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Old July 21, 2016, 23:24   #1
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AARiiiiiiight!

So I started a new game of Angband this afternoon. Decided to go for a high elf paladin, hadn't played a paladin in a long time.

On level one or two, I forget which, I got a nice +5/+4 Maul, giving me about 17.9 points of damage per turn or thereabouts. Cool, I thought, that will help me speed through the early levels.

Indeed it did, I was rocking and rolling. Soon, in fact, on DL 7, I discovered a Longbow of Power (+5, +15) to go along with it. Noice! I didn't have any arrows on me, but it would help me soon enough.

After that level was explored, I found myself so loaded up with unidentified scrolls & wands that I decided to go back. I had enough money to buy a Rapier of Flame (+6, +4) and get some other doodads to help me on my second trip into the dungeon.

So I go back down and when I get to dungeon level 8, I get a 3-9 rating on that level. A 9 rating--holy cow. That shit never happens to me. So I explore around, killing things wantonly with my Sword of Flame until, finally, I found Mr. 9. It was a Ring of Speed +8. (insert cartoon character surprised reaction here).

Well, that was cool. So I go down to DL 9. I start tootling around and eventually happen to glance down and notice that this level is rated a 1-9!!! After some fevered exploring, I find the spellbook Wrath of God. Sweet! It can't help me now, but it is great to know it will be there when I can use it.

So I calmed down and continued to explore the rest of the level, just for shits and giggles. In the very last room, I found an unidentified rod. I have no identify ability with me, but I figure, what the heck, I'll just try it against the wall and see what happens. Well, what happens is that I get reeeeeeeeel fast all of a sudden. It was a Rod of Speed.

So at this very moment I am sitting here on DL 9 with a 14th level half-elf paladin who happens to be at +18 speed.

I guess karma is paying back for deciding not to murder all those hobos!

This will be an interesting game. I give myself even odds that I will get cocky and careless and die.
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Old July 22, 2016, 00:42   #2
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Umm, so I am on DL18 right now and by now my character is level 18 and has found leather gloves of power and a Ring of Speed +7. Two rings of speed, a rod of speed, and wrath of god, all below DL20. This has never happened to me before.
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Old July 22, 2016, 01:18   #3
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And just got Godly Insights on DL20.
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Old July 22, 2016, 01:49   #4
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This reminds me of a great April Fools joke from rgra, back in the day.
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On dl 24 you will find a vault. The first sign it is there will be:
The shambling mound shrieks for help
8 monsters start moving faster
The drolen breathes gas
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Old July 22, 2016, 02:05   #5
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Don't jinx me!!!!
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Old July 22, 2016, 23:08   #6
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I bought a pair of Elven Boots of Speed +8, so now my character has +23 speed, +33 when sped with the rod or potion. I have never had such fast speed so soon. He is CL 31 now. The high elfness is starting to slow him down now. Got 7 spellbooks.
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Old July 22, 2016, 23:22   #7
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I'd probably replace one of those rings with a damage or stat ring. That speed is really high for early in the dungeon, especially if you have unlimited haste self. For a melee character, it is all about how much damage you can do per unit time--assuming sufficient CON.

And certainly resist poison is a good choice for walking around, if you tend to have problems with instadeath from undetected monsters.
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Old July 23, 2016, 20:55   #8
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I'd probably replace one of those rings with a damage or stat ring. That speed is really high for early in the dungeon, especially if you have unlimited haste self. For a melee character, it is all about how much damage you can do per unit time--assuming sufficient CON.

And certainly resist poison is a good choice for walking around, if you tend to have problems with instadeath from undetected monsters.
I now have poison resistance, thanks to an amulet of trickery. My stats are also pretty good at the moment, with two of them maxed out (str, dex) and the others getting up there.

I've gone back and forth about replacing one of the ROS with a ring of damage, but I've really appreciated the speed. If I got something else with a little more speed to partially compensate, I might do that with my lesser ROS. But even without ROD, my current weapon is not bad for where I am; it has 302 dmg vs creatures not resistant to fire, 302 vs animals, 302 vs evil, 34o vs demons, 414 vs dragson, 414 vs undead, 340 vs trolls, 340 vs gians, 340 vs orcs (overkill) and 265 vs others.
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Yes, let us follow this progress on the Ladder. It would make for an interesting read.
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