Rodney (bot)

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This article is about the IRC bot. For other uses, see Rodney.

Rodney is the bot which announces deaths on the #nethack@freenode channel. He also has a simple database in which users can record useful information for each other; many good tips and advice are contained therein.


Notable parts of Rodney's functionality:

  • Game announcements. Whenever somebody ends a game on (whether by death, ascension, escape, or #quit), Rodney will announce that fact in the channel. (Games that he thinks are startscumming are omitted.)
  • learndb. Any member of the channel can view/add/remove/edit items in Rodney's database. This is a useful repository of information as well as humor. In many ways it's a wiki without history.
  • Search past games with the !lg command.
  • URL shorthand: "!wl article" returns a link to the wiki article
  • Wiki announcements. Edits etc are announced in #nethackwiki.
  • Many more, see Rodney bot help.


  • dtype was the original programmer.
  • paxed has maintained Rodney for some time.