EvilHack officially released

By K2 on May 21st, 2019 at 6:51 pm EST

A special new variant post today, as this is my own variant. Been working on this since October 2018, finally felt it was ready for mass consumption two days ago. So many hours pouring over the code, testing things, tweaking, etc… I can’t count. EvilHack has been available for public play since Last month, but it was very much in the alpha stage. Fair amount of play-testing was done by the Hardfought NetHack community here, which helped immensely in finding and resolving bugs. A huge thanks to everyone who played and provided feedback.

Ok, so you’re interested in giving EvilHack a shot? Great! Understand going in that it was designed from the beginning to be difficult and challenging, significantly more so than vanilla NetHack. A bit more info regarding EvilHack can be found at this reddit post – https://www.reddit.com/r/nethack/comments/br2u6c/evilhack_official_release/ – and soon much more info will make its way to the NetHackWiki here – https://nethackwiki.com/wiki/EvilHack

If you give EvilHack a try, please feel free to let me know how it went, what you liked or didn’t like, etc. Have fun and good luck!

In other news: NetHack 3.6.2 was officially released less than two weeks ago. And the JunetHack 2019 variant tournament is fast approaching go time, sign-up starts on May 27th. EvilHack will be a part of this tournament this year. That’s all for now, will post again soon regarding JunetHack.


New NetHack variant: notdNetHack

By K2 on April 9th, 2019 at 1:06 pm EST

There’s a new NetHack variant out called ‘notdNetHack’, its official release was yesterday, and it’s being hosted here at Hardfought on all three servers. NetHack community member ‘Demo’ is the variant author; you can view the code repository here. notdNetHack is a different take of the variant ‘dNetHack (version 3.15.1)’ with several changes, bug fixes and new branch levels. In short, it’s not dNetHack ;) You can see a change log at the link posted.

Other news – I guess I neglected to do a post write-up of the TNNT (The November NetHack Tournament). Long story short – clan OotC (Order of the Cockatrice) won overall, with clans Teenage NetHack Ninja Turtles and teamsplat taking a close 2nd and 3rd place. Luxidream was the top-scoring individual with 32 ascensions. TNNT will definitely see another go this November, so stay tuned.

More news soon…


The November NetHack Tournament has started!!

By K2 on November 1st, 2018 at 8:06 am EST

It’s official, The November NetHack Tournament officially kicked off at midnight this morning (UTC), or 8pm last night local time. We’re twelve hours in and there’s already been three ascensions, including a two-game streak.

To see the scoreboard and register a clan or join one, please visit https://www.hardfought.org/tnnt/ – there’s also an IRC channel on freenode.net, hop into #tnnt to see live game announcements and general player banter. We even have a twitter feed! See https://twitter.com/TNNT_announce for live game updates. To connect, access any of the three Hardfought NetHack servers via SSH or hterm and access the ‘Tournament’ menu.

So far so good. Kick off started with a bang, no major issues at all, just a couple look/feel tweaks to a few things and an update to the channel bot. Looking forward to a fun tournament! See you there.


Happy 18th Birthday Hardfought

By K2 on October 22nd, 2018 at 10:27 pm EST

Here we are again, celebrating another year of existence. Happy 18th birthday Hardfought! You’re now old enough to vote ;) Here’s to many more years to come.

More news to follow, and soon. Back to the b-day party…


New Tournament, other updates

By K2 on September 16th, 2018 at 9:42 am EST

Morning all. It’s about that time for another news update. All of the new things that we’ve been working on lately, I’ve announced everywhere but here. Should probably fix that…

The big news – ‘The November NetHack Tournament’ is on. We’ve been working on the code and the scoreboard for awhile now, and will be ready to kick it off at midnight (UTC) on November 1st. This will become the new fall season NetHack tournament to fill in the void left by /dev/null shutting down (the tribute tourney we hosted last year was a one-time event). The new tournament is based off of NetHack version 3.6.2 (bleeding edge) and will incorporate the latest bugfixes and additions to the 3.6.x branch right up until the start of the tournament – no further code changes will be made during the tournament unless it’s an important bugfix. The event will last the entire month of November, and there will be plenty of individual and clan-based achievements you can earn. We’re working on custom content as well… not every idea or plan we have will make it into the first years’ tourney, but that’s ok. This will be a ‘work in progress’ for years to come. I’ll make another announcement here and through the usual channels once player/clan registration is available. In the meantime, feel free to hang out in #tnnt on freenode.net to discuss the tournament. This is also the channel where game livelogging and github repo update announcements will occur.

Other NetHack related bits – our ‘vanilla’ versions of both 3.4.3 and 3.6.2 are now considered ‘hdf’ flavors due to cosmetic and server functionality additions to each that set them apart from the base code. 362-hdf is bleeding edge and is updated regularly as the NetHack devteam pushes new content and bugfixes. 343-hdf is a continuation of 343-NAO (which NAO no longer hosts) with mostly cosmetic improvements. Both ‘hdf’ flavors do not change or alter game play nor core functionality in any way. The public repositories for both can be found here and here.

There have been recent bugfixes to a lot of the other variants we host as well. Always a work in progress. That’s all for now, but more to follow soon.