DeveloperX' Mini RPGs 

SAWD - ASCII Mini-RPG for the 2008 contest being held at

SAWD stands for Simple ASCII Walk-around Demo, and is a short RPG developed in C with very little C++ in as little time as possible by Richard Marks. Tools used were Microsoft Visual C++ Express 2008, Notepad, and MSPaint.

The story is pretty much non existent, with only a few short dialogs that happen at certain places in the game.

The game focuses on battling to prepare yourself for the stronger enemies that you will face at the end of the demo.

A very simple item and magic system has been employed, and the battles are designed to be very easy to play.

Your character can be any one of four classes, Warrior, Dwarf, Thief, Mage. Each character class can use its own weapon. Warriors use Swords. Dwarves use Axes, Thieves use Bows, Mages use Staves. 

You can equip your character with 3 types of armor. Vest, Boots, and Gauntlets.  Giving Upper, Lower, and Middle armor attributes.

For magic, only a Mage can learn magic spells. Other classes need to purchase Magic Scroll items to cast spells.

If you are a Mage, you can learn magic spells in the Magic Shops. Once you learn a skill you can use it for the rest of the game. You will use MP each time you cast a spell. Magic Scrolls can only be used once each.

Unlike the battle system of WiTCHHUNT where you had to jump through hoops to play, SAWD features battle menus that you control using the keyboard W,S,A,D keys and the spacebar to select an action, and Backspace to cancel an action. 

The field map controls are also the W,S,A,D keys with the ESC key opening the menu.

Story Dialog boxes are closed by pressing the spacebar. 

Decision Dialog boxes can be used with the W, and S keys to select an option, and spacebar to accept the selection.


A screen shot of West Dushal, during development. (Not final game screen)


A screen shot of the world map in debug mode. Still not the final game screen.


Here is a screen shot of the battle system. 80% functional. Soon to be completed.


Here is a screen shot of the character name entry screen. 

~ Just noticed the window title holds the wrong build #.


Screen shot of the in-game status menu.



These are the maps of SAWD. 


SAWD - Character Name Entry Demo 

SAWD - RPGDX Contest Entry - build 3.14.2008 

SAWD Final Release build 3.16.2008 

SAWD Final Final Release build 3.17.2008

SAWD Source Code - GNU GPL Released 04 07 2008 .zip format