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HACK(6) 										  HACK(6)

       hack - Exploring The Dungeons of Doom

       /usr/games/hack [ -d directory ] [ -n ] [ -u playername ]
       /usr/games/hack [ -d directory ] -s [ -X ] [ playernames ]

       Hack  is  a  display  oriented  dungeons  & dragons - like game.  Both display and command
       structure resemble rogue.  (For a game with the same structure but entirely different dis-
       play - a real cave instead of dull rectangles - try Quest.)

       To  get started you really only need to know two commands.  The command ?  will give you a
       list of the available commands and the command / will identify the things you see  on  the

       To  win	the game (as opposed to merely playing to beat other people high scores) you must
       locate the Amulet of Yendor which is somewhere below the 20th level of the dungeon and get
       it  out.   Nobody  has achieved this yet and if somebody does, he will probably go down in
       history as a hero among heros.

       When the game ends, either by your death, when you quit, or if you escape from the  caves,
       hack  will give you (a fragment of) the list of top scorers.  The scoring is based on many
       aspects of your behaviour but a rough estimate is obtained by taking the  amount  of  gold
       you've  found  in  the cave plus four times your (real) experience. Precious stones may be
       worth a lot of gold when brought to the exit.  There is a 10% penalty for getting yourself

       The  administration of the game is kept in the directory specified with the -d option, or,
       if no such option is given, in the directory specified by the environment  variable  HACK-
       DIR,  or,  if  no such variable exists, in the current directory. This same directory con-
       tains several auxiliary files such as lockfiles and the list of topscorers and a subdirec-
       tory  save  where  games  are saved.  The game administrator may however choose to install
       hack with a fixed playing ground, usually /usr/games/lib/hackdir.

       The -n option suppresses printing of the news.

       The -u playername option supplies the answer to the question "Who are you?".  When player-
       name  has as suffix one of -T -S -K -F -C -W then this supplies the answer to the question
       "What kind of character ... ?".

       The -s option will print out the list of your scores. It may be followed by  arguments  -X
       where  X  is one of the letters C, F, K, S, T, W to print the scores of Cavemen, Fighters,
       Knights, Speleologists, Tourists or Wizards.  It may also  be  followed	by  one  or  more
       player names to print the scores of the players mentioned.

       Jay  Fenlason  (+  Kenny Woodland, Mike Thome and Jon Payne) wrote the original hack, very
       much like rogue (but full of bugs).
       Andries Brouwer continuously deformed their sources into the current version - in fact  an
       entirely different game.

       hack	      The hack program.
       data, rumors   Data files used by hack.
       help, hh       Help data files.
       record	      The list of topscorers.
       save	      A subdirectory containing the saved
       bones_dd       Descriptions of the ghost and
		      belongings of a deceased adventurer.
       xlock.dd       Description of a dungeon level.
       safelock       Lock file for xlock.
       record_lock    Lock file for record.

       USER or LOGNAME	  Your login name.
       HOME		  Your home directory.
       SHELL		  Your shell.
       TERM		  The type of your terminal.
       HACKPAGER, PAGER   Pager used instead of default pager.
       MAIL		  Mailbox file.
       MAILREADER	  Reader used instead of default
			  (probably /bin/mail or /usr/ucb/mail).
       HACKDIR		  Playground.
       HACKOPTIONS	  String predefining several hack options
			  (see help file).

       Several	other  environment variables are used in debugging (wizard) mode, like GENOCIDED,

       Probably infinite.  Mail complaints to mcvax!aeb .

4th Berkeley Distribution		  31 March 1985 				  HACK(6)
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