In high school I discovered Rogue-like games.
Rogue is an old computer game, a text-based dungeon crawl. You create a character, journey down into the underground where you fight all sorts of monsters, find treasure, and… well, I’m not really sure what the point was. Doesn’t matter.
In high school the two I enjoyed playing the most were Hack and Larn. I wasn’t especially good at Hack–I think the deepest into the dungeon I ever managed to reach was level fifteen or so. I had a tendency to starve to death.
The one I was particularly good at was Larn. I beat Larn once, and I considered that an accomplishment.
Years later I discovered that Hack had become NetHack. I discovered the Tolkien-inspired branch of the Roguelikes–Moria and Angband. But I couldn’t find Larn. Oh, I could find reference to it. But I could never find a live, working link.
Yesterday that changed. I found Larn.
Getting it to run under Windows XP took a little finesse. Unfortunately, the specialized version of ANSI.SYS Larn requires does not work under XP in any way, shape, or form. The text output, therefore, is a little… off.
Nostalgia’s been fulfilled, though. I have Larn. And someday–perhaps someday soon–I’ve venture down into the volcano in search of pillage and plunder!