I thought I would do a fun page on a topic unrelated to Oracle database administration. The one computer game I play somewhat regularly is called nethack. I first ran across a program called hack when I was a college student at Harvard between 1983 and 1987. Our Vax computers with their character based terminals had hack installed and it was a great way to waste time when you should be doing school work. I also had a PC version at the time which ran on my Compaq portable computer with its two 5 1/4 inch floppy drives. Later versions became known as nethack.
Ascension end game dumps:
Diary that I print out and put in a binder for each game to keep track of things:
rec.games.roguelike.nethack – USENET news group with good nethack discussion – I used to post as email@example.com.
Reddit nethack forum – web based nethack discussion forum
Nethack wiki – Nethack site with a bunch of information
patches – site with source code patches you can apply to the base code.
variants – modified versions of the vanilla code.
irc chat – real time discussion about Nethack games and development
Simple patch I created: Coins dropped on altar patch
My GitHub repository URL: https://github.com/bobbydurrett/NetHack.git
- NetHack-3.6.0 – this is just my copy of the main repository from the development team. I update this often to keep up with the DevTeam’s code.
- fixscreenresize – minor bug fix to make Nethack on Linux allow you to change the number of rows and columns in your Putty window without causing a problem.
- tigerfix – very minor enhancement to allow a hallucinating player who is polymorphed as a tiger to get the same fun Tony the Tiger message no matter what type of yummy food they eat.
- bobbyhack – combines my other branches into one. My theory is that if I start making branches with experimental changes, etc. I can merge them all into this branch and it will be a way for me to play with my code. But, at this moment it only has two small fixes on top of the main repository.
Instructions for using GitHub and Nethack: URL
Description of the 32 bit version of Linux that I used to use to run Nethack: post
Now I have a new Centos 7 Linux VM running on 64 bit x86. Not sure why I felt like I had to have a 32 bit version of Linux before but I’m keeping the post for posterity.
I use this email alias for Nethack related conversations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyway, it is a fun game mainly for nostalgic reasons for me. Plus is it cool to have the source code.
Here is my youngest daughter’s interpretation of nethack: