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Old October 7, 2017, 18:54   #1
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Rod of probing "that's all" message

Despite having played Angband on and off for years, somehow I only discovered that a rod of probing fills in all of the monster memory for the things it probes with my latest character.

Previously, I'd considered them fairly useless as they'd say something like "The nasty bastard has 1200 hit points. That's all". The "that's all" part of the message made me think that it was only telling me the monster's HP, when in fact it was filling in all of the monster memory.

After I understood the full power of the rod of probing, I kept a small stack of them, and found them a great help. With the following result:

http://angband.oook.cz/ladder-show.php?id=21122

I wonder if it might help others to replace "that's all" with "you now know everything about these monsters"?
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Old October 7, 2017, 20:45   #2
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Well done! Note that you won't have to carry rods of probing in future games, as you bow presumably have complete (or nearly so) monster memory. You can get the same effect by copying lib/gamedata/monster.txt into the lib/user directory and renaming it lore.txt.
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Old October 7, 2017, 22:04   #3
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Yeah, I've always wondered what that message was for. Probing has recently been made so it gives more complete monster details, but even so, it has always told you more than hitpoints. Maybe it means "that's all the monsters you can see"?
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