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Learn what makes a good rogue-like game and how to make one yourself.

One of my favorite genres of video game in the past few years is the rogue-like. They’re a genre that’s defined by a few things including:

  • Difficulty
  • Having to start the whole game over when you die once
  • Random generation of levels and items

Rogue-likes include all sorts of games like Spelunky, The Binding of Isaac, and — relevant to the game we’ll be building this issue — Slay the Spire.

The idea of Slay the Spire, pictured previously, is that you proceed through a series of randomly generated turn-based battles to face the final boss. Each turn you draw a hand of cards from your deck. Your only action, as a player, is to choose which cards you’ll play. These cards can attack, defend, cast magic, or use special skills. When you run out of cards to draw the deck is reshuffled before you draw. At the end of every battle, you get to choose from three randomly chosen cards to add to your deck for the rest of the game.

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Also In The August 2018 Issue

Use SketchUp to recreate the famous optical illusion that grows and shrinks people around the room.

Learn what makes a good rogue-like game and how to make one yourself.

Unleash your inner digital chef through this simple (but mouth-watering) Python activity.

Dinosaur fossils, STEM podcasts, and a day in the life of a paleontologist.

A fun introduction to programming games with fantasy computers. The 70s and 80s are back in style!

Real life treasure hunts are a way to get outdoors, learn map skills, and have fun finding hidden caches near you.

Tips & trips to help you have a great time on the Internet, even when others don’t behave well.

How scientists finally cracked the code behind the mysterious language of Ancient Egypt.

Two small projects introducing you to Edublocks, a language that bridges the gap between Scratch and Python.

Take your CLI skills to the next level as you combine, redirect, and script commands.

It looks like JavaScript, has a Python aesthetic, and integrates easily with C/C++. Meet Lua: a scripting language for fantasy computers.

How the high-tech LIGO made a huge discovery and won its three founders a Nobel Prize.

An introduction to the devices that’ll make your robots zoom, skitter, and spin.

Learn the secrets behind pixels, image blurs, and all your favourite Instagram filters!

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Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for August 2018.