First of all, you can play it with windows using the same nh file you use in dos. You'll want to turn off the virtual keypad in view menu and make sure you're set to ASCII in the map mode. If you have a braille display, download my game pack for the pac mate and you'll find a PPC version of Nethack. Even if you have only a display, the includeed NH file will make a lot more sense to you when using a display because it looks more like the symbols on a map--dots 4 5 6 being a vertical wall for instance. HTH

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jeremy Hartley" <jeremyhart...@comcast.net>
To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 7:45 AM
Subject: [Audyssey] Playing Nethack,either the DOS or Windows Version with Jaws, any tips?



Hello folks,

With all the testing and playing I have been doing with Entombed recently, I
thought it would be fun to check out some of the "Rogue-like" games out
there.  I am referring to NetHack in this message.

I downloaded the DOS and Windows versions from Nethack.org.  I know that
Michael has written an access.nh file which should be copied to the
defaults.nh file if one is playing the DOS version.  I did also see that
there is no equivalent access file for the windows port, but after looking
at the various settings, I am sure that the same changes can be made.

I decided to give the DOS version a go. I realize from other discussions on
this list that some listers have problems running programs in DOS windows.
Some of you have complained about the slowness in which a DOS program runs
on things like windows xp.  I am happy to say, I somehow don't have that
problem, and I am able to play EamonDX and Fallthru without any real lag of
time, and use Jaws version 10 or 11 for reading the screen in the DOS
window.

Ok, now onto my question for some of you real experienced NetHack players
out there.  Other than turning all punctuation on, and using the main jaws
cursor commands, are there any other configurations I need to make?  I am
still getting used to what all those ascii symbols on the screen stand for,
and have been using the slash command and reading the manual as much as I
can.

I'm pretty sure that it will just take some stumbling around, but I figured
I would consult with any experienced netHack player, to see if they found
other settings that worked better than those in the access.nh file, or other
useful Jaws commands

If nobody has anything else to add, then I will just keep on poking around
here and see how far I get. grin

Jeremy Hartley


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