What happens when you combine the most advanced, self-documenting, customizable, extensible real-time display editor, Emacs, with nethack, the most elaborate role-playing environment ever invented?

You get the most advanced, elaborate, self-documenting, customizable, extensible, role-playing environment in the world!




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Here is a typical nethack-el session in all its glory:


Ryan Yeske (rcyeske [at] and Shawn Betts (sabetts [at] are the creators of nethack-el.

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