I have received several comments about PIPER. I
will try to repond to them:
"I would like to see the code..."
Well, I think the code is just a mess,
partially written in spanish and english...for thi reason I
don´t think this will help you. There are also a lot of
variables reused in order to save RAM, so It is really difficult
to read and understand.
Oh thanks!. I also would like to
buy a kind of PSP or DS just designed for Roguelikes...
At this stage, PIPER v1.0 is just a curiosity.
Of course It is compact, nice, long battery life...but I think
It still needs an small redesign. I am currently working in
PIPER v2.0, that would have 4 times more memory and the
batteries integrated inside the PCB. Maybe then I could build
one for you.
Also I am thinking in changing the Graphic
LCD system. KS0108 is cheap and nice, but really slow...Maybe
with a faster LCD I can program some clones of Galaga, Pacman,
Tetris or so?!?
13 December 2009
Thanks for all the comments I have received! One
important question is:
Can you make a (full) port of rogue?
Well I think It is not possible to port (full) rogue
to a micro smaller than atmega128. While programming piper I studied rogue code and you need a lot of rom...but
the most important...ram! The problem is that with this microcontrollers
you cannot increase ram nor rom. Other problem, not so obvious is the
bad management of recurssive functions...and also lack of (decent) stack. I think that with a 8051 with 64 k of both rom and ram you could try.
But this will need a more complicated and less portable pcb. Of course you can buy an ultrasophisticated ARM cortex board and program
It...but you will miss that retro flavour. In this case I would buy a
notebook and just play. I am currently working on the PIC18f2550 verion of piper, that will
increase x4 Rom and Ram.With this I feel confident on doing a less basic
11 December 2009
What is P.I.P.E.R?
P.I.P.E.R is a recursive acronym that means
"PIPER Is a Portable Embedded Roguelike". It is currently a
PIC16f876 microcontroller single board computer, battery powered,
that can be easily programmed to run a "light" roguelike game version.
Eight user buttons are provided and a graphical LCD (KS0108 driven,
128x64 pixels) is used as screen.
I have been working with ucontrollers as a hobbyst
for more than ten years. Few months ago I became interested in
Roguelike games. For those who doesn´t know Roguelikes (AKA RL) are
old ascii driven Role Playing Games with amazing interaction
posibilities. Good examples are
One of the things that disapointed me was the lack of
true portable roguelikes. Only saw
calcrogue, but unfortuntely needs a type of calculator I don't have.
I thought that with only a few low end chips It could be possible to do
the job so...why not try to do this?
Other thing that encouraged me was that "ucontroller
roguelike" returned no matches in google so, I decided to start
doing the job.