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Old June 22, 2007, 23:21   #1
aeneas
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YACD: Aramarth, or, a quandary

A while ago I started to try to break some personal records in terms of turn count, and met with little success. I kept cannonballing into the depths and eventually making a minor (or not so minor) mistake that got me killed. I learned some things, but got a bit frustrated . I put less than 6 hours into the best of those chars, so it was fun for a while, but... I need to build some confidence before I make another run at those personal bests.

Lately I've been trying to slow down, play a more solid game, and put together a string of wins without obsessing over turncount. My first attempt was going well until I lost my head a bit and dropped to speed ring depth with a young V mage (clvl ~35)- think I mentioned that char in another thread. To make a long story short, I made a not so minor mistake (teleporting out of danger with low hp into a room I had previously scanned as safe only to discover, upon lighting it up, that I had mistaken a druj for a skeleton... ack... I was pretty disgusted with myself after that- it's enough to make you want to play some Diablo.

Instead I decided to play some always small level NPP 0.4.1. I've played less NPP than V so it still holds some surprises for me. I started an HE warrior and proceeded cautiously, spending a fair bit of time in the early 1500s looking for !stat- I didn't max anything there, but I got Con fairly high. I had a really nice piece of luck, maybe around 2000' or so, I forget, when I found an Ancient Dragon Scale Shield (Chromatic). For a warrior, this is the ideal shield- now that my stats are high, I wouldn't trade it for Thorin, unless I found Colluin as well. It is basically Colluin in shield form, but with about twice the recharge time, so I'd say that not only is it artifact quality, it is top-tier artifact quality, for a warrior. I'd rather have Colluin and Thorin, but I am not complaining about that shield .

OTOH, this fellow was not lucky, early, in other respects. Got Thranduil at 2600', which was nice, but couldn't find speed or a decent weapon for quite a while. Wound up wearing Gauntlets of Power, rings of Slaying and Damage adding up to +27 damage, and using a rapier of extra attacks (+2) for a long time. Spent a lot of time at Wyrm depth, till Fingolfin, Thror, and the Arkenstone showed up. Got tired of waiting for speed and went down to ring depth... Narya dropped on the way, and then, around 850,000 turns, at 3850', I broke +10 perm speed- dropped my melee damage a lot, but still a relief to be able to haste to +20. Shortly thereafter Gondor and Vilya dropped... I _never_ find Vilya, so I was psyched.

By clvl 43 I had close to a winning kit, but still no really good weapon, and not enough consumables- in V (or if I were close to a personal record) I might have just gone for it, but in NPP Morgy is tougher. The mace is very good against undead, and things that don't resist cold, but the +to_dam is low against others. Just found Hurin, nice against dragons and Sauron (demons don't tend to resist cold, so the mace is usually better against them). Got forced off 4900' to Sauron depth, but had to run back to town as I was in no shape to take him on on the tiny level.

I'm torn at the moment. I kind of want to recall and kill Sauron to see what he drops. I can take him with Hurin, I think, but I might have to use too many resources doing it right now. OTOH, most of the worst uniques are still alive (the one really bad moment I've had with this character was against Vecna, and I had to ?tele_level with 45 HP after failing to use a wand of tele_other- by rights I should have died; I always forget how tough he is in NPP). I'm getting a bit bored with this character, so I'm tempted to just try to finish things now but... I have no reliable means of escape, no melee weapon that can hurt Morgy as fast as I would like, a limited amount of Slay Evil ammo, and probably not enough *Healing* and Life to compensate for the slow melee damage... I've won with less, but I would hate to have to retreat. I'd also hate to see Vecna get summoned... I have yet to see a single scroll of Mass Banishment- are they even in NPP ?

Even though I am making an effort to play solidly and win reliably, I'd rather not go over a million turns. I'm at 916,000 now. At +24 or so speed, that's a fair bit of time to go after uniques, and see what they drop. So right now I am thinking go kill Sauron, then mop up the Tarrasque, Vecna, Cantoras, and a few other baddies, along with anyone else who gets in the way, grabbing Life and *Healing* where I can.

I tried to add this character to the ladder but, though it says enter email _or_ log into the forum, even when logged in it still asks for email- I'd rather not have that printed on a public page (EDIT: fixed, full dump at http://angband.oook.cz/ladder-show.php?id=6831 if you want to see the history). So here's the full dump, minus history to make it fit, comments welcome:

[NPPAngband 0.4.1 Character Dump]

Name Aramarth Self RB CB EB Best
Sex Male Age 110 STR! 18/100 +1 +5 +11 18/270
Race High-Elf Height 74 INT: 18/82 +3 -2 +5 18/142
Class Warrior Weight 190 WIS! 18/100 -1 -2 +10 18/170
Title Lord Status 69 DEX! 18/100 +3 +2 +8 18/230
HP 1121/1121 CON! 18/100 +1 +2 +9 18/220
SP 0/0 Level 47 CHR: 18/96 +5 -1 +7 18/206

GameTurn 917718 Armor [28,+153] Saving Throw Heroic
Cur Exp 6003840 Fight (+57,+48) Stealth Superb
Max Exp 6003840 Melee (+64,+57) Fighting Legendary
Adv Exp 7000000 Shoot (+77,+22) Shooting Legendary
MaxDepth 4950 ft Blows 6/turn Disarming Superb
Gold 374851 Shots 2/turn Magic Device Superb
Burden 179 lbs Speed +24 Perception Fair
% Burden 59% Infra 100 ft Searching Fair

You are the only child of a Telerin Warrior. You have light
grey eyes, straight black hair, and a fair complexion.




[Character Equipment Stat Modifiers, Sustains and Flags]

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Str: ..3.2....3.3. Str: ..s..........
Int: ..3..2....... Int: .............
Wis: ..3.22...3... Wis: .............
Dex: .13.......4.. Dex: ..s..........
Con: ..3......3.3. Con: ..s..........
Chr: ..3.22....... Chr: .............
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Acid:......+.+.+.. Blind:.....+...+...
Elec:..*...+.+.... Confu:.....+...+...
Fire:......+.++... Sound:.....+...+...
Cold:+.....+.++... Shard:.......+.....
Pois:..+.....+.... Nexus:.............
Fear:...........++ Nethr:.............
Lite:.........+..+ Chaos:.........+...
Dark:......+...... Disen:.++..........
abcdefghijkl@ abcdefghijkl@
S.Dig:..+.......... Stea.:.+....+......
Feath:..+.......... Sear.:.....+.......
PLite:.........+... Infra:.....+.......
Regen:..+......+... Aggr.:.............
Telep:.....+....... Speed:.++++....+.+.
Invis:..+......+..+ Blows:.............
FrAct:..+.......+.. Shots:.+...........
HLife:..+..+....... Might:.............
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\}=="~(()]]] \}=="~(()]]]

[Character Equipment]

a) a Mace of Disruption of the Elements (5d8) (+7,+9)
It slays undead. It is branded with frost. It provides
resistance to cold. It cannot be harmed by cold. It gives
you 6 attacks per turn.
b) The Long Bow 'Belthronding' (x3) (+20,+22) (+1)
It increases your dexterity by 1. It increases your stealth,
speed, and shooting speed by 1. It provides resistance to
disenchantment. It cannot be harmed by the elements.
c) The Ring of Power 'Vilya' (+10,+10) (+3)
It increases all your stats by 3. It increases your speed by
3. It provides immunity to lightning. It provides
resistance to poison, disenchantment, and life draining. It
sustains your strength, dexterity, and constitution. It
slows your metabolism, makes you fall like a feather, and
speeds your regeneration. It grants you immunity to paralysis
d) a Diamond Ring of Speed (+12)
It increases your speed by 12.
e) The Elfstone 'Elessar' (+7,+7) [+10] (+2) (charging)
It increases your strength, wisdom, and charisma by 2. It
increases your speed by 2. It cannot be harmed by the
elements. It might have hidden powers.
f) The Gem of Amon Sul (+2,+2) [2,+10] (+2)
It increases your intelligence, wisdom, and charisma by 2.
It increases your searching and infravision by 2. It
provides resistance to blindness, confusion, sound, and life
draining. It lights the dungeon around you. It grants you
the power of telepathy. It activates for clairvoyance every
50+d50 turns. It cannot be harmed by the elements.
g) The Soft Leather Armour 'Hithlomir' [4,+20] (+4)
It increases your stealth by 4. It provides resistance to
acid, lightning, fire, cold, and dark. It cannot be harmed
by the elements.
h) a Cloak of Protection [1,+14]
It provides resistance to shards. It cannot be harmed by the
elements.
i) Ancient Dragon Scale Shield (Chromatic) [10,+30]
It provides resistance to acid, lightning, fire, cold, and
poison. It activates for resistance (20+d20 turns) and
breathe multi-hued (225) every 168+d168 turns. It cannot be
harmed by the elements.
j) The Golden Crown of Gondor [0,+15] (+3)
It increases your strength, wisdom, and constitution by 3.
It increases your speed by 3. It provides resistance to fire,
cold, light, blindness, confusion, sound, and chaos. It
lights the dungeon around you and speeds your regeneration.
It grants you the ability to see invisible things. It
activates for heal (500) every 250 turns. It cannot be
harmed by the elements.
k) The Set of Cesti of Fingolfin (+8,+9) [5,+19] (+4)
It increases your dexterity by 4. It provides resistance to
acid. It grants you immunity to paralysis. It activates for
a magical arrow (150) every 30+d30 turns. It cannot be
harmed by the elements.
l) The Pair of Metal Shod Boots of Thror [6,+20] (+3)
It increases your strength and constitution by 3. It
increases your speed by 3. It provides resistance to fear.
It cannot be harmed by the elements.


[Character Inventory]

a) 4 Orange Potions of Speed
b) 4 Yellow Speckled Potions of Healing
c) 3 Scrolls titled "lahe rol nerum" of Satisfy Hunger
d) 6 Lead-Plated Rods of Perception
It cannot be harmed by electricity.
e) 3 Mithril-Plated Rods of Recall
It cannot be harmed by electricity.
f) 2 Silver Rods of Detection
It cannot be harmed by electricity.
g) 2 Zirconium Rods of Mass Identify (1 charging)
It cannot be harmed by electricity.
h) 7 Pewter Wands of Teleport Other (7 charges)
i) a Sycamore Staff of Teleportation (6 charges)
j) 2 Ironwood Staffs of Speed (2 charges)
k) The Ring of Power 'Narya' (+6,+6) (+1)
It increases all your stats by 1. It increases your speed by
1. It provides immunity to fire. It provides resistance to
fear and nether. It sustains your strength, wisdom,
constitution, and charisma. It slows your metabolism and
speeds your regeneration. It grants you immunity to paralysis
l) a Jewel Encrusted Crown of Lordliness [0,+13] (+1)
It increases your wisdom and charisma by 1. It provides
resistance to fear. It sustains your wisdom and charisma.
It cannot be harmed by the elements. It might have hidden
powers.
m) The Beaked Axe of Hurin (3d6) (+12,+15) (+2)
It increases your strength and constitution by 2. It slays
trolls and dragons, and it is especially deadly against
demons. It is branded with acid. It provides resistance to
acid, fire, and dark. It lights the dungeon around you. It
activates for berserk rage (50+d50 turns) every 80+d80 turns.
n) 14 Arrows of Wounding (1d4) (+14,+18)
o) 7 Arrows of Venom (1d4) (+5,+7) {@f3=g}
It is branded with poison.
p) 14 Arrows of Frost (1d4) (+5,+7) {@f2=g}
It is branded with frost. It cannot be harmed by cold.
q) 23 Seeker Arrows of Slay Evil (4d4) (+12,+15)
It slays all evil creatures.
r) 23 Mithril Arrows of Frost (3d4) (+6,+6) {@f2=g}
It is branded with frost. It cannot be harmed by acid, fire,
or cold.

[Home Inventory Stat Modifiers, Sustains and Flags]

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Int: ..................2..... Int: .................s..s...
Wis: ..................22.... Wis: .................s......
Dex: .............2..3....... Dex: .................s......
Con: ..........2...1......... Con: .................s......
Chr: ........................ Chr: .................s......
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Acid: .............+++++...... Blind: ..................+.+...
Elec: .............+++.+..+... Confu: .............++.........
Fire: ..........+..+++.+..+... Sound: .............++.........
Cold: .............+++.+...... Shard: ................+.......
Pois: ...............+........ Nexus: ..............+.........
Fear: .............+.....+.... Nethr: ........................
Lite: ............+........... Chaos: ........................
Dark: ............+........... Disen: ....................+...
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S.Dig: ........................ Stea.: ...............+....+...
Feath: ........................ Sear.: ........................
PLite: ....................+... Infra: ........................
Regen: ........................ Aggr.: ........................
Telep: ..................+..... Speed: .........+......+.......
Invis: ...........++......+.... Blows: ........................
FrAct: ........................ Shots: ........................
HLife: ............+........... Might: ........................
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!!!!?---=="~~[[[()]|/{{{ !!!!?---=="~~[[[()]|/{{{

[Home Inventory]

a) 10 Orange Potions of Speed
b) 14 Yellow Speckled Potions of Healing
c) 3 Violet Speckled Potions of *Healing*
d) 3 Chartreuse Potions of Life
e) 6 Scrolls titled "sawun xcomp" of Banishment
f) a Copper Rod of Healing
It cannot be harmed by electricity.
g) 6 Pewter Rods of Teleport Other
h) 2 Zinc-Plated Rods of *Identify*
It cannot be harmed by electricity.
i) a Rhodonite Ring of Damage (+19)
j) a Diamond Ring of Speed (+11)
It increases your speed by 11.
k) The Amulet of Carlammas (+2)
It increases your constitution by 2. It provides resistance
to fire. It activates for protection from evil every
225+d225 turns. It cannot be harmed by the elements.
l) The Star of Elendil
It lights the dungeon around you. It grants you the ability
to see invisible things. It activates for magic mapping
every 50+d50 turns. It cannot be harmed by the elements.
m) The Arkenstone of Thrain
It provides resistance to light, dark, and life draining. It
lights the dungeon around you. It grants you the ability to
see invisible things. It activates for detection every
30+d30 turns. It cannot be harmed by the elements.
n) The Metal Brigandine Armour of the Rohirrim [19,+15] (+2)
It increases your strength and dexterity by 2. It provides
resistance to acid, lightning, fire, cold, fear, confusion,
and sound. It cannot be harmed by the elements.
o) The Full Plate Armour of Isildur [25,+25] (+1)
It increases your constitution by 1. It provides resistance
to acid, lightning, fire, cold, confusion, sound, and nexus.
It cannot be harmed by the elements.
p) The Mithril Chain Mail 'Belegennon' (-1) [28,+20] (+4)
It increases your stealth by 4. It provides resistance to
acid, lightning, fire, cold, and poison. It activates for
phase door every 2 turns. It cannot be harmed by the
elements.
q) The Leather Scale Mail 'Thalkettoth' (-1) [11,+25] (+3)
It increases your dexterity by 3. It increases your speed by
3. It provides resistance to acid and shards. It cannot be
harmed by the elements.
r) The Large Metal Shield of Anarion [5,+20]
It provides resistance to acid, lightning, fire, and cold.
It sustains all your stats. It cannot be harmed by the
elements.
s) The Hard Leather Cap of Thranduil [2,+10] (+2)
It increases your intelligence and wisdom by 2. It provides
resistance to blindness. It grants you the power of telepathy.
It cannot be harmed by the elements.
t) a Two-Handed Sword (Holy Avenger) (3d6) (+14,+17) [+1] (+2)
It increases your wisdom by 2. It slays demons, undead, and
all evil creatures. It provides resistance to fear. It is
blessed by the gods. It grants you the ability to see
invisible things. It gives you 6 attacks per turn. It might
have hidden powers.
u) The Scythe 'Raureth' (9d3) (+12,+18) (+2)
It increases your stealth by 2. It slays animals, orcs,
trolls, demons, and undead. It provides resistance to
lightning, fire, blindness, and disenchantment. It sustains
your intelligence. It lights the dungeon around you. It
cannot be harmed by the elements. It gives you 6 attacks per
turn.
v) 21 Arrows of Slay Evil (2d4) (+8,+6)
It slays all evil creatures.
w) 13 Arrows of Slay Evil (1d4) (+9,+8)
It slays all evil creatures.
x) 20 Arrows of Slay Evil (1d5) (+7,+5)
It slays all evil creatures.

Aramarth the High-Elf Warrior
Began the quest to kill Morgoth on 06/18/2007 at 04:42 AM
================================================== ==========

[Options]

GAME PLAY OPTIONS:

Auto-haggle in stores : yes (auto_haggle)
Auto-scum for good levels : yes (auto_scum)
Allow the generation of themed levels : yes (allow_themed_levels)
Expand the power of the look command : yes (expand_look)
Expand the power of the list commands : yes (expand_list)
Map remembers all perma-lit grids : yes (view_perma_grids)
Map remembers all torch-lit grids : no (view_torch_grids)
Generate dungeons with aligned rooms : no (dungeon_align)
Generate dungeons with connected stairs : yes (dungeon_stair)
Monsters exploit players weaknesses : no (smart_cheat)

BIRTH OPTIONS:

Adult: Allow purchase of stats using points : yes (adult_point_based)
Adult: Allow specification of minimal stats : no (adult_auto_roller)
Adult: Maximize effect of race/class bonuses : yes (adult_maximize)
Adult: Preserve artifacts when leaving level : yes (adult_preserve)
Adult: Restrict the use of stairs/recall : no (adult_ironman)
Adult: Restrict the use of stores/home : no (adult_no_stores)
Adult: Restrict creation of artifacts : no (adult_no_artifacts)
Adult: Randomize some of the artifacts (beta): no (adult_rand_artifacts)
Adult: Never stack objects on the floor : no (adult_no_stacking)
Adult: Have notes to written to a file : yes (adult_take_notes)
Adult: All levels generated small : yes (adult_force_small_lev)
Adult: Retain squelch settings : no (adult_retain_squelch)
Adult: Disable quests : no (adult_no_quests)
Adult: Disable player ghosts : no (adult_no_player ghosts)
Adult: Disable store services : no (adult_no_store_services)
Adult: Disable extra artifacts : no (adult_no_xtra_artifacts)

CHEAT OPTIONS:

Score: Peek into object creation : no (score_peek)
Score: Peek into monster creation : no (score_hear)
Score: Peek into dungeon creation : no (score_room)
Score: Peek into something else : no (score_xtra)
Score: Know complete monster info : no (score_know)
Score: Allow player to avoid death : no (score_live)

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