Hi crawlers! Sorry for the downtime earlier this week; the database died, and then the backup database died while attempting to restore the primary. Thankfully, our admin was able to recover almost everything. So here’s a fresh pile of changes, seized from the heart of a dying sun!

  • Beogh gifting has been somewhat revised:
    • Beogh will now improve allies’ equipment, enchanting them and improving their base type. (The latter would sometimes occur before, but very rarely.)
    • And he’ll gift weapons, armour, shields, and ammo to orcs who lack them.
    • And he’ll bless weapons and armour that the player has gifted.
    • And he’ll give some extra ammo to any orc that the player chooses to gift a ranged weapon to.
    • And orcs won’t drop their melee weapons when the player gives them a ranged weapon, or vice versa.
  • The Trident of the Octopus King now gets an additional +1 for each Ring of the Octopus King its wielder wears, up to a maximum of +16. (But good luck getting that!)
  • Godless hill orcs can now convert to Beogh with ‘p’ when orc priests are nearby, as an alternative to using the option from the abilities menu.
  • The Deck of Wonders is back to giving mainly strategic effects (e.g. Helix, Mercenary, etc), rather than duplicating the Deck of Battle.
  • New monster: torpor snails, found in Lair and Spider. Their enemies are slowed on sight, somewhat like ancient zymes.
  • Weapons and armour which aren’t visibly enchanted no longer have enchantments higher than +0.
  • The Staff of Air now activates its extra melee damage as often as other elemental staves.
  • Brown oozes and pulsating lumps have oozed off to the great slime pit in the sky.
  • The dragonslaying brand has been slain. (Except for Wyrmbane, of course.)
  • Scrolls of Enchant Weapon are now rarer, and always succeed on use.
  • Most randomly-placed teleport traps now disappear after one use.
  • Lost souls now make enemies into ghosts instead of specters.
  • Skullcrusher now gives +7 STR.

0.15 will be released in mid-August.

Happy crawling!