Originally Posted by Derakon
Vanilla currently has "Restrict the use of stores/home", which isn't quite like townless in that you can hang around killing townspeople all you like, but why would you bother? I suppose that it could be modified to start you out on dlvl 1 and prevent using up stairs on that level, though.
Good idea. Starting in a non-functioning town feels weird.
Luckily for me, NPP has that option too. (It compiled on Debian like magic! It feels really, really weird to play this after countless hours of Fay playtesting. It's a completely different game.)