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Old November 16, 2015, 13:22   #1
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About the stupidest thing you can do without dying...

... is to cast "haste self" (m-d-c) in a major vault @ had cleared out just to see that "+45" show up in the speed column after picking up that second great speed ring. Only to get the message "You rise up through the ceiling". That sinking sensation you get in your gut, argh! I'd dropped my town spellbooks to be able to pick up the loot in the vault and recall, and ended up casting teleport level by mistake. I left the amulet of Ingwe, a sling of buckland, and a wand of annihilation on the floor. D'oh. Got the =Speed +13, though, and didn't lose any core equipment thank the Valar.
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Old November 16, 2015, 13:42   #2
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... is to cast "haste self" (m-d-c) in a major vault @ had cleared out just to see that "+45" show up in the speed column after picking up that second great speed ring. Only to get the message "You rise up through the ceiling".
Never cast spells only by letters. Inscribe your books with "@m1", "@m2" and so on, and cast Haste Self as m-4-c.
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Old November 16, 2015, 13:44   #3
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Never cast spells only by letters. Inscribe your books with "@m1", "@m2" and so on, and cast Haste Self as m-4-c.
I know, I know, but after decades I have these patterns burned into my fingers.
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Old November 16, 2015, 14:38   #4
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I know, I know, but after decades I have these patterns burned into my fingers.
Inscriptions are the way to go. And it will take at most only 20 days to "burn" a new pattern into your fingers.
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Old November 16, 2015, 15:10   #5
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I know, I know, but after decades I have these patterns burned into my fingers.
They took a lot of effort lately to stop this habit. Many spells now use different letters depending on whether you're a mage, ranger or rogue. Haste Self is now F9 for me.
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Old November 16, 2015, 15:16   #6
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And it will take at most only 20 days to "burn" a new pattern into your fingers.
A blink of the eye for a typical game...

Another good one was typing ',' instead of 'm' and wondering why I was getting hit multiple times and not able to cast! Finally looked down at the keys after YASD.
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Old November 16, 2015, 19:21   #7
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... is to cast "haste self" (m-d-c) in a major vault @ had cleared out just to see that "+45" show up in the speed column after picking up that second great speed ring. Only to get the message "You rise up through the ceiling"
I feel your pain. I did the same mistake just yesterday with my priest, though I didn't leave important stuff behind. It was just a low danger level big vault (I got lucky with point 8 monsters), there was one monster that I needed to 0% failure tele-other, I actually looked at the book which letter it was to make sure that I press the right key, and then pressed the wrong key.

Item feeling 8, monster feeling 6. I don't know what I missed, but probably something that would have been useful.

[EDIT] typo fixed. Item feeling was 8, not 9. I'm not sure if item feeling can even get to 9.

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Old November 18, 2015, 05:14   #8
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Never cast spells only by letters. Inscribe your books with "@m1", "@m2" and so on, and cast Haste Self as m-4-c.
Which prompts the question: Why can't we inscribe with @ma, @mb? The numbers are much more tedious to type, so I don't use them despite knowing they're safer. Certain spells I hotkey, but the keymap interface leaves a lot to be desired, and I'm not going to set up hotkeys for 20 spells or whatever.

Alternatively, why not just have the spells have stable letterings, a-z then A-Z (is 52 enough?) so you can just type mb or mz to cast spells.
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Old November 18, 2015, 09:18   #9
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Which prompts the question: Why can't we inscribe with @ma, @mb? The numbers are much more tedious to type, so I don't use them despite knowing they're safer. Certain spells I hotkey, but the keymap interface leaves a lot to be desired, and I'm not going to set up hotkeys for 20 spells or whatever.

Alternatively, why not just have the spells have stable letterings, a-z then A-Z (is 52 enough?) so you can just type mb or mz to cast spells.
I like this! I too find the numbers tedious (they're outside of the range of the core touch-typing position).
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Old November 18, 2015, 10:27   #10
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Alternatively, why not just have the spells have stable letterings, a-z then A-Z (is 52 enough?) so you can just type mb or mz to cast spells.
Not enough. Mage and priest both have 57 spells, and if we ever introduce druid which has access to both realms that would make 114 spells.
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