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Dudley's dungeon -- Tuesday, 4 November, 2008

Rating

10249
Average rating: Good
Number of ratings: 16

Comments

Fredil November 4, 2008 00:18
First comment: 17 April, 2008 26 comments written
Hah! That was great!
Wellan November 4, 2008 01:30
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
Marvin deliberately jumps onto a polymorph trap!
@ November 4, 2008 06:15
First comment: 26 July, 2004 155 comments written
LOL
  November 4, 2008 07:20
First comment: 1 April, 2004 431 comments written
I still can't figure how it was possible in the last year's tournament for Marvin to only appear in the last couple of days and still win the whole thing.
Excellent November 4, 2008 08:33
First comment: 4 November, 2008 1 comments written
Very excellent.
jukka November 4, 2008 10:56
First comment: 22 November, 2006 57 comments written
He's just so damn good in the game.
"Knows of contest, not in contest" Hawkes November 4, 2008 11:28
First comment: 4 November, 2008 1 comments written
I assume that this has something to do with the Nethack contest, and therefore it is excellent. Otherwise I'll re-rate poor.
Chilemonkey November 4, 2008 14:01
First comment: 4 November, 2008 6 comments written
I like the idea of the RNG fleeing in terror, but I'm totally clueless on this one: who the flarn filth is Marvin? I want to give this an E, primarily because of the RNG but also because it's short (it's hard to make a good joke here in two frames) but...somebuddy gimme a link 'er somthin'?
Wonderer November 4, 2008 16:15
First comment: 22 March, 2007 106 comments written
http://nethack.wikia.com/wiki/Marvin

You may also want to see some http://nethack.devnull.net/ tournament results. At the moment of writing they only give limited access to some information due to high server load, but it's all there. Try google cache, archive.org, registration or something if you can't wait.
Looney November 4, 2008 17:13
First comment: 26 January, 2008 29 comments written
When it first went up, I thought it was a reference to the Hitchhiker's Guide"Rincewind!"
Twoflower sprang off the bed. The wizard jumped back,
wrenching his features into a smile.
"My dear chap, right on time! We'll just have lunch, and
then I'm sure you've got a wonderful programme lined up for
this afternoon!"
"Er --"
"That's great!"
Rincewind took a deep breath. "Look," he said desperately,
"let's eat somewhere else. There's been a bit of a fight
down below."
"A tavern brawl? Why didn't you wake me up?"
"Well, you see, I - _what_?"
"I thought I made myself clear this morning, Rincewind. I
want to see genuine Morporkian life - the slave market, the
Whore Pits, the Temple of Small Gods, the Beggar's Guild...
and a genuine tavern brawl." A faint note of suspicion
entered Twoflower's voice. "You _do_ have them, don't you?
You know, people swinging on chandeliers, swordfights over
the table, the sort of thing Hrun the Barbarian and the
Weasel are always getting involved in. You know --
_excitement_."
        [ The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett ]

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.
. Referring to NetHack tournament results is too obscure to be funny.
Mantar November 4, 2008 18:14
First comment: 17 June, 2004 197 comments written
Too obscure? On an ascii webcomic devoted to Nethack, it's obscure to refer to the Nethack community's most central yearly event? Heck, Slashdot ran a front-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.

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.
story about this year's tournament.
I would think it's okay to assume that if someone's reading here, they've probably at least heard of the game's Grandmaster, or one would hope. I used to point him out all the time to newbies who would get discouraged and say "This game sucks! It's all luck!"
The comic gets an E, by the way.
Slowpoke November 4, 2008 19:00
First comment: 27 February, 2007 239 comments written
I've played NetHack for more than a decade, and am serious enough to frequent this site, and had never heard of Marvin, nor for that matter of a tournament. Just a datapoint.
Antheridium November 4, 2008 21:14
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
I hadn't heard of Marvin either... until the LAST comic that mentioned him.

http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20041207

Or maybe it was this one...

http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20070821
Mantar November 5, 2008 07:45
First comment: 17 June, 2004 197 comments written
"Just a datapoint."

Well, of course you haven't heard of him, you're a slowpoke! (Heh! J/K)
Chilemonkey November 5, 2008 15:34
First comment: 4 November, 2008 6 comments written
Thanks for the tips, Wonderer and Antheridium. I totally get it now. Re-rated E. Time to go watchThese 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.

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.
some of Marvin's games.
Looney November 5, 2008 18:12
First comment: 26 January, 2008 29 comments written
Not everyone who plays NetHack does so on public servers, you know. After all, it's the exact game when you run it on your own computer, and the interface is usually better.

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