/dev/null is a loose association of networking geeks, unincorporated and noncommercial. We make no money from this; we just do it for giggles.
The prize structure going in, as we're open to suggestions to change this during the Tournament, is:
The "standard" prizes will go to:
The "additional" prizes will go to:
- Highest Score
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd Highest Score in each class
- Most Ascensions
- Lowest Scored Ascension
Since we'd appreciate volunteer servers to help speed the game play up for folks not near Oakland, California, here's roughly what you need to host:
Remember, before volunteering, that anyone with admin level access to a game server box is not allowed to compete. So don't volunteer to host if you want to be a contender.
- a multi-user NetHack installation (thus, probably, a Unix of some sort; the /dev/null server is an OpenBSD system)
- sufficient speed/disk/memory to support 250 player accounts and 25 concurrent players (ours is a P133 with 64M of memory and 2.5G of disk)
- a dedicated Internet connection (our is on a T1)
- since NetHack needs real user accounts, we'd recommend that it be a dedicated system (the players will need to be entered in /etc/passwd to play on the box)
The K5 community was very helpful with last year's Tournament, as these two articles having been posted on K5 attest, even to two readers here volunteering to run game servers. Thank, again!