NetHack at Target

November 10, 2008

Nethack is a great game. You are sent to find the Amulet of Yendor, and in the process you travel through the Dungeons of Doom and Gnomish Mines, as well as other places. It is 15 years old, though, and doesn’t feature graphics that are exactly top-of-the-line. It is open-source, though! Here’s a screenshot:

You miss the kobold.  The kobold misses.

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$name the Tenderfoot        St:13 Dx:10 Co:15 In:15 Wi:13 Ch:7  Neutral
Dlvl:1  $:105 HP:14(14) Pw:3(3) AC:5  Exp:1

It’s more entertaining then it looks! Anyway, a new Target has been put into my area.

So, I went over to the electronics section there and asked for NetHack. The gal I asked replied, “I think I’ve seen that … I’m not sure if we carry it anymore.”

“Well, could you help me look for it?”

“Uhm … sure!”

It went on like this. She was sure she had seen it, though.

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A regular dodecahedron is any polygon with 12 pentagonal sides.

Surprisingly, they don’t have thee at Wal-Mart. At least, they’re not registered as Dodecahedron’s. I was quite surprised. The staff were rather confused at my request.

A standard Dodecahedron

A standard Dodecahedron

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VAX

I often find that at stores such as Wal-Mart, the employees at the electronics section just list inventory.

This makes them fodder for the Obscurity Blog.

I walked up to the electronics department in Wal-Mart and asked where I could find a VAX processor.

The employee I asked pointed at a shelf and said that if they had any processors, I would find them there.

I asked if he could help me look for it. Reluctantly, he got up and walked over. He said that they did not have any. So, I asked if they had a VAX PC or Laptop. He said that they probably did not have any. He helped me see if they did, though.