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Old September 22, 2016, 21:54   #31
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ving-heavy strategy, where you keep descending through the dungeon before you're "ready" to. The theory is that you're always at risk of dying to some surprise out-of-depth monster, so better that you know that you're at risk, and play smart, rather than grind and grind and grind until you think you're safe, then die anyway. Play fast, die early, move on to the next character. Part of why I recommended avoiding High-Elf is because the experience penalty slows the game down, and the more time you spend with any one character, the more attached you get to them, which makes the inevitable death all the more painful.

Good luck!
I didn't accept this new meta at first but now I whole-heartedly embrace it. My general approach for single-stat classes (mages and priests) is maximize the casting stat ASAP by any means possible, including any gain/lose potions of the right type you find and stat gain rings. For mages this gives you 0% teleport other which means you can dive dive dive. For rogues I hang out more at stat-gain (dlev 30's) playing for stat gain potions via detect objects, and when I have "enough" I then dive again.
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Old September 23, 2016, 11:24   #32
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Ok, cheers for all the tips, let's see what happens.
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Old September 23, 2016, 22:30   #33
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My second Kobold Rogue is going well so far, the first met an untimely demise.

What's better infra-vision or telepathy? Got two different leather caps to choose from.
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Old September 23, 2016, 22:35   #34
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My second Kobold Rogue is going well so far, the first met an untimely demise.

What's better infra-vision or telepathy? Got two different leather caps to choose from.
Telepathy, no question. Most of the monsters you can see with infravision you can see with telepathy anyway, and telepathy also lets you see monsters that aren't in LOS.
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Old September 23, 2016, 22:38   #35
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My second Kobold Rogue is going well so far, the first met an untimely demise.

What's better infra-vision or telepathy? Got two different leather caps to choose from.
TELEPATHY. Infravision just increases your ability to see warm things in the dark. Not bad addition for low level characters. Telepathy lets you see most monsters in detect range even when behind walls, etc. Very powerful, particularly for a rogue. Still good idea to detect evil/detect monsters because there can be some powerful mindless monsters
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Old September 23, 2016, 23:05   #36
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So I'm now level 15, how deep should I be diving? I've got some deep descent scrolls, should I risk it? Or is that asking for trouble?
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So I'm now level 15, how deep should I be diving? I've got some deep descent scrolls, should I risk it? Or is that asking for trouble?
How do you feel like you're doing against monsters at your current depth? Is it easy? Then dive. (EDIT: even if it's merely semi-difficult, dive anyway! Only stop when you're feeling in serious threat of your life) Deep descent is fine to use; with 100 levels of dungeon, you aren't going to notice a huge difference by just changing 5 at a time (outside of the very early game, anyway).

The only really big gotcha in the game is Free Action, which provides immunity to paralysis and is desirable by somewhere in the 800'-1500' range. As long as you have that, you should be able to see most other big dangers coming. Engaging Mature- or older dragons without resisting their element is a dicey proposition, for example.
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Old September 24, 2016, 00:09   #38
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Smeagol dropped Narthanc
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Ok so, now I've got narthanc can I basically ignore any weapon that says (ego) or (magical)? The whole no selling thing is cool but the old hoarder mentality is hard to shake off and I keep surfacing to identify stuff and dump it.
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Narthac is a great find at the depth that Smeagol typically appears, but you should still look at egos. Probably safe to squelch {magical} though. Pretty soon you should be running into things like Defender or Westernesse that might provide free action & see invisible, or maybe a *slay* that has a nice stat bonus or something.

Particularly once you start finding !Str and !Dex, you'll get more blows with the heavier weapons and they may start to outpace your dagger...

Remember that [i]nspecting the weapon, whether in inventory or equipped, will tell you the average damage per round.
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