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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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 ...
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What race should I genocide?

I just got a scroll of genocide monster. My initial reaction is to kill off vampires, because I hate losing levels to them. However, I'm not sure that this is the best monster to genocide. There are ...
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In the Nethack early game, should I first venture through the Gnomish Mines or Sokoban?

I have been rolling through the beginner level dungeons OK, even managing to find Excalibur from time to time. I find myself at a branching point where my knowledge of strategy begins to break down. ...
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What are powerful forms to polymorph into?

I've obtained and identified a ring of polymorph control for the first time, and I'm wondering how I can abuse this ability to the fullest. What forms are good for combat? I'm especially ...
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Are spellbooks of any practical use to more “physical” characters?

If I'm playing as a Barbarian or a Valkyrie or something similar, is there anything I can do with spellbooks other than just sell them for a little bit of gold?
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How difficult are Nethack and Crawl?

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 ...
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Benefits of lycanthropy

I recently killed a werejackal (somehow avoiding having lycanthropy transmitted to me), and now have a fresh corpse in my inventory. According to the all-knowing Wiki, lycanthropy is generally ...
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How do you wipe your hands in Nethack?

I opened a tin can and ate something with my hands, which made them greasy. Now holding a weapon is impossible, and so is wearing rings. I tried #wipe but it seems that's only for the face. How would ...
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How can I improve my search effectiveness early on?

Ok, asked this in chat, but was advised to move to the main site. I have been playing a lawful dwarf Valkyrie as I'd heard this is one of the easier classes to start with. I am still learning the ...
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Is there a way to select all items in a list?

For example, when I go to drop items, put items into a chest, or pick up items off the floor, is there a way to select all the items visible in the list, rather than just quickly typing "abcdefgh..."? ...
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Changing the appearances of characters

I know a lot of people like to change their boulders from ` to 0. Are there any other helpful character swaps I should be aware of? I'm assuming this is all personal preference and people do it for ...
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How does vision work in nethack?

As is immediately obvious the first time you play nethack, you can't see much until you move around a bit. Here are some basic things I've figured out: You can see things within one block of ...
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Dangers to the Vanilla Nethacker in SLASH'EM

I've been playing Nethack for a little while, and I'd like to try SLASH'EM. I understand there is a lot of new stuff in SLASH'EM - magic, items, monsters, classes, etc. I've also heard that it's ...
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Advice on dealing with pets

Two part question, though both related - What is the best method of keeping my pet "happy" For this, I mean, how do I keep my pet from wandering off and either becoming feral or getting killed ...
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I died in Nethack to Food Poisoning, despite having Poison Resistance [closed]

I was playing Nethack last night, and mind you, I'm a beginner. In a desperate attempt to get some food in me, I mashed the e button and hit a random key. Unfortunately, I downed a rotten newt corpse, ...
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How do I enhance my skills?

I have read on Nethack's Wikia that it is possible to enhance my skills that are not locked...and that I free up skill points every time I gain a level. However, every time I call #enhance, it seems ...
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“Not enough stamina to move”?

When playing Nethack, I have several times now received this message "Not enough stamina to move" typically when a monster is standing right beside me. >.< What does this mean and how can I fix it? ...
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Shops, theft, and your pet(s)

How do you get your pet(s) to steal things from shops?
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Cockatrice petrification circumstances?

If I'm riding my horse and I pound a cockatrice with my lance or attack it with ranged weaponry until it dies and I step on the same tile as the cockatrice corpse will it petrify me or my horse?
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Can't take off armor (not cursed!)

For some reason I cannot take off my blessed +1 ring mail I started the game with. It just says "You can't take that off". I found a better piece of armor that provides a better AC and is much lighter ...
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Do pets gain experience when being ridden?

If I'm riding my Pony will he gain experience and eventually become a Horse (and then a Warhorse)?
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How can I progress further when there are no stairs down?

I'm very new to Nethack, and essentially have read nothing but the list of commands I can use in game. I've had the game randomly generate my characters for me so far as I just try to get a hang of ...
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When to mount your horse?

I'm guessing the best idea would be to hold off on mounting it until it turns into a Warhorse from fighting, correct?
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Overburdened Knight early in the game, how to carry more?

I'm having some serious trouble with being overburdened on my Knight all the time. If I find a better armor than my starting ring mail and put it on and drop my ring mail, I'm overburdened! What's the ...
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The Knight's code of conduct

I was in the Gnomish mines getting to level 5 to dip for Excalibur when a Gnome fled and I let him be due to my code of conduct. Went down another level and destroyed some more gnomes before coming ...
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Doors and mounts

I just started a Knight and mounted my Horse upon reaching level 2. I noticed you cannot kick doors while mounted. What's the best way to go about traversing doors while mounted?
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I don't understand how naming works

Example: I read a red spellbook, it crumbles and blinds me. It then asks me what to call it. What's the point of this? What am I supposed to do? I've read the NetHackWiki on the naming article but I ...
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How do you name something that isn't in your inventory?

While exploring the Gnomish Mines, I found a grey stone. I have reason to believe that this is a loadstone, and as such I want to name it without picking it up. Is this possible at all? And if it is, ...
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Can pets acquire instrinsics?

My dog just ate a mountain nymph corpse. Stupid dog. Does it have a chance of acquiring teleportitis as a result?