Dungeon Crawl 4.1 Alpha
For the Stone Soup article, see 0.4.1
Crawl maintainer Brent Ross announced that an alpha version of the next Crawl release (4.1) was available for players to look at in Jul 2005. Brent had made a lot of improvements to 4.1. The old view code was gone, replaced with a much cleaner view layer. Brent also repaired the mutation system and overhauled the combat code.
Where Crawl 4.0 was ugly, 4.1 was beautiful. There was just one problem: 4.1’s gameplay and balance was nothing like 4.0. The early game was too easy for fighters, too hard for spellcasters. The mid-game was brutally hard for all characters, and the sight of a monster wearing a shield in 4.1 was enough to make the best Crawl player cringe.
Brent fixed some of the balance problems in 4.1, but he was also very busy and had little time to work on Crawl, so development stopped after he released the 4.1.2 alpha.