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Trivia / NetHack

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  • Development Hell: Version 3.6.0 took 12 years to come out. During that time, the source code for additions they did wasn't available because it was developed under the "cathedral model" of open source development where the development source code is not put up for public access, so it was often assumed that there never would be another update.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Vladsbane, for whatever underpowered/corroded joke weapon some players use to kill Vlad.
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    • Rodney for the Wizard of Yendor.
    • "Rubber chicken", for a cockatrice corpse wielded for its instakill Taken for Granite properties.
  • Long Runner: The game began as a more sophisticated version of Rogue, named Hack. It gained the "Net" part of its name when various contributors from around Usenet began adding their own features to the source code base. If you've ever seen the source code, you know it looks like something that's been edited by committee.
  • Port Overdosed: The game has been ported to almost anything that's Turing-complete.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Look at the Shout Out subpage. Was this made in the 80s or what?
  • The Wiki Rule: There's one here.

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