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0.9.9.4 / [U|AoMC|YAAM/YAFW] Posting a mortem from last week...
« on: September 15, 2011, 01:45 »
GH: Just fixing up a tag.

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 DoomRL (v.0.9.9.4) roguelike post-mortem character dump
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 Seer 5, level 15 Hell Baron Captain Scout,
 nuked the Cyberdemon. on level 26 of the Phobos base.
 He survived 157744 turns and scored 385770 points.
 He played for 4 hours, 3 minutes and 59 seconds.
 He was a man of Ultra-Violence!

 He killed 1179 out of 1179 hellspawn. (100%)
 This ass-kicking marine killed all of them!
 He was an Angel of Max Carnage!

 He saved himself 5 times.

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

  Levels generated : 9
  Levels visited   : 8
  Levels completed : 8

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

  Hell Armorer Badge
  Aurora Medallion
  Grim Reaper's Badge
  UAC Star (silver cluster)
  Medal of Prejudice
  Hell Champion Medal
  Gatekeeper Diamond Badge
  Veteran Gold Badge
  Veteran Platinum Badge
  Destroyer Silver Badge
  Destroyer Gold Badge

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

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

  Health 38/50   Experience 113926/15
  ToHit Ranged +12  ToHit Melee +12  ToDmg Ranged +3  ToDmg Melee +3

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

  Class : Scout

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

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

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   energy shield [0/0] (39%)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   modified BFG 9000 (12d8) [114/169] (B2P2)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   protective boots [2/2] (100%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   high power plasma rifle (1d10)x6 [20/20]

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

    [a]   modified chaingun (1d6)x4 [40/40] (A2)
    [b]   gatling gun (1d7)x6 [52/52]
    [c]   modified plasma shotgun (7d3) [30/30] (T1)
    [d]   missile launcher (6d6) [4/4]
    [e]   tactical armor [1/1] (100%)
    [f]   modified cerberus onyx armor [2] (P)
    [g]   Necroarmor [6/6] (100%)
    [h]   10mm ammo (x140)
    [i]   rocket (x9)
    [m]   small med-pack
    [n]   large med-pack
    [o]   10mm ammo chain (x250)
    [p]   10mm ammo chain (x250)
    [q]   rocket box (x20)

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

    Acid       - internal 0%    torso 80%   feet 25% 
    Fire       - internal 0%    torso 80%   feet 0%   
    Plasma     - internal 0%    torso 80%   feet 0%   

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

    109 former humans
    118 former sergeants
    59 former captains
    153 imps
    100 demons
    228 lost souls
    74 cacodemons
    81 barons of hell
    1 Cyberdemon
    22 hell knights
    43 arachnotrons
    1 John Carmack
    35 former commandos
    20 pain elementals
    44 arch-viles
    34 mancubi
    52 revenants
    2 bruiser brothers
    1 shambler
    1 lava elemental
    1 Arena Master

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

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  On level 3 he entered Hell's Arena.
  He left the Arena as a champion!
  On level 6 he stormed the Chained Court.
  He defeated the Hell Arena Master!
  On level 6 he found the Arena Master's Staff!
  On level 8 he assembled a tactical armor!
  On level 9 he assembled a high power weapon!
  On level 9 he entered Hell's Armory.
  He destroyed the evil within and reaped the rewards!
  On level 11 he assembled a gatling gun!
  On level 11 he ventured into the Halls of Carnage.
  On level 13 he witnessed the Wall.
  He massacred the evil behind the Wall!
  On level 15 he encountered the Phobos Hellgate.
  On level 18 he assembled a cerberus armor!
  On level 18 he entered the Vaults.
  On level 18 he found the Acid Spitter!
  He cracked the Vaults and cleared them out!
  On level 22 he was foolish enough to enter the Mortuary!
  On level 22 he found the Angelic Armor!
  He managed to clear the Mortuary from evil!
  On level 23 he entered the Lava Pits.
  On level 23 he found the Necroarmor!
  He managed to clear the Lava Pits completely!
  Then at last he found Phobos Arena!
  He overloaded a nuclear BFG 9000 on level 25!
  He defeated the Cyberdemon and found the TRUE EVIL!
  Then finally in hell itself, he killed the final EVIL.

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

 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : pool of blood
 You are hit!
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : Seer 5 (scratched) [m]ore | floor
 You reload the BFG 9000 with power cell.
 You are hit!
 You dodge!
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : floor
 The missile hits the lost soul. You hear the scream of a freed soul! You
 hear the scream of a freed soul! The lost soul dies. You hear the
 scream of a freed soul! You hear the scream of a freed soul! You hear the
 scream of a freed soul! Congratulations! You defeated John Carmack!
 Press <Enter>... You hear the scream of a freed soul! You hear the scream
 of a freed soul! You hear the scream of a freed soul!

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

 868 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 808 of those were killed.
 3 of those were killed by something unknown.
 2 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 42 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 13 souls destroyed the Cyberdemon...
 1 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 11 killed the bastard and survived.
 1 showed that it can outsmart hell itself.

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This is actually a mortem from last week that I finally got around to posting. A big step for me, this was my first ever victory on UV--and a full win, no less. Seven medals! I think that's the most I've ever gotten in one game.

I'm not the first one to point this out, but let me just say again that intuition(2) and Max Carnage are a POWERFUL combination. The diamond badge is to beat it N! without TaN/Iro, but I think that really needs to be reevaluated because intuition and hellrunner give you far more of an advantage. TaN actually isn't very good in Max Carnage games, because with higher damage rates a point of protection makes less difference. It is even less valuable now that there is a player class that can get badass without it. And while ironman is good, it's still not as good as in a regular game. Since both you and enemies can damage each other much more than in a regular game, hitting them before they hit you is more important than being able to take more damage yourself. That's what makes intuition so unbelievably powerful in this challenge, even more than ammochain (which is also less useful than a standard game because you can usually kill enemies with less than half as much ammo). Intuition is so great that even before version 0.9.9.4, I thought it was arguably worth the two levels you had to sink into a completely useless trait. But now that you don't need Eagle Eye, and you can get intuition(2) at level 2, this game becomes a cakewalk if you play as a scout. Hellrunner also allows you to dodge (possibly taking no damage), AND move faster than your enemies. If you have Cateye and 2 levels of hellrunner, you can make it through most levels without taking a hit as long as you're careful.

There is one genuinely difficult part (on UV or higher at least), and that is the Chained Court. All those captains shooting at you 4 times per round, doing 6 damage per hit, and almost never missing! Even if you can reduce the damage to 1, that's still usually 4 damage (8% health) per attack. If you have 3 or 4 of them attacking you, plus a couple Barons, plus the Arena Master, you are going to lose your health FAST even with your zerk armor on.

So that took me a few tries. But once I beat the chained court it was smooth sailing. Cateye allowed me to kill pretty much everything except Archviles with my gatling gun, before they could even get close enough to see me. And if I did see an Archvile, I would just pull out my high power plasma rifle and kill them in one volley.

Time listed as over 4 hours. That includes some time leaving the computer on as I went away to do other stuff.

First time making the Cerberus Armor. I thought the Onyx Armor would be a perfect match, giving me indesructible armor with crazy resistances, but I didn't notice that it drops your defense by 2. Oops! It probably would have been better used on regular red armor--the slowdown isn't as bad, you get some extra fire resistance, and 2 extra defense points on top of it. I imagine it would take so long to deteriorate that you wouldn't even really need a bulk armor mod.

EDIT: It turns out that I either misread the wiki, or it was mistaken. I tried making a Cerberus Armor set with Red Armor, but it turns out that your defense and speed do NOT stack with the original armor. Nor do your fire, plasma, or acid resistances. No matter what armor you use, you will have 0 defense and 30% speed reduction. So in fact it turns out that Onyx Armor arguably IS the best choice if you make Cerberus Armor. Also, I notice that your resistances to melee, bullets, and shotguns are unaffected. So armor that is strong against those would also be good choices.

Nonetheless, my cerberus armor became almost instantly useless when I found the energy shield. Holy CRAP does that take the edge off of late-game enemies! Even with max carnage, revenants and mancubi were taking off 10% or so per attack.

I was hoping for the arachnotron lair and/or city of skulls--both would have made things a lot easier. Especially the arachnotron lair. But even without it, things were pretty easy overall.

Very few problems in the Mortuary. I went in with plenty of plasma cells, allowing me to clear out one side easily thanks to my BFG. Then I could take my time on the other side, taking advantage of ammo drops from captains, commandos, and arachnotrons.

I debated whether or not to fight JC... glad I did. Again, thanks to the energy shield, he was quite easy. I basically just spammed the BFG at him over and over. He hit me with a few rockets but with the energy shield on I was able to shrug them off.

All in all an awesome run.

EDIT: Fixed a few parts where I thought the writing was unclear.

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0.9.9.3 / [M|AoMs|98%|YAVP] MVm + AoMs = cakewalk
« on: August 31, 2011, 17:19 »
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 DoomRL (v.0.9.9.3) roguelike post-mortem character dump
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 Masoman 2, level 13 Hell Baron 1st Lieutenant, defeated the Cyberdemon
 on level 25 of the Phobos base.
 He survived 158199 turns and scored 127785 points.
 He played for 15 hours, 56 minutes and 20 seconds.
 He didn't like it too rough.

 He killed 863 out of 876 hellspawn. (98%)
 He held his right to remain violent.
 He was an Angel of Masochism!


 He saved himself 7 times.

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

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

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

  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Aurora Medallion
  Grim Reaper's Badge
  Hell Champion Medal
  Hell Armorer Badge
  Masochist Silver Badge
  Lava Silver Badge

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

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

  Health 131/70   Experience 70906/13
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +6  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +9

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

    Ironman          (Level 2)
    Finesse          (Level 2)
    Tough as nails   (Level 2)
    Brute            (Level 3)
    Berserker        (Level 1)
    Whizkid          (Level 1)
    Badass           (Level 1)
    Vampyre          (Level 1)

  TaN->TaN->Bad->Bru->Bru->Ber->MVm->Fin->Fin->WK->Iro->Iro->Bru->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   Angelic Armor [19/19] (64%)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   Longinus Spear (8d8)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   tactical boots [1/1] (100%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   modified super shotgun (10d4)x5 [2/2] (F1P1)

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

    [a] modified combat shotgun (7d3) [5/5] (T1)
    [b] missile launcher (6d6) [4/4]
    [c] nuclear BFG 9000 (8d8) [40/40]
    [d] modified BFG 9000 (10d8) [220/220] (B3)
    [e] tactical armor [1/1] (100%)
    [f] modified red armor [4/4] (113%) (B)
    [g] modified red armor [4/4] (200%) (B)
    [h] shotgun shell (x35)
    [i] shotgun shell (x70)
    [j] shotgun shell (x70)
    [k] shotgun shell (x70)
    [l] rocket (x9)
    [m] phase device
    [n] envirosuit pack
    [o] thermonuclear bomb
    [p] bulk mod pack
    [q] blood skull
    [r] lava element
    [s] Arena Master's Staff

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

    93 former humans
    80 former sergeants
    25 former captains
    102 imps
    65 demons
    319 lost souls
    48 cacodemons
    27 barons of hell
    1 Cyberdemon
    25 hell knights
    28 arachnotrons
    5 former commandos
    1 Angel of Death
    9 pain elementals
    16 arch-viles
    1 mancubus
    12 revenants
    2 bruiser brothers
    1 shambler
    1 lava elemental
    1 agony elemental
    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 5 he stormed the Chained Court.
  He defeated the Hell Arena Master!
  On level 5 he found the Arena Master's Staff!
  On level 8 he assembled a tactical armor!
  On level 8 he witnessed the Wall.
  He massacred the evil behind the Wall!
  On level 10 he entered Hell's Armory.
  He destroyed the evil within and reaped the rewards!
  On level 11 he ventured into the Halls of Carnage.
  On level 12 he assembled a tactical boots!
  On level 15 he encountered the Phobos Hellgate.
  On level 16 he invaded the Unholy Cathedral!
  On level 16 he found the Longinus Spear!
  He then destroyed the Unholy Cathedral!
  On level 17 he found the City of Skulls.
  He wiped out the City of Skulls.
  On level 18 he ventured into the Spider's Lair.
  He cleared the Lair, kickin' serious spider ass!
  On level 22 he was foolish enough to enter the Mortuary!
  On level 22 he found the Angelic Armor!
  He managed to clear the Mortuary from evil!
  On level 23 he found the Anti-Freak Jackal!
  On level 23 he entered the Lava Pits.
  He managed to clear the Lava Pits completely!
  Then at last he found Phobos Arena!
  On level 25 he finally defeated the Cyberdemon.

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

 footsteps...
 Run - direction...
 Run - direction...
 You are hit!
 The Cyberdemon reloads his rocket launcher.
 You start running!
 The Cyberdemon fires! You are hit!
 The Cyberdemon reloads his rocket launcher.
 The Cyberdemon fires! You are hit!
 You hit the Cyberdemon. The Cyberdemon reloads his rocket launcher.
 You hit the Cyberdemon.
 You hit the Cyberdemon. The Cyberdemon hits you.
 You hit the Cyberdemon. The Cyberdemon hits you.
 You hit the Cyberdemon. The Cyberdemon hits you.
 You hit the Cyberdemon. The Cyberdemon dies. You feel relatively safe
 now. Congratulations! You defeated the Cyberdemon! Press <Enter>...

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

 Before him 846 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 788 of those were killed.
 3 of those were killed by something unknown.
 2 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 42 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 Some rumours though, say that the Cyberdemon was killed already!
 Is he immortal? 11 souls claim to have killed him...
 1 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 9 killed the bastard and survived.
 1 showed that it can outsmart hell itself.

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My last run on version 0.9.9.3!

I'm surprised that more people don't recommend The Vampyre master trait for Angel of Masochism. I was surprised at how easy this made the game--once you have it, every berserk pack or invincibility powerup is basically a chance to refill your health. With the Longinus Spear, you can keep your berserk going longer which means I was almost always at 200%.

Shotguns worked great until I got the Longinus Spear. Super Shotgun with Firestorm mod pack was sweet, but a few levels later I got the Longinus Spear which made it pretty much obsolete. I just scouted the levels and used powerups to kill really nasty enemies like Viles, Mancubi, and Revenants. By the time that was done I usually only had a few weak enemies left over that were easy to clean up with my combat shottie.

The Mortuary was a cakewalk--one hatred skull, gave me more than enough berzerk charge to kill everything with ease. I don't think I ever even dropped below 50% health. I might have been able to even beat JC but didn't want to risk it.

Maybe some other, more skillful players could try this build out and see if it's as effective on the higher difficulty levels. You'd have to be a Marine, of course. ;) On HNTR, shotguns + Badass were more than effective enough until I picked up the Vampyre trait but it might be harder when you're meeting more powerful enemies earlier on. Also it might be harder to get in melee kills on the later levels, but I would think you could still get a lot of mileage from invincibility/berserk powerups. And Vampyre makes N! ridiculously easy, doesn't it?

(Oh, if you're wondering about the extremely long play time--I had to get up from my computer and stop playing in the middle of a level, so I just left the game running and put my computer in "sleep" mode.)

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0.9.9.1 / [M|AoPc|6%|25%|YAVP] My first ever Pacifist run!
« on: June 28, 2010, 23:54 »
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 DoomRL (v.0.9.9.1) roguelike post-mortem character dump
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 Timo Viitanen, level 11 Hell Baron 2nd Lieutenant, sacrificed himself to kill the Cyberdemon
 on level 25 of the Phobos base.
 He survived 11961 turns and scored 37481 points.
 He played for 19 minutes and 37 seconds.
 He didn't like it too rough.

 He killed 29 out of 477 hellspawn. (6%)
 My, was he a wimpy chump.
 He was an Angel of Pacifism!


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

  Major Icarus Cross
  Compet-n Gold Cross
  Pacifism Gold Badge

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

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

  Health -5848/80   Experience 1764/11
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +0  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +0

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

    Ironman          (Level 3)
    Finesse          (Level 1)
    Hellrunner       (Level 2)
    Tough as nails   (Level 3)
    Dodgemaster      (Level 1)
    Badass           (Level 1)

  HR->HR->TaN->TaN->Bad->DM->Iro->Iro->Iro->TaN->Fin->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   modified phaseshift armor [2] (O)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   nothing
    [c] [ Boots      ]   modified phaseshift boots [4/4] (100%) (T)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   nothing

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

    [a] red armor [4/4] (100%)
    [b] large med-pack
    [c] large med-pack
    [d] large med-pack
    [e] large med-pack
    [f] large med-pack
    [g] large med-pack
    [h] large med-pack
    [i] phase device
    [j] phase device
    [k] phase device
    [l] steel boots [1/1] (80%)
    [m] steel boots [1/1] (14%)

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

    2 former humans
    4 former sergeants
    1 former captain
    4 imps
    3 demons
    13 lost souls
    1 Cyberdemon
    1 mancubus

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

  On level 3 he entered Hell's Arena.
  He cowardly fled the Arena.
  On level 4 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 9 he witnessed the Wall.
  Not knowing what to do, he left.
  On level 15 he encoutered the Phobos Hellgate.
  On level 17 he found the Onyx Armor Pack!
  On level 19 he entered the Vaults.
  He came, he saw, but he left.
  On level 23 he entered the Lava Pits.
  He decided it was too hot there.
  Then at last he found Phobos Arena!
  He nuked level 25!
  On level 25 he finally sacrificed himself to kill the Cyberdemon.

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

 footsteps...
 Are you sure you want activate the thermonuclear bomb? [Y/n] You use a
 thermonuclear bomb. Warning! Explosion in 10 seconds! Warning!
 Explosion in 9 seconds!
 Unknown command. Press "?" for help.
 Warning! Explosion in 8 seconds!
 Warning! Explosion in 7 seconds!
 Warning! Explosion in 6 seconds!
 Warning! Explosion in 5 seconds!
 Warning! Explosion in 4 seconds!
 Warning! Explosion in 3 seconds!
 Warning! Explosion in 2 seconds!
 Warning! Explosion in 1 seconds!
 You hear an explosion! You hear an explosion! You hear an explosion! You
 hear an explosion! You hear an explosion! You feel relatively safe

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

 Before him 516 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 473 of those were killed.
 2 of those were killed by something unknown.
 2 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 31 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 Some rumours though, say that the Cyberdemon was killed already!
 Is he immortal? 8 souls claim to have killed him...
 7 killed the bastard and survived.
 1 showed that it can outsmart hell itself.

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On the heels of my Ao100 win, I decided to try Angel of Pacifism. Man, I can't believe how lucky I was! Seriously, I found the phaseshift set, PLUS onyx armor pack! This game was a cakewalk. Look at all the leftover phase devices and med-packs that I didn't even use! I think I used maybe two large med-packs the whole game. I even had one level with two Arch-Viles blocking the exit, but I barely broke a sweat. I just turned on run mode, used one of my ample large medpacksa few steps from the exit, and got through no problem. Actually, I think this may have been my easiest win ever.

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Century Lounge / [M|Ao100|99%|100|YAVP] Finally!
« on: June 28, 2010, 23:47 »
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 Elmo of 100, level 20 Hell Baron 2nd Lieutenant, completed 100 levels of torture
 on level 100 of the Phobos base.
 He survived 322158 turns and scored 673707 points.
 He played for 22 hours, 25 minutes and 14 seconds.
 He didn't like it too rough.

 He killed 1971 out of 1972 hellspawn. (99%)
 A natural born killer!
 He was an Angel of 100!


 He saved himself 23 times.

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

  UAC Star (silver cluster)
  Centurial Gold Badge

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

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

  Health 69/50   Experience 427244/20
  ToHit Ranged +4  ToHit Melee +4  ToDmg Ranged +3  ToDmg Melee +3

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

    Finesse          (Level 2)
    Hellrunner       (Level 2)
    Tough as nails   (Level 2)
    Son of a bitch   (Level 3)
    Son of a gun     (Level 3)
    Eagle Eye        (Level 2)
    Dualgunner       (Level 1)
    Intuition        (Level 2)
    Whizkid          (Level 2)
    Badass           (Level 1)

  HR->HR->EE->EE->Int->Int->SoG->SoG->SoG->Fin->Fin->WK->SoB->SoB->DG->WK->TaN->TaN->Bad->SoB->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   modified phaseshift armor [4/4] (161%) (ABP)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   Trigun (3d6) [3/6]
    [c] [ Boots      ]   modified plasteel boots [4/4] (200%) (ABT)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   modified blaster (2d7) [20/20] (P3T2)

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

    [a] modified plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [88/88] (B3)
    [b] modified plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [88/88] (B3)
    [c] modified plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [68/68] (B2)
    [d] modified plasma shotgun (10d3) [30/30] (P3T2)
    [e] modified missile launcher (6d7) [4/4] (P1T3)
    [f] combat translocator (0d0) [50/60]
    [g] modified Railgun (8d8) [40/40] (T1)
    [h] modified gothic armor [8/8] (219%) (ABP)
    [i] 10mm ammo (x69)
    [j] rocket (x5)
    [k] rocket (x10)
    [l] power cell (x50)
    [m] power cell (x50)
    [n] power cell (x37)
    [o] large med-pack
    [p] large med-pack
    [q] large med-pack
    [r] homing phase device
    [s] Hell Staff

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

    100 former humans
    271 former sergeants
    244 former captains
    82 imps
    36 demons
    92 lost souls
    119 cacodemons
    240 barons of hell
    39 hell knights
    219 arachnotrons
    10 former commandos
    8 pain elementals
    138 arch-viles
    165 mancubi
    142 revenants
    8 nightmare imps
    27 nightmare cacodemons
    22 nightmare demons
    9 bruiser brothers

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

  On level 23 he found the Railgun!
  On level 33 he found the Hell Staff!
  He nuked level 70!
  On level 90 he found the Trigun!
  He flooded the entire level 95 with acid!
  He nuked level 100!
  On level 100 he finally completed 100 levels of torture.

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

 Warning! Explosion in 3 seconds!
 Warning! Explosion in 2 seconds!
 Warning! Explosion in 1 seconds!
 You hear an explosion! You hear an explosion! You hear an explosion! You
 hear an explosion! You hear an explosion! You feel relatively safe now.
 Unknown command. Press "?" for help.
 Argh!!! Lava!
 Argh!!! Lava!
 Argh!!! Lava!
 Argh!!! Lava!
 Argh!!! Lava!
 Argh!!! Lava!
 You feel vulnerable again.
 There are stairs leading downward here.
 You did it! You completed 100 levels of DoomRL! You're the champion! Press

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

 Before him 515 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 473 of those were killed.
 2 of those were killed by something unknown.
 2 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 31 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 Some rumours though, say that the Cyberdemon was killed already!
 Is he immortal? 7 souls claim to have killed him...
 6 killed the bastard and survived.
 1 showed that it can outsmart hell itself.

--------------------------------------------------------------

This one took a long time. I just kept stupidly killing myself halfway through. Maybe I could have gotten a quicker victory with Ammochain, I wanted to beat Ao100 without it. I just think it makes the game too boring, because you play every game almost the same and most exotics/uniques are useless to you. There is usually little challenge once you get ammochain.

Of course, this game was even easier than an ammochain game once I got the blaster. Seriously, the blaster has to be the most powerful weapon you can find in Ao100. You can stack SoG, SoB and Fin to give yourself +6 damage per shot, and fire speed of .14 seconds--makes an Ammochain plasma gun look like a pea shooter by comparison. Note that you can also fire through walls with it, and you can combine it with Intuition level 2--in other words, you can kill swarms of enemies on the other side of the screen before they even come close to getting you. And, of course, it regenerates ammo so fast that I never even saw it go down outside of berserk mode.

The plasma shotgun was nice. I think it's an underappreciated weapon--great for targeting Arch-Viles surrounded by other enemies. My first time using the Railgun, and though it wasn't as uber-powerful as I'd expected, it sure did come in handy combines with Int level 2. It seems to be a guaranteed hit even when the enemies are outside your field of vision. Just get the red dots lined up and blast away.

On level 90 I found the Trigun--that was just overkill. I was already killing enemies so fast I barely noticed, but let me tell you Trigun/blaster is a powerful combination. Revenants and Cacodemons take less than .5 seconds. Arch-Viles are nearly powerless since I can just knock them out of my field of vision over and over.

The decision to skip cateye and get Badass was a good one. I seldom even came close to 100%, and I think that extra bit of breathing room in case I got ambushed was better than being able to kill enemies before they can see me--especially since it was so easy to kill them with the blaster and intuition anyway.

While Ao100 is fun in the beginning it sure gets boring past level 50 or so, especially if you're going for 100% kills. Of course I wound up with 99%, so all that work was for nothing. Anyway, I don't think I'll be playing Ao100 much for awhile. Maybe I'll go for UV Max Carnage next time. I almost managed to beat it on an easier difficulty level, but I seriously underestimated the Cyberdemon. Man, it took like 2 hits for him to kill me at 100% health. Angel Armor didn't even make a difference.

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Requests For Features / Changing rewards on special levels
« on: May 26, 2010, 16:10 »
Special levels. They're there to give a little extra reward, a little extra fun, and (sometimes) a little extra voluntary challenge. Some of them are way harder than the regular levels, and some of them are pretty much just freebies. I think they're well-designed for the most part, but I have a few ideas that would help balance them out, and make sure all of them are worth visiting, on almost any challenge mode. Please note that most of these changes are very minor--I think the levels are good the way they are, but some tweaking here and there could improve things.

And just to see if anyone else shares my view of things, I attached a little poll. Please respond to the poll on whether or not you agree with me, and the changes I suggested.


Hell's Arena:

The reward on the standard game is absoutely perfect. Enough to be worth the challenge, but not so much as to be gamebreaking or anything. I like that it gives special rewards on certain challenge modes, but maybe some of the challenge mode rewards could use a little tweaking.

AoB: The difficulty just seems way out of proportion to the rewards, especially now that demons have been buffed. It seems impossible in most games unless you're really lucky, or at least Blade-level skilled. And what do you get for toughing it out? A few med-packs that barely make up for the ones you'll probably use, and a homing device. Give me a break. Either the reward should be better--how about increasing the medpacks, and adding in plasteel boots with an agility mod? And a bulk mod for your chainsaw? That would make Hell's Arena worth the trouble. Either that, or keep the rewards weak, giving us a berserk pack after each round.

AoMk: Again, this one is considerably harder than the standard game, but the rewards are a lot weaker. Power mods aren't all that great with pistols. A blaster would be a nice reward, but maybe too overpowered. Agility mod + boots, like in AoB, might be better. Oh, and how about a phase device, for people attempting Brick Silver?

AoS: Double shotgun as final reward is good. It's not that powerful, but definitely very handy,and anyway Hell's Arena is pretty easy on AoS so the reward doesn't need to be that great. But how about, after the first round, you get a combat shotgun instead of a useless chaingun? AoS games where you don't find a combat shotgun for 5+ levels are REALLY annoying.

AoP: Why do we even get a supercharge when we can't use it? Just give us another large medkit instead.

AoRA: HOMING PHASE PLEEZ KTHXBYE.

The rest of the challenge modes are probably fine as-is.



Chained Court:

Getting a chainsaw is perfect--makes AoB much more doable. But I think the double agility mods really need to change, because they make Ammochain games way too easy. More about it in this topic: http://forum.chaosforge.org/index.php/topic,3011.0.html
How about two random mods instead? With chance of getting one unique/exotic mod pack if you're lucky.

Second idea: one agility (or random) mod, plus one pair of boots. This wouldn't overlap my Hell's Arena ideas, since you would only get the boots on challenges where the secret rooms are almost impossible to enter.



The Wall:

More or less perfect, but how about a homing device in the backpack room? That way people attempting Brick Silver would only need a single phase device.



Hell's Armory:

I think it should have more weapons. This is supposed to be an armory, right? So why is it that almost every time I go there I wind up finding something like two pistols, a shotgun, and a chaingun? I say it should have one of every regular (non-exotic) ranged weapon. Nothing but blue and green armor is kinda weak, too.

How about a secret area with a motherload of guns and armor? I think you could fit some stuff over on the right side of the map. You would need to cross the lava and step on a certain spot, opening the door to two rooms guarded by Mancubi (Arachnotrons on easier difficulties). The rooms would contain lots of random weapons and armor (with high chance of exotic/unique).


Halls of Carnage:

No changes necessary.


Hellgate:

No changes necessary.


Uholy Cathedral:

No changes necessary, other than fixing the zerk armor bug. ;)


City of Skulls:

How about throwing shotgun/pistol users a bone and giving some ammo? Doesn't have to be that much, just enough that careful players will just about break even. A mod pack or two might be nice, too, to make it more worthwhile for players who don't need the BFG.


Spider's Lair:

I think it would be cool if this were kind of like an arena level. After defeating the spiders, you get a message like "You hear the sound of something terrifying crawling out from the webs!" and the Spider Mastermind appears right in the center, along with ammo and weapon(s)--maybe a nuclear plasma rifle?--scattered all over the map. Final reward would be same as before.


The Vaults:

This is another one where the reward isn't worth what a pain it is to get the treasure. It seems like most of the time there isn't even a single exotic or unique in either of the side vaults. The one time I got to the middle I didn't see any either (although there might have been some--I was fried almost instantly and so I didn't get a chance to see).

Is it possible to make it so that the left and right vaults have a guaranteed exotic (one total, not per vault) without specifying which one? And one exotic plus one unique in the middle? That would be nice. Also, it's been said before, but how about a couple phase devices? One per side.


The Mortuary:

This one is perfect as it is--super hard, with super items as your reward for finishing.


The Lava Pits:

I think everyone complains of the same thing: it's a pain in the ass to get through, and the rewards are piddly at that point. At that stage in the game, you're probably set to win already, so how about something fun? How about you get two random pieces of gothic / phase equipment? Maybe one time you'd get two gothic boots, and the next time you'd get 1 of each armor type, but the next time you get a phase armor set. All right! A chance to try out a gothic/phase set would make mucking through all that lava worthwhile.

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Bug Reports / [Win 0.9.9.1] Fireangel bug
« on: May 19, 2010, 01:26 »
--------------------------------------------------------------
 DoomRL (v.0.9.9.1) roguelike post-mortem character dump
--------------------------------------------------------------

 Junsui, level 7 Hell Baron Warrant Officer, committed a stupid suicide
 on level 13 of the Phobos base.
 He survived 68721 turns and scored 34394 points.
 He played for 2 hours and 6 seconds.
 He didn't like it too rough.

 He killed 297 out of 299 hellspawn. (99%)
 He was a real killing machine...
 He was an Angel of Purity!


 He saved himself once.

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

  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Hell Champion Medal
  Inquisitor Bronze Badge

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

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  ..........}%#....}.#.}....}......#......=.=...........#|}|#
  ............#......#..........X......#..===..#..#.....#...#
  ####........#......#.................#..===..#..#...B.#+###
  .../...............#...######........#..===..#..#.#.#......
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  ####.................|}}....######...+..===..+..#.#........
  ............................#........#..===..#..#.######.##
  .........#########/###....../........#..===..#..#..........
  .........#..................#........#..===..#..#####.#####
  .........#...........................#..===..#.............
  ###########################################################

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

  Health -20/50   Experience 19580/7
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +0  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +0

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

    Hellrunner       (Level 2)
    Reloader         (Level 2)
    Dodgemaster      (Level 1)
    Shottyman        (Level 1)
    Fireangel        (Level 1)

  HR->HR->Rel->Rel->SM->DM->MFa->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   nothing
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   modified missile launcher (6d6) [2/4] (T1)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   modified protective boots [2/2] (100%) (A)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   Jackhammer (8d3)x3 [9/9]

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

    [a] modified combat shotgun (8d3) [5/5] (P1)
    [b] modified blue armor [2/2] (100%) (A)
    [c] modified red armor [4/4] (200%) (B)
    [d] shotgun shell (x49)
    [e] shotgun shell (x50)
    [f] shotgun shell (x50)
    [g] shotgun shell (x50)
    [h] shotgun shell (x50)
    [i] rocket
    [j] rocket (x10)
    [k] rocket (x10)
    [l] power cell (x50)
    [m] power cell (x50)
    [n] large med-pack
    [o] large med-pack
    [p] large med-pack
    [q] large med-pack
    [r] homing phase device
    [s] technical mod pack
    [t] plasteel boots [4/4] (100%)

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

    75 former humans
    43 former sergeants
    11 former captains
    53 imps
    38 demons
    33 lost souls
    20 cacodemons
    7 barons of hell
    13 hell knights
    2 arachnotrons
    1 former commando
    1 pain elemental

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

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  On level 3 he entered Hell's Arena.
  He left the Arena as a champion!
  On level 5 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 9 he found Hell's Armory.
  On level 10 he found the Jackhammer!
  On level 10 he witnessed the Wall.
  He massacred the evil behind the Wall!
  On level 13 he ventured into the Halls of Carnage.
  On level 13 he finally committed a stupid suicide.

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

 Your missile launcher is already loaded.
 Your missile launcher is already loaded.
 Fire -- Choose target... 
 The demon dies.
 Fire -- Choose target...   The missile hits the demon. The demon dies.
 You reload the missile launcher with rocket.
 Fire -- Choose target... 
 Fire -- Choose target... 
 Fire -- Choose target... 
 You reload the missile launcher with rocket.
 You reload the missile launcher with rocket.
 You reload the missile launcher with rocket.
 Your missile launcher is already loaded.
 Fire -- Choose target...   Boom!
 Fire -- Choose target...   Boom! Your blue armor is completely

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

 Before him 426 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 392 of those were killed.
 2 of those were killed by something unknown.
 1 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 25 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 Some rumours though, say that the Cyberdemon was killed already!
 Is he immortal? 6 souls claim to have killed him...
 5 killed the bastard and survived.
 1 showed that it can outsmart hell itself.

--------------------------------------------------------------

So here's what happened. I was doing an AoP run. I was in the Halls of Carnage, using my missile launcher to kill off everything. I wanted to make an opening in the wall, so I shot it. I stood right next to the wall and fired. Since I had Fireangel, it shouldn't have hurt me, right? Wrong. It took off the last of my health, killing me.

I had a Jackhammer. ;_;

7
0.9.9.1 / [H|99%|7|YASD] Noooooooooooo!!!!
« on: March 25, 2010, 19:09 »
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 DoomRL (v.0.9.9.1) roguelike post-mortem character dump
--------------------------------------------------------------

 Shotgun Spit, level 6 Cacodemon Sergeant, killed by a baron of hell
 on level 7 of the Phobos base.
 He survived 62584 turns and scored 29541 points.
 He played for 1 hour, 50 minutes and 30 seconds.
 He wasn't afraid to be hurt plenty.

 He killed 175 out of 176 hellspawn. (99%)
 He was a real killing machine...


 He saved himself 2 times.

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

  Hell Champion Medal

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

  ###########################################################
  ##############.#.####################.#####################
  #######.................########...........................
  ..|.##..................########...........................
  |....#..................########...........................
  ..|..#..................########...........................
  |....+..................########...........................
  ..|..#..................########...........................
  |....#..................########...........................
  ..|..#..................########...........................
  .....#..................########...........................
  ..|..#..................########...........................
  |....#..................#####.##...........................
  ..|..+...................#####.............................
  |....#...................#####.............................
  ..|..#...................B.................................
  ....##........................X............................
  #######....................................................
  #########################.........#########################
  ###########################################################

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

  Health -1/50   Experience 11576/6
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +0  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +0

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

    Tough as nails   (Level 2)
    Reloader         (Level 2)
    Badass           (Level 1)
    Shottyman        (Level 1)

  TaN->TaN->Bad->Rel->Rel->SM->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   blue armor [1/2] (48%)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   modified combat shotgun (7d3) [4/5] (T1)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   steel boots [1/1] (100%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   modified rocket launcher (6d6) [1/1] (A1)

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

    [a] blue armor [1/2] (35%)
    [b] blue armor [2/2] (52%)
    [c] shotgun shell (x19)
    [d] shotgun shell (x50)
    [e] shotgun shell (x50)
    [f] shotgun shell (x50)
    [g] shotgun shell (x50)
    [h] rocket (x9)
    [i] power cell (x50)
    [j] power cell (x10)
    [k] phase device
    [l] homing phase device
    [m] technical mod pack
    [n] agility mod pack

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

    30 former humans
    23 former sergeants
    7 former captains
    50 imps
    23 demons
    15 lost souls
    6 cacodemons
    13 barons of hell
    8 hell knights

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

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  On level 3 he entered Hell's Arena.
  He left the Arena as a champion!
  On level 6 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 7 he witnessed the Wall.
  On level 7 he finally was killed by a baron of hell.

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

 You pump a shell into the combat shotgun chamber.
 Fire -- Choose target... 
 You pump a shell into the combat shotgun chamber.
 Fire -- Choose target... 
 You pump a shell into the combat shotgun chamber.
 Fire -- Choose target... 
 You load a shell into the combat shotgun.
 Fire -- Choose target... 
 You pump a shell into the combat shotgun chamber. The baron of hell fires!
 You are hit!
 Fire -- Choose target... 
 Your combat shotgun is already loaded.
 Your combat shotgun is already loaded.
 Your combat shotgun is already loaded.
 Fire -- Choose target...   The baron of hell fires! You are hit! Your

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

 Before him 242 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 226 of those were killed.
 And 14 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 Some rumours though, say that the Cyberdemon was killed already!
 Is he immortal? 2 souls claim to have killed him...
 2 killed the bastard and survived.

--------------------------------------------------------------


Is there any need to comment? I think the mortem speaks for itself. Oh, except for the fact that the Baron of Hell was "mortally wounded" when I shot him. Probably "almost dead" as he retaliated. I'm not denying it's my fault--with more caution I probably would have made it through. Just sucks to lose when I was so close.

8
0.9.9 / [M|AoMr|98%|25|YAVP] FINALLY a Marksman victory!
« on: March 01, 2010, 00:24 »
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 DoomRL (v.0.9.9) roguelike post-mortem character dump
--------------------------------------------------------------

 Gay SoG, level 10 Cacodemon Corporal, defeated the Cyberdemon
 on level 25 of the Phobos base.
 He survived 142356 turns and scored 96204 points.
 He played for 3 hours, 27 minutes and 22 seconds.
 He didn't like it too rough.

 He killed 530 out of 538 hellspawn. (98%)
 He held his right to remain violent.
 He was an Angel of Marksmanship!


 He saved himself 5 times.

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

  Hell Champion Medal
  Marksman Silver Badge

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

  ###########################################################
  ...........................................................
  ...........................................................
  ..###......................................................
  ..###..............###.....................................
  ..###..............###.....................................
  ...................###........X...................#........
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  .........................|...........##....................
  ..........###.........................#....................
  ..........###..............###.............................
  ..........###.........#....###.............................
  ......................#....###.............................
  ###.................###..........###.........###..###......
  ###..............................###.........#>#..###......
  ###..............................###.........###..###......
  ...........................................................
  ...........................................................
  ###########################################################

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

  Health 34/50   Experience 48050/10
  ToHit Ranged +2  ToHit Melee +2  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +0

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

    Finesse          (Level 1)
    Hellrunner       (Level 2)
    Son of a gun     (Level 3)
    Eagle Eye        (Level 1)
    Dualgunner       (Level 1)
    Dodgemaster      (Level 1)
    Gun Kata         (Level 1)

  SoG->SoG->DG->SoG->HR->HR->DM->MGK->EE->Fin->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   modified red armor [6/6] (64%) (P)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   modified pistol (2d4) [8/8] (B1)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   Phaseshift Boots [4/4] (96%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   modified pistol (2d4) [8/8] (B1)

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

    [a] modified blue armor [4/4] (100%) (P)
    [b] modified blue armor [2/2] (142%) (B)
    [c] modified red armor [4/4] (162%) (B)
    [d] 10mm ammo (x76)
    [e] 10mm ammo (x100)
    [f] 10mm ammo (x100)
    [g] large med-pack
    [h] large med-pack
    [i] phase device
    [j] envirosuit pack
    [k] thermonuclear bomb
    [l] Gothic Boots [10/10] (89%)

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

    114 former humans
    72 former sergeants
    25 former captains
    90 imps
    53 demons
    74 lost souls
    26 cacodemons
    11 barons of hell
    1 Cyberdemon
    15 hell knights
    16 arachnotrons
    7 former commandos
    5 pain elementals
    5 arch-viles
    7 mancubi
    9 revenants

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

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  On level 3 he entered Hell's Arena.
  He left the Arena as a champion!
  On level 6 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 10 he found the Phaseshift Boots!
  On level 11 he ventured into the Halls of Carnage.
  On level 18 he found the Gothic Boots!
  On level 18 he ventured into the Spider's Lair.
  He cleared the Lair, kickin' serious spider ass!
  On level 23 he entered the Lava Pits.
  He managed to clear the Lava Pits completely!
  Then at last he found Phobos Arena!
  On level 25 he finally defeated the Cyberdemon.

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

 The Cyberdemon reloads his rocket launcher.
 The Cyberdemon fires! You dodge! You hear an explosion!
 Fire -- Choose target...
   The missile hits the Cyberdemon. The missile hits the Cyberdemon.
 The Cyberdemon reloads his rocket launcher.
 Fire -- Choose target...
   The missile hits the Cyberdemon. The missile hits the Cyberdemon.
 The Cyberdemon fires! You dodge! Boom!
 Fire -- Choose target...
   The missile hits the Cyberdemon. The missile hits the Cyberdemon.
 Fire -- Choose target...
 
 Fire -- Choose target...
   The missile hits the Cyberdemon. The Cyberdemon dies. You feel
 relatively safe now. Congratulations! You defeated the Cyberdemon!

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

 Before him 123 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 115 of those were killed.
 And 7 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 Some rumours though, say that the Cyberdemon was killed already!
 Is he immortal? 1 souls claim to have killed him...
 1 killed the bastard and survived.

--------------------------------------------------------------
After countless other marines named SoG were killed off--Smart SoG,
Dumb SoG, Crazy SoG, and too many others to mention--Gay Son of
a Gun finally succeeded where his heterosexual brethren had failed.
Gay SoG sips a strawberry martini as he sits at a bar outside the
marine base, surrounded by fellow marines. They're all begging to
hear, one more time, about how he toppled the fearsome
Cyberdemon using only a pair of pistols. "Oh, pleeease!" laughs Gay
SoG. "So now, all of a sudden the Marines' policy has changed to 'Do
ask, DO tell'? Ah ha ha ha ha!"

THE END
--------------------------------------------------------------

Hooray! Finally, a victory outside of ITYTD. I think I managed to get my first victory deceptively easily--even if you have a lot of bad habits, you can still squeak by with just a little bit of luck. But on HNTR or higher, if you don't play smart the RNG will kill you, every time.

I think one major turning point was around L18. Up until that point, one of my big bad habits was trying to get 100% kills all the time. But then I opened the door to a small room and saw a Baron of Hell, accompanied by TWO Arch-Viles. And me with just two pistols. At that point, I knew running away like a little girl was my only option. I used a phase device, grabbed some armor shards and a supercharge I'd spotted around the periphery, and high-tailed it for the stairs. After that, I'd already broken 100% in this game so there was less temptation to stick around and hunt for that one last mancubus prowling around a level.

The phaseshift boots were a lucky find. The speed boost is a HUGE help. Gothic boots... not so much. They work well for when you have to run over a small patch of lava.

I decided to clear the lava pits, figuring it would be easy with the gothic boots. I was wrong. Total pain in the ass. I think I wasted 2 medpacks on that level. Even the experience didn't help me, since I didn't gain any levels between the lava pits and the Cyberdemon.

The final fight was harder than my melee battle, but still not too difficult. Gun Kata makes the Cyberdemon pretty easy. But most of us probably knew that already.

About the name: I was just going through a run of Marksman attempts where I named all my characters "_____ SoG." On a lark, I decided to try calling this character "Gay SoG"... and he happened to be the one that made it to the end! I guess I must have had rainbow power protecting me or something.

Next step is to rack up more silver medals, and build up my skills. From here on I'll be playing mostly on HMP level, except maybe some of the harder challenges like Angel of Berserk or Purity.

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0.9.9 / [M|AoMr|94%|16|YASD] Let's Learn from Our Mistakes
« on: February 17, 2010, 08:04 »
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 DoomRL (v.0.9.9) roguelike post-mortem character dump
--------------------------------------------------------------

 Stupid SoG, level 7 Cacodemon Corporal, killed by a mancubus
 on level 16 of the Phobos base.
 He survived 83310 turns and scored 37173 points.
 He played for 1 hour, 9 minutes and 45 seconds.
 He didn't like it too rough.

 He killed 342 out of 361 hellspawn. (94%)
 He held his right to remain violent.
 He was an Angel of Marksmanship!


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

  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Hell Champion Medal
  Marksman Bronze Badge

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

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

  Health -5/50   Experience 19146/7
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +0  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +0

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

    Hellrunner       (Level 2)
    Son of a gun     (Level 2)
    Dualgunner       (Level 1)
    Dodgemaster      (Level 1)
    Gun Kata         (Level 1)

  SoG->SoG->DG->HR->HR->DM->MGK->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   blue armor [1/2] (32%)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   modified pistol (2d5) [6/6] (P1)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   protective boots [2/2] (100%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   Grammaton Cleric Beretta (1d7)x6 [18/18]

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

    [a] modified blue armor [1/2] (32%) (B)
    [b] blue armor [2/2] (100%)
    [c] 10mm ammo (x13)
    [d] 10mm ammo (x100)
    [e] 10mm ammo (x100)
    [f] 10mm ammo (x100)
    [g] 10mm ammo (x100)
    [h] 10mm ammo (x100)
    [i] 10mm ammo (x100)
    [j] 10mm ammo (x100)
    [k] large med-pack
    [l] large med-pack
    [m] large med-pack
    [n] large med-pack
    [o] large med-pack
    [p] large med-pack
    [q] phase device
    [r] homing phase device
    [s] bulk mod pack

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

    77 former humans
    36 former sergeants
    12 former captains
    58 imps
    38 demons
    93 lost souls
    11 cacodemons
    3 barons of hell
    5 hell knights
    1 arachnotron
    1 former commando
    6 pain elementals
    1 revenant

-- 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 5 he found the Assault Shotgun!
  On level 5 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 10 he found the Grammaton Cleric Beretta!
  On level 15 he found the City of Skulls.
  He wiped out the City of Skulls.
  On level 16 he finally was killed by a mancubus.

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

 You open the door.
 You open the door.
 There is a Small Health Globe lying here.
 Fire -- Choose target...
   The missile hits the lost soul. The missile hits the lost soul. The
 missile hits the lost soul. The lost soul dies. You dualreload your
 guns! There is a Small Health Globe lying here.
 You open the door. There is a Small Health Globe lying here.
 There are stairs leading to Unholy Cathedral here.
 You open the door.
 You swap your weapon.
 You switch to full auto mode.
 You swap your weapon.
 You open the door.
 Boom! The barrel explodes! Your blue armor is damaged! Boom! You

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

 Before him 66 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 60 of those were killed.
 And 5 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 Some rumours though, say that the Cyberdemon was killed already!
 Is he immortal? 1 souls claim to have killed him...
 1 killed the bastard and survived.

--------------------------------------------------------------


This is a death from awhile ago. I named him "Stupid SoG"--at the time I was using "____ SoG" names for all my marksman characters. "Lucky SoG," "Crazy SoG," etc. In spite of the name, I actually didn't make that many stupid mistakes with this one.

I got demolished on level 16. I had about 66% health. I walked into a room with... 3 barrels, I think. Took 1 or 2 steps in, and a Mancubus fired as soon as I stepped into its line of vision. 1 Mancubus + 3 barrels + 1 enclosed area = 1 extremely dead space marine. It happened so fast, I didn't even know what hit me until I looked at the mortem.

A lot of players would probably write this off as unavoidable. But I try to treat each death as a learning experience, and ask myself: what could I have done to prevent this?

Well, I could have picked up those Small Health Globes. At least one of them. There's really no reason to leave Small Health Globes behind if they won't put you over 100%. Even if they will put you over 100%, it's debatable.

Of course, even with 100% health I might not have survived. My mistake was going into that room. I noticed the barrels, and the potential danger. But I was more concerned about destroying items than protecting myself Quite frankly I was getting cocky. I had the Beretta, and Gun Kata, which I had been using to rip through everything.

At that point in the game, there really weren't too many items that I needed, though. The chances of finding something really helpful in that one room were pretty low. On the other hand, the chances of running into an enemy that can blow up all those barrels and instakill me are fairly high. If it wasn't a Mancubus, it could have been a Revenant, or a Baron, or an Arch-Vile. Hell, even a shotgun sergeant could have messed me up pretty bad in that situation. So it probably would have been smarter to just blow up the barrels, then enter the room. I would have been fighting a severely weakened Mancubus, and dodging its shots enough to at least reduce the damage.

Another option would have been to go around and enter from a different doorway. The Mancubus might have hurt me, but probably not enough to kill.

So basically, it was bad luck that killed me, but with more caution I probably could have survived it. You have to prepare for the possibility that things will go wrong.

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Discussion / The Adventures of Private YASD!
« on: February 08, 2010, 23:30 »
This is kind of a "spinoff" of the screenshots topic, but with a common theme. It features the adventures of a Space Marine called Private YASD who just can't seem to stop killing himself through bad luck and stupidity (mostly stupidity).

Hopefully we can read the stories of Private YASD, have a laugh, and remember some of our own stupid mistakes.

For those of you who are wondering, yes, I did alter the screenshots in order for some of the jokes to work. I'm not dedicated enough to this idea to give myself a real YASD just to post a joke.

I will put each one in its own post, complete with title. Hope you all enjoy!


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 DoomRL (v.0.9.9) roguelike post-mortem character dump
--------------------------------------------------------------

 Wimpy, level 10 Cacodemon Corporal, defeated the Cyberdemon
 on level 25 of the Phobos base.
 He survived 156940 turns and scored 46163 points.
 He played for 1 hour, 56 minutes and 36 seconds.
 He was too young to die!

 He killed 470 out of 482 hellspawn. (97%)
 He held his right to remain violent.


 He saved himself 3 times.

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

  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Gambler's Shield
  Hell Champion Medal
  UAC Bronze Badge
  Strongman Bronze Badge
  Lava Bronze Badge
  Scavenger Bronze Badge

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

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

  Health 69/70   Experience 44061/10
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +6  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +9

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

    Ironman          (Level 2)
    Tough as nails   (Level 2)
    Brute            (Level 3)
    Berserker        (Level 1)
    Badass           (Level 1)
    Vampyre          (Level 1)

  Bru->Bru->Ber->Bru->TaN->TaN->Bad->MVm->Iro->Iro->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   nothing
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   modified chainsaw (5d6)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   modified plasteel boots [4/4] (77%) (A)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   combat knife (2d5)

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

    [a] modified blue armor [2/4] (28%) (P)
    [b] large med-pack
    [c] large med-pack
    [d] large med-pack
    [e] large med-pack
    [f] phase device
    [g] homing phase device
    [h] envirosuit pack
    [i] technical mod pack
    [j] technical mod pack
    [k] Gothic Boots [10/10] (165%)

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

    61 former humans
    56 former sergeants
    19 former captains
    60 imps
    76 demons
    123 lost souls
    23 cacodemons
    18 barons of hell
    1 Cyberdemon
    4 hell knights
    8 arachnotrons
    5 former commandos
    6 pain elementals
    2 arch-viles
    2 mancubi
    6 revenants

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

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  On level 3 he entered Hell's Arena.
  He left the Arena as a champion!
  On level 4 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 10 he found Hell's Armory.
  On level 10 he found the Minigun!
  On level 11 he ventured into the Halls of Carnage.
  On level 20 he entered the Vaults.
  He came, he saw, but he left.
  On level 23 he found the Gothic Boots!
  On level 23 he entered the Lava Pits.
  He managed to clear the Lava Pits completely!
  Then at last he found Phobos Arena!
  On level 25 he finally defeated the Cyberdemon.

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

 The Cyberdemon fires! You are hit! Your red armor is damaged!
 The Cyberdemon reloads his rocket launcher.
 The Cyberdemon fires! You are hit! Your red armor is completely
 destroyed!
 You use a large med-pack. You feel fully healed. The Cyberdemon reloads his
 rocket launcher.
 The Cyberdemon fires! You are hit!
 The Cyberdemon reloads his rocket launcher.
 You hit the Cyberdemon. You feel like a killing machine! You're going
 berserk! The Cyberdemon hits you. You need to taste blood!
 You use a large med-pack. You feel fully healed. The Cyberdemon hits you.
 You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Cyberdemon. You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Cyberdemon. The Cyberdemon hits you. You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Cyberdemon. The Cyberdemon dies. You feel relatively safe

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

 Before him 51 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 47 of those were killed.
 And 4 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

--------------------------------------------------------------

Yeah, I know it's a victory on easy. I'm still a "n00b" at this game--I've only been playing a few weeks.

It took me 51 deaths to beat this game... I probably would have beaten the game a lot sooner if it weren't for my own stupidity.

One lesson learned the hard way: don't hold down the cursor keys to move, ESPECIALLY when there are enemies around. There's nothing like a marine with ammochain and a plasma rifle with sniper and power mods being killed by a Baron that he walked into and punched until the Baron ripped him to shreds.

I haven't been playing ITTYD because it seems too easy. I found myself getting bored after awhile and dying because I wasn't paying attention. I figured I could beat it on that level if I applied myself, but would rather do the game on HNTR which is a lot more fun.

But then decided to try an all melee ITYTD game. I figured the melee aspect would make it reasonably challenging, and anyway it would give me a chance to get a lot of badges in one sitting. Unfortunately I missed the 100% kills badge by quite a bit--I probably shouldn't have gone to the Vault, since there probably wouldn't have been much worthwhile stuff for me anyway.

It is nice to have something to show my own progress, but I think this is enough of ITYTD level for me. From now on, it's HNTR or better all the way. To be honest, I didn't get all that big a feeling of accomplishment. I just breezed through the last few levels, staying over 100% health almost the whole time. The Cyberdemon fight seemed to end almost before it started, with me never even coming close to running out of med-packs. Once I went berserk it was over. Maybe next I'll try the Marksman challenge. Wish me luck!


Quick question for future strongman games: Can I use the rocket launcher to open passageways? Will just firing the rocket launcher make me lose the Strongman badge, or do I have to actually kill a monster with it? Having access to those agility mods in the chained court would make a strongman win a lot easier.

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Discussion / Display problems--SOLVED!!
« on: January 13, 2010, 22:47 »
I'm a huge fan of both Doom and roguelikes. Recently I finally downloaded DoomRL. It seems like a game I would really love, but unfortunately I am having trouble with the display on my computer. First, here is a screenshot taken with the "F9" key. This is what I SHOULD be seeing.


The former human fires! Boom! The former human fires! You are hit!             
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 Adam Ring                  Armor : none                                       
 Health: 87%  Exp:  1/0%    Weapon: pistol (2d4) [6/6]                         
 cautious                                                    Phobos Base Entry 


Next, this is a screenshot image of my screen. This is what I am ACTUALLY seeing:



Notice how two of the former humans, and some of the walls, and my own character, are not displayed? And the dots that make up the floor are extra wide, taking up two spaces each.

I am running this game in Windows Vista, on a Japanese computer. Japanese computers interpret a lot of ASCII characters differently. For example, in games like Nethack, the backslash always comes out as a "yen" symbol. And if I set the display options to "IBMGraphics" I get all sorts of random Japanese characters.

It looks like something similar to this is happening here. Japanese computers have a "wide" font for characters. This is because the standard font size is too small to display kanji properly, so they can switch the display to "wide" mode for Japanese text.

It looks like certain floor tiles are being displayed in "wide" mode, and that objects will only be displayed if they align a certain way with the floor tiles. So half of all objects are invisible! The game is pretty much unplayable this way. I'm getting shot by invisible sergeants, missing essential items, and getting blown up by invisible barrels.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how to fix it. Other roguelikes usually allow you to change the type of ASCII display, and by fiddling with that I've always been able to get something good enough not to hamper my game in any way. But I don't see any options to change the display type in DoomRL.

Can anyone help me? Do you know of any ways that I can change the display in DoomRL? Or, do you know any ways I can configure Windows so that DoomRL will display properly?

If anyone can help me, I would REALLY appreciate it.

Thanks!

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