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Nightmare! / [N!|Ao100|28%|YAVP] At last, Centurial Diamond
« on: September 05, 2020, 20:48 »
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 DoomRL (0.9.9.7) roguelike post-mortem character dump
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 Centurion, level 19 Arch-Vile General Scout,
 completed 100 levels of torture on level 100 of Hell.
 He survived 49718 turns and scored 1857604 points.
 He played for 1 hour, 20 minutes and 34 seconds.
 He opposed the Nightmare!

 He killed 1220 out of 4275 hellspawn. (28%)
 Who gave him the ticket to Hell, anyway?
 He was an Angel of 100!

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

  Levels generated : 0
  Levels visited   : 0
  Levels completed : 0

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

  UAC Star (silver cluster)
  Dervis' Medallion
  Centurial Silver Badge
  Centurial Gold Badge
  Centurial Platinum Badge
  Centurial Diamond Badge

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

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

  Health 68/60   Experience 259168/19
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +10  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +15

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

  Class : Scout

    Ironman          (Level 1)
    Finesse          (Level 3)
    Hellrunner       (Level 3)
    Brute            (Level 5)
    Berserker        (Level 1)
    Dodgemaster      (Level 1)
    Intuition        (Level 2)
    Whizkid          (Level 2)
    Blademaster      (Level 1)

  Bru->Bru->Ber->HR->HR->Bru->MBm->DM->Int->Int->Fin->Bru->Bru->HR->Fin->WK->WK->Fin->Iro->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   energy-shielded vest [3] (OP)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   chainsword (8d2)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   tactical boots [0/0] (100%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   tactical shotgun (8d3) [5/5]

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

    [a] rocket launcher (6d6) [0/1]
    [b] red armor [4/4] (100%)
    [c] onyx armor [4] (AP)
    [d] combat knife (2d5)
    [e] shotgun shell (x50)
    [f] shotgun shell (x50)
    [g] rocket (x2)
    [h] small med-pack
    [i] large med-pack
    [j] large med-pack
    [k] phase device
    [l] phase device
    [m] thermonuclear bomb
    [n] technical mod pack
    [o] bulk mod pack
    [p] bulk mod pack
    [q] blood skull
    [r] fire skull
    [s] rocket box (x20)

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

    Bullet     - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Melee      - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Shrapnel   - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Acid       - internal 60%   torso 95%   feet 60% 
    Fire       - internal 60%   torso 95%   feet 60% 
    Plasma     - internal 60%   torso 95%   feet 60% 

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

    57 former humans
    126 former sergeants
    140 former captains
    49 imps
    41 demons
    266 lost souls
    18 cacodemons
    42 hell knights
    111 barons of hell
    49 arachnotrons
    4 former commandos
    32 pain elementals
    51 revenants
    58 mancubi
    91 arch-viles
    8 nightmare imps
    5 nightmare cacodemons
    33 nightmare demons
    6 nightmare arachnotrons
    1 nightmare arch-vile
    3 elite former humans
    1 elite former captain
    2 elite former commandos
    16 bruiser brothers
    5 shamblers
    3 lava elemental
    2 Cyberdemons

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

  He left level 4 as soon as possible.
  He left level 17 as soon as possible.
  On level 18 he assembled a tactical boots!
  He left level 19 as soon as possible.
  On level 20 he encountered an armed nuke!
  On level 21 he assembled a chainsword!
  On level 23 he ran for his life from acid!
  On level 29 he stumbled into a nightmare demon cave!
  On level 29 he assembled a tactical shotgun!
  He sounded the alarm on level 35!
  He left level 39 as soon as possible.
  He left level 42 as soon as possible.
  He left level 44 as soon as possible.
  He left level 51 as soon as possible.
  He left level 57 as soon as possible.
  He left level 59 as soon as possible.
  On level 60 he ran for his life from acid!
  He left level 61 as soon as possible.
  Level 64 blasted him with an unholy atmosphere!
  On level 66, hell froze over!
  He left level 70 as soon as possible.
  Level 72 was a hard nut to crack!
  He left level 74 as soon as possible.
  On level 75 he ran for his life from lava!
  Level 79 was a hard nut to crack!
  Level 80 was a hard nut to crack!
  He left level 80 as soon as possible.
  He left level 82 as soon as possible.
  On level 83 he stumbled into a nightmare arachnotron cave!
  He left level 83 as soon as possible.
  He left level 88 as soon as possible.
  He left level 89 as soon as possible.
  He left level 90 as soon as possible.
  He left level 96 as soon as possible.
  On level 99 he ran for his life from lava!
  On level 100 he finally completed 100 levels of torture.

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

 You need to taste blood!
 You hit the mancubus. You are hit! The mancubus dies. You need to taste
 blood!
 Boom! Boom! Boom! You need to taste blood!
 You need to taste blood!
 The mancubus hits you. You need to taste blood!
 You hit the mancubus. You need to taste blood!
 You hit the mancubus. The mancubus dies. Next!
 Boom! Boom! Boom! You need to taste blood! There is rocket (x3) lying here.
 You need to taste blood!
 You need to taste blood!
 There are stairs leading downward here. You need to taste blood!
 You did it! You completed 100 levels of DoomRL! You're the champion! Press
 <Enter>...

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

 4401 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 4113 of those were killed.
 24 of those were killed by something unknown.
 70 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 142 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 52 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 8 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 31 killed the bitch and survived.
 13 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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After quite a few attempts and many breaks in between to pursue other badges, I at last have obtained the Centurial Diamond... along with the silver, gold and platinum, of which the platinum earned me the rank of Marshal.

Early game is the hardest, as per usual - and I tend to try for at least a decent few kills before the hell knights show up, especially when there's humid air or a massacre lever around. Although I've seen Dodgemaster get taken before Blademaster, I took MBm first because of its incredible utility not just in shredding hordes, but in doing so in no time, essentially granting free experience and berserk time. (If I understand the mechanics correctly, 0-time kills with MBm also shouldn't count against berserk/invulnerability timers either.) I carried a shotgun for the early game, upgraded to a combat shotgun and eventually a tactical shotgun later as a backup weapon but I don't think I ever even needed to use the tac shotty at all. For the latter part of the early game, melee enemy caves were a blessing - melee enemies to practice on and berserk from, and often easily found powerups too! Invulnerability was a big part of this run, which made Int1 an incredible help - even with colour vision obliterated, there were plenty of times when I could see a ^ near me and move to investigate, leading to a few extra invulnerabilities, berserk packs, supercharges and similar.

Beyond that, I took a level in Finesse to further speed up my stabbings, then detoured to grab the extra brute and hellrunner levels that opened up. As it turns out, Brute 5 turns the Chainsword into an absolute death machine. When you can dodge right up to a crowd and cut the whole swarm apart in a hit or two each - with Blademaster cutting the time down significantly - not much is a threat, and anything that is will almost instantly berserk you and cease to be a threat. After those, I took the extra hellrunner to aid both the stairdiving and the ability to close in on enemies - less chances to knock me back and much more chance to dodge rapid fire attacks. Beyond that, I went towards Whizkid in case I got the chance to make anything incredible, or even a second chainsword to upgrade - but I never got much use out of the second level of it.

AP Onyx Armour was pretty good for a lot of the game - 4 protection, not a lot of movespeed penalty, pretty decent while berserked. Late game, though, I swapped out for an onyx-modded energy shielded vest for permanent resistance to fire/acid/plasma - pretty effective against almost everything that would be facing me before I got into melee range, at which point I'd be ripping things apart and getting Blademaster freebies anyway. I didn't quite get to make it cybernano, but I did get a power mod on it, giving it 3 protection on top of the resistances - which, incidentally, made me practically immune to those damage types while berserk. (Only 5% damage, minus 3? That's about 100 damage needed to go as high as 2!) I didn't really encounter much of note - there was a nightmare arachnotron cave I passed through, and I deliberatly went after the two cyberdemons I saw to up my kill count, but I didn't even notice a lot of the nasty stuff I chewed through. I noticed exactly one of the 16 bruiser brothers, and I had no idea I'd even met a nightmare arch-vile! Oh, and I carried the rocket launcher in case I needed it or could make it nanomachic, and I did encounter one good time to blow a wall open with it... on an invincible walls level. (Tall room on the left, stairs at the bottom, entrance at the top, viles and mancubi inside)

All in all, I'm... honestly still not very sure of what the strategy for N! Ao100 is - other than "grab invulnerability, run towards stairs, stab things in way until overpowered" - but that seems to work just fine. Maybe I'll get around to doing it again on ArchAo666 sometime... but for now, back to the diamond collection! I've managed to get a couple of N! AoMr characters into Deimos, so maybe...

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 DoomRL (0.9.9.7) roguelike post-mortem character dump
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 Light'n'Dead, level 9 Arch-Vile General Scout,
 defeated the Mastermind at the City of Dis.
 He survived 13948 turns and scored 153539 points.
 He played for 25 minutes and 1 second.
 He was a man of Ultra-Violence!

 He killed 402 out of 745 hellspawn. (53%)
 He was an Angel of Light Travel!

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

  Levels generated : 11
  Levels visited   : 3
  Levels completed : 1

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

  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Major Icarus Cross
  Compet-n Silver Cross
  Lightfoot Platinum Badge

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

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

  Health 21/50   Experience 34244/9
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +6  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +9

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

  Class : Scout

    Finesse          (Level 1)
    Hellrunner       (Level 2)
    Brute            (Level 3)
    Berserker        (Level 1)
    Dodgemaster      (Level 1)
    Blademaster      (Level 1)

  Bru->Bru->Ber->HR->Bru->HR->MBm->DM->Fin->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   green armor [1/1] (23%)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   Longinus Spear (8d8)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   protective boots [4/4] (80%) (P)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   shotgun (9d3) [0/1] (P1)

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

    [a] chainsaw (4d6)
    [b] small med-pack
    [c] small med-pack
    [d] small med-pack

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

    Bullet     - internal 60%   torso 63%   feet 60% 
    Melee      - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Shrapnel   - internal 60%   torso 63%   feet 60% 
    Acid       - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 85% 
    Fire       - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Plasma     - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 

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

    28 former humans
    13 former sergeants
    10 former captains
    39 imps
    41 demons
    168 lost souls
    20 cacodemons
    11 hell knights
    12 barons of hell
    14 arachnotrons
    6 former commandos
    22 pain elementals
    1 revenant
    5 mancubi
    7 arch-viles
    2 bruiser brothers
    1 Angel of Death
    1 Cyberdemon
    1 Spider Mastermind

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

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  On level 5 he stormed the Chained Court.
  He left level 6 as soon as possible.
  On level 8 he encountered the Phobos Anomaly.
  On level 9 he entered Deimos Lab.
  He left the Deimos Lab without drawing too much attention.
  On level 16 he found the Tower of Babel!
  He left level 16 as soon as possible.
  On level 17 he invaded the Unholy Cathedral!
  On level 17 he found the Longinus Spear!
  He then destroyed the Unholy Cathedral!
  Then at last he found Dis!
  On level 24 he finally defeated the Mastermind.

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

 You use a small med-pack. You feel healed.
 You are hit! You are hit! You are hit! You are hit! You are hit! You are hit!
 The Spider Mastermind hits you. That hurt! You' going berserk! You feel like
 a killing machine! You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You need to
 You see : a Spider Mastermind (lightly wounded) | blood | [ m ]ore
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You need to
 taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You need to
 taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You're going
 berserk! You need to taste blood!
 You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind dies. Congratulations!
 You defeated the Spider Mastermind! Press <Enter>...
 You feel relatively safe now. Next!

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

 4275 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 3990 of those were killed.
 24 of those were killed by something unknown.
 70 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 140 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 51 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 8 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 30 killed the bitch and survived.
 13 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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Alright, so I was originally trying this as a Vampyre, but I switched to Blademaster and that made it immensely easier - stair sense as a scout, plus the ability to instantly berserk off of swarms and not get hit in retaliation. If you notice, I "left level 16 as soon as possible" - the Cyberdemon was only a few steps away, so I ended up chainsawing him before he even got to fire a shot. I wasn't aware that you could get credit for leaving a boss fight as soon as possible.

Honestly, very little happened in this run - I found 3 power mods that I slapped on random stuff, but I never got any other mod pack and ended up carrying the LS anyway. (One-shot arch-vile gibbing is fun!) It was basically running away, with the occasional session of "haha chainsaw go brrr" when safe, then the journey through hell consisted of essentially more of that but with "haha LS go brrr" instead... which as usual, is about how Dis went, too. In fact, my first attack is still in the message log. The power-modded shotgun did serve its role as a backup gun well, though, clearing a few nasty mobs out of the way - and after a lot of Nightmare, having things just lie around doing nothing once they die was highly refreshing.

Now, another platinum-only run, or back to Centurial Diamond... Hmmm...

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 DoomRL (0.9.9.7) roguelike post-mortem character dump
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 Geres, level 5 Arch-Vile General Scout,
 defeated the Mastermind at the City of Dis.
 He survived 4103 turns and scored 87561 points.
 He played for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
 He opposed the Nightmare!

 He killed 74 out of 285 hellspawn. (25%)
 Who gave him the ticket to Hell, anyway?
 He was an Angel of Max Carnage!
 He was also an Angel of Overconfidence!

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

  Levels generated : 4
  Levels visited   : 2
  Levels completed : 0

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

  UAC Star (silver cluster)
  Destroyer Diamond Badge

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

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

  Health 57/50   Experience 7326/5
  ToHit Ranged +12  ToHit Melee +12  ToDmg Ranged +2  ToDmg Melee +2

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

  Class : Scout

    Son of a bitch   (Level 2)
    Intuition        (Level 2)
    Triggerhappy     (Level 1)

  Int->Int->SoB->SoB->TH->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   nothing
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   minigun (1d6)x8 [128/200] (T1)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   nothing
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   10mm ammo chain (x14)

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

    [a] combat pistol (3d3) [15/15]
    [b] assault shotgun (7d3) [3/6]
    [c] combat knife (2d5)
    [d] shotgun shell (x50)
    [e] shotgun shell (x43)
    [f] large med-pack
    [g] large med-pack
    [h] bulk mod pack

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

    None

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

    9 former sergeants
    7 former captains
    8 imps
    17 demons
    22 lost souls
    1 cacodemon
    1 baron of hell
    2 arachnotrons
    1 pain elemental
    3 revenants
    1 mancubus
    1 arch-vile
    1 Spider Mastermind

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

  On level 1 he invaded the Unholy Cathedral!
  He fled the Unholy Cathedral seeing no chance to win.
  On level 3 he entered the Vaults.
  He came, he saw, but he left.
  Level 6 was a hard nut to crack!
  Then at last he found Dis!
  On level 8 he finally defeated the Mastermind.

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

 You see : Geres (boosted) | floor | [ m ]ore
 Targeting canceled.
 Modify w eapon, a rmor or b oots? (Escape to cancel) [abw] You use a technical
 mod pack.
 You stop running.
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : a Spider Mastermind (mortally wounded) | floor | [ m ]ore
 Targeting canceled.
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : out of vision
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : out of vision
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : out of vision
 You hear the scream of a freed soul! Congratulations! You defeated the Spider
 Mastermind! Press <Enter>...

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

 4265 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 3982 of those were killed.
 24 of those were killed by something unknown.
 70 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 139 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 50 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 8 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 29 killed the bitch and survived.
 13 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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So this "Next!" took a while, huh? I've been trying a lot of things in my diamond quest - trying to get a Vampyre through the Anomaly, trying to get enough luck for a Centurial Diamond run to do something other than stairdive with a combat knife and pray to never meet an enemy... but reading Icy's thread, as well as inspiring me, tempted me to the dark side - Angel of Overconfidence is a pathway to many badges some consider to be... unnatural. So I decided to try a Sereg Destroyer Diamond run - it starts you with a great rapid-fire weapon and pretty close to game-winning status already. Plus, when you need to keep the damage under 50, health isn't an issue...

This was pretty much the least eventful run imaginable - I met an arch-vile close up on level 1, shortly before grabbing 2 invulnerability globes. I gained several levels by enemy collateral damage while running, and I didn't really do much besides running and grabbing another invuln- my invulnerability started on level 1, ran through a couple of specials and an arachnotron cave and ended after a few volleys into Spidey, at which point I used the ancient art of "stay out of range like a coward and snipe with int2 until target dies" to finish the job. As you'll see in the message log, though, I did grab a tech mod that I didn't remember or bother to apply until close to the end.

I'll probably return someday and try a non-Sereg version of this, as it really feels like the least deserved diamond badge since the days when I earned Gatekeeper Diamond by melting through the walls with plasma - although considering I only played part of level 1 and part of Dis while vulnerable and still took 40 damage, and have never even obtained the untouchable badge, let alone cross, that might be a little ambitious. I guess next up are some platinums to get me to Marshal, and then begins the quest for diamonds, which will require some serious work on my skills in various areas such as stabbing things without getting stabbed, Phobos Anomaly nightmare tactics and a broad variety of general Nightmare skills. (Either that or going hardcore on Sereging...)

Disclaimer: The scout featured in this mortem is entirely fictional. Any similarity to any DoomRL players is purely coincidental.
Next!

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Post Mortem / [H|88%|AoD|YAFW] Hunter Gold
« on: December 09, 2019, 19:14 »
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 DoomRL (0.9.9.7) roguelike post-mortem character dump
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 Gold Rush, level 15 Arch-Vile General Scout,
 nuked the Mastermind at the Hell Fortress.
 He survived 198808 turns and scored 270165 points.
 He played for 1 hour, 50 minutes and 46 seconds.
 He wasn't afraid to be hurt plenty.

 He killed 650 out of 736 hellspawn. (88%)
 He was an Angel of Darkness!

 He saved himself once.

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

  Levels generated : 11
  Levels visited   : 4
  Levels completed : 2

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

  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Hell Armorer Badge
  Hunter Silver Badge
  Hunter Gold Badge

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

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

  Health 36/50   Experience 105302/15
  ToHit Ranged +4  ToHit Melee +4  ToDmg Ranged +5  ToDmg Melee +5

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

  Class : Scout

    Finesse          (Level 2)
    Son of a bitch   (Level 5)
    Eagle Eye        (Level 2)
    Juggler          (Level 1)
    Intuition        (Level 2)
    Triggerhappy     (Level 2)
    Cateye           (Level 1)

  Int->Int->SoB->SoB->TH->MCe->EE->SoB->EE->TH->Fin->Jug->SoB->SoB->Fin->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   energy shield [0/0] (86%)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [24/40] (T1)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   tactical boots [0/0] (100%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   missile launcher (6d6) [4/4] (T1)

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

    [a] gatling gun (1d7)x6 [0/60]
    [b] laser rifle (1d7)x5 [40/40]
    [c] BFG 9000 (10d6) [130/130] (B1)
    [d] red armor [6/6] (91%) (P)
    [e] rocket (x5)
    [f] power cell (x30)
    [g] small med-pack
    [h] small med-pack
    [i] large med-pack
    [j] large med-pack
    [k] large med-pack
    [l] large med-pack
    [m] large med-pack
    [n] phase device
    [o] homing phase device
    [p] power mod pack
    [q] technical mod pack
    [r] bulk mod pack
    [s] protective boots [2/2] (100%)
    [t] rocket box (x20)
    [u] power battery (x93)

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

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

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

    86 former humans
    74 former sergeants
    32 former captains
    136 imps
    63 demons
    110 lost souls
    28 cacodemons
    19 hell knights
    23 barons of hell
    14 arachnotrons
    7 former commandos
    8 pain elementals
    19 revenants
    16 mancubi
    9 arch-viles
    2 bruiser brothers
    1 shambler
    1 Cyberdemon
    1 Spider Mastermind
    1 John Carmack

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

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  On level 2 he entered Hell's Arena.
  He cowardly fled the Arena.
  On level 8 he encountered the Phobos Anomaly.
  On level 9 he found the Grammaton Cleric Beretta!
  On level 9 he entered Hell's Armory.
  On level 9 he assembled a tactical boots!
  On level 9 he assembled a gatling gun!
  He destroyed the evil within and reaped the rewards!
  On level 11 he arrived at the Containment Area.
  He broke into the Containment Area, but gave up against the overwhelming forces.
  On level 14 he ventured into the Halls of Carnage.
  On level 15 he ran for his life from acid!
  On level 16 he found the Tower of Babel!
  Then at last he found Dis!
  He nuked level 24!
  He defeated the Mastermind and found the TRUE EVIL!
  Then finally in Hell itself, he killed the final EVIL.

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

 Fire -- Choose target...
 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.
 You reload the plasma rifle.
 You dodge!
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : John Carmack (mortally 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.
 Fire -- Choose target...
 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>...

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

 4003 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 3730 of those were killed.
 23 of those were killed by something unknown.
 70 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 131 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 49 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 8 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 28 killed the bitch and survived.
 13 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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I've been actively trying to do Nightmare as a Vampyre on my quest for diamonds, and if I can breach my major obstacles might well end up scoring a couple in one run, with luck - but constant Nightmare got a little dull, so I decided to step back and try for the Hunter gold & silver badges, which I never got because I don't particularly like Angel of Darkness.

It managed to be quite interesting, actually; I went Cateye and found a laser rifle, which seemed excellent, but still wound up ignoring it in favour of my plasma rifle. Meanwhile, the full win was entirely luck - thermonuclear bomb and level 23 invulnerability, as well as finding an energy shield on, I believe, level 23 as well. Walked up to JC, shot plasma at him until he died. It does mean that I now have a full win on HMP, which makes my stats screen look a lot nicer.

I wondered whether to post this amidst the diamonds I've posted lately, but hey, the Post Mortem section was pretty much designed to be spammed with mortems, right?

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 R U N, level 8 Arch-Vile General Scout,
 defeated the Mastermind at the City of Dis.
 He survived 15532 turns and scored 259906 points.
 He played for 16 minutes and 34 seconds.
 He opposed the Nightmare!

 He killed 251 out of 780 hellspawn. (32%)

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

  Levels generated : 11
  Levels visited   : 2
  Levels completed : 1

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

  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Major Icarus Cross
  Compet-n Gold Cross
  UAC Diamond Badge
  Speedrunner Gold Badge

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

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

  Health 47/50   Experience 24426/8
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +6  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +9

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

  Class : Scout

    Hellrunner       (Level 2)
    Brute            (Level 3)
    Berserker        (Level 1)
    Dodgemaster      (Level 1)
    Blademaster      (Level 1)

  Bru->Bru->Ber->HR->HR->Bru->MBm->DM->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   red armor [4/4] (70%)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   Longinus Spear (8d8)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   protective boots [2/2] (82%) (A)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   shotgun (8d3) [0/1]

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

    [a] chainsaw (4d6)
    [b] 10mm ammo (x56)
    [c] shotgun shell (x23)
    [d] small med-pack
    [e] small med-pack
    [f] large med-pack
    [g] phase device

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

    Bullet     - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Melee      - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Shrapnel   - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Acid       - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 85% 
    Fire       - internal 60%   torso 85%   feet 60% 
    Plasma     - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 

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

    49 former humans
    17 former sergeants
    8 former captains
    55 imps
    62 demons
    34 lost souls
    4 hell knights
    4 barons of hell
    1 arachnotron
    1 former commando
    2 pain elementals
    5 revenants
    4 mancubi
    2 arch-viles
    1 Angel of Death
    1 Cyberdemon
    1 Spider Mastermind

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

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  He left level 5 as soon as possible.
  On level 5 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 8 he encountered the Phobos Anomaly.
  On level 16 he found the Tower of Babel!
  On level 17 he invaded the Unholy Cathedral!
  On level 17 he found the Longinus Spear!
  He then destroyed the Unholy Cathedral!
  He left level 23 as soon as possible.
  Then at last he found Dis!
  On level 24 he finally defeated the Mastermind.

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

 You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You need to
 taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You need to
 taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You need to
 taste blood!
 You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You're going
 berserk! You need to taste blood!
 You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You need to
 taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind dies. Congratulations!
 You defeated the Spider Mastermind! Press <Enter>...
 Next!

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

 3674 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 3416 of those were killed.
 21 of those were killed by something unknown.
 69 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 121 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 47 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 8 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 27 killed the bitch and survived.
 12 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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There's actually surprisingly little to say about UAC Diamond. Ironically enough, I took my time quite a bit on level 2, because I encountered a pretty great combination - "the air is really humid here", a computer map and exactly one lever, allowing me to safely flood the map with water and clear it out for experience and items. Other than that, it was a straight shotgun-fuelled sprint to the Chained Court, where I grabbed the chainsaw and berserk packs and shotgunned my way past the formers. (Berserk or not, charging sergeants and captains is not fun.) From there, a slightly less rushed sprint through the Anomaly and Deimos, taking opportunities to kill enemies safely in order to level up enough for the Cyberdemon (who ended a previous attempt - no medpacks, no berserk on entry, not enough experience). Unholy Cathedral was about as easy as one would expect for a blademaster - lost souls leave no corpses, demons file neatly into a doorway to die and the Angel can't stand up to sustained berserk chainsaw. Then a charge from there to Dis, with the LS in hand, sprint straight in a zig-zag towards the Mastermind and start swinging.

UAC Diamond feels like a relatively minor upgrade to simply winning on Nightmare normally. Assuming at least a few levels give you generous stair placement, it's really not as high-pressure as it looks - one minute is a long time, and it's certainly a lot easier than the old version. (I don't think I could've earned it back when it was a 15-minute limit, and stair sense didn't exist!)

I seriously doubt I'll be keeping up the rate of 1 diamond per day for long, but for now, I guess I'll follow the philosophy of my character, as he stated in the very last message of the entire run...

Next!

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Post Mortem / [H|YAAM] On a roll - Strongman Diamond
« on: November 18, 2019, 19:35 »
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 A Bad Idea, level 11 Arch-Vile Lt. General Marine,
 defeated the Mastermind at the City of Dis.
 He survived 203627 turns and scored 154095 points.
 He played for 2 hours, 4 minutes and 36 seconds.
 He wasn't afraid to be hurt plenty.

 He killed 612 out of 612 hellspawn. (100%)
 This ass-kicking marine killed all of them!

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

  Levels generated : 11
  Levels visited   : 3
  Levels completed : 3

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

  Cyberdemon's Head
  Medal of Prejudice
  Sunrise Iron Fist
  Strongman Gold Badge
  Strongman Platinum Badge
  Strongman Diamond Badge

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

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

  Health 80/70   Experience 53747/11
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +6  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +9

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

  Class : Marine

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

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

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   gothic armor [8/8] (144%) (P)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   nothing
    [c] [ Boots      ]   phaseshift boots [4/4] (99%) (A)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   combat shotgun (7d3) [5/5] (T1)

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

    [a] rocket launcher (6d6) [1/1] (T1)
    [b] Shielded Armor [2]
    [c] shotgun shell (x44)
    [d] rocket (x10)
    [e] rocket (x10)
    [f] large med-pack
    [g] large med-pack
    [h] large med-pack
    [i] large med-pack
    [j] large med-pack
    [k] large med-pack
    [l] large med-pack
    [m] large med-pack
    [n] homing phase device
    [o] thermonuclear bomb
    [p] thermonuclear bomb
    [q] blood skull
    [r] hatred skull
    [s] tactical boots [0/0] (100%)
    [t] gothic boots [20/20] (200%) (P)

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

    Bullet     - internal 60%   torso 95%   feet 60% 
    Melee      - internal 60%   torso 95%   feet 60% 
    Shrapnel   - internal 60%   torso 95%   feet 60% 
    Acid       - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Fire       - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Plasma     - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 

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

    94 former humans
    88 former sergeants
    34 former captains
    92 imps
    85 demons
    111 lost souls
    11 cacodemons
    18 hell knights
    23 barons of hell
    2 arachnotrons
    8 former commandos
    8 pain elementals
    13 revenants
    4 mancubi
    16 arch-viles
    2 bruiser brothers
    1 Angel of Death
    1 Cyberdemon
    1 Spider Mastermind

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

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  On level 5 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 7 he assembled a tactical boots!
  On level 7 he sneaked into the Phobos Lab.
  He broke through the lab.
  On level 8 he encountered the Phobos Anomaly.
  Level 9 was a hard nut to crack!
  Level 15 was a hard nut to crack!
  On level 16 he found the Tower of Babel!
  On level 17 he invaded the Unholy Cathedral!
  On level 17 he found the Azrael's Scythe!
  He then destroyed the Unholy Cathedral!
  On level 23 he found the Shielded Armor!
  Then at last he found Dis!
  On level 24 he finally defeated the Mastermind.

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

 taste blood!
 The Spider Mastermind hits you. The Spider Mastermind hits you. You need to
 taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. You're going berserk! You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You need to
 taste blood!
 You are hit! You are hit! You dodge! You dodge! You are hit! You are hit! You
 need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You need to
 taste blood!
 The Spider Mastermind hits you. You are hit! You are hit! You are hit! You
 are hit! You are hit! You are hit! You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind dies. Congratulations!
 You defeated the Spider Mastermind! Press <Enter>...
 You feel relatively safe now. You're going berserk!

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

 3630 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 3374 of those were killed.
 21 of those were killed by something unknown.
 69 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 120 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 46 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 8 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 26 killed the bitch and survived.
 12 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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Relatively fresh from my Shottyman Angelic run, I looked across my badge collection for some easier ones, setting my eyes on the Strongman series - I never used to be any good with melee, but I've practiced a fair bit and even the mighty Strongman Diamond only requires HMP. Ironically, I was initially looking at Strongman Gold as an option for taking on a lower-level badge - but I figured, I've never managed a Sunrise Iron Fist before, so I wanted to go for Strongman Platinum to kill two birds with one stone, and if I'm going to be going fists-only, I might as well go for the YAAM too, right?

There's really not that much to say that others haven't already said, to be honest. Shotgun shells get you through the early levels by letting you chip away at demons before going for the punches; once you have Brute 3, your fists are actually pretty deadly weapons (10-12 damage, guaranteeing instant kills against lost souls and naked formers, and a +6 accuracy bonus) and once berserker gets involved, enemies effectively have a time limit to kill you before you start dealing out 20 damage a turn. Badass is actually pretty amazing with berserker, because the slow decay of overheal doesn't look quite so tiny when the forces of Hell can barely touch you. And of course, Vampyre at worst severely mitigates the damage that anything can do through berserk, and at best lets you come out at a profit.

I found an awful lot of exotic protection lying around - the full gothic set, phaseshift boots, two blood skulls and a hatred skull (I eventually burned one of the blood skulls just to open up some inventory space in exchange for a bit of a health boost). Why did I enter Phobos Lab? Because I'm silly and also thought it was the much more giftdroppable Military Base. As it turned out, though, Phobos Lab's enemies are actually quite punchable once you ambush the sergeants and berserk charge the demons. Unholy Cathedral was a much more thought-out choice, though - I had Gothic Armor by that point, which rendered the enemies pretty pathetic. I made a point of picking up Azrael's Scythe and discarding it, to add to my "found" stats and also because insulting the Angel of Death is fun.

As you may have guessed from the fact that I managed to get the Cyberdemon's Head and Sunrise Iron Fist in the same mortem, there was invulnerability by the entrance to the Tower of Babel. I'd prepared rockets for the Cyberdemon, but with invulnerability available I just charged at him. The Mastermind was a bit tougher, but well, I had power-modded gothic armor. With that and berserk, it was pretty one-sided.

The real final boss of this run, though, was the hell knight on level 23 with the shielded armor. If my calculations are correct, factoring in the 95% melee resistance, the 2 protection of the armor and the 1 innate armor of the hell knight, I would've needed 100 damage just to deal 2 damage to him in melee. Fortunately, I also had 95% melee resistance with gothic armor and berserk, and considering TaN2 and the power-modded 8 protection of the gothic armor, I believe it would take around 240 damage to deal 2 damage to me in melee. Incidentally, the Mastermind was smart enough to not attempt to melee me all the time - but with Brute 3 and berserk, even fists will make her flinch on 2/3 hits.

Although this definitely felt like a relatively easy diamond badge once it got going, I'd say my inventory contains enough backups (8 large medpacks and 2 nukes, mainly) to call this a decisive victory, and certainly a run worthy of being the one that promotes me to General.

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 Me, level 7 Arch-Vile Lt. General Scout,
 defeated the Mastermind at the City of Dis.
 He survived 112421 turns and scored 152104 points.
 He played for 57 minutes and 50 seconds.
 He opposed the Nightmare!

 He killed 664 out of 736 hellspawn. (90%)
 He held his right to remain violent.
 He was an Angel of Shotgunnery!
 He was also an Angel of Overconfidence!

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

  Levels generated : 4
  Levels visited   : 0
  Levels completed : 0

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

  UAC Star (gold cluster)
  Shottyman Platinum Badge
  Shottyman Diamond Badge
  Shottyman Angelic Badge

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

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

  Health 0/50   Experience 21902/7
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +0  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +0

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

  Class : Scout

    Finesse          (Level 1)
    Hellrunner       (Level 2)
    Juggler          (Level 1)
    Dodgemaster      (Level 1)
    Intuition        (Level 2)

  Int->Int->Fin->Jug->HR->HR->DM->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   red armor [2/4] (35%) (B)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   assault shotgun (8d3) [5/6] (P1)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   plasteel boots [2/2] (100%) (A)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   shotgun (8d3) [1/1]

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

    [a] combat shotgun (7d3) [5/5]
    [b] blue armor [2/2] (100%)
    [c] shotgun shell (x50)
    [d] shotgun shell (x50)
    [e] shotgun shell (x50)
    [f] shotgun shell (x50)
    [g] shotgun shell (x50)
    [h] shotgun shell (x50)
    [i] shotgun shell (x11)
    [j] shotgun shell (x50)
    [k] shotgun shell (x50)
    [l] shotgun shell (x50)
    [m] shotgun shell (x50)
    [n] power mod pack
    [o] power mod pack
    [p] steel boots [1/1] (100%)
    [q] acid-proof boots [0/0] (100%)

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

    Acid       - internal 0%    torso 0%    feet 50% 
    Fire       - internal 0%    torso 12%   feet 25% 

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

    4 former humans
    487 former sergeants
    15 former captains
    6 demons
    106 lost souls
    2 cacodemons
    12 barons of hell
    3 arachnotrons
    2 former commandos
    8 pain elementals
    5 revenants
    6 mancubi
    7 arch-viles
    1 Spider Mastermind

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

  He left level 7 as soon as possible.
  Then at last he found Dis!
  He nuked level 8!
  On level 8 he finally defeated the Mastermind.

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

 Are you sure you want activate the thermonuclear bomb? [Y/n]
 You use a thermonuclear bomb. Warning! Explosion in 10 seconds!
 You reload the assault shotgun. Warning! Explosion in 9 seconds!
 Your assault shotgun is already loaded.
 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!
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : a Spider Mastermind (heavily wounded) | floor | [ m ]ore
 You are hit! Boom! You are hit! Boom! You are hit!
 Warning! Explosion in 2 seconds! You dodge! Boom! You are hit! You are hit!
 You die!... Press <Enter>...
 Congratulations! You defeated the Spider Mastermind! Press <Enter>...

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

 3616 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 3361 of those were killed.
 21 of those were killed by something unknown.
 69 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 120 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 45 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 8 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 25 killed the bitch and survived.
 12 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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Well, that was an interesting run. It pretty much started as a semi-stairdive - stopping when I got a chance for some safe kills, for level-ups and killcount. I took an odd trait build, I'll happily admit that - Juggler was my way of getting an emergency shell, in case everything went really, really wrong. The lack of Dodgemaster was a high risk until I got it, but finesse allowed me to empty my assault shotgun into whatever stood in my way with less risk of getting shredded in response, and the "backup shell" came into play a couple of times. Level 3 was one of those levels that resembles Limbo, with a few buildings conneted by bridges and surrounded by lava, with 1-tile walkways around the buildings. That allowed me to clear the level fully by standing in doorways and at corners, cornershooting things until they were on the brink of death and then letting them get close so I could knock them into the lava with the final shot. This became more of a grind than a fight, and soon enough the level was clear of enemies.... except one sergeant who had received my blessing to live. As you can probably tell from my kill stats, I killed that sergeant quite a few times. To add to my good fortune, a different sergeant had dropped me some red armor, and there was a megasphere on the level, so I left in good health and with a 200% red armor on me.

Level 4 and 5 were... uneventful, aside from finding a nuke. One of them was a standard maze of rooms, where I pushed my way to the stairs with sheer brutality (and spread a small group of former across the wall) and the other started me in a large room on the right-hand side of the level, with the stairs. I did peek out and try to get a few kills on that level, but with my killcount as padded as it was, I decided to quickly retreat from the mancubi and arch-viles outside the door.

Level 6 was yet another of the buildings-in-lava levels. Unfortunately, I started in close quarters to an arch-vile, who ended up doing some serious damage to the cover (and me) as I ran. I headed to the right-hand side where the stairs were and grabbed a computer map to see just what the situation was, and found that there were only two buildings in the middle and right - the left was just small islands and bridges in the lava, with some unknown exotic item. I wanted to see what the exotic was, but between my arch-vile surprise and my ill-advised attempts to kill it, the cover on that side of the map was severely damaged, I was running out of medpacks and the centre of the map was dangerously overrun. I checked my killcount, and found that I could still afford to miss quite a number of enemies, so I abandoned the level.

On level 7, I started in a large room with crates. To my left were the stairs, and to my right was an unholy army of arch-viles and barons. There were 2-3 viles in view, RNG only knows how many barons and that's only what I could see. I checked my player info for my kills/total - I had enough for Shottyman Diamond. I activated running mode, I did not pass go and I did not collect any items or fire any weapons in that level.

I decided to fight the Mastermind with the aid of my medpacks, and she was "heavily wounded", but I was fighting a losing battle. I dropped the nuke (by the way, I can't believe I only recently noticed in the source "are you sure you want activate the thermonuclear bomb") and charged the mastermind, who gunned me down almost immediately. The nuke went off, the mastermind exploded, and I sat back and admired my hard-earned
FATAL EXCEPTION

An unhandled exception occurred...


I've played and seen many games in my time, but no horror game in all of history has matched up to the sheer scare factor of earning a combined platinum/diamond/angelic badge, then being jumped by a fatal exception. I loaded up DoomRL and tried to continue my autosaved game - it was corrupted. (When I think about it, why does the game automatically destroy evidence of bugs without asking you?) I checked my badges and saw, much to my relief, that I had all the badges I was owed - and when I looked in the folder, my mortem was intact. However, I got a standard win - I read up on bugs and saw that, indeed, it's because you can't get a partial or full win if you aren't on at least level 24. Upon checking the released source, I think the fatal error was actually caused by the game trying to display the plot text at the end, because I didn't technically qualify for any of it due to not being on level 24+ nor having any True Evil kills.

All in all, it was a run that relied fairly heavily on the kindness of the RNG and on spammy tactics of farming sergeants. But hey - that's Angelic badges in a nutshell, isn't it? It certainly does seem like the easiest Angelic badge out there, but "easiest" is relative. Now, to consider what badge to go for next. Centurial Diamond is tempting, but I might try and relax with some enemies who'll stay dead for a change... (I did get to level 40 one time!)

Special thanks to all those who came before me, blazing a trail that I tend to follow in many of my attempts at the higher levels of badge. Tormuse and Sereg come to mind, even though I don't tend to use Sereging itself, but I do read mortems a lot for tactical advice - and I've had characters called "Tormusical" and "The Tormuse Maneuver" before, who sadly died in their attempts to copy Tormuse's mortems.

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 MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE,
 level 9 Arch-Vile Mjr General Scout,
 sacrificed himself to kill the Mastermind at the City of Dis.
 He survived 25694 turns and scored 300903 points.
 He played for 38 minutes and 40 seconds.
 He opposed the Nightmare!

 He killed 469 out of 1145 hellspawn. (40%)

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

  Levels generated : 11
  Levels visited   : 6
  Levels completed : 0

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

  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Minor Icarus Cross
  UAC Gold Badge
  UAC Platinum Badge

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

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

  Health 0/50   Experience 33298/9
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +6  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +9

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

  Class : Scout

    Finesse          (Level 1)
    Hellrunner       (Level 2)
    Brute            (Level 3)
    Berserker        (Level 1)
    Dodgemaster      (Level 1)
    Blademaster      (Level 1)

  Bru->Bru->Ber->HR->HR->Bru->MBm->DM->Fin->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   nothing
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   chainsaw (4d6) (A)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   steel boots [1/1] (75%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   BFG 9000 (10d6) [0/130] (B1)

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

    [a] shotgun (8d3) [1/1]
    [b] combat shotgun (7d3) [0/5]
    [c] missile launcher (6d6) [4/4]
    [d] green armor [1/1] (49%)
    [e] green armor [1/1] (100%)
    [f] green armor [1/1] (86%)
    [g] blue armor [2/2] (81%)
    [h] blue armor [1/2] (5%)
    [i] red armor [4/4] (100%)
    [j] red armor [4/4] (100%)
    [k] shotgun shell (x50)
    [l] shotgun shell (x7)
    [m] shotgun shell (x50)
    [n] shotgun shell (x50)
    [o] small med-pack
    [p] phase device
    [q] phase device
    [r] technical mod pack
    [s] technical mod pack
    [t] bulk mod pack

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

    Bullet     - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Melee      - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Shrapnel   - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Acid       - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Fire       - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Plasma     - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 

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

    69 former humans
    61 former sergeants
    25 former captains
    80 imps
    33 demons
    141 lost souls
    12 cacodemons
    5 hell knights
    11 barons of hell
    4 arachnotrons
    2 former commandos
    10 pain elementals
    1 revenant
    3 mancubi
    3 arch-viles
    1 nightmare cacodemon
    6 nightmare demons
    1 Cyberdemon
    1 Spider Mastermind

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

  He started his journey on the surface of Phobos.
  On level 5 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 8 he encountered the Phobos Anomaly.
  On level 12 he found the City of Skulls.
  He fled the City in terror!
  On level 14 he ventured into the Halls of Carnage.
  On level 16 he found the Tower of Babel!
  On level 17 he invaded the Unholy Cathedral!
  He fled the Unholy Cathedral seeing no chance to win.
  On level 19 he entered the Vaults.
  He came, he saw, but he left.
  On level 22 he arrived at Mt. Erebus.
  He decided it was too dangerous.
  Then at last he found Dis!
  He nuked level 24!
  On level 24 he finally sacrificed himself to kill the Mastermind.

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

 You stop running.
 You use a small med-pack. You feel healed.
 You start running!
 You dodge! Boom! Boom! You dodge! Boom! Boom! You dodge! Boom! You dodge!
 Boom!
 Boom! You are hit! Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!
 You dodge! You are hit! You dodge! You dodge!
 Boom! Boom! You dodge! Boom! Boom!
 You are hit! You are hit! You are hit! You are hit!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. You are hit! You are hit! You are hit! You are
 hit! You are hit!
 Are you sure you want activate the thermonuclear bomb? [Y/n]
 You use a thermonuclear bomb. Warning! Explosion in 10 seconds! You are hit!
 You are hit! You die!... Press <Enter>...
 Congratulations! You defeated the Spider Mastermind! Press <Enter>...
 That hurt! You' going berserk! You feel like a killing machine!

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

 2993 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 2770 of those were killed.
 14 of those were killed by something unknown.
 66 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 104 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 39 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 7 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 21 killed the bitch and survived.
 11 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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Hoo boy, this got interesting fast. As you'd expect, I ran most of this game chainsawing anything I could get a safe kill on whilst living globe-to-globe; most special levels I entered, save for CC and Halls of Carnage, were simply on the basis of OH GOD THEY'RE KILLING ME FIND STAIRS. Of all runs for me to win, however, this one really messed with me.

First, I had no get-out for the anomaly. No phase, no zerk, nothing. Of course, I did nothing but run, but I entered Deimos still zerkless. Deimos wasn't very kind in terms of finding medpacks, either; I had only one large medpack to fight Cybie with! But it's all good after Babel, because Hell 1 leads to the Unholy Cathedral, which I should be able to get the LS from easily. As long as Hell 1 isn't, like, an Arachno-Cacodemon cave or something...

Of course, Hell 1 was an arachno-caco cave. Every medpack lying around, with my lasting zerk, was just enough to drag me to the UC stairs with 36% health and no medpacks left. So no LS for me!

This, in any normal circumstance, would have been an utter disaster. The Mastermind can happily melt a chainsaw user in seconds. Of course, as luck would have it, my panicked stair-dives led me straight to a thermonuclear bomb. I tried fighting the Mastermind with my BFG and chainsaw, but with the Mastermind "scratched" and my HP at 18%, I decided I should probably take plan B. A wise choice, as I died literally the second the nuke was armed.

Oh, and the nuclear blast hurt so badly that in the afterlife I went berserk.

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 ThatGobshiteAgain,
 level 16 Arch-Vile Br. General Marine,
 nuked the Mastermind at the Hell Fortress.
 He survived 185239 turns and scored 410051 points.
 He played for 2 hours, 8 minutes and 47 seconds.
 He was a man of Ultra-Violence!

 He killed 1035 out of 1035 hellspawn. (100%)
 This ass-kicking marine killed all of them!
 He was an Angel of Max Carnage!

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

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

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

  Cyberdemon's Head
  Medal of Prejudice
  UAC Star (silver cluster)
  Aurora Medallion
  Grim Reaper's Badge
  Hell Armorer Badge
  Hell Champion Medal
  Scavenger Platinum Badge
  Scavenger Diamond Badge

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

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

  Health 120/60   Experience 123023/16
  ToHit Ranged +12  ToHit Melee +12  ToDmg Ranged +2  ToDmg Melee +2

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

  Class : Marine

    Finesse          (Level 3)
    Hellrunner       (Level 2)
    Son of a bitch   (Level 2)
    Reloader         (Level 2)
    Whizkid          (Level 2)
    Badass           (Level 2)
    Triggerhappy     (Level 2)
    Ammochain        (Level 1)

  SoB->SoB->TH->TH->Rel->Rel->MAc->Fin->Fin->WK->Bad->Bad->WK->Fin->HR->HR->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   powered red armor [5/5] (100%)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   plasma rifle (1d9)x6 [34/40] (P2T3)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   tactical boots [0/0] (100%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   missile launcher (6d7) [4/4] (P1)

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

    [a] assault shotgun (7d3) [6/6]
    [b] nuclear BFG 9000 (8d6) [40/40]
    [c] BFG 9000 (13d6) [169/169] (B2P3)
    [d] plasma shield [0/0] (100%)
    [e] energy shield [0/0] (100%)
    [f] Necroarmor [6/6] (100%)
    [g] Angelic Armor [7/7] (100%)
    [h] rocket (x13)
    [i] power cell (x70)
    [j] large med-pack
    [k] large med-pack
    [l] large med-pack
    [m] large med-pack
    [n] large med-pack
    [o] blood skull
    [p] fire skull
    [q] Hellwave Pack
    [r] Arena Master's Staff
    [s] plasteel boots [4/4] (100%) (P)
    [t] power battery (x120)

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

    Melee      - internal 0%    torso 25%   feet 0%   
    Fire       - internal 0%    torso 50%   feet 0%   

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

    83 former humans
    70 former sergeants
    49 former captains
    154 imps
    54 demons
    173 lost souls
    75 cacodemons
    50 hell knights
    81 barons of hell
    42 arachnotrons
    13 former commandos
    24 pain elementals
    50 revenants
    29 mancubi
    36 arch-viles
    15 nightmare imps
    5 nightmare cacodemons
    4 nightmare demons
    7 elite former humans
    5 elite former sergeants
    5 elite former captains
    2 elite former commandos
    2 bruiser brothers
    1 shambler
    1 lava elemental
    1 agony elemental
    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 5 he stormed the Chained Court.
  On level 5 he found the Arena Master's Staff!
  He defeated the Hell Arena Master!
  On level 7 he marched into the Military Base.
  On level 7 he assembled a tactical boots!
  He purified his fellow comrades.
  On level 8 he encountered the Phobos Anomaly.
  On level 9 he entered Hell's Armory.
  On level 9 he assembled a gatling gun!
  He destroyed the evil within and reaped the rewards!
  On level 11 he witnessed the Wall.
  He massacred the evil behind the Wall!
  On level 12 he romped upon the Abyssal Plains.
  He slaughtered the beasts living there.
  On level 14 he ventured into the Spider's Lair.
  He cleared the Lair, kickin' serious spider ass!
  On level 15 he assembled a power armor!
  On level 15 he found the Hellwave Pack!
  On level 16 he found the Tower of Babel!
  On level 19 he entered the Vaults.
  He managed to clear the Vaults completely!
  On level 20 he was foolish enough to enter Limbo!
  On level 20 he found the Angelic Armor!
  He managed to clear Limbo from evil!
  He sounded the alarm on level 22!
  On level 22 he arrived at Mt. Erebus.
  On level 22 he found the Necroarmor!
  He managed to raise Mt. Erebus completely!
  Then at last he found Dis!
  He nuked level 24!
  He defeated the Mastermind and found the TRUE EVIL!
  Then finally in Hell itself, he killed the final EVIL.

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

 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. The missile hits
 John Carmack.
 Chain fire ( full ) -- Choose target or abort...
 You see : John Carmack (severely 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. The
 missile hits John Carmack. The missile hits John Carmack. The missile hits
 John Carmack. The missile hits John Carmack.
 Chain fire ( full ) -- Choose target or abort...
 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>...
 You feel relatively safe now.

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

 2983 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 2761 of those were killed.
 14 of those were killed by something unknown.
 66 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 104 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 38 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 6 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 21 killed the bitch and survived.
 11 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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Ammochain AoMC was chosen mainly because it's fun, and partly because the indestructible death machine style fits with teleporting directly into a vault full of enemies. I searched every level, and found exactly three phase deviced before the Vaults; the first teleported me 2 spaces, (from start to above the stairs) the second placed me in the rightmost vault and the third dropped me into the middle. There were, hilariously, absolutely no uniques or exotics anywhere in the vaults; there was, however, a platinum badge, a diamond badge and a promotion to Major General.

Meanwhile, Mt. Erebus contained THREE plasma shields in addition to the necroarmor. And I already had one from a Former Commando. (he still died in about a second) If it amuses anyone, I dodged JC's first rocket, then literally just stood there chainfiring; he died before he ever got to fire another shot or summon anything.

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 Arenafier, level 8 Arch-Vile Br. General Scout,
 rode a mancubus rocket on level 5 of the Deimos base.
 He survived 24556 turns and scored 165970 points.
 He played for 27 minutes and 10 seconds.
 He opposed the Nightmare!

 He killed 365 out of 543 hellspawn. (67%)
 He was an Angel of Max Carnage!

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

  Levels generated : 11
  Levels visited   : 2
  Levels completed : 1

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

  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Hell Champion Medal
  Arena Platinum Badge

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

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  .....==...%.........====.........#.....#....=====.....=.>.h
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  ....===............====.............}..|}.}..===...==i.s...
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-- Statistics ------------------------------------------------

  Health 0/50   Experience 27112/8
  ToHit Ranged +12  ToHit Melee +12  ToDmg Ranged +2  ToDmg Melee +2

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

  Class : Scout

    Finesse          (Level 2)
    Son of a bitch   (Level 2)
    Intuition        (Level 2)
    Triggerhappy     (Level 1)
    Cateye           (Level 1)

  Int->Int->Fin->SoB->SoB->TH->MCe->Fin->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   onyx armor [4] (P)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   shotgun (8d3) [0/1]
    [c] [ Boots      ]   steel boots [1/1] (100%) (A)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   chaingun (1d6)x4 [5/40]

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

    [a] pistol (2d4) [4/6]
    [b] pistol (2d4) [6/6]
    [c] rocket launcher (6d6) [1/1]
    [d] plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [24/40]
    [e] green armor [1/1] (100%)
    [f] blue armor [2/2] (100%)
    [g] 10mm ammo (x24)
    [h] 10mm ammo (x100)
    [i] shotgun shell (x44)
    [j] shotgun shell (x50)
    [k] rocket (x2)
    [l] rocket (x10)
    [m] power cell (x34)
    [n] small med-pack
    [o] small med-pack
    [p] large med-pack
    [q] phase device
    [r] homing phase device

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

    None

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

    44 former humans
    20 former sergeants
    7 former captains
    106 imps
    39 demons
    82 lost souls
    17 cacodemons
    6 hell knights
    12 barons of hell
    12 arachnotrons
    5 former commandos
    5 pain elementals
    1 revenant
    5 mancubi
    2 arch-viles
    2 bruiser brothers

-- 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 8 he encountered the Phobos Anomaly.
  On level 9 he entered Deimos Lab.
  He left the Deimos Lab without drawing too much attention.
  On level 13 he finally rode a mancubus rocket.

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

 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : pool of blood
 You hear the scream of a freed soul! The pain elemental dies. The lost soul
 dies. The lost soul dies. You hear the scream of a freed soul! The lost soul
 dies. The lost soul dies. There is a plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [0/40] lying here.
 You reload the shotgun. There is a plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [0/40] lying here.
 There is a plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [0/40] lying here.
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : pool of blood
 The lost soul dies. There is a plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [0/40] lying here.
 You reload the shotgun. There is a plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [0/40] lying here.
 There is a plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [0/40] lying here.
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : floor
 There is a plasma rifle (1d7)x6 [0/40] lying here.
 Boom! You die!... Press <Enter>...

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

 2899 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 2680 of those were killed.
 14 of those were killed by something unknown.
 66 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 102 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 37 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 6 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 21 killed the bitch and survived.
 10 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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Really, this was never built to last beyond the Arena. I just wanted my platinum. Which, as it turns out, is a lot easier than I expected.

My strategy for Arena Platinum, if anyone wants to know, was to find a fairly central pillar to take as my "pillar of death" and start corpsestacking around it. Not everything will approach the right way, of course, but every corpse crushed is an enemy permanently erased, and dropping a demon on a cacodemon corpse leaves you with just a demon. My biggest issue, actually, is that Arena enemies are reluctant to actually fight, and unlike most enemies prefer to hide at the edges of the map, requiring me to leave my corpse pile to radar shoot them, then realise that they don't care even at that point.

Of course, one important part of Nightmare corpse disposal is knowing when to stack, and when to just kill them and handle it later. Corpses you kill without stacking can be stacked the next time they respawn; your face, however, does not respawn. Demons especially are easily baited on their next respawn, erasing annoying Cacodemons. Wave 3 is probably the easiest, because you'll hopefully only have 1 or 2 corpses left, so I personally just radar shot the barons to my corpse pile and then chaingunned them both to death before anything could respawn.

I've been playing a lot more Nightmare recently, while not entirely failing. Actually, I should really have posted that game where I reached Hell 3 and got Gatekeeper Platinum, (and also made my previously Sereg'd Longinus Platinum legitimate) but I'll probably just post a better one when I manage a win. Now if only I could get myself a Diamond for my promotion... (Easiest I can see would be taking a Nightmare win to a full win, or going for vaults-by-luck on UV)

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Discussion / How do I run open-source DRL?
« on: December 21, 2016, 19:13 »
More specifically, what do you actually do with FPC Valkyrie? All I know is I need to have it. I have no idea what that means, and I really don't have time to copy & paste it into every single directory on my entire hard drive individually until it stops telling me it couldn't find vpkg, since information on how to install it or any library has not yet been made available on the internet (yes, of all the thing that aren't anywhere on the internet, how to do this is one of them)

So if anyone actually knows how to do it, help would be appreciated.

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Post Mortem / [H|AoLT|99%|YAVP] When I said "At some point"...
« on: February 21, 2016, 19:00 »
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 DoomRL (0.9.9.7) roguelike post-mortem character dump
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 Light Vampire,
 level 12 Arch-Vile Br. General Marine,
 defeated the Mastermind at the City of Dis.
 He survived 186334 turns and scored 172932 points.
 He played for 3 hours, 30 minutes and 37 seconds.
 He wasn't afraid to be hurt plenty.

 He killed 884 out of 886 hellspawn. (99%)
 He was a real killing machine...
 He was an Angel of Light Travel!

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

  Levels generated : 11
  Levels visited   : 8
  Levels completed : 7

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

  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Grim Reaper's Badge
  Hell Armorer Badge
  Hell Champion Medal
  Lightfoot Gold Badge

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

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

  Health 86/70   Experience 63169/12
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +8  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +12

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

  Class : Marine

    Ironman          (Level 1)
    Finesse          (Level 2)
    Brute            (Level 4)
    Berserker        (Level 1)
    Whizkid          (Level 1)
    Badass           (Level 2)
    Vampyre          (Level 1)

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

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   Angelic Armor [0/11] (0%)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   Longinus Spear (8d8)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   phaseshift boots [2/4] (42%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   assault shotgun (7d3) [6/6]

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

    [a] BFG 9000 (11d6) [90/130] (B1P1T1)
    [b] red armor [1/4] (1%)
    [c] power cell (x50)
    [d] large med-pack

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

    Bullet     - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Melee      - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Shrapnel   - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Acid       - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Fire       - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 
    Plasma     - internal 60%   torso 60%   feet 60% 

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

    104 former humans
    112 former sergeants
    40 former captains
    99 imps
    89 demons
    224 lost souls
    28 cacodemons
    37 hell knights
    36 barons of hell
    46 arachnotrons
    18 former commandos
    13 pain elementals
    7 revenants
    2 mancubi
    8 arch-viles
    5 elite former humans
    5 elite former sergeants
    2 elite former captains
    2 bruiser brothers
    2 shamblers
    1 agony elemental
    1 Angel of Death
    1 Cyberdemon
    1 Spider Mastermind
    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 7 he marched into the Military Base.
  On level 7 he assembled a tactical shotgun!
  He purified his fellow comrades.
  On level 8 he encountered the Phobos Anomaly.
  On level 9 he entered Deimos Lab.
  On level 9 he assembled a piercing blade!
  He destroyed the evil within and reaped the rewards!
  On level 12 he assembled a tactical boots!
  On level 12 he romped upon the Abyssal Plains.
  He slaughtered the beasts living there.
  On level 14 he ventured into the Halls of Carnage.
  On level 15 he assembled a power armor!
  On level 16 he found the Tower of Babel!
  On level 17 he invaded the Unholy Cathedral!
  On level 17 he found the Longinus Spear!
  He then destroyed the Unholy Cathedral!
  On level 20 he was foolish enough to enter the Mortuary!
  On level 20 he found the Angelic Armor!
  He managed to clear the Mortuary from evil!
  Then at last he found Dis!
  On level 24 he finally defeated the Mastermind.

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

 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched!
 You are hit! You are hit! You are hit! You are hit! You are hit! You are hit!
 You use a large med-pack. You feel fully healed. The Spider Mastermind hits
 you.
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You feel like
 a killing machine! You're going berserk! You need to taste blood!
 You need to taste blood!
 You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind flinched! You need to
 taste blood!
 You need to taste blood!
 You hit the Spider Mastermind. The Spider Mastermind dies. Congratulations!
 You defeated the Spider Mastermind! Press <Enter>...
 You feel relatively safe now.

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

 2549 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 2344 of those were killed.
 13 of those were killed by something unknown.
 65 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 92 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 35 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 6 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 21 killed the bitch and survived.
 8 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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So yeah. I decided to try Melee AoLT with a shotgun start. Actually, I kept my tactical shotgun (and, after Deimos Lab, assault shotgun) until getting the LS in hell, but only as a final backup - only 1 stack of shells was kept (though, once Vampyre showed up, in Military Base I believe, I really didn't need the medpacks much anymore - with one exception.) Phobos Anomaly went down easily to a combination of shotgun fire and chainsaw blades, Deimos Lab gave me a piercing chainsaw which carried me through Deimon and of course, UC was no problem. I think I took WK just because I figured I'd want to use plenty mods, though it was rendered a little useless eventually by powered red armour and the LS.

What was that about guts? This time I thought I was smart doing the Mortuary, with only the LS and that loaded BFG without cells to reload... that's where my powered red armour went. And at least one other set I grabbed in panic. 2 of the viles spawned right by me at the start, but I still got horribly wounded in the process - Especially when I pulled out my fully-loaded BFG. Why you ask? Well, I blew away a good few enemies, grabbed some cells from dead arachnotrons and blew away some more, then went back to slaughtering them in melee - WITHOUT SWAPPING BACK TO THE LS.

Somehow, I got away with punching several arch-viles and their surrounding monster clouds and didn't lose my life.... though my HP was in yellow when I finished off the last of the revived enemies, and I'd burned 4 of the supercharges. The LS/AA combo, however, made me deadly - though some revenants soon trashed the AA.... regardless, on Hell 7 I ditched my 2nd assault shotgun (mortuary's one), grabbed some emergency BFG cells and proceeded to stab the mastermind to death.

The 2 kills I missed were a lost soul in HoC (Sadly, if the lave sweeps, waiting on the stairs does not work - they won't approach you) and an arachnotron in a cave in Hell (I couldn't even see the area it was in - I'd have had to wade through like, 10+ tiles of lava river that ran between solid rock to reach it). Regardless, I got my Lightfoot Gold, and survived the HMP mortuary even when accidentally using my fists for a while. The melee build really helped free up inventory space, even with an emergency BFG prepared (its capacity is so great, you don't even need cells in your inventory!) and the fact that you can gradually switch from shotguns to chainsaw makes a truly deadly run.

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Post Mortem / [M|AoLT|YAAM] Weird, but it worked
« on: February 21, 2016, 13:30 »
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 DoomRL (0.9.9.7) roguelike post-mortem character dump
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 Light Army, level 11 Arch-Vile Br. General Marine,
 defeated the Mastermind at the City of Dis.
 He survived 140357 turns and scored 108667 points.
 He played for 1 hour, 53 minutes and 32 seconds.
 He didn't like it too rough.

 He killed 631 out of 631 hellspawn. (100%)
 This ass-kicking marine killed all of them!
 He was an Angel of Light Travel!

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

  Levels generated : 11
  Levels visited   : 7
  Levels completed : 7

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

  Medal of Prejudice
  UAC Star (bronze cluster)
  Hell Armorer Badge
  Hell Champion Medal
  Lightfoot Silver Badge

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

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

  Health 70/90   Experience 58198/11
  ToHit Ranged +0  ToHit Melee +0  ToDmg Ranged +0  ToDmg Melee +0

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

  Class : Marine

    Ironman          (Level 3)
    Tough as nails   (Level 2)
    Reloader         (Level 2)
    Badass           (Level 2)
    Shottyman        (Level 1)
    Army of the Dead (Level 1)

  Rel->Rel->SM->Bad->Bad->MAD->Iro->Iro->TaN->Iro->TaN->

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

    [a] [ Armor      ]   red armor [4/4] (100%) (N)
    [b] [ Weapon     ]   super shotgun (9d4)x2 [0/2] (P1)
    [c] [ Boots      ]   phaseshift boots [4/4] (96%)
    [d] [ Prepared   ]   BFG 9000 (10d6) [100/100] (F1)

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

    [a] shotgun shell (x70)
    [b] shotgun shell (x44)
    [c] small med-pack
    [d] large med-pack
    [e] thermonuclear bomb

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

    Fire       - internal 0%    torso 25%   feet 0%   

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

    106 former humans
    68 former sergeants
    23 former captains
    123 imps
    51 demons
    129 lost souls
    28 cacodemons
    27 hell knights
    16 barons of hell
    15 arachnotrons
    4 former commandos
    9 pain elementals
    3 revenants
    10 mancubi
    5 arch-viles
    5 elite former humans
    2 elite former sergeants
    2 bruiser brothers
    1 shambler
    1 agony elemental
    1 Cyberdemon
    1 Spider Mastermind
    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 7 he marched into the Military Base.
  On level 7 he assembled a tactical shotgun!
  He purified his fellow comrades.
  On level 8 he encountered the Phobos Anomaly.
  On level 9 he entered Hell's Armory.
  On level 9 he assembled a tactical boots!
  He destroyed the evil within and reaped the rewards!
  On level 11 he arrived at the Containment Area.
  He emerged from the Containment Area victorious!
  On level 12 he romped upon the Abyssal Plains.
  He slaughtered the beasts living there.
  On level 14 he ventured into the Spider's Lair.
  He cleared the Lair, kickin' serious spider ass!
  He sounded the alarm on level 15!
  On level 16 he found the Tower of Babel!
  Level 23 was a hard nut to crack!
  Then at last he found Dis!
  On level 24 he finally defeated the Mastermind.

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

 You reload the super shotgun.
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : a Spider Mastermind (severely wounded) | floor | [ m ]ore
 The Spider Mastermind flinched!
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : a Spider Mastermind (mortally wounded) | floor | [ m ]ore
 The Spider Mastermind flinched! You are hit! You are hit! You are hit! Boom!
 Boom! You are hit!
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : a Spider Mastermind (mortally wounded) | floor | [ m ]ore
 The Spider Mastermind flinched!
 Fire -- Choose target...
 You see : a Spider Mastermind (almost dead) | floor | [ m ]ore
 The Spider Mastermind dies. Congratulations! You defeated the Spider
 Mastermind! Press <Enter>...
 You feel relatively safe now.

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

 2547 brave souls have ventured into Phobos:
 2343 of those were killed.
 13 of those were killed by something unknown.
 65 didn't read the thermonuclear bomb manual.
 And 92 couldn't handle the stress and committed a stupid suicide.

 34 souls destroyed the Mastermind...
 6 sacrificed itself for the good of mankind.
 20 killed the bitch and survived.
 8 showed that it can outsmart Hell itself.

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So yeah. Having got bored of death after death trying to get any farther with ranks (2 platinum badges and a diamond badge are going to take a while) I decided to mop up some easier badges I never got - in this case, Lightfoot Silver. I've got a fair few unposted wins (including, for the 2nd time IN A ROW, getting a promotion - Colonel to Brigadier General - with an ITYTD run, getting technician platinum) - but eventually, I decided to start posting again, as I'd quite like to contribute to the mortem section since the forums seem to have gone awfully quiet.

Anyway, this was a bit of an odd build. I took marine as I already have a speed boost on AoLT, and as a shotgun fan, I felt MAD would be way better for my ammo than unloading shell after shell with Shottyhead.  As a side effect, I also ended up with Badass, which when combined with a suit of nano-modded red from the nano mod in Hell's Armory, made me pretty insanely tanky. I ended up with 5 possible non-blocked traits - Ironman, TaN, SoB, SoG (no) or Brute (No). I leveled my Iro/TaN to improve my non-medpack survivability and ended up a little overboard - with a super shotgun, I threw away my tac-shotty and proceeded to violently obliterate everything while even the Cyberdemon lacked the straight-up power to overpower my tank. (The one hit he landed on me, a straight rocket in the face, hit me from 200% to 190%.) I also had a backpack from Containment Area - I accepted the hit to my supplies for an overall increase in ammo capacity.

As I charged through Hell, my tank ensured that end-game enemies could do little within their first volleys, and my super shotgun ensured they didn't get another try. I barely used my med-packs, between not getting shot at, 25% fire resistance and eventually 6 straight damage reduction. (4 from armour + 2 from TaN) I got to power-mod my super shotgun in Hell 7, and slaughtered the Spider Mastermind with surprisingly few shots - didn't even take that much damage (had about 109%, I think, going into Dis). Didn't even fire the fully-loaded BFG I carried with me into there.

I actually carried the chainsaw for a while, but eventually ditched it as plentiful ammo became evident. I went pretty YOLO late on, grabbing a nuke just in case I got an invuln, though I didn't do the lava pits (because no envirosuit close enough to be worth taking). I also skipped Unholy Cathedral (no melee ability by that point), The Vaults (Kinda was after a YAAM by that point and had no staff/phases) and Limbo. (No.)

Yay, one more Silver for me!

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Discussion / Thought I should tell you...
« on: August 14, 2015, 06:39 »
I don't know if anyone's aware of the cause of this, but my anti-virus (Sunbelt VIPRE) has informed me that all thngs Chaosforge (anything.chaosforge.org) are attack sites and should not be visited. Having been on the Chaosforge forums for several years now, I doubt this - however I am still curious as to what Chaosforge has done to be declared malicious, and thought it should be mentioned so that at least staff are aware...

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Bug Reports / [0.9.9.7] (m)ore works out of view
« on: July 08, 2013, 16:09 »
Remember the bug that you could use (l)ook with (m)ore to see enemies out of vision? That was fixed for (l)ook, but still works with (f)ire, so you can search anywhere you can aim, even out of view and through solid walls by (f)ire -> (m)ore. (the (m)ore will still show an enemy's details when you can't see them if you aim there using (f)ire, in other words.)

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