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Thread: ADOM Newcomer - First Victory (Gnome Monk)

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    Default ADOM Newcomer - First Victory (Gnome Monk)

    Hey, all! I was recently introduced to ADOM a few months ago by someone who has played it off and on for the past 10 or so years and immediately fell in love with its complexity and initial difficulty. After losing a few dozen characters learning the mechanics of the game, I rolled up a Gnome Monk and was able to close the Chaos Gate and leave the Drakalor Chain corruption-free. Somewhat surprisingly, this ended up being a Plutonium Man (Kill 95% on non-unique monster roster) run and had a couple of bizarre circumstances, like this floor filled with about 2 dozen Ki-Rins (attached below). Overall, the game went pretty smoothly without any real difficulties after the first few levels. Stand by for the obligatory wall of text chronicling my journey!

    Anywho, here's the victory dump:

                                Background Information
    Name: Steamhawke          Race: male Gnome          Class: Monk
    Eye color: green          Hair color: brown         Complexion: ruddy
    Height: 3'4"              Weight: 121 pounds
    Age: 129 (grown-up, 12 years of unnatural aging added in)
    Star sign: Raven          Birthday: 24/Raven (day 24 of the year)
    Total weight: 1990 stones                Carrying capacity: 14027 stones
    Head          : blessed Iron Crown of Havlor (-6, -6) [+12, +12] {Le+4}[65s]
    Neck          : blessed amulet of life saving                          [3s]
    Body          : blessed ancient mummy wrapping [+1, +5] {Ap-8}        [60s]
    Girdle        : blessed eternium girdle [+4, +6]                      [12s]
    Cloak         : uncursed cloak of protection [+0, +3]                 [20s]
    Right Hand    : uncursed adamantium spear of hunting (+1, 1d8+6)      [36s]
    Left Hand     : uncursed tower eternium shield (-1) [+16, +7]         [70s]
    Right Ring    : blessed ring of regeneration                           [1s]
    Left Ring     : uncursed ring of elemental mastery [+0, +1]            [1s]
    Bracers       : blessed bracers of regeneration [+7, +2]              [18s]
    Gauntlets     : uncursed elemental gauntlets (-1, +0) [+0, +3]        [10s]
    Boots         : blessed seven league boots [+1, +0]                   [30s]
    Missile Weapon: -
    Missiles      : blessed rune-covered trident (+6, 3d12+6) [+4, +4] {Dx+12}
    Tool          : -
                                    Weapon Skills
    Melee weapon           Lvl   Hit   Dam   DV   Level          Required marks
    ---------------------  ---   ---   ---   --   -------------  --------------
    Unarmed fighting         1    +1    +0   +0   basic                25
    Daggers & knives         1    +1    +0   +0   basic                25
    Clubs & hammers          5    +3    +2   +1   skilled              170
    Maces & flails           1    +1    +0   +0   basic                25
    Swords                   7    +5    +3   +2   skilled              445
    Axes                     1    +1    +0   +0   basic                25
    Whips                    1    +1    +0   +1   basic                25
    Pole arms               14   +18   +11  +20   Mastery              4584
    Twohanded weapons        1    +1    +1   +0   basic                25
    Staves                   5    +5    +1   +7   skilled              170
    Missile weapon         Lvl   Hit   Dam   Ra   Level          Required marks
    ---------------------  ---   ---   ---   --   -------------  --------------
    Slings                   0    +0    +0   +0   unskilled            7
    Bows                     6   +12    +9   +2   skilled              112
    Crossbows                0    +0    +0   +0   unskilled            6
    Thrown axes & hammers   10   +20   +15   +3   excellent            109
    Thrown daggers           0    +0    +0   +0   unskilled            7
    Thrown rocks & clubs     4    +8    +6   +1   skilled              40
    Thrown spears           12   +24   +18   +4   Mastery              901
    Boomerangs & scurgari    0    +0    +0   +0   unskilled            5
    Shields                Lvl   DV               Level          Required marks
    ---------------------  ---   ---              -------------  --------------
    Shields                 11   +22              Mastery              2077
    Damage caused with your melee weapons:
    Right hand: +114 bonus to hit, 1d8+47 damage
    Damage caused with your missile weapons:
    Ammunition: 1, base range: 5, +80 bonus to hit, 3d8+47 damage
                                  His further life:
    After he leaves the Drakalor Chain he is welcomed by his people with great
    honors. They acknowledge his noble deeds, his valor, his cunning and his
    great skills that helped to prevent the complete destruction of the world he
    knows. He is crowned to be the king of all gnomes and lives a long and
    prosperous life full of love, happiness and pleasure.
                  His achievements during his battles:
    Steamhawke, the gnomish monk, saved the world with his brave efforts and
    became a great ruler while saving himself 52 times.
    He scored 7795336 points and advanced to level 40.
    He survived for 0 years, 57 days, 3 hours, 56 minutes and 24 seconds (118313
    Steamhawke visited 144 places.
    His strength score was modified by +23 during his career.
    His learning score was modified by +14 during his career.
    His willpower score was modified by +14 during his career.
    His dexterity score was modified by +17 during his career.
    His toughness score was modified by +15 during his career.
    His charisma score was modified by +5 during his career.
    His appearance score was modified by +12 during his career.
    His mana score was modified by +5 during his career.
    His perception score was modified by +6 during his career.
    He was unnaturally aged by 12 years.
    He was the champion of the arena.
    He was a member of the thieves guild.
    He made a little water dragon very happy.
    He defeated the arch enemy of a mighty karmic wyrm.
    He left the Drakalor Chain after completing his quest and became a great
    leader and famous hero.
    6897 monsters perished under his attacks.
    The following 30 artifacts were generated during his adventure:
      the si
      the dwarven rune axe "Rolf's Companion"
      the scythe of corruption "Moon Sickle"
      the golden gladius "Death's Sting"
      the Iron Crown of Havlor
      the thin dagger "Cat's Claw"
      the Chaos Orb of Elemental Water
      the Chaos Orb of Elemental Air
      the Chaos Orb of Elemental Fire
      the Chaos Orb of Elemental Earth
      the heavy crossbow "The Far Slayer"
      the rune-covered long sword "Trusted One"
      the lead-filled mace "Big Punch"
      the rune-covered trident
      the elemental gauntlets
      the ring of the High Kings
      the phial of Caladriel
      the crown of science
      the ancient mummy wrapping
      the ankh
      the hammer of the gods
      the intricate wooden shield "Nature's Friend"
      the black torc
      the Chaos Orb of Elemental Mana
      the black rune-covered dagger "Needle"
      the black rune-covered dagger "Sting"
      the crown of leadership
      the shining long spear "Soaker"
      the rune-covered halberd "Wyrmlance"
      the tome of donors
    He possessed the following intrinsics:
      He was fire resistant (also through an item).
      He was poison resistant (also through an item).
      He was cold resistant (also through an item).
      He was acid resistant.
      He was lucky.
      Fate smiled upon him.
      He was sleep resistant (gained through an item).
      He was stun resistant (gained through an item).
      He was resistant to death rays (gained through an item).
      He was shock resistant (also through an item).
      He was able to see invisible things (also through an item).
      He was immune to shock attacks.
      He was immune to fire attacks (gained through an item).
      He was immune to ice attacks (gained through items).
    He had the following talents: Alert, Beast of Burden, Good Shot, Hardy,
    Healthy, Immune to Pain, Iron Skin, Keen Shot, Long Stride, Master Packager,
    Miser, Porter, Steel Skin, Tough Skin, Treasure Hunter.
    He had a final speed score of 163 (final base speed: 163).
    He was a messiah of Gnarl.
    He asked for 7 divine interventions.
    He was a holy champion of Order.
    The following monsters were vanquished:
          3 acid vortices
         22 air demons
         10 air elementals
          8 air grues
          1 ancient black dragon
          7 ancient blue dragons
          1 ancient blue wyrm
          1 Ancient Chaos Wyrm
          1 ancient karmic dragon
          2 ancient minotaurs
          4 ancient red dragons
          1 Ancient Stone Beast
          2 ancient white dragons
          4 animated armors
        123 animated trees
          6 ankhegs
          4 annihilators
          3 annis hags
         63 assassins
          1 assassin prince
          9 balors
         27 bandits
          1 banshee
         31 barbarians
         24 barbarian leaders
         12 battle bunnies
          2 beggars
         53 berserkers
          3 berserker emperors
          1 berserker king
         19 berserker lords
          3 berserker princes
          8 big dogs
          3 black baby dragons
          3 black dragons
          1 black druid
         20 black hurthlings
          1 black slayer
          5 black unicorns
         15 black wizards
         26 blue baby dragons
         13 blue dragons
          1 bone golem
          4 brown bears
          8 brown worms
         21 bugbears
          4 bulettes
          1 bunny master
          5 carrion crawlers
          9 cave bears
         40 cave fishers
         15 cave lions
         59 cave lizards
          9 cave tigers
         45 cavemen
          1 Chaos Archmage
          8 chaos brothers
          1 chaos diplomat
         28 chaos eyes
          7 chaos knights
         13 chaos lizards
         70 chaos mutants
         13 chaos plague bearers
         11 chaos rats
        178 chaos servants
         15 chaos sisters
          3 chaos spawn
          8 chaos spiders
          4 chaos vipers
         31 chaos warriors
         21 chaos wizards
         25 claw bugs
          8 clay golems
          9 clay statues
          1 cloaked ratling
          3 cobras
          3 cooshoos
         36 corpse fiends
          3 corruptors
          1 crime lord
          6 crystal statues
         12 cutpurses
          5 cyclopes
          6 dark elven archers
         11 dark elven lords
         10 dark elven priestesses
          4 dark elven princesses
         14 dark elven warriors
          7 dark elven wizards
         30 dark orcs
         11 dark sages
          3 death oozes
          2 diamond golems
         63 dire wolves
         26 displacer beasts
         32 doppelgangers
          7 doppelganger lords
          4 Dorn Beasts
          1 dwarf
         35 dwarven chaos knights
         28 earth elementals
          1 emperor lich
         15 ettins
         21 eyes of destruction
          2 farmers
         42 fire beetles
         16 fire demons
         19 fire drakes
         12 fire elementals
         22 fire giants
          4 fire giant kings
          3 fire grues
         41 fire lizards
          7 fire vortices
         11 flesh golems
          6 floating eyes
        195 fomorian giants
         84 frost giants
         39 frost giant berserkers
         13 frost giant jarls
          1 frost salamander
          6 frozen ones
         14 gargantuan rats
         17 gargoyles
         36 gelatinous cubes
         57 ghosts
         12 ghost bats
         47 ghost lords
         94 ghuls
          2 giant ant queens
         30 giant ant warriors
         29 giant ant workers
         41 giant bats
          3 giant bee queens
         84 giant bee warriors
         17 giant bee workers
         19 giant centipedes
          1 giant eel
          6 giant frogs
         18 giant lizards
          5 giant raccoons
        106 giant rats
          1 giant rust monster
          1 giant shark
         27 giant slugs
         34 giant spiders
         15 gibbering mouthers
         40 gnolls
          5 gnoll chieftains
         66 goblins
         42 goblin berserkers
         18 goblin chieftains
         65 goblin rockthrowers
         51 goblin slavemasters
         40 gray oozes
          3 gray slayers
          1 great black wyrm
          3 great blue wyrms
          5 great karmic wyrms
          1 great red wyrm
         55 greater air elementals
          1 greater balor
          1 greater black unicorn
        127 greater chaos servants
          2 greater daemons
          5 greater fire elementals
          4 greater mimics
          2 greater molochs
         17 greater mummies
          1 greater water elemental
          6 green blobs
         10 green hags
         55 green slimes
         14 green worms
          3 gremlins
         19 griffons
         10 grizzly bears
          2 half-orc bouncers
         33 harpies
         55 hell hounds
         70 hill giants
          9 hill giant chieftains
         35 hill orcs
         29 hill orc sergeants
         22 hippogriffs
         41 hobgoblins
          2 hobgoblin chiefs
         10 hobgoblin leaders
         13 homunculi
         24 huge bats
          7 hydras
         19 hyenas
          5 ice elementals
         10 ice lizards
          1 ice statue
          5 ice vortices
          9 imps
          4 invisible stalkers
          3 iron golems
        177 jackals
          5 jackal demons
         15 jackalweres
          2 karmic baby dragons
         10 karmic lizards
          2 ki-rins
         10 king cobras
         97 kobolds
         25 kobold chieftains
         17 kobold shamans
         53 large bats
         23 large dogs
         18 large gnolls
         14 large jackals
         47 large kobolds
         41 large orcs
          7 large rust monsters
         11 large snakes
         58 large spiders
         16 least daemons
          5 lesser daemons
         13 leucrottas
          4 liches
          1 lich king
          9 lightning lizards
          5 lightning vortices
         61 lizard men
         11 magebane eyes
          3 magedoom eyes
          4 margoyles
         40 master assassins
          5 master liches
          2 master mimics
          1 master necromancer
          1 Master Summoner
         24 master swordsmen
          1 master thief
         12 mimics
          1 mimic hivemind
         16 minotaurs
          1 minotaur lord
          3 mist wolves
          2 molochs
          2 muggers
         28 mummies
          1 mummy lord
          7 necromancers
          5 ochre jellies
         65 ogres
          2 ogre emperors
          4 ogre kings
         47 ogre lords
         10 ogre magi
         81 orcs
          2 orc butchers
         17 orc chieftains
         24 orc scorchers
         29 outlaws
         16 outlaw leaders
         25 owlbears
         42 pit vipers
          8 pixies
          6 pixie archers
          3 purple worms
         19 quasits
          2 quicklings
          1 quickling king
          4 quickling lords
          4 quickling queens
          9 rabid dogs
         21 raiders
        171 rats
         24 ratling archers
          9 ratling duelists
         10 ratling fencers
          6 ratling master thieves
         30 ratling thieves
          6 ratling warlords
         16 ratling warriors
          7 rattlesnakes
         18 red baby dragons
          8 red dragons
          9 red worms
          4 revenants
         62 rust monsters
         78 shadows
          7 shadow centipedes
          9 shadow lords
          7 shadow trolls
          1 shadow wyrm
         15 shambling mounds
         30 silver wolves
          4 skeletal kings
         55 skeletal warriors
        112 skeletons
          7 slow shadows
          1 Snake from Beyond
          6 snow golems
         26 spectres
         10 staring eyes
         34 steel golems
          1 steel horror
          8 steel zombies
        166 stone giants
         32 stone giant lords
         16 stone golems
         28 stone grues
          1 stone ooze
          7 stone snakes
         34 stone statues
          4 swamp hydras
         22 swordsmen
         31 tarantulas
          1 thug
          4 titans
         55 trolls
         22 troll berserkers
          8 troll chiefs
          2 troll kings
          1 undead chaos dwarven berserker
          9 vampires
         49 vapor rats
          4 vipers
          2 wall beasts
          5 water demons
          3 water elementals
         21 water grues
         24 water snakes
         27 wererats
         17 werewolves
          6 werewolf lords
         31 white baby dragons
          5 white dragons
         38 white worms
         77 wights
          7 wild cats
          5 will o'wisps
        109 wolves
         82 wraiths
        131 writhing masses of primal chaos
         17 yellow oozes
         72 yetis
        121 zombies
    Dispatched the legendary lizard man Grakkus.
    Dispatched the legendary troll Okla.
    Dispatched the legendary barbarian Andra.
    Dispatched the legendary swordsman Gaelwynn the Unlucky.
                                   Playing Time
    You played for 23 hours, 19 minutes and 24 seconds.
    I received the Iron Crown of Havlor as my crowning artifact in my late teen levels. Amulet of life saving was from a wish after getting quite spooked by the Mana Temple orb guardian. Only saw one pair of Seven League Boots all game, and they dropped right in front of the Chaos Portal on my way out. I upgraded shields a few times, but used the same weapon for about 25 levels, and never really had anything nice for bracer / cloak / belt / boots, so indulged in some minor smithing. Most fights consisted of softening targets up from range with the Rune Covered Trident or Rolf's Companion (2x returning weapons was amazing) and/or bashing faces in melee. Unfamiliar monsters (everything past DL 20 or so) got a degree of kiting with absurd Monk movement speed to avoid nasty status / corrupting attacks and learn their behavior.

    While 30 artifacts were generated during this run... I didn't actually see a lot of them. I have huge treasure hoarding tendencies, and picked up damn near everything that dropped as I went (especially once I had the Orb of Fire and found a book of Strength of Atlas) so I was rather surprised that so many slipped past me. While some of these really wouldn't have made a difference, several of them would have been very nice additions to my gear. I never laid eyes on the Cat's Claw, Trusted One, Far Slayer, Crown of Leadership, or Nature's Friend but I suspect some of these appeared in my greater vaults that I couldn't seem to locate artifacts in. I don't know the layout of Darkforge, so I never grabbed the Crown of Science. I stepped foot in the Gremlin Cave but never explored it, so didn't receive the Phial of Caladriel. I really only ended up using the guaranteed artifacts and my crowning gift. I supposed everyone's mileage varies when it comes to random artifacts, but I barely touched mine despite there being quite a few of them.
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    Game Flow:

    Started out with typical Monk gear with no DV / PV to speak of. Grabbed quests in Terinyo and headed to the Small Cave looking for gear. Didn't find anything useful, but did a little bit of grinding, and progressed through to the High Mountain Village. Lack of any healing capabilities and no defense at this point in the game was very scary. Most of the time I was at sub 30% HP, and had no real ranged capabilities.

    Made it safely to the HMV and got attacked by some nasty monsters right outside the shop, but managed to kill them, dump my loot for money and buy some decent gear. Now I had a spear, shield, and decent leather armor, so I didn't feel like the next gentle caress of a goblin would kill me. Popped out of the HMV and had the Moldy Cave spawn right next door so I didn't have to wander the world map to grab the Tome of Donors. Cleared each floor of the Moldy Cave and grabbed the Tome, blessing it as soon as possible.

    Aside: This is my typical starting strategy, as the Tome of Donors is absolutely amazing (and the early game pile of gold is very nice), but I never really got much from the Tome. It never left my possession for the rest of the game, and I got maybe 20-something uses out of it, but probably half of those were temporary blessings, and I never got the sweet, sweet resistances or any particularly impressive stat gains. Kinda underwhelming for lugging this thing around so long, but it offer huge potential benefits for very little investment, so I always prioritize grabbing this thing.

    Headed back east to do the Puppy Cave and Druid Dungeon and look for a convenient altar. Luckily found a Lawful altar in the cavernous room of the Puppy Cave, and grinded up to level 14 while saccing monsters. Precrowned twice and received Soaker followed by Hammer of the Gods. Wasn't familiar with either, and wasn't too keen on using a 2H weapon at this point while my defenses were already low and I needed to train shields, so these ended up going unused all game. Obliterated the Druid Dungeon and grabbed the Herbalism skill before heading off to the CoC to set up base camp in Dwarftown.

    Cleared down to Dwarftown and ended up having to do Thrundaar's quests twice for some reason. Had me kill a Troll, then pass the forest, then kill a Chaos Servant before giving me the arena quest. I chilled in the Big Room for awhile gathering some herbs and waiting for my quest targets to spawn. I didn't realize that Chaos Servants were higher DL than Chaos Brothers/Sisters/etc. so I wasted a lot of time before heading back down under Dwarftown to find one, letting Khelavaster die.

    Being the requisite level, I went back to the surface and cleared the Pyramid, Dwarven Graveyard, and with a Ring of the Fish in hand bravely waded through the Water Dragon Lair to talk to Blup's mother and place a pre-order for the Rune Covered Trident. Went back to the Puppy Cave to sacrifice monsters and received Iron Crown of Havlor as my crowning gift. My business in the East complete, I headed West.

    At this point I didn't have any Rings of Fire and no method of freezing the lake in the Tomb of the High King, so I bounced around a lot trying to find either, but was ultimately unsuccessful. I kept delving deeper into the Caverns of Chaos, finding the Water Temple for the first time (I'd passed it on multiple characters with no clue that it existed) and killed the Banshee (who surprised me and wrecked one of my former best characters). Once I hit the wall of flames (that I'd heard about, but was expecting a huge... wall... of flames, not a little circle around the staircase), I headed back to the surface.

    Cleared the Tomb of the High King, but couldn't cross the lake, so I mindlessly killed monsters in the cavernous levels trying to spawn an Ogre Magus or Ice Vortex to build the bridge for me. No dice, though. Got bored and decided to dump everything and do the Ice Queen's quests instead.

    Cleared the Frost Giant Jarl Caves with minimal difficulty, with a greater giant vault spawning inside. Sat there slaughtering and eating giants for a long time and accumulating levels and decent armor in the process. I'm guessing most corpses respect stat potentials now, too, as I couldn't get STR increases to save my life (was capped at 21 /21 or so), but was thankful for the equipment upgrades. If there was an artifact spawned in the vault, I missed it, but had developed some impressive defensive stats via random higher metal items and some dragon chain mail. Obliterated the Chaos Diplomat with the Rune Covered Trident, but was very scared that my potions of corruption removal wouldn't survive the trek back out of the IQD. Fortunately, they did, and I slaughtered some yetis and other tundra denizens as I left the area. I identified my loot and found I had a book of Frostbolt, so I read it and back tracked to grab the Ring of the High Kings.

    Dumped ALL my items and went to do the Tower of Eternal Flame. Normally I dump non-essentials and hold on to fireproof blankets and some food, and things like that, but for some reason I didn't think about preparing for the ToEF, and just walked right in. A few turns later, my cloak, bracers, etc. were consumed by fire and I felt very foolish. Regardless, I climbed the tower, and dug through the wall to the altar (Monks kicking through walls is AMAZING in this game) and waded through the sea of fire elementals and dragons to tempt the Ancient Chaos Wyrm out. Kited him and killed him quite easily with the Rune Covered Trident, stopped by my loot stash and the Dusty Level for the Wand of Teleportation, and headed back to Dwarftown.

    Aside: I had only ever made it to the ToEF once before (previous character, a Troll Monk who was in a similar, but better position at this point), so everything from here on out was new territory for me. I had heard that the worst of the game was over at this point, but wasn't really sold on that. My previous Troll Monk had cleared the ToEF like a champ (2 shotted the orb guardian) and then got murdered shortly thereafter by a Doppelganger King. I hear most people fear and avoid Doppelganger Kings, but the stat gains from that tasty, tasty corpse were very enticing and I had been obliterating all the other Doppelgangers I had encountered up to that point, so I decided to poke him. The fight didn't seem that bad, as I took out a good chunk of his HP without suffering too much damage, but his next hit was an armor puncturing crit that dealt about 270 damage (of my ~300 max HP). I'm not entirely sure how much of your stats these guys copy, and if they always ignore PV or not. I was wearing a weapon of penetration, so it's possible they copied that bonus but I'm not sure if they copy your gear / intrinsics or not. Anyone know?

    After playing Inventory Management simulator 2.0 for a while, I blessed and drank potions, and visited the Dwarven Mystic for my first time, scoring Rolf's Companion. After messing around with potential weapon setups, I settled on my mainstay of spear + shield, while throwing the RCT and continued the dive, with the general notion that I wouldn't be back until I had won the game. I had recently received my first corruption, which was Sulfuric Breath, and was perfectly happy walking around with only a Charisma penalty, so I brought along a potion of corruption removal to pre-empt my next one.

    Entered the casino and found that it held nothing of interest. Stat training with Garth would be absurdly expensive, and I didn't really want to deal with the corruption associated with long-term gambling. (I had a writing set, but never encountered scrolls of peace, so pacifying the casino --- which I've always wanted to do --- wasn't a possibility.) The gift store had some decent looking eternium weapons, but that was about it. Nothing had a price tag orders of magnitude higher than the other items, and there were no wishes to be had, so I didn't think there was much to be gained via money / theft. Regardless, I used a local dragon to kill the shopkeeper for me (I was shocked that the guards didn't care if I brought hostile monsters from another floor into the casino) and cleaned the place out. Got a few decent items like a helm of teleportation, and fancy weapons that I would never equip but as my initial investigation had revealed, there wasn't a single artifact or wish in the casino.

    I kept clearing a little further and went up through Dark Forge (my first visit) and found nothing of interest so I emptied my bags and kept diving through the CoC. The Battle Bunny level was practically empty... Bugs spawned really, really close to the down stairs, and I only had to kill a few rabbits to move on. I thankfully had the ability to see Invisible when I came upon the Cat Lord, or I would've certainly died. Avoiding killing cats seems like an enormous pain in the butt, so I'd always indiscriminately murdered them, but I may have to rethink this approach as this guy was incredibly scary. I took him to the floor above and outran him so I could keep progressing.

    I passed a cavernous room with a hoard of Ki-Rins, which surprised me, as there were probably two dozen in a single area, and most people say they've only ever seen a few over years and years of playing ADOM. I tentatively killed one or two before deciding to leave the majestic murder unicorns alone and continue my journey. Air Temple went down super easily, with minimal item destruction (I had been crowned with Shock Immunity), but the orb guardian summoned a bunch of Great Karmic Wyrms so I had to do a lot more throwing and a lot less poking than normal. The Earth Temple was also really easy, with the Ancient Stone Beast getting demolished in a few RCT throws, though I had some difficulty finding the entrance to the temple. There was another greater vault full of giants that were slowly and methodically murdered as I received then cured the Poison Hands corruption.

    Up 'til now, things had been progressing very smoothly. Many of the deeper CoC levels I encountered held a few new monsters that died easily, and surprisingly quite a lot of low DL monsters that were scaled up, but in no way scary. I ran into quite a few kobolds and bats and whatnot in the D:40s, which I expected to be teeming with much nastier creatures. I felt that I could survive fights with most anything that didn't pierce armor, and while my damage was a bit lacking, I could grind through health pools of monsters without much danger.

    Reached the Unreal Caverns and the scary stuff started appearing. I ran into a Doppelganger King and had to kite him away from the stairs so I could progress, but he took a couple of good whacks at me. There was a tension room of Ghost Lords that started aging me and making me very concerned about dying in that regard. They streamed out and set up camp in the small area between the up and down stair cases so they couldn't effectively be ignored. (Looking at the wiki now, this seems like a relatively unwarranted fear. If what I'm reading is correct, Gnomes die at around 600 years of age, and I was only at ~130. For some reason, I was under the impression I only had 12 years left in my lifespan, so a single aging attack would destroy me, making me very very cautious). Chaos Warriors were common fixtures and they took a lot of hits to bring down with ranged attacks and I was afraid to melee them. Then, I finally reached the Mana temple.

    Oh... Mana Temple. This was a place I was NOT prepared for. I was very confused when I couldn't find a way in, and spent ages digging until a random passive search revealed the secret passage. The passage that was laden with traps. While my relative safety wasn't too much of a concern, the item destruction was. After diving headlong into the passage and eating a few traps, I slowed down and started 's'earching each step to try and avoid the next one. This worked well for about 2/3 of the passage until a single trap went off and demolished my corruption removal, cloak, bracers, scrolls of identify, holy water, and some other highly valuable items. After making it through this gauntlet of destruction, the fight with the orb guardian did not go well. I had absolutely no means of generating light, and it appears throwing weapons in the darkness doesn't work. I killed a few minions, before the orb guardian chased me back out the passageway, darkening everything along the way. We got into a bit of a stalemate where he was hiding in his darkness casting spells at me, and I was just outside in a lighted area, tossing my trident at him until the trident didn't come back...

    After this, there was a lot of running and digging and terror as I would bounce between 30% and 80% HP without making any real progress on his health. Eventually I lured him into an area I could close the distance and melee him, but this didn't seem like a winning strategy. His attacks in melee packed a significant punch, drained stats, and rapidly corrupted me, all while I was fighting in the dark and had no idea if I was winning or not. Deciding this was a great way to die, I backed off and started running again. Some of his minions from the altar area trickled out after me and THANKFULLY one of them was kind enough to carry my Rune Covered Trident all the way down the trap infested, inescapable corridor for me so I could recover it. I popped back upstairs and strongly considered trekking back to Dwarftown for some corruption-management and equipment changes, but opted to try the Blue Dragon Caves first.

    I dumped everything on Sharad-Waador's steps and poked into the caves. After killing a few dragons in the first 2-3 floors, I started realizing their spawn rate was outpacing my damage capabilities, so I needed to hurry through the cave rather than fully explore the levels as I usually do. Reaching the bottom floor, I created some choke points to fight dragons (again... Monk wall kick... preeeettttyyyy gooooood) and stumbled through the level until finding Srraxxarrakex. Knowing I was shock immune, I didn't really think these caves would be particularly hard, but the fights often got nasty. I ended up killing maybe 6 or so named wyrms before finding my mark and luring him into the murder tunnels. It was a very rough fight. I slowly whittled his HP down until he hit about 25% HP, then he just started healing like crazy and I couldn't ever polish him off. This wasn't looking good for me given the intense background corruption and my somewhat exhausted resources from my failures in the Mana Temple. I decided to change tactics (literally and figuratively), and moved the Rune Covered Trident into poking position and started berserking on the dragon to try and bring him down. Eventually he fell, and I cowardly fled the cave with my collected loot. Surprisingly (or perhaps not, given the Mana Temple's proximity), the dragons dropped torches and flint/steel like candy so upon exiting the Blue Dragon Caves I now had an ample source of light. I gathered my things, figured out how to light a torch (another first for me) and poked back into the Mana Temple to see if this would make a difference.

    It made ALL the difference! Apparently my previous tactics, while relatively ineffective, had made considerable progress on the guardian's HP, so now that I was able to see, we sat a few squares away from each other exchanging death rays for trident tosses until the bastard finally died and relinquished the final Chaos Orb. Evaluating my current corruptions as not too bad, I decided I'd take the plunge and check out this "Chaos Gate" that all the kids these days are into. The last few CoC floors were pretty uneventful. I was sad to part with my beloved Chaos Orbs (raw stats are my favorite thing), but realized if I truly loved them, I had to let them go. D:49 was not what I expected, but pretty simple, given my ample supply of rocks from wall kicking. For whatever reason you can dig through the walls on that floor so getting from staircase to staircase really isn't particularly hard with on-demand tunneling. Finally, I arrived at the Chaos Gate.

    On a whim, I decided to head south instead of east when I arrived, so I never actually explored the area as a random dungeon level. Instead I started plowing through the hordes of chaos monsters towards the gate. Initially I was very careful, kiting them backwards down the corridor while tossing missiles at them. After a few of them closed in on me, I realized they couldn't really hit me so I didn't have much to fear in melee. That sped things up considerably as I basically held 'A' as my character progressed onward. I had some vague understanding that the words "lever" and "Balor" were relevant to this floor, but didn't really know much more than that. I cleaned out the top and bottom lever rooms and started working on the blob of chaos monsters in the middle. the ghosts and chaos servants went down easily enough, then the wave of wizards came and summoned hundreds of adds. After many, many turns slogging through bodies, I started making use of my Monk power to swap positions (:s) so I could actually damage the darn wizards and stem the flow of summons. All this time I'd been steadily accumulating corruptions, and was getting somewhat nervous. I was sitting at 6, and knew that becoming overly corrupted would kill you instantly. In my mind this meant 7 corruptions. After the fact I read this is more like 18. (Strangely enough 3 separate potions of corruption removal dropped during this push towards the gate, but I realized a bit too late that I had gotten the poison hands corruption once again, so I was carrying several hundred potions of poison instead.) All this ruckus attracted the attention of the Balors in front of the gate and after a prolonged game of chasing the teleporting cowards and performing intricate dance steps with the masses of chaos servants the gate was finally closed, and I could begin my ascent. I stuck around for a bit continuing to kill the hordes of chaotic monsters before realizing that was a somewhat pointless endeavor and headed back to Dwarftown.

    With my mission complete, I messed around a little bit to knock off a few of the easy steam achievements, cured all my corruption and THEN did the white unicorn quest, again making me feel a bit foolish. Proud of myself, I traveled North East and exited the Drakalor Chain to secure my first win. All in all, it went very well. Early game was challenging and the Mana Temple was merciless given my lack of preparation, but nothing was particularly hard. I prayed for health twice, I think, but never used a healing consumable. I've barely scraped the magic portion of ADOM, having played primarily martial characters and never really bothering with wands and scrolls (other than identify). I can see how the game would be relatively easy for an Archer or Magic-using class, but the Monk was a very strong class for a first win. All in all... a great game.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2017


    A few thoughts for other newcomers or players who have yet to beat the game:

    • ADOM is a game that heavily rewards meta knowledge, or information you gain between games. Since it's been out for many years now, there's a wealth of useful information that other people have archived for you. I'd strongly recommend making use of this to reduce the difficulty in beating the game, as well as minimize frustration from losing promising characters to unexpected instant death scenarios. Some players want to experience the game in a vacuum, where they have to figure everything out for themselves, and that's fine... but that will be a VERY slow process. Other players want to read and prepare as much as possible in advance, and that's fine too. I took something of a middle road and experienced much of the game organically without spoilers, but had plenty of general knowledge like "The ToEF will destroy your gear" or "rob the casino for wealth / gear" or "you get the Rune Covered Trident at level 16 if you're Raven born". It's an enormous pain in the ass to use Greater Identify on everything or try and remember the effects of weapon prefixes / suffixes. I personally feel that the game is still very engaging if you read "bring death ray protection on level X" as opposed to have a character die on that level to death rays, but how much you read ahead is ultimately up to you. I am very grateful to the people who have put together the ADOM wiki and improved guidebook, as those are invaluable resources.
    • Greed and over-confidence are character killers. At various points in the game, you may be nearly invulnerable, but there's always something that can go wrong. Play safely and methodically to avoid silly deaths.
    • PV is amazing throughout the entire game. Like... absolutely incredible. It is not a universal answer for everything you will encounter, but it's pretty darn close. Boosting your PV in the early game makes you very durable, and a lot of the nasty effects that monsters can inflict are negated if they can't damage you. Relatively little in the game penetrates PV, and those things are generally best engaged from outside melee range for any number of other reasons, as well. I sat at about 40 - 60 PV and very little could touch me.
    • The flip side of this is that critical hits are amazing for boosting offensive power. Since monsters have PV that applies to every attack, then that flat reduction makes critical hits much more valuable then they might seem at first. In theory, gaining a 20% chance to deal 2x damage is nice but relatively unimpressive boost. In practice, it means 1 in 5 of your hits will take huge chunks out of your enemy's HP that are much more impressive than one might expect. For example, if you hit a monster with a PV of 18 two times for base damage of 20, the final damage is only 4 (20-18=2, 20-18=2). However, if you land a critical hit on the same monster for 40 damage, the final damage will be 22 (40-18=22), over 5 times the total of the two separate normal attacks.
    • It's pretty hard to boost your stats in the current version of ADOM. As such, your starting values and starting potentials are rather important. There's no shortage of good equipment to be had, but ways of boosting your stats to reasonable levels are few and far between. You don't generally NEED high stat values, but they can greatly improve your success. Most everything respects your stat potentials nowadays, and often have additional limitations. For instance, herbs can be used to boost your DEX, WI, and TO... but only up to ~25 or your stat potential... whichever is lower. As such, the game generally favors characters with lower stats and potentials in the mid 20s. This can be frustrating as if you play a Troll, for instance, you have a huge starting STR, and an extremely high potential... but can't actually improve it. Burdening yourself, eating giant corpses, and training with Garth are basically worthless endeavors for you so your potential of 56 goes to waste. Conversely, a Gnome starting with 12 STR can train the stat through the Athletics skill and carrying heavy loads up to his potential of 22, and then still boost it to 30 by eating giants and boosting the potential. Both characters have about the same STR now, but the Gnome didn't sacrifice other stats to get it.
    • On that note, potions and alchemy are very good at boosting your stats. Blessed potions of attributes can greatly increase your stat potentials and then boost your stats to meet the new limit. Given the number of relatively useless potions you're likely to encounter during the game, if you have the Alchemy skill, I'd heavily advise that you put it to use!
    • Digging is extremely strong in this game. Having access to wall destruction is not only essential to beat the game, but incredibly handy in almost any situation. You can dig around difficult or tedious areas (Animated Forest); you can create choke-points so enemies can't swarm and surround you; you can create exit routes for when you get in over your head; you can gain access to valuable items locked behind walls; there's just so much you can do with wall destruction in this game. Learn to love it.

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    Jun 2016


    Gratz! First victory is the sweetest. I could write my signature under your final thoughts Now i want to try gnome monk too.

  5. #5
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    Feb 2014


    You may want to read scroll of magic mapping in greater vaults (of check common layouts on the wiki) so as not to miss out on the goodies.

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    Feb 2012


    I always use a wand or scroll of item detection as soon as I come down the stairs into a level with a greater vault. That way I know what artifact/artifacts I'm looking for and if they'll be worth the trouble.

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