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 - which is both a blessing and a curse.

Why does this happen?

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Sounds like a case of teleportitis. You can get this effect in a number of ways. If you're not wearing a ring of teleportation, then it's probably because you ate the corpse of a teleporting creature like a leprechaun.

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    I thought this was a joke answer at first. Then I googled nethack and followed the link. What the?
    – hobodave
    Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 22:02
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    Nethack can be fun like that. Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 22:06
  • Reading that page, I think it was a tengu. :) I'm impressed, though. This was a 'test' question to see if there was anyone who could actually answer NetHack questions on here. Finally, somewhere non-spam-infested! (ahem RGRN via Google Groups). Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 22:08
  • @Lucas, just wait for this place to become public :D @Hobodave that'd make an excellent question.
    – badp
    Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 22:11
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    @hobodave - Playing Nethack is one continuous, ongoing joke. A sick, twisted one. ;) @Lucas Jones - Thanks. I'm glad to know all those months lost to this game weren't entirely useless. ;) Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 22:14

As ire_and_curses says, it is teleportitis, but it does wear off after a while. The greatest blessings are bank robbery and shop-lifting!

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    I don't think that teleportitis ever wears off.
    – blahdiblah
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 2:18
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    Yes, teleportitis will stay with you like an annoying case of hiccups until you either have it stolen by a gremlin or gain teleport control. Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 19:33

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