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NetHack is a single player dungeon exploration game that runs on a wide variety of computer...

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  • I just bought factorio
    I've always been fond of the last quote on - Source: Reddit / 12 days ago
  • Went to see the video game exhibit at the NY MOMA
    It was discussed here last fall, when the home page for was updated to mention it. The blurb includes a few other tiny screen shots and says the exhibit is scheduled to be open until mid-July. - Source: Reddit / 30 days ago
  • So where do I begin?
    That said, I've seen people getting into Nethack and/or Angband without any previous exposure, and these games are not... Easy to begin with. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Similar Games?
    Also: not similar in gameplay: but NetHack is another obscure open source game I enjoy. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • How do settings work? [dNethack]
    The edition for version 3.6.6 is available online at the website but I don't have the actual URL. I assume hardfought makes editions available for each of the versions it offers, at least plain text copies. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • NetHack at MOMA
    You can view the original pic the OP posted along with others on the main page at - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • lootabc?
    You should update to 3.6.6. doesn't provide a binary distribution for Mac but you can use Homebrew or Macports. They're both free package manager tools for OSX that let you download and install programs and both offer prebuilt nethack 3.6.6. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • We are working on a moddable roguelike rpg for the Playdate and Steamdeck. Thoughts on the combat?
    Those are my thoughts, because simply put "this looks like I cant play it." I can however play things that are like the game Rogue. I can play NetHack. I can play Stay Safe. I can play POWDER. I can play Brogue,. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Is there a Star Wars roguelike?
    Real roguelikes are turn and tile based games that mirror the gameplay of the game Rogue. Things like Pixel Dungeon, things like Nethack, things like DCSS. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • I made a video on Ten Minutes Till Dawn if you enjoy RogueLikes dont miss this one... (link in comments)
    Roguelikes as a turn based genre matter because they allow people who need turn based genres to keep gaming as a hobby to do so. I'm half blind and one-armed. Ten Minutes To Dawn isnt playable to me, and it took a few watches to see what's going on gameplay wise. Nethack however is playable to me. DCSS however is playable to me. POWDER however is playable to me. Dungeons of Dredmor however is playable to me. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • What is this statistic?
    Being able to show the score as part of status is a conditional feature based on SCORE_ON_BOTL. That's disabled by default; I don't know whether any of the binary distributions from enable it. The '#version' command shows "score on status line" when the build makes it available. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Games with really a long patch history?
    BUT the real champ is probably NetHack (1987-now) - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • What are the best free pc games no one talks about?
    NetHack - Feels heavily inspired by early versions of DnD. Has a very high level of item interaction complexity. Winning will probably require you to read spoilers, so avoid this game if you want something that holds your hand. The object of the game is to dive into the Dungeons of Doom and try to retrieve the Amulet of Yendor for your god. You'll collect all manner of weapons, armor, wands, scrolls, potions,... - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • nethack 3.6.6 download being flagged by Malwarebytes as Backdoor.NetWiredRC
    I just checked the md5 checksum of my file and it matches that listed on the site. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • I have found the original Rogue game that created the whole "rogue-like" genre today. (I know it is mild, but I think that's the point?)
    By the way, you can still install and play it if you care to. NetHack. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Roguelikes with depth/endgame?
    Definitely NetHack. It not only has themed levels, it has areas that are completely different from each other even at the early game. Some of these are optional (mines, sokoban, etc.) but some are necessary at midgame (quest level, Gehennom, the astral planes, etc.). I'd recommend downloading the latest version. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • I've somehow made things *more* difficult for myself...
    The Windows download page at has a link to another page which describes how to run nethack with a command line argument that causes it to list the various locations instead of starting play. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • What games on steam are good for someone with Cerebral Palsy?
    Nethack uses a keyboard (mouse not required) and is turn-based where every keystroke is a single turn. You can pause the game forever, save, pickup exactly where you left off. nethack is an old old wizards and magic game (based on older wizards and magic games) that is incredibly complex and detailed, and is an engaging challenge/struggle through most levels. Oh yeah, and if you die, that's it. No second... - Source: Reddit / about 2 years ago
  • Making Lightning Bolt & Fireball equal
    Http:// It got an update last year! - Source: Reddit / about 2 years ago

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