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Forum: Vanilla January 14, 2020, 01:48
Replies: 36
Views: 676
Posted By Philip
If you're not confident in your stealth, then...

If you're not confident in your stealth, then going for a higher stealth combo could work, but you will have a lot less stats and hit dice to play with that way. If you do, Kobold is best.

That...
Forum: Vanilla January 13, 2020, 20:35
Replies: 36
Views: 676
Posted By Philip
Yeah Storm Giants are tough for characters that...

Yeah Storm Giants are tough for characters that are used to one-shotting anything with high damage potential and outlasting anything with high HP, like warriors tend to be. Storm Giants do a lot of...
Forum: Vanilla January 13, 2020, 19:50
Replies: 36
Views: 676
Posted By Philip
I do not think I have ever had a character who...

I do not think I have ever had a character who would voluntarily fight a Lich. They're not unkillable, but they're not worth fighting if you can reasonably avoid it I think. That said, if your...
Forum: Competition January 13, 2020, 09:56
Replies: 29
Views: 813
Posted By Philip
In the sense that you would require to kill...

In the sense that you would require to kill Sauron to get to dl100 and killing Sauron is arguably more impressive than not killing Sauron, I suppose. In general, though, it is quite easy to maximize...
Forum: AAR July 1, 2019, 19:56
Replies: 4
Views: 576
Posted By Philip
I mostly agree with Derakon here, with the caveat...

I mostly agree with Derakon here, with the caveat that if I had a bit more stealth, on a rogue I might actually be more interested in the resists simply on the grounds that if you're capable enough...
Forum: Vanilla June 3, 2019, 15:37
Replies: 44
Views: 2,762
Posted By Philip
The documentation in the help files is good,...

The documentation in the help files is good, though the mechanics are a bit obscure, yeah. I don't know if this is in the help files, for example, but each three points of stealth make a monster...
Forum: Vanilla May 20, 2019, 23:46
Replies: 8
Views: 902
Posted By Philip
The most important thing to know when diving,...

The most important thing to know when diving, with respect to the "don't die" thing, is that you will need to use escapes often to avoid death, and you need to use them as little as possible (because...
Forum: Vanilla April 8, 2019, 19:52
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By Philip
I would perhaps dispute the notion that lack of...

I would perhaps dispute the notion that lack of stealth didn't hurt you - as far as I can tell, you died because you weren't able to sufficiently control your fights (running out of consumables is an...
Forum: Vanilla March 19, 2019, 00:13
Replies: 201
Views: 16,861
Posted By Philip
Not sure what the value of having Medusa be...

Not sure what the value of having Medusa be Medusa is for people knowing what she's capable of, given that "gaze to paralyze" is an ability that monsters start having literally at lvl 1? Ranged...
Forum: Vanilla March 18, 2019, 01:08
Replies: 201
Views: 16,861
Posted By Philip
One final rebuttal to all these points (it will...

One final rebuttal to all these points (it will be easy, as they are the same points they have always been, and since the rebuttals have never been challenged, they can also remain identical) and...
Forum: Vanilla March 9, 2019, 23:40
Replies: 201
Views: 16,861
Posted By Philip
Well obviously, if there were 5 block pieces it...

Well obviously, if there were 5 block pieces it would be called pentis, and that looks a bit too much like penis, especially considering one of the possible arrangements of 5 blocks does resemble a...
Forum: Vanilla March 9, 2019, 13:16
Replies: 201
Views: 16,861
Posted By Philip
It's interesting to me that what the official...

It's interesting to me that what the official version is is so important to people who will swear that there is one true perfect Angband. It feels like unintentional validation of Nick's theory that...
Forum: AAR February 24, 2019, 13:50
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By Philip
If you're not playing Ironman, it becomes a fair...

If you're not playing Ironman, it becomes a fair bit easier to get temporary speed running the whole time you fight Morgoth, in which case you can afford to have somewhat less base speed. (this is...
Forum: AAR February 24, 2019, 00:27
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By Philip
Yeah, having anywhere below 4.0 speed risks...

Yeah, having anywhere below 4.0 speed risks unavoidable death. it's not guaranteed, and people have won without it, but as you experienced, sometimes the (rather unlikely) double mana storm happens....
Forum: Vanilla February 21, 2019, 23:13
Replies: 287
Views: 18,888
Posted By Philip
About 20 monsters have been removed. It's not a...

About 20 monsters have been removed. It's not a very long list, it has maybe 2 or 3 uniques on it (the greek giants basically). Most of them are <adjective> <color> <animal>.

Adding back player...
Forum: Vanilla February 20, 2019, 21:10
Replies: 201
Views: 16,861
Posted By Philip
Wait a sec, Krakens are not and have never been a...

Wait a sec, Krakens are not and have never been a monster in V. You don't care about the V monster list at all, do you? Hell, you don't apparently even care about being right enough to check.
...
Forum: Vanilla February 19, 2019, 02:18
Replies: 3
Views: 737
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: 201
Views: 16,861
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: 2,307
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: 287
Views: 18,888
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: 287
Views: 18,888
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: 45
Views: 3,306
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: 45
Views: 3,306
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: 669
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: 287
Views: 18,888
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...
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