2018-06-21 18:28:47 UTC
And basically... in all my winning games I get some sort of early boon. Usually an early wish because that's fun with a priest (run to minetown, you have holy water, find that magic lamp!)
This time: nothing. No early wish. No spellbook of identify, no gauntlets of power, no speedboots, no reflection, no magic resistance, no scrolls of genocide, no scrolls of charging, no good spells or spellbooks. No wand of polymorph. No early dragons, no dragon armor. I'm getting stuff like "cure sickness" and "cancellation" (which obviously I can't cast yet. Even my bag of holding got stolen by a nymph and I COULD NOT find her (or the bag) ever again. Harsh. Sac for a weapon. Giantslayer. Great.
The only thing i find is a bones file of a former priest who had enchanted his mace up to +5. Okay. i guess that'll do for now. Find a spellbook of create monster. OK. I have food from sokobon. OK.
Three hours later I've generated Ogresmasher, Werebane. Still nothing and I'm out of food (I mean I have a little, but I can't sit on my pants anymore.)
Go to mine's end. Nothing there except more rations and a few scrolls of identify. Bless them. Still don't get a full identify. What a tough game.
Keep saccing. Keep saccing. FINALLY I get Firebrand. Ok. Not what I was hoping for, was hoping for magicbane (for magic resistance) or Mojo (priests can get high skill in that.) Whatever. Enchant it to +7. Now we're cooking with gas. I have a spellbook of magic mapping so again I have to train on the light spell until I'm good enough to cast it. So tedious. I try and I try and finally I get skilled in diviniation.
OK. Raid the vaults and get gold, donate. Ok. AC-13. I've only found one scroll of enchant armor the whole game. I had a magic marker with 10 charges on it but used it for identify. (also marker might have dried out if I tried enchant armor). Ok, sucks but ok.
Mine's end produces very very little. Dammit. Get the luckstones and gems to engrave elbereth. Wand of fire. Ok. That's good. I have no magic resistance so I prepare to be polymorphed. Wear elven cloak instead of my robe and have an extra set of armor in my stash.
During the course of mines end I'm polymorphed three times (wererat fog cloud, succubus), but none of those polymorphs ruined my armor. OK. Ok. small favors. I simply let monsters kill my polymorphed form and as soon as I'm revert to human, strikeback with firebrand. Works fine.
Is Ludios in this game? No. No Ludios. Of course not. That would be great and I could donate a lot and lots of other treasure and... nope no ludios. Did I set this game to "hard" setting or something?
So I figure "Why not do the quest". I have 3 smoky potions which are also potions of gain level. I bless them and!
No wish no genie. You thought this was going to be easy? Nope.
Ok do the first part of the quest and....
Amulet of Reflection. Ok, Ok. We'll work with what we have. I have an amulet of lifesaving on, so I have to take that off to use reflection. Sucks but makes sense for now. Ring of Polymorph control. Ok, it isn't magic resistance but will save me from polymorph traps.
After the treasure haul I can do a little alchemy. Not a lot but a little. I bless the scrolls from the quest and FINALLY a full identify. I've never been this far in the game without a full identify and I breathe a sigh of relief. Now I can definitely do alchemy. OK! 200 HP. Not bad. We'll take it.
So Nalzok is resistant to fire. But the rest of the quest is vulnerable to fire. Firebrand MOWS DOWN (we're talking 1 shotting wraiths) all of the quest. More wraiths, more levels, I'm level 17 now. A stroke of luck. I descend the stairway and Nalzoks already awake (dunno how). Burn elbereth on the stair, switch from firebrand to the +5 mace (expert) and it's easy as pie. Quest yields one more scroll of enchant armor (second one in the game) and the mitre, which I enchant to +3 with a blessed scroll (YAY SOMETHING WENT RIGHT!)
I also have identified an oilskin cloak. Neato! Go to medusas. Titan is there and I'm fearing him but I have wand of digging, wand of teleport and wand of sleep along with two elbereth wands. Also nabbed ring of levitation from the quest. I'm seriously sweating balls now but I do have 210 HP and AC -16. Remember no scroll of genocide so this bastard can summon liches and mindflayers.
I just decide to firebrand him Titans aren't resistant to fire. Let's see what happens.
Finally a stroke of luck. Titan decides not to summon nasties. IDIOT. He decides to only melee me. IDIOT. He can't take +7 firebrand. Five hits and he's dead. Do medusa and get shield of reflection. Take of amulet of reflection, wear shield, Put on amulet of lifesaving.
OK! Ready for castle!
The stinginess of this game really makes it fun. It's a real nailbiter.
I'll keep you posted.