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I've been alternating between various challenges lately, trying for a number of Diamond badges, and finally got Lightfoot Diamond with my classic favourite Vampyre build!  :D

I largely relied on ranged weapons for early to mid game, carried a lot by the lucky find of the 7.62 CRI SMG, and then somewhere around Io, I switched to melee almost exclusively after I got the AV3 Katana from the weapon terminal in Tyre Outpost.  The "Exalted Bane" upgrade seemed fitting for a Nightmare game.  :)  (And I like the little nod to Nethack in the name)  :D  The Momentum upgrade on that weapon combined with the Kinetic upgrade on the armour meant that higher dodge bonuses meant higher damage and protection, which perfectly suited AoLT, where you get a natural speed boost, which I enhanced with Hellrunner, Swift, Danger Monitor, and Running.  :)

In a previous run, I found out the hard way that bleeding protection is now extra important for melee builds, because of the extra stackable bleedings that late game enemies give you.  :|  (And I also learned in this run that you need a power mod for bleeding protection instead of a bulk mod, like in previous versions;  that was a waste of a tech terminal)  :|

Not much else to say except that I noticed a couple of bugs.  The Tech Monitor ability says it "increases all repair received by 50%" but when I used the "repair armour" feature of a tech station, it increased it by the regular amount.  (Using multi-tools got the bonus, though...  and I was pleased to find that it affected both my helmet and body armour;  wasn't sure if it would, from the description)  :)  Also, the mortem still isn't displaying the trait order properly;  probably owing to me getting too many traits.  (All those Nightmare re-kills)  :P

Tormuse, level 17 Marine, defeated
The Summoner against all odds.
He survived for 13648 turns.
The run time was 6h 21m 4s.
He scored 8886 points.
He opposed the NIGHTMARE!
He was an Angel of Light Travel!

CALLISTO L3 - Volatile Storage
CALLISTO L3 -> Mimir Habitat L1
Mimir Habitat L2 - Lockdown
Mimir Habitat L2 -> CalSec Central
CalSec Central - cleared
EUROPA L3 -> Europa Dig Zone L1
Europa Dig Zone L2 -> Tyre Outpost
Tyre Outpost - cleared
IO L2 - Low Power
IO L3 -> Io Black Site L1
Io Black Site L1 - The Hunt
Io Black Site L2 -> Black Site Vaults
Black Site Vaults - cleared
The Shattered Abyss - cleared
BEYOND L2 - Exalted Curse
BEYOND L2 -> Limbo
Limbo - cleared

Awards
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  Explorer Ribbon (+50)
   * Visited all encountered special levels
  Conqueror Ribbon (+100)
   * Completed all encountered special levels
  Lightfoot Diamond Badge
   * Complete AoLT on Nightmare!

He killed 668 out of 697 enemies.

  59 archreavers
  5 plasma ravagers
  42 exalted ravagers
  34 fiends
  38 exalted fiends
  34 turrets
  10 rocket turrets
  1 Summoner
  1 former CRI grunt
  6 security sentrys
  51 exalted reavers
  13 CalSec bots
  1 former CRI soldier
  3 corrupted sergeants
  21 exalted kerbeross
  46 ravagers
  2 hellish sergeants
  26 former soldiers
  8 former guards
  15 siege ravagers
  21 fire fiends
  8 former heavys
  48 exalted soldiers
  2 former sergeants
  12 CRI marines
  5 corrupted heavys
  15 cryobeross
  2 guardian bots
  8 hellish soldiers
  3 military drones
  16 ice fiends
  3 toxic reavers
  4 former grunts
  4 hellish commandos
  1 former CRI heavy
  1 Swordmaster
  16 armored ravagers
  1 former CRI sergeant
  12 CRI bots
  64 reavers
  6 corrupted commandos
  4 security drones
  8 cybeross
  18 cryoreavers
  4 kerbeross
  23 CalSec sentrys
  10 former commandos
  2 security bots
  2 toxibeross

Traits
  Skilled L1
  Furious L2
  Hellrunner L2
  Ironman L1
  Tough as Nails L2
  Rip and tear L2
  Army Surplus L1
  Whizkid L1
  Running
  VAMPYRE L3

Trait order


Equipment
  Slot #1 : CRI 7.62 SMG
   * Hunter 1

  Slot #2 : AV2 rocket launcher B
   * Autoloader
   * Poisoned 5
   * Focused

  Slot #3 : demonic sword
   * Frenzy 10
   * Vampiric 5

  Slot #4 : AV3 katana BA2
   * Exalted bane
   * Resilient
   * Guarded 10
   * Critical 30
   * Disruptive 3
   * Momentum

  Body    : AV3 combat armor PBA
   * Swift
   * Durable
   * Meshed
   * Kinetic shield
   * Fireproof
   * Tenacity

  Head    : combat helmet PBA
   * Target tracking
   * Danger Monitor
   * Tech Monitor

  Utility : AV1 utility AMP
   * Carrier


Inventory
  rocket (x5)
  7.62 ammo (x88)
  stimpack (x2)
  small medkit (x1)

PS  Darn it, I got two too many kills.  :P

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I successfully completed my masterless Angel of Shotgunnery game to get Shottyman Diamond!  Yay!  :D  (I'm not sure why my trait order doesn't show in the mortem;  I guess mortem generation is still buggy)  That Army of the Dead trait was super tempting every time I leveled up, but I resisted, and stayed true to my goal right to the end.  :)

This run was helped immensely by the AV3 shotgun I found in Valhalla Command.  It had a natural 4/7 range and Vampyric 2.  It also had poison effect, which more often than not, was an annoyance, because if they die from the poison, I don't get the life-stealing effect of Vampyric or the AoSh Frenzy bonus.  In any case, the addition of a Cold mod pack improved it even more, because not only was I able to fire quickly, thanks to the Reloader and Reload Dance traits, but all my enemies got slowed down, often multiples of them at a time.  :)

Another thing that helped was a helmet that I acquired in Tyre Outpost that had "Nightvision" ability, which is described as "improves vision range in dark areas," which I would have assumed refers to the Lights Out event, but actually seems to increase your sight radius everywhere at all times!  :o  At first, I lamented the fact that I found it in a shotgun game, where I'm restricted to short range weapons, (it would be awesome in a game that allows rifles) but with the help of a bunch of accuracy mods and a shotgun amp, I was able to get my shotgun up to 7/8 range...  able to hit enemies for max damage before they even see me.  :)  After that, the game was pretty much a cakewalk.  Almost nothing could touch me, (or if they did, the Vampyre ability brought myself back up)  :)  and I barely used any med kits for the rest of the game.

I hesitated about getting Whizkid for a long time, but I'm glad I finally got it, because there are a lot of neat upgrades you can get.  (Side note:  I really like the new mod pack system;  it keeps things interesting)  :)  It got me the auto-loader feature on my main shotgun and a couple of boosts to my critical chances.

The Summoner was completely trivial to defeat.  In fact, I'm pretty sure he isn't supposed to be that easy.  Bloodhound trait let me see where he was, and I just shot him from outside his visual radius.  He summoned one enemy during his first phase, and for the second and third phases...  nothing at all.  He didn't summon or move, so I just kept shooting him until he was dead.  This suggests that if you can get to the last level with a regular shotgun, you can always count on an easy time against the Summoner.

Tormuse, level 18 Marine, defeated
The Summoner against all odds.
He survived for 11137 turns.
The run time was 4h 59m 45s.
He scored 8234 points.
He opposed the NIGHTMARE!
He was an Angel of Shotgunnery!

CALLISTO L2 -> Valhalla Terminal L1
Valhalla Terminal L1 - Infestation
Valhalla Terminal L3 -> Valhalla Command
Valhalla Command - cleared
EUROPA L2 - Lockdown
EUROPA L2 -> Europa Dig Zone L1
Europa Dig Zone L3 - Exalted Summons
Europa Dig Zone L3 -> Tyre Outpost
IO L2 -> Io Black Site L1
Io Black Site L1 - Secure Vault
Io Black Site L2 -> Black Site Vaults
IO L5 - The Hunt
BEYOND L2 -> Limbo
BEYOND L3 - Exalted Summons

Awards
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  Explorer Ribbon (+50)
   * Visited all encountered special levels
  Shottyman Platinum Badge
   * Complete AoSh on Nightmare!
  Shottyman Diamond Badge
   * Complete AoSh on N! master-less

He killed 842 out of 983 enemies.

  62 archreavers
  32 fiends
  81 exalted ravagers
  8 plasma ravagers
  60 exalted fiends
  14 rocket turrets
  31 turrets
  1 Summoner
  4 military sentrys
  1 former CRI grunt
  23 CalSec bots
  112 exalted reavers
  3 former CRI soldiers
  36 exalted kerbeross
  4 corrupted sergeants
  2 hellish sergeants
  56 ravagers
  2 combat drones
  16 former soldiers
  5 former guards
  6 former heavys
  19 fire fiends
  9 siege ravagers
  4 former sergeants
  76 exalted soldiers
  7 cryobeross
  1 corrupted heavy
  10 CRI marines
  4 guardian bots
  8 hellish soldiers
  3 military drones
  8 corrupted soldiers
  6 hellish commandos
  4 former grunts
  5 toxic reavers
  24 ice fiends
  2 former CRI sergeants
  12 armored ravagers
  9 CRI bots
  11 reavers
  8 corrupted commandos
  10 cybeross
  4 security drones
  15 cryoreavers
  4 kerbeross
  16 former commandos
  6 CalSec sentrys
  3 toxibeross
  5 security bots

Traits
  Skilled L1
  Furious L1
  Hellrunner L2
  Ironman L2
  Tough as Nails L2
  Reloader L2
  Army Surplus L1
  Bloodhound
  Whizkid L2
  Running
  Reload Dance
  Incoming!

Trait order


Equipment
  Slot #1 : AV3 12ga shotgun BAC
   * Autoloader
   * Critical 25
   * Freezing 2
   * Vampiric 2
   * Poisoned 3
   * Calibrated 2

  Slot #2 : AV3 12ga auto-shotgun
   * Retaliate
   * Disruptive 3
   * Barbed 3

  Slot #3 : CRI plasma shotgun
  Body    : AV2 basic armor B2A
   * Loading feed
   * Durable
   * Target tracking
   * Powered
   * Swift

  Head    : AV3 combat helmet PA2
   * Long-range tracking
   * Target tracking
   * Critical 25
   * Durable
   * Nightvision
   * Aim assist

  Utility : AV2 shotgun AMP
   * Shotgun focus mode
   * Shotgun spread control


Inventory
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x33)
  krak grenade (x1)
  smoke grenade (x1)
  CRI phase kit (x3)
  stimpack (x3)
  small medkit (x3)
  large medkit
  large medkit

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I've been trying to get Berserker Diamond for a while, off and on, alternating between different character classes to see what works best.  A while ago, I concluded that Scout is the weakest melee class.  Marine can dish it out, but not take it, thanks to Rip and Tear trait, and the Technician can take it, but not dish it out, thanks to Blademaster and Juggernaught traits, but the Scout just had to rely on being sneaky, which means you're screwed if you get caught without energy...  that is until the Executioner trait was added in this version, which turns things around and puts the Scout on top, since now he can dish it out and avoid taking it.  :)

I went with a Ghost build, which meant that I had to waste a level getting Eagle Eye, but it was totally worth it, especially when combined with the utility amp I found that gave me extra energy from crates, and when combined with Energy Leech 2, I always had tons of energy for going stealthy-stealth everywhere and critting every enemy I came across.  Very few enemies didn't get gibbed, which is why my kill ratio was so high.  :)  (The only enemies left alive were from early levels)

I only went up to Ghost 2 for the reduced energy usage;  getting Ghost 3 seemed pointless, since Ghost already (apparently) has the undocumented feature of acting like Bloodhound trait.  Once you detect an enemy by going within 7 squares of it, you continue detecting it forever, no matter how far away you are.  If it dies, you can even detect the Nightmare difficulty purple square that shows where it's going to respawn, and you can detect the respawned exalted version.  This isn't how I expected Ghost trait to behave from the description;  I thought that you only detect enemies within 7 squares, and if they go beyond that, you can't detect them any more.  So I'm not sure if this behaviour is a bug or feature.

I spent a good chunk of the run with a machete with Vampyric 2 on it, which I found in Valhalla Command.  (Valhalla Command was kind of harrowing;  I dealt with the Guardian Bots with an EMP grenade and some well placed stealth strikes)  Later, I replaced that with a katana with Vampyric 3, and finally the Demonic Sword, which has Vampyric 5.  (What can I say?  I've always been fond of the Vampyre trait)  :D  By the end, I was so strong that I was throwing away med kits, something I almost never do in this game, especially a melee game, where you expect to take more damage.

All that said, as much fun as this was, I have a feeling the Scout is a little OP in melee now.  It was underpowered before, but it looks like the devteam went too far in the other direction.  :)

Tormuse, level 16 Scout, defeated
The Summoner against all odds.
He survived for 12166 turns.
The run time was 5h 38m 10s.
He scored 8872 points.
He opposed the NIGHTMARE!
He was an Angel of Berserk!

CALLISTO L2 -> Valhalla Terminal L1
Valhalla Terminal L2 - Lockdown
Valhalla Terminal L3 -> Valhalla Command
Valhalla Command - cleared
EUROPA L2 - Volatile Storage
EUROPA L2 -> Conamara Chaos Biolabs L1
Conamara Chaos Biolabs L1 - Infestation
Conamara Chaos Biolabs L2 -> Containment Area
Containment Area - cleared
IO L3 -> Io Black Site L1
Io Black Site L2 -> Black Site Vaults
Black Site Vaults - cleared
The Shattered Abyss - cleared
BEYOND L2 - Exalted Curse
BEYOND L2 -> Limbo
Limbo - cleared

Awards
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  CRI Star (silver cluster) (+50)
   * 50+ kills without taking damage
  Explorer Ribbon (+50)
   * Visited all encountered special levels
  Conqueror Ribbon (+100)
   * Completed all encountered special levels
  Berserker Bronze Badge
   * Reach Io on Angel of Berserk
  Berserker Silver Badge
   * Complete Angel of Berserk (AoB)
  Berserker Gold Badge
   * Complete AoB on Hard
  Berserker Platinum Badge
   * Complete AoB on Nightmare!
  Berserker Diamond Badge
   * Complete AoB on N! with 80%+ kills

He killed 611 out of 632 enemies.

  51 archreavers
  49 fiends
  26 exalted ravagers
  16 plasma ravagers
  21 exalted fiends
  23 rocket turrets
  37 turrets
  1 Summoner
  2 military sentrys
  8 security sentrys
  4 former CRI grunts
  30 CalSec bots
  25 exalted reavers
  3 former CRI soldiers
  16 exalted kerbeross
  4 corrupted sergeants
  41 ravagers
  6 combat drones
  12 former soldiers
  5 former guards
  3 former heavys
  21 fire fiends
  8 siege ravagers
  7 former sergeants
  27 exalted soldiers
  8 cryobeross
  1 corrupted heavy
  13 CRI marines
  4 guardian bots
  2 hellish soldiers
  5 military drones
  2 former CRI commandos
  4 former grunts
  8 toxic reavers
  18 ice fiends
  1 Swordmaster
  1 former CRI sergeant
  20 armored ravagers
  14 CRI bots
  71 reavers
  4 corrupted commandos
  7 cybeross
  12 security drones
  21 cryoreavers
  6 kerbeross
  4 former commandos
  13 CalSec sentrys
  1 toxiberos

Traits
  Skilled L2
  Hellrunner L2
  Juggler
  Dash
  Eagle Eye
  Executioner L2
  Energy leech L2
  Dodgemaster
  Second Wind
  GHOST L2

Trait order
  Exe->Exe->Skl->EnL->Skl->EE->MGH->EnL->
  MGH->Das->Hr->Hr->Dm->Jug->SWd

Equipment
  Slot #1 : demonic sword
   * Frenzy 10
   * Vampiric 5

  Slot #2 : chainsaw
  Body    : ENV armor PA
   * Swift
   * Powered
   * Sealed
   * Fireproof
   * Heated

  Head    : marine helmet PB
   * Durable
   * Critical 25

  Utility : AV2 utility AMP
   * Energetic
   * Aim assist


Inventory
  plasma grenade (x1)
  gas grenade (x2)
  EMP grenade (x3)
  krak grenade (x3)
  krak grenade (x3)
  CRI phase kit (x1)
  multitool (x4)
  stimpack (x3)
  stimpack (x1)
  small medkit (x1)
  large medkit
  large medkit

P.S. I considered putting "Silent, but deadly" as the post title, but decided I preferred the Starcraft Ghost reference.  :)

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Post Mortem / [0.9.4|N!|AoMr|SC|YASD] Anomaly Diamond Badge! :D
« on: November 04, 2020, 13:02 »
I got this one a week ago, but wasn't sure if I should post it here, since it was in the beta-testing version, but ultimately decided it's worth sharing for posterity at least.  :)  I don't even really remember the details of the run, except that I had a pretty good supply of med kits going into Callisto Anomaly, and none going out.  :P  These days, I usually go into Calsec Central or Valhalla Command, because I like the free experience of shutting down Calsec, so this was my first time in a while going into Callisto Anomaly.  I feel like the rewards aren't really worth it.

Tormuse, level 7 Scout, killed on
EUROPA L2 by a corrupted sergeant.

He survived for 3525 turns.
The run time was 1h 23m 15s.
He scored 2050 points.
He opposed the NIGHTMARE!
He was an Angel of Marksmanship!

CALLISTO L2 -> Callisto Mines L1
Callisto Mines L1 - Infestation
Callisto Mines L3 -> Callisto Anomaly
Callisto Anomaly - cleared
EUROPA L2 - Lockdown

Awards
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  Anomaly Platinum Badge
   * Clear Callisto Anomaly on NIGHTMARE
  Anomaly Diamond Badge
   * Clear N! Anomaly using only pistols

He killed 200 out of 251 enemies.

  2 combat drones
  5 CalSec sentrys
  1 ravager
  4 cryoreavers
  27 fiends
  2 rocket turrets
  7 archreavers
  2 former guards
  4 former grunts
  1 former sergeant
  8 security drones
  10 CalSec bots
  2 turrets
  13 exalted soldiers
  51 exalted fiends
  2 former heavys
  30 fire fiends
  1 corrupted sergeant
  8 military drones
  2 corrupted commandos
  1 corrupted heavy
  1 exalted reaver
  8 former soldiers
  8 former commandos

Traits
  Hellrunner L1
  Pinpoint L1
  Son of a Gun L2
  Dash
  Deadly precision

Trait order
  SoG->SoG->Hr->PP->Das->DPr

Equipment
  Slot #1 : .44 revolver PA
  Slot #2 : 9mm pistol P
  Body    : basic armor
  Head    : basic helmet
  Utility : AV2 pistol AMP
   * Pistol speed-loader
   * Aim assist


Inventory
  .44 ammo (x20)
  9mm ammo (x100)
  9mm ammo (x100)
  9mm ammo (x32)
  bulk mod pack
  power mod pack
  power mod pack
  EMP grenade (x1)
  red keycard (x1)

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Hey, it's my first time winning in Nightmare!  Yay!  :D  After trying a bunch of different challenge modes, I finally had a winning game in Angel of Doom.  :)

Scout with Gunrunner build seemed like the obvious choice, since it maximizes the dodge-convert-to-damage benefit of the challenge.  :)  I wore basic basic armour for the whole game, because I didn't want anything that would hurt my dodge chance (and therefore my damage bonus) too much.  I was pretty pleased with the combination of weapons I found;  my primary weapon was a 7.62 sidearm with enhanced damage and range, with occasional use of the rocket launcher if I wanted to kill things faster.  :P  And when I really wanted to clean up shop, the Jackhammer absolutely wrecked everything, when I had the ammo for it.  The auto-reload feature of Gunrunner took away that weapon's biggest drawback, and the AoD damage bonus let it shred even the largest enemies.  (Including the Summoner!)  :D  I also found that when I combined the damage bonus from using stealth with the AoD damage bonus, a rocket was able to gib Exalted Ravagers!  :o

I seem to have uncovered a couple of bugs in the mortem, though.  It says I cleared CalSec Central and Asterius Breach multiple times, presumably because after I cleared them, some enemies revived and I cleared them again.  (It even displayed the "Breach Vault Unlocked" message each time)  Also, it isn't showing the trait order, except the last skill I got, I'm guessing because it's trying to take up two lines, but only shows the second line?

Tormuse, level 18 Scout, defeated
The Summoner against all odds.
He survived for 10626 turns.
The run time was 4h 11m 40s.
He scored 9226 points.
He opposed the NIGHTMARE!
He was an Angel of Doom!

CALLISTO L3 -> Mimir Habitat L1
Mimir Habitat L2 -> CalSec Central
CalSec Central - cleared
CalSec Central - cleared
EUROPA L2 -> Asterius Habitat L1
Asterius Habitat L2 -> Asterius Breach
Asterius Breach - cleared
Asterius Breach - cleared
Asterius Breach - cleared
IO L2 -> Io Black Site L1
Io Black Site L1 - Secure Vault
Io Black Site L2 -> Black Site Vaults
BEYOND L2 - The Hunt
BEYOND L2 -> Limbo

Awards
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  CRI Star (silver cluster) (+50)
   * 50+ kills without taking damage
  Explorer Ribbon (+50)
   * Visited all encountered special levels
  Conqueror Ribbon (+100)
   * Completed all encountered special levels
  JoviSec Platinum Badge
   * Win any game on NIGHTMARE!
  Doomed Platinum Badge
   * Complete AoD on UV
  Doomed Diamond Badge
   * Complete AoD on Nightmare!

He killed 788 out of 885 enemies.

  32 archreavers
  25 fiends
  72 exalted ravagers
  15 plasma ravagers
  2 military bots
  53 exalted fiends
  11 rocket turrets
  40 turrets
  1 Summoner
  4 military sentrys
  22 security sentrys
  1 former CRI grunt
  12 CalSec bots
  69 exalted reavers
  1 former CRI soldier
  44 exalted kerbeross
  3 corrupted sergeants
  49 ravagers
  6 combat drones
  18 former soldiers
  5 former guards
  2 former heavys
  19 fire fiends
  16 siege ravagers
  3 former sergeants
  63 exalted soldiers
  12 cryobeross
  5 corrupted heavys
  9 CRI marines
  3 guardian bots
  6 hellish soldiers
  2 military drones
  4 corrupted soldiers
  4 former grunts
  7 toxic reavers
  26 ice fiends
  1 former CRI sergeant
  14 armored ravagers
  11 CRI bots
  10 reavers
  4 corrupted commandos
  5 cybeross
  10 security drones
  19 cryoreavers
  9 kerbeross
  14 former commandos
  24 CalSec sentrys
  7 toxibeross
  5 security bots

Traits
  Skilled L1
  Hellrunner L2
  Juggler
  Packrat L2
  Son of a Gun L2
  Gun hoarder
  Dash
  Eagle Eye
  Dodgemaster
  Second Wind
  Scavenger
  GUNRUNNER L3

Trait order
->
  Skl

Equipment
  Slot #1 : AV2 7.62 sidearm P
  Slot #2 : rocket launcher PA
  Slot #3 : 12ga jackhammer PA
  Body    : basic armor PB
  Head    : AV2 marine helmet
  Utility : AV2 pistol AMP

Inventory
  rocket (x10)
  rocket (x1)
  12ga shell (x44)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x78)
  plasma grenade (x2)
  gas grenade (x3)
  EMP grenade (x1)
  krak grenade (x3)
  smoke grenade (x3)
  CRI phase kit (x3)
  multitool (x2)
  large medkit

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I was trying for CRI Diamond, and this was the first time I got as far as Io.  (A bit disappointed there's no badge for getting to Io in Nightmare;  Oh well...)  :P  Aside from being a little worryingly low on ammo, I was doing well, with some pretty nice equipment, up until I opened a door to be greeted by a quartet of naturally occurring exalted reavers with fire ability, and I guess all four of them must've hit me at once, because they did a lot more damage than I was expecting.  I should've healed or sought cover or something, but they were so perfectly positioned for my cold-enhanced shotgun that I couldn't resist just shooting them.  Whoops...

And while I'm here, why are there so many Diamond badges that require you to play masterless?  They might as well say you're required to not have fun.  :P  I sort of wonder...  what if the requirement instead said you have to kill everything at least once?  (Or a minimum number of first-time kills?)  Then you still get the interesting benefits of the master traits, while making for some interesting strategic planning as you figure out what route you take through the level.

Tormuse, level 14 Marine, killed on
IO L5 by a exalted reaver.

He survived for 12487 turns.
The run time was 5h 54m 21s.
He scored 5504 points.
He opposed the NIGHTMARE!

CALLISTO L3 -> Mimir Habitat L1
Mimir Habitat L2 -> CalSec Central
CalSec Central - cleared
CalSec Central - cleared
CalSec Central - cleared
EUROPA L2 - Volatile Storage
EUROPA L2 -> Asterius Habitat L1
Asterius Habitat L2 - Infestation
Asterius Habitat L2 -> Asterius Breach
Asterius Breach - cleared
IO L2 -> Io Black Site L1
Io Black Site L2 -> Black Site Vaults
IO L5 - Lockdown

Awards
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  Conqueror Ribbon (+100)
   * Completed all encountered special levels

He killed 627 out of 723 enemies.

  1 former CRI soldier
  26 former soldiers
  17 reavers
  24 ice fiends
  2 corrupted soldiers
  32 turrets
  78 exalted soldiers
  31 exalted fiends
  10 armored ravagers
  6 plasma ravagers
  5 siege ravagers
  8 security drones
  10 CRI bots
  3 CRI marines
  36 exalted ravagers
  17 fiends
  16 fire fiends
  68 exalted reavers
  7 toxic reavers
  2 CRI guards
  4 former grunts
  30 ravagers
  5 former guards
  19 archreavers
  4 former CRI grunts
  1 former heavy
  6 corrupted commandos
  22 CalSec sentrys
  5 corrupted sergeants
  6 security bots
  7 corrupted heavys
  14 former commandos
  4 kerbeross
  11 former sergeants
  15 security sentrys
  1 military drone
  14 CalSec bots
  25 exalted kerbeross
  1 former CRI sergeant
  14 cryobeross
  1 toxiberos
  14 rocket turrets
  6 combat drones
  11 cryoreavers

Traits
  Skilled L2
  Furious L1
  Hellrunner L2
  Ironman L2
  Sustained fire L1
  Bloodhound
  Field Medic
  Angry Motherfucker
  Running
  Incoming!

Trait order
  Iro->Iro->FMc->Ski->Hr->SF->AMf->Hr->
  Inc->Ski->Blo->Fur->Run

Equipment
  Slot #1 : AV2 7.62 assault rifle P
  Slot #2 : AV2 rocket launcher P
  Slot #3 : AV2 12ga auto-shotgun P
  Body    : AV2 combat armor PB
  Head    :  - NONE -
  Utility : AV1 auto AMP

Inventory
  energy cell (x51)
  rocket (x10)
  rocket (x8)
  12ga shell (x14)
  7.62 ammo (x92)
  .44 ammo (x24)
  EMP grenade (x2)
  krak grenade (x3)
  smoke grenade (x3)
  military stimpack
  military stimpack
  large medkit

7
I've been trying to win Angel of Berserk for the last little while, alternating between all three character classes.  Of the three, I think Marine has the easiest time, thanks to the damage boost from Rip and Tear, which makes it a little confusing to me that the Scout got his abilities nerfed.  (Reduced energy from Energy Leech)  Still, I really wanted to see if I could play sneaky, sneaky style with a Ghost build.  This means wasting a level on Eagle Eye, but I think it would have been fun.  (I was so close to getting it!)

Unfortunately, I found the difficulty ramped up faster than my abilities.  When I was facing Cryoreavers and Ravagers in Europa, they were able to survive two critical hits each, and I didn't have energy to spare, so all my sneaky tactics weren't enough to prevent me from taking lots of damage and I depleted my resources pretty quickly.

Still, this run was notable for the fact that I was able to conquer Calsec Central, so that was pretty cool.  :)  And when I played the next level, and faced all the shut down bots, I was still able to leech energy off them, so that was also pretty cool.  :)

I did encounter what seemed to be a bug, though.  The Av3 Machete I got from Calsec Central had Disrupt 3, so naturally, I used it against mechanical enemies, (even though it took four hits against everything, because of the slash damage) and I discovered that if a Calsec Sentry starts chainfiring, it continues firing, even if it's disrupted.  At first, I thought maybe they just mindlessly fire in the same direction, like they're stuck with their finger on the trigger, but when I moved, the supposedly disrupted bot was still able to track me with its weapon as it continued firing.

Tormuse, level 6 Scout, killed on
Refueling Base by a archreaver.

He survived for 4547 turns.
The run time was 1h 35m 8s.
He scored 1722 points.
He was ULTRAVIOLENT!
He was an Angel of Berserk!

CALLISTO L2 -> Mimir Habitat L1
Mimir Habitat L3 -> CalSec Central
CalSec Central - cleared
EUROPA L4 -> Refueling Base

He killed 148 out of 228 enemies.

  2 ravagers
  10 exalted soldiers
  14 fire fiends
  22 CalSec sentrys
  2 security bots
  3 turrets
  18 former soldiers
  4 former heavys
  3 military drones
  4 cryoreavers
  4 former grunts
  15 fiends
  4 security sentrys
  17 former commandos
  16 CalSec bots
  5 former guards
  4 former sergeants
  10 corrupted soldiers
  2 combat drones
  1 cryoberos
  10 security drones
  2 corrupted heavys

Traits
  Skilled L2
  Eagle Eye
  Energy leech L2

Trait order
  Skl->EnL->Skl->EnL->EE

Equipment
  Slot #1 : AV3 machete
  Slot #2 : combat knife PBA
  Body    : blue armor
  Utility :  - NONE -

Inventory
  multitool (x1)

8
So I finally got Marksman Gold Badge.  Yay!  :D  I've been trying for this one on and off since it became a thing, and I think the addition of Sharpshooter trait helped me finally succeed.  :)  (as well as all the enemy nerfs in recent versions)  :P

There was still a somewhat shaky section in the middle of the game, where I was using med kits faster than I would have liked, but once I had Sharpshooter 3, I was able to one-shot ravagers, and even armoured ravagers, as long as they were at the limit of my range, so the game was in the bag by that point.  :)

I think what's given me the most trouble with AoMr up 'til now is the fact that pistols are best at short to medium range, while it's most common to encounter enemies at long range.  Sharpshooter helped mitigate that...  as well as an AV2 9mm pistol I found early on with 6/6 range, enhanced damage, and Vampyre 1.  That pistol carried me for the whole game, and I hardly touched my energy pistol and 7.62 pistol I found later on, though I did give the Summoner a very satisfying double-headshot with the 7.62 (which fires two bullets at a time) right at the end at max range that took off more than half his health.  :)

I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get Conqueror.  I passed up the opportunity to go to Limbo, because I thought there was going to be an Arena entrance on the next level, but it just went to the end.  If I'd known that wasn't an option, I would've just gone to Limbo; I'm sure I could have handled the Archreavers.  Oh well...

Tormuse, level 14 Technician, defeated
The Summoner against all odds.
He survived for 20198 turns.
The run time was 5h 58m 26s.
He scored 6207 points.
He was ULTRAVIOLENT!
He was an Angel of Marksmanship!

CALLISTO L2 -> Callisto Mines L1
Callisto Mines L3 -> Callisto Anomaly
Callisto Anomaly - cleared
EUROPA L2 -> Conamara Chaos Biolabs L1
Conamara Chaos Biolabs L2 -> Containment Area
Containment Area - cleared
IO L2 -> Io Black Site L1
Io Black Site L2 -> Black Site Vaults
Black Site Vaults - cleared

Awards
  Medal of Prejudice (+200)
   * Won with 100% kills
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  Marksman Bronze Badge
   * Reach Io on Angel of Marksmanship
  Marksman Silver Badge
   * Complete Angel of Marksmanship (AoMr)
  Marksman Gold Badge
   * Complete AoMr on Hard

He killed 513 out of 513 enemies.

  5 former CRI soldiers
  14 former soldiers
  2 military bots
  51 reavers
  10 corrupted soldiers
  29 turrets
  3 exalted soldiers
  12 exalted fiends
  16 armored ravagers
  12 siege ravagers
  21 plasma ravagers
  8 security drones
  16 CRI marines
  14 CRI bots
  9 exalted ravagers
  1 Summoner
  38 fiends
  4 exalted reavers
  49 fire fiends
  10 security bots
  9 toxic reavers
  4 former grunts
  42 archreavers
  17 former guards
  36 ravagers
  2 former CRI commandos
  2 hellish commandos
  1 former CRI grunt
  11 corrupted sergeants
  8 corrupted commandos
  2 former heavys
  9 former commandos
  4 corrupted heavys
  3 kerbeross
  1 hellish heavy
  1 former CRI heavy
  4 former sergeants
  2 military drones
  3 former CRI sergeants
  3 exalted kerbeross
  11 cryobeross
  4 toxibeross
  6 combat drones
  23 rocket turrets
  22 cryoreavers
  4 cybeross

Traits
  Skilled L1
  Juggler
  Packrat L1
  Son of a Gun L2
  Whizkid L1
  Hunker down
  Scavenger
  Headshot
  Incoming!
  SHARPSHOOTER L3

Trait order
  SoG->HDw->Whk->Skl->SoG->MSS->Hsh->Pak->
  Inc->MSS->Scv->MSS->Jug

Equipment
  Slot #1 : AV2 9mm pistol P2
  Slot #2 : CRI plasma pistol A2
  Slot #3 : AV3 7.62 sidearm P
  Body    : ENV armor PBA
  Utility : CRI pistol power control

Inventory
  energy cell (x100)
  energy cell (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x52)
  9mm ammo (x100)
  9mm ammo (x49)
  gas grenade (x3)
  krak grenade (x2)
  smoke grenade (x3)
  CRI phase kit (x1)
  military stimpack
  small medkit (x1)
  large medkit
  large medkit

9
I decided to make another try at AoI, now that we have Master traits.  :)  I wanted to try a hybrid build, part melee, part ranged weapons.  I figured I'd get Vampyre, so I would have an extra source of healing, since I can't carry med kits, besides my starting one.

It used much of the same strategy as my recent AoV game at the beginning, up until I started getting levels in Vampyre and got a really nice Av3 Chainsaw with boosted damage, (100) boosted accuracy, (40%) and Hunter 20.  I was reeeally looking forward to using it on the Summoner, but then I discovered...

Spoiler: a secret level (click to show/hide)

Considering that Vampyre trait only heals you from organic kills, you might think it's a bad idea to enter CRI Armory, which is full of mechanical enemies, and you'd be largely right...  and you would also be smally right, and mediumly right too...  what was I thinking?  That was a dumb place to go.  :P  I just happened to have a modded plasma rifle at the time and a ton of energy cells, so I figured I'd be okay, and I was, but it was a lot of painstaking sniping of CRI bots (and one MkII CRI bot!) from a distance, not to mention the CRI Marines, which I discovered don't have a melee attack and kept hitting me with a painful energy weapon attack when I tried to heal myself on them with my chainsaw.  I didn't get to really put the Vampyre trait to use until the last few levels of the game.

Oh well, in the end, I emerged victorious, the Summoner falling from three hits of my Demonic Sword!  :D  (Though I found I really missed the chainsaw's accuracy boost at the end, since I kept taking painful hits that reduced my tohit chance to 50%)  :|  And now, I have the Eagerness Gold Badge, which is the last of the Steam achievements available, which as of this writing, has a 0.3% achievement rate.  Go me!  :D

Tormuse, level 13 Marine, defeated
The Summoner against all odds.
He survived for 19632 turns.
The run time was 6h 53m 30s.
He scored 6636 points.
He was ULTRAVIOLENT!
He was an Angel of Impatience!

CALLISTO L2 -> Callisto Mines L1
Callisto Mines L2 -> Callisto Anomaly
Callisto Anomaly - cleared
EUROPA L3 -> Europa Dig Zone L1
Europa Dig Zone L2 -> Tyre Outpost
Tyre Outpost - cleared
IO L3 -> CRI Laboratory L1
CRI Laboratory L2 -> CRI Armory
CRI Armory - cleared
The Shattered Abyss - cleared

Awards
  Medal of Prejudice (+200)
   * Won with 100% kills
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  Explorer Ribbon (+50)
   * Visited all encountered special levels
  Conqueror Ribbon (+100)
   * Completed all encountered special levels
  Eagerness Silver Badge
   * Complete Angel of Impatience
  Eagerness Gold Badge
   * Complete Angel of Impatience on Hard

He killed 549 out of 549 enemies.

  43 archreavers
  42 fiends
  5 plasma ravagers
  17 exalted fiends
  9 rocket turrets
  20 turrets
  15 security bots
  4 former CRI grunts
  2 former CRI guards
  6 exalted reavers
  4 CRI soldiers
  5 former CRI soldiers
  1 Summoner
  7 corrupted sergeants
  1 CRI bot MkII
  1 hellish sergeant
  39 ravagers
  11 CRI turrets
  10 combat drones
  20 former soldiers
  14 former guards
  1 former heavy
  52 fire fiends
  4 siege ravagers
  4 former sergeants
  11 cryobeross
  3 corrupted heavys
  8 CRI commandos
  42 CRI marines
  12 hellish soldiers
  4 military drones
  3 hellish heavys
  2 corrupted soldiers
  8 hellish commandos
  4 former grunts
  7 toxic reavers
  1 Swordmaster
  1 former CRI sergeant
  12 armored ravagers
  46 CRI bots
  21 reavers
  4 corrupted commandos
  8 cybeross
  12 security drones
  16 cryoreavers
  3 kerbeross
  4 former commandos
  1 toxiberos

Traits
  Skilled L1
  Hellrunner L2
  Ironman L2
  Rip and tear L2
  Bloodhound
  Field Medic
  VAMPYRE L3

Trait order
  Hr->Ski->Blo->Iro->RaT->RaT->MVM->Hr->
  MVM->Iro->FMc->MVM

Equipment
  Slot #1 : CRI plasma rifle PBA
  Slot #2 : rocket launcher A
  Slot #3 : demonic sword
  Body    : blue armor
  Utility : ADV accuracy amp

Inventory
  energy cell (x100)
  energy cell (x76)
  rocket (x10)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x91)
  gas grenade (x1)
  EMP grenade (x3)
  krak grenade (x2)
  frag grenade (x2)

10
So I was looking over the new Master traits in this version and decided that Survivor trait would be a big help to my Angel of Vampirism game.  :)  I've gotten to the Summoner in AoV at UV difficulty before, but this was the first time I succeeded.  Blood Gold Badge!  Yay!  :D  (As of this posting, only 0.3% of people have this achievement, according to Steam)  :)

The update to Bloodhound trait is a big help for sniping enemies from a distance; no more counting pixels on the mini-map.  :P  The advanced sniper rifle I got out of the Mark 3 CRI Manufacture Station in Tyre Outpost was a big help that put an end to any ammo worries for the rest of the game.  It had Longshot 5 and Hunter 5, and I put a "cold" mod pack on it, which potentially gave it up to 38 damage per bullet!  (Now that's efficiency!)  :D

I was really tempted to put the cold pack on the rocket launcher, so I could freeze groups of enemies at a time; it was a tough decision, and I still feel like I could have gone either way.  (Something for next game, maybe)  :)  As it was, I was freezing enemies at the edges or outside of my visual range, so they couldn't approach me very quickly, while I took advantage of HR 2 to run away, to keep them at the edges of my visual range and/or to heal up via Survivor trait.  (I never felt a need to get Survivor level 2 or 3)

That's not to say it was super easy, though; there were several occasions that I got caught by surprise around blind corners or behind doors suddenly being opened, and I had to use every resource at my disposal, including almost every grenade I found in the game, (except two frag grenades that I left behind) and all three phase devices.  Victory was uncertain, even right up 'til the end, when a group of Archreavers were ganging up on me, and I dealt with them with a well-placed gas grenade that obscured me from their view, and allowed me to focus on the Summoner as it was bearing down on me.  He was two tiles away and I was down to 17 hp when I finished him off.  Whew!

EDIT:  Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention...  with the changes to Angry Motherfucker trait, it's considerably more well-suited to AoV!  Doing more damage when my hp were low instead of when my pain was high meant I was getting damage bonuses constantly, instead of once in a long while.  It made a huge difference.

Tormuse, level 14 Marine, defeated
The Summoner against all odds.
He survived for 15559 turns.
The run time was 5h 35m 11s.
He scored 6666 points.
He was ULTRAVIOLENT!
He was an Angel of Vampirism!

CALLISTO L3 -> Valhalla Terminal L1
Valhalla Terminal L2 -> Valhalla Command
Valhalla Command - cleared
EUROPA L3 -> Europa Dig Zone L1
Europa Dig Zone L2 -> Tyre Outpost
Tyre Outpost - cleared
IO L2 -> Io Black Site L1
Io Black Site L2 -> Black Site Vaults
Black Site Vaults - cleared
BEYOND L2 -> Limbo
Limbo - cleared

Awards
  Medal of Prejudice (+200)
   * Won with 100% kills
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  CRI Star (silver cluster) (+50)
   * 50+ kills without taking damage
  Explorer Ribbon (+50)
   * Visited all encountered special levels
  Conqueror Ribbon (+100)
   * Completed all encountered special levels
  Blood Silver Badge
   * Complete Angel of Vampirism
  Blood Gold Badge
   * Complete Angel of Vampirism on Hard

He killed 519 out of 519 enemies.

  44 archreavers
  37 fiends
  3 exalted ravagers
  11 plasma ravagers
  13 exalted fiends
  19 rocket turrets
  29 turrets
  25 security bots
  1 former CRI grunt
  2 former CRI guards
  15 exalted reavers
  2 CRI guards
  3 former CRI soldiers
  1 Summoner
  12 exalted kerbeross
  1 corrupted sergeant
  1 hellish sergeant
  36 ravagers
  2 combat drones
  12 former soldiers
  23 former guards
  1 former heavy
  46 fire fiends
  13 siege ravagers
  8 former sergeants
  3 exalted soldiers
  7 cryobeross
  4 corrupted heavys
  18 CRI marines
  3 military bots
  7 hellish soldiers
  2 military drones
  2 hellish heavys
  8 corrupted soldiers
  7 hellish commandos
  4 former grunts
  10 toxic reavers
  3 former CRI sergeants
  23 armored ravagers
  8 CRI bots
  20 reavers
  6 corrupted commandos
  8 cybeross
  8 security drones
  12 cryoreavers
  4 kerbeross
  14 former commandos
  2 toxibeross

Traits
  Skilled L1
  Hellrunner L2
  Tough as Nails L2
  Reloader L2
  Sustained fire L1
  Bloodhound
  Die Hard
  Angry Motherfucker
  Incoming!
  SURVIVOR L1

Trait order
  Hr->Ski->Blo->Hr->TaN->TaN->DHa->MSV->
  Inc->SF->AMf->Rel->Rel

Equipment
  Slot #1 : AV3 7.62 sniper rifle C
  Slot #2 : rocket launcher PBA
  Slot #3 : 12ga auto-shotgun PBA
  Body    : red armor PBA
  Utility : ADV accuracy amp

Inventory
  rocket (x10)
  rocket (x10)
  rocket (x4)
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x48)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x62)
  krak grenade (x1)
  multitool (x4)

11
Shottyman Gold Badge!  Woo!  :D  If the Steam achievement stats are to be believed, this is among the rarest achievements!  :)  (Tied with Blood Gold and Eagerness Gold at 0.3%)

In previous attempts, I played as Scout or Technician, so I could play with Juggler to get multiple shots at a time in quick succession...  but I guess it turned out that having one main weapon and sticking to it was more effective.  :P  The weapon that carried me for a vast majority of this game was an advanced shotgun that had enhanced damage, reloading speed, and barbed effect.  Toward the end, I was getting worryingly low on shells, so the barbed effect turned out to be quite helpful, because I could make them bleed and run away to let their hp tick down for a while, then repeat.  When I reached the Precipice of Defeat, I was out of cells for my plasma shotgun, and down to 80 shells.  I had lots of med kits, though!  :)

I probably would have done better at keeping my ammo up if I had found a single shotgun amp in the game.  I must have found about a dozen amps over the course of the game, and they were all pistol amps, rifle amps, or accuracy amps.  I kept an accuracy amp around on the off chance that it helps my grenades.  (I don't actually know if it helps with that)

Also, now that I know that they exist, I tried to see if I could get all the special levels I hadn't seen before.  I found the Military Barracks by skipping Callisto Mines and Valhalla Spaceport, Refueling base by skipping Conamara Chaos Biolabs and Europa Digzone, and Io Warehouse by skipping CRI labs and Black Site.  I had hoped there would be another extra level if I skipped Arena and Limbo, but apparently not...  and I think I missed out on Conqueror by skipping those two.  (Oops!)

In the end, I brought the Summoner down with my advanced auto-shotgun with cold effect and autoloader.  It did half as much damage per shot as the barbed shotgun, but it allowed me to stay ahead of the Summoner by slowing it down while I could reload on the move...  and by angling my shots to hit the Reavers at the same time, I was soon getting Frenzy bonuses, which helped kill the Summoner faster.  :)

Tormuse, level 13 Marine, defeated
The Summoner against all odds.
He survived for 19903 turns.
The run time was 6h 15m 58s.
He scored 6232 points.
He was ULTRAVIOLENT!
He was an Angel of Shotgunnery!

CALLISTO L4 -> Military Barracks
Military Barracks - cleared
EUROPA L4 -> Refueling Base
Refueling Base - cleared
IO L4 -> Io Warehouse
Io Warehouse - cleared

Awards
  Medal of Prejudice (+200)
   * Won with 100% kills
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  Shottyman Silver Badge
   * Complete Angel of Shotgunnery (AoSh)
  Shottyman Gold Badge
   * Complete AoSh on Hard

He killed 530 out of 530 enemies.

  5 former CRI soldiers
  1 military bot
  22 former soldiers
  23 reavers
  6 hellish soldiers
  14 corrupted soldiers
  32 turrets
  6 exalted soldiers
  12 exalted fiends
  16 armored ravagers
  13 plasma ravagers
  3 siege ravagers
  12 security drones
  18 CRI bots
  13 CRI marines
  6 exalted ravagers
  1 summoner
  27 fiends
  42 fire fiends
  15 exalted reavers
  6 toxic reavers
  17 security bots
  2 CRI guards
  4 former grunts
  52 ravagers
  17 former guards
  45 archreavers
  1 former CRI grunt
  11 hellish commandos
  3 former heavys
  10 corrupted commandos
  9 corrupted sergeants
  1 hellish sergeant
  4 corrupted heavys
  8 former commandos
  1 hellish heavy
  1 kerberos
  8 former sergeants
  3 military drones
  5 former CRI sergeants
  6 cryobeross
  16 rocket turrets
  2 combat drones
  15 cryoreavers
  11 cybeross

Traits
  Skilled L2
  Hellrunner L2
  Ironman L2
  Reloader L2
  Bloodhound
  Field Medic
  Reload Dance
  Shredder

Equipment
  Slot #1 : ADV 12ga shotgun PA
  Slot #2 : ADV 12ga auto-shotgun A
  Slot #3 : CRI plasma shotgun BA
  Body    : ADV blue armor
  Utility : ADV accuracy amp

Inventory
  12ga shell (x50)
  accuracy mod pack
  CRI phase kit (x2)
  military stimpack
  stimpack (x3)
  stimpack (x1)
  small medkit (x3)
  large medkit
  large medkit

12
Post Mortem / [0.8.8|U|AoSh|Te|10|YASD] Shottyman Bronze
« on: February 08, 2020, 21:51 »
Had an AoSh game that was going very well, that ended in a stupid, avoidable way, because I was being too stingy and didn't want to use my last (large) med kit.  I was at 28% health, standing in a spot with no cover, with a CRI Soldier at a distance where I would do 50% damage to it.  I gambled that between the shotgun damage amp, and my advanced shotgun's damage increase, and the Frenzy effect of having just killed a guy, there would be a good chance of killing him in one shot, and even if I didn't, I'd be able to survive his return fire...  and I lost that gamble.  :(

The game was very nearly lost a couple times, first, because on level 2, I started surrounded by two turrets, two sergeants, a trio of Exalted Soldiers...  and then a couple of fiends joined in during the fight with them.  (I survived, barely, with 5hp, by using smoke screen, going around a corner and firing blindly into the smoke.

The second time I nearly lost was during Callisto Anomaly, where I used up all my medkits and was reduced to 1 hp...  actually, it was 5 hp, and I agonizingly watched it tick down to 1, due to acid damage.  :P  I thought for sure I was a goner there.

I had really high hopes for this one, especially since I had a good collection of supplies for dealing with CRI bots, including six EMP grenades, and a hefty pile of multitools for remote hacking.  It's pretty disappointing.  :(  I did get a Shottyman Bronze out of it, though.  :)

Tormuse, level 10 Technician, killed on
IO L1 by a former CRI soldier.

He survived for 9184 turns.
The run time was 2h 24m 11s.
He scored 2596 points.
He was ULTRAVIOLENT!
He was an Angel of Shotgunnery!

CALLISTO L2 -> Callisto Mines L1
Callisto Mines L2 -> Callisto Anomaly
Callisto Anomaly - cleared
EUROPA L2 -> Europa Dig Zone L1
Europa Dig Zone L3 -> Tyre Outpost
Tyre Outpost - cleared

Awards
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  Shottyman Bronze Badge
   * Reach Io on Angel of Shotgunnery

He killed 306 out of 308 enemies.

  1 former CRI grunt
  6 corrupted sergeants
  4 former grunts
  5 corrupted heavys
  36 fire fiends
  4 turrets
  10 archreavers
  15 ravagers
  7 hellish soldiers
  20 former guards
  1 former CRI sergeant
  4 former CRI soldiers
  34 fiends
  2 former CRI commandos
  12 corrupted soldiers
  3 military drones
  6 exalted reavers
  5 hellish commandos
  1 rocket turret
  15 security bots
  1 CRI bot
  2 CRI marines
  11 cryobeross
  9 exalted soldiers
  12 former sergeants
  8 corrupted commandos
  6 reavers
  18 former soldiers
  3 armored ravagers
  4 combat drones
  9 exalted fiends
  14 former commandos
  2 former heavys
  14 cryoreavers
  4 security drones

Traits
  Skilled L1
  Tough as Nails L1
  Juggler
  Packrat L2
  Hacker L2
  Shottyman
  Remote Hack

Equipment
  Slot #1 : ADV 12ga shotgun AV
  Slot #2 : ADV 12ga shotgun PB
  Slot #3 : 12ga auto-shotgun BA
  Body    : ADV blue armor P
  Utility : ADV shotgun damage amp

Inventory
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x36)
  gas grenade (x1)
  EMP grenade (x3)
  EMP grenade (x3)
  multitool (x5)
  multitool (x3)
  military stimpack
  large medkit

13
Post Mortem / [0.8.7|U|AoV|Ma|13|YASD] Whimper...
« on: February 02, 2020, 17:38 »
I was so close this time!  I'm probably never going to get such ideal circumstances in an AoV game again.  This was really disappointing.  :(  It would have been a really impressive win if I'd pulled it off; note that I conquered all special levels and had a 100% kill rating.  (Everyone except the Summoner)

Anyway, don't tell Kornel, but I took advantage of the exploit that he doesn't like and expanded on it.  :P  Specifically, I used Bloodhound trait to track enemies, so I could target them from outside of their visual ranges.  (I was planning to title this thread "Angel of squinting at the mini-map" or maybe "Angel of counting squares")  :P  I also discovered that getting "Focused Fire" trait helps with this strategy, because once I successfully target an enemy I can't see, I can tell exactly where they are, because if I'm pointing at the correct square, I get an accuracy bonus.  I'm pretty sure this is unintended and these abilities are gonna be nerfed in the next version, and I'm screwing myself over by reporting them.  Oh well...  :P

I had a really nice advanced rocket launcher that carried me to the endgame; enhanced damage, faster reloading, and haze effect, so anything I shot couldn't shoot me back.  I also had 3 stimpacks going into the last level for a little speed boost, even though they don't heal.

A big contributor to my failure here was that I wasted a phase device a few levels earlier.  On the Gateway level, there was one enemy left, a Siege Ravager, and I was trying to save rockets, so I figured I'd use my assault rifle plus a couple of smoke grenades that were extra that I was going to leave behind.  This was totally unnecessary, since I had plenty of rockets; I was just being stingy and maybe I thought I was being a little clever.  Anyway, I was having a harder time than usual hitting him, emptying a couple clips without killing him, and I suddenly found him at point-blank range with my rifle empty and I was below 25 hp.  Doing anything but phasing out would have resulted in my death.  It was a really stupid, avoidable waste of a phase device that would probably have otherwise saved my life in the final confrontation.

As it was, going up against the Summoner, I anticipated that the rocket launcher would not be best, since I wouldn't be able to see what I'm shooting, and he closes to melee range fast.  I probably should have stuck to shooting him at range with my rifle, but I ended up switching to the auto shotgun when he was barreling down at me and he did more damage faster than I was prepared for.

Tormuse, level 13 Marine, killed on
Precipice of Defeat by a summoner.

He survived for 13271 turns.
The run time was 5h 26m 17s.
He scored 4737 points.
He was ULTRAVIOLENT!
He was an Angel of Vampirism!

CALLISTO L2 -> Callisto Mines L1
Callisto Mines L3 -> Callisto Anomaly
Callisto Anomaly - cleared
EUROPA L2 -> Conamara Chaos Biolabs L1
Conamara Chaos Biolabs L2 -> Containment Area
Containment Area - cleared
IO L2 -> Io Black Site L1
Io Black Site L2 -> Black Site Vaults
Black Site Vaults - cleared
BEYOND L1 -> The Arena
The Arena - cleared

Awards
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  Explorer Ribbon (+50)
   * Visited all encountered special levels
  Conqueror Ribbon (+100)
   * Completed all encountered special levels

He killed 483 out of 484 enemies.

  24 former soldiers
  6 former CRI guards
  43 fire fiends
  3 corrupted sergeants
  3 former CRI soldiers
  38 turrets
  22 rocket turrets
  8 corrupted heavys
  6 toxic reavers
  7 former commandos
  4 former grunts
  16 cryoreavers
  11 former guards
  17 siege ravagers
  4 military drones
  4 CRI marines
  16 reavers
  4 plasma ravagers
  1 former CRI grunt
  12 security bots
  1 former heavy
  2 corrupted commandos
  54 fiends
  8 security drones
  8 cryobeross
  9 exalted soldiers
  43 archreavers
  6 exalted ravagers
  1 hellish heavy
  6 exalted fiends
  36 ravagers
  5 CRI bots
  9 exalted reavers
  3 former CRI sergeants
  3 cybeross
  38 armored ravagers
  4 corrupted soldiers
  2 kerbeross
  3 former sergeants

Traits
  Skilled L2
  Hellrunner L2
  Ironman L2
  Reloader L1
  Sustained fire L2
  Focused fire
  Bloodhound
  Incoming!

Equipment
  Slot #1 : ADV rocket launcher P
  Slot #2 : ADV 7.62 assault rifle A
  Slot #3 : 12ga auto-shotgun PBA
  Body    : ADV blue armor PA
  Utility : ADV accuracy amp

Inventory
  rocket (x10)
  rocket (x10)
  rocket (x10)
  12ga shell (x34)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x25)
  gas grenade (x2)
  stimpack (x2)

14
My best run so far of Angel of Impatience.  I was in good shape for 95% of the game, especially since I realized that even though you can't pick up med kits without using them in this challenge, you can still extract them from medical terminals, so I had a couple of med kits in reserve for emergencies.  Then towards the end, I was cornered by a trio of Exalted Kerberoses that were fast, deadly, and regenerating, so I couldn't get away from them and they were doing a lot of damage.  I was able to kill them with my freezing shotgun, but they exhausted my emergency med kits and brought me down to four hp.  (Well, actually, they brought me down to 16, but the bleeding effect brought me down to 4 afterward)  :o

So I skipped Arena, since I figured going in there with 4hp was a bad idea, and got presented with Limbo instead...  and I've never been to Limbo in this game, so I decided I couldn't pass that up, even though I figured it would probably result in my death.  (And it did)  :P  It turns out that Limbo is full of twisty single-file platforms that are open on all sides, so you're a sitting duck while you're crossing them, and the place is swarming with Archreavers, which, as the thread title says, are fast.  :P  I couldn't get away from them fast enough, even with HR 2, and I couldn't use my usual strategy, that I had been using up 'til that point, of exploding rockets against terrain next to enemies when they're out of visual range, so they can't hit me in return, so I lost what little health I'd gained back after the disastrous Exalted Kerberos encounter.  I still very nearly did it, though; I was down to the last Archreaver and he hit me while I was going around a corner; one more square and I would've been safe.

One other note:  I found that I really like the Bloodhound ability in this game.  Very helpful in knowing what squares to target when I'm trying to shoot enemies outside of their visual range, even though it means I spend a lot of time squinting at my mini-map, counting squares.  :)

Tormuse, level 13 Marine, killed on
Limbo by a archreaver.

He survived for 17121 turns.
The run time was 5h 45m 51s.
He scored 4165 points.
He was ULTRAVIOLENT!
He was an Angel of Impatience!

CALLISTO L2 -> Callisto Mines L1
Callisto Mines L3 -> Callisto Anomaly
Callisto Anomaly - cleared
EUROPA L2 -> Conamara Chaos Biolabs L1
Conamara Chaos Biolabs L2 -> Containment Area
Containment Area - cleared
IO L2 -> Io Black Site L1
Io Black Site L2 -> Black Site Vaults
Black Site Vaults - cleared
BEYOND L2 -> Limbo

Awards
  CRI Star (bronze cluster) (+25)
   * 25+ kills without taking damage
  Explorer Ribbon (+50)
   * Visited all encountered special levels
  Eagerness Bronze Badge
   * Reach Io on Angel of Impatience

He killed 502 out of 503 enemies.

  22 former soldiers
  50 fire fiends
  3 corrupted sergeants
  5 former CRI soldiers
  37 turrets
  16 rocket turrets
  6 corrupted heavys
  6 toxic reavers
  11 former commandos
  6 exalted kerbeross
  4 former grunts
  7 siege ravagers
  16 cryoreavers
  8 former guards
  6 military drones
  13 CRI marines
  7 reavers
  11 plasma ravagers
  1 former CRI grunt
  11 security bots
  3 former heavys
  4 combat drones
  4 corrupted commandos
  54 fiends
  1 toxiberos
  8 security drones
  6 exalted soldiers
  5 cryobeross
  48 archreavers
  6 exalted ravagers
  9 exalted fiends
  28 ravagers
  15 CRI bots
  2 former CRI sergeants
  33 armored ravagers
  14 corrupted soldiers
  7 kerbeross
  11 former sergeants

Traits
  Skilled L2
  Hellrunner L2
  Ironman L2
  Tough as Nails L1
  Sustained fire L1
  Bloodhound
  Field Medic
  Angry Motherfucker
  Incoming!

Equipment
  Slot #1 : rocket launcher PBA
  Slot #2 : ADV 7.62 assault rifle A
  Slot #3 : ADV 12ga shotgun PA
  Body    : blue armor PBA
  Utility : CRI rifle power control

Inventory
  rocket (x9)
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x50)
  12ga shell (x15)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x22)
  gas grenade (x1)
  frag grenade (x2)

15
I finally beat Angel of Confidence!  :D  It took maybe a couple hundred tries with 90% of them dying in the first thirty seconds.  :P  (I'm exaggerating, but not by much; this challenge has a really rough start)  Playing as a Technician, I missed the Hellrunner ability that the other classes have, but I think the ability to hack turrets at will made up for that.  :)

Anyway, I decided to lean into the Technician's new advantages and headed right to Remote Hack right at the beginning.  Pretty much every turret in the game got either hacked, or destroyed by another turret that I hacked.  :P  I guess that's why I only reached character level 11, when I was able to reach 14 in other games.  You get double experience for hacking, but you miss out on any experience you would have gained from enemies killed by your hacked friends.  (And at one point, I had the glorious opportunity to remote hack a CRI Bot with full hp, and it went on a rampage, that wiped out half the map, before it succumbed to another CRI Bot)  :D  (EDIT:  Oh, right, derp, Angel of Confidence accounts for having less experience by the end)

And with this game, I advanced to Captain rank!  :D  I no longer get a listing of what badges I need for the next rank; does that mean this is the highest rank?

Tormuse, level 11 Technician, defeated
The Summoner against all odds.
He survived for 15068 turns.
The run time was 3h 31m 30s.
He scored 5874 points.
He was ULTRAVIOLENT!
He was an Angel of Confidence!

EUROPA L2 -> Conamara Chaos Biolabs L1
Conamara Chaos Biolabs L2 -> Containment Area
Containment Area - cleared
IO L2 -> Io Black Site L1
Io Black Site L2 -> Black Site Vaults
Black Site Vaults - cleared
BEYOND L1 -> The Arena
The Arena - cleared

Awards
  Medal of Prejudice (+200)
   * Won with 100% kills
  Confident Silver Badge
   * Complete Angel of Confidence (AoCo)
  Confident Gold Badge
   * Complete AoCo on Hard

He killed 316 out of 316 enemies.

  1 toxiberos
  1 former CRI grunt
  1 corrupted sergeant
  2 corrupted heavys
  26 fire fiends
  17 turrets
  33 archreavers
  15 siege ravagers
  24 ravagers
  3 former CRI soldiers
  1 former CRI sergeant
  1 summoner
  1 kerberos
  41 fiends
  2 hellish heavys
  6 former CRI commandos
  8 corrupted soldiers
  1 military drone
  11 plasma ravagers
  10 hellish commandos
  10 rocket turrets
  1 security bot
  10 CRI marines
  7 CRI bots
  9 cryobeross
  3 exalted soldiers
  8 corrupted commandos
  16 reavers
  24 armored ravagers
  4 combat drones
  18 exalted fiends
  8 toxic reavers
  14 cryoreavers

Traits
  Tough as Nails L1
  Juggler
  Packrat L2
  Sustained fire L1
  Gun hoarder
  Hacker L2
  Hunker down
  Remote Hack

Equipment
  Slot #1 : rocket launcher PBA
  Slot #2 : ADV 7.62 assault rifle A
  Slot #3 : ADV 12ga auto-shotgun P
  Slot #4 : ADV energy rifle P
  Body    : ADV blue armor PBA
  Utility : CRI rifle critical amp

Inventory
  energy cell (x56)
  rocket (x10)
  rocket (x10)
  rocket (x8)
  12ga shell (x31)
  7.62 ammo (x100)
  7.62 ammo (x58)
  gas grenade (x2)
  krak grenade (x2)
  multitool (x2)
  military stimpack
  large medkit

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