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Allure of the Stars is a near-future roguelike game in early development. It is based on the versatile LambdaHack engine, employs procedural content generation and is written in Haskell. See the wiki.

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This is an alpha release of Allure of the Stars, a near-future Sci-Fi roguelike and tactical squad game. Long-term goals are high replayability and auto-balancing through procedural content generation and persistent content modification based on player behaviour. The game is written in Haskell using the LambdaHack roguelike game engine.

Compilation and installation

The game is best compiled and installed via Cabal (already a part of your OS distribution, or available within The Haskell Platform), which also takes care of all the dependencies. The latest official version of the game can be downloaded automatically by Cabal from Hackage as follows

cabal install Allure

For a newer version, install a matching LambdaHack library snapshot from a development branch, download the game source from github and run cabal install from the main directory (for sample commands see file .travis.yml).

Compatibility notes

The current code was tested with GHC 7.6 and 7.8, but should also work with other GHC versions (see file .travis.yml.7.4.2 for GHC 7.4 commands).

If you are using the terminal frontends, numerical keypad may not work correctly depending on versions of the libraries, terminfo and terminal emulators. The curses frontend is not fully supported due to the limitations of the curses library. With the vty frontend run in an xterm, CTRL-keypad keys for running seem to work OK, but on rxvt they do not. Vi keys (ykuhlbjn) should work everywhere regardless. GTK works fine, too.

Testing and debugging

The Makefile contains many sample test commands. All that use the screensaver game modes (AI vs. AI) and the simplest stdout frontend are gathered in make test. Of these, travis runs one of the sets prefixed test-travis on each push to the repo. Commands with prefix frontend run AI vs. AI games with the standard, user-friendly frontend. Commands with prefix peek set up a game mode where the player peeks into AI moves each time an AI actor dies or autosave kicks in. Run Allure --help to see a brief description of all debug options. Of these, --sniffIn and --sniffOut are very useful (though verbose and initially cryptic), for monitoring the traffic between clients and the server. Some options in the config file may turn out useful too, though they mostly overlap with commandline options (and will be totally merged at some point).

Further information

For more information, visit the wiki and see GameDefinition/, CREDITS and LICENSE.

Have fun!


Copyright (c) 2008--2011 Andres Loeh, 2010--2014 Mikolaj Konarski

Allure of the Stars is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program in file LICENSE. If not, see

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