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Forum: Vanilla April 22, 2018, 15:14
Replies: 35
Views: 1,333
Posted By Derakon
I don't think anything I said is less true when...

I don't think anything I said is less true when you're in the endgame than when you're just starting out. In fact I'd say a lot of endgame monsters, especially the uniques, are already in a good...
Forum: Vanilla April 22, 2018, 02:04
Replies: 35
Views: 1,333
Posted By Derakon
Smarter enemies is a tricky topic. There are...

Smarter enemies is a tricky topic. There are absolutely ways to make enemies smarter (take a look at Sil or, to a lesser extent, NPP), but they completely change the tone of the game. Angband, for...
Forum: Vanilla April 21, 2018, 17:17
Replies: 53
Views: 2,370
Posted By Derakon
Double down! :) Make them not be able to heal...

Double down! :) Make them not be able to heal from consumables, or take debuffs when they do. Let them heal from killing things, or from knocking stars off a unique's HP bar.
Forum: Vanilla April 20, 2018, 22:59
Replies: 53
Views: 2,370
Posted By Derakon
Might it make sense for the Blackguard to cast...

Might it make sense for the Blackguard to cast spells from HP instead of SP?
Forum: Vanilla April 20, 2018, 22:51
Replies: 35
Views: 1,333
Posted By Derakon
Ha, there's the dos350 we know and love. :)

Ha, there's the dos350 we know and love. :)
Forum: Vanilla April 20, 2018, 22:50
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By Derakon
Regarding Dreads and elementals and so on, the...

Regarding Dreads and elementals and so on, the simplest solution there would probably be to prevent anything but the player and spells/breaths from affecting items on vault squares. That is, items...
Forum: Vanilla April 19, 2018, 17:19
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By Derakon
Pretty much. But the game does IIRC constrain hit...

Pretty much. But the game does IIRC constrain hit die results to not be too far from average in either direction. I forget if it's two standard deviations or 20% but it's something along those lines....
Forum: Vanilla April 18, 2018, 23:29
Replies: 492
Views: 20,860
Posted By Derakon
Functionally identical to confining it to vaults,...

Functionally identical to confining it to vaults, since the vast majority of vaults where you'd want to [ab]use banishment are greater vaults.

What is the goal of preventing banishment in vaults?
Forum: Vanilla April 18, 2018, 20:38
Replies: 492
Views: 20,860
Posted By Derakon
This is the kind of thing that is usually solved...

This is the kind of thing that is usually solved by just going and winning already. :) Or alternately, by playing ironman, so you can't scum infinitely for vaults to loot.

That said, it might be...
Forum: Vanilla April 17, 2018, 02:27
Replies: 18
Views: 527
Posted By Derakon
One of the biggest things to learn in Ironman is...

One of the biggest things to learn in Ironman is when to use your consumables. It's a fine line to tread -- you don't want to never use them, because they can let you take on fights that you couldn't...
Forum: Vanilla April 16, 2018, 20:11
Replies: 18
Views: 527
Posted By Derakon
At that depth, any armor you bought in the store...

At that depth, any armor you bought in the store would not make a significant difference anyway. :) I guess sometimes the RNG just doesn't like you!
Forum: Vanilla April 16, 2018, 17:44
Replies: 18
Views: 527
Posted By Derakon
Don't bother buying armor; you'll find plenty in...

Don't bother buying armor; you'll find plenty in the dungeon. Spend the money on Heroism, CLW, Phase Door, more light, etc.
Forum: Variants April 16, 2018, 15:32
Replies: 25
Views: 2,472
Posted By Derakon
Mocht, seriously, let it go.

Mocht, seriously, let it go.
Forum: Vanilla April 15, 2018, 01:30
Replies: 35
Views: 1,333
Posted By Derakon
Wrong on both counts! The Palantir and Elessar...

Wrong on both counts! The Palantir and Elessar both did not exist in the 2.x days; the best light source was the Arkenstone (and it activated for Enlightenment), and the best amulet was...often a +6...
Forum: Vanilla April 14, 2018, 15:14
Replies: 35
Views: 1,333
Posted By Derakon
I agree with this. It's more interesting to have...

I agree with this. It's more interesting to have gear that gives a big bonus to one stat than it is to find gear that gives small bonuses to many stats. In Sting's case I'd say that a +3 STR bonus...
Forum: AAR April 13, 2018, 20:00
Replies: 33
Views: 1,199
Posted By Derakon
Yeah, something like that. IIRC awhile back level...

Yeah, something like that. IIRC awhile back level caps got added to summoning so a Gnome Mage can't pull in an Archlich, but there should probably be a level floor as well.
Forum: Vanilla April 13, 2018, 16:32
Replies: 40
Views: 3,336
Posted By Derakon
I'm a bit leery of making a class that is...

I'm a bit leery of making a class that is primarily dependent on items that a) are not necessarily in ready supply, and b) can easily be destroyed by enemies. In other words, I'm not certain that...
Forum: Vanilla April 13, 2018, 02:18
Replies: 1
Views: 140
Posted By Derakon
You get a level-adjusted amount of experience...

You get a level-adjusted amount of experience from casting a spell for the first time -- that is, higher-level spells give more XP. Likewise, you get experience from identifying things by using them,...
Forum: Vanilla April 11, 2018, 03:55
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By Derakon
If the devs don't want you to do something, they...

If the devs don't want you to do something, they have ways of encouraging you to not do it, such as making it impossible, unrewarding, or simply tedious. What's left in the game is tacitly accepted,...
Forum: Vanilla April 11, 2018, 03:52
Replies: 53
Views: 2,370
Posted By Derakon
I think branded ammo had to be made rare under...

I think branded ammo had to be made rare under the previous system because it made the unbalanced nature of extra shots really blatantly, un-ignorably obvious. With extra shots being nerfed, branded...
Forum: Vanilla April 10, 2018, 22:25
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By Derakon
Abuse of banish/mass-banish is extremely common...

Abuse of banish/mass-banish is extremely common for high-level mages; it's more or less your reward for surviving that long.

For everyone else, it's a sometimes-difficult decision of using up...
Forum: Vanilla April 10, 2018, 19:14
Replies: 40
Views: 3,336
Posted By Derakon
I know there are players that want the mage to be...

I know there are players that want the mage to be the "I don't need to worry about weapons/consumables because I have a spell for every occasion" class, but is that really the direction we want to go...
Forum: Vanilla April 7, 2018, 15:16
Replies: 83
Views: 3,066
Posted By Derakon
Congratulations!

Congratulations!
Forum: Vanilla April 7, 2018, 03:57
Replies: 83
Views: 3,066
Posted By Derakon
It does that too, but I meant using Word of...

It does that too, but I meant using Word of Destruction before the fight even starts, and then fighting in the rubble. You shouldn't have more than a few tiles of visibility in any direction, which...
Forum: Vanilla April 7, 2018, 02:09
Replies: 83
Views: 3,066
Posted By Derakon
It can still be useful, but yeah, make certain...

It can still be useful, but yeah, make certain that the monsters you're worried about will actually be hit by it. The Morgoth fight is one where it's definitely worth taking your time and carefully...
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