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Ransack - a Python based roguelike

This project is no longer supported or maintained and is offered for free modification and use under the MIT license.

The only reservation is the name "ransack". All derivative works must not use this name, either in text or artistic form.

The artwork and visual assets, which includes the contents of the assets/IMG/ folder, are covered by the CC Attribution 4.0 license in the root file CC.

Please note that this project include TrueType fonts under the internal/FONTS/ folder which are NOT covered by the CC License. These are:

Spinal Tap (, Devinne Swash, by Dieter Steffmann. Chancery Gothic and Courier.

You may either obtain permission to use these files or remove them from derivative works.

Move with arrow keys. Monsters are found in the dungeon. Approach a monster and press Enter to commence battle, the monsters can also initiate battle

Enter is the "action" button, which activates sundry items on the map, including conversing with people in the village or castle.

'c' brings up spell menu and 'i' brings up item inventory. 'a'/'w' brings up armor/weapon menu. Select a weapon/armor from here and it will be automatically equipped. If it is currently equipped, it will not be listed in the weapon or armor menu. 'm' brings up mini-map which displays current level. 's' shows character stats. 't' takes a screenshot.

The game begins in the 'village'. Currently the village has an item shop, magic shop, tavern, blacksmith, and armory. You can save your game but only at the Inn/Tavern which is the three story building.

The plot is currently very simple - visit the King in the castle, then venture into the dungeon and try to defeat the Skeleton King in his fortress.

On venturing into the dungeon, new levels are automatically generated. Each dungeon has a key which unlocks the door to the next stairs down. Try to find the 'secret' dungeon rooms (hint: look at the minimap)

Stairs lead hero to the next or previous level. If next level has not been visited yet, it will be generated automatically. The game culminates in a fortress section with a boss. The fortress begins at level 10.

A basic level editor is included. Click the pencil for draw mode and the hand for select mode. In select mode, select a region and move it around the screen. In draw mode, Use 't' to select tiles or select with mouse, move with arrow keys and space bar or point and click to place tiles, and 'd' to toggle draw mode. If you place the door to a shop it will ask you for the level and then draw the entire shop at that location. 's' saves a map and 'l' loads. 'f' flood fills the map with currently selected tile beginning at the location of the cursor. 'g' generates a random map with specified number of rooms. Enter 0 rooms for a maze instead. Click the red square to place non-player characters. The types currently implemented are 'guard', 'female' and 'skeleton' You will then be prompted for a message. 'x' will delete the NPC currently in the cursor. . There are cut/copy paste buttons but I haven't implemented them yet. Note that setting rooms too high may cause the generator to hang if the map is not big enough.

Uses sprite sheet code from The level editor uses EzText courtest of pywiz32 - The random map generator algorithm is based on the description written here (the actual code is my own): The randome maze generator algorithm is taken from the following source:


The fonts used ingame are: Spinal Tap (, Devinne Swash, by Dieter Steffmann. Chancery Gothic and Courier.

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