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Forum: Vanilla October 23, 2019, 09:48
Replies: 22
Views: 2,310
Posted By Pondlife
It looks like the BOM (byte order mark) at the...

It looks like the BOM (byte order mark) at the start of the text stream is causing the problem.

The first few lines of the original monster.txt from Angband 4.2 looks like this:


00000000:...
Forum: Vanilla October 19, 2019, 19:28
Replies: 213
Views: 18,593
Posted By Pondlife
If a giant throws a boulder you can't see, you...

If a giant throws a boulder you can't see, you get the message:

You hear a grunt of exertion
You are hit by something sharp

I don't think "sharp" is appropriate to boulders. "something heavy"...
Forum: Vanilla September 19, 2019, 16:10
Replies: 0
Views: 611
Posted By Pondlife
Should equipment display inventory letter when removed?

When I (w)ear an object that replaces an equipment slot, both the new item and the old item show their equipment slot letter. E.g:

You were holding a Lantern (f). Your light source is a Lantern...
Forum: Vanilla August 1, 2019, 20:54
Replies: 379
Views: 29,706
Posted By Pondlife
Playing a gnome mage on latest nightly build...

Playing a gnome mage on latest nightly build (gbaacb2d0c) on Windows 10 x64.

When my character dies and I select "n) new game" at the tombstone screen, sometimes the application dies immediately...
Forum: Vanilla May 16, 2019, 21:26
Replies: 505
Views: 46,108
Posted By Pondlife
Except drolems.

Except drolems.
Forum: Vanilla May 8, 2019, 12:28
Replies: 11
Views: 1,409
Posted By Pondlife
I really like that idea -I think it would...

I really like that idea -I think it would preserve the usefulness and power of TO while ensuring it's not a silver bullet to get past all problems.

I also think death molds could be buffed by...
Forum: Vanilla January 9, 2019, 08:47
Replies: 82
Views: 14,482
Posted By Pondlife
Here's a recent Nethack speedrun, which won the...

Here's a recent Nethack speedrun, which won the game by exploiting the RNG:

https://pellsson.github.io/

Nethack's RNG uses a 32-bit seed, and walking into a wall advances the RNG state without...
Forum: Vanilla December 15, 2018, 15:17
Replies: 287
Views: 21,456
Posted By Pondlife
I think low level monsters should stop appearing...

I think low level monsters should stop appearing at a certain level. When I last played, I remember seeing weak monsters like small kobolds and snagas quite deep in the dungeon.
Forum: Vanilla November 16, 2018, 16:49
Replies: 67
Views: 5,710
Posted By Pondlife
I think Detect Monsters should be renamed to...

I think Detect Monsters should be renamed to Detect Visible Monsters so that its limitation is more obvious.
Forum: Vanilla August 2, 2018, 21:45
Replies: 79
Views: 10,849
Posted By Pondlife
I uploaded the Windows angband 4.1.3 executable...

I uploaded the Windows angband 4.1.3 executable to virustotal, and none of the AV engines detected it as malware. Here's a link to the detection results:
...
Forum: Vanilla June 29, 2018, 20:31
Replies: 15
Views: 1,550
Posted By Pondlife
I add the following lines to my <username>.prf...

I add the following lines to my <username>.prf file:


# Inscriptions

inscribe:magic book:[Magic for Beginners]:@m1 !v!k!d
inscribe:magic book:[Conjurings and Tricks]:@m2 !v!k!d...
Forum: Vanilla June 26, 2018, 07:54
Replies: 341
Views: 14,991
Posted By Pondlife
As a gnome, you already have infravision, so see...

As a gnome, you already have infravision, so see infrared is of limited use for you .
Forum: Vanilla June 25, 2018, 07:51
Replies: 341
Views: 14,991
Posted By Pondlife
In this case the OP is playing a Gnome, so has...

In this case the OP is playing a Gnome, so has innate free action.
Forum: Vanilla April 24, 2018, 18:42
Replies: 4
Views: 736
Posted By Pondlife
I maintain a couple of open source projects...

I maintain a couple of open source projects (unrelated to Angband), which do this. I find it helps a lot when writing test suites for autoconf/automake ("make check"); and when trying to reproduce...
Forum: Vanilla March 29, 2018, 19:33
Replies: 27
Views: 2,763
Posted By Pondlife
I think the mathematical definition of random...

I think the mathematical definition of random differs from the "common sense" definition of random. See for example "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb; or...
Forum: Vanilla March 9, 2018, 18:49
Replies: 83
Views: 7,643
Posted By Pondlife
I play mage pretty much exclusively now. My...

I play mage pretty much exclusively now. My thoughts are:

a) If you're getting a mage to xl 30, then you're well past the difficult early stage.

b) I prioratise telepathy, as I find it to be a...
Forum: Vanilla February 12, 2018, 17:20
Replies: 7
Views: 1,153
Posted By Pondlife
Yes, WELL looks fairly reasonable. I've used the...

Yes, WELL looks fairly reasonable. I've used the similar but older mersenne twister in my own projects.

The fact that the Angband maintainer has taken the time to choose an independent RNG...
Forum: Vanilla February 12, 2018, 14:24
Replies: 7
Views: 1,153
Posted By Pondlife
Testing RNGs is quite difficult. A couple of...

Testing RNGs is quite difficult. A couple of test suites are:

Dieharder: A Random Number Test Suite:
http://webhome.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/General/dieharder.php

TestU01:...
Forum: Vanilla February 12, 2018, 07:39
Replies: 22
Views: 3,014
Posted By Pondlife
Nethack has no-teleport levels to prevent...

Nethack has no-teleport levels to prevent teleport+teleport control from being used to completely bypass difficult challenges.
Forum: Vanilla October 30, 2017, 18:31
Replies: 11
Views: 1,461
Posted By Pondlife
Was it like the "Q" monsters in this thread? ...

Was it like the "Q" monsters in this thread?

http://angband.oook.cz/forum/showthread.php?t=8516

And that shield of resist fire reduced the damage to one third of what it would have been without...
Forum: Vanilla October 7, 2017, 18:54
Replies: 2
Views: 777
Posted By Pondlife
Rod of probing "that's all" message

Despite having played Angband on and off for years, somehow I only discovered that a rod of probing fills in all of the monster memory for the things it probes with my latest character.
...
Forum: Vanilla October 1, 2017, 20:00
Replies: 507
Views: 51,499
Posted By Pondlife
They would make feather falling slightly more...

They would make feather falling slightly more useful than it currently is.
Forum: Vanilla September 28, 2017, 19:34
Replies: 6
Views: 1,518
Posted By Pondlife
You may have a point there, because I never melee...

You may have a point there, because I never melee Morgy. Maybe they're of use for a warrior who ends up going toe-to-toe, so perhaps my view is a bit mage specific.
Forum: Vanilla September 28, 2017, 19:05
Replies: 6
Views: 1,518
Posted By Pondlife
Is there any point in potions of life?

Potions of life are the best healing potions in the game. But they are so rare that I rarely end up using them, because I can't amass enough to make it worth an inventory slot.

I tend to end up...
Forum: Vanilla September 21, 2017, 12:20
Replies: 11
Views: 1,867
Posted By Pondlife
I normally play with permadeath. But I then...

I normally play with permadeath. But I then generate a new character based on the old one because I'm comfortable with the race and class.

On the occasions when I've cheated death by restoring an...
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