2018-09-21 22:23:45 UTC
I took a break from Nethack for a while, as I occasionally rage quit after something just like this. I have not played since 3.6.x, so I have been playing for a few weeks now, ascending a Wizard after a few frustrating incarnations, one of which had a run in with an orc with a fire wand in the new orc town.
I was trying a neutral Valk, as I like the artifact choices for neutral better. Got two magic lamps, one of which granted a wish for GDSM. The other was hostile. Two out of the four lamps across all characters have been hostile even though the lamp was blessed.
I was pretty lucky in regards to shops and gear, nabbing speed boots, reflection from Soko, the luckstone, and a cloak of protection. I did not even find a sack until Medusa though. I just made some stashes and later combined them on level 17.
Had difficulty finding a way across Medusa and not enough XP for the quest, so I dug down and then back up to get Medusa and that bag. Went ahead and did the castle as well to get more gear and wishes, which I stashed for later (0:2). Ate wraiths in the valley, then did the quest.
I wished for a poly wand and later a BoH. Of course I found a BoH on the level below the valley next to the stairs later.... I polied scrolls and potions and got lots of genocide scrolls and other useful things. Burned a wish on charging scrolls though. Already had two markers and found more later on.
At this point I was at -43 AC, foo proof because I was crowned the first time I prayed in this game(water prayer), and had my gear ready for ascension. Alchemy gave me over 300 HP. Just a matter of mapping out the last levels. I genocided L, h, m, R, and was saving ; for later.
I mapped out and cleared Vlad's tower and was working my way to the end. Decided to detour into the wizard tower to pre-clear the riff-raff. For weapons I was using +6 Sunsword(random drop from a giant), +7 silver saber, and backup +5 Mojo. First monster in the tower zoo was a cockatrice. I always get nervous and kill them first. It left a corpse, so my next fear was something with gloves picking it up. I quickly picked it up and decided to clear out the zoo with it. Was about 2/3rds done and fell into a spiked pit. DYWYPI?
Was not aware the the zoo had pits in it. I'm guessing it is recommended to float while wielding a C? I may take another break.