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Old April 2, 2008, 05:08   #1
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The Official Bad Advice Thread

I figured we need a thread on here for all the bad advice, bad ideas, and words of "wisdom" we've accumulated over our adventures.

Here's mine; "Always read unidentified scrolls right before going into battle, you never know when you'll find a scroll of blessing that might have gone to waste otherwise."
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Old April 2, 2008, 07:13   #2
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Old April 2, 2008, 08:15   #3
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I figured we need a thread on here for all the bad advice, bad ideas, and words of "wisdom" we've accumulated over our adventures.

Here's mine; "Always read unidentified scrolls right before going into battle, you never know when you'll find a scroll of blessing that might have gone to waste otherwise."
Corollary: Always drink unidentified potions, eat unidentified mushrooms when low on HP. You might get lucky and find an OOD !of *Healing*, !ofStat Gain, or mushroom of restoring etc.
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Old April 2, 2008, 15:05   #4
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Fight drolems! They give lots of XP!
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Old April 2, 2008, 15:53   #5
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Corollary: Always drink unidentified potions, eat unidentified mushrooms when low on HP. You might get lucky and find an OOD !of *Healing*, !ofStat Gain, or mushroom of restoring etc.
Hey, that's not all that bad advice... in my experience at least most of the potions I've found are good ones; the bad ones are few and far between! Of course I rarely get a character past clvl/dlvl 10, so maybe the bad potions don't show up until deeper... :P If so, maybe a rebalance is in order to make the game a bit less predictable?

But here's some REAL bad advice: Always put on the first un-ID'd ring you find! (Rings, as you may have noticed, are the opposite of potions - the GOOD ones don't show up until deeper; the first few always seem to be weakness and aggravation! :P Rebalance?)
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Old April 2, 2008, 16:11   #6
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Old April 2, 2008, 16:21   #7
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Corollary: Always drink unidentified potions, eat unidentified mushrooms when low on HP. You might get lucky and find an OOD !of *Healing*, !ofStat Gain, or mushroom of restoring etc.
That's bad advice? I *always* try unID'd potions while wounded, and preferably when poisoned -- otherwise you won't be able to learn most of the potions. The same tends to be true of mushrooms, although the reward is less.

Other fun things to try with unID'd stuff:
* Shoot unID'd wands at interesting monsters. Fast uniques are particularly fun targets, but I can't remember whether you can learn Confuse, Sleep, or Scare with them.
* Use unID'd staffs and scrolls on new levels (not cleared levels). This is the best way to identify Detect Invisible, Evil, and Traps. The occasional summon whatsit isn't that dangerous, even with disconnected stairs. With staffs, it helps to be wounded, too.

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I normally try to quaff potions with I'm very very slightly injured or poisoned, etc. You don't want to quaff a potion of poison when you're at 2 HP though.
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always melee mystics, especially grand master mystics

I killed my promising Half-troll priest by drinking an un-id'd potion.. of death
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If you've reduced a unique to fleeing through your superior Mage-tastic firepower, you should definitely hit him with a Meteor Swarm to make sure he dies. Nothing says overkill like the sounds of drop destruction.

If you are forced to flee battle by teleporting away at low hp, you should definitely cast 'Light Area' before healing up. The chances of porting into line of sight of a Great Wyrm, Dracolich, Dracolisk, Death Drake, Drolem, Greater Basilisk, big breathing unique, fire-breathing major demons, a pack of nasty hounds, pack of nether-bolt-slinging undead, giants that throw boulders, or some mixture thereof.. are frankly too small to even mention.

You should continue to haul all manner of heavy gear back to town to sell through the mid-game. After all, you're almost certain to see some kind of awesome end-game gear like boots of speed (+3) for sale in town. Then won't you be glad you spent all that extra time wandering the dungeon at speed (-2).

You should continue to stay in the fight with a big melee'ing monster like a Great Wyrm as long as you're winning. You'll probably kill it next round, and in the unlikely event that you don't, there's basically no chance it'll hit with *all* of its melee attacks. Or something else will join the fray. After all, this is your last chance to kill a Great Wyrm - and you know it's carrying a tasty Ring of Speed (+18).

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