I'm going through a little bit of an obsessive period about roguelikes. Happened last january too (it has to be the weather...), but at that time I only read and downloaded lots, without ever getting around to playing anything. This year I did some research on Roguebasin, the GameSetWatch @Play column, found a bunch of reviews scattered around and downloaded (again!) lots of games.
This time it really looks like I'm gonna try for real, and I actually got started on POWDER on my DS. So far, liking it a lot. I also tried a bit of DoomRL which seems very fun and accessible.
Other downloads include usual suspects Rogue, Hack, Nethack, CRAWL, Angband and some variants, ADOM, and some less known ones like IVAN and Xenocide. Haven't even tried them though.
Now, keeping in mind that I'm a complete n00b and that all my knowledge about the genre is quite shallow and second hand, does anybody have any good recommendations about where to continue? I seem to understand that of the two big ones Nethack is a lot about learning absurd secrets, and Angband tends to get overly "grindy" given the length, so they don't sound too exciting after all. But maybe some Angband variants are more interesting? Or is there other stuff that's more compelling?
Just shoot, it's about time GWJ had some proper discussion about this weird, old-fashioned but fascinating and rewarding genre!