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Old October 3, 2017, 08:30   #1
Beirlis
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Staff of Summoning

This is my first post to AAR! So without further ado...
I will not play with staves of summoning in class.
I will not play with staves of summoning in class.
I will not play with staves of summoning in class.
I will not play with staves of summoning in class.
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Character dump:
Code:
[Angband v3.5-dev-69-g400d7ba-dirty Character Dump]

 Name   Bryony                                   Self  RB  CB  EB   Best
 Sex    Female       Age            177   STR:  18/87  -5  +0  +2  18/57
 Race   Pixie        Height          22   Int:     15  +2  +2  +0  18/10     18
 Class  Ranger       Weight          12   WIS:     11  +1  -2  +2     12
 Title  Explorer     Social   Respected   DEX:     15  +7  +1  +3  18/80
 HP     238/238      Maximize         Y   CON:  18/88  -5  -1  +1  18/38
 SP     44/49                             CHR:     18  +6  +1  +6 18/130

 Level               34   Armor    [54,+61]     Saving Throw         77%
 Cur Exp         441895   Fight   (+14,+12)     Stealth        Legendary
 Max Exp         441895   Melee   (+26,+24)     Fighting          Superb
 Adv Exp         525000   Shoot   (+22,+22)     Shooting       Legendary
 MaxDepth   2100' (L42)   Blows    4.5/turn     Disarming            73%
 Game Turns     1668080   Shots      2/turn     Magic Device          77
 Standard Turns  180421   Infra       60 ft     Perception        1 in 2
 Resting Turns    28506   Speed           4     Searching            50%
 Gold             70517   Burden  148.2 lbs

 You are the only child of a Pixie Mage.  You have brilliant
 multi-colored wings, soft wavy golden-blonde hair, brown eyes, and a
 fair complexion.


rAcid:+.......+.... Nexus:.............
rElec:+.......+.... Nethr:.............
rFire:+...+...+.... Chaos:.............
rCold:+.......+.... Disen:.............
rPois:........+.... Feath:+...........+
rLite:....+........ pFear:.............
rDark:....+........ pBlnd:.........+...
Sound:............. pConf:.............
Shard:............. pStun:.............

Light:....++....... Tunn.:...+.........
Regen:+............ Speed:.............
  ESP:............. Blows:.............
Invis:+........+... Shots:.............
FrAct:+.....+...... Might:.+...........
HLife:....+........ S.Dig:.............
Stea.:+......++..+. ImpHP:.............
Sear.:.........+...  Fear:.............
Infra:......+.....+ Aggrv:.............


  [Character Equipment]

a) a Whip (Defender) (1d3) (+12,+12) [+3] <+4> {@w1}
     Conjured forth by magic at 1850 feet (level 37).
     
     +4 stealth.
     Provides resistance to acid, lightning, fire, cold.
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     Sustains constitution.
     Feather Falling.  Speeds regeneration.  Prevents paralysis. 
     Grants the ability to see invisible things.  
     
     Combat info:
     4.5 blows/round.
     With +1 STR and +0 DEX you would get 4.7 blows
     With +0 STR and +2 DEX you would get 4.7 blows
     Average damage/round: 121.2.
     
     Value: 24444 au
b) a Long Bow of Extra Might (x4) (+8,+22) <+1>
     Found lying on the floor at 1600 feet (level 32).
     
     +1 shooting power.
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 4533 au
c) a Ring of Slaying (+11,+9)
     Dropped by an Ancient white dragon at 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     Can be destroyed by electricity.
     
     Value: 5336 au
d) a Ring of Delving <+5>
     +5 tunneling.
     Can be destroyed by electricity.
     
     Value: 500 au
e) an Amulet of Devotion <+2, +6, +1>
     Found lying on the floor at 1600 feet (level 32).
     
     +2 wisdom.
     +6 charisma.
     Provides resistance to fire, light, dark.
     Sustains wisdom, charisma.
     Sustains your life force.  
     
     Radius 1 light.
     Value: 4533 au
f) the Phial of Galadriel <+3>
     Dropped by Orfax, Son of Boldor at 800 feet (level 16).
     
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     
     When activated, it lights up the surrounding area, hurting
     light-sensitive creatures.
     Takes 15 to 28 turns to recharge at your current speed.
     Your chance of success is 95.9%
     
     Radius 3 light.
     Value: 1437 au
g) Metal Scale Mail (Dwarven) (-2) [38,+12] <+2, +1, +3>
     Bought from a store.
     
     +2 strength.
     +1 constitution.
     +3 infravision.
     Cannot be harmed by acid, fire.
     Prevents paralysis.  
     
     Value: 11877 au
h) a Fur Cloak of Stealth [3,+8] <+3>
     Dropped by Mm, Betrayer of Turin at 1600 feet (level 32).
     
     +3 stealth.
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 1316 au
i) a Wicker Shield of Elvenkind [2,+12] <+1>
     Bought from a store.
     
     +1 stealth.
     Provides resistance to acid, lightning, fire, cold, poison.
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     
     Value: 8889 au
j) an Iron Helm of Seeing [7,+8] <+4>
     Bought from a store.
     
     +20% to searching.
     Provides protection from blindness.
     Can be destroyed by acid.
     Grants the ability to see invisible things.  
     
     Value: 2600 au
k) a Set of Gauntlets of Agility [3,+7] <+3>
     Found lying on the floor in a vault at 1650 feet (level 33).
     
     +3 dexterity.
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 3033 au
l) a Pair of Leather Sandals of Stealth [1,+7] <+3>
     Bought from a store.
     
     +3 stealth.
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 984 au


  [Character Quiver]

n) 6 Arrows (1d4) (+0,+0)
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 199.8.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 4 au
o) 14 Arrows (1d4) (+0,+0)
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 199.8.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 9 au
p) 8 Arrows (1d4) (+2,+6)
     Dropped by a Blue ooze at 1600 feet (level 32).
     
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 248.8.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 58 au
q) 21 Arrows (1d4) (+8,+4)
     Found lying on the floor in a vault at 1900 feet (level 38).
     
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 234.8.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 350 au
r) 39 Arrows (1d4) (+5,+8)
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 265.2.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 650 au
s) 27 Seeker Arrows of Acid (4d4) (+7,+14)
     Found lying on the floor in a vault at 1900 feet (level 38).
     
     Branded with acid.
     Cannot be harmed by acid.
     Can be destroyed by fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 663.2 vs. creatures not resistant to acid,
     and 379 vs. others.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 9072 au
t) 10 Mithril Arrows (3d4) (+5,+5)
     Bought from a store.
     
     Cannot be harmed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 281.4.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 306 au
u) 19 Arrows (1d4) (+6,+4)
     Found lying on the floor of a special room at 2100 feet (level
     42).
     
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 234.8.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 228 au
v) (nothing)
w) (nothing)


  [Character Inventory]

a) 2 Books of Magic Spells [Magic for Beginners] {@m1}
     Can be destroyed by fire.
     
     Value: 33 au
b) 5 Books of Magic Spells [Conjurings and Tricks] {@m2}
     Can be destroyed by fire.
     
     Value: 333 au
c) 3 Books of Magic Spells [Incantations and Illusions] {@m3}
     Can be destroyed by fire.
     
     Value: 800 au
d) a Book of Magic Spells [Sorcery and Evocations] {@m4}
     Value: 533 au
     
     
e) a Holy Book of Prayers [Ethereal Openings] {@m5}
     Found lying on the floor at 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     
     Value: 6666 au
f) a Mushroom of Second Sight
     Dropped by a Dark elven lord at 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     Value: 133 au
     
     
g) 6 Potions of Cure Critical Wounds
     Can be destroyed by cold.
     
     Value: 800 au
h) 2 Potions of Restore Mana
     Dropped by a Young black dragon at 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     Value: 466 au
     
     
i) a Potion of Speed
     Can be destroyed by cold.
     
     Value: 50 au
j) 5 Potions of Heroism
     Can be destroyed by cold.
     
     Value: 83 au
k) 4 Scrolls of Holy Chant
     Bought from a store.
     
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 106 au
l) a Scroll of Protection from Evil
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 33 au
m) 2 Rods of Treasure Location {@z2}
     Can be destroyed by electricity.
     
     Value: 1333 au
n) 5 Rods of Light {@z1}
     Can be destroyed by electricity.
     
     Value: 1666 au
o) a Rod of Identify {@z5!v}
     Found lying on the floor at 600 feet (level 12).
     
     Cannot be harmed by electricity.
     
     Value: 6666 au
p) a Wand of Teleport Other (8 charges)
     Can be destroyed by electricity.
     
     Value: 3266 au
q) 2 Staves of Summoning (0 charges)
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 0 au
r) the Rapier 'Careth Asdriag' (2d6) (+16,+12) <+1, +2> {@w2}
     Dropped by Smagol at 450 feet (level 9).
     
     +1 attack speed.
     +2 strength, dexterity, constitution.
     Slays animals, orcs, trolls, giants, dragons.
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     
     Combat info:
     6.0 blows/round.
     Average damage/round: 243.6 vs. animals, 288 vs. orcs, 288 vs.
     trolls, 288 vs. giants, 288 vs. dragons, and 199.2 vs. others.
     
     Value: 37600 au


  [Home Inventory]

a) 32 Books of Magic Spells [Magic for Beginners] {@m1}
     Can be destroyed by fire.
     
     Value: 533 au
b) 23 Books of Magic Spells [Conjurings and Tricks] {@m2}
     Can be destroyed by fire.
     
     Value: 1533 au
c) 25 Books of Magic Spells [Incantations and Illusions] {@m3}
     Can be destroyed by fire.
     
     Value: 6666 au
d) 12 Books of Magic Spells [Sorcery and Evocations] {@m4}
     Can be destroyed by fire.
     
     Value: 6400 au
e) a Book of Magic Spells [Resistances of Scarabtarices] {@m5}
     Found lying on the floor in a vault at 1900 feet (level 38).
     
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     
     Value: 6666 au
f) a Book of Magic Spells [Mordenkainen's Escapes] {@m7}
     Found lying on the floor in a vault at 1650 feet (level 33).
     
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     
     Value: 20000 au
g) 3 Mushrooms of Vigor
     Value: 400 au
     
     
h) 23 Potions of Cure Critical Wounds
     Can be destroyed by cold.
     
     Value: 3066 au
i) 12 Potions of Healing
     Can be destroyed by cold.
     
     Value: 6400 au
j) a Potion of *Healing*
     Bought from a store.
     
     Can be destroyed by cold.
     
     It can be thrown at creatures with damaging effect.
     
     Value: 1000 au
k) 23 Potions of Restore Mana
     Can be destroyed by cold.
     
     Value: 5366 au
l) 8 Potions of Enlightenment
     Can be destroyed by cold.
     
     Value: 4266 au
m) 40 Potions of Heroism
     Can be destroyed by cold.
     
     Value: 666 au
n) 17 Scrolls of Magic Mapping
     Bought from a store.
     
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 736 au
o) 4 Scrolls of Deep Descent
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 666 au
p) 29 Scrolls of Holy Chant
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 773 au
q) 9 Scrolls of Protection from Evil
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Value: 300 au
r) 2 Rods of Probing {@z4!v}
     Can be destroyed by electricity.
     
     Value: 1333 au
s) 2 Rods of Frost Bolts {@z4}
     Can be destroyed by electricity.
     
     Value: 3333 au
t) a Ring of Strength <+5>
     Bought from a store.
     
     +5 strength.
     Can be destroyed by electricity.
     Sustains strength.
     
     Value: 2436 au
u) a Ring of Intelligence <+4>
     Dropped by a Young multi-hued dragon at 1600 feet (level 32).
     
     +4 intelligence.
     Can be destroyed by electricity.
     Sustains intelligence.
     
     Value: 616 au
v) a Ring of Damage (+0,+12)
     Found in a chest from 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     Can be destroyed by electricity.
     
     Value: 6204 au
w) the Cloak of Thorongil [1,+10]
     Dropped by an Ancient green dragon at 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     Provides resistance to acid.
     Provides protection from fear.
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     Prevents paralysis.  Grants the ability to see invisible things.  
     
     Value: 3124 au
x) a Cloak of Aman [1,+23] <+1>
     Dropped by an Ogre at 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     +1 stealth.
     Provides resistance to dark.
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     
     Value: 2600 au
y) a Metal Cap of Infravision [3,+7] <+5>
     Found lying on the floor at 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     +5 infravision.
     Can be destroyed by acid.
     
     Value: 1036 au
z) the Spear 'Nimloth' (1d6) (+11,+13) <+3>
     Dropped by a Master vampire at 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     +3 stealth, speed.
     Slays undead.
     Branded with frost.
     Provides resistance to cold.
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     Blessed by the gods.  Grants the ability to see invisible things. 
     
     
     Combat info:
     3.7 blows/round.
     With +1 STR and +0 DEX you would get 4.0 blows
     With +0 STR and +2 DEX you would get 4.1 blows
     Average damage/round: 135.7 vs. undead, 135.7 vs. creatures not
     resistant to cold, and 108.7 vs. others.
     
     Value: 20296 au
{) the Battle Axe 'Lotharang' (2d8) (+14,+13) <+3, +1>
     Found lying on the floor at 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     +3 strength, dexterity.
     +1 attack speed.
     Slays orcs, trolls.
     Provides resistance to disenchantment.
     Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold.
     
     When activated, it heals 40 hitpoints, cut damage, and cures
     blindness and confusion.
     Takes 5 to 8 turns to recharge at your current speed.
     Your chance of success is 93.3%
     
     Combat info:
     4.3 blows/round.
     With +3 STR and +0 DEX you would get 4.5 blows
     With +0 STR and +1 DEX you would get 4.8 blows
     Average damage/round: 252 vs. orcs, 252 vs. trolls, and 166.2 vs.
     others.
     
     Value: 40504 au
|) 30 Arrows (1d4) (+5,+4)
     Bought from a store.
     
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 232.4.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 300 au
}) 31 Arrows (1d4) (+3,+3)
     Found lying on the floor at 500 feet (level 10).
     
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 224.4.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 144 au
~) 21 Arrows (1d4) (+3,+2)
     Found lying on the floor at 450 feet (level 9).
     
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 216.2.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 84 au
) 27 Arrows (1d4) (+2,+1)
     Found lying on the floor at 2100 feet (level 42).
     
     Can be destroyed by acid, fire.
     
     Combat info:
     Hits targets up to 140 feet away.
     Average damage/round: 208.
     35% chance of breaking upon contact.
     
     Value: 72 au


============================================================
                   CHAR.
|   TURN  | DEPTH |LEVEL| EVENT
============================================================
         1      0'    1   Began the quest to destroy Morgoth.
      5312     50'    2   Reached level 2
     16842    100'    3   Reached level 3
     31268     50'    4   Reached level 4
     54502     50'    4   Killed Grip, Farmer Maggot's dog
     54502     50'    5   Reached level 5
     82764     50'    6   Reached level 6
    128496    100'    7   Reached level 7
    143027    100'    7   Killed Fang, Farmer Maggot's dog
    143027    100'    8   Reached level 8
    269922    100'    9   Reached level 9
    316889    200'   10   Reached level 10
    360594    200'   11   Reached level 11
    382347    250'   12   Reached level 12
    389518      0'   12   Killed Farmer Maggot
    412643    300'   13   Reached level 13
    455235    350'   14   Reached level 14
    497304    400'   15   Reached level 15
    515135    400'   15   Killed Wormtongue, Agent of Saruman
    529275    400'   16   Reached level 16
    529543    400'   16   Killed Lagduf, the Snaga
    562288    450'   16   Killed Bullroarer the Hobbit
    567353    450'   16   Killed Sm?©agol
    567430    450'   16   Found the Rapier 'Careth Asdriag'
    573142    450'   17   Reached level 17
    616149    450'   18   Reached level 18
    635869    500'   18   Killed Grishn?¡kh, the Hill Orc
    653334    500'   18   Killed Mughash the Kobold Lord
    653587    500'   19   Reached level 19
    686086    500'   19   Killed Ufthak of Cirith Ungol
    708364    550'   19   Killed Brodda, the Easterling
    709085    550'   20   Reached level 20
    735107    600'   20   Killed Golfimbul, the Hill Orc Chief
    747591    600'   21   Reached level 21
    779481    600'   21   Found the Long Sword 'Elvagil' (LOST)
    819934    650'   22   Reached level 22
    821158    650'   23   Reached level 23
    899510    800'   24   Reached level 24
    906284    800'   24   Killed Orfax, Son of Boldor
    906443    800'   24   Found the Phial of Galadriel
    921599    800'   24   Killed Lugdush, the Uruk
    927787    800'   24   Killed Ulfast, Son of Ulfang
    938403    800'   25   Reached level 25
    987703    850'   25   Killed N?¡r, the Dwarf
   1052427   1000'   26   Reached level 26
   1053832   1000'   26   Killed Kh?®m, Son of M?®m
   1130448   1600'   27   Reached level 27
   1142515   1850'   27   Killed Boldor, King of the Yeeks
   1159096   1750'   28   Reached level 28
   1185573   1600'   29   Reached level 29
   1215729   1550'   29   Killed Bolg, Son of Azog
   1233880   1600'   29   Killed Angamait?« of Umbar
   1238643   1600'   29   Killed Shagrat, the Orc Captain
   1263260   1600'   29   Killed M?®m, Betrayer of Turin
   1268359   1600'   30   Reached level 30
   1327877   1650'   31   Reached level 31
   1331929   1650'   31   Killed Ibun, Son of M?®m
   1344119   1650'   31   Found the Dagger 'Dethanc' (LOST)
   1360686   1600'   31   Killed Beorn, the Shape-Changer
   1364125   1600'   31   Killed Gorbag, the Orc Captain
   1380786   1600'   31   Killed Draebor, the Imp
   1410848   2100'   31   Killed Ugl?ºk, the Uruk
   1414045   2100'   31   Killed Castamir the Usurper
   1416851   2100'   31   Killed Bill the Stone Troll
   1423988   2100'   32   Reached level 32
   1446319   2100'   32   Killed Uldor the Accursed
   1457506   2050'   32   Killed Uvatha the Horseman
   1467542   1900'   33   Reached level 33
   1579046   2100'   33   Found the Spear 'Nimloth'
   1587744   2100'   33   Killed Lorgan, Chief of the Easterlings
   1603262   2100'   33   Found the Battle Axe 'Lotharang'
   1634515   2100'   33   -- Note: Made it to 18/84 before identifying Potion of Con.
   1636094   2100'   33   Found the Cloak of Thorongil
   1642348   2100'   33   Killed The Queen Ant
   1649549   2100'   34   Reached level 34
   1656281   2100'   34   Killed Sangahyando of Umbar
   1663787   2100'   34   Killed Lokkak, the Ogre Chieftain


  [Options]

Maximise effect of race/class bonuses        : yes (birth_maximize)
Randomise the artifacts (except a very few)  : no  (birth_randarts)
Restrict the use of stairs/recall            : no  (birth_ironman)
Halve view and spell distances               : no  (birth_small_range)
Restrict creation of artifacts               : no  (birth_no_artifacts)
Don't stack objects on the floor             : no  (birth_no_stacking)
Lose artifacts when leaving level            : no  (birth_no_preserve)
Don't generate connected stairs              : no  (birth_no_stairs)
Don't show level feelings                    : no  (birth_no_feelings)
Items always sell for 0 gold                 : no  (birth_no_selling)
Use previous set of randarts                 : yes (birth_keep_randarts)
Monsters chase recent locations              : yes (birth_ai_smell)
Monsters act smarter in groups               : yes (birth_ai_packs)
Monsters learn from their mistakes           : no  (birth_ai_learn)
Monsters exploit player's weaknesses         : no  (birth_ai_cheat)
Monsters behave more intelligently (broken)  : no  (birth_ai_smart)


The good news is that I'm still alive!! I'm on DL 42 at CL34 and was just summoning and killing things. My speed is +4 and I was always getting first crack at whatever I summoned. I was setting off my last charge when I was suddenly nuked with a fireball and confused. Either the Gods had forsaken me or just run out of patience, as I found myself facing both Eol, the Dark Elf and Vargo, the Tyrant of fire! I had no staff of teleportation and only potions of CCW as I had set down my healing potions to pick up later.

I now wish I did a screen dump prior to attempting to escape, but I was kind-of freaked out. I drank a CCW to heal a little and cure confusion and I wasn't nuked into oblivion!! I forget how many of my 238 max HPs I had but I knew it was time to cast teleport self. I had a fail chance of 4% (I believe the 4% vs 5% is part of the pixie patch's "magical" species bonus) and I failed! I was down to 90-ish hit points and noticed that my guests had invited some guests of their own, including level 60-ish vortex that I've never seen before (name started with an A). I decided that I was very lucky to not already be dead (probably because Eol had summoned instead of attacked) and that I should just try the spell again and it thankfully succeeded!

This is the furthest I've ever gotten without save-scumming so I'm glad that I will get to continue -- as long as I don't get myself killed in route to my treasure stash that contains my recall scroll. The high level vortex (that I haven't identified) is now roaming dangerously close to my stash and I'll probably have to burrow to get to it. At least I have a wand of teleport other on me.

EDIT: It is an Aether vortex and he's stuck on another branch of the dungeon, so I'm clear!

Last edited by Beirlis; October 3, 2017 at 08:36.
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Old October 3, 2017, 09:09   #2
Philip
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I see people using summoning stuff way too much. As a mage it is particularly irresponsible, since you work so much better at range than in melee, and your primary advantage over other classes is knowing what you will fight and being able to prepare for it, which you can't do with summoning.

More importantly, though, summoning is bad for every single character. It is strictly worse than simply running around fighting everything you see, since it provides less stuff, which means it fails to defeat even the dumbest strategy. It is also worse than staying on the level for an excessive amount of time waiting for spawns, since it provides less information about what you will fight. In reality, it is also likely to force you into a terrible fight that you would ordinarily have been able to avoid through stealth and detection, as you found out.

There are precisely two situations in which I can imagine someone wanting to use Summon stuff, and they are if you really really want to fight some Undead (but why?), or if you have a limited amount of total XP around to gain (High-Elf Mage with force descent?), though even then, Wand of Clone Monster is just so much better.
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Your perspective is much appreciated. I'm just glad that I didn't have to die for this lesson. And with this fragile race, your points are even more relevant. Pixie ranger has a hit die of 8. I won't be repeating that mistake any time soon, but I also guess that I didn't realize they could summon uniques.
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In other words, staffs and scrolls of summon are a noob trap.

Most long-time players have learned to id new stuff while standing on the stairs, which is another quirky aspect of the game that one needs to learn the hard way at first, and it's just another boring thing to remember after you know it.

I think the game would be much better without them. Well-balanced summoning traps would be a much better mechanic.
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