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Dudley's dungeon -- Wednesday, 14 September, 2005

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Plague September 14, 2005 01:18
First comment: 31 January, 2005 102 comments written
And that's why we don't have steroids in Nethack.
Nameless September 14, 2005 02:37
First comment: 29 December, 2004 281 comments written
You shouldn't be able to heal over max HP. If the potionPOTABLE, n. Suitable for drinking. Water is said to be
potable; indeed, some declare it our natural beverage,
although even they find it palatable only when suffering
from the recurrent disorder known as thirst, for which it
is a medicine. Upon nothing has so great and diligent
ingenuity been brought to bear in all ages and in all
countries, except the most uncivilized, as upon the
invention of substitutes for water. To hold that this
general aversion to that liquid has no basis in the
preservative instinct of the race is to be unscientific --
and without science we are as the snakes and toads.
        [ The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
was blessed it would be interesting to know what would actualy happen.
Kernigh September 14, 2005 03:23
First comment: 6 April, 2005 349 comments written
In wizardEbenezum walked before me along the closest thing we could
find to a path in these overgrown woods. Every few paces he
would pause, so that I, burdened with a pack stuffed with
arcane and heavy paraphernalia, could catch up with his
wizardly strides. He, as usual, carried nothing, preferring,
as he often said, to keep his hands free for quick conjuring
and his mind free for the thoughts of a mage.
        [ A Dealing with Demons, by Craig Shaw Gardner ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
mode, you can wish for -50 armor and rings of protection. When putting on the third such item, your AC goes from 110 to a negative number.
Daverd September 14, 2005 04:22
First comment: 18 August, 2004 26 comments written
Would've been funnier if I hadn't read yesterday's... =(
Daverd September 14, 2005 04:25
First comment: 18 August, 2004 26 comments written
Nameless: How do you know it wasn't blessed?
Nameless September 14, 2005 06:17
First comment: 29 December, 2004 281 comments written
Well... I didn't. It could be blessed and Dudley just might not know its BUC state. But I kind of figured that if it wereIn 1573, the Parliament of Dole published a decree, permitting
the inhabitants of the Franche-Comte to pursue and kill a
were-wolf or loup-garou, which infested that province,
"notwithstanding the existing laws concerning the chase."
The people were empowered to "assemble with javelins,
halberds, pikes, arquebuses and clubs, to hunt and pursue the
said were-wolf in all places where they could find it, and to
take, burn, and kill it, without incurring any fine or other
penalty." The hunt seems to have been successful, if we may
judge from the fact that the same tribunal in the following
year condemned to be burned a man named Giles Garnier, who
ran on all fours in the forest and fields and devoured little
children, "even on Friday." The poor lycanthrope, it appears,
had as slight respect for ecclesiastical feasts as the French
pig, which was not restrained by any feeling of piety from
eating infants on a fast day.
        [ The History of Vampires, by Dudley Wright ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
important for it to be blessed it would have said it was blessed rather than have the reader try and work it out.
shel September 14, 2005 11:53
First comment: 19 August, 2005 107 comments written
Sorry. :(
tracer September 20, 2005 01:44
First comment: 22 June, 2005 32 comments written
Actually, I was thinking of an ordinary (non-blessed) healing potionPOTABLE, n. Suitable for drinking. Water is said to be
potable; indeed, some declare it our natural beverage,
although even they find it palatable only when suffering
from the recurrent disorder known as thirst, for which it
is a medicine. Upon nothing has so great and diligent
ingenuity been brought to bear in all ages and in all
countries, except the most uncivilized, as upon the
invention of substitutes for water. To hold that this
general aversion to that liquid has no basis in the
preservative instinct of the race is to be unscientific --
and without science we are as the snakes and toads.
        [ The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
. Unless NetHack has changed since I played it on a regular basis, garden-variery healing potions will raise your max HP by 1 of you're already at or near max HP. (Nurses will also raise your max HP by 1 when they hit you -- but only with, what is it, a 1-in-20 chance or so?)

But that's not what I had in mind when I wrote this.

The time when I actually DID hack the save file to give me MAXINT hit points, I discovered something ... unexpected ... about the way healing works. The algorithm is something like this:

hitPoints = hitPoints + healingPoints;
if (hitPoints > maxHitPoints)
hitPoints = maxHitPoints;

The problem is, if hitPoints wraps back around to negative, (hitPoints > maxHitPoints) will of course be false!
Fathead July 18, 2006 19:43
First comment: 1 April, 2006 1136 comments written
Plague stole my comment!

Oh well.
Grognor April 16, 2007 08:12
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
Wow, Plague stole a comment a year before it ever even existed. THAT'S impressive.

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