So, does anyone here play any other roguelikes? Outside of the realm of Nethack variants, I mean?
I like Dungeon Crawl, myself, but it's not nearly as balanced and polished as Nethack 343, in my opinion.
By the way, has anyone here ascended on Rogue or the BSD version of Hack?
I played ToME for a while, but never got very far. Tried to play ADOM, and it seemed like a great game, but I never got to the point where it sucked me in like nethack did.
Apart from nethack, I actually prefer to play roguelites like Dwarf Fortress, Spelunky or FTL.
I like any good roguelike I can get my hands on. I've beaten ToME a few times when it was Tolkein-based, but have yet to wrap my head around the new ToME. I do enjoy Angband itself, but is probably my least favorite and prefer variants more (the aforemewntioned ToME, Zangband, FAangband). I've beaten ADoM a handful of times and the gameplay can get incredibly exciting.
I tend to go through phases where for several months it will be NetHack/variants, ADoM, ToME, Crawl or Angband/variants. Right now, I am trying 3.6.0, taking a break from SLASH'EM. I have several characters in line (Archaeologist, Knight, Rogue) to ascend in SLASH'EM, but have yet to ascend in Vanilla. Am taking my time on those SLASH'EM characters as I do not want to screw them up.
I do agree with Crawl not being very balanced -- it sucks to have a rather promising character only to have be absolutely crushed by an out-of-depth monster.
I have been wanting to try Dwarf Fortress, but have yet to dive into it yet.
I've played angband, and it's my next favourite roguelike after the nethack family, although I haven't played it that much. 00:10, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
Right now NetHack and ADOM are my Roguelikes of choice, but I always enjoy experimenting with new ones. I actually really like Larn, and I should probably get around to making a serious attempt at beating it, but like NetHack it's very difficult. Speaking of difficulty, though I really enjoy ADOM I actually find it significantly more difficult to figure out how to play than NetHack. It's one of those games where you can play for weeks and still die in the first quest because you don't know what your class does. I mean, nobles? Merchants? Seriously?
My favorite Roguelike by far is Omega, because I like the combat system, but it's kind of weird in the sense that I can never figure out what I'm supposed to be doing. I know how to play it, but the game never seems to give me any instructions, so my character just piddles around trying not to starve to death and then gets critted by a random monster.
I also like DoomRL; it's a good coffee break Roguelike, and I think a very faithful interpretation of Doom as a top-down turn-based action game. Kind of sucks that Bethesda decided to feed it a cease and desist letter, but that doesn't seem to have had any impact on the game other than it being distributed under a slightly different name. Other random Roguelikes I enjoy include ZAPM (science fiction NetHack with a very twisted sense of humor) and ZigClimb (a Roguelike written in one thousand characters). I also like Angband but I have a hard time taking it seriously (if that makes sense). Mostly what I like about Angband is the ability to pull the inventory and map screens into separate windows. I find that very cool; I wish other Roguelikes did that.