NetHack is probably the most played and famous roguelike currently played, featuring an extremely complex item system: "the dev team thinks of everything." Version 3.4.3 dates back to 2003 and runs on pretty much any OS.

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Optimal method of acquiring necessary gear pre-Medusa

I've been working on consistently getting my character of choice (lawful human Valk) to at least the midgame. Given that this type of character seems to be more forgiving, I've been rolling her for a ...
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Can't go downstairs in Nethack?

I have recently started playing Nethack (ie. an hour ago) and I know just about nothing more than Elbereth and commands. I have looked everywhere for the command to go down stairs to the next level ...
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Changing startup options in Nethack Cocoa

I find nethack cocoa works with MACos Mountain Lion. I would like to change default options before I start a character. I use to do this but have forgotten and the OS has changed too.
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How do I get NethackCocoa to read my .nethackrc?

I wanted to play a graphical Nethack for a change, and I found NethackCocoa in the Mac App Store. What bothers me is that it ignores my ~/.nethackrc - terminal Nethack works just fine with it. ...
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How can I get an item from a peaceful monster without the murder penalty?

A peaceful hobbit took the reflection amulet from the top of Sokoban. I know the alignment penalty for killing it is small, but I'd prefer to avoid it if possible. How can I get my amulet and avoid ...
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What can I do with artifacts I don't plan to use?

While playing, I often end up owning more artifact weapons than I need. Since I can't #twoweapon with two artifact weapons, I really don't need more than one at any time. The wiki page about artifacts ...
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Is there a substantial difference between a pet cat and a pet dog?

In Nethack, several roles by default start with a kitten or a small dog, chosen at random. They seem to be very similar: both have similar growth cycles and behaviors. Is there any substantial ...
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Does a scroll of remove curse uncurse rings and amulets?

The wiki page for the scroll of remove curse says The scroll of remove curse, when read, will uncurse worn or wielded items, loadstones and leashes in use. (emphasis mine) Does that only ...
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When should I start #twoweaponing?

It has been mentioned to me several times that if I am playing a class that can #twoweapon, then I should most definitely #twoweapon. At some point. In the future. However, I am not entirely clear on ...
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#Naming items not in your inventory

Is it possible to #name items that are not your inventory? Loadstones auto-curse themselves when you pick them up, is there any way to #name one so I know when I run into one later?
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Getting rid of bones levels on Nethack Cocoa

I have been plagued by a problem. I think something's out to kill me (although considering I'm playing Nethack, that "something" is "everything"). Specifically, I'm getting into trouble for something ...
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What is a good stash?

I always tend to die before being too much encumbered or filling my BoH enough, but I wonder: what is the ultimate stash configuration? I heard about boulder forts, but also blue jelly fort. I ...
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Why should I put a coin on engraving

I've read in several places that i should put a single coin on engravings, especially Elbereth engravings. Why ?
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New to nethack: playing wizard

The top question on this website is about nethack so being a total baller I downloaded the game. I got the visual version for windows. I want to play a wizard but I died on my first attempt. I wonder ...
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Getting Excalibur as a neutral human

So typically I'll go as a Lawful Human Valkyrie in order to be able to dip for Excalibur, and have the gnomes be angry at me so that I can get their sweet, sweet XP. But today, half-awake, I created ...
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Recover Nethack game in OS X (NetHackCocoa)

I finally get a good character going, and NetHackCocoa decides to crash on me and then show this lovely little message whenever I try to restart: Naturally I click 'No' and then attempt to find the ...
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Artifact in bones pile?

I died. A lot. As a lawful valkyrie. So, I've been trying to #dip for Excalibur, and haven't had any success yet. One of the Gnomish Mines levels was a bones level for me, and I found a cursed ...
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What is a good mid-game pet?

Typically I'm a human lawful valk (good starting class as I can't really get past mid-game yet), and I'm curious if I should consider switching (or adding) pets. I'll usually level my cat/dog up ...
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Can I eat humans and sacrifice them to my god?

If I am a race other than human and lawful, can I eat humans and sacrifice them or will this hurt my alignment? Or is that only a problem if you are human?
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What could be this potion that I see everywhere? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to identify items without getting killed If I understand correctly, the potions in Nethack are given random colors at the beginning of each game, but the same color ...
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What does the damage shorthand in Nethack mean?

For example, on the wiki page for the Riders, it says Death's attack does Attacks Touch of death 8d8, Touch of death 8d8 How am I supposed to interpret xdx?
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Is it possible to pacify the Minetown watch?

Recently, I was in Minetown and was attacked by some sort of monster that caused me to begin hallucinating. Without noticing this fact right away (I'm still adjusting to a new user interface), I ...
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How can I deal with monster spawns in Sokoban?

A few times recently in Sokoban, I've been having issues with inconvenient monster spawns that end up blocking my boulders. I most frequently run into this trouble when I'm nearing the completion of a ...
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Is there a distribution of Nethack with saving?

In nethack, you can't save and reload if you die. I want to do this. Is there a distribution of nethack that will let me?
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What do I do with all these corpses?

I've killed a quite a few gnomes, and there are corpses all over the place. I can't pick them up without being encumbered. Is there anything useful I can do with them?
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How do I walk up at a T-junction?

It is good practice to use walk commands rather than holding direction buttons as much as possible lest you accidentally run into a monster you can't handle and die as a result, a mistake I've made ...
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What do I do with my gold?

I've just completed my first raid of Fort Ludios. I've donated to priests enough to receive the -9 intrinsic protection and gotten major and minor Oracle consultations, but I have a bit over 40,000 ...
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How do I loot a chest on top of a teleportation trap?

Given that I don't have magic resistance yet, and walking on to the chest always teleports me away, is there a way to do it?
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Wizard quest entry

I'm an elf wizard with good stats, lots of spells, resistances and intrinsics and level 15. I'm new to nethack but have been spoiling quite a bit. Does having teleport control interfere with the ...
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Do bones in Minetown remember if the fountains have slowed to a trickle?

If a player dies in Minetown after being warned by the watchmen to stop dipping in fountains or receiving a message that the flow reduced to a trickle, leaving bones, does another player loading the ...
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Why is autopickup on even though I disabled it in nethackrc?

I created an .nethackrc to make nethack fitting my needs with the following line : OPTIONS=autodig,!autopickup But even if I disabled autopickup, it is still activated in game and it is very ...
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Is there a Nethack GUI client for OSX Lion?

This should not be a dupe of this question. I am trying to get Nethack up and running on OSX Lion, and the QT client no longer works (goodbye PPC support). I found the Nethack Cocoa project, however ...
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How does Nethack make a character for me?

I recently dipped my toes in Nethack waters and so far I've been letting Nethack pick the character for me. I keep getting either archeologist or a cavewoman though for about five games now. I'm ...
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Why did my Excalibur go all explodey on me?

So I was a lawful human Valkyrie...just picked up Excalibur a few floors prior, and had started working through the Gnomish Mines. I hadn't done anything to anger Tyr, I was simply cutting away some ...
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Where did my rings go?

I'm currently fighting my way through the castle in Nethack. I was wearing 2 rings when I reached this level (a ring of protection and a ring of regeneration), and after a long battle both my rings ...
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How can I bring my pet to the valley of dead?

I've finally reached the valley of the dead, but I'm having trouble getting my pet to follow me down there. Seeing that it is a silver dragon, I really didn't want to leave it behind. The problem is ...
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My pet is a public menace, what did I do wrong?

In my current attempt at nethack I'm playing a dwarven samurai with a dog pet, so most dwarves I've encountered are peaceful. However, for some reason, my dog has been going beserk on every friendly ...
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Do Slime Molds Rot?

I couldn't find this information on the wiki. I found a slime mold lying around and have absolutely no other source of nutrition. I'd like to hold on to it until I'm starving, but I don't know if ...
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What are special spells?

http://nethackwiki.com/wiki/Spellcasting This chance of failure is affected by intelligence (or wisdom), experience level, skill level, innate magical ability of the role, armour: especially metal ...
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What are pets good for in Nethack?

Absolutely new to Nethack, so forgive my noobiness. I think my pet surely is a cute little ASCII symbol on my console window, but what should I do with it? It follows me, and sometimes, it gets lost ...
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Choose which character to load?

I have Nethack on a flash drive so that I can easily play it on any computer. However, the game loads save files based on the characters name, and the username assigned to the account running the ...
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Are there graphical Nethack clients that connect to public servers?

So, there is the nethack.alt.org server where many users have gone and had their good times, using the text-based interface through a client such as PuTTY (or your favorite terminal client). Anyway, ...
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Colorful question marks seen when blind

After finishing the Quest (Valkyrie), I noticed that when I am blinded monsters no longer appear as monsters...instead they show up as colorful question marks. I'm not sure exactly what the ...
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Cowering in terror from a wand of death

face here. tee hee Anyway, I'm a level 13 Valkyrie trying to melee my way through Ft. Ludios so that I can level up enough to take on the Quest. So far, I've been doing well...I'm funneling all ...
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What is the purpose of closets?

I am having a hard time correlating what I see in the Wiki and what I'm seeing in the game itself. According to the wiki... Sometimes closets are generated without doors leading to them. The ...
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Making your actions properly repeatable

Should be a simple question - In Nethack often I've wanted to gain the telepathic intrinsic by eating a floating eye corpse. Normally I'll try attacking it from a distance so as not to be frozen. ...
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Taking off an item that has become welded to you

Ok, so I picked up a pickaxe while in the Gnomish Mines. Unthinkingly, I used it before testing it for its BUC. Well that was dumb, it has become welded to my hand. What is a good method of ...
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How to avoid become overloaded and overstressed

In traveling through the Gnomish Mines, it seems pretty easy to quickly become overloaded with gear. However, I normally try to stash all of this stuff in a safe place for selling and/or using later. ...
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Strategy for handling the oddities that spew out of a fountain upon dipping

Ok, normally when I hit level 5 I start searching around for a fountain to dip for Excalibur. One common issue I have been noticing is that sometimes I will either unleash a water demon or an ...
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Why did my dog just eat my cat?

I was carrying around a tripe ration in an effort to keep my dog close, when I found a nice housecat that was in need of a good home. So I fed it my tripe ration, and a very happy heart appeared over ...