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 and I would very much like to equip it. What's causing this?

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You may be wearing something over top of that armor that would prevent it from being removed, such as a cloak.

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    Wearing any cloak, regardless of BUC status, prevents you from removing body armor. You must remove the cloak first.
    – sjohnston
    Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 21:02
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    Using Shift-A, you can remove armor out from underneath cloaks without taking off the cloak first. I can't remember whether this is classified as a bug or not, though.
    – MikeyB
    Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 21:06
  • @MikeyB: Oh wow. I never even thought of that. The dev team really does think of everything. Thanks! Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 21:06
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    @MikeyB How does this factor in with cursed cloaks?
    – user56
    Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 21:31
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    If you have a cursed item over a non-cursed item I believe you have to deal with the curse before you can remove the items under it. (at least as I recall from playing Nethack over the years) Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 23:38

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