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Offline penguin_buddha

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« Posted 2012-09-04 17:26:54 »

I've been working on a roguelike game and I was planning on using the libjcsi library but have run into some issues with it. I was thinking of swapping over to a more general java graphics library and was wondering what you guys would recommend. Note that I won't be doing anything too fancy. The game will likely consist of a grid of tiles and some menus.

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2012-09-04 17:33:50 »

Have you looked over the list of libraries at Roguebasin?

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Offline penguin_buddha

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2012-09-05 14:23:47 »

Unfortunately there are few java libraries there. Libjcsi and Blacken are the two mains ones I could find and neither has a comprehensive tutorial on their usage. There is a quick tutorial on how to use JNI to implement the curses library for direct console access. This, however, lacks some features I would definitely like (Background color being one of them).
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Offline DrZoidberg

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2012-09-05 16:41:00 »

A roguelike game is just a tile based game with ASCII characters as tiles. So any tile game engine should work.
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« Reply #4 - Posted 2012-09-05 16:45:39 »

And if you need character manipulation at a specific position via the console, there is jncurses (A JNI java wrapper around ncurses)

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