The DevTeam Office

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The DevTeam Office
Location Level 1 of
The DevTeam Office
Bones No
Mappable No
Teleportable No
Diggable floor No
Diggable walls No

The DevTeam Office is a single-level dungeon branch in The November NetHack Tournament, added in 2018. It is accessible via a second up staircase on the Rogue level. It is the home of the dev team and the associated quest, and also serves as a convenient location to branchport wraiths to from the Valley of the Dead.

Map

The layout of the floor is as follows.

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          |++.....+.....+...|..........S###+..d|
          |.|.#.#.|------...|..........|   |..f|
          |--------  ---....|-#--++--#-|--------
        ---.....---  |......|@..|..|..@|...+|    ---------
 --------.........----.....--...|..|...|...@|    |}}}}}}}|
--........................--#..........|-+-------|}.....}|
|>...........{............+......&.....+........+.}..(..}|
--........................--#..........|-+-------|}.....}|
 --------.........----.....--...|..|...|.....+|  |}}}}}}}|
        ---.....---  |......|@..|..|..@|....@+|  ---------
          -------    ---....|-#--++--#-|--------
                       --...|..........|   |..f|
                        |...|..........S###+..f|
                        -----S----------   |..d|
                            |.)|           -----
                            ----

Mike Stephenson sits on a throne. The marked spellbooks are a spellbook of detect monsters, spellbook of light and spellbook of detect unseen, shuffled randomly and randomly assigned the names 'grep', 'ls' and 'htop'. The marked statue is of a balrog named The RNG. The marked ) is a rubber hose, grappling hook and tin opener. The snack area contains a candy bar, an apple and a banana. In addition to the marked monsters, there is a lizard named The Lizard of Yendor and a troll named MR SHOUTY placed randomly; all monsters are named and generated peaceful.

The marked chest contains a guaranteed blessed scroll of identify and two uncursed scrolls of identify, but accessing it requires either teleporting it away from the disposal area or crossing the lava.

The DevTeam's quest

When chatting to Mike Stephenson, he will ask you to find three scrolls of missing code scattered around the Dungeons of Doom. These scrolls have the non-randomized label of 'PLZ RETURN TO DEVTEAM' and can generate in any open space, including corridors and shops. Chat with Mike again or throw them to return the scrolls. Once a scroll has been returned, he can also tell you on which level another scroll is hidden. Giving him all of the scrolls rewards you with the Really Cool Shirt, an artifact T-shirt.

Like all other scrolls, the missing code scrolls are susceptible to fire and water. Hiding them in a container is advised. Also, be very careful not to anger the devteam members; they are extremely powerful and can displace monsters like the Riders do. In addition, if you kill a devteam member, the game immediately ends; life saving will not protect you.

Messages

You hear a nearby typing noise.
You hear people arguing about game balance..
You hear a voice say "[next version]".
You are on the Rogue level.
You hear an infinite number of monkeys arguing about the script for Hamlet
You are hallucinating on the Rogue level.
You arrive to a place bustling with activity and excitement.
You notice several people mumbling incoherently, something to do about 'the source code'.
You enter the office.

Trivia

  • The sequence of events that occurs when you kill a devteam member is probably a reference to the panic handler: 'Suddenly, the dungeon collapses.'