Quest for the Unicorn
Quest for the Unicorn was Mike Riley's second foray into rogue-like games. He began writing the original version in the late 80s and released version 1.0 around 1990.
Quest for the Unicorn was based upon the engine that he had written for The Land. He had updated the engine to support a more expansive world than what the original engine could support.
Unicorn's expanded engine now supported a world of 400x300 tiles divided into 12 districts of 100x100 tiles each.
More than 60 dungeons were added to the world for exploration, however only about 5 are actually needed to finish the main story line, all the rest contain powerful artifacts that could help the player.
Like its predecessor The Land, Unicorn provides an automapper in the lower right corner as well as a message log containing any messages given by NPCs or found in scrolls.
Much of the history of this game has been lost to the ages. This game was not nearly as popular as The Land, even tho it was a much more expanded game. Originally this game was written using Turbo Pascal.
Version 1.0 was initially released around 1990 for DOS. Like The Land it was originally distributed on BBS systems.
Version 2.1.2 was the last version released for DOS sometime in the mid 90s and was released on one of my websites.
Version 5.0 is still under active maintenance but now exists for Linux/Unix systems only (Cygwin on Windows also works). This version had been ported to c and therefore much easier to work with than prior versions.
Version 5.2(HC) - Released September 28, 2010
- Interface was replaced with a pure ascii interface
- Permadeath has been implemented
Version 5.3(HC) - Released on April 28, 2011
- Rarity change to allow for ultra rare items
- Sockets may now appear on rings, necklaces, weapons and armour Items can have up to 3 sockets
- Recipe book browser added to crafting screen
- No more random treasure, all treasure now comes from mob drops
- Addition of items with enchantments, items can have up to 3 enchants
- Trophies have been added
- Many new crafted items have been added
- Added Hall of Legends and Hall of Remembrance score tables
- It is now possible to find items with enchants on them
- Identify now shows the identified item in the message area
- Added some statistics tracking
- Added magical resistance attribute to mitigate some magical damage
- Added ability for monster levels to be increased
- Added seasonal items and trophies
Version 5.4(HC) - Released on May 11, 2011
- Players now have some basic items from the start
- Players now start with no gold
- Health items can now never give more than max hp
- Some restructuring of the source was done to remove most of the remaining hard coded data. This was done to facilitate the use of the underlying engine with other games, mainly I intend to rework the dataset from The Land to be used with the Unicorn engine in order to revive The Land on a system that is easier to deal with.
Version 5.5 (HC) - Not publicly released
- Added crit as a stat, doubles damage on critical hits
- Added gems with crit bonus
- Added Hit/Miss/Crit counts to statistics screen
- Added crafted gems
- Fixed bug in interest earned stat
- Fixed bug in F-key spell casting
- Fixed bug where map was incorrectly positioned allowing non-map elements to appear in the map area. This also solves a crash that occurs when the map is improperly positioned
- Added data cards for items, now you can look at the details of identified items
- There is now a chance that items will be identified when they are first picked up. Common items will always be identified. The rarer the item the less likely the item will be auto-identified
- Lore skill contributes to the chance of auto-identifying an item on pickup
Version 5.6 (HC) October 4, 2012
- Added monochrome mode
- Altered how skill levelling works
- Altered player and monster to-hit calculation
- Altered player and monster damage calculations
- Added dodge attribute
- More new items
- Reduced duration of confusion caused by alcoholic drinks
- Force background in color mode to be black
- Removed hunting as a skill, now it uses search
- Added Blunt weapon skill and moved blunt weapons to their own category
- Added wands as a weapon type, magic is the controlling skill
- Added weapon affinity to classes. When using weapons to which your class has affinity you gain a 50% damage bonus
- Added new class Enchanter. This class levels like a mage but engages in combat using traditional weapons. This class has spells that allow them to enchant their own gear without the need for enchantment scrolls
- Weapons, Armor, and gem prices are now formula based rather than the original arbitrary prices
- Added mutable class of weapons and armor. These itmes obtain randomly generated intrisics/enchant effects upon weapon identification. There are 7,056 possible combinations that a mutable item could come in
- Redid the haggling system, should work better than the old one did
- Added multi-page capability to shops so that when there are more than 36 items for sale the player can move through the pages to see all items for sale
- Added craft item shops to Radon, Nichorville, and Marduk
- Added some legendary weapons
Version 5.7 (HC) May 5, 2014
- Dungeon main treasures are now identified when picked up
- Fixed bug where potions, scrolls, and meals were improperly counted
- Added color to item names to indicate rarity
- Fixed bug when identifying objects at pawn shops incorrectly making them mutable
- Fixed haggling bug where shopkeeper goes into the negative
- Modified how mutable item levels are calculated
- Monsters no longer chase player until they have had line of site with the player. This helps to prevent the mobbings that generally happened when changing dungeon levels
- Modified sources so that they can be compiled with MinGW, allowing for native Windows builds
- Fixed bug where mutable armor or weapons are negative power
- Experience is divided amongst all living party members
- Party members gain experience/levels even outside party combat
- Fix compass so that it works correctly when destination is not in the same region as the player
- Added legacy weapons and armor, these items gain in strengh and abilities as the player levels. Abilities acquired by a legacy item cannot be removed
- Fixed bug where items could no longer be dropped after 1000 of them have been
Version 6.0 (HC) July 29, 2015
A major overhaul of the underlying engine was done in this version. There are way too many changes to enumerate here. A full change log can be found at the game's website.