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Old May 23, 2010, 06:35   #1
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When do you feel sure about a character?

I'm wonder about this because I started up playing Angband after my last character got killed through unfairness/ignorance/not thinking quickly on my part. And I've lost the last 4 guys that I've started up to things above 1000'. See at low levels you have little to no margin for error. If Orcs catch you slippin' you are toasted. Although phase door scrolls can help out a great deal, but when you are low level everything is the same speed as you so you can't flee combat unless you have s potion of speed handy or a phase spell/scroll. I try not to get attached to characters because they can die pretty easily.

Although high level characters can die too, you can always *destruct* the area around you killing or getting rid of everything. You just have to do it so in that sense every high level character has an escape... you just have to pull out sooner rather than latter.

Angband in general doesn't favor people who leave things up to luck. Actually this is the thing that I love about Angband...you don't comeback from death. You F89k up you die.

So my question is when do you feel like you can relax a bit? Because at 12th lvl I'm detecting a lot and fleeing at the sight of Orc uniques. Hell I almost ran from Gollum. But he is much faster than me so I had to fight,but with phasing and arrows I was able to kill him pretty easily. But I just got a TO wand so now I'm ready to go deeper...I'm at lvl15 right now looking for free action and resist items.
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Old May 23, 2010, 06:46   #2
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Old May 23, 2010, 06:52   #3
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Usually right before I die...
See and I think that feeling safe actually can keep you alive since you aren't freaking out. I just find that I'm able to think my way out of things when I'm relaxed.
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Old May 23, 2010, 07:15   #4
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Finding that tricky balance of "calm panic" is what you're looking for. Many people have to experiment heavily with diving to get the right balance. When you're paying heavy attention to everything around you because you're too deep can keep you alive because you're focused, but if you're too deep then you get 1-shot by something nasty.

I think after you play enough and get used to the monsters and your abilities, you will find your calm panic and allow yourself to feel confident in yourself instead of confident in your character.

Ah the warming philosophy of Angband.
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Old May 23, 2010, 09:15   #6
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I feel pretty sure when I have all resists covered, plenty of fail-safe escapes (?destruct and ?tlevel or ?deep_descent if above dl97), at least 20 base speed and sources of haste, and a few pieces of big healing (!heal and above) and 18/200 con (or 800 hp).

I still don't feel safe, but I'm sure I have a good chance with such a character. (My personal score file is full of characters like this, all very dead except my one winner. *NEVER* get overconfident. If you think the low levels are bad with no mistakes, just wait it gets even worse, which makes this game so damn addicting!)
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r. base pois conf blind + telepathy + free action, 10+ base speed and you are safe. Dont run out of failproof escapes.
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I feel pretty sure when I have all resists covered, plenty of fail-safe escapes (?destruct and ?tlevel or ?deep_descent if above dl97), at least 20 base speed and sources of haste, and a few pieces of big healing (!heal and above) and 18/200 con (or 800 hp).

I still don't feel safe, but I'm sure I have a good chance with such a character. (My personal score file is full of characters like this, all very dead except my one winner. *NEVER* get overconfident. If you think the low levels are bad with no mistakes, just wait it gets even worse, which makes this game so damn addicting!)
Well I got all the way to Morgoth, with my last character and I died because I didn't keep a cool head : ( But I could have lived. See I feel like once your character is powerful you always have a way to survive. But at the low levels you need more luck and you have to be super cautious because that one mistake will end it all.
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r. base pois conf blind + telepathy + free action, 10+ base speed and you are safe. Dont run out of failproof escapes.
Sounds good to me: )
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Yes, at some point you can always escape if you keep a cool clear mind. But it's really annoying and exhausting when you have to flee 4 levels out of 5 because of hordes of enemies rushing towards you.
For me the most disturbing part of the game is dlvls 20-30. Just one word: hounds. Low HP and no escape. Even big poison breathers without rPoison at dlvl 40 don't irritate me that much. Even hanging out at dlvl 97 with three end-game uniques doesn't feel that bad, because you know there is a reward for taking the risk.
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