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Old December 24, 2014, 15:11   #11
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Just ran into Father Christmas myself on 12/24/14, playing 3.5.0

If you want his spoilers:

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"It's Saint Nick, out delivering presents to the town urchins.
This creature lives in the town, and moves slowly. It has an armor rating of 12, and a life rating of 1000. Killing this creature is worth 0 points for an 18th level character. It may carry a single good object. It illuminates its surroundings. It does not resist fire. It may cast spells which heal-self or blink-self, about 1 time in 3. Nothing is known about his attack."

(based on my encounter; didn't have a rod of probing)

I was disappointed that he doesn't seem to actually do anything but blink around the town (doesn't seem to have any kind of attack or dialogue), but I still think it's cool that they have seasonal characters. It felt SO WRONG to fight him, but I wanted to see what treasure he had- it was just a crappy magical leather cap. Poor Father Christmas!

Also, Father Christmas sucks at magic. His spells fail all the time.

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Old December 24, 2014, 17:19   #12
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It's Saint Nick, out delivering presents to the town urchins.
Oh, I see how it is! Less than a year in charge, and you've already promoted yourself to sainthood? Had to buy those votes too, apparently.
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Old December 24, 2014, 21:53   #13
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Hey, I just saw him! Saw some red-hatted elfs, too!
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Old December 24, 2014, 23:21   #14
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Oh, I see how it is! Less than a year in charge, and you've already promoted yourself to sainthood? Had to buy those votes too, apparently.
Actually takkaria snuck that one in a year ago, so I must be about due for promotion. Any suggestions about what lies above Saint on the org chart?

Also if you think I need votes you have misunderstood my management style
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Old December 25, 2014, 01:18   #15
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I just encountered a Red-Hatted Elf in town. It was a bit of a surreal experience. I was freshly recalled from an ugly scenario involving blink dogs, multiple I's and w's, and one M in particular that was intent on eating me.

I'd swatted some urchins out of the way as I stumbled towards Home and suddenly it registered on my subconscious that an Elf was attacking me.

"A Red-Hatted Elf?" I think to myself, confused. "Since when's that a town creature???"

My first idea was that somehow critters from the battle had followed me back to town. Immediately discarded as unlikely to impossible.

Then I wondered if it was a software update before realizing that couldn't be it, since this isn't updated automatically.

Then the significance of the date hit me. And I laughed.
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Old December 25, 2014, 01:33   #16
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I just now this minute encountered Father Christmas! I figured today's date must have something to do with it. I googled "Father Christmas" and Angband and that brought me right to this thread.

I can't bring myself to attack that right jolly old elf, so Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
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Old December 24, 2018, 19:47   #17
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This is an old post, but I just met and killed Father Christmas on Dec. 24, 2018. So he appears on Xmas eve, apparently. Dropped a decent main gauche for my paladin

I run a youtube channel called ROGUELove, where I'm trying to play every free roguelike that remains in existence. The Angband series will start going up on Jan. 1, 2019, and the killing of Father Christmas should go live on Jan. 11, 2019, if anyone's curious. Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2N...LjFqu8RcYPRSzw
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Old December 24, 2018, 23:31   #18
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I just spotted and killed Father Christmas as well. I saw some red hatted elves earlier that I'd never seen before either. I didn't make the connection to Christmas, since we celebrate it slightly different here. It was funny, he was at the center of town, like the elves. He was carrying nothing special though.
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Old December 30, 2018, 14:31   #19
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Damn it! I was on holiday in Northumberland with no computer and missed out this year! I feel cheated.
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Because a Good drop @ DL0 isnt gonna be great.

I mean, nothing like http://angband.oook.cz/forum/showthread.php?t=8823
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