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A quest system for simple RPGs

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Have you ever heard of Dililatum?

Perhaps not. For Dililatum is Something New. Dililatum has a quest; and that quest is to distribute Python power to quest-oriented RPG-like computer-based keyboard-using video games. At least that’s its purpose.

Dililatum can be considered a game engine, but in reality it’s a game library. It is written in Python using PyGame for graphics and sound in games. Dililatum also depends on NumPy. More specifically, it’s like this:


Dililatum depends on the following programs/libraries:

Python 2.5+
Dililatum is written in Python
Debian etc.: apt-get install python
Fedora etc.: yum install python

PyGame 1.8.1+
Dililatum uses PyGame for its graphics and sound
Debian etc.: apt-get install python-pygame
Fedora etc.: yum install pygame

Dililatum uses NumPy for internal arrays describing
where it's okay to walk -- and where it's not ok.
Debian etc.: apt-get install python-numpy
Fedora etc.: yum install python-numpy

Optional modules

Additionally, you can also install these libraries:

Changes 'python' to 'dililatum'
sudo easy_install setproctitle

Colors Dililatum's terminal output
sudo easy_install termcolor


Dililatum is released under the GNU GPLv3+ and is free software. Dililatum is downloadable from The version of this Dililatum is v0.1. Many features are not complete yet.

For an example of what Dililatum is capable of, try downloading ForestQuest. It’s available at It’s still a work in progress, but it works.

The logo of Dililatum, found in the “logo” directory, is available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (or any later version) Unported license. A copy of this license is available at


To install Dililatum, write this in a terminal:

$ ./ install

After installing it, you can run it like this:

$ dililatum GAME

If you choose not to install it, the Python file you should run is called “dililatum” and located in the “bin” directory.

Note that Dililatum has many command-line options, which is why it’s a good idea to run “dililatum –help”.

Dililatum comes with several tools for more easily developing games. These are named ‘dilatiumdev*’.

Documentation is available in the “docs” directory.

Developers are very welcome.

The original author of Dililatum is Niels Serup <>.

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