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Dudley's dungeon -- Wednesday, 21 September, 2005

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Wednesday, 21 September, 2005 by Nobody Special
                    
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This fortune cookie is delicious! This cookie has a scrap of paper inside.
                    
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It reads: Your tendency to see in black and white will be your undoing.
                    
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@ "I thought these are supposed to have nice little tidbits of advice, not prophecies of doom!"
                    
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@ "At least the cookie was tasty. But I resent being called narrow-minded."
400 turns later...  
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 |     Dudley     | 
 |    killed by   | 
 |  a salamanderFor hundreds of years, many people believed that salamanders
were magical. In England in the Middle Ages, people thought
that fire created salamanders. When they set fire to damp
logs, dozens of the slimy creatures scurried out. The word
salamander, in fact, comes from a Greek word meaning "fire
animal".
        [ Salamanders, by Cherie Winner ]

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Moral: always play NetHack in color.


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Kernigh September 21, 2005 00:42
First comment: 6 April, 2005 349 comments written
Sometimes I have a situation like this
.dd@dd...
@ "Wait, you are a little dogA domestic animal, the _tame dog_ (_Canis familiaris_), of
which numerous breeds exist. The male is called a dog,
while the female is called a bitch. Because of its known
loyalty to man and gentleness with children, it is the
world's most popular domestic animal. It can easily be
trained to perform various tasks.

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. Where is the big dogA domestic animal, the _tame dog_ (_Canis familiaris_), of
which numerous breeds exist. The male is called a dog,
while the female is called a bitch. Because of its known
loyalty to man and gentleness with children, it is the
world's most popular domestic animal. It can easily be
trained to perform various tasks.

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? Fido 3, where is Fido 2?"

And
..@...a..
@ "No! A blue lowercase a! A soldierThe soldiers of Yendor are well-trained in the art of war,
many trained by the Wizard himself. Some say the soldiers
are explorers who were unfortunate enough to be captured,
and put under the Wizard's spell. Those who have survived
encounters with soldiers say they travel together in platoons,
and are fierce fighters. Because of the load of their combat
gear, however, one can usually run away from them, and doing
so is considered a wise thing.

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antThis giant variety of the ordinary ant will fight just as
fiercely as its small, distant cousin. Various varieties
exist, and they are known and feared for their relentless
persecution of their victims.

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! I am doomed! The > is too far away! I am doomed to death[Pestilence:] And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals,
and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four
beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white
horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given
unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

[War:] And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the
second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another
horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon
to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one
another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

[Famine:] And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the
third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black
horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his
hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say,
A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley
for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

[Death:] And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the
voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and
behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death,
and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over
the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with
hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
[ Revelations of John, 6:1-8 ]

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! Panic!"
a - a giantGiants have always walked the earth, though they are rare in
these times. They range in size from little over nine feet
to a towering twenty feet or more. The larger ones use huge
boulders as weapons, hurling them over large distances. All
types of giants share a love for men - roasted, boiled, or
fried. Their table manners are legendary.

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beetle[ The Creator ] has an inordinate fondness for beetles.
        [ attributed to biologist J.B.S. Haldane ]

The common name for the insects with wings shaped like
shields (_Coleoptera_), one of the ten sub-species into
which the insects are divided. They are characterized by
the shields (the front pair of wings) under which the back
wings are folded.
        [ Van Dale's Groot Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal ]

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@ "I am saved; it is only a slow giantGiants have always walked the earth, though they are rare in
these times. They range in size from little over nine feet
to a towering twenty feet or more. The larger ones use huge
boulders as weapons, hurling them over large distances. All
types of giants share a love for men - roasted, boiled, or
fried. Their table manners are legendary.

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beetle[ The Creator ] has an inordinate fondness for beetles.
        [ attributed to biologist J.B.S. Haldane ]

The common name for the insects with wings shaped like
shields (_Coleoptera_), one of the ten sub-species into
which the insects are divided. They are characterized by
the shields (the front pair of wings) under which the back
wings are folded.
        [ Van Dale's Groot Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal ]

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!"

I prefer color to monochrome. It is best using a black background when playing in color, like DOS.
Nobody Special September 21, 2005 02:00
First comment: 8 June, 2005 118 comments written
Now that I think of it, I gave Dudley a pet catWell-known quadruped domestic animal from the family of
predatory felines (_Felis ochreata domestica_), with a thick,
soft pelt; often kept as a pet. Various folklores have the
cat associated with magic and the gods of ancient Egypt.

So Ulthar went to sleep in vain anger; and when the people
awakened at dawn - behold! Every cat was back at his
accustomed hearth! Large and small, black, grey, striped,
yellow and white, none was missing. Very sleek and fat did
the cats appear, and sonorous with purring content.
        [ The Cats of Ulthar, by H.P. Lovecraft ]

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(or, continuing with the theme, maybe it's a jaguarLarge, flesh-eating animal of the cat family, of Central and
South America. This feline predator (_Panthera onca_) is
sometimes incorrectly called a panther.
[ Van Dale's Groot Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal ]

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!) here, but he usually appears with a dogA domestic animal, the _tame dog_ (_Canis familiaris_), of
which numerous breeds exist. The male is called a dog,
while the female is called a bitch. Because of its known
loyalty to man and gentleness with children, it is the
world's most popular domestic animal. It can easily be
trained to perform various tasks.

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. Is that taboo?
Plague September 21, 2005 02:56
First comment: 31 January, 2005 102 comments written
Nah, I wouldn't call it a taboo.
  September 21, 2005 07:18
First comment: 1 April, 2004 431 comments written
I have the same problem even when I play with colors:

"Hey, a dwarfDwarfs have faces like men (ugly men, with wrinkled, leathery
skins), but are generally either flat-footed, duck-footed, or
have feet pointing backwards. They are of the earth, earthy,
living in the darkest of caverns and venturing forth only
with the cloaks by which they can make themselves invisible,
and others disguised as toads. Miners often come across them,
and sometimes establish reasonably close relations with them.
... The miners of Cornwall were always delighted to hear a
bucca busily mining away, for all dwarfs have an infallible
nose for precious metals.
Among other things, dwarfs are rightly valued for their skill
as blacksmiths and jewellers: they made Odin his famous spear
Gungnir, and Thor his hammer; for Freya they designed a
magnificent necklace, and for Frey a golden boar. And in their
spare time they are excellent bakers. Ironically, despite
their odd feet, they are particularly fond of dancing. They
can also see into the future, and consequently are excellent
meteorologists. They can be free with presents to people
they like, and a dwarvish gift is likely to turn to gold in
the hand. But on the whole they are a snappish lot.
[ The Immortals, by Derek and Julia Parker ]

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king! I'll kill it."
You hit the master mind flayerThis creature has a humanoid body, tentacles around its
covered mouth, and three long fingers on each hand. Mind
flayers are telepathic, and love to devour intelligent beings,
especially humans. If they hit their victim with a tentacle,
the mind flayer will slowly drain it of all intelligence,
eventually killing its victim.

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.
Eskimo September 21, 2005 08:35
First comment: 14 April, 2004 166 comments written
Anyone else noticed once we got back to thematic nh, ratings jumped a lot. Guess people can understand and relate to these.
L September 21, 2005 14:08
First comment: 10 February, 2005 285 comments written
The "400 turns later" was kinda redundant, though.

Also, nobody does comics about our good friends geckoLizards, snakes and the burrowing amphisbaenids make up the
order Squamata, meaning the scaly ones. The elongate, slim,
long-tailed bodies of lizards have become modified to enable
them to live in a wide range of habitats. Lizards can be
expert burrowers, runners, swimmers and climbers, and a few
can manage crude, short-distance gliding on rib-supported
"wings". Most are carnivores, feeding on invertebrate and
small vertebrate prey, but others feed on vegetation.
        [ Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia ]

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and iguanaLizards, snakes and the burrowing amphisbaenids make up the
order Squamata, meaning the scaly ones. The elongate, slim,
long-tailed bodies of lizards have become modified to enable
them to live in a wide range of habitats. Lizards can be
expert burrowers, runners, swimmers and climbers, and a few
can manage crude, short-distance gliding on rib-supported
"wings". Most are carnivores, feeding on invertebrate and
small vertebrate prey, but others feed on vegetation.
        [ Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia ]

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  September 21, 2005 14:12
First comment: 1 April, 2004 431 comments written
This is why I only ever play using tilesets.
Eemeli September 21, 2005 14:55
First comment: 2 March, 2005 143 comments written
Who is 'Nobody Special'?
blindcoder September 21, 2005 21:29
First comment: 21 March, 2005 27 comments written
@Eemeli: oh, just about everyone.
Gwai September 21, 2005 23:09
First comment: 21 September, 2005 7 comments written
Whoever 'Nobody Special' is, I enjoy his comic!
Nobody Special September 22, 2005 01:34
First comment: 8 June, 2005 118 comments written
I'm Nobody Special-- regular reader, frequent rater, occasional commentator, and one-time contributor. As far as I know, nobody else has tried to us this as a generic anonymous name. Anyway. I'm glad you folks liked my comic! And by the way, L: it wasn't quite necessary, true, but I felt that without it the change would seem rather abrupt.
Mutantmoose September 27, 2005 17:36
First comment: 27 September, 2005 1 comments written
Painful...
Fathead July 18, 2006 19:52
First comment: 1 April, 2006 1136 comments written
Gosh.
Fathead July 18, 2006 20:11
First comment: 1 April, 2006 1136 comments written
The Newt(kinds of) small animal, like a lizard, which spends most of
its time in the water.
        [ Oxford's Student's Dictionary of Current English ]

"Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."
        [ Macbeth, by William Shakespeare ]

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Grognor April 16, 2007 08:27
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
I felt it would have been better if it was simply the last two frames. The setup felt tedious but a good work.

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