13 thoughts on “LOLhack

  1. Lemming

    How long did you have to play to catch that screenie? Not terribly long, I expect, but I don’t remember what makes the pet lethargic. Also — I thought the gnomish mines were a little deeper than this (I see two branches down).
    Also: this is ftw.
    Mason: Nethack is a “rogue-like” game, a very old (originally) ascii-art based dungeon crawl. Most of the classes have a familiar — in this case, AG is playing a Wizard, which gets a cat familiar. He did something (don’t recall all of the mechanics) to make the cat unhappy (message in top-left), and finally the LOLCAT connection is complete.
    And, in honor of my caveman…

  2. Arcane Gazebo

    Yep, I’m invoking the LOLcat meme of a cat recoiling in horror with the caption DO NOT WANT. In nethack, pets can sense cursed items and “move only reluctantly” onto squares containing them. In this case, it was a cursed dagger that the cat recoiled from.
    As it happens I’ve been playing a bunch of nethack lately (“someone” installed it on one of the lab servers and there’s been a kind of intra-lab competition), and so I just had to wait for the right moment in the course of my normal play. I frequently use my pet for curse-detection (until I find an altar) and so the main problem was remembering to stop and take a screenshot when it happened.
    (As for the Gnomish Mines, the entrance can appear as early as level 2 and as late as level 4.)

  3. Mason

    I know what nethack is at some basic level. What I meant by minimal exposure was that I never played it. I did play some old mud once that Ben Williamson wanted to show me. He stole my belongings as a joke within 1 minute of playing and my interest lasted only a little longer than that. I think I should have tried it when I was younger and had fewer hobbies. That would have given me the chance to get into it.
    Also, I wasn’t getting the connection to the LOLcat meme at all, which is where my comment was really going as to what I should be looking for.

  4. Arcane Gazebo

    While we’re on the subject of nethack, this is a new achievement for me:

    You made the top ten list!
    No  Points     Name                                                   Hp [max]
    1    4659894  hime-Wiz-Hum-Mal-Neu ascended to demigod-hood.        296 [299]
    2     277823  hime-Val-Hum-Fem-Neu died in The Dungeons of Doom on
    level 27.  Killed by a zruty.                           - [101]
    3     232131  Shane-Wiz-Elf-Mal-Cha died in The Dungeons of Doom on
    level 5 [max 16].  Killed by an invisible stalker,
    while helpless.                                         -  [99]

    I think Shane’s about to join me in the demigod bar, too…

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