The Angband Ladder: Mighty Angry, Barbarian Rage-Mage by chris

  [Chengband 0.0.93 Character Dump]

                          Name  : Mighty Angry

 Sex      : Male             Age                19   STR!:  18/***
 Race     : Barbarian        Height             77   INT :      17
 Class    : Rage-Mage        Weight            189   WIS :      14
 Magic    : Rage             Social Class       44   DEX!:   18/90
                             Align         Chaotic   CON!:  18/***
                                                     CHR :   18/55

 Two hands       (+62,+46)   Hit point    771/ 892   Fighting   : Legendary[17]
                             SP (Mana)     38/ 474   Bows/Throw : Heroic
 Blows/Round           5+0                           SavingThrow: Heroic
 AverageDmg/Rnd     1323+0   Level              40   Stealth    : Very Bad
                             Experience    2477972   Perception : Fair
 Shooting      (+37,+24+8)   Max Exp       2477972   Searching  : Good
 Multiplier          x6.00   Exp to Adv    3050000   Disarming  : Good
 Shots/Round          0.75   Gold           493229   MagicDevice: Fair
                                                     SpellPower : +0%
 AC               [51,+56]   Time     Day 48  1:56   DevicePower: +0%
 Speed                (+9)   Play time    14:28:34   Infravision: 70 feet

                         (Character Background)
          You are one of several children of a Townsman.  You are a
          credit to the family.  You have dark brown eyes, straight
          brown hair, and an average complexion.

          ...Now, you are in Angwil.

 Sex   : Male          Stat    BaseRacClaPerMod ActualCurrent  abcdefghijkl@
 Race  : Barbarian     STR!:  18/90  3  3  2  8 18/***         ..3......32..
 Class : Rage-Mage     INT :  18/43 -2 -2 -2  0     17         .............
 Level : 40            WIS :  18/01 -1  0 -1 -3     14         6........3...
 Hits  : 771/892       DEX!:  18/80  1 -2  0  2  18/90         ...........2.
 Mana  : 38/474        CON!: 18/130  2  2  1  5 18/***         .........32..
                       CHR :  18/75  0 -2  0  0  18/55         .............
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         abcdefghijkl@            abcdefghijkl@                abcdefghijkl@
 Acid  : ............#    Sound : .......+.....    Speed     : +...+.+..+.+.
 Elec  : ........++...    Nether: .............    FreeAction: .....+....+..
 Fire  : .........+..#    Nexus : .............    SeeInvisi.: .....++..+...
 Cold  : .........+...    Chaos : ........++...    Hold Life : ......+......
 Poison: ........+...#    Disnch: .............    Warning   : .............
 Light : .........+...    Fear  : ........+...#    SlowDigest: .............
 Dark  : .............    Reflct: .............    Regene.   : .........+...
 Shard : .......+.+...    AuFire: .............    Levitation: ........+....
 Blind : .........+...    AuElec: .............    Perm Lite : .........+...
 Conf  : ..+......+...    AuCold: .............    Cursed    : .............

                                        (                              (
             ab@                abcdefghijkl@                  abcdefghijkl@
 Slay Evil : ...    Telepathy : .............    Add Blows   : ...+.........
 Slay Und. : ...    ESP Evil  : .............    Add Tunnel  : .............
 Slay Demon: ...    ESP Noliv.: .............    Add Infra   : .....+.......
 Slay Drag.: ...    ESP Good  : .............    Add Device  : .............
 Slay Human: ...    ESP Undead: .............    Add Stealth : +..........+.
 Slay Anim.: ...    ESP Demon : .........+...    Add Search  : .....+.......
 Slay Orc  : ...    ESP Dragon: .....+.......
 Slay Troll: ...    ESP Human : .............    Riding      : .............
 Slay Giant: ...    ESP Animal: .............    Throw       : .............
 Acid Brand: ...    ESP Orc   : .............    Blessed     : .............
 Elec Brand: ...    ESP Troll : .............    No Teleport : .............
 Fire Brand: ...    ESP Giant : .............    Anti Magic  : .............
 Cold Brand: ...                                 Econom. Mana: .............
 Poison Brd: ...    Sust Str  : .............
 Sharpness : ...    Sust Int  : .............    Drain Exp   : .............
 Quake     : +..    Sust Wis  : .............    Rnd.Teleport: .............
 Vampiric  : ...    Sust Dex  : .............    Aggravate   : .............
 Chaotic   : ...    Sust Con  : .............    TY Curse    : .............
 Force Wep.: ...    Sust Chr  : .............

  [Option Settings]

 Preserve Mode:      ON
 Small Levels:       OFF
 Arena Levels:       OFF

  [Recall Depth]

    Angband         : level  36
    Yeek cave       : level   5
   !Labyrinth       : level  18
    Dragon's lair   : level  60
    Anti-melee cave : level  40

  [Quest Information]

< Completed Quest >
  Thieves Hideout                          (Danger  level:   5) - level  3
  Warg problem                             (Danger  level:   5) - level 10
  Lousy, the King of Louses                (Dungeon level:   6) - level 10
  The Variant Maintainer                   (Dungeon level:  12) - level 22
  Orc Camp                                 (Danger  level:  15) - level 22
  The Sewer                                (Danger  level:  15) - level 22
  Doom Quest 1                             (Danger  level:  15) - level 23
  Jaian, the Boss of the Kids              (Dungeon level:  24) - level 25
  The Vault                                (Danger  level:  30) - level 27
  Old Man Willow Quest                     (Danger  level:  22) - level 29
  Dark Elven Lords Quest                   (Danger  level:  25) - level 29
  The Barrow Downs                         (Danger  level:  35) - level 29
  The Mimic's Treasure                     (Danger  level:  25) - level 34
  The Cloning Pits                         (Danger  level:  45) - level 37
  Vapor Quest                              (Danger  level:  25) - level 38
  The Lonely Mountain                      (Danger  level:  45) - level 38
  The Old Castle                           (Danger  level:  50) - level 39

< Failed Quest >
  Logrus Master                            (Danger  level:  25) - level 27

 Arena:  0 Victory

  [Defeated Monsters]

You have defeated 10875 enemies including 74 unique monsters in total.

< Unique monsters top 10 >
  Bramd the Ice Dragon                     (level  60)
  Ancalagon the Black                      (level  58)
  Nappa the Saiyan                         (level  50)
  Fafner the Dragon                        (level  47)
  Itangast the Fire Drake                  (level  47)
  Smaug the Golden                         (level  45)
  Scatha the Worm                          (level  44)
  Strygalldwir                             (level  41)
  Jasra, Brand's Mistress                  (level  40)
  M. Bison                                 (level  40)


Your alighnment : Chaotic

You are the polar opposite of Valour.
You are a champion of Justice.
You are the living embodiment of Temperance.
You are the polar opposite of Compassion.
You are the polar opposite of Honour.
You are a bitter enemy of Patience.
You are virtuous in Sacrifice.
You are an enemy of Diligence.

  [Character Equipment]

a) The Ball-and-Chain 'Iron ball' (25d4) (+7,+7) [+20] (-6)
b) (wielding with two-hands)
c) The Heavy Crossbow 'Ballista' (x5) (+10,+24) (+3)
d) a Ring of Extra Attacks (+2 attacks)
e) a Ring of Speed (+9)
f) an Amulet of the Magi [+7] (+7 to searching) {~D}
g) The Star of Elendil (+1 to speed)
h) Law Dragon Scale Mail (-2) [40,+21]
i) a Pair of Dragon Wings [4,+21] {ElPoCaFe}
j) The Golden Crown of Amber [0,+15] (+3) {Sh~U, !! !s!d!k}
k) The Set of Leather Gloves 'Cambeleg' (+8,+8) [1,+15] (+2)
l) a Pair of Metal Shod Boots of Thievery [6,+7] (+2 to speed)

  [Character Inventory]

a) 45 Potions of Cure Critical Wounds {25% off}
b) 3 Potions of Healing {!k!q}
c) 37 Scrolls of Teleportation {25% off}
d) 11 Rods of Trap Location {@z1!s!d!k}
e) 5 Rods of Recall {@zr!s!d!k!!}
f) 3 Rods of Detection {@z3!s!d!k!!}
g) 7 Wands of Teleport Other (84 charges) {@at!s!d!k}
h) a Staff of Perception (21 charges) {@u1}
i) a Staff of Speed (8 charges) {@us}
j) The Pair of Soft Leather Boots of Frodo (+1,+1) [4,+8] (+2)
k) The Katana 'Kusanagi-no-tsurugi' (4d4) (+15,+15) (+3 to stealth)

  [Home Inventory]

 ( page 1 )
a) 2 Rage Spellbooks [Northern Frights] {@mb!k}
b) 2 Rage Spellbooks [The Sound and the Fury] {@mc!k}
c) 3 Hex Spellbooks [Curse and Spelling]
d) 2 Books of Kendo [Gorinnosho]
e) 4 Song Books [Harps of Rivendell]
f) 2 Song Books [Lays of Beleriand]
g) 2 Necromancy Spellbooks [Return of the Dead]
h) 3 Crusade Spellbooks [Exorcism and Dispelling]
i) a Daemon Spellbook [Hellfire Tome]
j) 4 Craft Spellbooks [Note of Acting Master]
k) an Arcane Spellbook [Manual of Mastery]
l) a Trump Spellbook [Trumps of Doom]

 ( page 2 )
a) a Trump Spellbook [Five Aces]
b) a Death Spellbook [Black Channels]
c) a Chaos Spellbook [Chaos Channels]
d) 2 Nature Spellbooks [Nature's Gifts]
e) 3 Nature Spellbooks [Nature's Wrath]
f) 2 Sorcery Spellbooks [Pattern Sorcery]
g) a Life Spellbook [Book of the Unicorn]
h) 8 Mushrooms of Restoring {!E}
i) 12 Potions of Speed {!k!q}
j) a Potion of Resist Heat {!k!q}
k) 3 Potions of Resist Cold {!k!q}
l) 38 Potions of Cure Critical Wounds

 ( page 3 )
a) 12 Potions of Healing {!k!q}
b) 7 Potions of *Healing* {!k!q}
c) a Potion of Life {!k!q}
d) 9 Potions of Restore Mana {!k!q}
e) 21 Potions of Restore Life Levels
f) 3 Potions of Dexterity {!k}
g) 8 Potions of Enlightenment
h) a Potion of Self Knowledge
i) 9 Potions of Resistance {!k!q}
j) 9 Potions of Curing
k) 8 Scrolls of Phase Door {25% off}
l) 12 Scrolls of Identify {@r1}

 ( page 4 )
a) 2 Scrolls of *Identify*
b) 16 Scrolls of Remove Curse {25% off}
c) a Scroll of *Remove Curse*
d) a Scroll of Enchant Weapon To-Hit
e) a Scroll of Recharging
f) 6 Scrolls of Protection from Evil
g) 7 Scrolls of *Destruction* {!*}
h) 8 Rods of Trap Location {@z1!s!d!k}
i) a Rod of Teleport Other
j) 3 Rods of Stone to Mud
k) 8 Wands of Stone to Mud (96 charges) {@a1}
l) a Wand of Disintegrate (4 charges)

 ( page 5 )
a) a Wand of Dragon's Flame (4 charges)
b) a Wand of Dragon's Breath (5 charges)
c) 8 Staffs of Perception (8x 21 charges) {@u1}
d) a Staff of Perception (20 charges) {@u1}
e) a Staff of Perception (17 charges) {@u1}
f) a Staff of Perception (13 charges) {@u1}
g) 2 Staffs of Starlight (2x 12 charges)
h) a Staff of Detect Evil (2 charges)
i) 5 Staffs of Curing (5x 8 charges)
j) a Staff of Curing (7 charges)
k) 2 Staffs of Curing (2x 5 charges)
l) 3 Staffs of Speed (3x 8 charges) {@us}

 ( page 6 )
a) a Staff of Speed (6 charges)
b) a Staff of Speed (5 charges) {@us}
c) a Staff of Holiness (3 charges)
d) a Staff of *Destruction* (5 charges) {!u!s!d!k}
e) a Staff of *Destruction* (4 charges) {!u!s!d!k}
f) a Staff of *Destruction* (3 charges) {!u!s!d!k}
g) a Ring of Levitation
h) a Ring of Protection [+19]
i) a Ring of Protection [+15]
j) a Ring of Ice [+12]
k) a Ring of Poison Resistance
l) 2 Rings of Free Action

 ( page 7 )
a) a Ring of See Invisible
b) a Ring of Strength (+3)
c) a Ring of Constitution (+3)
d) a Ring of Damage (+14)
e) 2 Rings of Speed (+3)
f) The Ring 'Frakir' (+1)
g) 3 Rings of Light and Darkness Resistance
h) a Ring of Light and Darkness Resistance and Acid bolt
i) 4 Rings of Nexus Resistance
j) a Ring of Sound Resistance
k) 4 Rings of Confusion Resistance
l) 2 Rings of Shard Resistance

 ( page 8 )
a) a Ring of Chaos Resistance
b) a Ring of Extra Shots and Light
c) an Amulet of Searching and Stealth (+3)
d) an Amulet of Charisma and Levitation (+1)
e) an Amulet of the Magi [+4] (+6 to searching) {~PZ}
f) an Amulet of the Magi [+4] (+3 to searching) {~Good~TP}
g) an Amulet of Reflection {!*}
h) an Amulet of Resistance {Po}
i) an Amulet of Resistance
j) an Amulet of Resistance (Defender) [+2] (+4 to stealth) {Po}
k) The Feanorian Lamp 'Moonglow' (+2 to stealth) {ChSl}
l) The Incandescent Light of Yeduson (+3 to infravision)

 ( page 9 )
a) The Phial of Galadriel (+1 to searching)
b) The Stone of Lore
c) Black Dragon Scale Mail (-2) [40,+15]
d) Blue Dragon Scale Mail (-2) [40,+17]
e) White Dragon Scale Mail (-2) [40,+19]
f) White Dragon Scale Mail (-2) [40,+17]
g) The Chain Mail of Arvedui (-2) [14,+15] (+2) {Po}
h) Double Ring Mail of Resistance (-2) [15,+7] {Nx}
i) Augmented Chain Mail of Resistance (-2) [16,+12] {Po}
j) The Augmented Chain Mail of Caspanion (-2) [16,+20] (+3) {Bl}
k) Bar Chain Mail of Elvenkind (-2) [18,+15] (+3 to stealth) {Bl}
l) The Metal Brigandine Armour of the Rohirrim [19,+15] (+2) {Fe}

 ( page 10 )
a) Partial Plate Armour (Dwarven) (-3) [27,+14] (+1)
b) The Mithril Chain Mail of Bilbo (+1,+1) [28,+7] (+1 to speed)
c) Adamantite Plate Mail of Resist Cold (-4) [40,+11]
d) Hard Studded Leather of Resistance (-1) [7,+13] {Sh}
e) Hard Studded Leather of Resistance (-1) [7,+14] {Nx}
f) Rhino Hide Armour of Elvenkind (-1) [8,+16] (+1 to stealth) {Ca}
g) Cord Armour of Resistance [6,+5] {Sh}
h) The Leather Scale Mail 'Heatsink' (-1) [11,+9] (+2 to infravision) {If;Fi}
i) The Leather Scale Mail 'Thalkettoth' (-1) [11,+25] (+3) {Nt}
j) Black Clothes [4,+15] (+4 to stealth)
k) a Cloak of Thievery [1,+12] (+1 to speed)
l) a Cloak of Thievery [1,+8] (+1 to speed)

 ( page 11 )
a) The Cloak of Merry (+1,+1) [1,+7] (+1)
b) an Elven Cloak [4,+9] (+4 to stealth)
c) an Elven Cloak of Protection [4,+20] (+1 to stealth)
d) a Fur Cloak of the Bat (-10,-12) [3,-2] (+2)
e) a Small Leather Shield of Reflection [3,+11]
f) a Small Leather Shield of Night and Day [3,+9]
g) a Large Leather Shield of Resistance [6,+15] {Nx}
h) a Large Leather Shield of Reflection [6,+5]
i) a Large Metal Shield of Resistance [8,+8] {Li}
j) a Knight's Shield of Reflection [10,+7]
k) an Iron Crown of Lordliness [0,+11] (+2)
l) a Golden Crown of Telepathy [0,+7] {~Tele~D, !s!d!k}

 ( page 12 )
a) a Golden Crown of Might [0,+8] (+2) {Fe}
b) a Golden Crown of the Magi [0,+9] (+3) {Dk;Sd}
c) The Metal Cap of Thengel [3,+12] (+3) [+23%]
d) an Iron Helm of Darkness [5,+8]
e) a Dragon Helm [8,+13] {BlSo}
f) The Set of Leather Gloves of Pippin (+0,+0) [1,+7] (+1)
g) a Set of Gauntlets of Magic Mastery [2,+13] (+3) <+15%>
h) a Set of Gauntlets of Slaying (+4,+3) [2,+8]
i) The Set of Gauntlets 'Living Armour' [2,+16] (+2) {CnCh;FaWr(Cn}
j) The Set of Gauntlets of Thanos (-11,-12) [2,+0] (+2) {cursed}
k) a Set of Dragon Gloves [4,+24] {CoCaDiFe}
l) a Set of Dragon Gloves [4,+19] {NxFe}

 ( page 13 )
a) a Pair of Hard Leather Boots of Thievery [3,+4] (+2 to speed)
b) a Pair of Dragon Boots [5,+23] {Sh}
c) a Pair of Dragon Boots [5,+14] {CoPoSo}
d) a Pair of Dragon Boots [5,+17] {ElNt}
e) The Dagger of Fiona (2d4) (+6,+9) (+2)
f) The Dagger of Rilia (2d4) (+4,+3)
g) The Rapier 'Forasgil' (1d6) (+12,+19)
h) The Small Sword 'Sting' (1d6) (+9,+9) (+2 attacks) {Sh}
i) The Sabre 'Careth Asdriag' (1d7) (+6,+8) (+1 attack)
j) The Cutlass 'Gondricam' (1d7) (+10,+11) (+3)
k) The Broad Sword 'Glamdring' (2d5) (+10,+15) (+1 to searching) {Di}
l) The Long Sword 'Joyeuse' (3d6) (+15,+9) (+3) {Wi;Bs|M/L}

 ( page 14 )
a) a Katana of Venom (3d4) (+5,+8)
b) The Katana 'Zantetsuken' (8d4) (+17,+21) (+2)
c) a Two-Handed Sword of Slaying (4d7) (+4,+6) {|S}
d) The Two-Handed Sword 'Twilight' (4d6) (-40,-60) [-50] (+10 to speed)
e) a Zweihander of Slaying (5d7) (+11,+15)
f) 2 Poison Needles (1d1) (+0,+0)
g) The Spear of Hagen (1d6) (+11,+13) (+3 to speed)
h) The Beaked Axe 'Distorter' (2d6) (+8,+9) (+3) {Ch;Ca|Ca}
i) The Broad Axe 'Barukkheled' (2d6) (+13,+19) (+3)
j) a Glaive (Trump) (2d6) (+9,+11) (+2 to searching) {Cf/U}
k) a Guisarme (Trump) (2d5) (+7,+9) (+2 to searching)
l) The Battle Axe of Balli Stonehand (3d8) (+8,+11) [+5] (+3)

 ( page 15 )
a) The Lochaber Axe of the Dwarves (3d8) (+12,+17) (+10 to searching)
b) a Heavy Lance (Blessed) (4d8) (+10,+8) (+2)
c) The Fishingpole of Taikobo (1d1) (+0,+0)
d) The Ball-and-Chain of the Defender of the Crown (5d4) (+0,+20) (+3)
e) a Morning Star (Defender) (2d6) (+8,+6) [+5] (+4 to stealth) {Dk(Dx}
f) a Two-Handed Flail of Venom (3d6) (+7,+6)
g) The Short Bow of Robin Hood (x4) (+15,+17) (+2) {Di}
h) 34 Steel Bolts (3d5) (+4,+4) (230/172)
i) 20 Seeker Bolts (6d5) (+2,+1) (266/199)
j) a Capture Ball (empty)
k) The Corpse of Greater Hell-Beast {Wanted!k!k!k}
l) The Corpse of Robin Hood, the Outlaw {Wanted!k!k!k}

 ( page 16 )
a) The Corpse of Nami, the Mate {Wanted!k!k!k}
b) The Corpse of The Wounded Bear {Wanted!k!k!k}
c) 2 Corpses of Smaug the Golden {Wanted!k!k!k}


 ( page 1 )
a) The Feanorian Lamp 'Lucky Star' {AcFiSh;Ds}
b) The Feanorian Lamp of Echolocation {cursed, Ac;AgDs[T(Cn}
c) The Phial of Tenser (+3) {St;BlFe;HlDs[M}
d) The T-shirt 'I killed the GHB and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!' [1,+0]
e) The Broken Dagger of Magician (1d1) (+0,+0)
f) The Long Sword 'Excalipur' (5d5) (-50,-50) [-5] (-3)

  [Check Sum: "0771eabbdac3bdb9ec"]

Posted on 12.2.2012 19:22
Last updated on 27.4.2012 14:33

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On 12.2.2012 19:22 chris wrote:
[CL20:Sewer] 00:53
Somehow, I managed to kill the Crocodile with AC 2 and base speed 0. It laughed at my shouts, but was somehow less deadly than I in melee.

Now, I've leveled up some more by shouting down crowds of undead masses, so AC is again negative :(

I wonder if I can shout thru the Orcs?

On 12.2.2012 20:48 wrote:
Uh, Chris? The rage-mage doesn't work in the latest downloads because some of the txt files aren't updated...

On 12.2.2012 21:52 chris wrote:
Can you give details on what is not working? I just unzipped the 0.0.87 release but can't find any issues. Thanks!

On 12.2.2012 22:01 wrote:
It's an issue with k_info and m_info: k_info doesn't have the rage-mage books and m_info doesn't have an entry for the rage-mage. The files from the source do have the right entries for them though, they just aren't in the 0.0.87 zip file.

On 12.2.2012 22:08 wrote:
Oh, and looking at Spell Proficiency shows a lot of (null)s :p

On 12.2.2012 22:14 wrote:
And hopefully the last one: s_info also didn't have the rage-mage entry.

On 12.2.2012 22:27 chris wrote:
Crap ... I mean shoot :)

Well, I did just switch machines so I had to setup my release process again. I do some xcopies from my build space to a clean space before building zipfiles, and the timestamps were, for some reason, newer in the clean space.

Hopefully it is fixed now in 0.0.88?

On 12.2.2012 22:36 wrote:
Yep, everything works fine now. Thanks :)

On 12.2.2012 22:50 chris wrote:
Cool ... Thanks for catching that as I probably would never have noticed!

On 12.2.2012 23:28 chris wrote:
[CL23:DL20] 01:39
I sold a Spiritual Enlightenment for 25k for a +14 damage ring (32k). That's a fair trade I will make every time :)

My lucky Sound and the Fury is staying at home until L26 for Barbaric resistance. Force Brand would be more useful, but I'm betting on getting a second copy by L35 even if it means facing up to Smaug.

Awesome Blow fails too high to use at the moment (53%), so I'll probably pick Str again at L25 despite a low intrinsic (and a high Con intrinsic, which would be my preferred choice). For the time being, I'm shouting, evading, berserking, and trying not to die which is all too easy with my lousy AC.

Oh, I just noticed I can learn Greater Shout now, so I'll need to look for another Northern Frights from the shops. Shout is far too whimpy but Greater Shout should be OK at 13d8.

On 14.2.2012 23:18 chris wrote:
[CL29:DE Lords] 03:26
Hmm ... That light source would be nice except for the Antimagic. And the darkness. Actually, I'm not sure who would like that light??

So far, I think the early game for this class needs some work.

[1] My only offense other than melee remains Shout as Greater Shout fails over 30% still, despite my massive 18/156 strength. Still, I don't think 60 damage for 21 sp would help much anyway.

[2] Awesome blow does less than normal melee. I've only managed to cast it once successfully all game, which was vs an Emperor Wight when I noticed that the damage was less than straight melee.

[3] Given 1&2, the -39 AC is hugely detrimental. I'm still meleeing, but monsters like Stone Giants are life threatening.

[4] The spell mechanics are highly annoying. You have 0sp all the time, so you need to focus rage a bunch of times to cast utility spells. Couple this with high spell fail rates and you get the idea ...

Anyway, these are my early game impressions. I would recommend taking at least 20% off the fail rate of Greater Shout and perhaps cutting the cost down to 12 to 15. Also, perhaps the AC penalty could be less, or shifted towards the end game. The early game is already hugely unbalanced for AC purposes (e.g. I had one character with AC50 take 260+ damage from a Cyclops in a single turn ... I probably would have taken more but that was enough to one shot my warrior). Or at least give this class some offensive abilities so that distance fighting is an option. Shout works, but it is magic missile caliber damage and that stops being useful around L20. Finally, I would suggest not running the sp down to 0 all the time. Rather, make the mechanics like the Samurai were you run down to some low number that still permits one to cast utility spells.

Anyway, its a new class, so I'm open to pointers/ideas.

On 14.2.2012 23:48 chris wrote:
Actually, I now see that Greater Shout gets 1d8 per level, which is strong. So perhaps it is OK? If so, this class needs something in between Shout and Greater Shout to use, the latter not really being an option until the low to mid 30s while the former becoming rather useless around the low 20s. Melee works OK but seems out of character for this class ...

On 15.2.2012 02:13 dzhang wrote:
Feel free to tweak damage/cost/fail in my absence. I would prefer that Rage-Mage have no SP without taking damage or Focusing rage. I'm worried about Ares spawn with Untouchable having too easy a time if we reduce AC penalty... maybe this is an argument to reduce Ares spawn's AC bonus.

Melee was intended to be a backup option for Rage-Mages, and they have decent melee skill... albeit this can be risky due to low AC. Generally, this class is intended to avoid melee monsters altogether.

On 15.2.2012 02:14 dzhang wrote:
Maybe reducing fail rates of Awesome Blow and Greater Shout 20% each will be the easiest solution?

On 15.2.2012 03:45 1@2 wrote:
My Ares spawn on the ladder bought it mid clvl 32. Having to use Untouchable would be quite a cost as the the AC bonus didn't make life much easier, especially with the saving throws biff you'll be inheriting.

What makes it hard is right up to the midgame and likely beyond is you'll be relying on melee and combined with mage squishiness that is going to be a tough proposition.

On 15.2.2012 19:32 wrote:
I think that given the low mana pool and squishiness of the class you should really nerf the SP drain. And the fail rate of GS is absurd. No character will ever have enough Strength to reach 0% fail.

How about trading a single blow of melee for a reasonable fail rate for GS? And how about adding a spell with zero cost to change the SP drain rate in exchange for AC? That way you can have pitiful AC and actually have usable SP at the expense of AC?

As it is, the RM seems rather hopeless late game.

On 16.2.2012 00:20 wrote:
I notice the changelog for Chengband lists that "Rand-art lights occasionally pick up 'Darkness'". How about giving them something more useful as well? There is not enough variety in the lights. They could have benefits and weaknesses to balance it all out. Perhaps they could add to spellpower whilst giving aggravate?

On 25.4.2012 13:49 chris wrote:
[CL30:DL31] 03:52
3 attacks for 89 damage? Pshaw!! That's no way to play a Rage Mage!!!

Of course, lacking MHDSM, my AC is not quite as good as Bink's, and I really take a beating when doing melee.

On 25.4.2012 21:41 dzhang wrote:
Well, to be fair, Bink has a Force weapon, so he actually usually does about 150 damage per round. Still, it's low. I'll probably have to search scum Angband for the Queen Ant, rather than risk the Pits.

Geez, you got Summon Horde already?

On 25.4.2012 21:44 dzhang wrote:
Oh, BTW, I designed a new class (the Scout), who's very high stealth and detection, so that should appeal to you and Victor. Don't expect your standard anti-summoning corridors to work though!

On 26.4.2012 00:26 chris wrote:
[CL33:DL32] 05:54
A bit of a grind with this guy. I'm playing with Hagen for the extra +3 speed and mostly relying on shout. Due to the extra keystrokes required by this class, I'm levelling extremely slowly (~3 hours per 100k xp) ... except when I can find Granite Walls (~3 minutes for 250k xp)! But, having maxed out kills on them, and even on Magma Veins, its going to be really slow going. The problem is having to Focus Rage 2x to prime a Greater Shout, and then Focus Rage 1x for each subsequent shout. Want to light a room? Focus Rage first. Mapping? Focus Rage first. I've built macros for some of these, but its still very tedious going ... Plus I can't seem to find any good gear and my low AC and lack of poison resistance make this about as deep as I dare go. I do have Barbaric Resistance, but that takes 2 to 6 actions to use since the fail rate is still substantial.

On 26.4.2012 09:49 wrote:
I think the Rage Mage is going to get tougher as you get deeper. You can win with sound attacks like the bard but but you are squishier and melee doesn't feel much better than the bard. Perhaps upping their fighting ability?

Oh and can you please push .92? I lost my nice Ninja to Lems and ambidexterity at level 20 looks mighty sexy.

Thanks again for your hard work!

On 26.4.2012 12:46 Djabanete wrote:
Chris, I have two random and tiny comments.

(a) If you remove the superfluous "the" in Shuten-Douji's name, he won't break the layout in quest logs.

(b) Sumo Wrestler's Loincloth wants to be capitalized :D

On 26.4.2012 13:29 chris wrote:
OK, 0.0.92 is pushed with sweeping changes to artifact and monster names :D Warning: I haven't thoroughly tested the change to Rangers but so far, my L25 Ranger hasn't found any bugs. Also, Dave suggested a couple Rage Mage changes that made it in this push, but have not yet been tested/balanced.

For the Rage Mage, it turns out that Greater Shout only needs a single Focus Rage to prime, so I must have been confused. Also, I recently noticed the - option when selecting a target (I was in the code to add just such an option!) and this allows me to macro up breaths just the way I want. We'll see if this helps ...

On 26.4.2012 16:44 chris wrote:
[CL35:DL40] 08:30
I've temporarily solve my xp problems by moving to the Anti-Melee caves. AC 35 and melee for 89 per round (115 with berserk) make this my best option anyway. I did try to steal Ishikawa's sword for Mana Branding, but he didn't have it.

I'm really not sure what the next step might be. I don't think I can handle the Cloning Pits with 100hp damage (deceptive, since Greater Shout usually takes 2 rounds and costs hp too) and I still need levitation and chaos resistance anyhow. I guess I'm at the mercy of the RNG for a decent drop, but so far drops have been lame, and artifacts weak.

On 26.4.2012 19:25 dzhang wrote:
You're at +10 speed and have Telepathy, and you're complaining about bad drops? I mean, Bink hasn't even found a single pair of Boots of Thievery yet.

(In other news, I had a dream last night that I found a Ring of Speed (+38). Yeah, I know that's sad.)

On 26.4.2012 19:29 chris wrote:
The problem at the moment is damage output ... I only manage about 60/round.

On 26.4.2012 19:45 dzhang wrote:
Quick question: Are you Berserking when you fight? 25d8 = 112.5, which should give 9 SP for non-Berserk and 14 SP for berserk.

Maybe a better way to fine tune this is to make Blood Lust give (DamageDealt/6) SP, rather than (DamageDealt/8). By my math, that would give 18.75 SP per round, so you're draining at a rate of 3 SP per round... assuming you don't take any damage at all.

Also... would it be faster for you if you Focus Rage twice before engaging? That would give you 54 SP, and if you're draining at a rate of 7 SP per attack from Greater Shout, you can get off 4 attacks before going below 21 SP.

On 26.4.2012 20:08 chris wrote:
I don't always berserk since it often doesn't matter ... If it takes 18 actions to kill an Ancient Red Dragon or 15 (+1 for the berserk) that doesn't really make a difference at the moment. Plus, berserk means I can't use my wands of teleport other, which is often critical. Also, sometimes I don't have time as monsters are awake and I'm rushing for other preps (especially double resistance). But I do use it occasionally and it does make a noticeable difference.

My real puzzlement is what to do next with this class. The only think I can think of is to switch to the Poison Needle and the Dragon's Lair. But I will need some levitation first, so I'm content to do stat gain here, at the top of the Anti-Melee cave, scumming ancient dragons. I'm having very good luck with stat potions this game, for some odd reason!

On 26.4.2012 20:27 chris wrote:
Precharging does seem work better ... I also forgot you pay sp for each move as well. Testing, Greater Shout from 27sp actually costs 25sp rather than 21sp since your mana decays with every action. But focusing rage skips the decay that turn, so it might the way to go, provided you have the time. On the other hand, the amount of sp you lose depends on how much you charge as well. Charge x5 and Greater Shout now costs 41sp.

So now the math is too difficult for me to figure out the optimal way to go ...

On 26.4.2012 21:05 dzhang wrote:
Wait, why does SP drain? You're not supposed to lose SP if you damage someone that round, says so right on the wiki...

On 26.4.2012 21:19 chris wrote:
Oh, OK. I was testing around and noticed the casting costs were higher, but, since I was testing, there were no monsters nearby!

[CL36:DL60] 10:32
I'm going to have to bail on the needle ... I managed a Bile Wyrm and then an Ice Wyrm no problem. But Bile Wyrm #2 required 5 potions of healing, and that is simply too many. AC is simply too low ...

On 26.4.2012 21:24 dzhang wrote:
Try coupling Awesome Blow with Greater Shout...

On 26.4.2012 21:35 chris wrote:
In my defence, its hard to tell exactly what is happening when you damage monsters, since you regain sp too!

I managed a Storm Wyrm using rage techniques, and it was hairy due to self mutilation and some hounds coming to join the party. But my luck broke at last with Frakir and Amber!

So now, I am setting up on a Bile Wyrm.

Awesome Blow brings me into melee range where I can take upwards of 300 from a dragon. I'd rather avoid that. Also, I'm not especially confident about my accuracy. So I look for a large room to strafe about in ...

On 26.4.2012 22:03 chris wrote:
[CL36:DL60] 10:58
AC up to 133.
Melee damage up to 403.

On 26.4.2012 22:26 dzhang wrote:
Gotta love the Force Brand that never runs out.

On 26.4.2012 22:38 chris wrote:
Yes! It was very useful in the Cloning Pits, except for the Queen Ants. And the stupid Lesser Black Reaver! But sadly, I still take damage too quickly to melee a wyrm so I think I'll go back to Hagen ...

On 26.4.2012 23:29 chris wrote:
Should I??

On 26.4.2012 23:56 dzhang wrote:
Oh my...

On 27.4.2012 02:09 chris wrote:
-6 speed, -6 stealth and something like -50 to hit make the Iron Ball impossible to use ... ah well.

[CL39:Old Castle] 13:15
The low tier reward is Balli Stonehand, which is a good fit for this class I think. +3 Str/Con/Stealth along with Resist Base are nice. And 3d8 goes well with Force Branding.

For Falis, you get a 3.5x slay evil brand on a 4d5 weapon, and that probably puts it in or near the top 10. Force Branding augments the slay to 7.25x. For the "weaker" kills (undead and demon) you get a 9.5x slay. For evil opponents, Falis is right up there with Zarcuthra, definitely a top 10 weapon. And there is the +5 strength ...

Actually, I wouldn't mind changing the reward to Zarcuthra, which I feel is slightly better. But the aggravation is a bit annoying.

On 27.4.2012 14:23 Yogalover wrote:
I thougth about ironball to, maybe a klakkon rogue with hit and away or a klakkon weaponmaster?

On 27.4.2012 14:30 chris wrote:
Iron Ball only seems to give -25 penalty to hit, actually. I'm looking for the code that penalizes heavy weapons (Grond meets a similar fate) but I can't find it ... The nice thing about the Rage Mage and Iron Ball is the Force Brand, which turns that 25d4 weapon into an 87.5d4 weapon. Plus, 66.6lb weapons tend to score *SUPERB* 3x criticals. I'll definitely try it again later on if I can ever get my speed and dex up ...

On 27.4.2012 14:32 Yogalover wrote:
The earthquake thing can be disturbing as with Winblows!

On 27.4.2012 14:51 chris wrote:
OK, mystery solved. Iron Ball is so heavy that you need to use two hands to wield it without penalty. However, you forgo the two handed wielding bonus since that only applies if you could properly wield the weapon with a single hand. What is the two handed wielding bonus? Well, it doubles plusses to hit from Str and Dex and gives 1.75x the plusses to damage from Str. So the "penalty" of Iron Ball is actually a bonus forgone ...

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