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"While the graphics may seem primitive by today's standards, today's gameplay seems primitive by NetHack standards."
You see here a blessed scroll of identify.
i - a blessed scroll of identify. r
What do you want to read? [ijklm or ?* ] i
As you read the scroll, it disappears. This is an identify scroll. —More-
NetHack is complex. It can take years of play to see it all.
NetHack is random. It is one of the three founding roguelikes and will sometimes generate levels that seem flatly impossible. But they never are.NetHack has been described as a puzzle game hiding inside a roguelike's skin. Whereas the archetypal Angband or Dungeon Crawl hero is a knight in shining armour who slays countless evil creatures and becomes powerful like unto God, the archetypal NetHack hero is a cunning trickster (or... hacker) who sets traps, fights in unconventional ways and never, ever plays fair. After the very first few levels, killing monsters for XP becomes unprofitable (or even disadvantageous). Instead, power comes from your ever expanding collection of items which can be wielded, worn, thrown, rubbed, dipped, engraved, snapped, pointed, combined, cast, eaten, read, or applied, singly or in combination.The advantage of NetHack's focus on items is that it reduces the impact of luck. By carefully hoarding your resources, (almost) nothing is inescapably fatal. The downside of NetHack's focus on items is that it reduces the impact of luck. Once you've learned some effective tactics, multiple playthroughs can start to feel similar, or even repetitive.Still, for a free game (in the sense of both "free beer" and "free speech") that can take up to a decade to beat for the first time, you could do worse.NetHack is cross-platform; it's safe to bet that if you're using an operating system that's still being developed, there's a port for it. In fact, Linux distributions tend to feature ports of it in their software repositories, and anyone with the proper programming skills can make ports or modifications because it is free and open-source software, released under the terms of the NetHack General Public License.You can play it online here.If Nethack's rather archaic graphics intimidate you, you can always try Vulture, an isometric GUI that more or less takes the original and spits out detailed graphics, sounds, and all around allows for an easier experience when learning how to play. The site currently has builds for vanilla Nethack, SLASH'EM and UnNethack, with the Sporkhack variant coming soon. Additionally, the Nethack Wiki has a list of other alternate graphical tilesets.
There is a large box named "Tropes" here, loot it? [ynq] (q) y
You carefully open the large box...—More—
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