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Old April 15, 2018, 20:02   #1
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Ironman first attempt, first level, first scroll is....

So, I decided to dive into the deep end of the Angband pool, and work a half orc fighter on an ironman.
First level. Mangle a couple of centipedes ..
First scroll I find.... save for later? Read now? Meh, Int 7. Me read now.

"The air around you starts to swirl ...."

I suppose it's best to get that over with early. Shoulda waited until I'd scummed the dungeon, tho.
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Old April 15, 2018, 20:28   #2
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I turn on 'know all flavors from birth' option. Doing so doesn't make an ironman game much more easy but does make it much less annoying.
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Old April 15, 2018, 21:07   #3
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I turn on 'know all flavors from birth' option. Doing so doesn't make an ironman game much more easy but does make it much less annoying.
Well, the lesson I learned there (that game ended right fast - four lemures) is that one reads scrolls and tries potions after beating up on a few mushroom patches and gaining some HP.

Take two working better. Well, still alive and punching at DL4.
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Old April 15, 2018, 21:52   #4
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Alternatively, buy a !Hero to help you out in emergencies like this. or even ?Bless. It'll let you kill the first lemure, then you'll be DL 7, and the rest will drop fast. You can get more money by giving up a point or two of stats.
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Old April 16, 2018, 01:03   #5
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Alternatively, buy a !Hero to help you out in emergencies like this. or even ?Bless. It'll let you kill the first lemure, then you'll be DL 7, and the rest will drop fast. You can get more money by giving up a point or two of stats.
Second time through: spate of just awful luck. Twice hit trapdoors, hit the descent, then ona 2-9, buggered it up by reading a scroll of teleport into the second 9-2 of the journey.
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Old April 16, 2018, 02:36   #6
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I don't read scrolls on good levels for this reason. I feel yer pain.
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Old April 16, 2018, 12:03   #7
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I don't read scrolls on good levels for this reason. I feel yer pain.
Well, learning curves, right? So now the protocol is pretty simple: try all new scrolls at the top of the stairs going down to the next level on the understanding that
a) If it's a DD, you only really lose four levels, not five
b) if it's a Teleport Level, you lose nothing
c) If you end up summoning something nasty, you just step downstairs and avoid it
d) if it's actually not something that will kill you, and may actually help, you can step into the next level buffed with whatever goodness you have.

I'm enjoying (in a frustrated way) this recent challenge.

-take three died wretchedly due to lack of armor.... mainly due to having various black dragons, black dragonflies, acid traps and ochre jellies reducing its armor to dust. Try wandering anywhere south of DL10 with an AC of 6.

Now trying for a fifth time, same setup.
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What is your starting setup?
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Old April 16, 2018, 17:24   #9
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What is your starting setup?
Factory half-orc fighter; purchasing gear as available. This time went in with light leather armor, six CLW, one CCW (no CSWs for sale), cap, shield, dagger, 10 iron shots (throw 'em if you got 'em) and 10 PD scrolls. Started this morn (sick, but what the heck) and now CL22/DL17. Nicest pickup so far was white dragon scale of quality, dropped in a nasty running battle with Orfax on L10 - a battle that chewed up a large portion of my PD scrolls.

It's interesting how different these games can be, depending on what the randomizer throws out. Normally, at this point in a dungeon, there's been a wand of mm, want of stinking cloud .... but nothing.
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Don't bother buying armor; you'll find plenty in the dungeon. Spend the money on Heroism, CLW, Phase Door, more light, etc.
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