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Old November 11, 2021, 12:22   #11
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Taratol is pretty special purpose: blue dragon pits which are so rare in recent versions as to be nonexistent.
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Old November 16, 2021, 03:13   #12
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Taratol is pretty special purpose: blue dragon pits which are so rare in recent versions as to be nonexistent.
Seems like I find Taratol every game. I always save it in my home thinking there will be a time I want to carry it for the immunity--but lightning immunity just isnt worth much, you often end up with massive permanent speed so the activation isn't that great, and the weapon is medium big, but not to compete with endgame weapons.

PDSM I have found exactly *once* in all my years playing this game--my very last character, who unsurprisingly won.

I have Aglarang again, I wonder if I will find Aule or Ringil and end up tossing aside Aglarang. Previous versions of Aglarang were nice, but the addition of +5 speed is a big deal, and the combo with paladin spells make it endgame material.
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Old November 16, 2021, 10:45   #13
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PDSM I have found exactly *once* in all my years playing this game--my very last character, who unsurprisingly won.
I went on to win this game after finding Nenya, Varda, and Dwarven Balance DSM, alternating a bit between Ulmo and Wrath depending on whether I needed Ulmo for the Nether resistance or Wrath for the Light/Dark. Then I made the dreadful mistake of playing on to try and find the One Ring by scumming for massive vaults. Once all the uniques are dead and you have Mass Banishment and a few Staves of the Magi for effectively infinite mana, the only thing that can kill you is a typo. I did find PDSM and Ringil, then typo'd my way into an overspent-mana coma and got ate by time hounds. Which was frankly a mercy.

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Old November 18, 2021, 04:27   #14
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I went on to win this game after finding Nenya, Varda, and Dwarven Balance DSM, alternating a bit between Ulmo and Wrath depending on whether I needed Ulmo for the Nether resistance or Wrath for the Light/Dark. Then I made the dreadful mistake of playing on to try and find the One Ring by scumming for massive vaults. Once all the uniques are dead and you have Mass Banishment and a few Staves of the Magi for effectively infinite mana, the only thing that can kill you is a typo. I did find PDSM and Ringil, then typo'd my way into an overspent-mana coma and got ate by time hounds. Which was frankly a mercy.
Ha that's funny. My paladins of course can't wear The One Ring.

What the heck is "Varda"? is that a new artifact to the game? I never heard of it. My PDSM character had Vilya but used a Holy Avenger Scythe of Slicing over all the artifacts he found, close 2nd being the Lance of the Eorlingas.

Current character just gave away Taratol to the weapon smith--I now recognize it as something not really worth keeping... the only immunities that really matter are acid and fire. I have Thorin again this game which is nice. Would be cool to find Narya.
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Old November 18, 2021, 04:44   #15
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This still counts as a win. The most epic AAR win I recall was a FAA character that killed M and died to a Great Sky Wyrm in the same turn. IIRC, he'd run out of consumables and it was make or break.
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What the heck is "Varda"?
It's what gets inscribed on the ground when you lay a rune of protection
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It's what gets inscribed on the ground when you lay a rune of protection
I see what you did there. Nice sneaky Nethack reference.
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I see what you did there. Nice sneaky Nethack reference.
Guess I missed it...
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What the heck is "Varda"?
Sorry, I probably got the name wrong. The ring with +2 to all stats, +5 speed, ESP, lightning immunity, and activation to heal 1000 HP. I *think* it starts with V.
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Sorry, I probably got the name wrong. The ring with +2 to all stats, +5 speed, ESP, lightning immunity, and activation to heal 1000 HP. I *think* it starts with V.
I think you're thinking of Vilya
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