The top question on this website is about nethack so being a total baller I downloaded the game. I got the visual version for windows. I want to play a wizard but I died on my first attempt. I wonder if it had something to do with me not being able to use spells. I have no idea how to play this game so I wonder what are some useful commands. (i learned that D lets you drop things) and how to generally play each class.

It doesnt need to get into the specifics I just want to learn the basics so i dont keep dying (although tricks are appreciated as well)

  • Use Z (that's shift-z) to cast spells. – badp Nov 15 '12 at 13:28
  • Read the ingame help with ?, especially ?a, to get acquainted with the very basics.
  • If that was too dry, also check out the longer form Nethack Guidebook.
  • Decide if you want a spoiler-free experience, or if you'd rather have all games mechanics and messages explained to you through, e.g., the Nethack Wiki

Oh, by the way. You are going to keep dying. A lot. The only alternative to death is (spoiler alert!) victory and only 1.43% of all games played on public server nethack.alt.org result in victory (source: 1, 2), so get used to it :)

  • There's another alternative - climbing out of the dungeon without the Amulet. Gets you about a 10% higher score than dying. – Brilliand Mar 5 '14 at 22:09

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