March 30, 2013

Play an RPG made in Excel

Would you like to play an RPG made in Excel? Have a go at Cary Walkin's Arena. Walkin, a chartered accountant and MBA Candidate at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada, has created a fully fleshed role-playing game using nothing but Microsoft Excel. The rogue-like dungeon-crawler is massive. Four pre-programmed arenas are followed by procedurally generated dungeons that can lead to four different endings, so each play-through will run differently.

And what you find inside the arenas is amazing. There are over 2000 possible enemies; 15 unique items with 39 modifiers, leading to over 1000 possible item combinations with spells that let you enchant items yourself; eight boss encounters; 31 spells; and 36 achievements. As you play through the game, the story unfolds through a series of pop-up letters.

Walkin's game runs on Excel 2007 and Excel 2010, and you'll need to enable Macros in order to play (instructions for how to do this are linked from the Arena web page). Excel 2007, we should note, is experiencing a few issues, but Walkin will be issuing a fix this weekend.

Pick it up from Walkin's website here; and for more information about the game, you can visit the Arena Wiki here.

[via CNET]