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Old October 17, 2017, 08:39   #1
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Knowledge base

My character now died a dozen times. With the last one I reached level 11, but at a depth of 600 I triggered a summon monster trap and was immediately attacked by a Cobra. Blind, poisoned, no scroll or book reading (Priest). The only thing I could do was die. It took me a few turns of slinging excellent shots with an excellent sling, before I realised he was actually summoned to my left, not to my right. By that time I was very weak and very poisoned. No books or scrolls could be read. No idea what I could have done.

Now here is my question. I read somewhere that it is advisable for a newbie to allow to see the whole knowledge base about monsters in game, even if you had not yet fought them. Can anyone help me how to do that? I could not find it in the standard game options ('=').

On the Mac I could not find where those .txt files are stored (if that is where it should be done).

Thanks for any help
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Old October 17, 2017, 11:54   #2
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you couldn't drink a potion of cure wounds?
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Old October 17, 2017, 11:57   #3
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I'll have to remember taking that always with me, but sadly occupying a slot
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Old October 17, 2017, 12:15   #4
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Never walk around the dungeon without a means of healing (or escape, like phase door / teleport level and so on).

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Old October 17, 2017, 12:17   #5
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Thanks for the help, I'll keep that in mind.
Can anyone help me with the option 'knowledge base'?
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Old October 17, 2017, 12:18   #6
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copy monster.txt from /lib/gamedata to /lib and rename it lore.txt

But more importantly, carry potions of cure * wounds even if you're a priest. You need some way to cure blindness/confusion and even if your spells do that you can't use them.
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Old October 17, 2017, 12:30   #7
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thank you for the additional info on blind/confusion.

I cannot find either 'monster.txt' nor '/lib/gamedata' on my mac
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Old October 17, 2017, 13:01   #8
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I cannot find either 'monster.txt' nor '/lib/gamedata' on my mac
On macOS, you can find all the text datafiles as follows:
  1. Open the folder with your Angband application in it in finder
  2. Right click (or control-click, or double tap on a trackpad), and then choose "Show package contents"
  3. Follow down through Contents > Resources > lib > gamedata

Now all you need to do is copy monster.txt, paste the copy into your Documents/Angband folder, and rename it to 'lore.txt'.
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Old October 17, 2017, 15:56   #9
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I'll have to remember taking that always with me, but sadly occupying a slot
Level 11 characters don't need to worry about slots. And regardless of level, multiple slots should be devoted to healing. By level 11, I usually have all three basic healing potions in my inventory (only CLW is purchased, the others found). I'll also probably have cure blind. If lucky, I might have staff of CLW or rod of curing. Lose your worthless wands and staves, and weapons and armor that you'll never use. Don't lose healing and escapes.
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Lose your worthless wands and staves, and weapons and armor that you'll never use.
This is tricky advice to follow when you don't know which wands/staves/equipment are worthless and which are useful.

But as a rule of thumb, devices that deal direct damage or help you to know what's going on around you (e.g. detection, mapping) are probably more useful than the other devices you may have access to at this point in the game.
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