I was surprised to find out a very well done remake project is under development by a group called “Alchemist Team”, under the name “NorseWorld Ragnarok”.
Screenshots look very nice, using a much improved UI over the original and including a nice looking isometric mode parallel to the classic zoomed-out + detail mode and an ASCII mode.
Overall, the game seems to have been adapted to modern gaming technology; there are lots of improvements, such as native linux support, a built in script handler and multilanguage support (currently russian/english, english texts are still being polished though)
The console mode is an absolutely awesome demake of the original UI, while still being a bit sluggish (seem to use an emulated console instead of direct real console access), I always wanted to see this game with a cleaner, easier to use UI.
The bad news: English version isn’t very polished yet, although it is at the DevTeam plans to enhance it. Godspeed for them!
The development of this game was begun at november 2002, as remake of Ragnarok game, created in 1992-1995 by Thomas Boyd and Robert Vawter.
In this roguelike-game, created on base of scandinavian mythology, you are brave viking, who must help the aces (the gods) to win in Ragnarok – the final battle against evil. This battle will determine the fate of nine worlds.
You begin in your village and can choose between the ways of viking warrior, woodsman, blacksmith, alchemist, conjurer or sage. Each way is different from others and has its own advantages and disadvantages, each new game is totally unique:worlds and their levels, lands, creatures, items and even merchants are randomly generated.
Developers: Alchemist Team Led by Serg V. Zhdanovskich
Licence: Freeware (not confirmed)
Supported OS’es: Unknown
Status: 0.99.2 alpha