The November Nethack Tournament


General Rules

Use your common sense: don't hack into the game servers, don't deliberately corrupt or leak memory or otherwise try to crash or hang up the game, don't abuse the RNG, and don't be a jerk.

For now, bots are banned as well. If they're unbanned at some point in the future, they will still be disallowed from impersonating a human (playing on an account registered to a human) or cybernetically enhancing a human clan (playing in a clan that contains humans).

However, anything within the normal execution of the game is fair game. This includes farming, scumming, abusing program bugs, reading dead characters' dump logs, viewing ttyrecs of your own or others' games, using interface enhancers like InterHack, and hanging out on IRC to see if the gray stone you picked up in Mines' End gets livelogged as the luckstone.


To create clans, invite players to your clan, and accept invitations to others' clans, go here.

For the 2018 tournament, there are no limits on the size of a clan, and the scoring is designed so that adding new clan members, however inexperienced, cannot hurt the clan overall.

At November 10th at midnight UTC, clan membership will become frozen; people can still leave or be kicked out of clans, but cannot create new clans or join new clans. Anyone who starts their first tournament game after this date may optionally join or create a clan within 24 hours of starting their game.


Not accounting for trophies, all ascensions are worth 50 points each. There are several ways to get more points:


Various accomplishments across one or multiple games earn you trophies, which come with an associated boatload of points. To see how to earn these, go to the Trophies page and hover over them; they will show up as a tooltip.

Ascending with Conducts

Conduct Points
Pacifist 50
Zen 50
Nudist 50
Foodless 30
Illiterate 20
Elberethless 20
Vegan 15
Weaponless 10
Atheist 10
Vegetarian 5
Genocideless 5
Wishless 4
Artifact wishless 1
Polyselfless 1
Polyobjectless 1

For conducts that necessarily imply other conducts, such as Vegan and Vegetarian, keeping the more stringent conduct will score points for both it and the less stringent conduct. For example, a foodless ascension is actually worth 50 points, because the player will get the points for Vegan and Vegetarian as well.


Games that are won in under 20,000 turns score additional bonus points equal to 500,000 divided by the turncount of the game. For instance, a game that finishes in 5,000 turns will score 100 bonus points, whereas a game that barely finishes in 20,000 turns scores 25 points. No points are awarded for games longer than 20,000 turns.


A streak is a series of consecutive winning games by the same player. Because you can play on multiple servers, the rule is that the first game you start on any server after winning the previous game in a streak is the candidate game for continuing the streak; other simultaneous games will not be counted for your streak.

If you simply play consecutive games, starting the next after you ascend the last, then each game counts towards your streak, even if they are played on different servers.

However, if you start games on different servers concurrently, not every game will be eligible for your streak. For example, suppose you ascend game A, then start game B, and start game C on another server before ascending game B. You then ascend game C – this does not count towards your streak, because game B came first. If you ascend game B, this will count towards your streak. You could then start game D and ascend it, in which case your longer streak would be extended, A-B-D.

For those familiar with DCSS tournaments, these rules are the same as theirs.

Each consecutive streak game has its ascension points (plus bonuses for speedrunning or conducts) multiplied by a number which increases as the streak gets longer. This number is 1.1 for the second game of a streak, 1.2 for the third, 1.3 for the fourth, and so on.


Achievements are worth 1 point each, across all games (if you get the same achievement in two or more games, you still only get 1 point for that achievement counting towards your individual score.) If you get all possible achievements and the All Achievements trophy, each achievement counts for 2 points instead.

Achievement-related points are counted towards your individual score directly, and are not multiplied by any streak you may have.

Below is a listing of every achievement a player can earn in-game, and a description of that achievement and what needs to be done to earn it.

Achievement Description
Ringing in My Ears Get the Bell of Opening
Feel the Burn Enter Gehennom
Emerging into the Light Get the Candelabrum of Invocation
Weighing of the Heart Get the Book of the Dead
Bell, Book and Candle Perform the Invocation Ritual
My Preciousss Get the Amulet of Yendor
From the Dungeon They Came Enter the Elemental Planes
The Halls of the Gods Enter the Astral Plane
Are You Feeling Lucky Get the luckstone from Mines' End
Boulder Pusher Finish Sokoban
Anti-Stoner Kill Medusa
Back to Civilisation Step onto the Minetown altar
Sage Advice Consult the Oracle
The Archetypal Hero Get admitted to the Quest
Musical Mastermind Learn the passtune
Indulgences Buy protection from a priest
Part-time Statue Survive stoning
The Blob Survive sliming
Captain Ahab Survive being grabbed by a sea monster
Furry Little Problem Cure lycanthropy
New Lease on Life Cure deathly illness
The Royal Treatment Sit on a throne
It'll Turn Up Later Drop a ring in a sink
Nine for Mortal Men Doomed to Die ... Again Kill all nine Nazgûl
Furious Kill all three Erinyes
Orthodoxy Convert an altar
Always Talk to the Wise Old Man Chat with Izchak
Isaac Newton Get fruit by kicking a tree
Dungeon Economics Buy something at a shop
Stop, Thief! Be chased by the Keystone Kops
Wash it Clean Uncurse an item in a fountain
Well-Read Learn a level 5+ spell
Pet Whisperer Tame a monster by feeding it
Beast Master Tame a monster without using food
The Chosen One Get crowned
Go Forth and Smite Receive an artifact gift from your deity
Some Watery Tart Be gifted Excalibur
Hand Crafted Make a dragon scale mail
A Little Light Larceny Get robbed by a nymph
Pot of Greed Have your purse lightened by a leprechaun
The Birds and the Bees Dally with a foocubus
The Most Dangerous Game Catch a monster in a trap set by you
Minetown Avenger Kill every orc in Orctown
All Clear Kill all hostiles in the Big Room
Liberated Get yourself unpunished
It's Called That For a Reason Come to earth by levitating over a sink
Diamond in the Rough Identify a gem with a touchstone
Scribe Write a scroll with a magic marker
First Edition Write a book
Dragon Rider Ride a dragon
Motherhood Lay an egg
Shimmer Fireproof an item
They Like Shiny Things Throw a gem at a unicorn
Reincarnation Cancelled Tin a troll
Kill it Twice Destroy a ghost
Only Mostly Dead Revive a corpse
Buffy Destroy an undead with #turn
Wasn't a Meal, Wasn't Ready, And You Shouldn't Have Eaten It Eat a military ration
Have Fun Storming the Castle Blow up the Castle drawbridge
Insert Quarter to Continue Get life-saved
What It Was Made For Kill an appropriate monster with a Bane weapon
Buried Treasure Dig up a grave not in a graveyard
Holy War Kill a priest of Moloch
Movers and Shakers Cause an earthquake
Snake Charmer Pacify a snake with a flute
Dragonslayer Kill a dragon
Tin Foil Hat Dodge a brainsucking attack
Right Back at Ya Hit an enemy with a thrown boomerang
It Burnsss Deal silver damage to a silver-hating monster
Arrakis Make a crysknife
Kop Training Program Kill a monster with a rubber hose
Obligatory Pointy Hat Put on a cornuthaum as a wizard
Hobbit Skin Wear a mithril coat
The Words of the Prophets Read 5 random graffiti
Are You Still Pudding Farming Split a pudding
Wearable Snack Wear a meat ring
Frozen Treats Loot an ice box
Pygmalion Create a monster from a figurine
Nerd Read a spellbook while wearing lenses and a T-shirt
Recharged Charge an object
Get Your Kicks Kick an item embedded in a wall or rock
Spiderman Grab an item with a grappling hook
More Light Refill the Candelabrum after it burns out after the Invocation
Balanced Diet Eat one of each type of produce in one game
Smorgasbord Eat every type of food in the game
Fill 'Er Up Fill an oil lamp with a potion of oil
Curse the Darkness Identify a potion of oil by applying it
Bright Light, Bright Light Kill gremlin with any light source
Chemistry 101 Alchemize two potions in an established recipe
Get Your Gas Mask Kill a monster with a stinking cloud
Escape to Discworld Read a Terry Pratchett novel
Near Death Experience #chat to Death while carrying a Terry Pratchett Novel
Jeweler Identify every type of valuable gemstone
Prize Inside! Get a spellbook by breaking a randomly-generated statue
Ding-a-Ling Summon a nymph by ringing a cursed bell
Best Friends Forever Take your starting pet to full adulthood
Diver Dive into a moat or pool and retrieve an item from the bottom
Ceiling Clinging Commute Ride a wumpus over water
How Much Wood? Kill or tame a woodchuck
Storm the Gates of Heaven Kill an Archon
Shifty Tame a shapeshifter in any way
Cat Lady Tame seven “f” in the course of one game
Collapse the Wavefunction Open the box containing Schroedinger's Cat
I'm Free! I'm Free! Free a prisoner
Pet Rescue Free a pet from a trap that you didn't create yourself
Spam, Spam, Spam Read a scroll of mail
Superfood Gain strength by eating royal jelly
You Are What You Eat Gain an intrinsic by eating a corpse (or tin or glob)
The Art of the Deal Bankrupt a shopkeeper by getting all their money
Distinction Without Difference Polymorph a pet using a polytrap
Transgender Put on an amulet of change
Father Figure Hatch an egg not laid by you and have it come out tame
Hello, Nurse! Get a nurse to heal you or raise your max HP
It's The Pits Kill something while you are stuck in a pit
Never Saw It Coming Kill invisible monster without see invisible
Shafted Fall down a shaft
Potions of Booze Cost More Than That Get two bits for an ale from a priest
Horatius at the Bridge Extinct any kind of soldier or kop
Who's That Pretty Girl in the Mirror, There? Deflect a nymph with a mirror
Money Talks Bribe a demon lord
Breaking and Entering Enter a vault
Who Was That David Person Anyway? Enter a treasure zoo
Absolute Monarchy Enter a throne room
They're After Me Lucky Charms Enter a leprechaun hall
Hive Mind Enter a beehive
Day of the Dead Enter a graveyard
Team a Headquarters Enter an anthole
Halt, Who Goes There? Enter a barracks
Dungeon Ecology Enter a swamp
Statue Showcase Enter a cockatrice nest
Asmodead Kill Asmodeus
Fly Swatter Kill Baalzebub
That Wand is Mine Kill Orcus
Squish Squish Kill Juiblex
Demogorgone Kill Demogorgon
Yee-No-Go Kill Yeenoghu
Geryon-Slayer Kill Geryon
Dispater-Dispatcher Kill Dispater
Conqueror of Death Kill Death
Curer of Pestilence Kill Pestilence
Feeder of Famine Kill Famine
You Had ONE Job Escape the Astral Plane in celestial disgrace
Under New Management Change your alignment by any means
Heisenberg Become uncertain about your position or velocity
Who You Gonna Call? Get scared by a ghost
Groundhog Day Return to a forgotten level
Tainted Dip an item in unholy water
Hydrochloric Dissolve iron bars with acid
Predictably, Nothing Happens Break an identified wand of nothing
Neutralized Cancel a monster
Magivore Gain a magical intrinsic by eating a piece of jewelry
Rope-a-Dope Kill a monster with a thrown aklys
Panacea Neutralize a harmful potion with a unicorn horn
Hulk Smash Kill a monster with a heavy iron ball
Croesus Competitor Finish a game carrying at least 50000 gold
Croesus Buyout Finish a game carrying at least 100000 gold
Palantir Successfully apply a crystal ball
Peak Condition Raise all attributes to at least 18
Those Who Came Before Sight another player's bones pile
Imitation Bones Step onto the Rogue level fake bones pile
Replacement Goldfish Cast create familiar
Pop the Question Give a ring of adornment to a succubus
No Soup For You! Get expelled from the Quest
Discerning Palate Gain intrinsic food appraisal
Playerbanebane Kill a soldier ant
Banishing Spells Not Included Summon a demon lord
Tastes Like Chicken Eat chickatrice or cockatrice meat
Dust to Dust Wrest one last charge from a wand of wishing
Teetotaler Neutralize a potion of booze with an amethyst
Spooky Scary Skeletons Get scared by the rattling of a skeleton
Ocean's Eleven Enter Fort Ludios
I Did It For The Money Kill Croesus
Gullible Lie to a vault guard about your name
Luck of the Grasshopper Reach +13 Luck
Murphy's Law Reach -13 Luck
Looking Slick Grease a piece of armor
Watch Your Footing Step onto the vibrating square
The Grand Tour Step onto each high altar on the Astral Plane
Friends Not Food Reach your quest leader with vegetarian conduct intact
Animal Rights Activist Reach your quest leader with vegan conduct intact
Anti Gulp Reach your quest leader with foodless conduct intact
No Help from Above Reach your quest leader with atheist conduct intact
Wax On Wax Off Reach your quest leader with weaponless conduct intact
Thou Shalt Not Kill Reach your quest leader with pacifist conduct intact
Me No Do Words Good Reach your quest leader with illiterate conduct intact
Lost My Transmutation License Reach your quest leader with polypileless conduct intact
True to Form Reach your quest leader with polyselfless conduct intact
Self Sufficient Reach your quest leader with wishless conduct intact
Leave the Artifacts to the Gods Reach your quest leader with artifact wishless conduct intact
No Help From The Floor Reach your quest leader with Elberethless conduct intact
Feeling Your Way Reach your quest leader with zen (permablind) conduct intact
Going Commando Reach your quest leader with nudist conduct intact
Make Love, Not War Reach your quest leader with genocideless conduct intact
It's Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This Put an item into a swap chest
The True Dungeon Masters Chat with an active devteam member
There Is No Spoon Finish the task the devteam requires of you

Clan Scoring

Clans' games are scored based on the highest score for a given character race/role/alignment/gender combination. That is, if one player in a clan ascends a Val-Dwa-Fem-Law with no frills and gets 50 points, the clan will have 50 points for that win; but if another player in the same clan ascends another Val-Dwa-Fem-Law and gets 10 points for a conduct, scoring 60 points for that game, the clan's 50 points for the older win are replaced with the higher scoring 60-point game.

Many of the trophies which can be earned individually can also be earned collectively by a clan, for the same amount of points. If an individual earns one of these trophies on their own, their clan will also get the trophy.

The Great and Lesser Race/Role

Most of the major trophies are explained as tooltips on the Trophies page; hover over the trophy title to see it. The "Great Race/Role" and "Lesser Race/Role", however, need a bit more explanation.

The Great Race/Role is a multi-ascension trophy, and gives extra credit for playing, for example, “all the gnomes” – The Great Gnome, or “all the wizards” – The Great Wizard. Gender does not matter. Alignment does not matter for The Great Race, but it does for The Great Role. Only starting alignment is counted.

The Great Human is a special case, and requires you to play only those roles which must be human, as shown in the table below. The required Monk can be of any alignment.

These may be achieved by individual players or by clans working together.

Below is a table of requirements for each race or role:

Trophy Number of Ascensions Requirements Points Earned
The Great Orc 4 Bar, Ran, Rog, Wiz 200
The Great Gnome 5 Arc, Cav, Hea, Ran, Wiz 250
The Great Dwarf 3 Arc, Cav, Val 150
The Great Elf 3 Pri, Ran, Wiz 150
The Great Human 4 Kni, Mon, Sam, Tou 200
The Great Arc 4 Hum-L, Hum-N, Dwa-L, Gno-N 200
The Great Bar 3 Hum-N, Hum-C, Orc-C 150
The Great Cav 4 Hum-L, Hum-N, Dwa-L, Gno-N 200
The Great Hea 2 Hum-N, Gno-N 100
The Great Mon 3 Hum-L, Hum-N, Hum-C 150
The Great Pri 4 Hum-L, Hum-N, Hum-C, Elf-C 200
The Great Ran 5 Hum-N, Hum-C, Elf-C, Gno-N, Orc-C 250
The Great Rog 2 Hum-C, Orc-C 100
The Great Val 3 Hum-L, Hum-N, Dwa-L 150
The Great Wiz 5 Hum-N, Hum-C, Elf-C, Gno-N, Orc-C 250

The Lesser Race/Role works identically to the Great, but instead of ascending, you must instead complete a game with each required character combination where you successfully retrieve the luckstone from the bottom of the Mines AND retrieve the prize from the end of Sokoban.

The Great Race/Role is worth fifty additional points for each character combination it requires (as shown in the table above), and The Lesser Race/Role is worth five additional points for each character combination it requires. Like other trophies, these can also be earned collectively by a clan.

You can earn points for both the Lesser and Great of the same Race or Role, since it is possible to ascend without completing Sokoban and/or retrieving the Mines’ End luckstone.