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Leading Angband Variant?
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:30:15 AM »
  Hey all. I have never got into any of the bands, was looking for one to check out. There are so many variants.

  Is there a 'best' I should check out?

  Is straight Angband the best to start with? Quickband maybe?

  Is there a variant that tends to dominate the others?

EDIT: I have been playing a bit of SIL...

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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2012, 02:46:45 AM »
Sil and Quickband are high up there alongside DaJAngband....Halls of Mists is very, very much one to watch that might even manage to land for ARRP 2012,  Steamband is in the process of coming back to life after several years and could see a release any day now really, most others are not so lively outside of Chengband's incredibly dev pace of late as per the Announcements board.
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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2012, 07:29:05 AM »
  Hey thanks Getter. I'll probably go with SIL and Quick. I like the design goals behind Quickband. Half the reason I love this genre is I enjoy the thoughts behind the designs. You know what I mean? I think lots of people are that way.

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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2012, 12:10:06 PM »
Yep, in fact I think a new version of Quickband is due to be inbound sooner than later if memory serves.
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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012, 07:11:45 AM »
I'll add some other -bands that I think are definitely worth checking out. The ones with the asterisk are my personal favorites.

1)* UnAngband: The dungeon generation is wonderful, and has some nice colored ASCII. They do some interesting things with decorating the dungeon. It actually feels like a dungeon, rather than a series of generic hallways and rooms. It also has more 'room descriptions'. When you walk into a room, it will give a small description. Reminds me of some tabletop DnD. It has mouse controls too.

2)* TinyAngband: Similar to Quickband, though I think the town is more interesting, with more services.

3)* ZAngband: A more indepth -band. Theres a randomly generated wilderness, towns, and various dungeons.

4) Furyband: Lot's of races and classes, like the basilisk. Some of them are kinda silly. It reminds me of the orignal ToME.

5) Halls of Mist: Already mentioned. Like vanilla Angband, but some interesting features. On any stairs down, you can choose to dive down 1 level, or up to 3. Any upstairs, regardless of level, will immediately take you back to town. When you head back to the dungeon, you can choose to either head back to the same level, or the level above or below it. There's also phantoms that appear that will attack you if you linger too long on the same level. I have yet to encounter them, and I like to take my time, so it's not exactly trying to rush you.


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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 10:55:32 AM »
  Hey thanks man. I'll just have to try them all. I recently burned out totally on Cardinal, so need a new one.

-Jo

EDIT: Zangband, windows version, is not working. The download link is bad. :-(

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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2012, 12:15:26 PM »
Here ya go, various others are archived here as well, thankfully:

http://www.furytech.net/tech/angband-mirror/zangband/
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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2012, 01:19:20 PM »
  Thanks G!

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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2012, 09:10:40 AM »
I forgot to mention Chengband. It's got a pretty big overworld. Several towns and dungeons. If you play it, and want to travel to different towns and dungeons, Use the "<" key to go to the travel map. I didn't realize this at first, and it took forever to make it to the next town. :p

Also keep in mind to bring a good amount of food rations before traveling.

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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2012, 03:18:13 PM »
I'd like to nominate ToME 2. It, too, has an interesting static overworld with multiple cities, lots of dungeons, and a stronger Tolkien flavor than almost every other *band.

( http://www.furytech.net/tech/angband-mirror/tome/   has a download for 2.3.4, which is not *quite* the last version.)

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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2012, 12:57:24 AM »
Thanks! I was looking for the older ToME's, but was having no luck.

Edit: Damn, I was just browsing around that Angband site, and noticed the original ToME. I didn't think I'd find it there for some reason, despite knowing it was once a *band. My bad. :|
« Last Edit: October 20, 2012, 09:38:13 AM by FlyingShisno »

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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2012, 09:44:01 AM »
http://angband.oook.cz/variants.php?variant=tome

  More here, old ToME downloads that is.

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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2012, 11:23:16 AM »
Thanks! It's weird, I keep getting odd visual glitches when I play ToMEv2. And Furyband, since it's based off it(I think).

Anyway, I'd also like to recommend SAngband. It's got a skill system similar to some modern-ish RPG's.

I started up playing the *bands a couple weeks ago, and downloaded all I could find. After going through most, I finally settled on my now favorites. TinyAngband and SAngband for fun gameplay, and UnAngband for the interesting dungeon generation and overworld.

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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2012, 04:30:03 PM »
I'll throw out there that if you are starting on 'bands, there's nothing wrong with "vanilla". It's a great game that's stood the test of time. I like how it basically let's you play at your own pace.

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Re: Leading Angband Variant?
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2012, 08:23:37 PM »
I'll throw out there that if you are starting on 'bands, there's nothing wrong with "vanilla". It's a great game that's stood the test of time. I like how it basically let's you play at your own pace.

Yeah, I was doing some vanilla runs right after 3.4.0 was released, huge fun ;D