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.

Happy 20th birthday Hardfought!!!

By K2 on October 22nd, 2020 at 6:37 pm EST

On this day 20 years ago, I started Hardfought. Seven thousand, three hundred and five days later, I never thought back then that the site and the wonderful community that surrounds it would be here today. There were periods of virtually no activity, with no game servers being hosted, but the site always persisted. And then finally almost four years ago some good friends of mine helped me to realize the game I always wanted to host and the community I always wanted to be a part of… NetHack. Making it to twenty years while being a part of something that I truly enjoy doing is just outstanding. With all the craziness and bad things that happened on a global scale to everyone this year, today is definitely a diamond in the rough. I hope the games we play and the conversation we have help make things seem just a little bit better. Happy 20th birthday Hardfought, here’s to many more to come.

Junethack 2020 has started!

By K2 on May 31st, 2020 at 8:00 pm EST

Junethack 2020 has officially started! This years’ tournament features more variants to choose from than in any previous year, with the re-addition of Slash ‘EM and a new variant, GnollHack. This is also the first year for 3.7.0 (still in developmental status) to be featured in any tournament, in the form of 370-hdf. There are also new versions of many other variants, including EvilHack, dNetHack, xNetHack, SpliceHack and UnNetHack. Several clans have already been formed, and the competition looks to be fierce. Be sure to check out the Junethack website for more information, and to sign up to play if you haven’t already.

Good luck and have fun everyone!

Scoreboards are back

By K2 on March 20th, 2020 at 10:03 pm EST

The scoreboards for all NetHack games and its variants have been reinstated, and this time they’re not just tracking games on the US based server. All game across all three servers are tracked and recorded. So now players that frequent the European and Australian servers can check out their games here and see how they fared against everyone else. This includes the z-scores pages as well as the regular scoreboard. Links to the scoreboards and z-scores can be found here, or just follow the ‘NetHack’ menu above. One minor issue to be aware of – any EU or AU games, the dumplog link still points to the US server. Haven’t quite figured out how to handle that one yet. In the meantime, just replace www with either eu or au in the link, that will then load the dumplog for that game.

Hoping to add even more data statistics to the site here soon, preferably before Junethack starts this year. Stay tuned!