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Dudley's dungeon -- Thursday, 22 May, 2008

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Thursday, 22 May, 2008 by William Kantz
                    
                    
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You feel your       
purse get lighter...
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@ "You won't escape me once I put on my blind-
fold... Ha! I see you on the other side of the map."
                    
                    
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@ "Wow I almost tripped on some-
thing, I wonder what it is. Let me bend down and feel what it is....."
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   /   REST IN   \  
  /     PEACE     \ 
 /                 \
 |     Dudley      |
 |  petrified by   |
 |  a 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 ]

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.
| | corpse | /\\_/(\/(/\)\//\//|


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Rating

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Average rating: Fair
Number of ratings: 19

Comments

Slowpoke May 22, 2008 01:27
First comment: 27 February, 2007 239 comments written
Provisional low rating, until I understand better why this isn't just a statement of what not to do in NH.
Wellan May 22, 2008 02:12
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
I think it's a comment on the stupidity of feeling what you just tripped over when you should know that there's a 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 ]

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.
corpse lying around. Sorry, but it's just not all that funny. M.
Sal May 22, 2008 02:46
First comment: 22 May, 2008 2 comments written
I, for one, can appreciate a joke about the irony inherent in the game. It's far better than the strips that completely ignore the fact that this is ostensibly a comic about nethack.
Wellan May 22, 2008 02:53
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
I agree that it was a good idea, but I don't think that it was executed all that well.

On the other hand...yeah. M becomes F.
Antheridium May 22, 2008 05:41
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
Well, I liked it. Stupid hero.
gneek May 22, 2008 06:31
First comment: 18 January, 2008 159 comments written
You hear gneek's hissing!
Eskimo May 22, 2008 07:32
First comment: 14 April, 2004 166 comments written
Actually, what makes this good is the fact that almost everyone that have gotten anywhere in the game recognizes this situation (in one variation or another). So just knowing about it means You Have Been Playing Nethack Too Much.
Eskimo May 22, 2008 07:34
First comment: 14 April, 2004 166 comments written
And to rephrase that... the joke is on you.
Quint Sakugarne May 22, 2008 07:49
First comment: 1 January, 2008 233 comments written
I like this comic, actually.

But I'm not going to vote Excellent, because I want to preserve the rainbow.
Quint Sakugarne May 22, 2008 07:50
First comment: 1 January, 2008 233 comments written
Well, actually, it's not perfect. There's the fact that it should say "The leprechaunThe Irish Leprechaun is the Faeries' shoemaker and is known
under various names in different parts of Ireland:
Cluricaune in Cork, Lurican in Kerry, Lurikeen in Kildare
and Lurigadaun in Tipperary. Although he works for the
Faeries, the Leprechaun is not of the same species. He is
small, has dark skin and wears strange clothes. His nature
has something of the manic-depressive about it: first he
is quite happy, whistling merrily as he nails a sole on to a
shoe; a few minutes later, he is sullen and morose, drunk
on his home-made heather ale. The Leprechaun's two great
loves are tobacco and whiskey, and he is a first-rate con-man,
impossible to out-fox. No one, no matter how clever, has ever
managed to cheat him out of his hidden pot of gold or his
magic shilling. At the last minute he always thinks of some
way to divert his captor's attention and vanishes in the
twinkling of an eye.
        [ A Field Guide to the Little People
                 by Nancy Arrowsmith & George Moorse ]

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! Your purse feels lighter."
Nameless May 22, 2008 12:49
First comment: 29 December, 2004 281 comments written
A nice aesop about overconfidence aside, the comic was predictable and unamusing.
Dav May 22, 2008 16:14
First comment: 26 June, 2004 147 comments written
What Nameless said. Voted M.
Rongorg May 22, 2008 22:15
First comment: 2 January, 2008 4 comments written
Pretty good!

...but I could have done it better.

Blah blah blah fishcakes...

(Is it time to have a bath yet?)
MadDawg2552 October 10, 2008 16:17
First comment: 6 October, 2008 69 comments written
The first three panels could have been condensed and the self-commentary could be shortened.

For example... "Apply blindfoldThe blindfolding was performed by binding a piece of the
yellowish linen whereof those of the Amahagger who condescended
to wear anything in particular made their dresses tightly round
the eyes. This linen I afterwards discovered was taken from the
tombs, and was not, as I had first supposed, of native
manufacture. The bandage was then knotted at the back of the
head, and finally brought down again and the ends bound under
the chin to prevent its slipping. Ustane was, by the way, also
blindfolded, I do not know why, unless it was from fear that she
should impart the secrets of the route to us.
        [ She, by H. Rider Haggard ]

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.
" would have worked just as well as saying "I'm going to put this blindfoldThe blindfolding was performed by binding a piece of the
yellowish linen whereof those of the Amahagger who condescended
to wear anything in particular made their dresses tightly round
the eyes. This linen I afterwards discovered was taken from the
tombs, and was not, as I had first supposed, of native
manufacture. The bandage was then knotted at the back of the
head, and finally brought down again and the ends bound under
the chin to prevent its slipping. Ustane was, by the way, also
blindfolded, I do not know why, unless it was from fear that she
should impart the secrets of the route to us.
        [ She, by H. Rider Haggard ]

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.
on and see where you are!"

In short, this comic is two panels too long.

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