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Players from around the world gathering online tonight to play twenty-year-old NetHack.

/dev/null/nethack (at <>), believed to be the longest-running gaming tournament on the Internet, returns at midnight on Halloween.


At midnight (California time) hundreds of gamers from every continent will begin a month-long competition in one of the oldest and most difficult compter games ever published when the annual /dev/null/nethack Tournament begins its 10th year.

Players will compete for over 30 trophies ranging from First Ascension, for the first player to beat the game, to Most Unique Deaths, awared to the player who dies in the most unique ways during the Tournament; in addition to the competitive trophies, rankings are also awarded to recognize various levels of progress through the game.

For more information about the Tournament, go to <>.


The venerable computer game NetHack (at <, first released as version 1.0.4 in August of 1987 and currently published as version 3.4.3, is one of the oldest computer programs still in active development.

/dev/null is a loose association of networking geeks, unincorporated and noncommercial; /dev/null has run the online NetHack Tournament, starting at midnight on Halloween every year since 1999.


Robin Bandy


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