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Old June 20, 2018, 05:22   #11
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There was a variant I played many years ago. Players were incredibly OP, hitting for 1000's before L10. Until you meet the baby mob that has 100% damage reflection.
I can't remember the name, but I remember a few rage-inducing moments.
The variant is Portralis, which used to be called New Angband. There were a lot of things that multiplied each other, so numbers got pretty ridiculously high. There are some interesting features, such as a pretty cool giant city, an elemental lord class that was a warrior-mage who could be built to take control of monsters based on their resistance to his element. Cursed weapons that were very powerful (more so than most equivalent artifacts) but caused crazy powerful mobs to spawn alongside the regulars (regenerate 100% of HP each turn, duplicate, etc).
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Old June 20, 2018, 07:31   #12
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Regarding FAangband I am confident that Nick will make something incredible with his announced project "Beleriand", once he is done with Angband.
I'm still so pumped for this!
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Old June 20, 2018, 13:35   #13
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The variant is Portralis, which used to be called New Angband. There were a lot of things that multiplied each other, so numbers got pretty ridiculously high. There are some interesting features, such as a pretty cool giant city, an elemental lord class that was a warrior-mage who could be built to take control of monsters based on their resistance to his element. Cursed weapons that were very powerful (more so than most equivalent artifacts) but caused crazy powerful mobs to spawn alongside the regulars (regenerate 100% of HP each turn, duplicate, etc).
That's the Beast! Thank you! Recognized the name right away once I read it.
Definitely not your usual Roguelike.
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Old June 20, 2018, 18:48   #14
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There were a lot of things that multiplied each other, so numbers got pretty ridiculously high.
Ah, the Diablo II school of roguelike design .

As to the thread: It's hard to argue that it's the best, but ToME2/Theme holds a special place in my heart as it was the first roguelike that I got seriously into... and still try to maintain as time allows. It's also reasonably faithful to the LoTR lore, so there's that too.
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Old June 20, 2018, 22:12   #15
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One of my old 'Most anticipated' and 'Most Hoped For' was Steamband.
Huge rework of Vanilla, then the Creator had to drop for as I recall real-life reasons. AFAIK the project has been dead since like 2005.
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Old June 21, 2018, 02:08   #16
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Poschengband development being finished and the last few versions being deeply flawed, I'd look to it's successors instead:
The author will never agree that it's flawed.
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Composband: this is my variant, I made it, therefore it's just right.

FrogComposband: this is a variant of my variant, I mildly disagree with many of the design decisions which is why someone else needed to make a variant. It's also being developed at a higher speed.
I'm still unsure what's the difference between them... Need to find time to play...
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Old June 21, 2018, 02:38   #17
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Cone on, the answer is obvious... ROCKETBAND !!!

Seriously though, I'd say FAAngband, but for being spoiled by the new Vanilla UI.
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Old July 6, 2018, 19:05   #18
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My favourite variant doesn't exist.
I think PosChengband has the most interesting classes, races, etc.
But I find the fixed world a bit grindy (always dying CL20-30 as I do).
Zangband (And then Z+) had random world map (towns, dungeons, quests, and surface "camps").
So my ideal variant would be poschengband (or its variands) with the Zangband style world.

The two I've played/enoyed the most are Tome2 and Poschengband. The only one I've ever won was Tome4 (twice!)
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Old July 9, 2018, 09:41   #19
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Every variant maintainer will say his variant is the best
Try PWMAngband

About other variants:
- Sil: can't be considered really as a "variant", but its clearly the most balanced of all
- Pos (frog version): one step away from being the best variant, unfortunately I won't ever be interested in playing Posxxx based variants until someone comes with a proper themed variant (Morgoth should summon Nazguls... not the Knights "who say Ni and shout Omae wa mou shindeiru!")
- Beleriand: most promising variant, developed and played by our grandchildren someday...
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Old July 9, 2018, 13:17   #20
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It is clearly Rocketband.
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