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Old May 20, 2017, 23:18   #31
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I looked at the character, and decided no. It's just too tedious starting with bad CON and a lot of useless DEX for a full caster. (Melee is useless until you have reasonable HP.) It clearly uses the default starting stats, which shortchanges CON badly. For full casters, recommend using 16-17 STR/MAG (magic) and even DEX/CON for remaining points, favoring CON. For half casters, reverse DEX and MAG, favoring DEX. That'll keep everyone reasonably happy. Thus:
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Warrior:     17/ 16/ 16/ 0*
Half-caster: 17/ 16/ 14/ 12*
Full-caster: 16/ 12/ 14/ 17

* or 16 STR, 17 DEX, if that gives better melee with a dagger.

It may be still need a bit of tweaking, but this is roughly right. (For rogue in particular, I really tend to ignore MAG stat.)
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Thanks, very helpful. I actually have some plans to unnerf breaths a little, which I'll try to get in soon.

I also hope to actually play the comp...
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Old May 21, 2017, 00:34   #32
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I looked at the character, and decided no. It's just too tedious starting with bad CON and a lot of useless DEX for a full caster. (Melee is useless until you have reasonable HP.) ....
It's a comp; it's supposed to be hard. Still, not as hard as the artifactless, forced-descent ranger Leon or the insane April Fool's Rocketband.
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Old May 21, 2017, 02:29   #33
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I looked at the character, and decided no. It's just too tedious starting with bad CON and a lot of useless DEX for a full caster. (Melee is useless until you have reasonable HP.) It clearly uses the default starting stats, which shortchanges CON badly. For full casters, recommend using 16-17 STR/MAG (magic) and even DEX/CON for remaining points, favoring CON. For half casters, reverse DEX and MAG, favoring DEX. That'll keep everyone reasonably happy. Thus:
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Class:      STR/DEX/CON/MAG
Warrior:     17/ 16/ 16/ 0*
Half-caster: 17/ 16/ 14/ 12*
Full-caster: 16/ 12/ 14/ 17

* or 16 STR, 17 DEX, if that gives better melee with a dagger.

It may be still need a bit of tweaking, but this is roughly right. (For rogue in particular, I really tend to ignore MAG stat.)
So just to clarify, you're suggesting this as the default starting stat distribution? What do others think?
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Old May 21, 2017, 02:36   #34
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So just to clarify, you're suggesting this as the default starting stat distribution? What do others think?
Looks reasonable to me. *shrug*
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Old May 21, 2017, 07:03   #35
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Yes. This distribution is roughly optimal. You don't want to waste too many points on the extremes, except for the most critical stats.
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So just to clarify, you're suggesting this as the default starting stat distribution? What do others think?
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Old May 21, 2017, 07:04   #36
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Sure. But I'd like the challenge to be a matter of intent, not accident.
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It's a comp; it's supposed to be hard. Still, not as hard as the artifactless, forced-descent ranger Leon or the insane April Fool's Rocketband.
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Sure. But I'd like the challenge to be a matter of intent, not accident.
I'm curious about the constitution thing. Usually casters in angband can melee okay if you give them a bunch of combat stats, which means you don't sit around forever in the early game waiting for your 3sp or whatever to regen. (I've always felt casters should start with much more SP.)

But putting points into early con... I've just never understood it. It does almost nothing for you early game, and I've always felt that statgain in vanilla is so fast and you have gobs of +Con arts that who cares? Also if you're going to be a pure caster, it feels like it would super not matter because nothing is hitting you.

I don't mind being point-ineffecient at birth because the early game sucks so bad in these games that it seems better to be viable at one thing at the start. By midgame you have more options that you can work with, as long as your offense stats are there.

Anyways, I'd be happy to see the default allocations change, but the selection in this comp wasn't an accident. I looked at it and figured this is probably how I would roughly play it.
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I'd probably even split dex/con on a priest on the grounds that neither are going to mater that much till I've been in stat gain for a bit. Chances are your weapons to heavy to get any extra blows with out a ton of !dex unless you find a thanc or forasgil & just ignore the pointy. Just about any wand off the ground is going to be better then your melee or grabbing a wand of wonder/stinking cloud/mm from the magic shop. I understand Pete's point a lot more if we're talking about a mage.

Otherwise I found the allocation just fine & could melee trash mobs around the point protection from evil & a bunch of AC started working.
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I'd probably even split dex/con on a priest on the grounds that neither are going to mater that much till I've been in stat gain for a bit. Chances are your weapons to heavy to get any extra blows with out a ton of !dex unless you find a thanc or forasgil & just ignore the pointy. Just about any wand off the ground is going to be better then your melee or grabbing a wand of wonder/stinking cloud/mm from the magic shop. I understand Pete's point a lot more if we're talking about a mage.

Otherwise I found the allocation just fine & could melee trash mobs around the point protection from evil & a bunch of AC started working.
I think whips are pretty common blunt weapon and get a lot of blows? I'd expect that to be a reliable weapon for a priest until spells kick in.
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I think whips are pretty common blunt weapon and get a lot of blows? I'd expect that to be a reliable weapon for a priest until spells kick in.
Testing with a start character half-orc priest comp allocation. Whip 1 blow, +1 str or +2 dex to get to 1.1. It's still not going to impress without being a very good whip.
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