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Dudley's dungeon -- Saturday, 2 February, 2008

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Saturday, 2 February, 2008 by Dion Nicolaas
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Looney February 2, 2008 00:58
First comment: 26 January, 2008 29 comments written
Blessed greased +2 silver dragonIn the West the dragon was the natural enemy of man. Although
preferring to live in bleak and desolate regions, whenever it
was seen among men it left in its wake a trail of destruction
and disease. Yet any attempt to slay this beast was a perilous
undertaking. For the dragon's assailant had to contend
not only with clouds of sulphurous fumes pouring from its fire
breathing nostrils, but also with the thrashings of its tail,
the most deadly part of its serpent-like body.
[ Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library) ]

"One whom the dragons will speak with," he said, "that is a
dragonlord, or at least that is the center of the matter. It's
not a trick of mastering the dragons, as most people think.
Dragons have no masters. The question is always the same, with
a dragon: will he talk to you or will he eat you? If you can
count upon his doing the former, and not doing the latter, why
then you're a dragonlord."
        [ The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. Le Guin ]

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scale mail, of course. Stupid question.
Wonderer February 2, 2008 01:34
First comment: 22 March, 2007 106 comments written
A runesword. Just because I can.
Kernigh February 2, 2008 04:00
First comment: 6 April, 2005 349 comments written
I wish that the enabling of "No popups" in Options would also remove popups from comments.
Antheridium February 2, 2008 06:05
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
*zaps the wand of'Saruman!' he cried, and his voice grew in power and authority.
'Behold, I am not Gandalf the Grey, whom you betrayed. I am
Gandalf the White, who has returned from death. You have no
colour now, and I cast you from the order and from the Council.'
He raised his hand, and spoke slowly in a clear cold voice.
'Saruman, your staff is broken.' There was a crack, and the
staff split asunder in Saruman's hand, and the head of it
fell down at Gandalf's feet. 'Go!' said Gandalf. With a cry
Saruman fell back and crawled away.
        [ The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]

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wishing*

I wish that the question at the bottom would ask more symbols that I can remember (gnome... And then a gnome came by, carrying a bundle, an old
fellow three times as large as an imp and wearing clothes of
a sort, especially a hat. And he was clearly just as frightened
as the imps though he could not go so fast. Ramon Alonzo
saw that there must be some great trouble that was vexing
magical things; and, since gnomes speak the language of men, and
will answer if spoken to gently, he raised his hat, and asked
of the gnome his name. The gnome did not stop his hasty
shuffle a moment as he answered 'Alaraba' and grabbed the rim
of his hat but forgot to doff it.
'What is the trouble, Alaraba?' said Ramon Alonzo.
'White magic. Run!' said the gnome ..
        [ The Charwoman's Shadow, by Lord Dunsany ]

"Muggles have garden gnomes, too, you know," Harry told Ron as
they crossed the lawn.
"Yeah, I've seen those things they think are gnomes," said Ron,
bent double with his head in a peony bush, "like fat little
Santa Clauses with fishing rods..."
There was a violent scuffling noise, the peony bush shuddered,
and Ron straightened up. "This is a gnome," he said grimly.
"Geroff me! Gerroff me!" squealed the gnome.
It was certainly nothing like Santa Claus. It was small and
leathery looking, with a large, knobby, bald head exactly like
a potato. Ron held it at arm's length as it kicked out at him
with its horny little feet; he grasped it around the ankles
and turned it upside down.
[ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling ]

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, lichBut on its heels ere the sunset faded, there came a second
apparition, striding with incredible strides and halting when
it loomed almost upon me in the red twilight-the monstrous mummy
of some ancient king still crowned with untarnished gold but
turning to my gaze a visage that more than time or the worm had
wasted. Broken swathings flapped about the skeleton legs, and
above the crown that was set with sapphires and orange rubies, a
black something swayed and nodded horribly; but, for an instant,
I did not dream what it was. Then, in its middle, two oblique
and scarlet eyes opened and glowed like hellish coals, and two
ophidian fangs glittered in an ape-like mouth. A squat, furless,
shapeless head on a neck of disproportionate extent leaned
unspeakably down and whispered in the mummy's ear. Then, with
one stride, the titanic lich took half the distance between us,
and from out the folds of the tattered sere-cloth a gaunt arm
arose, and fleshless, taloned fingers laden with glowering gems,
reached out and fumbled for my throat . . .
        [ The Abominations of Yondo, Clark Ashton Smith, 1926 ]

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, rust monsterThese strange creatures live on a diet of metals. They can
turn a suit of armour into so much useless rusted scrap in no
time at all.

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?) and less that are confusing (fountains and pools of waterDay after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere
Nor any drop to drink.
        [ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor
         Coleridge ]

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, weapons and tools, armor and mimics).

*zap*

I wish that the button at the top, to go to the archive, would register as an actual link so I could use Firefox' context menu to open it in a new tab, and not lose my comment box when I'm looking up a link to paste.

*zap*

I wish for a way to edit or delete comments, so that... what's that you say? I'm out of charges?

Damn.
gneek February 2, 2008 08:45
First comment: 18 January, 2008 159 comments written
I don't get it. Help me.
gneek February 2, 2008 08:47
First comment: 18 January, 2008 159 comments written
Never mind, I get it now.

"A blessed greased partly eaten chickatriceOnce in a great while, when the positions of the stars are
just right, a seven-year-old rooster will lay an egg. Then,
along will come a snake, to coil around the egg, or a toad,
to squat upon the egg, keeping it warm and helping it to
hatch. When it hatches, out comes a creature called basilisk,
or cockatrice, the most deadly of all creatures. A single
glance from its yellow, piercing toad's eyes will kill both
man and beast. Its power of destruction is said to be so
great that sometimes simply to hear its hiss can prove fatal.
Its breath is so venomous that it causes all vegetation
to wither.

There is, however, one creature which can withstand the
basilisk's deadly gaze, and this is the weasel. No one knows
why this is so, but although the fierce weasel can slay the
basilisk, it will itself be killed in the struggle. Perhaps
the weasel knows the basilisk's fatal weakness: if it ever
sees its own reflection in a mirror it will perish instantly.
But even a dead basilisk is dangerous, for it is said that
merely touching its lifeless body can cause a person to
sicken and die.
[ Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library)
and other sources ]

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corpse."
The best possible Astral wish!
paxed February 2, 2008 12:20
First comment: 15 September, 2004 8 comments written
I also wish the buttons at top of the pageThese 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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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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normal links instead of form buttons.

And, as a bonus, here's what the players on nethack.alt.org have wished for: http://alt.org/nethack/wishes.html
OK February 2, 2008 13:31
First comment: 2 February, 2008 1 comments written
Umm, let's see.. http://www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/~eva/nethack/wishirl.html
Armv February 2, 2008 17:45
First comment: 5 October, 2006 28 comments written
I wish for a roll of duct tape! All shall fear me! All shall fall before me! I shall not fail.

Also: A gnome... And then a gnome came by, carrying a bundle, an old
fellow three times as large as an imp and wearing clothes of
a sort, especially a hat. And he was clearly just as frightened
as the imps though he could not go so fast. Ramon Alonzo
saw that there must be some great trouble that was vexing
magical things; and, since gnomes speak the language of men, and
will answer if spoken to gently, he raised his hat, and asked
of the gnome his name. The gnome did not stop his hasty
shuffle a moment as he answered 'Alaraba' and grabbed the rim
of his hat but forgot to doff it.
'What is the trouble, Alaraba?' said Ramon Alonzo.
'White magic. Run!' said the gnome ..
        [ The Charwoman's Shadow, by Lord Dunsany ]

"Muggles have garden gnomes, too, you know," Harry told Ron as
they crossed the lawn.
"Yeah, I've seen those things they think are gnomes," said Ron,
bent double with his head in a peony bush, "like fat little
Santa Clauses with fishing rods..."
There was a violent scuffling noise, the peony bush shuddered,
and Ron straightened up. "This is a gnome," he said grimly.
"Geroff me! Gerroff me!" squealed the gnome.
It was certainly nothing like Santa Claus. It was small and
leathery looking, with a large, knobby, bald head exactly like
a potato. Ron held it at arm's length as it kicked out at him
with its horny little feet; he grasped it around the ankles
and turned it upside down.
[ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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attacking you with vorpy? No need to fear, a small application of duct tape will fix that in a jiffy.
Wellan February 2, 2008 19:00
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
Wish?
Uh...
...
I wish you a happy new year.
Mantar February 2, 2008 19:00
First comment: 17 June, 2004 197 comments written
Sweet. By adding a "poor" rating, I've created a rainbow rating field - 1 in every category. :)
Mantar February 2, 2008 19:02
First comment: 17 June, 2004 197 comments written
Damn. Gone almost instantly. Oh well.
Kernigh February 2, 2008 19:04
First comment: 6 April, 2005 349 comments written
Sometimes I wonder if we should make color versions of some Dudley's dungeon strips. It seems difficult and unprecedented to add color to an ASCII webcomic. But today I found this: http://greyfire.org/~sigmund/?issue=1

Maybe we should send a nymphA female creature from Roman and Greek mythology, the nymph
occupied rivers, forests, ponds, etc. A nymph's beauty is
beyond words: an ever-young woman with sleek figure and
long, thick hair, radiant skin and perfect teeth, full lips
and gentle eyes. A nymph's scent is delightful, and her
long robe glows, hemmed with golden threads and embroidered
with rainbow hues of unearthly magnificence. A nymph's
demeanour is graceful and charming, her mind quick and witty.

"Theseus felt her voice pulling him down into fathoms of
sleep.        The song was the skeleton of his dream, and the dream
was full of terror. Demon girls were after him, and a bull-
man was goring him. Everywhere there was blood. There was
pain. There was fear.        But his head was in the nymph's lap
and her musk was about him, her voice weaving the dream. He
knew then that she had been sent to tell him of something
dreadful that was to happen to him later. Her song was a
warning. But she had brought him a new kind of joy, one that
made him see everything differently. The boy, who was to
become a hero, suddenly knew then what most heroes learn
later -- and some too late -- that joy blots suffering and
that the road to nymphs is beset by monsters."
[ The Minotaur by Bernard Evslin ]

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there to steal their method for adding color. (If you read comic #2, know that a green 'l' is 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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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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".)
Wellan February 2, 2008 19:59
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
That's an idea...we could colorize the classics, then put them in a "specials" section...
...Hey, Looney, you forgot to rustproof your scale mail!...
Antheridium February 2, 2008 21:15
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
I went and took a look at Sigmund. It looks like THEIR method for adding color would require a complete overhaul of the comic parser so it could interpret inline commands. Although we do seem to have some similar features. How did L and company manage to make the @ grayed out in the dialog section again?
Henry J Cobb February 2, 2008 23:35
First comment: 28 June, 2007 29 comments written
Make DIY a separate chain of comics, like how other webOh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
        [ Marmion, by Sir Walter Scott ]

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comics handle fanart.
Kernigh February 2, 2008 23:56
First comment: 6 April, 2005 349 comments written
The parser for Dudley's dungeon accepts HTML in all places except the map panels. For example, in http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20071204 I use <i>serpensortia</i> in the first caption, and <a href="...">...</a> for the hyperlink in the footer. (Dion sometimes adjusts the formatting before he posts the strip. For example, in http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20071207 I wrote "BOOM!" and Dion provided small caps.) Much HTML appears in Dion's Jabberwocky, starting at http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20041115 . L hyperlinks the author's name starting at http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20070212 , see comment under http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20070214 .

However, the form on our DIY pageThese 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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always escapes HTML, thus you cannot use the DIY pageThese 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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to preview HTML. At my computer, I programmed a shell script that converts .txt to .html emulating the DIY pageThese 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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, but allows HTML (but not in map panels).

I might extend my shell script to experiment with syntax for adding color. I already do not like how haha_sigmund() uses inline <yellow>@</yellow> to put Sigmund in the map; this ruins the vertical alignment in the comic's source code. I would prefer to write @ in the map, and to specify somewhere else if the @ should be yellow.
Antheridium February 3, 2008 06:56
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
That would require ugly statements with coordinates in them, if you 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
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wanting to do any more than specify a global color for a symbol. And it would require that we completely change the way the parser works, so we can interpret those command blocks.

...But I suppose we can't do everything with inline codes, unless we wanted to a) have one or two colored glyphs in a sea of monochrome, or b) use default colors for every comic. Anything else, we'd need those global color specifiers. I mean, can you imagine trying to do, say, a vertical corridor with inline codes?

<brown>#</brown><white>.</white><brown>#</brown>

No, no, no.

You could perhaps make it a little friendlier:

<brown>#<white>.<brown>#<black>

But that's still pretty ugly.

So, the question then. Is it worth rewriting the parser, and changing the way we make comics? Or do we use default colors? Or do we bother at all?
Richante February 3, 2008 15:09
First comment: 27 August, 2007 32 comments written
I don't think colours would be good - real nethack players use monochrome anyway.
Perhaps a good way to do colours would be as another 20x9 grid after the comic - e.g.
-----
|N.@|
|...+

wwwww
wywww
wwwwb
where w is white, y is yellow, b is brown.
It's a bit verbose, but then there's no need for coordinates or inline stuff.
That said, I really do prefer Dudley without colour.
Richante February 3, 2008 15:11
First comment: 27 August, 2007 32 comments written
Opps for the non-monospace text... you know what I meant!
Oh... and for my wish! I wish people would call Dudley's pet Fido, instead of Dogley. I don't like Dogley. At least Fido is cute.
paxed February 3, 2008 18:43
First comment: 15 September, 2004 8 comments written
Colors, yeah.

I'd go for something like this:

after (or before) the comic panels, you could define any number of map symbols you used in there, and what color (and character) those symbols will show up as

symbol:y,black,y
symbol:x,yellow,y

would make all 'y' characters in the panels show up as black lights and all 'x' characters show up as yellow lights.
Grey Knight February 4, 2008 14:02
First comment: 20 October, 2005 116 comments written
Hi guys, I'm the goof who made the haha_sigmund() parser, thought I'd chime in. :-) The main method of specifying colours it uses is similar to paxed's (except you can't redefine a glyph's character, only its colour); the HTML-like colour escapes are only an extra hack for those situations where that fails to work as desired. Probably with only a few changes paxed's full approach could be implemented. If you click the strip title on any pageThese 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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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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you can see the source for it (strip #1 is written with plenty of comments as a sort of tutorial).

The "sparkly" frame in #3 is a good example of where colour-escaping went crazy; paxed's "rebinding" method would really help in something like that.
Looney February 4, 2008 23:30
First comment: 26 January, 2008 29 comments written
Rustproofing, Wellan? It's dragonIn the West the dragon was the natural enemy of man. Although
preferring to live in bleak and desolate regions, whenever it
was seen among men it left in its wake a trail of destruction
and disease. Yet any attempt to slay this beast was a perilous
undertaking. For the dragon's assailant had to contend
not only with clouds of sulphurous fumes pouring from its fire
breathing nostrils, but also with the thrashings of its tail,
the most deadly part of its serpent-like body.
[ Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library) ]

"One whom the dragons will speak with," he said, "that is a
dragonlord, or at least that is the center of the matter. It's
not a trick of mastering the dragons, as most people think.
Dragons have no masters. The question is always the same, with
a dragon: will he talk to you or will he eat you? If you can
count upon his doing the former, and not doing the latter, why
then you're a dragonlord."
        [ The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. Le Guin ]

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scale. It's not metal, so it doesn't rust, and I believe it also resists all other forms of corrosion without any added mention. Not that I'd know; my characters all suffer YASD before they get anywhere near acquiring dragonIn the West the dragon was the natural enemy of man. Although
preferring to live in bleak and desolate regions, whenever it
was seen among men it left in its wake a trail of destruction
and disease. Yet any attempt to slay this beast was a perilous
undertaking. For the dragon's assailant had to contend
not only with clouds of sulphurous fumes pouring from its fire
breathing nostrils, but also with the thrashings of its tail,
the most deadly part of its serpent-like body.
[ Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library) ]

"One whom the dragons will speak with," he said, "that is a
dragonlord, or at least that is the center of the matter. It's
not a trick of mastering the dragons, as most people think.
Dragons have no masters. The question is always the same, with
a dragon: will he talk to you or will he eat you? If you can
count upon his doing the former, and not doing the latter, why
then you're a dragonlord."
        [ The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. Le Guin ]

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scale mail.
SB February 6, 2008 17:42
First comment: 6 February, 2008 1 comments written
A blessed figurineThen it appeared in Paris at just about the time that Paris
was full of Carlists who had to get out of Spain. One of
them must have brought it with him, but, whoever he was, it's
likely he knew nothing about its real value. It had been --
no doubt as a precaution during the Carlist trouble in Spain
-- painted or enameled over to look like nothing more than a
fairly interesting black statuette. And in that disguise,
sir, it was, you might say, kicked around Paris for seventy
years by private owners and dealers too stupid to see what
it was under the skin.
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of a foocubus.
Kalon February 7, 2008 06:24
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Actually gneek, you can get that moderately easily. Get yourself:
[ - gloves (of any description);
% - uncursed cockatriceOnce in a great while, when the positions of the stars are
just right, a seven-year-old rooster will lay an egg. Then,
along will come a snake, to coil around the egg, or a toad,
to squat upon the egg, keeping it warm and helping it to
hatch. When it hatches, out comes a creature called basilisk,
or cockatrice, the most deadly of all creatures. A single
glance from its yellow, piercing toad's eyes will kill both
man and beast. Its power of destruction is said to be so
great that sometimes simply to hear its hiss can prove fatal.
Its breath is so venomous that it causes all vegetation
to wither.

There is, however, one creature which can withstand the
basilisk's deadly gaze, and this is the weasel. No one knows
why this is so, but although the fierce weasel can slay the
basilisk, it will itself be killed in the struggle. Perhaps
the weasel knows the basilisk's fatal weakness: if it ever
sees its own reflection in a mirror it will perish instantly.
But even a dead basilisk is dangerous, for it is said that
merely touching its lifeless body can cause a person to
sicken and die.
[ Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library)
and other sources ]

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corpse
( - can of greaseANOINT, v.t. To grease a king or other great functionary
already sufficiently slippery.
        [ The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce ]

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(0:1);
! - 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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of holy water"We want a word with you," said Ligur (in a tone of voice
intended to imply that "word" was synonymous with "horrifically
painful eternity"), and the squat demon pushed open the office
door.
The bucket teetered, then fell neatly on Ligur's head.
Drop a lump of sodium in water. Watch it flame and burn and
spin around crazily, flaring and sputtering. This was like
that, just nastier.
The demon peeled and flared and flickered. Oily brown smoke
oozed from it, and it screamed and it screamed and it screamed.
Then it crumpled, folded in on itself, and what was left lay
glistening on the burnt and blackened circle of carpet, looking
like a handful of mashed slugs.
"Hi," said Crowley to Hastur, who had been walking behind Ligur,
and had unfortunately not been so much as splashed.
There are some things that are unthinkable; there are some
depths that not even demons would believe other demons would
stoop to.
". . . Holy water. You bastard," said Hastur. "You complete
_bastard_. He hadn't never done nothing to _you_."
"Yet," corrected Crowley.
        [ Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett ]

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; and either
1) " - amulet of"The complete Amulet can keep off all the things that make
people unhappy -- jealousy, bad temper, pride, disagreeableness,
greediness, selfishness, laziness. Evil spirits, people called
them when the Amulet was made. Don't you think it would be nice
to have it?"
"Very," said the children, quite without enthusiasm.
"And it can give you strength and courage."
"That's better," said Cyril.
"And virtue."
"I suppose it's nice to have that," said Jane, but not with much
interest.
"And it can give you your heart's desire."
"Now you're talking," said Robert.
        [ The Story of the Amulet, by Edith Nesbit ]

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life saving; or
2) by some method of polyself in to something that is stoning resistant.

Slip the gloves on, grab that rubber chicken then either pop the amulet"The complete Amulet can keep off all the things that make
people unhappy -- jealousy, bad temper, pride, disagreeableness,
greediness, selfishness, laziness. Evil spirits, people called
them when the Amulet was made. Don't you think it would be nice
to have it?"
"Very," said the children, quite without enthusiasm.
"And it can give you strength and courage."
"That's better," said Cyril.
"And virtue."
"I suppose it's nice to have that," said Jane, but not with much
interest.
"And it can give you your heart's desire."
"Now you're talking," said Robert.
        [ The Story of the Amulet, by Edith Nesbit ]

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on or polyself. Dunk the corpse, greaseANOINT, v.t. To grease a king or other great functionary
already sufficiently slippery.
        [ The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce ]

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that sucker up and take a bite!

With the amulet"The complete Amulet can keep off all the things that make
people unhappy -- jealousy, bad temper, pride, disagreeableness,
greediness, selfishness, laziness. Evil spirits, people called
them when the Amulet was made. Don't you think it would be nice
to have it?"
"Very," said the children, quite without enthusiasm.
"And it can give you strength and courage."
"That's better," said Cyril.
"And virtue."
"I suppose it's nice to have that," said Jane, but not with much
interest.
"And it can give you your heart's desire."
"Now you're talking," said Robert.
        [ The Story of the Amulet, by Edith Nesbit ]

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, you'll die.. but wait! Upon ressurrection, there's your inventory item.

With the polyself method, you need to be interrupted eating - a convenient moster nearby is the perfect way.

Happy challenge hunting!
Fathead February 12, 2008 01:42
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I wish for sentences that do not end in prepostions.

But more seriously, if you're going to get rid of the buttons, use pipe symbols: |

I disagree with Richante. Nethack is still more fun with color.
4hodmt December 21, 2008 00:46
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A blessed bag of"Now, this third handkerchief," Mein Herr proceeded, "has also
four edges, which you can trace continuously round and round:
all you need do is to join its four edges to the four edges of
the opening. The Purse is then complete, and its outer
surface--"
"I see!" Lady Muriel eagerly interrupted. "Its outer surface
will be continuous with its inner surface! But it will take
time. I'll sew it up after tea." She laid aside the bag, and
resumed her cup of tea. "But why do you call it Fortunatus's
Purse, Mein Herr?"
The dear old man beamed upon her, with a jolly smile, looking
more exactly like the Professor than ever. "Don't you see,
my child--I should say Miladi? Whatever is inside that Purse,
is outside it; and whatever is outside it, is inside it. So
you have all the wealth of the world in that leetle Purse!"
        [ Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, by Lewis Carroll ]

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holding is the best real life wish, because it lets you build a perpetual motion machine.

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