Do tty-specific patches work with the curses interface? Edit
It depends on the patch. Those that change code directly in the tty-interface source files, or in src/botl.c, such as hpmon, won't work. Those that modify the main source without altering the interface code work fine, such as Dark Room or Coloured Walls and Floor.
If there's a particular patch that doesn't work that you would like to make work, let me know. At some point I may start a compatibility chart, if I am feeling ambitious.