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Old February 8, 2019, 23:28   #11
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Ninja/dagashi are a bit off-putting. Dark elves I'd prefer named something else
I also think that Ninja sounds not Angbandish, but Nethackish. At the same time Dark Elves are very traditional stuff to Angband imho.

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corsairs, southrons, black Numenoreans, Feanorian elves, ruffians, shirriffs, men of Angmar..
Considering 'variags'.. In Russian 'variag' mean 'viking' - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varyag; at the same time we also have 'viking' word. We call 'variags' guys who estabilished Russia as a country (~850 AD). Not sure that I would like to see this guys at the game @ dark side

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Regarding Nick's original post, I'm less interested in the Tolkienisation of (Vanilla) Angband as in the preservation of Moria.
Yes, I'm not fun of Tolkienisation either, if it make traditional stuff go away. I think Angband has quite a lot of Tolkien and maybe it's good idea even to add more stuff from DnD... And Moria of course could be good example. But this is my personal (not expert) opinion, I just feel it like this (at the same time I huge fun of Tolkien and I've read his books dozen times)
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Old February 9, 2019, 03:00   #12
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Dagashis are from the David Eddings books, sames as Algroths were.
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Old February 9, 2019, 13:01   #13
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Dagashi IRL:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagashi

I'm imagining, like, a ninja whose speed comes from being on a sugar high.
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Old February 9, 2019, 18:10   #14
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Regarding Nick's original post, I'm less interested in the Tolkienisation of (Vanilla) Angband as in the preservation of Moria. Here's the list of Moria persons/humanoids (courtesy of Mor. Preserv. Soc.). I'd be sorry to see more of them go.
I'm on board with this too. More important than being Tolkein-y, I like it when you can monster behavior leans in to what I already know. If I'm seeing a Berserker or a Master Thief for the first time, I can immediately make an educated guess about their behavior, and I wouldn't want to lose that.
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Old February 9, 2019, 23:53   #15
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On a slightly different (and possibly annoying) note, could I politely ask people to correctly spell "Tolkien"? We've had three errors in this thread.
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Old February 13, 2019, 01:28   #16
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On a slightly different (and possibly annoying) note, could I politely ask people to correctly spell "Tolkien"? We've had three errors in this thread.
i before e except after c.
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Old February 13, 2019, 06:46   #17
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Thanks for the discussion.

I'm not unsympathetic to the desire to keep old Moria monsters, but I think starting with the plan to retain all the remaining ones is not a constraint I want to impose. On the other hand, I will keep that list in mind.

So my rough plan is:
  • Do an update of the idea of having the player classes represented as people, more accurately where possible (ie using as far as possible spells the classes would be likely to have) but only to two levels (eg acolyte/priest, scout/ranger)
  • For the remainder - higher level non-unique people, and non-unique humanoids - I'll be trying to roughly fill the niche that those monsters are filling with humans/hobbits/elves/dwarves that feel as if they fit in with the uniques
This idea felt right to me when I finally came up with it; let me know what you think.
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Old February 13, 2019, 15:32   #18
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I was reading up on Numenor, in connection with the main thread. It's remarkable that the leader of an invasion of Valinor that the world had to be completely remade to foil has a native depth of 55. I do feel like Ar-Pharazon should be something of a culmination of the 'p' line, and he currently is (the only deeper 'p's are the grand master mystic and the Mouth of Sauron), but having him appear in the levels that pretty much everyone dives past seems uncharitable. I think that when the 'p' line is being overhauled, they should be made one of the groups that retains threats even into the 80s, like 'W' and 'L' and 'U' and 'D' and 'A'. If there were 'p's in the 70s, and Ar-Pharazon appeared in the 80s, and was able to summon them, I think that would be perfectly reasonable. Additionally, I think it would not be terribly out of place to have Turin as a unique in the 90s. He is one of the most imposing characters in the legendarium, and he's fated to kill Morgoth, is a giant egotist, and has never made a good decision in his life, so there are plenty of reasons for him to fight the player. The deeper parts are also somewhat missing a heavily melee-focused unique, most of them have strong melee but are mostly scary because of breaths and other spells. If Hurin could do ~600 damage in melee, and also had ways to make it harder to just phase around him (tele_to, maybe even some sort of teleport interdiction, or AI that avoids being shootable) he could be an interesting fight.

As for 'h', I think perhaps the main thing missing is the sons of Feanor. And perhaps some powerful dwarves, but outside of making up some ring-holders, I don't really see a way to get any. But mostly the sons of Feanor. I'm not sure how set we are on chronology, because there is sort of no way for the sons of Feanor to have acquired the silmarils while Morgoth still has his crown, but they do at one point have them and those have a lot of power. They all have personalities or quirks that could be adapted into unique fights, I feel.
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Some random thoughts on the below:

> Ninjas and dagashis are good, interesting creatures that tend to scare me at depth (Unless I have susstr). I would be sad to see them go. But their names jar with me. Horribly.


> Enchantresses, demonologists and necromancers are just about THE most interesting creatures at their depth - please don't discard them!


> I am hugely attached to death knights and blood knights (like, seriously fangirling). To me, level 30 means the former and level 40 the latter. Do I have the HP to take a curse from them? Probably not. So how am I going to deal with them?


> @Clearshade - that's good knowledge! I never knew that.


> @Derakon - your comment about legibility is 100% not unfounded concern and should not lightly be dismissed.


> I have never played Moria, but I think Greedy Little Gomes sound wonderful. Unless you're doing away with gnomes, Nick?...


> Tolkein
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Anyone who can bash Morgoth with a standard, store-bought, shovel can spell "Tolkien" any way he wants in my book.
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