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Dudley's (New, Improved) Dungeon

< Oct 21st, 2009 >Netbots
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@ "Object in the doorway. Time to fight a ghost!"
You drop a spellbook
of wizard lock. Your
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@ "A newt is probably the culprit, I better get myself unencumbered."
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@ "Yep, my guess was right. Time to do the smart thing and run away!"
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   /  REST IN   \   
  /    PEACE     \  
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 |     Dudley     | 
 |   Dropped the  | 
 | wrong thing in | 
 |the wrong place | 
()/((|/))((\\|/))\/\
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14 Comments

#1 Anonymous Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:24:27
FOR PITY'S SAKE PEOPLE USE AN ACTUALLY MEANACING MONSTER IN THESE CASES

NEWTS ARE ONLY APPROPRIATE FOR IRONIC DEATHS

#2 Medandrea Wed, 21 Oct 2009 01:33:41
What anon said. It's still kind of funny, though.

#3 NobodySpecial Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:24:10
Yeah, better monster variety would be nice. NetHack has no shortage of monsters that are very dangerous to ordinary low-level characters, never mind Dudley.

That said, G.

#4 Thvor Wed, 21 Oct 2009 11:36:10
Yes, the joke would not have suffered if the monster had been a mumak, a pack of killer bees, a water demon (next to a fountain), etc...

Would have ranked higher if the author had managed to avoid the newt trope.

#5 TJR Wed, 21 Oct 2009 13:34:32
Hmm, quick poll: Is confusing doors with spellbooks a real issue? I've always wanted to cut down on http://nethack.wikia.com/wiki/Spellbook#Spellbooks_versus_closed_doors, but never got around to actually doing it.

#6 Factorial Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:52:02
meh. Really the most it could do is cost you a turn, especially if you always try to [o]pen a brown '+'.

I realize that bumping into a door could have negative effects, but if those effects are actually enough to impact your game then it's likely your problems are actually unrelated to doors

#7 slowpoke Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:55:52
That paragraph on the Wiki is approximately what one of the guys on Big Bang Theory would write. (Sorry for the USian TV reference.)

#8 ais523 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 16:15:04
They are a real issue for bots. TAEB plays with closed doors as ] to avoid confusing them with spellbooks (and strange objects as m).

#9 TobyBartels Fri, 23 Oct 2009 04:52:54
If it's a bot, can't it just ;look?

#10 Netbots Mon, 1 Mar 2010 21:16:29
I know this is a bit late, but please notice that it is a spellbook of wizard lock. That means the door is locked. The newt is two spaces behind him. He can't unlock it or kick it down in time. Knowing Dudley, he probably doesn't even have a key.

#11 DarthCliche Mon, 17 May 2010 02:10:53
M to work towards symmetry. Someone vote E.

#12 DarthCliche Sat, 5 Jun 2010 03:55:17
CoV'd to E, because that's the proper rating anyway.

#13 HACK2000 Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:17:23
Voted E. Sorry, had to ruin the symmetry!
Last edited: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:17:38

#14 grisha5 Sun, 6 Mar 2016 03:54:26
I could vote P to make symmetry...BUT I VOTED E MWAHAHAHA

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