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Old September 6 2009, 02:31 PM   #1
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Roguelikes

When I was in high school, two decades ago, I discovered this fantastic game called Hack. I was a @, and with my d I went down into dungeons in search of pillage and plunder, while trying to avoid O and K and, especially, k. That damn k!

Hack was part of an entire genre of games, that went back to some of the early terminals. It all began with a game called Rogue. And from Rogue there came Moria and Hack. Moria evolved into Angband, Hack evolved into NetHack. I never really got into the Moria or 'bands, and NetHack is a wee too complicated for me.

The game I liked the most? Larn.

If you've played Diablo or Champions of Norrath, you've played a very modern Roguelike.

Recently, I found some Hack executables, and I've been spending an hour or two a day in the dungeons, looking for the Amulet of Yendor. (In NetHack, that actually leads to an endgame. In Hack, it's just an artifact you can find.)

Anyone else have fond memories of the Roguelike games? Anyone still play these text-graphics games?
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