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Old January 26, 2014, 00:53   #1
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Why no temporary telepathy

I just wondered today, why doesn't telepathy (one of the most powerful abilities in the game) not have a temporary version?

Other powerful abilities - speed, resistances, ac, to-hit, to-dam, have temporary boosts - why not have mushrooms of telepathy, that the player can
  • find
  • decide whether to spend an inventory slot on them
  • decide when best to use them.


Likely candidate moments to use them could include:
  • vaults
  • levels with give strong feelings
  • when dangerous/Unique monsters have been found on the level
  • before teleporting and on low HP (probably wouldn't want to use a turn eating)
  • when around Invisible monsters (with minds) with no direct See/Sense/Detect Invisible option available


Presumably would be no less 'unbalancing' than permanent telepathy (dependant on drop rate and duration) and would add a few interesting choices for the player.

If you already had permenant telepathy, perhaps having the temporary boost grants you detection of those creatures that usually are only sometimes detected (like fleas etc). Instead/regardless, once you have permanent telepathy, you could set them to squelch.
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Old January 26, 2014, 01:32   #2
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Mushrooms of Second Sight grant temporary telepathy (although they don't stack with permanent telepathy).
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Old January 26, 2014, 01:32   #3
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It already exists, in mushroom form even. Haven't you found any Mushrooms of Second Sight?

Alas, it's usually not worth dedicating the inventory slot to them.
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Old January 26, 2014, 12:53   #4
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Those are actually the only ones I sometimes dedicate a slot to. Vigor gets carried to home store, but when the question arises wether to dive deeper or stay shallow, a nice stack of second sight shrooms might turn the decision towards diving.
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Old January 27, 2014, 06:36   #5
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Oh!

Haha!

Well there you go. I think I must have had preconceived ideas that 'second sight' was either Sense Invisible or Cure Blindness, or both - perhaps I never tried them or examined them. Ah well, good to know!

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Old January 27, 2014, 07:30   #6
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Those are actually the only ones I sometimes dedicate a slot to.
I sometimes carry those that grant temp conf resist whatwastheirname ...Clear Mind?
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