Until recently, though, I could never remember the name of that very first PC game that started my love on dungeon exploration, weapon acquisition, and monster bashing. I did a little wandering about the web, and I found it: ROGUE. Yes, yes! I was so excited! Here's the cover of the manual from EPYX Computer Software:
RougeLikeDevelopment.org where I found these pictures. It's a fantastic journey of adventure and excitement!
BTW - the actual screenshot looks like this:
I played this game for HOURS. Days, even. It was truly, truly AWESOME, and I thank you, Michael Toy, Glenn Wichman, and Ken Arnold for using the computers at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkley to inspire a whole division of video games that have kept be happy for my whole entire life.
PS. Want to see what it's like to play Rogue? (sorta) Try out the web-hosted Hexatron Rogue. But, don't blame me if you get addicted.