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Old July 18, 2017, 11:54   #581
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Pretty sure the last poschengband comp was so recent that my run is still going...
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Old July 18, 2017, 14:59   #582
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That seems like a bit of a wasted opportunity. The nice thing about comps is the opportunity to experiment with things which are unique to a particular variant.
There's a lot to distinguish FA without going full thrall mode. I'll have a few plays through but I think the harder races might be challenging enough as they are.

More suggestions are still welcome.
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Old July 18, 2017, 18:06   #583
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Pretty sure the last poschengband comp was so recent that my run is still going...
Me too haha
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Old July 18, 2017, 19:09   #584
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Thrall isn't really that much more challenging than non-thrall. It's just different. Starting with telepathy goes a long way to compensating for your fragility as a first level character in dangerous territory. The keys to surviving as a beginning thrall are:

- Hounds and vortices sleep at night. Try waiting for dark. You'll be a lot safer. You may need to *destruct* to create a safe space in which to wait.

- Unlight is great. If you're a rogue, assassin or necromancer then it should definitely be your first specialty.

- Choose your first kill wisely. Experience points get divided by character level, so it's best to get as many as possible when you're still level 1.

- The only escapes you start with are five scrolls of *destruction*. Use them when needed, but only when needed.

- Visit (and move to) town fairly quickly. There you can get more escapes. Also, WoR only works once you have a home to recall to.

- Mostly ignore stuff that isn't close to you and far from monsters. It usually isn't worth the risk.

Some of those are more guidelines than absolute rules, but if you follow them then thrall mode isn't really that much harder than standard. Most of your @'s will still die, of course, but they mostly die quickly, and if they don't then you can skip much of the tedium of the early game. The average time required to get a decent midgame character is probably lower than for a non-thrall.
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Old July 18, 2017, 20:30   #585
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you can skip ... the early game.
But if the point is to try lots of variants, I don't want to skip the early game..
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Old July 19, 2017, 03:49   #586
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Aren't those just the default settings.
Not sure what you meant by this.
Those default PosChengband settings + race/class combo of choice (I should have said Tonberry Skillmaster) = highest chance of ME winning any compo (at least one and notwithstanding the 100% uniques)

^ That's what I meant!

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