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Old February 18, 2014, 16:52   #1
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Hobbits and Sustain Experience

Hello,

I used to play Angband back in the 90's, as a Gnome or Troll, and I've just recently picked it back up. It's been a while.

Recently, I've been playing a Hobbit mage. My reason for choosing the Hobbit is for the increased saving throw and the sustain experience.

I've noticed that my hobbit does lose experience sometimes, especially against more power monsters. Are hobbits not immune to loss of experience, just less susceptible to it? Is this tied to saving throw?

Thanks.
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Old February 18, 2014, 17:16   #2
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Hello,

I used to play Angband back in the 90's, as a Gnome or Troll, and I've just recently picked it back up. It's been a while.

Recently, I've been playing a Hobbit mage. My reason for choosing the Hobbit is for the increased saving throw and the sustain experience.

I've noticed that my hobbit does lose experience sometimes, especially against more power monsters. Are hobbits not immune to loss of experience, just less susceptible to it? Is this tied to saving throw?

Thanks.
It's not blanket immunity. You do get a save though, and even if you fail the drain is only 1/10 what it otherwise would be.
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Old February 18, 2014, 17:34   #3
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Is there any reason that hold life => 1/10 drain thing is a thing? I think literally every new person who has ever played Angband (myself included) was confused by it the first time.
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Old February 18, 2014, 18:01   #4
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Is there any reason that hold life => 1/10 drain thing is a thing? I think literally every new person who has ever played Angband (myself included) was confused by it the first time.
legacy, I'm guessing. I wouldn't mind changing it.
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legacy, I'm guessing. I wouldn't mind changing it.
Does that sound like a fizzixband change?
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Does that sound like a fizzixband change?
I'll look into it. I dunno how much time I have. I still need to remove the stuff for the comp (maybe tonight).
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Just a guess, but the reason might be to not give complete immunity to the One Ring´s drainig (for "historical" reasons).
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That's a different mechanism, code-wise. But yeah, even hobbits aren't immune to Sauron and the Ringwraiths; Frodo very nearly died and the injury he got ached every anniversary of the fight on Weathertop.
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Is there any reason that hold life => 1/10 drain thing is a thing? I think literally every new person who has ever played Angband (myself included) was confused by it the first time.
Any suggestion how to change that? It's working just right IMO, it's just not clear how it works to newbies.
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Just add a message. "You resist the foo!" Nethack style.
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