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December 20, 2012. Checking nethack.org shows no new release after v3.4.3 on December 8, 2003.
That means nine years without a release. The previous longest time without a release was three years.
Maybe there will be a new release on the ten-year anniversary of the last release, or maybe we're the victims of Neglectful Precursors.
There now has been, in fact, a new release. The developers emerged from their decade-long slumber and delivered unto us unworthy souls the glory of Net Hack 3.6.0 this past December.
The most notable changes are MASSIVE nerfs to Elbereth, significant buffs to the scroll of confuse monster, and monsters now have a random variance in their speed, so you can't rely on them having exactly X turns to your Y.
Can I give a link to the Vulture's Eye homepage? Vulture's is GUI that makes Nethack a full 3D environment. One of the main problems Nethack has is that it's learning curve is less of a curve and more of brick wall, and it's ASCII interface does nothing to help. I do believe that if we link Vulture's, more people will get into this game. As a personal sidenote, the first time I fired up Nethack, I couldn't play it for 5 minutes without closing the game and uninstalling it. It wasn't until several months afterwards that I dl'd a GUI that actually had sprites, but it wasn't very intuitive. Vulture's does nothing to make the actual game easier, but it makes it much easier to learn to play.
Eh, I'll do it. Can't see what's the harm in it, if anybody has a problem with it feel free to remove it.
Do cockatrices really qualify for Demonic Spiders status? They're slow, easy to hit, and easy to kill, largely neutralizing the threat of their (somewhat inaccurate and very unreliable) stoning attack.
More like the many and varied ways they can kill you when they're already dead, starting with "another monster picks up the corpse and hits you with it", up through "stumbled over the corpse while blind" or "incubus removed your gloves while you're wielding one" and so on and so forth.
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