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NetHack

A nice bucket of used paintbrushes.

A nice bucket of used paintbrushes.

Over the break I have found myself becoming addicted to NetHack.

I don’t know why but the game appeals to the fantasy RPG player in me combined with the subtlety of action that can feel lacking in modern games. Not to mention its brevity is a relief in comparison to other games.

My best run so far into the Dungeons of Doom has been to level five, where I believe I was killed by a shopkeeper.

The game has a lot to explore, especially if you do not read the manual or any of the instructions. It was not until the fifteenth game that I learned how to sell items. There is also an underlying though not overwhelming sense of humor.

The first time I played it I was a chaotic tourist, though I found that my favorite character has to be a wizard at the moment.

It is hard, unforgiving (no returning to past saves) and fun.

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