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 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!
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!
We’ve been busy over the last couple days making some improvements to the NetHack playing experience. Tangles just finished a significant upgrade of dgamelaunch (dgl) which is the menu system everyone goes through to select the NetHack game/variant they want to play. You’ll notice that all available variants are now on the landing page again. You can also set your config editor preference, and there’s a more robust system to transfer configs between servers and even between other players.
Even more recently, hterm was updated to the latest version (1.87). Along with bugfixes is support for true 24bit color rendering. There are a handful of variants we host that support this, including 370-hdf and UnNetHack (you can confirm this in UnNetHack by issuing the #show_colors command). Any of you having issues getting hterm to work, it’s most likely due to your browser’s cache still loading the old .js files – performing a hard refresh of the cache while having the hterm page loaded will resolve it (ctrl+F5 for chrome/firefox/edge). If you’re still having trouble, shoot me an email or hop onto IRC and ask for help.
EDIT – the missing cursor in hterm issue has been resolved, use ctrl+F5 to force refresh the hterm window to load the change/fix.
Enjoy the changes and upgrades all.
Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a nice end to the year and the decade.
A lot happened with NetHack in just the last month – two official releases in as many days in December 2019 (versions 3.6.3 and 3.6.4), and a development version of NetHack 3.7.0 was also made public during the same time. We’ve retired 363-hdf and are hosting 370-hdf as of a couple weeks ago. You can read all about it from this reddit post.
A handful of variants have also seen new version updates within the last several days (EvilHack, SpliceHack, notdNetHack), and a couple more are on the way so stay tuned. Happy new year!