What would be your way to go about making the graphics for a Nethack, or Dwarf Fortress game?
I realize I could use Allegro and cache all the text. (Though, it'd probably need shaders to handle color, considering all of the possible permutations.) You also lose any "real" advantage of text (telnet/ssh).
I brought up ncurses and tried it. It's insanely simple to setup and use. One include, and two or three lines of code. However, immediately I was struck with a problem. Linux doesn't support extended ASCII.
Supposedly, you can change terminal emulation modes to get it to work. Nope. None of those work.
Supposedly, you can get a font that has ASCII code pages. But then you're requiring people to have appropriate fonts.
An hour or two of sifting through people's dead links has yielded no success in getting extended page ASCII to work. Which pisses me off.
So I guess I should just go with Allegro, but does anyone here of experience in the matter?