= N =
nethack /net'hak/ n.
[Unix] A dungeon game similar to
rogue but more elaborate, distributed in C source over
Usenet and very popular at Unix sites and on PC-class machines
(nethack is probably the most widely distributed of the freeware
dungeon games). The earliest versions, written by Jay Fenlason and
later considerably enhanced by Andries Brouwer, were simply called
`hack'. The name changed when maintenance was taken over by a
group of hackers originally organized by Mike Stephenson. There is
now an official site at http://www.nethack.org/. See
also moria, rogue, Angband.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.