Updated: March 3, 2003I love to play the game Nethack on my Linux box, but I'm fussy about the user interface. I prefer to play on a console window and generally do not like X windows or the tiles, yet I want the glyphs to at least somewhat resemble the objects they represent.
My way of solving the problem was to create a special Linux console font for playing nethack, and to patch the game to load and use the font. This provides an alternative interface which is poised somewhere in between IBMgraphics and tiles in terms of detail.
Here are some screenshots to give you a good idea what the game looks like...
before, and after.
Click the thumbnails to see the full-sized screen shots. There is a shop on the level with tons of items, so you can see lots of the graphical symbols for objects.
I have seen the graphical tiles available for nethack, but I've never been happy with them. For one thing, I like seeing the whole map all the time. For another, the tiles to me look like a bad picture rather than a good symbol, if that makes any sense. On the other hand, I find plain ASCII symbols distracting. To me, a percent sign is too abstract, a picture of bloody bones is too graphic, but a little knife-spoon-and-fork symbol is just right.
With the console mode font, each cell is still a primitive "glyph" representing something in the game, and the gameplay still feels like good old nethack. But a dog looks like a dog... sort of!
If you're interested in trying some of this stuff out, read on.
The font editor is not required to play nethack with my special font. You would only need it if you want to change the font to suit your taste.
Go to -DeeT's Hacks Page.
David B. Thomas (email@example.com)