What is NetHack?
NetHack is a single player dungeon exploration game that runs on a wide
variety of computer systems, with a variety of graphical and text
interfaces all using the same game engine. Unlike many other Dungeons &
Dragons-inspired games, the emphasis in
NetHack is on discovering the detail of the dungeon and not simply killing
everything in sight - in fact, killing everything in sight is a good
way to die quickly. Each game presents a different landscape - the
random number generator provides an essentially unlimited number of
variations of the dungeon and its denizens to be discovered by the
player in one of a number of characters: you can pick your race, your
role, and your gender.
But that's a very dry description.
For information on running the program see the README that comes with each
For details on the game itself,
see the Guidebook.
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