Cthangband is a bit of a departure from the rest of the content on this site, since it is a computer game rather than a tabletop RPG. However, it is by no means a departure for me, since I have been maintaining and updating this game for over twenty years.

Cthangband is an Angband variant, and for those of you who don’t know what that means, here’s a brief explanation…

Actually, I lied. I’m not going to give you a brief explanation. I had one typed out (and it wasn’t so brief – it was paragraph upon paragraph) but then realised that all I was doing was repeating what the Wikipedia page on Roguelike games was saying. So go and read that. That page explains Roguelike games better than I can, and has links to lots of them.

So, Cthangband is a variant of Angband (which is mentioned on the page above, but also has it’s own Wikipedia page).

A Cthangband game in play, showing the traditional ASCII graphics style of Rogue and Angband. The ‘@’ is your hero, and the ‘C’s are jackals rushing in to attack you.

I wrote the first version of Cthangband back in 1998, although that version was barely different from the Zangband variant of Angband. Over the last twenty years, subsequent releases of Angband and Cthangband have grown further apart, and by now they are no longer even written in the same programming language.

Like the rest of the games on this website, Cthangband is totally free. It works on any computer running Windows 7, 8, or 10 (although if you are running on Windows 7 or 8 you may need to download the .NET Framework 4.5.2 first).

Cthangband can be downloaded from here.