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Old January 31, 2012, 05:54   #11
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Indeed! Hopefully his double resist and +19 hasted-self speed will be enough to keep the boots out of harm's way. Probably the biggest risk now will be diving too hard and getting lazy to die from an offscreen... ooo let's say, shards breath. Those 160 hit points won't go far...

Yes I always found the mage to be quite fun. I think it's because they tend to undergo more extreme experiences than the other classes - ie more of being either completely unstoppable or cowering in panic, not so much in between. It's especially fun when it changes from one to the other mid-combat, which has happened to this guy a few times
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Old January 31, 2012, 07:13   #12
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Yeah - That's probably why I tend to play warriors nearly exclusively - You just go in and hit things, and if it goes south - you leave. the only issues is generally having enough consumables to stay competitive sometimes.

I STILL tend to mash buttons (though sil is slowing me down a bit...), and so the warrior seems to be the most forgiving (i.e. Has enough HP to munch a few wanton kesystrokes.)

oh well- Good luck, Wickham.
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Old May 24, 2012, 18:19   #13
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On a side note I realise that my assessment of the difficulty from here down (assuming he survives) will be biased now because of the boots... (not that I'm complaining about finding them ).

Is this guy still bolting his way to the bottom?
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Old June 5, 2012, 07:26   #14
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Hey Cliff,

Wickham is alive and well but has been temporarily spellbound due to events outside his control. Somewhere in the cosmos of Ea someone became addicted to Skyrim after getting it for his birthday, and shortly afterward his wife gave birth to a baby girl that vastly prefers to be held rather than watch me play on my laptop...

But the temporal distortion is beginning to crumble and he should be back to his old tricks soon!

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Old June 5, 2012, 07:31   #15
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Hey Cliff,

Wickham is alive and well but has been temporarily spellbound due to events outside his control. Somewhere in the cosmos of Ea someone became addicted to Skyrim after getting it for his birthday, and shortly afterward his wife gave birth to a baby girl that vastly prefers to be held rather than watch me play on my laptop...

But the temporal distortion is beginning to crumble and he should be back to his old tricks soon!
Like in 18 years or after the offspring moves to her own house whichever comes first?
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Old June 7, 2012, 03:11   #16
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Well actually reading around the forums and thinking about Wicky has led me to play a bit more of him; only the last couple of nights but here is some more of the story. I'll see if I can get some more serious time in this weekend (have to keep the momentum going).

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As he walked on Wickham began to feel increasingly bored with his surroundings. The dungeon around him was a carpet of corpses - humans, orcs, trolls, drakes; none of which had offered him any substantial challenge since he had found the new spellbooks and these fantastic boots. Knowing that he could not ascend upwards, he was reluctant to dive too far or fast, but every time he went downstairs he kept feeling like there was nothing but safety and cobwebs nearby.

He realised this might be because of his now vastly augmented powers and so decided and declared to himself; "Don't get bitter - get better!". He dove 7 levels or so and arriving on level 40 detected a large group of Trolls led by Bert, the Stone Troll. "This might be interesting" he declared - a little too loudly as it appeared Bert had now woken up and was heading his way.

Bert was a giant hulking form, and had he not been moving like a snail would have given Wickham quite a start as he rounded the corner of the corridor and entered the chamber. The elf pulled a pained, almost annoyed expression and whipped out a copy of Incantations and Illusions. "I'll make this quick Bert" he stated. Bert blinked and frowned. In real-time all he had heard was a high pitched chip-munk sounding squeak from across the room where a little blurry figure in blue was holding a red book in one hand and pointing at him with the other.

Then, his guts spilled out. Looking down agape in terror his stony hide had been vaporised and now his whole torso was fizzing and steaming. Wickham winced at the trauma - he almost felt sorry for the poor guy. Bert summoned all the strength he could and stormed at the elf; but Wicky simply hopped back a few steps at super speed and continued the barrage as the Acid Bolt script began to glow in bold red on the page from overload.

Bert knew he would be dissolved completely soon as his skin continued to liberate itself from his body and so stooped and retrieved a massive boulder that just happened to be there. He launched it at the elf with all his might. Wickham was busy thinking about something else while absently flinging acid bolts out of the book and so was caught and only partially dodged at the last instant - the boulder grazed passed him, flinging him to the ground and knocking about a quarter of his life off. "That's more like it!" he cried as he leapt to his nimble feet and mercilessly renewed his fire at the now desperate Troll. Bert took a final fatal acid bolt to the guts that punched through his liquifying body to spatter and sear the wall behind him. As he hit the deck his upper body washed as a smelly goo over the cracked floor leaving two stony, barefoot legs as his only remains.


Wickham then paid a visit to Bert's friends, who were mostly still asleep. Even though he was failing the expensive but monumental Fireball spell about 20% of the time, he couldn't help but try it out on these morons. No screams could be heard over the roar that blasted out as the chamber erupted in flame. As the temperature climbed Wickham furthered the punishment, pulling off two more searing infernos which exploded out from the centre of the chamber. As the flames subsided, through the smouldering haze he could see that the gang had been comprehensively cooked where they stood. As he looted through the charcoal he couldn't help but feel a bit guilty about the contribution he'd just made to greenhouse gas emissions, and so resolved that he would plant a tree one day if he ever made it back to town.
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Old June 7, 2012, 03:33   #17
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Old June 12, 2012, 05:43   #18
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Wickham descended to the next level and immediately felt that it was very dangerous - much more so than any he'd visited before. He proceeded with caution, regularly using Haste Self to grant him a powerul +17 speed. He detected a couple of reasonably tough opponents including a Minotaur. He was very well equipped to deal with this speedy melee-favouring monster and managed to acid bolt the guy downtown without risking any kind of damage. "Was that it? Was that the scary thing I was sposed to be worried about?" he wondered aloud.

Several corridors later he detected a pack of Hell Hounds. "Well, I bet they won't like Frost Ball!". Wickham cast Haste Self, Resist Fire and then Frost Ball. Rather than freezing solid in unison as per the scenario that had played out in his mind, the hounds immediately attacked. Three of them breathed and a firestorm now rushed past Wickham. He shielded his eyes and began casting acid bolts as his resists magically mitigated the damage from the flames. However something then happened that, in his cockiness, he hadn't planned for. One of the hound breath blasts destroyed his copy of Sorcery and Evocations. "Uh oh." That was his only source of haste buff.

He teleported and landed on the other side of the dungeon. The air here felt dank as he crept around in the darkness. He still couldn't shake the notion that there was something darker, meaner down here than what he'd seen so far. Suddenly, he was hit by something terrible. His armour crumpled at the side and his limbs froze as he dropped to just 30 hit points from his 180 total. In a daze he quaffed a cure critical potion, phased and cast 'Reveal Monster' and lo! He was almost surrounded by a gang of perhaps a dozen Dreads that were moving through the walls to devour him. These beings felt cruel, hungry, and huge. He realised he could not fight them without a See Invisible ability and so, he teleported. As he recovered his senses he realised that his only route of escape from the Dreads would now to be to find a downstair... had he seen one yet? "Ah CRAP!" he shouted to the dungeon as he realised the downstair was in the room with the Hell Hounds.

He made his way back and was pleasantly surprised to see that the hounds had chased him around the wrong way and were nowhere near the staircase. "Phew!". He rested for a bit and then began walking the last patch of corridor - but was then hit again! A single Dread had tracked him down and had just cast something horrible at him from back down the corridor. He gulped at a Cure Critical potion and began bolting for the staircase... and... made it.


He crashed to the floor on the next level and passed out. When he awoke a few minutes later, he got up and assessed the damage. He had lost some experience, and only had one copy of Magic for Beginners left, and no longer had Sorcery and Evocations. "Ok, well, I'm still alright" he said as he began exploring. But now, he was beginning to feel that this level... was much worse than the last one. "This level feels murderous" he whispered quietly.

He began attacking a group of Algoriths in an east-west corridor. These guys were tough, but Wicky was up to the task of bringing them down, keeping a healthy distance. As the fight continued he detected a group of hounds approaching him from the south. What were these things - cold hounds? He concentrated harder as another Algorith face-planted in front of him. No, these were gravity hounds... He considered teleporting, but this was perhaps too dangerous as he didn't know what exactly was so murderous about the level, and he might end up showing himself to the hounds as a result.


He ran for it and found himself in a dead end room. He had time however to craft a nook in the corner using Turn Stone to Mud where the hounds could cue up to die one by one. The hounds crashed into the room and from his hiding spot Wickham could feel the floor and walls beginning to warp. He stood ready with Acid Bolt but, no hound would approach him. "Damn you clever dogs!" he yelled. Wicky decided to continue doing some earthworks behind the scenes in the hope he could lure the hounds one by one by making some more room. He finished the network and rested.


"Ok, let's give it a go". Wickham walked up toward the entrance of his warren, but had made a bad miscalculation. From inside the room about 6 of the hounds caught sight of him and breathed, savagely warping the reality around Wickham's body. He died instantly.


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I'm am a complete idiot and I want the world to know it. This actually happened a few days ago; I have been in mourning and living in shame ever since and only able to type up the last part of the story today. Talk about a YASD!

There was no way I could manage that fight and even though teleporting and having to 'work around' the hounds for the entirety of the level would have been hard, it was WAY more favourable than trying to kill them with my +7 speed and 200 odd hit points. But apart from that I didn't even set the fight up properly - I could have tunneled to a long distance and then started the fight from there, or even better crafted a spiralling chamber to try and trap them in (gah why didn't I do that!?). Those hellhounds also had annoyingly destroyed my only banishment scroll.... (though no doubt I would have used it to remove 'G' on the previous level).

I now simply MUST win vanilla angband in ironman mode. I'm hungry as hell to get it done now. I've gotta do it for Wickham. But I think I might wait until this 'V4' is released (any ideas when that might be?).

Thanks to all for reading and I'm really sorry I played so stupidly at the end there.

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I've gotta do it for Wickham. But I think I might wait until this 'V4' is released (any ideas when that might be?).
Never as it is now. v4 is a variant created for developers to play around and wildly test ideas, it is not a development version of vanilla angband. Very little of it will be in angband anytime soon.
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