2018-06-29 16:53:44 UTC
First I had a priest who made it all the way to astral and died. Low resources. Sucks.
Then I had priest ascend who had near unlimited resources (extra wand of wishing in the valley of the dead! As well as a wizard bones file).
Here are my thoughts.
Fighting the wizard in melee isn't as bad as I thought now that I understand him. It makes sense to use wand of death to initially get the book. But it doesn't make sense to use wand of death every time. If you're even somewhat close to the upstairs (half a screen or less) the elbereth on the upstairs and smash him to death plan works just fine and saves you zaps. I should have done this in my first game, would have survived.
Magic Marker, especially in games with low resources is a key wish. In my low resource game I wished for bag of holding and identify. Instead I should have wished for a magic marker and helm of opposite alignment. Magic marker would have given me the ability to write more scrolls of charging, which would have given me a recharged wand of polymorph and that could have gotten me MORE scrolls of charging or wands of death or wands of teleport (as well as scrolls of enchant armor). Even if polypiling produced little, more scrolls of charging would mean more zaps from wand of death, which would have saved me from the riders in the endgame.
Helm of opposite alignment is just incredibly awesome, especially for a neutral player. For a neutral, that means you only have to visit one altar. You just uncurse the helm and take it off and put it on again until your alignment matches. This is really #1 awesome way to win. Even for a non-neutral, you have a 2/3 chance of hitting the right altar with helm of opposite alignment. Meaning you likely go to one altar and at most two.
Boots of Speed is really a preffered item in the endgame, it lets you attack and take actions more often, it's just a must have.
One other thing I could have done was to not wish for magic resistance. As a neutral, you are guaranteed to get magicbane EVENTUALLY. While magicbane isn't great for clearing out monsters, it would have saved me another wish.
Upon reflection the low resource game could have been won with
1. Wish for magic marker and more polypiling/scroll of charging for wand of death.
2. Not wand of death the wizard and instead fight him on the upstairs.
3. Wish for speed boots and get magic resistance from magicbane through sacrificing instead of wishing for it.
4. Wish for helm of opposite alignment and you only have to go to one altar.