Illustration Friday: Polar
The beautiful & multitalented Rayne has requested that I explain what Nethack is. Nethack is the third evolution of Rogue- a very old IBM game (a little too old, when compared to the other versions.) Personally, I prefer the second evolution, Hack (now available for Windows as Revived Hack.) Nethack has many more monsters, potions, spells, ect- but is almost impossible to win.
Load up Nethack or Revived hack & you'll see... AWESOME 286 MS-DOS ASCII GRAPHICS! Yes, back in them days, we didn't need fancy graphics to play games- not when there are 26 letters of the alphabet- 52 if you include capital & lower-case, & numbers & punctuation marks as well!
Turn off that num-lock key & start hacking! You're going into the depths of the Dungeons of Doom to seek the Amulet of Yendor. But this isn't a simple up-down-left-right game- Almost every letter on your keyboard- upper & lowercase- is a command! you can drink potions, read scrolls, engrave the floor, throw, wield weapons, change your armor, cast spells, loot treasure, kick doors, dip items in holy water, eat (& eating different monsters will give you different immunities) & when all else fails, pray. (Just be sure you haven't pissed off your personal god or goddess...) So what's so hard about all this, you ask? Only that while you can save & load, you can't re-load! Once you die (or quit) you have to start all over again. Bwahahahahaa.
So go back to the days of the 80s- when computer games were interesting & fun to play, & best of all, FREE!