NetHack Plus

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NetHack Plus is a variant of NetHack 3.1.3. Stephen White published several versions from June 1994 to January 1995.

Availability

The last version of NetHack Plus is available at Ali Harlow's web site in two parts:

Earlier versions are not known to survive. This version is ported to MS-DOS only, although other ports might be possible to make.

This last released version of NetHack Plus is based mainly on NetHack 3.1.3; however, many of the dungeon description files are closer to those in NetHack 3.1.0.

Significant changes

NetHack Plus adds new roles, objects, and monsters to NetHack 3.1.3, and adds the black market to the dungeon.

The adventurer

The player may choose from these roles, in addition to those in NetHack 3.1.3:

Role Alignment Initial pet
Doppelganger Neutral little dog or kitten
Flame Mage Neutral baby red dragon
Ice Mage Neutral baby white dragon
Lycanthrope Chaotic wolf
Monk Neutral little dog or kitten
Undead Slayer Lawful little dog or kitten

Barbarians are changed from neutral to chaotic, and Elves from chaotic to lawful.

All classes permit male and female adventurers, except the Valkyrie which must be female.

The adventurer has experience, hit points, magical energy, armor class, alignment, and the six major attributes. He may advance to experience level 30.

Dungeon features

The dungeon is similar to that of NetHack 3.1.3, differing in that it adds the black market anywhere from 1 to 3 levels above the Castle. The black market is accessed by a magic portal.

The requirements to win the game are the same as in NetHack 3.1.3.

Special rooms are the same as in NetHack 3.1.3. There is one additional type of shop, a pet shop.

Special dungeon features are the same as in NetHack 3.1.3, except that the water weird fountain is added if WWEIRD is defined at compile time.

NetHack Plus defines no traps that are not present in NetHack 3.1.3.

Bestiary

NetHack Plus defines the following monsters, in addition to those found in NetHack 3.1.3; most relate to the new roles:

Name Symbol Notes
deep dragon D No breath weapon; attack is drain life
water weird E if WWEIRD defined at compile time
black marketeer @ if BLACKMARKET defined at compile time
doppelganger @
flame mage @
ice mage @
lycanthrope @
monk @
undead slayer @
Master Shifter @ Doppelganger quest leader
High Flame Mage @ Flame Mage quest leader
High Ice Mage @ Ice Mage quest leader
High Lycanthrope @ Lycanthrope quest leader
Grand Master @ Monk quest leader
Master Slayer @ Undead Slayer quest leader
Transmuter @ Doppelganger quest nemesis
Water Mage @ Flame Mage quest nemesis
Earth Mage @ Ice Mage quest nemesis
Sir Lorimar @ Lycanthrope quest nemesis
Master Kaen @ Monk quest nemesis
Master Vecna L Undead Slayer quest nemesis
shifter @ Doppelganger quest guardian
igniter @ Flame Mage quest guardian
froster @ Ice Mage quest guardian
fiend @ Lycanthrope quest guardian
intern @ function unknown
abbot @ Monk quest guardian
exterminater [sic] @ Undead Slayer quest guardian

Objects

Objects listed here are in addition to those in NetHack 3.1.3.

Artifacts

Some artifacts have different properties from NetHack 3.1.3, and Giantslayer is not present. Artifacts not present in 3.1.3 are in boldface.

Artifacts in NetHack Plus are the following

Name Object Alignment Role Notes
Cleaver battle-axe Chaotic Barbarian Neutral in 3.1.3
Serpents Tongue [sic] dagger Chaotic  
Grimtooth orcish dagger Chaotic  
Doomblade orcish short sword Chaotic  
Elfrist orcish spear None  
Stormbringer runesword Chaotic  
Thiefbane long sword Chaotic   if BLACKMARKET defined at compile time
Disrupter mace Neutral Priest
Luckblade short sword Neutral
Mjollnir heavy hammer Neutral Valkyrie A war hammer in 3.1.3
Magicbane athame Neutral Wizard
Frost Brand long sword Neutral Ice Mage No role in 3.1.3
Fire Brand long sword Neutral Fire Mage No role in 3.1.3
Dragonbane broadsword None   Neutral in 3.1.3
Sword of Balance silver short sword Neutral  
Giantkiller dwarvish mattock None   A long sword named Giantslayer in 3.1.3
Vorpal Blade long sword Neutral  
Grayswandir silver saber Lawful  
Skullcrusher club Lawful Caveman
Quick Blade elven short sword Lawful Elf
Fire Dagger dagger Lawful Healer
Excalibur long sword Lawful Knight
Sunsword long sword Lawful Priest
Snickersnee katana Lawful Samurai
Demonbane long sword None   Lawful in 3.1.3
Werebane silver saber None   Lawful in 3.1.3
Trollsbane morning star None   Chaotic in 3.1.3
Ogresmasher war hammer None   Lawful in 3.1.3
Orcrist elven broadsword None   Chaotic and Elf in 3.1.3
Sting elven dagger None   Damages spiders rather than orcs; chaotic in 3.1.3
Holy Spear of Light silver spear Lawful Undead Slayer
Gauntlets of Defense gauntlets of dexterity Neutral Monk

The following are Quest artifacts and appear only if MULDGN is defined at compile time.

Name Object Alignment Role Notes
The Orb of Detection crystal ball Lawful Archeologist
The Heart of Ahriman luckstone Chaotic Barbarian Neutral in 3.1.3
The Sceptre of Might quarterstaff Lawful Caveman
The Medallion of Shifters amulet of ESP Neutral Doppelganger
The Palantir of Westernesse crystal ball Lawful Elf Chaotic in 3.1.3
The Candle of Eternal Flame magic candle Neutral Flame Mage
The Staff of Aesculapius quarterstaff Neutral Healer
The Storm Whistle magic whistle Neutral Ice Mage
The Magic Mirror of Merlin mirror Lawful Knight
The Staff of Withering quarterstaff Chaotic Lycanthrope
The Mantle of Knowledge helm of brilliance Neutral Monk
The Mitre of Holiness helm of brilliance Lawful Priest
The Master Key of Thievery skeleton key Chaotic Rogue
The Tsurugi of Muramasa tsurugi Lawful Samurai
The Platinum Yendorian Express Card credit card Neutral Tourist If MULDGN and TOURIST defined at compile time
The Holy Sword silver saber Lawful Undead Slayer
The Orb of Fate crystal ball Neutral Valkyrie
The Eye of the Aethiopica amulet of ESP Neutral Wizard

Amulets

All amulets appear as ". NetHack Plus defines no amulets not present in NetHack 3.1.3.

Food

Food items in NetHack Plus are those present in NetHack 3.1.3, and the following:

Name Symbol Notes
holy wafer %

Weapons

Weapons in NetHack Plus are those present in NetHack 3.1.3, and the following:

Name Symbol Notes
silver spear )
silver dagger )
axe of throwing )
silver long sword )
heavy hammer )
silver mace )

Tools

Tools in NetHack Plus are those in NetHack 3.1.3, and the following:

Name Symbol Notes
magic candle (
orb of enchantment (
orb of charging (
orb of destruction (
medical kit (

Armor

Armor items in NetHack Plus are those present in NetHack 3.1.3, plus the following:

Name Symbol Notes
deep dragon scale mail [
deep dragon scales [
robe [[[[
robe of protection [[[[
robe of power [[[[
robe of weakness [[[[
bracers of defense [
bracers of absorption [
crystal shield [

Potions

Potions in NetHack Plus have randomized appearances (except for water), occurring as one of ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !.

NetHack Plus defines no potions that are not present in NetHack 3.1.3.

Scrolls

All scrolls appear as ?.

NetHack Plus defines no scrolls that are not present in NetHack 3.1.3.

Wands

Wands in NetHack Plus have randomized appearances, occurring as one of / / / / / /. They are, in addition to those in NetHack 3.1.3:

Spellbooks

Spellbooks in NetHack Plus have randomized appearances (except for blank paper and the Book of the Dead), occurring as one of + + + + + + + + + + + + + +. They are, in addition to the ones in NetHack 3.1.3:

It should be noted here that spells in NetHack Plus (as in NetHack 3.1.3) work rather like wands, having a limited number of charges per read of a spellbook, and that spellbooks can only be read once. Many of these spells, among them enlighten, enchant armor, and enchant weapon, would be unbalancing if combined with the modern spellcasting system.

Rings

Rings in NetHack Plus have randomized appearances, occurring as one of = = = = = = = = = = = =. They are, in addition to those in NetHack 3.1.3:

Stones

Stones in NetHack Plus are, in addition to those in NetHack 3.1.3:

Name Symbol Notes
stone of health *
stone of rotting *

Legacy

NetHack Plus was eventually combined with NetHack-- 3.1.3 to form the first version of SLASH.

NetHack brass adds some of the ideas of NetHack Plus to NetHack 3.4.3.

A few of the items, in particular the wand of enlightenment and ring of gain constitution, were eventually accepted into vanilla NetHack.