Love it. It confirms things I have been experiencing myself.
The part about a +4 mace was extremely helpful. Can you expand that to include info on a long sword? I had a +2 long sword and switched to a two-handed sword recently, and wasn't sure if it was the right move.
I beat a Medusa and made it to 19. Actually beat two Medusas... Medusae? The whole scene was a blur. Yes, one of them was in a hallway, but may have involved a scroll of monster confusion. I also beat my first Vampire. I found a stationary Medusa and as I was positioning to try to take her out from afar (is that even sound strategy?) yet another emerged from the darkness and killed me. One thing I forgot to do was switch armor as, from what I understand, Aquators no longer appear after 18. That run I found THREE armors with a +3 enchantment! I ended up using the +5 Leather and enchanting it twice.
Finally got to use the Scare Monster trick vs a Troll and one other. Too bad it turns to dust
Love your site. I'll check it out when I get home. How can I figure out what keystrokes do what?
What is your opinion of busting open hidden passages? I've been finding it helpful on tougher levels to leave them blocked to help control where the monsters come from. Like using them as stopgaps. Last thing I need is monsters coming from multiple directions. Sometimes this causes more moves which in turn causes more monsters to appear, but at least I'm controlling the flow. This can also cause monsters to stack up at a blockade which can be an issue if you need to then unblock it, but at least you'd be in a hallway fighting them one at a time and scoring some experience.
Finally used a scroll of monster hold. Worked wonderfully!
Last but not least, I encountered my first treasure room maze... treasure maze?