The Dungeons of Doom
is currently unusable because it relies on
to allow multiple
users read and write access to the same files.
is a display oriented dungeons & dragons -
like game. Both display and command structure resemble rogue. (For a game with
the same structure but entirely different display - a real cave instead of
dull rectangles - try Quest.)
To get started you really only need to know two commands. The command
will give you a list of the available commands
and the command /
will identify the things you
see on the screen.
To win the game (as opposed to merely playing to beat other people's high
scores) you must locate the Amulet of Yendor which is somewhere below the 20th
level of the dungeon and get it out. Nobody has achieved this yet and if
somebody does, he will probably go down in history as a hero among heroes.
When the game ends, either by your death, when you quit, or if you escape from
the caves, hack
will give you (a fragment of) the
list of top scorers. The scoring is based on many aspects of your behavior but
a rough estimate is obtained by taking the amount of gold you've found in the
cave plus four times your (real) experience. Precious stones may be worth a
lot of gold when brought to the exit. There is a 10% penalty for getting
The administration of the game is kept in the directory specified with the
option or, if no such option is given, in the
directory specified by the environment variable
, or, if no such variable exists, in
the current directory. This same directory contains several auxiliary files
such as lockfiles and the list of topscorers and a subdirectory
where games are saved. The game
administrator may however choose to install hack with a fixed playing ground,
option suppresses printing of the news.
The -u playername
option supplies the answer to the question "Who are you?". When
has as suffix one of
, or -W
, then this
supplies the answer to the question "What kind of character ... ?".
option will print out the list of your
scores. It may be followed by arguments -X
X is one of the letters C, F, K, S, T, W to print the scores of Cavemen,
Fighters, Knights, Speleologists, Tourists or Wizards. It may also be followed
by one or more player names to print the scores of the players mentioned.
- Your login name.
- Your home directory.
- Your shell.
- The type of your terminal.
- Pager used instead of default pager.
- Mailbox file.
- Reader used instead of default (probably
- String predefining several hack options (see help
Several other environment variables are used in debugging (wizard) mode, like
- The hack program.
- Data files used by hack.
- Help data files.
- The list of topscorers.
- A subdirectory containing the saved games.
- Descriptions of the ghost and belongings of a deceased
- Description of a dungeon level.
- Lock file for xlock.
- Lock file for record.
) wrote the original hack, very
much like rogue (but full of bugs).
continuously deformed their
sources into the current version – in fact an entirely different