage resistance).
Eventually, the hero has the ability to summon demons and to temporarily permutate into demon form.
|An emo-themed wizard skill tree (with seven levels) that adds a variety of emo-themed support spells:|
|A vegan-themed warrior skill tree (with five levels). Along with increasing the player's Burliness, Nimbleness, and health-related stats, this skill makes all animal enemies peaceful towards the hero. However, the player receives a major debuff for attacking animal enemies (in melee combat) and eating non-vegan food (such as meat or cheese). In addition, killing a vegetable enemy gives the player a 50% chance of harvesting vegan food (such as fruits and tofu). Players also start with five pieces of tofu.|
Further leveling up Killer Vegan adds these abilities:
|A pirate-themed rogue skill tree (with five levels), each increasing the player's Caddishness attribute (by +1) and giving the hero additional pirate-themed abilities. In addition, killing an enemy has a 10% chance to drop a random gem. Players also start with four lockpicks.|
Further leveling up Piracy adds these active abilities:
|Allows the hero to temporarily polymorph into a Werediggle (indistinguishable from other cute lil' diggles). While in this form, most of the player's stats are temporarily buffed. However, he/she cannot use any other skill in Werediggle form.|
This rogue skill tree has eight levels, two of which further increase the stat buffs. Other abilities (in Werediggle form only) from leveling up include:
You Have To Name The Expansion Pack
The second DLC for Dungeons of Dredmor, "You Have To Name The Expansion Pack" was released on Steam on June 5, 2012 for free. The expansion was created to celebrate the release of Steam Workshop support, and is a collaboration with some of the game's modders. In addition, players can "name" the expansion pack in the expansion's title screen (by highlighting it with the mouse cursor). The expansion includes:
- Over 100 new special room types (featuring new traps and puzzles), including various Monster Zoo rooms and shop rooms.
- Two new trap types: caltrops (deals mostly Piercing Damage when stepped on) and caltrop eruptors (deploys caltrops in surrounding tiles).
- 19 new monsters (including various Diggles, Ravens, and a new monster type: Cloned Heroes).
- New gear (mostly steampunk gear relating to some of the included skill trees): 11 new armor pieces, 5 new melee weapons, 3 new wands, 3 new crossbow bolts, a new throwable weapon, a new crossbow, and a new tome.
- New crafting recipes for most of the above gear. Players can also find scrap metals (iron, steel, copper, and aluminum, each of which can be crafted into their specific Ingots) and alchemical ooze (which can be used to craft Salt, Saltpere, Plastic Ingots, and Brimstone)
- Seven new achievements, including mastery of the new skill trees, "naming" the expansion pack, and death by either the new Hungry Diggle or the new Thirsty Diggle.
- Four new skill trees:
|Warrior tree. The Clockwork Knight uses his/her tinkering ability for special attacks & abilities as well as scavenging to tear down Dredmor's forces. Players also start with a Leather Cap (with a Cog on it).|
|Rogue tree. The Rogue Scientist mixes skills of Alchemy, Tinkering, and Wandcrafting to make abilities for damaging foes with chemical attacks, avoid dangerous environments, and the Ateheric Death Ray. Players also start with a Sonic Wand, two Acid Flasks, and two Poison Flasks.|
|A geology-themed warrior skill tree (with six levels). Using the power of rocks, each level adds a variety of new abilities:|
|A wizard skill tree (with eight levels) for wizards who prefer direct combat. Players start with an Aluminium Wizarding Hat.|
Each level in the skill tree adds a variety of new spells:
Conquest of the Wizardlands
The third and final DLC for Dungeons of Dredmor, "Conquest of the Wizardlands" was released on Steam on August 1, 2012 for $2.99. The game adds the Wizardlands, mysterious levels used by former Wizardkings to store magical wizarding booze (and other treasures). The hero can access these special levels by finding special codes (known as "Arcane Addresses") scattered around the dungeon as rainbow graffiti (spray-painted on walls by the Wizardkings during wild parties) and inputting them in a special teleportation device found in the new Pocket Dimension.
Added in the main game at the same time as the expansion, the Pocket Dimension is a special small level that the player can access at any time (provided they have found the Wizard Keys). While players can not use items or regenerate health/mana (but can still craft items), it can be used to store additional items on the ground for easier maintenance. When the expansion is applied, two devices are added into the Pocket Dimension:
A device that changes the environment of the Pocket Dimension to the theme of any level the hero has ventured into. This is purely for cosmetics.
A teleportation device (resembling a "slipgate" from Quake) with an accompanying console. Players can input text into the console, activating the associated portal.
Using valid Arcane Addresses in the teleportation device can warp players to a random Wizardland, which includes random enemies. Using an invalid code causes the device to glow red, and stepping into that warps the player to Diggle Hell (a dangerous place with diggles of various shapes and sizes). Regardless of which area they are in, players can not use the Pocket Dimension in these realms, and must find the level's exit to leave.
In Diggle Hell, players have a chance to encounter Vlad Digula, a unique boss monster that is ridiculously tougher than Lord Dredmor. Players also have a chance of encountering the shrine of the Diggle God of Hell, which grants a blessing in similar vein to the Diggle God shrines in the Realms of the Diggle Gods expansion (giving a permanent buff that cancels out any existing blessing and is cancelled out by any future blessing). Praying to the Diggle God of Hell (also known as the Diggle Devil) grants the hero +6 Blasting Damage and +6 Conflagratory Damage to attacks and a +6 resistance to Conflagratory Damage (at the cost of -10 resistance to Righteous Damage). In addition, players with the blessing have a small chance of applying a fire effect against the target (10% chance of Ignition Bolt and On Fire, 5% chance of applying Gog's Tactical Pyre).
In addition to all of the above, the expansion includes:
- An exclusive Encrusting system, allowing heroes to use their crafting abilities to add special buffs to weapons and armor. Be warned, however, each encrust adds to the item's instability percentage. Encrusting an item and activating its instability causes the item to have a dangerous negative effect.
- Seven new monster types (Murderous Rutabaga, Crustaceanoid Warrior, Cloud Gremlin, Samedi, Fruit Treant, Samurai-Bot Mk. III, and Amazonian Bumblebeeperson).
- Various new items, ten of which have their own crafting recipes.
- Two new audio tracks (the themes played during the Pocket Dimension and Diggle Hell).
- Twelve new achievements, including mastery of the new skill trees, completing a Wizardland, entering Diggle Hell, praying to the Diggle God of Hell, defeating Vlad Digula, throwing The Bomb, and death by a Diggle in Diggle Hell.
- Six new skill trees:
|A set of money-focused skills, involving loans, gold, and buffs/debuffs related to both. Some skills in the Bankster tree generate money for the hero with a risk of losing it instead, while others consume money in exchange for increased damage to enemies, reduced incoming damage, and more.|
|A set of Communism-inspired skills focused around defensive combat. Alongside skills for combat defense and health regeneration, skills in this tree grant various Communist items and recipes, such as Communist Power Armor.|
|A set of magical buffs themed after glyphs and Egyptian deities. While most of the buffs in this skill tree consume mana while active, they grant a number of buffs, including a final skill which introduces a guaranteed attack buff while active.|
|A set of legal-themed abilities. The buffs in the Magical Law skill tree offer a variety of ways to impede enemy monsters at the benefit to the player, as well as an ability which allows the player to pick up items from any distance.|
|A set of abilities focused on perceiving and altering the dungeons around the hero. Skills in the Paranormal Investigator tree allow for changing items into other items and monsters into other monsters, as well as interacting with objects in the environment from any distance.|
|A set of tourism-themed skills. The Tourism skill tree grants access to a paralyzing camera wand, increases to visibility, and the ability to consume any item.|
- Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7
- Processor: Core 2 Duo/Athlon 64 or above recommended
- Memory: 1 GB of RAM minimum; 2 GB recommended
- Hard Disk Space: 400+ megabytes
- Video Card: Any DirectX-compatible video device with a minimum resolution of 1024 x 600 or 1024 x 768
- DirectX®: 9
- Sound: Any DirectX-compatible audio device
- Operating System: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
- Processor: Core 2 Duo/Athlon 64 or above recommended
- Memory: 1 GB of RAM minimum; 2 GB recommended
- Hard Disk Space: 400+ megabytes