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Forum: Vanilla March 19, 2019, 00:13
Replies: 191
Views: 10,547
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: 191
Views: 10,547
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: 191
Views: 10,547
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: 191
Views: 10,547
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: 319
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: 319
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: 264
Views: 11,974
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: 191
Views: 10,547
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: 466
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: 191
Views: 10,547
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: 1,606
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: 264
Views: 11,974
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: 264
Views: 11,974
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: 1,819
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: 1,819
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: 419
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: 264
Views: 11,974
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: 12
Views: 767
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: 667
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: 1,192
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: 1,192
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: 264
Views: 11,974
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: 368
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: 3,378
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: 3,378
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...
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