The November NetHack Tournament 2021 has begun

By K2 on November 1st, 2021 at 6:37 pm EST

The annual November NetHack Tournament for 2021 has officially kicked off! TNNT now has it’s own domain – Along with that, the scoreboard has been completely redesigned from scratch on the backend by aoei and aosdict, and for this year we’re trying out leaderboards for various categories instead of a traditional points system. The TNNT game code has the same content as the previous year, changes there were primarily bug fixes and improvements, along with 37 new achievements and a realtime display in-game. Clan registration is open, and closes on the 10th, so be sure to get your team started before then.

Good luck and have fun everyone, see you there.

Happy 21st Birthday Hardfought

By K2 on October 22nd, 2021 at 8:28 pm EST

Hahah happy birthday Hardfought! Twenty one years and still kicking. Crazy. Not really a milestone, but still impressive I think. Next big milestone will be 25 years. Pretty confident we’ll make it that far.

In other news – TNNT 2021 is coming up soon. Made a reddit post about it a few days ago, can read up on it here. Some needed bug fixes to the game code, as well as some new achievements. The website is being rebuilt from the ground up – some changes to how it looks, but the big changes are under the hood. Shaping up really nice. Biggest change is moving away from scoring/points and using leader boards instead for all of the different categories. We’ll see how it pans out, should be fun. Next post will be on November 1st to kick off TNNT 2021. See ya then!

Addition of ttyrec page

By K2 on August 17th, 2021 at 12:30 pm EST

Recently, all generated ttyrecs that are over 24 hours old have been moved off of the servers and into S3 storage. I’ve created a page dedicated to searching for and downloading those archived ttyrecs – – you can also find this page via the ‘NetHack’ menu up above. There’s a process that moves ttyrecs older than a day over to the S3 bucket once per day, so any ttyrecs you’re looking for that are less than a day old will still be in the usual location. This is phase one of some cost-saving measures I’ve recently taken. Been hosting NetHack and it’s variants long enough now, we’ve generated quite a bit of data, enough that it was causing hosting fees to climb. Phase two will happen soon, which will cause the US and EU servers to come down for a very short period of time – when that happens, I’ll give plenty of notice. Phase two will generate the most cost savings for hosting the servers, and will include an OS upgrade to boot.

Other news – Junethack has been over for a few weeks now, that was fun. TNNT 2021 is just right around the corner, looking forward to that. More news regarding it as we get closer to November. Have fun all, cya online.

Libera IRC

By K2 on May 20th, 2021 at 10:50 am EST

If you haven’t heard yet – pretty much *all* of the staff over at Freenode IRC resigned the other day after it was clear the service would be run under new management. I won’t pretend to know the full details of what transpired that led up to this, but long story short, it seems a single individual pulled some shady shit and is conducting a hostile takeover of Freenode. The entire staff resigning and starting their own IRC service speaks volumes. There’s a lot of postings online about this, but this Gist from a former staff member explains quite a bit –

In light of this, I’m moving #hardfought, #evilhack, and other associated channels over to Libera, a new IRC network started and managed by the Freenode staff that resigned. All of the channels most of you visit for NetHack-related things are already present and functional at Libera, including #nethack. The channel bots for #hardfought and #evilhack aren’t over on the Libera channels yet, but they soon will be. The intent is to fully cutover before the start of Junethack, so just a matter of days. I’ll still be parked in #hardfought on Freenode for a bit afterwards, but I expect the transition to Libera will be permanent in short order.

See you over on Libera IRC.

The November NetHack Tournament 2020 is over

By K2 on December 2nd, 2020 at 1:29 pm EST

And of course I neglected to post about it starting… but no matter. The November NetHack Tournament for 2020 ended almost two days ago, and I think this was the best one yet. A significant amount of players and clans participated versus last year, with many more games played and ascensions earned.

For more details about how the tournament went, see this reddit post.

We’ve started another survey as well, so if you played, please take the time to fill it out. Player feedback definitely helps shape future tournaments. Survey link is here –

Thank you to everyone who played, we hope you had a great experience! And special thanks to the TNNT devteam, everyone’s hard work has always been key to a fun and successful tournament.