[YAVP] HoPr of The Shining One


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Joined: Friday, 17th February 2012, 20:13

Post Tuesday, 13th March 2012, 22:46

[YAVP] HoPr of The Shining One

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 Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup version 0.10.0 character file.

9649824 Kristos the Axe Maniac (level 27, 251/269 (275) HPs)
             Began as a Hill Orc Priest on Mar 11, 2012.
             Was the Champion of The Shining One.
             Escaped with the Orb
             ... and 15 runes on Mar 13, 2012!
             
             The game lasted 15:09:08 (175078 turns).

Kristos the Axe Maniac (Hill Orc Priest)          Turns: 175078, Time: 15:09:08

HP 251/269 (275) AC 53     Str 31      XL: 27
MP  46/46        EV  7     Int 13      God: The Shining One [******]
Gold 7897        SH  0     Dex  9      Spells: 14 memorised, 21 levels left

Res.Fire  : + . .   See Invis. : +    g - +9,+8 executioner's axe (holy)
Res.Cold  : + . .   Warding    : . .  N - +12 gold dragon armour
Life Prot.: + + +   Conserve   : .    (no shield)
Res.Acid. : . . .   Res.Corr.  : .    c - +2 helmet {SInv}
Res.Poison: +       Clarity    : +    A - +0 cloak "Xutrul" {rElec rPois}
Res.Elec. : +       Spirit.Shd : .    H - +1 pair of dwarf gloves {Str+3}
Sust.Abil.: . .     Stasis     : .    b - +2 pair of boots
Res.Mut.  : .       Ctrl.Telep.: x    i - amulet of clarity
Res.Rott. : .       Levitation : +    E - ring "Pso Lykk" {Hunger- +Rage MR}
Saprovore : + . .   Ctrl.Flight: +    y - ring of teleport control

@: flying, extremely resistant to hostile enchantments, extremely unstealthy
A: saprovore 1, AC +1
a: Divine Shield, Cleansing Flame, Summon Divine Warrior, Renounce Religion,
Evoke Berserk Rage
}: 15/15 runes: serpentine, barnacled, slimy, silver, golden, iron, obsidian,
icy, bone, abyssal, demonic, glowing, magical, fiery, dark


You escaped.
You worshipped The Shining One.
The Shining One was exalted by your worship.
You were very full.

You visited 18 branches of the dungeon, and saw 112 of its levels.
You visited Pandemonium 8 times, and saw 34 of its levels.
You visited the Abyss 2 times.
You visited 1 Labyrinth.
You visited 2 bazaars.
You visited 1 portal chamber: sewer.

You collected 15423 gold pieces.
You spent 7546 gold pieces at shops.

Inventory:

Hand weapons
 g - a +9,+8 executioner's axe of holy wrath (weapon)
Armour
 b - a +2 pair of boots (worn)
 c - a +2 helmet of see invisible (worn)
 A - the +0 cloak "Xutrul" (worn) {rElec rPois}
   (You bought it in a shop on level 27 of the Dungeon)   
   
   It insulates you from electricity.
   It protects you from poison.
 H - a +1 pair of dwarven gloves of strength (worn)
 N - a +12 gold dragon armour (worn)
Magical devices
 f - a wand of digging (0)
 r - a wand of digging (4)
 B - a wand of teleportation (0)
 J - a wand of heal wounds (0)
 V - a wand of teleportation (5)
Comestibles
 h - 21 bread rations {!e}
 p - 10 pears
Scrolls
 s - 3 scrolls of remove curse
 L - 3 scrolls of identify
Jewellery
 a - an uncursed ring of sustain abilities
 i - an amulet of clarity (around neck)
 q - an uncursed ring of protection from fire
 y - a ring of teleport control (left hand)
 D - the ring "Prane" {rPois rC+}
   (You found it on level 19 of the Dungeon)   
   
   [ring of protection from cold]
   
   It protects you from poison.
 E - the ring "Pso Lykk" (right hand) {Hunger- +Rage MR}
   (You found it on level 5 of the Elven Halls)   
   
   [ring of sustenance]
   
   It increases your resistance to enchantments.
   It lets you go berserk.
 O - an uncursed amulet of conservation
 Q - an uncursed ring of protection from cold
 X - an uncursed amulet of resist mutation
 Y - an uncursed ring of protection from fire
Potions
 e - 3 potions of restore abilities
 k - a potion of might
 o - a potion of brilliance
 t - 2 potions of curing
 u - a potion of speed
 z - 2 potions of resistance
 K - 4 potions of berserk rage
Orbs of Power
 d - the Orb of Zot


   Skills:
 O Level 27 Fighting
 O Level 27 Axes
 O Level 27 Armour
 - Level 2,2 Dodging
 - Level 13,0 Traps & Doors
 O Level 27 Unarmed Combat
 + Level 20,5 Spellcasting
 - Level 19,0 Charms
 + Level 17,7 Translocations
 - Level 14,4 Air Magic
 O Level 27 Invocations


You had 21 spell levels left.
You knew the following spells:

 Your Spells              Type           Power        Failure   Level  Hunger
a - Blink                 Tloc           N/A          1%          2    None
b - Repel Missiles        Air/Chrm       #######...   1%          2    None
c - Shroud of Golubria    Chrm/Tloc      #######...   1%          2    None
d - Swiftness             Air/Chrm       #######...   1%          2    None
e - Control Teleport      Chrm/Tloc      #######...   1%          4    None
f - Insulation            Air/Chrm       #######...   1%          4    None
g - Airstrike             Air            #######...   1%          4    None
h - Haste                 Chrm           #######..    2%          6    Honeycomb
i - Deflect Missiles      Air/Chrm       #######...   10%         6    Honeycomb
j - Recall                Tloc/Summ      N/A          3%          3    None
k - Apportation           Tloc           #######...   1%          1    None
l - Flight                Air/Chrm       #######...   1%          3    None
m - Projected Noise       Hex            N/A          69%         2    None
n - Phase Shift           Tloc           #######...   1%          5    Choko


Dungeon Overview and Level Annotations

Branches:
Dungeon (27/27)            Temple (1/1) D:5             Orc (4/4) D:9
    Elf (5/5) Orc:4          Lair (8/8) D:10         Shoals (5/5) Lair:6
  Slime (6/6) Lair:8        Snake (5/5) Lair:3        Vault (8/8) D:17
  Blade (1/1) Vault:6       Crypt (5/5) Vault:2        Tomb (3/3) Crypt:3
   Hell (1/1)                 Dis (7/7) Hell            Geh (7/7) Hell
    Coc (7/7) Hell            Tar (7/7) Hell            Zot (5/5) D:27

Altars:
Ashenzari
Cheibriados
Elyvilon
Kikubaaqudgha
Makhleb
Okawaru
Sif Muna
The Shining One
Trog
Jiyva

Shops:
D:9: ==(  D:10: *  D:14: (  D:15: ((([/  D:16: (=*  D:18: !  D:20: *  D:27: ([  Orc:4: %?*/  Snake:1: =
Snake:2: %  Snake:4: +  Snake:5: ![%  Vault:1: ?  Vault:3: ?=[!  Vault:5: (

Portals:
Hell: D:21 D:22 D:23 D:24 D:25 D:26 D:27
Abyss: D:25 D:27
Pan: D:22 D:24
Trove: D:16 (give +4 ice dragon armour)

Annotations
Shoals:2 Norris
Shoals:5 Slice's ghost, great NaTm


                    Innate Abilities, Weirdness & Mutations

You can tolerate rotten meat.
You are partially covered in icy blue scales (AC +1).


Message History

You slice the hairy devil!! The hairy devil convulses!
You kick the hairy devil, but do no damage.
The hairy devil is almost dead.
The red devil hits you but does no damage.
You completely miss the hairy devil.
The hairy devil is almost dead.
The hairy devil hits you.
The hairy devil hits you but does no damage.
You slice the hairy devil!!
You kill the hairy devil!
The Shining One accepts your kill.
You feel a little better. The red devil closely misses you.
The red devil hits you but does no damage.
You slice the red devil!!
You kill the red devil!
The Shining One accepts your kill.
You feel a little better.
There is a staircase leading out of the dungeon here.
Are you sure you want to win?
You have escaped!

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You could see a Pit Fiend.


Pretty smooth run in all. Played a straight-up fighter until converting to TSO, after which I started to branch out to Invocations and supportive magic. Started out worshipping Beogh, entered the orcish mines as soon as I saw them with a handful of followers and left them alone save for Urug thanks to a rather vicious Ogre/Giant/Troll ending (which granted made for some sweet emergent gameplay as I led what amounted to a small army storming it in the first place). Urug proved enough however as he provided the backbone to the far smaller and more elite band I raided the lair with. Ended up with two High Priests, a Sorcerer, Urug, a Warlord and some Knight before clearing out Snake:5 (since, y'know, why not? Everything in lair was positively murdered by the spellcasters and I had rPoison). Lost the Knights and one of the High Priests to the welcoming party, was teleported away by a helpful greater naga and salvaged the rest through recall and ended up getting the rune at clevel 16. So much for constriction bringing it up to par I suppose ;). This would predictably not last as I was ambushed by one of those Hidden Door monster vaults in the mid-vaults, teleported out and promptly couldn't bring my followers with me due to Beogh being pissed for whatever reason (must've hit one whilst confused without noticing).

The gifted orcs kinda lost steam at that point, but the Water walk ability proved useful in the Shoals. After getting the Barnacled Rune (and avoiding one of my old ghosts in the process - forgetting to renew Ice Form on a lvl 25 character can be a bitch like that) I went back to the Vaults and got a Vampiric Executioner's Axe in the Hall of Blades. Nice. After ensuring that it'd be blessable by TSO I then Enchanted it up with everything I had and proceeded to murder positively everything down to Zot:5 (sometimes accompanied by some fodder Orcs). Found and skinned a Gold Dragon in mid-Zot, got my bling armor on (armor drops through the rest of the game were kind of shit, unfortunatly), maxed my fighting skills and got the low level charms and blink workable around this point. Cleared the chamber, cleared the Slime Pits, converted to TSO, cleared Crypt with an Amulet of Faith on, got me blessed ExAxe of Holy Wrath (TSO altar on crypt:5 - nice), (slowly) cleared Tomb, lived it up in Pan, got Abyssed by a Pan Lord, got Abyssal rune, got back to Pan, killed off the Unique Pan Lords in between frequent loot dropoffs in the vestibule, entered hell, promptly almost died on Dis:7 due to idiot charging a Pit Fiend with its 2 pals hangin' 2 steps behind it, used up most of my healing supplies, destroyed all that opposed me, got the orb and ran up the stairs and got out in one piece (..more or less, used up my last healing charges in hell so the ascent was a bit hairy at times with a few blind teleports to get away from those lovely tormentor + lord spawns).

Things I've learned:

* Beogh is a pretty swell early to midgame god, powerful, good utility and the followers are easy to bond to and an excellent opportunity for emergent gameplay. Gj designers.

* Beogh's penance is directed at the Orc followers, not the PC.

* Having a lot of followers at once breaks the tileset somehow; at times it looked like I was followed by an army of assorted artifacts instead of Orcs.

* Difficulty curve is still very wonky; almost all of my characters die pre-lair, but those that make it through are nigh indestructible in comparison thanks to killing everything rapidly and having all the escape options online. Entering the post-lategame knowing that the hardest part are behind me just feels wrong somehow.

* Summoning needs to go. My midgame consisted of watching my Orc spellcasters burying any and all enemies unlucky enough to happen by in summoned demons, then raising their corpses and throwing THEM at the next foo that happened by. The exp penalty isn't even an issue since none can stand before you until the lategame, at which point you accumulate far more than you'll ever need anyway. This goes for certain god powers like Summon Angel/Greater Demon as well unless limited to one or two of each (especially lategame where piety is cheap and bosses trivialized). Necromancy is kinda Ok since corpses are a finite resource and still requires you to kill at least something by yourself each level, and Beoghs Orc leveling minigame is fun and reasonably balanced as you actually have to keep your followers alive to reap the benefits (aside for the aforementioned summoning spam).

* Ditto the food clock. I ended the game with what, 60+ rations in addition to pretty much every other misc foodstuff I'd encountered up to that point. There isn't much point in wasting time except for restoring stats and waiting out god wrath anyway, and there have to be better ways of curbing those exploits than by straining immersion and patience by having to manually slaughter corpses every few minutes.

* Skill Cap? Having to dump Exp into Unarmed because the utility spells are all easily cast at acceptable hunger and there's nothing better to burn it on strikes me as a bit silly. The lategame isn't hard anyhow, and forcing players to plan their character ahead would be good for, well, building character.

* The new lategame tilesets are purty, gj artists.

*Above all, do not relax and lose focus after ascending. It may not kill your character, but cutting yourself due to not paying attention whilst preparing veggies for dinner still hurts like a [potty mouth].

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Post Wednesday, 14th March 2012, 01:56

Re: [YAVP] HoPr of The Shining One

I do NOT think summoning should GO, but I believe it should have a CAP based on Summoning Skill and total {quantifier} of summons.

And if you summon something new, and it hits the cap, your earliest summon auto-abjures.

Where {quantifier} is something like hit dice or whatever, so you can still spammal (to a point), but if you then ask for a dragon, 95% of those spammals vanish.

Same sort of cap should exist for undead, but if so, then undead should be able to travel between levels.]

Undead and summons caps should not touch each other.

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