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4th May '16 1:08:12 PM Kuddy
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** Vampires are this in a literal sense. From 3.6.0 onwards, almost every vampire bat you come across is actually a polymorphed vampire or vampire lord, which essentially means you're up against a fast-moving mook with two health bars and an annoying level drain ability. This change also seems to have introduced the unintended side effect of making vampires appear much more frequently than before.
1st May '16 10:51:10 PM bwburke94
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** The [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything DevTeam]] implemented an immediate and savage punishment for pudding farmers. It's called Pudding Farming.

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** The [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything DevTeam]] devteam implemented an immediate and savage punishment for pudding farmers. It's called Pudding Farming.



* GeniusBonus: Many things in Nethack, including some of its {{Shout Out}}s, are very subtle. For example, there is an enemy named the "quantum mechanic" which sometimes carries a box. Inside the box is a cat named Schrodinger's cat, which has a 50/50 chance of being either alive or dead. If you examine the game's source code, you will learn that the state of the cat is not determined until you open the box. Some fantasy items benefit you if you know the myths without even having read a spoiler: [[spoiler:{{Unicorn}} horns heal, clay {{Golem}}s can be [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything destroyed]] by erasing their writing, amethysts (which literally means "not drunk") convert booze to water.]]

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* GeniusBonus: Many things in Nethack, including some of its {{Shout Out}}s, are very subtle. For example, there is an enemy named the "quantum mechanic" which sometimes carries a box. Inside the box is a cat named Schrodinger's cat, which has a 50/50 chance of being either alive or dead. If you examine the game's source code, you will learn that the state of the cat is not determined until you open the box. Some fantasy items benefit you if you know the myths without even having read a spoiler: [[spoiler:{{Unicorn}} horns heal, clay {{Golem}}s can be [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything destroyed]] destroyed by erasing their writing, amethysts (which literally means "not drunk") convert booze to water.]]



* HilariousInHindsight: The line at the end of the introduction to the game is "Have Fun, and Happy Hacking!". Fun. [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress With a capital F]].



* {{Scrub}}[=/=]StopHavingFunGuys: Don't get caught using any movement key configuration other than HJKLYUBN. Or ''maybe'' numpad. Don't admit to using the tile graphics, either.

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* {{Scrub}}[=/=]StopHavingFunGuys: {{Scrub}}: Don't get caught using any movement key configuration other than HJKLYUBN. Or ''maybe'' numpad. Don't admit to using the tile graphics, either.
15th Apr '16 10:38:25 PM Kotomikun
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* AnticlimaxBoss: Lord Surtur, the Goblin King (in the days when Elf was a character class), the Master Assassin, the Dark One, and most infamously of all, Vlad the Impaler. Vlad is so anti-climatic that it's become a RunningGag to [[CherryTapping Cherry Tap]] him to death with -3 thoroughly corroded orcish daggers, thrown scrolls, and other such things, and name the object in question "Vladbane."

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* AnticlimaxBoss: Lord Surtur, the Goblin King (in the days when Elf was a character class), the Master Assassin, the Dark One, and most infamously of all, Vlad the Impaler. Vlad is has his own mini-dungeon, but he's only slightly more powerful than his own vampire {{mooks}}, and since you encounter him near the end of the game he's usually a total pushover. He's so anti-climatic that it's become a RunningGag to [[CherryTapping Cherry Tap]] him to death with -3 thoroughly corroded orcish daggers, thrown scrolls, and other such things, and name the object in question "Vladbane."



* ThatOneLevel: The "vanilla" version of Gehennom is often disparaged not because it is hard, but because it consists of numerous levels of tedious, twisting mazes. Variants such as VideoGame/SlashEM, [=SporkHack=] and [=UnNetHack=] all attempt to mitigate this by making Gehennom shorter/more varied/more deadly.

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* ThatOneLevel: The "vanilla" version of Gehennom is often disparaged not because it is hard, but because it consists of numerous levels of tedious, twisting mazes. Variants such as VideoGame/SlashEM, [=SporkHack=] and [=UnNetHack=] all attempt to mitigate this by making Gehennom shorter/more varied/more deadly.
16th Feb '16 3:07:23 PM DavidDelony
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* FandomBerserkButton: Don't admit to stealing from/killing Izchak, ever.
26th Aug '15 1:09:29 PM Quanyails
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** In the [=UnNetHack=] variant, if you eat a long worm, the taste is described as being "[[Franchise/{{Dune}} spicy]]".
3rd Apr '15 7:06:04 PM nombretomado
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* HilariousInHindsight: The line at the end of the introduction to the game is "Have Fun, and Happy Hacking!". Fun. [[DwarfFortress With a capital F]].

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* HilariousInHindsight: The line at the end of the introduction to the game is "Have Fun, and Happy Hacking!". Fun. [[DwarfFortress [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress With a capital F]].



** The nethack.alt.org IRC channel is ''full'' of these people. There is a certain deference to those of outstanding achievement among the people who gravitate to [=NetHack=] and the people who created it; unfortunately, it's been festering for at least two decades now and it's to the point where you're expected to believe that people who are better at ascending are ''straight-up better people than you''. And [your deity here] forbid that your every action does not contribute directly to ascending. [[note]]Say, for instance, digging a bunch of 1x1 tunnels off a room, making them into closets with a wand of locking, and using ring-engraved Elbereths and single zorkmids to create paths--over multiple dungeon levels--for spawned footrices to flee into said closets, thus creating a non-perishable source of rubber chickens. They got ''so mad''. (And not a single one suggested ''DwarfFortress'', despite the fact that this sort of behavior is par for the course in that game.)[[/note]]

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** The nethack.alt.org IRC channel is ''full'' of these people. There is a certain deference to those of outstanding achievement among the people who gravitate to [=NetHack=] and the people who created it; unfortunately, it's been festering for at least two decades now and it's to the point where you're expected to believe that people who are better at ascending are ''straight-up better people than you''. And [your deity here] forbid that your every action does not contribute directly to ascending. [[note]]Say, for instance, digging a bunch of 1x1 tunnels off a room, making them into closets with a wand of locking, and using ring-engraved Elbereths and single zorkmids to create paths--over multiple dungeon levels--for spawned footrices to flee into said closets, thus creating a non-perishable source of rubber chickens. They got ''so mad''. (And not a single one suggested ''DwarfFortress'', ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', despite the fact that this sort of behavior is par for the course in that game.)[[/note]]
22nd Feb '15 7:08:01 PM JasonJD48
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** In the [=UnNetHack=] variant, if you eat a long worm, the taste is described as being "[[Literature/{{Dune}} spicy]]".

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** In the [=UnNetHack=] variant, if you eat a long worm, the taste is described as being "[[Literature/{{Dune}} "[[Franchise/{{Dune}} spicy]]".
24th Jan '15 3:34:19 PM Quanyails
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** The nethack.alt.org IRC channel is ''full'' of these people. There is a certain deference to those of outstanding achievement among the people who gravitate to [=NetHack=] and the people who created it; unfortunately, it's been festering for at least two decades now and it's to the point where you're expected to believe that people who are better at ascending are ''straight-up better people than you''. And [your deity here] forbid that your every action does not contribute directly to ascending. [[note]]Say, for instance, digging a bunch of 1x1 tunnels off a room, making them into closets with a wand of locking, and using ring-engraved Elbereths and single zorkmids to create paths- over multiple dungeon levels- for spawned footrices to flee into said closets, thus creating a non-perishable source of rubber chickens. They got ''so mad''. (And not a single one suggested DwarfFortress, despite the fact that this sort of behavior is par for the course in that game.)[[/note]]

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** The nethack.alt.org IRC channel is ''full'' of these people. There is a certain deference to those of outstanding achievement among the people who gravitate to [=NetHack=] and the people who created it; unfortunately, it's been festering for at least two decades now and it's to the point where you're expected to believe that people who are better at ascending are ''straight-up better people than you''. And [your deity here] forbid that your every action does not contribute directly to ascending. [[note]]Say, for instance, digging a bunch of 1x1 tunnels off a room, making them into closets with a wand of locking, and using ring-engraved Elbereths and single zorkmids to create paths- over paths--over multiple dungeon levels- for levels--for spawned footrices to flee into said closets, thus creating a non-perishable source of rubber chickens. They got ''so mad''. (And not a single one suggested DwarfFortress, ''DwarfFortress'', despite the fact that this sort of behavior is par for the course in that game.)[[/note]]
12th Dec '14 5:11:50 PM Rotpar
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** The nethack.alt.org IRC channel is ''full'' of these people. There is a certain deference to those of outstanding achievement among the people who gravitate to NetHack and the people who created it; unfortunately, it's been festering for at least two decades now and it's to the point where you're expected to believe that people who are better at ascending are ''straight-up better people than you''. And [your deity here] forbid that your every action does not contribute directly to ascending. [[note]]Say, for instance, digging a bunch of 1x1 tunnels off a room, making them into closets with a wand of locking, and using ring-engraved Elbereths and single zorkmids to create paths- over multiple dungeon levels- for spawned footrices to flee into said closets, thus creating a non-perishable source of rubber chickens. They got ''so mad''. (And not a single one suggested DwarfFortress, despite the fact that this sort of behavior is par for the course in that game.)[[/note]]

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** The nethack.alt.org IRC channel is ''full'' of these people. There is a certain deference to those of outstanding achievement among the people who gravitate to NetHack [=NetHack=] and the people who created it; unfortunately, it's been festering for at least two decades now and it's to the point where you're expected to believe that people who are better at ascending are ''straight-up better people than you''. And [your deity here] forbid that your every action does not contribute directly to ascending. [[note]]Say, for instance, digging a bunch of 1x1 tunnels off a room, making them into closets with a wand of locking, and using ring-engraved Elbereths and single zorkmids to create paths- over multiple dungeon levels- for spawned footrices to flee into said closets, thus creating a non-perishable source of rubber chickens. They got ''so mad''. (And not a single one suggested DwarfFortress, despite the fact that this sort of behavior is par for the course in that game.)[[/note]]
7th Aug '14 11:22:08 AM Quanyails
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* Scrub[=/=]StopHavingFunGuys: Don't get caught using any movement key configuration other than HJKLYUBN. Or ''maybe'' numpad. Don't admit to using the tile graphics, either.

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* Scrub[=/=]StopHavingFunGuys: {{Scrub}}[=/=]StopHavingFunGuys: Don't get caught using any movement key configuration other than HJKLYUBN. Or ''maybe'' numpad. Don't admit to using the tile graphics, either.
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