Archive for the ‘Hardfought news’ Category

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 – https://www.hardfought.org/nethack/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 – https://gist.github.com/aaronmdjones/1a9a93ded5b7d162c3f58bdd66b8f491.

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 – https://www.hardfought.org/quiz/tnnt-2020-survey/

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!