Looking through a list of roguelikes to sink my teeth into I've narrowed down my choices to Nethack and Crawl. The problem is that I'm not experienced with roguelikes so I don't know what to expect in terms of difficulty, and I want to choose the one that is easier to get into and beat.
So how steep are Nethack and Crawl's learning curves? Is one game more feasible to beat than the other, starting as a beginner? I'm more concerned about learning game mechanics than the UI.
What I've heard so far about differences between the two:
Crawl is less in-depth so the different ways to die are less surprising. Yet Another Stupid Death originated from Nethack, so I fear for my wellbeing.
A death in Nethack is usually because of stupidity and not bad luck. Crawl's random number generator can turn a sheep into a killing machine, meaning I may need both luck and experience.
If any of the two points above are incorrect please say so.