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Old February 23, 2019, 22:55   #1
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First meeting with Morgoth

I played Moria a fair amount about 20 years ago. A conversation at work re-sparked my interest, which led me to Angband, which I've been enjoying quite a bit.

After several deaths I decided to try something different and play an iron man game which to my great surprise and pleasure was my most successful adventure.

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Some of the success is surely due simply to experience and research, but I do agree that the game is designed well to allow players to succeed and learn with little (or no) visits to the town level - a great feature of this descendant of Moria.

In this case I went down to level 99 thinking I probably did not have enough healing/life potions to kill both Sauron and Morgoth. In the end, I had Morgoth down to 50% and wonder if I might have been able to engineer the victory with better strategy.

My actual undoing seems to be that my 3.7 speed vs his 4.0 speed eventually allowed him to have two un-countered rounds of attack, and they were both storms of raw magic.

Likely, I would have perished later anyway, but does make me wonder what would have happened if I was wearing my +10 ring of speed (which would get me to 4.0 speed) instead of Nenya, which is a great ring, but only +5 speed.

I guess I'm curious to get opinions on whether one can win, while conserving healing/life potions by simply teleporting Morgoth away many times - he seems to regenerate some, but not completely by the time he returns.

Another thing I'm interested to hear opinions about: I found the short sword Sting fairly early on and swear I never found a better weapon the rest of the time, at least not based on damage per round, which doesn't take into account that Sting also gives +3 speed. I think I found some great weapons, but when damage modifiers get applied 8 times per round Sting seems extremely effective. Another advantage of the light weapon is the ability to wear/carry heavier/more items.
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