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Old November 2, 2012, 23:27   #1
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It was so stupid...

How to identify new things?

I was selling them.
I thought it is a good method.
Scroll of identify cost about ~150. Things for sell costes about 30-200(10-12 level of dungeons), so it looks ok.

But then...
I sold this...
potion of experience...
As I saw 31500 gold pieces for buying this back, and that 50k or 100k of experience points, and that fu#$%ng shopkeeper smiled gleefully after I have sold it to him for 7(seven, SEVEN, SEVEN!!!) gold pieces, I almost cried and I wasted 5 minutes of wondering, why, hell, why I have done that...

And being aware that I cannot kill this shopkeeper, and can't chop his/her head off, rip his/her tongue, take my potion back and drink it, makes me really sad...



Now I drink/read/zap everything...
as long as scroll of identify will be relatively cheap or I drink/zap/read sth very deadly...

PS:maybe wrong forum, remove my post then, but I just have to share with this piece of stupidity...

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Old November 2, 2012, 23:34   #2
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Hello and welcome. You are in good company - we've all done that. Mine was a potion of augmentation, which is arguably an even greater loss than one of experience ...
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Old November 2, 2012, 23:57   #3
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I remember back in the early days, playing FA. Farmer maggot dropped a crappy dagger and I had no gold buy a scroll of identify. Although I seldom sold un-ID'd items, I did this time (perhaps my home was already full of un-ID'd crap). It turned out to be a Holy Avenger. That was before I realized that Maggot often dropped useful items.
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Old November 3, 2012, 00:08   #4
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I sold a 3-charge wand of wishing to storekeeper in nethack once :/
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Old November 3, 2012, 01:00   #5
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You sold a wand without engraving with it first?! Tsk tsk. You could still wish for a wand of death and kill the shopkeep, and still have some wishes left over for a blessed can of grease and a t-shirt, the two very best wishes in the game.
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Old November 3, 2012, 06:34   #6
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Old November 5, 2012, 12:31   #7
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Also happened to me in the old days when character start was scumming 50ft for money to buy a WoR and selling all potions/scrolls unIDed...

At least now you get object feelings, so you won't sell an xp potion when your dungeon level at 50ft yields an "excellent treasures" feeling.
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Old November 6, 2012, 21:20   #8
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So it seems that I am in good company

Another not-smart thing done, I have dropped and left potion of strength. I thought that it is just temporary... :/

I was enlightened as I found potion of augmentation and description was similar. Thanks to Magnate's post I have not dropped it, but quaff as soon as possible
Thx Magnate.
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So it seems that I am in good company

Another not-smart thing done, I have dropped and left potion of strength. I thought that it is just temporary... :/

I was enlightened as I found potion of augmentation and description was similar. Thanks to Magnate's post I have not dropped it, but quaff as soon as possible
Thx Magnate.
Ha - glad to be of service!
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Old November 7, 2012, 08:23   #10
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So it seems that I am in good company

Another not-smart thing done, I have dropped and left potion of strength. I thought that it is just temporary... :/
I think berserk strength should do what you thought plain potion of strength would do. Temporary (high) boost to STR.
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