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the invisible choir sings again

So I ascended in NetHack again, this time as a chaotic elven wizard. Funny how it took me six years to do it the first time and three weeks to do it the second. A fitting way to celebrate the end of my school career, I suppose. And a great excuse for Nick, me, and two CS sophomores whose names I don't remember to go out for pizza at one in the morning.

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an invisible choir sings, and you are bathed in radiance... (yafap)

 2    5767252  kchen-Sam-Hum-Mal-Law ascended to demigod-hood.       252 [353]

Oh my fuck. I just did what people who have played this game for decades have not been able to do. I am the second person to do this in the history of the OCCS nethack server. (The other one is mvomacka. How the hell did you get nine million points, mvomacka? Grrr.)

At first it seemed as if all was lost. I was at the Astral Plane, and had just killed Pestilence, when aragorn spontaneously rebooted. I logged in on gandalf, and instead of restoring my save file nethack asked me what class I wanted my new character to be. Despair! Oh well, I thought. So close, and yet so far--story of my life.

But when nferrara heard of my plight, he insisted he do something about it. I looked up the nethack recover-file utility on Google and asked Nick to use his public-usergroup powers to restore my save. And after much consternation, and some fiddling, we got it to work. Less than an hour later I was listening to the invisible choir.

In his honor, I ascended with a tin of nferrara meat.

For those of you who play, details behind the cut.

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Ascension cannot be far off!
- Me, after first reaching the Castle in 2005


2     902383  kchen-Sam-Hum-Mal-Law choked on his food in The
                Dungeons of Doom on level 27 [max 28].  Choked on a
                fortune cookie.                                       175 [175]

Virtually indestructible samurai with -23 AC, all natural resistances, magic resistance, invisibility, displacement, reflection, and two amulets of life saving, after completing the Gnomish Mines, Fort Ludios, the Quest, Medusa's Isle, and the Castle, having survived giant eels and black dragons and mind flayers and Ashikaga Takauji and other instant-death nasties, dies by choking on a fortune cookie.

And I did it at the Castle, so you can't even loot my corpse.

Oh, Nethack. I would be swearing profusely if I wasn't laughing so hard.

i am occs nethack champion

You made the top ten list!

 No  Points     Name                                                   Hp [max]
  1     491711  kchen-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha turned to stone in Gehennom on
                level 31.  Petrified by a cockatrice.                 184 [184]
  2     266010  jldavis-Mon-Hum-Fem-Cha died in The Quest on level 20
                [max 16].  Killed by Master Kaen.                       - [150]
  3     242515  kchen-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha turned to stone in The Dungeons
                of Doom on level 25.  Petrified by Medusa.            142 [142]

Though I'm sad my character is dead (how was I supposed to know that attacking a cockatrice while polymorphed into a silver dragon or other bitey creature turns you to stone?), I'm consoled by the discovery that I am the best nethack player in the OCCS community. By almost a quarter million points.


I have to admit, though, that I got this far more out of dumb luck than good playing. And not the "good luck" intrinsic--though I had a fair bit of that for a while--but luck as in, "holy shit, I can't believe that didn't kill me." I had starting or middle-level equipment for most of the lower levels, and most of it was burnt or rusted to crap by the time I got to Hell. I threw away my cursed boots of levitation before it was time to cross the moat at the Castle (very bad idea), I pissed off my god at some point by praying too much, I wasted two wishes from a wand of wishing, I lost all my gold sitting on a throne, and I nearly died of food poisoning at least four times. I did manage to kill Medusa by blinding myself with a camera flash, though. (She can't instantly turn you to stone if you can't see her.) That was pretty funny.

Thank you, fellow computer science majors, for playing as wizards and dying a lot between dungeon level 10 and 20. I wouldn't have made it nearly this far if it wasn't for the cloaks of magic resistance I filched from your putrid, rotting corpses. ^_^

Any challengers to the title? mvomacka? hcurtis? nferrera?
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so it looks like the occs nethack high score list has returned

  1     266010  jldavis-Mon-Hum-Fem-Cha died in The Quest on level 20
                [max 16].  Killed by Master Kaen.                       - [150]
  2     242515  kchen-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha turned to stone in The Dungeons
                of Doom on level 25.  Petrified by Medusa.            142 [142]
  3     214893  mvomacka-Bar-Hum-Fem-Neu died in The Dungeons of Doom
                on level 11 [max 18].  Killed by an ettin, while
                helpless.                                               - [128]


And I don't mean shopkeeper, sink, gold, food ration, potion, potion.

Curse you, jldavis! 20k points more and I would have been the Oberlin College nethack champion. If only I had eaten more dog food. Oh well--whoever cracks open my statue at Medusa's Isle is going to find a nice stash of gold (~$20k), a pantsload of valuable gems, and a decent collection of named weapons. Oh, and thoroughly rusty gauntlets of strength, just for the sake of being annoying.

And to Vomacka-kun, who is trailing far behind at third place: Thmaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

i am the man at nethack

Agrajagagrag, the chaotic human male Barbarian, quit at the Castle (dungeon level 23). 158300 points, which is, if I remember right, just barely enough to land me the #1 spot on the OCCS nethack high score list. Or would have been, if said high score list hadn't been wiped.

I don't know whether to be really happy or really sad.

But oh man, that was one hell of a game. I didn't have any exceptional equipment except a bag of holding, an amulet of ESP, an uncursed luckstone, and the +1 blessed rustproof Cleaver, but I had the good fortune to find two leprechaun halls, which netted me about 5,000 gold each. Successfully killing a shopkeeper at around level 18 or so almost got me killed, but earned me another 3,000--which, along with a few really lucky gold finds, brought me up to a total of over 23,000 before I quit. And I got all the gems at the bottom of the Gnomish Mines identified, which saved me a lot of carry weight by allowing me to throw away over 30 worthless pieces of glass. I also just happened to find both an altar to my character's god and an icebox full of fresh, sacrifice-worthy corpses in the Gnomish Mall, which got me very close to being crowned. (I got a divine gift, but it was Sting. Argh!) I would have kept going had I not missed the Quest and gotten overpowered by a giant-summoning Titan.

Ascension cannot be far off!

(If you have no idea what I'm going on about, try it yourself here. Be warned; it may very well be the most addictive computer game ever coded.)
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