January 23, 2007, 19:29 EST
Big art project
Posted by calamarain

Well, I finally finished the big art project I've been working in various bits of spare time, on and off. Constructive criticism would be most helpful :-) Seven twisted versions of seven characters from Wonderland.

The Caterpillar
The Jabberwock
The Mad Hatter
The Queen of Hearts
Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee
Alice Liddell
The Playing Cards

Click on the images to see the full size versions.

January 21, 2007, 15:58 EST
Posted by calamarain

Apologies for the downtime last night - a router blew up at my host's datacentre.

January 7, 2007, 17:57 EST
Angband Open Source, Angband GPL
Posted by calamarain

For the long term survival of Angband as a game, it might just need to be put under the GPL. As it stands now, the Angband licence is not an open source licence, by the OSI definition. This means that Angband and its variants cannot legally be placed in Linux distributions, use SourceForge, Google Code hosting, or (re)use any GPL'd code, amongst other things.

This handicaps us significantly. So there's a project afoot to get permission from everyone who's contributed to Angband to release their changes as GPL/Open source. The trick is that Angband is an older game, and thus many many changes by many people have been done, and we need to find all these people. We need a written statement that they're OK with their changes being released to GPL.

So this is a plea/appeal. If you contributed anything to Angband's source code, or know someone who has, no matter how long ago it was, please point them at

We've found quite a lot of the people already, but we need the majority of them. If we can't find one or two, we can redo the sections they contributed, but we need most of them.

Please help. Seriously, it's for Angband's long term survival. The list of people we have/need is here.. If you know someone on the list, please put them in contact with us.

January 6, 2007, 21:06 EST
Posted by calamarain

Have updated the Cast of Characters page for the first time in a year :) Lots more detail and expansion there now.

January 6, 2007, 17:49 EST
More Nethack fanart
Posted by calamarain

Well, I have got to finish the series of Nethack quest artifacts. Not posted them in a while, so here's six more of the buggers :) Well, technically five and a remake of a previous one. Only two left to do now.

The Platinum Yendorian Express Card
The Magic Mirror of Merlin, second version
The Mitre of Holiness
The Longbow of Diana
The Master Key of Thievery
The Orb of Detection

January 3, 2007, 03:02 EST
How to Beat Angband
Posted by calamarain

For those of you who've not seen it yet... a little tribute to the old vanished Angband comic. This video isn't mine, but I wish it were :)

December 25, 2006, 00:27 EST
The Season.
Posted by calamarain

Merry Christmas everyone, and hope that you have a happy day.

December 23, 2006, 21:05 EST
Nethacky stuff
Posted by calamarain

A little more Nethack fanart. Three more of the quest artifacts.

The Heart of Ahriman
The Tsurugi of Murasama
The Eye of the Aethiopica

December 19, 2006, 16:03 EST
Yet More Fanart
Posted by calamarain

I got inspired by #nethack-ers and made more fanart. This time, the Magic Mirror of Merlin, the Knight's quest artifact. If I keep making them at this rate, I'll have the full set of thirteen in no time :) If deviantart has problems, I'll host it elsewhere.

December 17, 2006, 06:12 EST
Nethack fanart
Posted by calamarain

A little more - though I'm really realising how limited Bryce is as an editing tool. Fine as a renderer/lighter/texturer, but creating objects? Unless they're very regular, forget it.

Nethack - The Eyes of the Overworld

EDIT: Deviantart are being useless feckers again, and it's not displaying. I'll edit this as soon as it's sorted, and I'll also try to get a copy up and hosted elsewhere.

December 10, 2006, 03:45 EST
Posted by calamarain

Pardon the downtime, problem now fixed.

December 5, 2006, 16:35 EST
Puzzle solution
Posted by calamarain

Remember the puzzle that got posted a while ago? I've had a couple of emails asking for the solution, so here you go.

Take a look at the following series of letters and work out which letter comes next.


Well, the solution's this. Look at the first letter of every word in the puzzle.

Reverse it -> N.C.L.W.O.W.A.L.O.S.F.T.A.L.A.T
So the two letters that come next are AT. I know it was a bit vicious :)

November 30, 2006, 00:32 EST
Devnull birth
Posted by calamarain

Last day of the Devnull tournament today, and unless others have saved and stored up ascensions ready to go at the last minute, it looks like the Cabal is going to crush all competition.

Oh, and I'm 24 today :)

November 18, 2006, 17:28 EST
ToME... er... E-team. They're Bone to be wild.
Posted by calamarain

"Ten years ago a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a wizard for a theft they didn't commit. These treants promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the forest underground. Today, still wanted by the wizard, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem and no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the E-Team."

A complete game, using the ToME engine. It's a complete game, so more gamers and testers are always welcome :)

The E-Team

Another great ToME module is Bone to be Wild. If you've ever felt like one too many zombie movies... why not try this one? Where you play the undead for once. Take over the world, and have many deliciously nummy and tasty souls for dinner along the way!

November 12, 2006, 16:29 EST
More fanart
Posted by calamarain

In the spirit of the NetHack tournament, a little more Nethack fanart - The Orb of Fate

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