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Old March 10, 2019, 20:27   #4
Thraalbee
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Game is harder (good) but mages are the new "easy mode"

I've been playing the nightlies for a while now. My typical ironman style. Tried melee, then ranged as rogue and ranger. Normally these are not that hard to get going, but I have been struggling more than usual. Looking at it that feels reasonable, lot's of boosted monsters and several new nasty ones.

Then, sick of losing, just for the heck of it I rolled up a high elf mage. I tend to suck at mages but it couldn't very well go worse. But here comes the surprise, the mage is now the "easy mode". At least for in the early levels, it used to be the other way around. Spellpower is plenty, fail rates low, recharging is reliable and powerful, device skill boost is big, xp from some spells gives you another level ...

First character still lives (at 2450', level 34) and that is certainly not due to lucky drops, first decent drop for the mage was in 1300' when I got a decent but far from stellar stat boost resistance shield. Third book found at 2250'

Turn Depth Note
0 0' Began the quest to destroy Morgoth.
969 50' Reached level 2
1817 100' Killed Fang, Farmer Maggot's Dog
1817 100' Reached level 3
2022 100' Reached level 4
2370 100' Reached level 5
3835 200' Reached level 6
3981 200' Reached level 7
4484 200' Killed Grip, Farmer Maggot's Dog
5563 250' Reached level 8
7120 300' Killed Bullroarer the Hobbit
7120 300' Reached level 9
8895 450' Reached level 10
9535 800' Reached level 11
9536 800' Reached level 12
9986 800' Killed Ufthak of Cirith Ungol
9986 800' Reached level 13
10413 800' Reached level 14
11364 800' Reached level 15
13036 850' Reached level 16
15173 900' Reached level 17
15721 900' Reached level 18
16076 900' Reached level 19
16398 900' Reached level 20
17854 1000' Reached level 21
19767 1100' Reached level 22
21949 1200' Killed Angamaitė of Umbar
22305 1200' Reached level 23
24114 1200' Killed Gorbag, the Orc Captain
26050 1200' Reached level 24
27820 1300' Killed Khīm, Son of Mīm
27878 1300' Found the Small Metal Shield of Brinor
28225 1300' Reached level 25
30160 1350' Killed Orfax, Son of Boldor
30974 1400' Killed Wormtongue, Agent of Saruman
31670 1500' Reached level 26
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