YAVP: 2nd win (first berserker)

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Swamp Slogger

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Post Sunday, 10th March 2019, 14:22

YAVP: 2nd win (first berserker)

1701551 MrDizzy the Conqueror (level 27, 273/273 HPs)
             Began as a Minotaur Berserker on Mar 8, 2019.
             Was a High Priest of Trog.
             Escaped with the Orb
             ... and 3 runes on Mar 10, 2019!
             The game lasted 07:35:52 (69560 turns).

MrDizzy the Conqueror (Minotaur Berserker)         Turns: 69560, Time: 07:35:53

Health: 273/273    AC: 47    Str: 37    XL:     27
Magic:  26/26      EV: 24    Int:  5    God:    Trog [*****.]
Gold:   3911       SH:  3    Dex: 17    Spells: 26/26 levels left

rFire    + + .     SeeInvis +   a - +9 executioner's axe (vamp)
rCold    + + .     Gourm    .   (shield currently unavailable)
rNeg     + . .     Faith    .   O - +9 crystal plate armour
rPois    .         Spirit   +   g - +0 hat of Virtue {rF+ rC+ SInv}
rElec    .         Reflect  +   u - scarf {Spirit}
rCorr    .         Harm     .   f - +2 pair of gloves {Str+3}
MR       ++...                  Y - +1 pair of boots "Rianyur" {rC+ Slay+3}
Stlth    ..........             Z - amulet of Kakytur {Reflect *Drain Str+7 SH+3 Stlth+}
HPRegen  0.55/turn              H - ring of protection from fire
MPRegen  0.20/turn              Q - ring of positive energy

@: no status effects
A: retaliatory headbutt, horns 2, inhibited regeneration, subdued magic 1
0: Orb of Zot
}: 3/15 runes: decaying, serpentine, silver
a: Berserk, Trog's Hand, Brothers in Arms, Renounce Religion

You escaped.
You worshipped Trog.
Trog was extremely pleased with you.
You were not hungry.

You visited 8 branches of the dungeon, and saw 46 of its levels.
You also visited: Wizlab.

You collected 6373 gold pieces.
You spent 2462 gold pieces at shops.


Hand Weapons
 a - a +9 vampiric executioner's axe (weapon)
 c - 3 steel javelins (quivered)
 j - 28 tomahawks
 k - 5 javelins of penetration
 l - 3 javelins
 s - 2 throwing nets
 I - 7 silver javelins
 f - a +2 pair of gloves of strength (worn)
 g - the +0 hat of Virtue (worn) {rF+ rC+ SInv}
   (You acquired it on level 1 of the Lair of Beasts)   
   It protects you from fire.
   It protects you from cold.
   It lets you see invisible.
 u - a scarf of spirit shield (worn)
 O - a +9 crystal plate armour (worn)
 Y - the +1 pair of boots "Rianyur" (worn) {rC+ Slay+3}
   (You found it on level 1 of the Depths)   
   It affects your accuracy and damage with ranged weapons and melee attacks
   It protects you from cold.
 m - a +4 ring of strength
 y - the ring "Edaikias" {rPois MP+9}
   (You took it off a yaktaur on level 5 of the Vaults)   
   [ring of magical power]
   It protects you from poison.
   It affects your magic capacity (+9).
 H - a ring of protection from fire (left hand)
 Q - a ring of positive energy (right hand)
 Z - the amulet of Kakytur (around neck) {Reflect *Drain Str+7 SH+3 Stlth+}
   (You bought it in a shop on level 1 of the Depths)   
   [amulet of reflection]
   It shields you and reflects attacks.
   It affects your strength (+7).
   It causes draining when unequipped.
   It affects your SH (+3).
   It makes you more stealthy.
 e - a wand of disintegration (59)
 w - a wand of enslavement (30)
 D - a wand of digging (27)
 E - a wand of acid (23)
 F - a wand of flame (27)
 R - a wand of polymorph (37)
 S - a wand of iceblast (31)
 T - a wand of paralysis (38)
 W - a wand of clouds (11)
 h - 11 scrolls of fear
 i - 6 scrolls of blinking
 n - 14 scrolls of teleportation
 o - 10 scrolls of fog
 p - 35 scrolls of remove curse
 r - 3 scrolls of holy word
 G - 12 scrolls of immolation
 U - 2 scrolls of summoning
 b - a potion of resistance
 q - 2 potions of invisibility
 v - 7 potions of ambrosia
 x - 3 potions of might
 z - 9 potions of heal wounds
 A - 11 potions of haste
 B - 3 potions of agility
 J - 11 potions of flight
 L - 5 potions of brilliance
 N - 2 potions of magic
 V - 16 potions of curing
 d - a lamp of fire
 K - a fan of gales
 M - 3 boxes of beasts
 P - a lightning rod (4/4)
 t - 53 rations

 O Level 27 Fighting
 - Level 26.0 Axes
 - Level 9.0 Throwing
 O Level 27 Armour
 + Level 25.1 Dodging
 - Level 6.0 Evocations

Here's the full morgue file:
https://crawl.project357.org/morgue/MrD ... 135739.txt

This is only my 2nd win and first berserker (the other one was a MiFi^Okawaru).

This win actually felt pretty easy, despite the fact that I was unusually careless for much of the early game.
I'd just had another MiBe that I'd spent hours on killed in depths, so I was pretty frustrated and just used o and tab pretty much all the way to the first 2 runes in this game.
After that I figured that the character was worth preserving, so I slowed down a bit and took more care.
Despite my carelessness, I didn't really have too many near-death experiences. Consequently, I finished the game with heaps of unused consumables.

I love, love, love the vampiric brand.
Trog gifted me a vampiric executioner's axe relatively early on. I was a bit hesitant about using it straight away because my axes skill was only in the high teens at the time, but it made a huge difference. I would come out of most fights with full or almost full HP.

I also love reflection. I wore a plain amulet of reflection and later a souped-up version with Str+7 and SH+3 for most of the game. It's funny to see a giant killed by his own boulder.

Also wore a scarf of spirit shield for a large part of the game. Normally I wouldn't on a high HP, low MP character, but I figured I had enough AC and resistances that a cloak wasn't really worth it.

I've struggled with berserkers in the past, often getting killed in the post-berserk slowdown.
Lately, I've been much more judicious in the use of berserk, avoiding it if there's any chance of it wearing off before the fight is over.
I've also changed my training strategy with melee characters lately. I used to only train fighting and weapon to start with and added in dodge and armour later. Now I train them all from the start with weapon focussed. Later on, I switch focus to fighting.

Swamp Slogger

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Post Sunday, 10th March 2019, 14:46

Re: YAVP: 2nd win (first berserker)

After 2 wins with melee-based characters, I feel like I want to branch out and try for a win with a spellcaster.
Any suggestions for a fun and not too hard caster? (I've had quite a few goes at Gargoyle Earth Elementalist before and am a bit bored with it, so not that.)
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Slime Squisher

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Joined: Sunday, 27th January 2019, 13:50

Post Sunday, 10th March 2019, 15:03

Re: YAVP: 2nd win (first berserker)

Draconian Conjurers make for a good start. Once the 7th level colour sets in, you also get a nudge towards future spells via the aptitude change. The innate AC and health also helps.
Demonspawn Elementalists are also good, my personal recommendation would be DsAE. viewtopic.php?f=12&t=26039

Hope these help your choices! :)
There is always something new to learn.

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