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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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?
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Does eating werefoo corpses give lycantropy?

A wererat just died at my sword, failing to transmit its disease to me. However, it also left a corpse for me to eat. I'm hungry. My pet drags it to me, bad sign, but then again it does so for lichen ...
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How does telepathy work?

One particular dungeon level was swarming with floating eyes. Now, I don't like being watched, so I felt there was only one recourse. A few bits of flying magic later, I ate a floating eye corpse. ...
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A strategy for Nethack progress?

I've been playing Nethack for years but don't get anywhere near the end for one reason or another. I'm experienced enough to not eat old corpses, wear cursed items or pick the wrong fight, but what I ...
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Can I change the movement keys in NetHack?

I recently downloaded NetHack, and have begun to play on my laptop. However, I find the directional key bindings rather cumbersome. I do not have a Number Pad, and would rather not use the NumLock ...
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How to recover a crashed game in Vulture's

I was playing SLASH'em with the Vulture's GUI, on Mac OSX. The applicatiion crashed, and now when I try to start, I get a popup telling me that I have a game already with that name, and asking if I ...
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Flowchart(s) for indirect identification

There are a lot of different ways of identifying items (as expounded here), and often it seems that several steps are required. I know there are lots of tables of this information on the NetHack wiki ...
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Determining beginnerness in NetHack

I just got into NetHack (using Vulture's for a GUI), and I've been reading up on a bunch of things so I can be ever so slightly prepared for what awaits me. One of the things I've read is that as ...
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How can I permanently set options in Slash'em?

In Slash'em (possibly the same in nethack) I can set options with O, but these opotion are set only for this game. How can I set options permanently?
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How do I hoard items effectively?

When it comes to RPGs, I am a hoarder. Specifically, I want to be able to pick up all items, identify them, sell all the useless stuff, and keep everything that might be useful. NetHack makes this ...
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How do I eat a ring?

I have seen some vague references to eating rings as a means of permanently gaining their power. I initially assumed this involved using Stone-to-Flesh to turn a stone ring into a meat ring. However, ...
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How can I tell if food is rotten?

I've gotten some tips from other questions, e.g. corpses rot very quickly. However, I have also often found that rations and other comestibles in my inventory turn out to be rotten, and occasionally ...
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What are the uses of engraving?

I recently found out about the Elbereth engraving through the NetHack wiki. Are there any other "special" uses for engraving aside from this one?
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Can I pick a lock on a shop “closed for inventory”?

In nethack I encountered a shop "closed for inventory". I know it won't open on its own. I know I can use a credit card to open it, but I haven't seen any in this game. Question: can I pick the ...
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Why did the shopkeeper get mad at me?

So I was about to lead my Wizard to Dlvl2, when suddenly A trap door opens up under you! "Hello, bp! Welcome to Angmagssalik's general store!" I land right into a shop on level 2. I try to leave ...
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“Your [item] suddenly vibrates unexpectedly.”

e - a blessed scroll labeled XIXAXA XOXAXA XUXAXA. What do you want to read? [e or ?*] As you read the scroll, it disappears. Your small shield glows silver for a moment. Your small shield suddenly ...
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Does #loot'ing unpaid bags cost money?

My level 6 human wizard fell its way to an hardware shop in the Gnomish Mines. She wanted to buy a bag he saw in there when the shopkeeper commented, "Just 5,355 zorkmids for you, good lady." ...
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NetHack client for iPhone

Is there a NetHack client for the iPhone? I have tried telnetting to "nethack.alt.org", but it's vey awkward.
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Nethack for Windows Mobile

I'm looking for a good version of Nethack to run on my Windows Mobile phone. I currently have Windows NetHack graphical version 3.4.3, and it kind of drives me a little nuts, moreso from a usability ...
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NetHack Clients For OS X? [closed]

What clients exist for OS X? I am using the official QT port (graphical).
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Mazes of Menace - a good map?

I have tried to make sense of the map at the following URL, but can not read it effectively: http://nethackwiki.com/wiki/Mazes_of_Menace Is there an good map of the Mazes of Menace (Nethack) ?
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how to identify BUC of item in nethack [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Identifying items without killing myself How can I identify the BUC (blesses, uncursed, cursed) status of items in nethack? I have dropped something on an altar, which ...
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How to identify items without getting killed

In NetHack/Roguelikes you run across wands/rings/potions/etc. that you need to identify before you can know what they do. Is there a safe or recommended way of handling these items without turning ...
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How can I survive Gehennom?

What are some good methods for surviving in Gehennom? I am still quite noobish to the world of Nethack, but have been able to make it to this level once or twice while playing. Once I got in though, ...
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How do you safely pray to your god?

Can somebody please give me a good overview of the prayer system in NetHack? From what I understand, you can pray once and your god is more than happy to help you out, but if you pray again, you get ...
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Avoiding hunger in Nethack

A bit of a followup from How can I tell if a corpse is safe to eat?, what is the best manner of avoiding death by hunger? Previously, I had eaten corpses and whatnot whenever I could find them, and ...
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How can I tell if a corpse is safe to eat?

I am a human wizard, and I just killed a monster, leaving a corpse on the ground. How do I tell whether it is safe to eat this corpse? I leave the monster unspecified because I am interested in "how ...
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What's a good role and race for a Nethack beginner?

I've just started to play Nethack (games you can play in a shell are useful). What is the easiest role and race to start with?
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My character keeps jumping around in NetHack. Why?

I've spent quite a while on my NetHack game (for me), and I've managed to get up a few levels. However, my character has (annoyingly) started to randomly jump around to different parts of the level - ...