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Old March 11, 2020, 07:48   #1
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Two 9-8 levels in a row ... on DL30

Greatly helped by chaos resisting telepathic dagger picked up on level 9 (see 'memorable randarts'), I'm currently playing what's starting to look like my first successful mage in new Angband. By level 30 had native speed of +11, aided by +5 elven boots from black market and +6 speed ring from early 5-8 level. Arcane Control also appeared in black market and I could afford it(!). So my weapon of choice now is mana bolt and I'm starting to see what people mean by calling mana tap+fastcast combo overpowered...

So, on dungeon level 30, 9-8 feeling! Turns out to be a vault with baddest thing inside being a chaos hound which was an easy bag of experience points with that uberdagger. Stuff inside included dwarwen armor, augmentation and other stat potions + tons of stuff to sell. Back to town, back down and 9-8 again!

A vault, again, but detection peek inside shows its more like a 19-8. Inside, lesser balrog, queen ant and Scatha (dungeon level 30, remember?).
The first big thing to wake up is Scatha. The vault was the kind of square one with long corridors along edges and monster dance floor in the middle. So when telepathy warns me that the worm is on the move, I back off to the end of corridor, cast resistance and fast cast, drink speed potion and pray. Well yes, fastcast+manabolt is overpowered. Scatha never even got close to me. Next comes the big bug. No issue. Both dropped good stuff, swapping few items got my speed to +21, and clearing some trolls and things from the big room was just sort of a target shooting practice.

During all this mayhem, lesser balrog was happily sleeping in the far corner. Instead of TOS, I decided to kill it for experience. So, resistance on and woke the beast with mana bolt. It tried to reach me and breathed only once near before its end.

While going through new gear, I notice one thing: I have no fire resistance! At some point when putting on all the new and shiny gear from Scatha and the ant, I had managed to lose that. So I had gone against lesser balrog with 215 hitpoints and only single resistance. Only luck saved me from YASD of the year.

By the way, with mage I almost never actually use any shooter, so in bow slot I prefer something that provides some key resistances, stats, speed etc. Something like ... this?

Short Bow 'Tirnorn' (x4) (+11, +11) <+2, +4>:
Dropped by The Queen Ant at 1500 feet (level 30)

+2 constitution
+4 speed
+2 shooting power
Branded with cold.
Provides resistance to cold, poison

When activated, it disables traps, unlocks doors and reveals all secret doors in a given direction

Yes, much better than the ring of resist poison I was using...
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Old March 12, 2020, 00:44   #2
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THREE! 9-8 levels in row!
Recall back to DL30, Omens of Death, found easterling pit, thought "Is that it?" but no, got 9-8 feeling later so there is certainly a vault here as well...

Am I going to spend the rest of the game on DL30?
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Old March 12, 2020, 03:08   #3
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One of the things the mighty dagger from DL9 has, is electricity immunity. Some might say that's the least useful immunity. Not so when the big vault you find is guarded by a Great Storm Wyrm! (still on level 30...)

So I gain one level from the wyrm, and instantly another after drinking unknown potion from the room the wyrm had been guarding.

The vault also had a nether wraith, master lich and demilich. Each one simply tried to walk to me against mana bolts, did not go well for them. So another level gain, and some better gear (shield of resistance to replace shield of resist acid and ring of rFire+rCold etc)

So back to town to sell some stuff and to leave home some new artifacts that might be handy later, and back to DL30

Feeling 6... 2. Duh. Don't even know what gave the 6 feeling, there was just some common muck around.

So DL30 stopped being interesting, moving to DL31...

9-7! Feeling 9 is very justified as the vault has a maia of Varda and a drolem inside... Currently standing outside, thinking what to do. Maia can't kill me from distance, but the drolem is definitely a problem with 261HP and no double rPoison. Maybe I get lucky and there is a potion of resist poison somewere on te level....
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Old March 23, 2020, 07:10   #4
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Morgoth is dead.

And I can agree with all who say that 4.2 mage is OP. Getting manabolt+fastcast+mana tap made everything easy with little planning, and adding mana storm, mass banishment and thrust away removed any need of planning too.

Sauron did no damage, and Morgoth managed to get in one nether attack. Any other damage in that fight came from mass banishing. Needed just 1 *healing* and maybe about 2 rMana for the whole fight and never moved from the spot it started.

Well, got a bit of luck with randarts too, had 4 immunities, all resistances and +40 speed (+ 2 rods of speed, artifact with long-lasting 75+d75 speed activation etc, so speed +50 in pretty much any fight...)
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Old March 23, 2020, 11:59   #5
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can you post a character dump?
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Detailed account of my Ironman win here.
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