Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lost on Level 1

I've been playing for a couple days now, halfheartedly in an attempt to knock off the ole' cobwebs.  I originally tried playing Priest but my prayers even near death only seemed to anger my deity unfortunately.

I could barely remember how to play after so many years and NetHack uses a daunting list of keyboard commands so I've been keeping the Guidebook and the Wiki open while I play.  I am however trying to avoid spoilers for the most part and paying the price for what I can't remember.

So, I messed around a little but from hereon out I will keep an official tally of how many heroes I send to their death.

Starting now, this is my first.

Ye Dude:  Monk, Male, Human, Chaotic, Deity: Huan Ti

This time, the first floor of the dungeon presented a problem to me.  No stairs.
I repeatedly searched with no luck.  Fortunately, I had picked up a couple extra scrolls so I started reading.  As luck would have it the first scroll I read was a mapping scroll and revealed where the hidden door was that I was I searching for along with a large general store as well, which is incredibly convenient for level 1.

Using my dog, I stole a couple of spellbooks but did end up paying for a bag.

On level 4 I drank from a fountain and a water nymph popped out and stole a cursed genocide scroll from me.  I started with an uncursed genecide scroll as well.  Both of these can be quite useful.  Fortunately, luck was on my side again as I found a Floating Eye on the same level, killed it, ate it's corpse (sorry), put on a blindfold and then tracked down that thieving water nymph and got my scroll back.  Also, my tame pup has grown into a tame dog.

On Level 5 I found a Chaotic altar and took the chance to identify the BUC status of all my scrolls.  Moving on to Level 6 I found a gravestone, used my pickaxe to dig and somehow dug up my own corpse, "a corpse named Ye Dude.".  Unfortunately, I had no turn undead or wands to see how that would have worked out.

I also came across a spotted jelly and after whacking it a few turns then getting hit for 20 damage, I decided to leave it alone.  I also found a shop that was ridiculously infested with Mimics but managed to deal with them.

Moving down to Level 7 and some further exploring I came across a Horse.  I dropped an apple to see if I could tame it but the damn thing was biting me so I attacked it for about five turns until somehow this Horse landed a deadly blow on me.  So uh...note to self...avoid horses.

Welcome Mortal!

This is the story of my daring quest to retrieve the "Blank of Blank" from the Dungeons of  "Blank" and become an immortal hero.

If you've wandered onto this blog by accident somehow or because of "teleportitis" then you probably don't have a clue what I'm talking about.

Rogue is a single player dungeon explorer/crawler game and a famous icon of computer gaming history.  It was originally released in 1980 and quickly exploded into its own genre known as "Roguelike".

Although, Rogue and many other early roguelikes only featured ASCII (text) graphics what made it truly popular was its randomly generated dungeons, items and permadeath. (no saves, no continues)

In 2009, PC World called Rogue one of the ten greatest computer games ever.

This blog was originally created as a journal of my efforts to retrieve the amulet in Nethack but I've since expanded it to encompass all things Rogue and Roguelike.