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The Angband Ladder: Ordinary Dardanos, Demigod Psion by chris

  [Chengband 0.0.95 Character Dump]

                          Name  : Ordinary Dardanos

 Sex      : Male             Age               113   STR :   18/50
 Race     : Demigod          Height             59   INT :   18/51
 Class    : Psion            Weight             98   WIS :      11
                             Social Class       23   DEX :   18/53
                             Align            Evil   CON :      17
                             Parent           Zeus   CHR :      13

 Two hands       (+13,+20)   Hit point    201/ 201   Fighting   : Excellent
                             SP (Mana)      2/  86   Bows/Throw : Very Good
 Blows/Round           3+0                           SavingThrow: Superb
 AverageDmg/Rnd       82+0   Level              21   Stealth    : Bad
                             Experience      23330   Perception : Fair
 Shooting         (-15,+0)   Max Exp         23330   Searching  : Fair
 Multiplier          x0.00   Exp to Adv      27744   Disarming  : Very Good
 Shots/Round          0.00   Gold               69   MagicDevice: Superb
                                                     SpellPower : +0%
 AC                [4,+96]   Time      Day 5  4:26   DevicePower: +0%
 Speed                (+0)   Play time    00:39:53   Infravision: 0 feet


                         (Character Background)
          You are one of several children of a Serf.  You are a well
          liked child.  You have brown eyes, straight blond hair, and
          an average complexion.


          ...Now, you are in the quest 'The Sewer'.


                                                               Modification
 Sex   : Male          Stat    BaseRacClaPerMod ActualCurrent  abcdefghijkl@
 Race  : Demigod       STR :  18/40  2 -1  0  0  18/50         .............
 Class : Psion         INT :  18/01  2  3  0  0  18/51         .............
 Level : 21            WIS :     10  2 -1  0  0     11         .............
 Hits  : 201/201       DEX :  18/43  2 -1  0  0  18/53         .............
 Mana  : 2/86          CON :     16  2 -1  0  0     17         .............
                       CHR :     10  2  1  0  0     13         .............

         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:       ON
 Arena Levels:       OFF


  [Recall Depth]

    Angband         : level   2


  [Quest Information]

< Completed Quest >
  Wormtongue, Agent of Saruman             (Dungeon level:   2) - level 17
  Thieves Hideout                          (Danger  level:   5) - level 17

< Failed Quest >
  Nothing.


 Arena:  0 Victory


  [Defeated Monsters]

You have defeated 935 enemies including 1 unique monster in total.

< Unique monsters top 1 >
  Wormtongue, Agent of Saruman             (level   8)


  [Virtues]

Your alighnment : Evil

You are somewhat virtuous in Harmony.
You are somewhat virtuous in Enlightenment.
You are somewhat virtuous in Patience.
You are neutral to Individualism.
You are somewhat virtuous in Sacrifice.
You have strayed from the path of Justice.
You have strayed from the path of Honour.
You are an arch-enemy of Diligence.


  [Mutations]

You are untouchable (+30 AC).

  [Psionic Powers 1]
                        Lv Cost Fail Info
Mana Thrust              1    2   4% dam 3d6
Graft Weapon             1    5   4% 
Psionic Shielding       10    7   8% 
Psionic Seeing           1    3   4% 

  [Psionic Powers 2]
                        Lv Cost Fail Info
Mana Thrust              1    6   4% dam 8d6
Graft Weapon             1   15   4% 
Psionic Shielding       10   21  23% 
Psionic Seeing           1    9   4% 

  [Psionic Powers 3]
                        Lv Cost Fail Info
Mana Thrust              1   12   4% dam 13d6
Graft Weapon             1   30   4% 
Psionic Shielding       10   42  38% 
Psionic Seeing           1   18   4% 

  [Psionic Powers 4]
                        Lv Cost Fail Info
Mana Thrust              1   20   6% dam 18d6
Graft Weapon             1   50  16% 
Psionic Shielding       10   70  53% 
Psionic Seeing           1   30  16% 

  [Psionic Powers 5]
                        Lv Cost Fail Info
Mana Thrust              1   30  21% dam 23d6
Graft Weapon             1   75  31% 
Psionic Shielding       10  105  68% 
Psionic Seeing           1   45  31% 


  [Character Equipment]

a) a Lead-Filled Mace (Trump) (3d4) (+9,+7) (+1 to searching) {.}
b) (wielding with two-hands)
c) (nothing)
d) (nothing)
e) (nothing)
f) (nothing)
g) a Brass Lantern (with 4429 turns of light)
h) Soft Leather Armour [4,-1]
i) (nothing)
j) (nothing)
k) (nothing)
l) (nothing)


  [Character Inventory]

a) 12 Rations of Food
b) 6 Flasks of oil
c) 6 Potions of Cure Serious Wounds
d) a Potion of Cure Critical Wounds
e) 15 Scrolls of Phase Door
f) 37 Scrolls of Teleportation {25% off}
g) a Scroll titled "erk bieklis"
h) a Staff of Perception (16 charges) {@u1}


  [Check Sum: "074e60bb0fc3e5a3ec"]


Posted on 8.5.2012 02:05

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On 8.5.2012 02:35 chris wrote:
[CL20:The Sewer] 00:39
I must confess I've had a hard time getting any sort of Psion going. All of my previous attempts have tried to go pure caster, and this class just can't cut the mustard with offensive powers. Even the Psionic Storm is grossly overpriced, costing more than 5x what a High Mage would pay for the same damage. But even if you try that, you won't have anything to carry you offensively from about L20 onwards.

So it seems like melee support (or archery support) is the only option, but perhaps I am missing something? Which is odd on a class limited to just 3 melee blows (and forces one to choose Combat Transformation).

I really did not want to waste an ability on Mana Thrust, as it is only useful for a limited time but after spending 2 hours getting an Ares spawn to finally land a second melee blow, only to learn that his stats were royally screwed (18/80 on each of Str and Dex plus a biffed Con), I learn that I just lack patience.

So Zeus it is. The stat boosts allow me to quickly discover if my initial life is OK or not. And mana thrust allows me to scum up the early levels, and also to spam undead masses in the sewer. This strategy was good for L21 in just 39 minutes, much faster than my previous efforts. I even cranked quests up to 49 for extra help.

My plan for abilities is:
L1: Mana Thrust. Just to get started, but this means I'm effectively playing a 7 spell character for most of the game. I really wish the scaling was such that this would be useful longer ... 23d6 for 30 is about 80 damage. It would be nice to do 150 for that price.

L10: Graft Weapon. This, on the other hand, should be useful the entire game. End game should give (+30,+20) to melee, which would make even a Tonberry proud!

L15: Shielding. The perfect complement to my Untouchable talent. Thus, AC 100 with just some rusted armor. Though the fail rate is so high still that only level one boosting is reliable. I have found that a level one shield often wears off in just 4 actions, so perhaps we could boost the duration a bit? End game should give +75 AC. With my Untouchability, I net +105 AC. I really wanted Ares for another +20 ... Damn!

L20: Seeing. Another ability a patient player could forgo. But even if I do land an early Thranduil, having telepathy on a spell will allow swapping in Hammerhand, so I think this is a good choice. I could have done Peerless Tracker but I think Seeing is a better fit (Detect Objects and Temp ESP).

L30: Combat Trasformation. Extra blows at last. I'll wait a bit for this since the fails are going to be high. With my high AC, I'll just need to make do with only 3 blows for a while. But L30 is not that far off ... Or is it?

L35: Protection. Yeah, this one is mandatory. Of all the abilities in the game, other than passwall of course, this is the most useful.

L40: Healing or Crafting. With Combat Transformation turned on, you will pay 168 to heal 310hp. Healing is nice, but not that nice. So I think Crafting might win out. All my other abilities can be cast before transformation and I don't have room for Clarity. For optimal crafting I need 450sp which exceeds my capacity ... But I should be able to land some spell capacity.

L50: Mindspring. This seems really cool. I wonder if I will live this long?

On 8.5.2012 02:48 dzhang wrote:
Hi Chris,

Yeah, after playtesting some, I came to the same conclusion that Psion casters are too weak. So here's a couple proposed changes:

Mana Thrust: (x^2+4x-1)d6 damage (1 = 14, 2 = 38.5, 3 = 70, 4 = 108.5, 5 = 154)

Energy Blast: same damage scaling, do full damage to all within blast.

Ego Whip: Make damage 40*x instead of 25*x per round. Also mark monster health bar with "w" instead of "*" if its being whipped. E.g. Dracolisk [wwwww.....]

On 8.5.2012 03:39 chris wrote:
On the other hand, doing 100 damage before L20 is pretty powerful. As is getting Dimension Door so early.

I'm assuming the lack of any level dependence in the calculations is by design? The damages you list will be slightly OP in the early game, but should make the thrust/blast usable for much, much longer so I think it is a worthwhile change.

I thought the early caster game was OK until about CL20, when things slowed down, and then despair set in shortly afterwards.

On 8.5.2012 03:46 dzhang wrote:
I'm OK with making the early game a bit easier. The level independence is indeed by design, to distinguish the Psion from all other caster classes. If you think the current Mana Thrust/Energy Blast is too powerful, just give it an extra +20% fail or so.

On 8.5.2012 04:01 dzhang wrote:
Oh, in retrospect, Psionic Speed is also disappointing. Let's bump it up to +4x speed (so you can squeeze +20 speed out of it in the end game). This is necessary, since just about everyone can expect to find many Staves/Potions of Speed.

On 8.5.2012 14:38 chris wrote:
OK ... Requested changes have been made. This means I need to fire up a caster mode psion ... purely for testing purposes, of course :D

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