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Dudley's dungeon -- Wednesday, 7 March, 2007

Dudley's dungeon

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Wednesday, 7 March, 2007 by Johan Tenge
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A minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

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hits. A minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

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hits. A minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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hits. A minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

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.
hits. A minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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hits.
@ "AAAAAAAAH!"


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Number of ratings: 27

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Gadora March 7, 2007 00:20
First comment: 21 September, 2006 88 comments written
Aren't those are mimics?
Dav March 7, 2007 02:12
First comment: 26 June, 2004 147 comments written
Minotaurs are H's. Also, this isn't funny.
Deetviper March 7, 2007 05:05
First comment: 20 July, 2004 2 comments written
Nonsensical, improper usage of nethack symbols, and lack of actual humour - rated poor.
Janos March 7, 2007 05:35
First comment: 18 August, 2005 40 comments written
Huh???
Kernigh March 7, 2007 06:06
First comment: 6 April, 2005 349 comments written
This is reasonable for a playerThese strange creatures live mostly on the surface of the
earth, gathering together in societies of various forms, but
occasionally a stray will descend into the depths and commit
mayhem among the dungeon residents who, naturally, often
resent the intrusion of such beasts. They are capable of
using weapons and magic, and it is even rumored that the
Wizard of Yendor is a member of this species.

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who does not know what the symbols mean. The altarAltars are of three types:
1. In Temples. These are for Sacrifices [...]. The stone
top will have grooves for blood, and the whole will be covered
with _dry brown stains of a troubling kind_ from former
Sacrifices.
[ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]

To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his gods?
        [ Lays of Ancient Rome, by Thomas B. Macaulay ]

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may be a panel, the mimicThe ancestors of the modern day chameleon, these creatures can
assume the form of anything in their surroundings. They may
assume the shape of objects or dungeon features. Unlike the
chameleon though, which assumes the shape of another creature
and goes in hunt of food, the mimic waits patiently for its
meals to come in search of it.

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may be a minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

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, until one knows better. New players start out not knowing what the symbols mean, remember? http://www.penancecomic.com/2007/01/08/1-3-hello-world/

The problem here is that the comic gives no idea why Dudley thinks that is a panel and those are minotaurs. The room shown here is the same one as in http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20040202 ... I do not understand why.
Paradox March 7, 2007 09:22
First comment: 5 October, 2006 17 comments written
Minotaurs used to be small m's in the earlier versions of NetHack (late 1980's), but otherwise I don't get the strip.
A March 7, 2007 09:46
First comment: 24 October, 2006 70 comments written
Worst comic ever I think.... I need some rating below poor.
Someone Else March 7, 2007 14:39
First comment: 4 January, 2007 3 comments written
...What's this mess?
SomeoneElse March 7, 2007 14:40
First comment: 11 September, 2006 143 comments written
Ack, my name was typed wrong by me. It's this the me that is me.
  March 7, 2007 14:56
First comment: 1 April, 2004 431 comments written
I've also noticed more things wrong with this:

It says "A minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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hits" instead of "The minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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hits".

How did he get five "A minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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hits!" messages? Even if the two next to Dudley 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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hitting twice per round, it would be four messages.

Dudley came from the left, how did the "minotaurs" suddenly all appear right next to him?

Minotaurs don't generally come in non-maze levels.

The corridor is too long.


Slowpoke March 7, 2007 17:13
First comment: 27 February, 2007 239 comments written
Perhaps the joke is that we've all been playing Nethack so long, and are so obsessive, we're bothered by discrepancies. :) Maybe a Count The Mistakes comic could be funny.

To "A": worst ever? You haven't seen the one I submitted to Dion and then withdrew; he was kind and called it "obscure". He might inflict that on you sometime, if we don't keep his queue filled with good ones. Fair warning.

To Johan, the comic's author: I hope the negative comments aren't too disspiriting. Can you explain what the "lightStrange creatures formed from energy rather than matter,
lights are given to self-destructive behavior when battling
foes.

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" was? That's what has me thinking I'm missing something important.
Alcari March 7, 2007 17:19
First comment: 11 September, 2006 93 comments written
It could be some kind of allusion to the lightStrange creatures formed from energy rather than matter,
lights are given to self-destructive behavior when battling
foes.

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at the end of the tunnel being a train or something...

but it's not funny...sorry
Talita March 7, 2007 21:35
First comment: 7 February, 2007 20 comments written
Yeah, I keep feeling like we're missing something.
Slowpoke March 8, 2007 02:58
First comment: 27 February, 2007 239 comments written
Maybe "a minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

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.
hits! a minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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hits!" sounds like the clickety clack of a freight train in the tunnel coming right at poor Dudley.
Slowpoke March 8, 2007 02:59
First comment: 27 February, 2007 239 comments written
Maybe "a minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

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.
hits! a minotaurThe Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
bull. ... When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
without ever finding the exit.
        [ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]

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.
hits!" sounds like the clickety clack of a freight train in the tunnel coming right at poor Dudley.
Fathead March 8, 2007 22:35
First comment: 1 April, 2006 1136 comments written
To be kind, I gave it an F.
Eskimo March 12, 2007 08:57
First comment: 14 April, 2004 166 comments written
I immidiately thought train and I think Slowpoke got it nailed? Not bad at all IMHO. Maybe adding TOOT-TOOT would have helped people?
Eskimo March 12, 2007 08:59
First comment: 14 April, 2004 166 comments written
Also, small m's look more like wagons. Sure, "A mimicThe ancestors of the modern day chameleon, these creatures can
assume the form of anything in their surroundings. They may
assume the shape of objects or dungeon features. Unlike the
chameleon though, which assumes the shape of another creature
and goes in hunt of food, the mimic waits patiently for its
meals to come in search of it.

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hits..." but that's a minor.
ole March 12, 2007 20:32
First comment: 12 March, 2007 1 comments written
maybe its the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-Train
Talita March 12, 2007 22:15
First comment: 7 February, 2007 20 comments written
I still want an explanation from the author.
Grognor April 22, 2007 09:33
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
No, I changed my mind. THIS is the worst strip ever.

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