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elwin

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Re: Rogue - let's beat it
« Reply #255 on: February 04, 2018, 10:25:55 PM »
Today I got the closest I've ever been in V5.  I found the Amulet and got back up to level 21.

I had a lot of luck.  Early on, I found a two-handed sword, banded mail, and scrolls of enchant armor.  There was a treasure room or two.  Later on, I got wraithed several times, but gained back more max HP than I lost.  I think I was in the 90s by the end.  I also found and identified several wands, and got a scroll of protect armor.

This was the first time I consistently used the tactic of staying at the door when first entering a room, and waiting for the monsters to come to me.  I think it helped.  It didn't protect me from Medusas as much as I hoped.  They have a way of sneaking up behind you.

The bottom 5 or 6 floors were harrowing, even with wands of polymorph and slow monster, and 11 (!) points of armor.  I nearly got killed by Dragons twice, got backed into a corner by a Griffin and beat it by one shot, and somehow escaped from being caught in a passage between a Phantom and something else nasty.

Eventually I got down to level 26 and quaffed a potion of magic detection.  The first few objects weren't the Amulet, and I was afraid it was hidden under a Jabberwock, but then... there it was, a plain simple comma.  (Couldn't the developers have picked a more glamorous symbol?)  I grabbed it and ran for the stairs.

Going up wasn't any easier.  Once I stumbled across the stairs while running from a Jabberwock.  That percent sign was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.  By this time, I'd used up most of my wand charges and had no other escape items left.  On level 22, I used a scroll of magic mapping, just to get through faster.  I thought level 21 would be better.  In retrospect, I should have used my last scroll of magic mapping and gotten out of there.

Anyway, I once again made the mistake of thinking I could take on a Griffin head to head.  This didn't work, so I ran, and ran into a Troll.  That was not a good time to discover that my wand of slow monster was empty.  A moment later, there was my tombstone.

I was carrying a +2 ring of protection the whole game, but never used it.  I was often short on food and didn't want to risk starvation.  I should have taken a chance with it on those last deadly levels.

XL 13, 5305 points (my luck did not extend to plentiful gold.)  TTYRECs are here.  I'll make it out, one of these years.
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Re: Rogue - let's beat it
« Reply #256 on: February 06, 2018, 03:07:08 AM »
Sweet run!

I recently had a DREAM start.  By the 3rd floor I had a two-handed sword, a +3 plate armor!!!!, and a scroll of protect armor.  Perfect, right?  Not exactly...

Nearly everything else didn't go the way I hoped.  I had bad HP gains, only found one potion of STR, one (or zero?) weapon enchantment (bad hit rate) and one (or zero?) armor enchantment.  I think I had a polymorph, but with a bad hit rate I had to use that up pretty quickly.  I may never have a start like that again.

Congrats again on your run!

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Re: Rogue - let's beat it
« Reply #257 on: February 11, 2018, 02:09:52 PM »
Nightmare scenario...

Let me start by saying I swear there are some runs where you just plain get better hit% than others.  It's not good rolls, it's consistent across your battles. I also believe there are some runs where trapdoors are very frequent and runs where they are not frequent at all, but that's another conversation...

I had a +1, +1 two handed sword and 18 STR.  Nice, but not exactly special when you're in a good run.  I was crushing enemies.  I ended up at experience level 12 and defeated lots of tough enemies including two Griffins and three Jabberwocks. Admittedly, that was with help, but I wasn't really missing.

The critical part of the game came down to inventory.  I had a ring in inventory and had not found (and would never find) a scroll of identify ring/wand.  I find another ring and hmm both are sapphire.  I take the chance and equip the one in my inventory.  It might have been the worst possible scenario - AGGRAVATE MONSTER.  This was late - like floor 16, so I'm thinking I'm totally screwed.  Instead, I'm either finding the stairs quickly or I'm actually beating up on the tough enemies (no Medusas, thank the gods).  By the time it's over I'm on 23 and after beating my third Jabberwock, a Dragon gets me.  Aggravate monsters is as insane in the late floors as you would imagine.  I cannot believe I lasted as long as I did, and I can only wonder now what I could have done without burning all my hastes and slows due to all the aggravation.

BEST PART - I was in a treasure room with a full inventory.  I already had a +7 splint with waterproofing, so I skipped the armor laying next to me.  THE ARMOR STARTED CHASING ME LOL  Obviously, it was a Mimic, but he didn't transform until I struck him!  It was hilarious. You had to be there.

Another funny note... I finally got to use potion of levitation in an important situation.  There was a teleportation trap lodged in a doorway leading to the stairs and I had a Black Unicorn on my ass.  I quaff the potion, go right past the trap, and think I'm a genius. But OOPS you can't take the stairs while levitating!  I had to use my only scroll of teleportation to get out of the room with a teleportation trap :(