It’s painful to say it, but I think I might like this better. This seems to have a lot more depth to it — little things like large-scale mapping, religion systems, a huge array of magic disciplines, waypoint systems, you name it. Actually, none of those are little things.
And it’s tough, too. I keep getting killed — usually because of poison or a cursed item — but any game that keeps killing me off is giving me a proper challenge. I spent most of the afternoon and all of this evening trying to get past level four or so, and with very few exceptions, I consistently … fail.
Installing this for the console wasn’t that difficult; the only real obstacle was trying to figure out why pkgmk wouldn’t decompress the tarball (answer: pkgmk doesn’t recognize .tbz2 extensions) and what to do when the game gives itself a group (in this case, games:games) that doesn’t already exist on the system (I don’t usually include a “games” group, because few games actually seem to use it).
I probably could have avoided those issues by just using one of the telnet versions (that lyyx also mentioned), although it might be nice to have this offline, so I can enjoy it at my leisure. And if you want a “demo” before you actually go through all the work of installing it , you can watch a game at crawl.akrasiac.org and get an idea of what’s going on.
This one is a definite keeper, friends. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
P.S.: A gold smilie for lyyx.