Umoria with Modern Browser Support
The Dungeons of Moria is a single player dungeon simulation originally written by Robert Alan Koeneke, with its first public release in 1983. The game was originally developed using VMS Pascal before being ported to the C language by James E. Wilson in 1988, and released a Umoria.
Moria/Umoria has had many variants over the years, with Angband being the most well known. Umoria was also an inspiration for one the most commercially successful action roguelike games, Diablo!
- Linux (Ubuntu/Debian)
Compiling and limited testing has been done for other Linux based system including NetBSD 8.1 and Fedora 32.
Building Umoria to run in a browser requires emscripten (http://emscripten.org). The current build flow for emscripten only supports Linux, and has only been tested on Ubuntu. There are no plans to support building in Windows at this time. The "executable" built with emscripten (umoria.html) will run on any modern browser regardless of operating system.
Note: A pre-built version of umoria.html is included in the umoria directory. You can also play at https://umoria.org/play, thanks to Michael R. Cook https://github.com/mrcook, the current developer and maintainer for Umoria!
Umoria 5.7.x releases
The main focus of the
5.7.0 release was to provide support for the three
main operating systems: Windows, macOS, and Linux. Support for all other
outdated computer systems such as MS DOS, "Classic" Mac OS (pre OSX), Amiga,
and Atari ST was removed.
Note: there have been no intentional game play changes in the 5.7.x releases.
Since the initial 5.7 release, a great deal of code restoration has been
undertaken in the hope of aiding future development of the game. Some examples
of the work done include reformatting the source code with the help of
clang-format, modernizing the code to use standard C types,
breaking apart most large functions (many of which had hundreds of lines of code)
into smaller, easier to read functions, and fixing all compiler warnings when
compiling against recent versions of GCC and Clang.
Full details of all changes can be found in the CHANGELOG, and by browsing the commit history.
Due to its lack of Windows and macOS support Moria was inaccessible to many people. Hopefully these changes will give many more people a chance to play this classic roguelike game.
Notes on Compiling Umoria
Umoria has been tested against GCC (
11) and with
although recent earlier versions should also work fine.
You will need these as well as
CMake and the C++ build tools for your system.
macOS and Linux Native Builds
Change to the
umoria game directory and enter the following commands at the
$ mkdir build && cd build $ cmake .. $ make
make -j $(nproc) to speed up compilation on Linux.
umoria directory will be created in the current directory containing the
game binary and data files, which can then be moved to any other location, such
Windows Native Builds
MinGW is used to provide GCC and GNU Binutils for compiling on the Windows platform.
The easiest solution to get set up is to use the MSYS2 Installer.
pacman can be used to install
ncurses, and the
cmake build tools.
At present an environment variable for the MinGW system being compiled on will
need to be specified. This will be either
At the command prompt type the following, being sure to add the correct label
$ MINGW=mingw64 cmake . $ make
To perform an out-of-source build, type the following:
$ mkdir build $ cd build $ MINGW=mingw64 cmake .. $ make
As with the macOS/Linux builds, all files will be installed into an
First, install the emscripten SDK (see https://emscripten.org/docs/getting_started/downloads.html for instructions). Make a backup of CMakeLists.txt and copy CMakeLists.txt.emscripten to CMakeLists.txt. Type the following to build:
$ cmake . -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=$EMSDK/upstream/emscripten/cmake/Modules/Platform/Emscripten.cmake $ make -j $ cmake --install .
Running in a Browser
Assuming you've followed the steps to build with emscripten, the "executable" will be in the umoria directory, as with the native builds. The file is named umoria.html. You can move umoria.html to any directory you like, as it contains everything necessary to run the game. Savefiles are stored via IndexedDB. Note that each browser you use has its own IndexedDB, so savefiles from one browser aren't available in another.
All command-line arguments work through URL GET parameters entered in the URL bar. Here are some examples of what to put in the URL bar to run the game with various options, assuming umoria.html is in a directory called /home/user/umoria in Linux and C:\umoria in Windows:
Run game without any arguments: /home/user/umoria/umoria.html file:///C:/umoria/umoria.html Show the version number: /home/user/umoria.html?-v file:///C:/umoria/umoria.html?-v Force a new game with a seed of 67898 and a savefile named myChar.sav: /home/user/umoria/umoria.html?-s 67898 -n umoria/myChar.sav file:///C:/umoria/umoria.html?-s 67898 -n umoria/myChar.sav Continuing previous game from myChar.sav /home/user/umoria/umoria.html?umoria/myChar.sav file:///C:/umoria/umoria.html?umoria/myChar.sav
Note that the path to myChar.sav in the last two examples includes umoria. This is required. Due to a limiation of how the filesystem works, all savefiles and scores.dat are saved in a directory called umoria in IndexedDB. You need to make sure to include umoria in the path any time you specify a savefile name. If you fail to do that when creating the character, the character will not be saved.
Most of the original document files included in the Umoria 5.6 sources have been placed in the historical directory. You will even find the old CHANGELOG, which tracks all code changes made between versions 4.81 and 5.5.2 (1987-2008). If you'd like to learn more on the development history of Umoria, these can make for interesting reading.
There is also the original Moria Manual and FAQ. Although these are a little outdated now they are certainly worth reading as they contain a lot of interesting and useful information.
Code of Conduct and Contributions
See here for details on our Code of Conduct.
For details on how to contribute to the Umoria project, please read our contributing guide.
Umoria is released under the GNU General Public License v3.0.
In 2007 Ben Asselstine and Ben Shadwick started the free-moria project to re-license UMoria 5.5.2 under GPL-2 by obtaining permission from all the contributing authors. A year later they succeeded in their goal and in late 2008 official maintainer David Grabiner released Umoria 5.6 under a GPL-3.0-or-later license.