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Forum: Vanilla Today, 02:18
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Posted By Philip
That feature was removed from V a good while ago,...

That feature was removed from V a good while ago, though it remains in some variants (O, S, FA, probably several others). However, I think if we raise enough ruckus Nick could be persuaded to put...
Forum: Vanilla February 15, 2019, 11:37
Replies: 50
Views: 1,803
Posted By Philip
I, uh, recommend checking out how other...

I, uh, recommend checking out how other maintainers have fundamentally changed the game (complete with lore) in the past.

Anyway, I find the past maintainer council probably the funniest and most...
Forum: Vanilla February 13, 2019, 15:32
Replies: 20
Views: 1,072
Posted By Philip
I was reading up on Numenor, in connection with...

I was reading up on Numenor, in connection with the main thread. It's remarkable that the leader of an invasion of Valinor that the world had to be completely remade to foil has a native depth of 55....
Forum: Vanilla February 13, 2019, 14:40
Replies: 212
Views: 8,766
Posted By Philip
Osse having nether breath seems to be an artefact...

Osse having nether breath seems to be an artefact of him being a reskin of Azriel. There is no good reason for him to have it that I can find, aside from possibly him having briefly allied himself...
Forum: Vanilla February 10, 2019, 20:35
Replies: 212
Views: 8,766
Posted By Philip
I do feel that ochre jellies weren't very...

I do feel that ochre jellies weren't very generic, simply because they were, as far as I can tell, the first fast monster that you really really couldn't walk away from. The rest of the early ones...
Forum: Vanilla February 3, 2019, 00:41
Replies: 44
Views: 1,581
Posted By Philip
-5 speed is really not such a big deal,...

-5 speed is really not such a big deal, especially whey you can almost guarantee that you will get rid of the penalty by reading a scroll of phase door, which are extremely cheap and are dropped by...
Forum: Vanilla February 2, 2019, 15:22
Replies: 44
Views: 1,581
Posted By Philip
For what it's worth, in Tolkien, water is for...

For what it's worth, in Tolkien, water is for sure something you do not want to spend time in. Isildur dies (despite having the ring, mind you) because he's stuck in the water and is easy prey for...
Forum: Vanilla January 30, 2019, 02:28
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By Philip
Ironman is a somewhat defunct birth option (it...

Ironman is a somewhat defunct birth option (it has been split into force descent and no town, though if you turn on both you get old ironman). Ironman never had any stipulations about starting kit....
Forum: Vanilla January 28, 2019, 21:50
Replies: 212
Views: 8,766
Posted By Philip
Yeah, the old wereworm had a really important...

Yeah, the old wereworm had a really important function in the game, specifically, a monster beefy enough not to be worth killing at range, but horrible enough in melee not to be worth engaging in...
Forum: Vanilla January 28, 2019, 00:21
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Posted By Philip
Gnomes are pretty squishy, and their stealth is...

Gnomes are pretty squishy, and their stealth is decent. FA is actually less useful for Mages than most classes. I probably wouldn't go with a gnome, really. A hobbit only has marginally less hp...
Forum: Vanilla January 23, 2019, 19:03
Replies: 9
Views: 583
Posted By Philip
Mostly you don't fight him in an anti-summoning...

Mostly you don't fight him in an anti-summoning tunnel because he has kill_wall and will not be kind enough to follow you into the tunnel, so destruction is the best way to limit LoS. I'm not...
Forum: Vanilla January 22, 2019, 22:31
Replies: 22
Views: 1,064
Posted By Philip
I don't think there's any particular harm in...

I don't think there's any particular harm in going ham on Ungoliant's ability to cast dark - IIRC canonically she was able to maintain darkness even against the light of the two trees, a light source...
Forum: Vanilla January 22, 2019, 06:31
Replies: 22
Views: 1,064
Posted By Philip
Having certain monsters have a dark aura would be...

Having certain monsters have a dark aura would be an interesting way to make some of them more thematic (Ungoliant springs to mind). I think it would be great if V had it.

While lighting is being...
Forum: Vanilla January 9, 2019, 22:16
Replies: 212
Views: 8,766
Posted By Philip
If we're going to add (or rework) maiar, then...

If we're going to add (or rework) maiar, then Eonwe is something of a natural maia to add. The description text could include something about Eonwe believing they have a destiny to defeat Morgoth, so...
Forum: Variants December 28, 2018, 16:09
Replies: 2
Views: 307
Posted By Philip
The Stones are your magic book. You use them with...

The Stones are your magic book. You use them with p or m as mages do.

Maia are designed to be overpowered. They're a sort of tutorial race for newer players to use, because the game is also rather...
Forum: Vanilla December 21, 2018, 23:07
Replies: 67
Views: 3,113
Posted By Philip
Well, that's your tolerance for boredom, I think....

Well, that's your tolerance for boredom, I think. I would probably stop well before half an hour. I doubt I would be able to go through 5 minutes of boring gameplay. As for killing things, incidental...
Forum: Vanilla December 21, 2018, 13:56
Replies: 67
Views: 3,113
Posted By Philip
XP is plentiful enough everywhere to be...

XP is plentiful enough everywhere to be irrelevant, except for tedious classes on a melee-weak class. Diving has nothing to do with XP beyond the part where you can get to clvl 4 instantly if you...
Forum: Vanilla December 16, 2018, 12:34
Replies: 212
Views: 8,766
Posted By Philip
See the way I see the game, the predictability of...

See the way I see the game, the predictability of monsters is a large part of what gives the game replayability. I'm not going to rehash my entire metanarrative concept here (I made an entire thread...
Forum: Vanilla December 14, 2018, 01:21
Replies: 130
Views: 10,533
Posted By Philip
I have played a bunch of mages, and always ended...

I have played a bunch of mages, and always ended up dying in extremely silly ways to missing resists (notably, not noticing that resistance apparently no longer gives resistance to poison?). Mana...
Forum: Vanilla December 14, 2018, 01:00
Replies: 212
Views: 8,766
Posted By Philip
If there's one monster that would be hilarious...

If there's one monster that would be hilarious having a random selection of abilities, it is Kavlax the Many-Headed (specifically he should have a random set of breaths). There are a couple others...
Forum: Vanilla December 12, 2018, 01:20
Replies: 212
Views: 8,766
Posted By Philip
I'll probably have some thoughts on this later,...

I'll probably have some thoughts on this later, but first, before I forget, I wanted to link the thread (http://angband.oook.cz/forum/showthread.php?t=8842)about Hounds that you asked us to remind...
Forum: Vanilla November 18, 2018, 15:10
Replies: 15
Views: 861
Posted By Philip
Cheat Death, which is still available in the...

Cheat Death, which is still available in the newest version, is a better way to do this.


You have to identify stuff to be able to sell it for more than the base price, though identifying works a...
Forum: Vanilla October 30, 2018, 02:03
Replies: 87
Views: 4,814
Posted By Philip
Oh, for sure in that sense. I was more talking...

Oh, for sure in that sense. I was more talking about the bias that causes Sky to suggest that reports of (perceived) problems with the RNG are very common, even though they're really not, though they...
Forum: Vanilla October 30, 2018, 00:25
Replies: 87
Views: 4,814
Posted By Philip
As Pete Mack notes, there are actually two...

As Pete Mack notes, there are actually two cognitive biases occurring here. The first is the one that convinces people that failing a 5% spell 7 times in a row during gameplay is a statistically...
Forum: AAR October 24, 2018, 16:55
Replies: 72
Views: 3,862
Posted By Philip
Eh, the marginal utility of a guaranteed good...

Eh, the marginal utility of a guaranteed good object at dlvl 5-20 or so is significantly higher than the marginal utility of a guaranteed of a guaranteed good object at dlvls 30+ IMO. Notably, 5-20...
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