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Dudley's dungeon -- Thursday, 20 November, 2008

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Wellan November 20, 2008 00:48
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
Oh my Thor. The puns. The horrible puns.

Joking (and prominent swearword) aside, this was funny.
yichizhng@gmail.com November 20, 2008 00:49
First comment: 19 November, 2008 12 comments written
Could have been much better executed... Water moccasinNow the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field
which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea,
hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of
the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is
in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent
said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth
know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And
when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it
was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one
wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also
unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou
hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I
did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou
hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above
every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and
dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put
enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her
seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
        [ Genesis 3:1-6,13-15 ]

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, 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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, tenguThe tengu was the most troublesome creature of Japanese
legend. Part bird and part man, with red beak for a nose
and flashing eyes, the tengu was notorious for stirring up
feuds and prolonging enmity between families. Indeed, the
belligerent tengu were supposed to have been man's first
instructors in the use of arms.
[ Mythical Beasts, by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library) ]

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, trollThe troll shambled closer. He was perhaps eight feet tall,
perhaps more. His forward stoop, with arms dangling past
thick claw-footed legs to the ground, made it hard to tell.
The hairless green skin moved upon his body. His head was a
gash of a mouth, a yard-long nose, and two eyes which drank
the feeble torchlight and never gave back a gleam.
[...]
Like a huge green spider, the troll's severed hand ran on its
fingers. Across the mounded floor, up onto a log with one
taloned forefinger to hook it over the bark, down again it
scrambled, until it found the cut wrist. And there it grew
fast. The troll's smashed head seethed and knit together.
He clambered back on his feet and grinned at them. The
waning faggot cast red light over his fangs.
        [ Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson ]

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for example
@ November 20, 2008 02:44
First comment: 26 July, 2004 155 comments written
Person with a bunch of apparently pseudorandom numbers as a username: Why would the first and last letters be capitalized? Should be either all caps, like "water moccasinNow the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field
which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea,
hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of
the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is
in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent
said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth
know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And
when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it
was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one
wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also
unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou
hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I
did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou
hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above
every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and
dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put
enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her
seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
        [ Genesis 3:1-6,13-15 ]

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, 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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, invisible monster, trollThe troll shambled closer. He was perhaps eight feet tall,
perhaps more. His forward stoop, with arms dangling past
thick claw-footed legs to the ground, made it hard to tell.
The hairless green skin moved upon his body. His head was a
gash of a mouth, a yard-long nose, and two eyes which drank
the feeble torchlight and never gave back a gleam.
[...]
Like a huge green spider, the troll's severed hand ran on its
fingers. Across the mounded floor, up onto a log with one
taloned forefinger to hook it over the bark, down again it
scrambled, until it found the cut wrist. And there it grew
fast. The troll's smashed head seethed and knit together.
He clambered back on his feet and grinned at them. The
waning faggot cast red light over his fangs.
        [ Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson ]

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", or the first letter could be capitalized, such as "pythonNow the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field
which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea,
hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of
the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is
in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent
said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth
know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And
when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it
was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one
wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also
unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou
hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I
did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou
hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above
every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and
dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put
enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her
seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
        [ Genesis 3:1-6,13-15 ]

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(NOT the programming language), 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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lord, tenguThe tengu was the most troublesome creature of Japanese
legend. Part bird and part man, with red beak for a nose
and flashing eyes, the tengu was notorious for stirring up
feuds and prolonging enmity between families. Indeed, the
belligerent tengu were supposed to have been man's first
instructors in the use of arms.
[ Mythical Beasts, by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library) ]

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, trapperThe trapper is a creature which has evolved a chameleon-like
ability to blend into the dungeon surroundings. It captures
its prey by remaining very still and blending into the
surrounding dungeon features, until an unsuspecting creature
passes by. It wraps itself around its prey and digests it.

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", or all lowercase, like "cave spiderEight legged creature capable of spinning webs to trap prey.

"You mean you eat flies?" gasped Wilbur.
"Certainly. Flies, bugs, grasshoppers, choice beetles,
moths, butterflies, tasty cockroaches, gnats, midges, daddy
longlegs, centipedes, mosquitoes, crickets - anything that is
careless enough to get caught in my web. I have to live,
don't I?"
"Why, yes, of course," said Wilbur.
        [ Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White ]

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, 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, gremlinThe gremlin is a highly intelligent and completely evil
creature. It lives to torment other creatures and will go
to great lengths to inflict pain or cause injury.

Suddenly, Wilson thought about war, about the newspaper
stories which recounted the alleged existence of creatures in
the sky who plagued the Allied pilots in their duties. They
called them gremlins, he remembered. Were there, actually,
such beings? Did they, truly, exist up here, never falling,
riding on the wind, apparently of bulk and weight, yet
impervious to gravity?
He was thinking that when the man appeared again.
        [ Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, by Richard Matheson ]

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, lurkerThese dungeon scavengers are very adept at blending into the
surrounding walls and ceilings of the dungeon due to the
stone-like coloring of their skin.

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above".
yichizhng@gmail.com November 20, 2008 03:56
First comment: 19 November, 2008 12 comments written
I was only suggesting a way to do it, not the capitalization...
@ November 20, 2008 04:43
First comment: 26 July, 2004 155 comments written
Point taken. That would fit more with Dudley's motif of monsters spelling words, and the puns thereof, rather than spelling it out in the dungeon with... I guess those are rocks.
Antheridium November 20, 2008 05:48
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
Well, it made me laugh.
SQLGuru November 20, 2008 13:24
First comment: 23 October, 2006 77 comments written
Maybe he was going for "LOAD" stones. (There's a horrible pun there if you squint just right.)
Mantar November 20, 2008 18:55
First comment: 17 June, 2004 197 comments written
Vote changed to E, thanks to SQLGuru's comment.
Newtkiller November 20, 2008 18:56
First comment: 28 October, 2008 127 comments written
Question : how much time is there between an email and a response? I'm not meaning to be rude, Dion. I justed wanted to when my crappy punchlines might eventually one day if there is nothing better be published.
Wellan November 21, 2008 01:16
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
Newtkiller: There is a long wait between an email and response. But there is eventually a response. Give it a couple more months.
Chilemonkey November 21, 2008 01:21
First comment: 4 November, 2008 6 comments written
yichizhng, (Zhang Yi-Chi, I presume? Certainly didn't look pseudorandom to me)
Definitely agree with the monsters idea instead of "LOAD"-stones (thank you for making coffee come out my nose, Guru!) but how about skipping the beasties and going straight for Dudley's real nemesis?
disenchanterAsk not, what your magic can do to it. Ask what it can do to your magic.

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("R" and also a good reCURSive pun itself)
black nagaThe naga is a mystical creature with the body of a snake and
the head of a man or woman. They will fiercely protect the
territory they consider their own. Some nagas can be forced
to serve as guardians by a spellcaster of great power.

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, and 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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lord, WoD optional...
yichizhng@gmail.com November 21, 2008 04:19
First comment: 19 November, 2008 12 comments written
Chilemonkey, hole in 1 ;)
rating changed to E for SQLGuru's comment
Quint Sakugarne November 23, 2008 20:46
First comment: 1 January, 2008 233 comments written
HOLY beeeep, this comic barely gets an Excellent rating because I just like puns too much.
TK November 25, 2008 17:36
First comment: 11 August, 2007 69 comments written
Amusing, but that's technically a vulgarity, not a curseCurses are longstanding ill-wishings which, in Fantasyland,
often manifest as semisentient. They have to be broken or
dispelled. The method varies according to the type and
origin of the Curse:
[...]
4. Curses on Rings and Swords. You have problems. Rings
have to be returned whence they came, preferably at over a
thousand degrees Fahrenheit, and the Curse means you won't
want to do this. Swords usually resist all attempts to
raise their Curses. Your best source is to hide the Sword
or give it to someone you dislike.
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.

A curseCurses are longstanding ill-wishings which, in Fantasyland,
often manifest as semisentient. They have to be broken or
dispelled. The method varies according to the type and
origin of the Curse:
[...]
4. Curses on Rings and Swords. You have problems. Rings
have to be returned whence they came, preferably at over a
thousand degrees Fahrenheit, and the Curse means you won't
want to do this. Swords usually resist all attempts to
raise their Curses. Your best source is to hide the Sword
or give it to someone you dislike.
[ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]

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calls upon supernatural entities to cause harm; a vulgarity is a word commonly used by the lower classes of society. Both have come to be considered offensive, and thus are usually lumped together under the same banner. The difference is that curses are offensive for a very rational reason while vulgarities are considered offensive solely because of the elitism of medieval aristocrats.
  November 25, 2008 22:31
First comment: 1 April, 2004 431 comments written
To be fair, I think it's a stab at the fact we seem to be cursed with none or shit comics of late.
Arle November 25, 2008 22:32
First comment: 2 June, 2008 29 comments written
Oops, that was me.
Quint Sakugarne November 26, 2008 02:51
First comment: 1 January, 2008 233 comments written
What about the phrase "holy shit"?
@ November 27, 2008 00:15
First comment: 26 July, 2004 155 comments written
Technically that's only a saying. I think it's only when the word itself has some religious or "supernatural" meaning, like 'damn' and some others, that it can be considered curses.
@ November 27, 2008 00:17
First comment: 26 July, 2004 155 comments written
sry, "a curseCurses are longstanding ill-wishings which, in Fantasyland,
often manifest as semisentient. They have to be broken or
dispelled. The method varies according to the type and
origin of the Curse:
[...]
4. Curses on Rings and Swords. You have problems. Rings
have to be returned whence they came, preferably at over a
thousand degrees Fahrenheit, and the Curse means you won't
want to do this. Swords usually resist all attempts to
raise their Curses. Your best source is to hide the Sword
or give it to someone you dislike.
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", not "curses". I rephrased the sentence and missed that one.
Slowpoke November 27, 2008 01:24
First comment: 27 February, 2007 239 comments written
I rephrased this sentence to make sure I didn't any words out.
hpp3 November 27, 2008 03:06
First comment: 21 November, 2007 38 comments written
Why 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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the rocks 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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arranged as such in the first place? It makes me wonder what the gods screwed up this time.
@ November 27, 2008 06:26
First comment: 26 July, 2004 155 comments written
Lol @ Slowpoke.

Probably it was that room that the RNG messed up. No doors and no upstair, meaning that the ONLY way it would be accessible is through a trap doorI knew my Erik too well to feel at all comfortable on jumping
into his house. I knew what he had made of a certain palace at
Mazenderan. From being the most honest building conceivable, he
soon turned it into a house of the very devil, where you could
not utter a word but it was overheard or repeated by an echo.
With his trap-doors the monster was responsible for endless
tragedies of all kinds.
        [ The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux ]

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. Also, the room is quite large (7x18 inner dims)- I'm not even sure the game can produce a room that large (what are the limits, exactly? are they hard limits or is it based on probability, gradually reaching zero as area/dimensions increase?). Also, a room that large would connect to the main map by at least several doors, all of which would have to be hidden. I don't know the exact probability of a doorThrough me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.
Justice the founder of my fabric mov'd:
To rear me was the task of power divine,
Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.
Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon ye who enter here.
        [ The Inferno, from The Divine Comedy of Dante
                Alighieri, translated by H.F. Cary ]

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being hidden but as the # of doors increases, the probability that they are all hidden decreases exponentially (P to the -n, where n is # of doors).
jukka November 28, 2008 10:32
First comment: 22 November, 2006 57 comments written
@, the room could also be accessed by teleporting. Or with a pick-axeThe mine is full of holes;
With the wound of pickaxes.
But look at the goldsmith's store.
There, there is gold everywhere.
        [ Divan-i Kebir Meter 2, by Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi ]

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or 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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digging.. just like the vaults.
Anyway, I don't think the game ever generates any random doorless rooms other than the vaults.
Wonderer November 28, 2008 14:49
First comment: 22 March, 2007 106 comments written
This comic makes me want to leave a very special bones file of the Big Room level...
Newtkiller November 29, 2008 10:58
First comment: 28 October, 2008 127 comments written
Is there any new comic after this one? I can't manage to reach them.
@ November 30, 2008 00:58
First comment: 26 July, 2004 155 comments written
Not yet. DD has been slow for a few days.
T-Jack November 30, 2008 13:25
First comment: 16 March, 2008 52 comments written
Y'know, Cherry's been hissing angrily because she doesn't appear in the comic more often.
gneek December 1, 2008 00:21
First comment: 18 January, 2008 159 comments written
We need a new fucking comic already.
Slowpoke December 1, 2008 17:41
First comment: 27 February, 2007 239 comments written
gneek, if you're looking for porn comics, there is a ready supply to be found already via Google.
@ December 1, 2008 22:16
First comment: 26 July, 2004 155 comments written
lol
A December 2, 2008 02:12
First comment: 24 October, 2006 70 comments written
I have voted on the next comic. See it at http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20081121.
Quint Sakugarne December 3, 2008 04:04
First comment: 1 January, 2008 233 comments written
First rating! Excellent!
Quint Sakugarne December 3, 2008 04:05
First comment: 1 January, 2008 233 comments written
Wait...noooooo...my comment got redirected to the SHIT comic!
Slowpoke December 3, 2008 05:35
First comment: 27 February, 2007 239 comments written
Not nearly as clever as the previous entry.
TheEGE December 3, 2008 21:51
First comment: 3 December, 2008 3 comments written
This isn't related to the comic, but how do you molify a shopkeeperThese 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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you didn't anger? I accidentally angered IzchakThe shopkeeper of the lighting shop in the town level of the
gnomish mines is a tribute to Izchak Miller, a founding member
of the NetHack development team and a personal friend of a large
number of us. Izchak contributed greatly to the game, coding a
large amount of the shopkeep logic (hence the nature of the tribute)
as well as a good part of the alignment system, the prayer code and
the rewrite of "hell" in the 3.1 release. Izchak was a professor
of Philosophy, who taught at many respected institutions, including
MIT and Stanford, and who also worked, for a period of time, at
Xerox PARC. Izchak was the first "librarian" of the NetHack project,
and was a founding member of the DevTeam, joining in 1986 while he
was working at the University of Pennsylvania (hence our former
mailing list address). Until the 3.1.3 release, Izchak carefully
kept all of the code synchronized and arbitrated disputes between
members of the development teams. Izchak Miller passed away at the
age of 58, in the early morning hours of April 1, 1994 from
complications due to cancer. We then dedicated NetHack 3.2 in his
memory.
                [ Mike Stephenson, for the NetHack DevTeam ]

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a few games ago and I just lost my third game in a row where he killed me on my bones file level. Help!
@ December 3, 2008 23:46
First comment: 26 July, 2004 155 comments written
Dropping money (equal to the amount your ancestor stole) didn't work? (assuming you stole something)

What exactly did you do to tick him off?
Slandor the Besmirchinator December 4, 2008 04:23
First comment: 4 December, 2008 4 comments written
TheEGE -- I'm not sure about this, but are you playing with the same name every time? I think a spoiler I read said that shopkeepers on bones levels will be angry at any character with the same name as the one who angered them. So, try changing your name if you haven't already.

By the way, I have a new comic coming up -- my first! Bet it won't be worth the wait.
Antheridium December 4, 2008 19:50
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
You can try to pay him off by entering his shop (or letting him get next to you) and using the pay command. This might work if he's angry because he was robbed or his shop was damaged.

If you can't pay him off, use a scrollAnd I was gazing on the surges prone,
With many a scalding tear and many a groan,
When at my feet emerg'd an old man's hand,
Grasping this scroll, and this same slender wand.
I knelt with pain--reached out my hand--had grasp'd
Those treasures--touch'd the knuckles--they unclasp'd--
I caught a finger: but the downward weight
O'erpowered me--it sank. Then 'gan abate
The storm, and through chill aguish gloom outburst
The comfortable sun. I was athirst
To search the book, and in the warming air
Parted its dripping leaves with eager care.
Strange matters did it treat of, and drew on
My soul page after page, till well-nigh won
Into forgetfulness; when, stupefied,
I read these words, and read again, and tried
My eyes against the heavens, and read again.
        [ Endymion, by John Keats ]

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of taming or the spell of charm monster. While you can't tame shopkeepers (I don't think), the magic will pacify them. If you're using a scrollAnd I was gazing on the surges prone,
With many a scalding tear and many a groan,
When at my feet emerg'd an old man's hand,
Grasping this scroll, and this same slender wand.
I knelt with pain--reached out my hand--had grasp'd
Those treasures--touch'd the knuckles--they unclasp'd--
I caught a finger: but the downward weight
O'erpowered me--it sank. Then 'gan abate
The storm, and through chill aguish gloom outburst
The comfortable sun. I was athirst
To search the book, and in the warming air
Parted its dripping leaves with eager care.
Strange matters did it treat of, and drew on
My soul page after page, till well-nigh won
Into forgetfulness; when, stupefied,
I read these words, and read again, and tried
My eyes against the heavens, and read again.
        [ Endymion, by John Keats ]

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, you can get yourself confused first to boost the range -- helpful if you don't want to let him get too close.
TheEGE December 5, 2008 03:57
First comment: 3 December, 2008 3 comments written
I'm pretty sure I accidentally hit him with a daggerIs this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.
[ Macbeth, by William Shakespeare ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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while fighting another monster. I'll try playing with a different name, although I'm rather fond of my usual playername. Is it ethical to erase ALL the bones files you have (I'm the only one who plays on my computer) so that you eliminate an unfair source of YAADs, but also eliminate any useful bones files? It seems to me that it's no different from getting a new computer, for example, and starting on that with no bones files.
Slandor the Besmirchinator December 5, 2008 22:52
First comment: 4 December, 2008 4 comments written
My last character hit a shopkeeperThese 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.
with a daggerIs this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.
[ Macbeth, by William Shakespeare ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
in Minetown (stupid miskeying), and my new character has a different name and hasn't hit Minetown yet, so maybe I'll see whether this works myself.

I kind of hate bones files, so I wouldn't look down on you for it, but I'm pretty new to Nethack so I wouldn't ask me for advice.
acheron December 7, 2008 03:17
First comment: 1 June, 2004 63 comments written
I always erase all my bones files, helpful or otherwise. Only erasing, in this example, your Minetown bones file, is pretty much cheating. Your suggestion is in the middle, selectively deciding when to erase, but not which file. I don't think there's anything wrong with wiping them all out.

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