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Old January 5, 2011, 05:16   #41
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I first played Angband in '93. my suite-mate in college had an older brother at MIT who sent the game over. I never knew there was a mac version at that point- probably good for my G.P.A. 'cause I could only play when my roommate wasn't using his computer. Same guy introduced us to Magic: the gathering.

Before that, I remember seeing someone play rogue in a computer lab at nerd camp in the mid '80's, but the jerk woudln't let me play.

There was also some kind of mid-80's game on the original Macs (tiny b&w screen) in my middle-school computer lab that wasn't ascii but may have been a rogue-like. I remember un-id'ed equipment, resting. Also maybe daleks, but that may have been a different game.
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Old January 5, 2011, 11:34   #42
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My dad picked up a whole bunch of freeware/shareware/pirated games for his Mac in the late 80s – he was never interested in Moria (although he still misses Dark Castle) but I was hooked. Must have been early 1990 when I started on Moria, although I never beat the Balrog, despite (eww) save-scumming like crazy.

I picked up a CD of Mac freeware in 1996 (probably free with MacUser or similar) and I recognised the name Angband straightaway (all that Tolkien geekery paid off). I’ve been playing V and variants ever since, admittedly with a long Championship Manager-shaped gap a decade ago. Now I’ve a toddler, the lack of complicated loading and ‘getting up to speed’ with ‘bands is perfect for concentrated 4-5 minute gaming sessions...
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Old January 5, 2011, 11:58   #43
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I encountered quasi-roguelikes on and off in my 8-bit computing days - including, yup, Gateway to Apshai, and hey what about Sword of Fargoal! - and kept repeatedly brushing briefly by the genre on and off until the year I tried to quit Civ and quickly got a HotU introduction to ADOM, plunging me into the genre. ADOM obsession lost steam after a single (but ULE) win. The puzzle-oriented play of Nethack never attracted me, and I kept trying to play *bands as if they were permalevel roguelikes, so I couldn't see the attraction in them for years - years spent as erisdiscordia, famed challenge-gamer of Crawldom. Over that time I began taking an ever greater morbid interest in how people could possibly enjoy a genre as horrid as *bands (...it's a Crawldom thing, you wouldn't understand), and I also began suffering a lot of deservéd punishment for being a thin-skinned jerk. I thus eventually began a new foray in earnest into *banddom that became a permanent exodus, and here I am.
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Odd, I skimmed through some of these and I did not see a mention of the original Hack. At only 33, I must have played Hack, then Moria, due to those $5 shareware 3.5" disks my dad used to order every month or so back in the mid-80's I think... Found Angband around college, although I heard about it earlier, never moved to it. Only recently (last few years) started playing it exclusively and actually won the game, first ever roguelike win for me (with save-scumming), but will eventually try to do it without.

Anyone remember the original Hack? Well before Nethack times I believe... If I remember, it was more like Rogue than Nethack. I remember trying to get my dog to steal stuff out of stores and then trying to get the wand of wishing. Also, I remember dl'ing a spoiler of how to teleport to the last level, whatever that was (maybe a BBS download? Maybe found on internet?) and just about instantly dying.

Oddly enough, no matter how many newer games I purchase (which has decidedly waned in the last 10 years), I always come back to this game.

I just spent a few months playing the new ToME and was really into it when I first started with all the cool graphics effects, etc. However, I realized that despite the storyline and everything, I wanted to get back to Angband again. There is something that draws me to the "simpleness" of the interface, yet complex gameplay and strategy. Also, it is always exciting when finding artifacts, even if they suck. Love plowing through a line of orcs when I have the chance. Love clearing out every room in a level, trying to clear every pit and vault...
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Old January 5, 2011, 14:13   #45
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Anyone remember the original Hack? Well before Nethack times I believe... If I remember, it was more like Rogue than Nethack. I remember trying to get my dog to steal stuff out of stores and then trying to get the wand of wishing. Also, I remember dl'ing a spoiler of how to teleport to the last level, whatever that was (maybe a BBS download? Maybe found on internet?) and just about instantly dying.
I mentioned it - I started exactly the same way you did
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Old January 6, 2011, 01:00   #46
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Nostalgic for old games like zork and wizardry, in about '04 I did some looking around online and came across angband. I was immediately blown away by the depth and the gameplay dynamic that revealed my tendencies for complacency or ambition. It took me a few years to give variants a try, but as a rule I found them to be very rich and very fun. This site's discussion and competitions have been feeding my addiction every since.
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Old January 6, 2011, 02:04   #47
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I found rogue somehow, and from rogue came roguelikes which lead to angband.

Must have been... 8 years ago? Got one dun warrior win that I savescummed the heck out of (one ring + deathwrecker iirc) and a kobold warrior last year.
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I think I started with Hack, on the family Macintosh SE - sometime at the end of the eighties? Spent many years with that, before finding Angband (2.7.3?) - possibly on one of the very first UK MacFormat cover CD-ROMs (which served as enormous shareware compilations), which appears to be 1995.

Wandered in and out of variants for a while, settling on ZAngband as the favourite in around 2000, before heading back to Vanilla in more recent years...
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I found Angband in like 1998, through a freeware gaming site, maybe gamehippo. Played it for a bit with savescumming, then moved on the Z, S, NPP, and Tome. I beat tome in 2004, then came full circle back to vanilla and got my first vanilla legit win around 2007.
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I first played Angband in '93. my suite-mate in college had an older brother at MIT who sent the game over. I never knew there was a mac version at that point- probably good for my G.P.A. 'cause I could only play when my roommate wasn't using his computer. Same guy introduced us to Magic: the gathering.

Before that, I remember seeing someone play rogue in a computer lab at nerd camp in the mid '80's, but the jerk woudln't let me play.

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Curiosity got the better of me, and I did some digging- I think the early Macintosh game I was thinking of was Dungeon of Doom. Unfortunately my current computer can't play it, but I have an older one that I think is still working and may be able to run Classic applications.

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