After Hours

Have a retro Geekend with Nethack

Starting the game

Fire up Nethack by issuing the command nethack from a command prompt. Or, as you can see from my E17 desktop, selecting it from the Games menu. You will also notice two other entries for Nethack, Vulture's Claw and Vulture's Eye. That's right: the open source community still develops for Nethack. In the case of the Vulture series, these are newer, graphical equivalents to the tried and true ASCII version of the game.

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