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Tormuse

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I haven't posted any mortems in a while, so I wanted to re-establish myself here on the forums by achieving the new Destroyer Diamond!  :)  (A badge that requires more patience than I figure most people are willing to muster)  ;)  And along the way, I got the idea of getting Conqueror badge too, to make for a truly spectacular run!  Alas, I failed at both goals.  :(  But I think the run turned out at least a little bit spectacular nonetheless.  :)  (You are all welcome to make fun of me for getting four Diamond badges in one game, but being disappointed because I didn't get a fifth)  :P

Funnily enough, the biggest hurdle to my attempt to get Destroyer Diamond was getting past level 1!  (Or rather getting to character level 2 without taking any damage)  I must have start-scummed about a hundred times before I had a game in which I managed to pass the Phobos entryway without taking damage.  My favourite strategy here was to hide behind the Phobos trees and let the Former Humans run themselves out of ammo, shooting at me.  I would count the bullets, and then run out from behind cover when they were empty and shoot them while they were reloading.  Sometimes, I would drop med packs in front of the trees to lure them into a suitable position for this strategy.  Once I had Intuition 2, things became a fair bit easier, but I still needed to be very, *very* careful to not ever let anyone into my visual radius and I spent the whole game plodding around slowly, taking frequent breaks so I wouldn't get bored or impatient.  (I was planning to jokingly refer to the game as the "Angel of a Buttload of Patience")  :P  Still, there were five occasions that I took damage:

Two of them were on level 12.  I played this game in the console version, (because I'm traditional like that)  ;)  and I always get messed up when I get a Tracking Map because I can't tell whether the enemies are in my visual radius or not.  In this case, an imp hit me for 10 damage.  I got so irritated at this, my first damage of the game, that I got careless and stupidly let a Demon get close enough to bite me for another 8 damage.

The next occasion was the City of Skulls.  Since wall-busting is no longer an option, I thought that if I phased away from the opening ambush, I could escape taking damage there.  Unluckily, I teleported right next to three Lost Souls who did 20 points of damage before I could kill them.

On level 15, (Deimos level 7) I was corner-shooting a Baron and a Knight with my shotgun and an exploding barrel propelled the Knight into my view and he hit me for another 12 damage.  At this point, I had taken 50 damage, so I had lost the Untouchable Cross, and thus lost the Destroyer Diamond.  :(

The last occasion I took damage was in The Vaults, when I walked through a square of lava to get to the teleporter in the central room.  I took 6 points of damage, bringing the grand total to 56 damage.

Some notes from the run:

Hell's Arena:  Getting Hellrunner helped me outrun Demons, which made it easier to maneuver them into corpse-stacking positions, but the new AI made it trickier than I expected.  ("That's it.  One step closer...  Wait!  Where are you going?  Come baaaaack!")  :P

I got lucky at Hellgate; I only had one phase device, but it took me past the first ambush, so I could take out the Nightmare creatures from a distance.  I then destroyed the bodies.  It turns out that that's good enough for Gatekeeper Diamond!  (Since I took out the Cyberdemon using Dodgemaster to dodge his rockets)

The point where I really decided to go for Conqueror was at Hell's Armory.  I was considering skipping it, because it wasn't worth the risk of having the Shambler teleport next to me and screw up the Destroyer Diamond, but as luck would have it, there was an invulnerability near the entrance and I took advantage of that, using a phase device to get me close to the switch that releases the Shambler so that I could kill him first while still invulnerable.  It's a good thing I did, because he actually *did* teleport next to me and start clawing at me!  After Chainsawing him to death, I proceeded to flip the switch another 25 times to exploit the Gambler's Shield bug.  :P  I probably should have used the Revenant's Launcher I found there to help me destroy bodies in the Mortuary later, but I was trying to keep my weapon complement to numbered weapons so I could take full advantage of Juggler ability.

I was invulnerable, going into the Spider's Lair, so I was able to rocket jump around, both for purposes of destroying bodies and for propelling myself toward the next Arachnotron to be chainsawed.  Fun!  :D

By the time I got to Unholy Cathedral, I had Hellrunner 2 and Tactical Armour and Boots and a Tech-modded Chainsaw with two levels of Finesse.  I was walking at 0.46 sec/move and Chainsawing at 0.4 sec/move.  I was actually almost able to outrun the Lost Souls, so it was easy enough to maneuver them into positions where I could strike them first without them doing any damage to me.  The Demons were even easier to dispatch, since I just lured them into the lava.  :P  And I was so much faster than the Angel of Death, that timing my Chainsaw strikes so he didn't hit me back wasn't even difficult!  When I made my decision to go for Conqueror, I thought this was going to be the biggest challenge to that, but it was a lot easier than I expected.

The funny thing with the Vaults is that I actually got lucky twice.  I had brought three phase devices along and the second one of them took me into the middle vault where I found myself between two Revenants and two Arch-Viles, one of each on either side of me, and I was greeted by the message, "The Arch-Vile raises his arms.  The Arch-Vile raises his arms."  My first thought was, "Oh crap!  I don't know if I'll be able to escape dying here, let alone taking any damage."  But then I insta-switched to my BFG9000, and two blasts later, I had taken all of them out without them having a chance to return fire!  Then, I used an envirosuit to walk over the lava leading to the teleporter and proceeded to break into the other vaults, taking advantage of the envirosuit to allow me to stand in the pools of lava for a better position for hitting their break points.  After I cleared all of them, I discovered that I had seriously jeopardized my Scavenger Diamond by stupidly neglecting to destroy the Revenant bodies in the central vault!  But then luck was on my side again, because I used my third phase device and it took me into the central vault again!  (That's when I took the 6 damage by stepping into the lava a second time)

The Mortuary wasn't *too* difficult...  A couple of hatred skulls took out a majority of the bodies, and then I juggled between my Nuclear Plasma Rifle and my Nano-modded Plasma Rifle, occasionally switching to the Rocket Launcher to destroy bodies, or swooping in on Mancubus corpses to replenish my rockets.  Incidentally, there were some "interesting" finds in UC and the Mortuary for this version.  I have no idea what I did to trigger them.  :)

By the time I got to the Lava Pits, I had Son of a Bitch 4, and my Plasma Rifle was capable of knocking the Lava Elemental back so it couldn't get a shot at me, but I still had to use a Homing Phase Device to escape it once, when it teleported next to me.

After all that, JC was a piece of cake.  Dodgemaster to avoid his rockets, drilled him with plasma fire and delivered a BFG9000 coup de gras.  :D  He didn't even have a chance to summon any minions!

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 DoomRL (v.0.9.9.6) roguelike post-mortem character dump
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 Tormuse, level 17 Demon Sergeant Major Scout,
 nuked the Mastermind on level 9 of Hell.
 He survived 103665 turns and scored 929150 points.
 He played for 1 day, 8 hours, 30 minutes and 58 seconds.
 He opposed the Nightmare!

 He killed 1576 out of 1679 hellspawn. (93%)
 He held his right to remain violent.
 He was an Angel of Max Carnage!

-- Special levels --------------------------------------------

  Levels generated : 11
  Levels visited   : 11
  Levels completed : 10

-- Awards ----------------------------------------------------

  Cyberdemon's Head
  UAC Star (gold cluster)
  Gambler's Shield
  Aurora Medallion
  Explorer Badge
  Untouchable Badge
  Untouchable Medal
  Grim Reaper's Badge
  Angelic Badge
  Hell Arena Pwnage Medal
  Shambler's Head
  Heroic Silver Badge
  Gatekeeper Gold Badge
  Gatekeeper Diamond Badge
  Veteran Platinum Badge
  Veteran Diamond Badge
  Destroyer Bronze Badge
  Destroyer Silver Badge
  Destroyer Gold Badge
  Destroyer Platinum Badge
  Lava Bronze Badge
  Reaper Bronze Badge
  Reaper Silver Badge
  Reaper Gold Badge
  Reaper Platinum Badge
  Scavenger Diamond Badge
  Longinus Platinum Badge
  Longinus Diamond Badge

-- Graveyard -------------------------------------------------

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-- Statistics ------------------------------------------------

  Health 50/50   Experience 145370/17
  ToHit Ranged +12  ToHit Melee +12  ToDmg Ranged +5  ToDmg Melee +5

-- Traits ----------------------------------------------------

  Class : Scout

    Finesse          (Level 3)
    Hellrunner       (Level 3)
    Son of a bitch   (Level 5)
    Juggler          (Level 1)
    Dodgemaster      (Level 1)
    Intuition        (Level 2)
    Triggerhappy     (Level 1)
    Cateye           (Level 1)

  Int->Int->HR->Fin->Jug->SoB->SoB->TH->MCe->HR->DM->Fin->Fin->SoB->HR->SoB->SoB->

-- Equipment -------------------------------------------------

    [a] [ Armor      ]   tactical armor [0/0] (100%)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   BFG 9000 (11d8) [60/100] (P1)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   tactical boots [0/0] (100%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   nuclear plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [23/24]

-- Inventory -------------------------------------------------

    [a] double shotgun (9d3)x2 [2/2]
    [b] tactical shotgun (8d3) [5/5]
    [c] rocket launcher (6d6) [1/1] (B1)
    [d] gatling gun (1d7)x6 [60/60]
    [e] plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [12/40] (N1)
    [f] Malek's Armor [3/3] (100%)
    [g] Berserker Armor [0]
    [h] chainsaw (4d6) (T)
    [i] 10mm ammo (x140)
    [j] shotgun shell (x67)
    [k] rocket (x14)
    [l] rocket (x11)
    [m] rocket (x14)
    [n] small med-pack
    [o] large med-pack
    [p] envirosuit pack
    [q] Arena Master's Staff
    [r] 10mm ammo chain (x250)
    [s] 10mm ammo chain (x250)
    [t] shell box (x100)

-- Resistances -----------------------------------------------

    Acid       - internal 25%   torso 25%   feet 25% 
    Fire       - internal 25%   torso 25%   feet 25% 

-- Kills -----------------------------------------------------

    188 former humans
    128 former sergeants
    94 former captains
    234 imps
    109 demons
    300 lost souls
    65 cacodemons
    46 hell knights
    83 barons of hell
    71 arachnotrons
    54 former commandos
    40 pain elementals
    40 revenants
    58 mancubi
    39 arch-viles
    4 nightmare imps
    4 nightmare cacodemons
    9 nightmare demons
    2 bruiser brothers
    1 shambler
    1 lava elemental
    1 agony elemental
    1 Angel of Death
    1 Cyberdemon
    1 Spider Mastermind
    1 John Carmack
    1 Arena Master

-- History ---------------------------------------------------

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  On level 2 he entered Hell's Arena.
  He left the Arena as a champion!
  On level 4 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 4 he found the Arena Master's Staff!
  He defeated the Hell Arena Master!
  On level 7 he assembled a gatling gun!
  On level 7 he witnessed the Wall.
  He massacred the evil behind the Wall!
  On level 8 he encountered the Phobos Anomaly.
  On level 9 he assembled a tactical boots!
  On level 10 he entered Hell's Armory.
  On level 10 he found the Revenant's Launcher!
  On level 10 he assembled a tactical armor!
  He destroyed the evil within and reaped the rewards!
  On level 11 he ventured into the Halls of Carnage.
  On level 13 he found the City of Skulls.
  He wiped out the City of Skulls.
  On level 14 he encountered an armed nuke!
  On level 14 he ventured into the Spider's Lair.
  He cleared the Lair, kickin' serious spider ass!
  On level 16 he found the Tower of Babel!
  On level 17 he stumbled into complex full of arch-viles!
  On level 17 he invaded the Unholy Cathedral!
  He then destroyed the Unholy Cathedral!
  On level 18 he assembled a tactical shotgun!
  On level 18 he entered the Vaults.
  He managed to clear the Vaults completely!
  On level 20 he was foolish enough to enter the Mortuary!
  On level 20 he found the Berserker Armor!
  He managed to clear the Mortuary from evil!
  On level 22 he entered the Lava Pits.
  On level 22 he found the Malek's Armor!
  He managed to clear the Lava Pits completely!
  He left level 23 as soon as possible.
  Then at last he found Dis!
  He overloaded a nuclear BFG 9000 on level 24!
  He defeated the Mastermind and found the TRUE EVIL!
  Then finally in hell itself, he killed the final EVIL.

-- Messages --------------------------------------------------

 You see : John Carmack (severely wounded) | floor | [ m ]ore
 The missile hits John Carmack. The missile hits John Carmack. The missile
 hits John Carmack. The missile hits John Carmack. The missile hits John
 Carmack. The missile hits John Carmack. The missile hits John Carmack.
 John Carmack reloads his rocket launcher.
 You see : John Carmack (mortally wounded) | pool of blood | [ m ]ore
 The missile hits John Carmack. The missile hits John Carmack. The missile
 hits John Carmack. The missile hits John Carmack. The missile hits John
 Carmack. The missile hits John Carmack. The missile hits John Carmack.
 You see : John Carmack (almost dead) | pool of blood | [ m ]ore
 Targeting canceled.
 You prepare the BFG 9000 instantly!
 You see : John Carmack (almost dead) | pool of blood | [ m ]ore
 The missile hits John Carmack. John Carmack dies. Congratulations! You
 defeated John Carmack! Press <Enter>...
 The missile hits the cacodemon. The missile hits the cacodemon. The missile

-- General ---------------------------------------------------

 12 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 10 of those were killed.

 2 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 1 killed the bitch and survived.
 1 showed that it can outsmart hell itself.

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EDIT: Oh, and I have no idea why I didn't get Conqueror.  I thought I was careful to make sure all of the enemies stayed dead at the end of each of the special levels, but there must have been something left alive at the end of one of them, maybe something in the Mortuary, or even one of the Former Humans in the Chained Court.  Who knows?
« Last Edit: March 08, 2012, 21:06 by Tormuse »
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