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Moria (DOS)

Moria DOS The character generation's help screen.


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Moria is a popular and influential member of the roguelike RPGs. It features several innovations, like a town level and dungeons levels that are bigger than one screen, and was the first open source and freeware roguelike.

The goal of Moria is to descend in the dungeons of Moria and defeat the evil Balrog who is cowardly hiding on the lowest level. Other than this, there are no other references to J.R.R. Tolkien in this game.

You begin the game by creating your character, choosing your sex and one of eight available races. You can then roll your stats and, when you got some which suit you, choose your class from six available classes (you can only some of them, depending on your stats). After entering a name, you're ready to roll.

The game is entirely played in turns, feature text-only graphics showing your environment from above, and is played by entering character commands.

You start in town, where you can visit several shops to buy weapons, armor, torches, food and other useful -- and sometimes magic -- items. You can barter with the shopkeepers to get reduced prices.

The dungeon levels are randomly generated. They contain a variety of monsters, some of which invisible, and items, as well as traps and secret doors. Each level has more than one exit. As in other roguelikes, you explore the dungeons, kill monsters as you go, and try to accumulate as much treasure as possible.


Moria DOS The game features a monster memory.
Moria DOS The command summary.
Moria DOS Haggling for food.
Moria DOS The character generation's help screen.

Alternate Titles

  • "VMS Moria" -- informal original VMS/VAX title
  • "UNIX Moria" -- Unix release
  • "UMoria" -- Unix and home computer releases

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Another popular roguelike called Angband was created in 1990, based on the code of Moria 5.2.1 and expanding the game in many ways. It is still in development today -- see the official site.

Related Web Sites

  • Beej's Moria Page (Downloads of the latest source and binaries for PC, Mac and Amiga and some information (FAQ and manual) as well as links to lots of other pages about Moria.)
  • Official Moria Page (This page, maintained by David J. Grabiner, hosts downloads of the source code as well as of executables for PC, Amiga, Mac, Linux and PalmOS.)
General Error (4212) added Moria (DOS) on Oct 07, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (121658) and General Error (4212)