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NetHack from aaaa to Zruty Ep. 16: Learning about The Quest and cockatrice

In this episode: NetHack's back! Wes and Jeremy continue their Valkyrie adventures, but not before Jeremy delivers some very important pro tips for shopping. After that, it's onto something exciting and new: the Shrine of Destiny!?

NetHack from aaaa to Zruty is our newest Let's Play series. I'm diving into the end-all-be-all of roguelikes, a game you may have heard of but probably haven't played. NetHack has been around since 1987 as a descendant of Rogue, which afew games have taken inspiration from since then. But where Rogue was a simple game that was expanded on in Hack and NetHack, NetHack hasn't spawned its own sequel: it's simply grown and grown and grown in complexity for nearly 30 years.

Well, except for the ASCII graphics. Those are still pretty simple.

The same way I took on Dwarf Fortress, I decided I wanted to learn the ropes of NetHack with an experienced player at my side. My friend Jeremy Nissen, who has completed many NetHack runs, joins me for this series to impart wisdom, explain NetHack's intricacies, and let me get my self killed on more than one occasion.

This is our final episode for now, but we may be back for more NetHack in the future! Let us know if you'd like to see more NetHack videos, and if so, which parts of the game we should focus on.

When he's not 50 hours into a JRPG or an opaque ASCII roguelike, Wes is probably playing the hottest games of three years ago. He oversees features, seeking out personal stories from PC gaming's niche communities. 50% pizza by volume.