History VideoGame / NetHack

19th Jun '17 12:28:01 PM Gigabic
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Invoked by players doing Atheist conduct--never pray or otherwise interact with gods--despite the goal of the game being to retrieve an amulet for your god [[spoiler:and become a demigod yourself]].

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Invoked by players doing Atheist conduct--never pray or otherwise interact with gods--despite the goal of the game being to retrieve an amulet for your god [[spoiler:and become a demigod yourself]]. This gets particularly confusing when you are playing as an Atheist priest, a class centered around religious themes.
18th Jun '17 1:22:18 PM Geoduck
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* CandlelitRitual: You need a bell, six candles and a candelabra to perform the rite that will grant access to the deepest dungeon levels where the Amulet of Yendor is.

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* CandlelitRitual: You need a bell, six candles the Bell of Opening, The [[TomeOfEldritchLore Book of the Dead]], the Candelabrum of Invocation and a candelabra [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers seven beeswax or tallow candles]] to perform the rite that will grant access to the deepest dungeon levels where the Amulet of Yendor is.is. It's a sign of something that in older versions of NH scrounging up the needed number of candles sometimes proved to be almost as difficult as acquiring the rest of the items, to the point they were a fairly common use of a Wish. (3.6.0 has added a guaranteed source.)
18th Jun '17 8:13:37 AM billybobfred
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* BerserkButton: Among the fanbase--''never'' kill Izchak the Shopkeeper. He's named in honor of the late Izchak Miller, a founding member of the ''[=NetHack=]'' dev team. Extinctionists will spare him from their [[OmnicidalManiac rampages]], and in some segments of the fanbase it's considered poor form (at best) to steal from his shop.
** This used to be the case, but modern players don't seem to care as much. (This is in keeping with the Hacker Ethic: the older generation, who are likely to have known Miller personally, hold to this, while to newer players it's an arbitrary rule with no reasonable justification and thus not worth respecting. Just don't tell anyone if you break it.)
17th Jun '17 9:00:33 AM intastiel
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* CandlelitRitual: You need a bell, six candles and a candelabra to perform the rite that will grant access to the deepest dungeon levels where the Amulet of Yendor is.
4th Jun '17 9:35:45 AM nombretomado
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* SuperWeight: You start at [[ActionSurvivor zero]] or occasionally [[BadassNormal one]] on TVTropes' scale. You spend the game [[TookALevelInBadass climbing the scale]].

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* SuperWeight: You start at [[ActionSurvivor zero]] or occasionally [[BadassNormal one]] on TVTropes' Wiki/TVTropes' scale. You spend the game [[TookALevelInBadass climbing the scale]].
1st Jun '17 2:56:04 PM Kotomikun
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** It's entirely possible to stumble upon a Scroll of Genocide or a Wand of Death very early in the game; the former is almost a literal example, letting you erase entire classes of monsters from existence. Although, the most likely way to find the latter in the first few levels is [[https://nethackwiki.com/wiki/Gnome_With_the_Wand_of_Death in the hands of a gnome]]. Rarer super-items like artifacts can theoretically appear near the top of the dungeon, but you have a much better chance of lucking into a genie in a lamp, who can give you an artifact or other overpowered item if he's in the mood for it; Izchak's lighting shop, about 10 levels from the surface, often has a magic lamp.
21st May '17 9:39:43 PM Geoduck
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* NintendoHard: To the point where there is no shame in dying on the second or third level if you're a new player. One can die in less than 50 turns if they don't know what they're doing, and it's not unheard of for players to die on their ''first turn'' (but you have to try fairly hard to do that).

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* NintendoHard: To the point where there is no shame in dying on the second or third level if you're a new player. One can die in less than 50 turns if they don't know what they're doing, and it's not unheard of for players to die on their ''first turn'' (but you have to try fairly hard hard, or be really unlucky, to do that).
21st May '17 9:00:34 PM lalalei2001
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* VideoGameCaringPotential: Helping a monster out of a pit might make it peaceful, and you also might get an alignment boost if you're Lawful.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: Have a chat with the nurses. They're not mean! They'll go right on [[CherryTapping trying]] to get you to take off that armor and put away that weapon. They'll heal you! And they'll keep trying to heal you even as you chop them up and tin them with your tinning kit.
* VideogameCrueltyPunishment: Your patron god has very firm ideas on what is and is not right action. This doesn't mean you're supposed to be well-behaved. It means you're not supposed to be ''caught''.

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* VideoGameCaringPotential: VideoGameCaringPotential:
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Helping a monster out of a pit might make it peaceful, and you also might get an alignment boost if you're Lawful.
** Caring for your pet is this, as you're encouraged to keep it with you and letting it die gives a luck penalty.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Have a chat with the nurses. They're not mean! They'll go right on [[CherryTapping trying]] to get you to take off that armor and put away that weapon. They'll heal you! And they'll keep trying to heal you even as you chop them up and tin them with your tinning kit.
* VideogameCrueltyPunishment: VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: Your patron god has very firm ideas on what is and is not right action. This doesn't mean you're supposed to be well-behaved. It means you're not supposed to be ''caught''.
13th May '17 11:31:56 AM Venatius
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* AnyoneCanDie: Namely, you. [[spoiler:[[TheManyDeathsOfYou Over and over and over and over and over and over and over.]]]]
14th Mar '17 11:38:59 AM morenohijazo
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* BasiliskAndCockatrice: Cockatrices appear here. If you hear the cockatrice's hiss or are touched by a living cockatrice there's a chance that you'll slowing start [[TakenForGranite turning to stone]]; this can be cancelled by [[spoiler:eating a lizard corpse or eating/drinking something acid]]. Touching a cockatrice (living or dead) with your bare skin will ''[[OneHitKill instantly]]'' turn you to stone. Gloved characters can take advantage of this by picking up a cockatrice corpse [[ImprovisedWeapon and using it to bash monsters]] (in which case ''[=NetHack=]'' players will call it a [[FanNickname "rubber chicken"]]). But keep in mind that gloved monsters can ''also'' pick up a cockatrice corpse and use it against you.
** The variant ''Slash'EM'' also has the basilisk, which is basically the same as the cockatrice, except that it doesn't hiss and its corpse it too big to use as an Improvised Weapon.
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