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Forum: Vanilla Yesterday, 21:37
Replies: 37
Views: 996
Posted By Derakon
You can afford a Wand of Magic Missile with your...

You can afford a Wand of Magic Missile with your starting money, yes. You can more easily afford a sling and some iron shots, though they're heavier, deal less damage, and are less reliable. Of...
Forum: Competition Yesterday, 21:33
Replies: 23
Views: 707
Posted By Derakon
My suggestion was predicated on the assumption...

My suggestion was predicated on the assumption that you'd basically never be out of a shapeshifted form, but you'd need to pick which form to use wisely (and spend a turn shapeshifting, yes). That's...
Forum: Competition Yesterday, 17:57
Replies: 23
Views: 707
Posted By Derakon
One possible approach to this: let the druid just...

One possible approach to this: let the druid just be flat-out terrible in unmorphed form. Lousy HP, mediocre stats, poor skills, etc. Then you can make different forms that each provide a substantial...
Forum: AAR Yesterday, 16:58
Replies: 7
Views: 236
Posted By Derakon
Huh. Well, then either my memory is faulty or it...

Huh. Well, then either my memory is faulty or it got changed at some point. I'm leaning towards the latter since I seem to recall there being some discussion at some point about how terrible the...
Forum: AAR December 9, 2018, 18:18
Replies: 7
Views: 236
Posted By Derakon
I'm pretty sure this has been the case for a long...

I'm pretty sure this has been the case for a long time. Certainly, variants like ToME 2 that branched off in the 2.8.x days have icebolts and shards that will shatter your potions. I'm unsure about...
Forum: Vanilla December 8, 2018, 21:54
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By Derakon
You're not the only one to have felt this way;...

You're not the only one to have felt this way; the change to stat-drain was controversial, to say the least. I think most people either got used to it, gave up fighting, or quit the community over...
Forum: Vanilla December 6, 2018, 20:04
Replies: 14
Views: 497
Posted By Derakon
I think in the older versions it only works if...

I think in the older versions it only works if you've used an *Identify* scroll on the item. These are relatively rare/deep items.

Seriously, just upgrade to the current versions. :)
Forum: Vanilla December 5, 2018, 23:37
Replies: 37
Views: 996
Posted By Derakon
Yeah, let's put it this way: your problem is that...

Yeah, let's put it this way: your problem is that you don't know what you're doing wrong, because you're playing so cautiously that your mistakes aren't lethal and thus aren't obviously mistakes to...
Forum: Vanilla December 5, 2018, 20:12
Replies: 37
Views: 996
Posted By Derakon
You are not going to find protections before you...

You are not going to find protections before you fight enemies that use status effects on you. If you get blinded, drink a curing potion. Gnome and Dark Elf Mages both have pathetic HP, so just kill...
Forum: Vanilla December 5, 2018, 18:48
Replies: 37
Views: 996
Posted By Derakon
Levels 12/13 aren't very deep, so it's no...

Levels 12/13 aren't very deep, so it's no surprise you haven't found any cool loot. You are also way too shallow for your character level; a level-22 mage should be able to go a lot deeper. That...
Forum: Vanilla December 5, 2018, 16:40
Replies: 6
Views: 237
Posted By Derakon
Townsfolk are just monsters with weak attacks and...

Townsfolk are just monsters with weak attacks and no experience value. Feel free to kill 'em, or if that bugs you too much, just go down the stairs and they'll disappear. :)
Forum: Vanilla December 5, 2018, 03:09
Replies: 14
Views: 497
Posted By Derakon
In general, arrows are lighter but break a bit...

In general, arrows are lighter but break a bit more easily, compared to pebbles, shots, and bolts. Arrows also can be burned while the others can only be destroyed by acid. Bolts do slightly more...
Forum: Vanilla December 4, 2018, 23:34
Replies: 78
Views: 5,695
Posted By Derakon
If you have a save from shortly before going down...

If you have a save from shortly before going down the stairs, you may be able to replicate the crash by taking exactly the same sequence of in-game actions between loading the save and going down the...
Forum: Vanilla December 4, 2018, 20:43
Replies: 37
Views: 996
Posted By Derakon
If you want serious and specific advice, upload a...

If you want serious and specific advice, upload a character dump to the ladder so we can see exactly what you're dealing with.
Forum: Vanilla December 4, 2018, 19:20
Replies: 37
Views: 996
Posted By Derakon
What else are you carrying? Do you need it? In...

What else are you carrying? Do you need it? In particular, if you're playing as a mage, how valuable is that heavy body armor you're wearing?
Forum: Vanilla December 4, 2018, 18:32
Replies: 37
Views: 996
Posted By Derakon
I think you meant Gnomes here, chief. :)

I think you meant Gnomes here, chief. :)
Forum: Vanilla December 4, 2018, 18:30
Replies: 24
Views: 627
Posted By Derakon
Hear hear, Grotug is speaking my kind of...

Hear hear, Grotug is speaking my kind of language. :)
Forum: Vanilla December 3, 2018, 23:15
Replies: 37
Views: 996
Posted By Derakon
Do you feel comfortable at your current depth?...

Do you feel comfortable at your current depth? Yes? Then you're too shallow. Dive until you're worried you're going to die, then do your best not to. That's basically it. There are specific...
Forum: Vanilla December 3, 2018, 19:12
Replies: 24
Views: 627
Posted By Derakon
I definitely think that different classes ought...

I definitely think that different classes ought to feel different, no question there. I was more bloviating about the hypothetical ideal balance between the various methods of slaughtering Morgoth's...
Forum: Vanilla December 3, 2018, 16:52
Replies: 24
Views: 627
Posted By Derakon
I'm not entirely convinced that archery needs to...

I'm not entirely convinced that archery needs to have better DPS than melee. The tradeoffs are, more or less, that melee is available in unlimited quantity, but means that you take more damage (and...
Forum: Vanilla December 2, 2018, 20:03
Replies: 24
Views: 627
Posted By Derakon
An upcoming patch will dock priests' MP and...

An upcoming patch will dock priests' MP and failure rates if they wear boots that aren't weightless, don't give FA, and don't give a DEX bonus. :)
Forum: Vanilla December 2, 2018, 17:45
Replies: 23
Views: 856
Posted By Derakon
...right, I never remember those guys because...

...right, I never remember those guys because they weren't in the game when I was first learning the monster list. In my day it pretty much went from Erinyes to Marilith to Lesser Balrog to Greater...
Forum: Vanilla December 2, 2018, 04:39
Replies: 23
Views: 856
Posted By Derakon
Shards is a niche resist. IIRC Huan is the only...

Shards is a niche resist. IIRC Huan is the only monster with a max-damage shards attack. Great Wyrms of Law/Balance can also breathe it for decent damage but not the damage cap (again IIRC). Nothing...
Forum: Vanilla December 2, 2018, 00:43
Replies: 24
Views: 627
Posted By Derakon
Mental note: dig a big ol' twisting corridor,...

Mental note: dig a big ol' twisting corridor, stash a decoy at the end, then sneak into a vault.

In fact...if I dig an anti-summoning corridor, put a decoy at the end, then move a couple of steps...
Forum: Vanilla December 1, 2018, 21:56
Replies: 24
Views: 627
Posted By Derakon
How do monsters prioritize between the player and...

How do monsters prioritize between the player and the decoy? Does the decoy always take priority, or is there a chance for the player to be attacked instead of the decoy if both are visible? What if...
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