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NetHack is a open source roguelike game originally published in 1987. One of the most distinctive features is its extensive item system; items can behave differently based on the character's status, the item's blessed/uncursed/cursed (BUC) status, the player's form or the surroundings. It is often said that the dev team thinks of everything.

The latest version, 3.4.3, dates back to 2003; the apparent stall in development and the open license has triggered a number of forks, the most notable being SLASH'EM () and Unnethack.

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