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ascension 
9th-Aug-2007 02:05 pm
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Nethack: the best game ever invented by man. Why get distracted by fancy graphics when you could just be an @?

This was the the easiest ascension I've had. It wasn't without its annoyances -- I drank an unidentified potion early on and it turned out to be blessed invis, so I was invisible the rest of the game. No shops for a while until I could find an uncursed mummy wrapping. I also lost my pet early.

However I found a magic lamp and got a wish for SDSM, and from there it was pretty easy. I found a spellbook of poly, and polypiled to get a ton of spells including finger of death. Sacrificing got me nothing all game, annoyingly, and a prayer got me crowned with another finger of death. I found a couple of mediocre artifact weapons (grimtooth, then sunsword and demonbane later, both wielded by archons) which was good because I wanted to bag a couple of challenges: no genocide, no polyself, no wishing for artifacts. I'll work on some harder ones next. This is the first game I've gotten the amulet without genociding L; they are very annoying.

I cleared out Fort Ludios, but didn't bother to get the gold. I bashed on the sinks for some sex and levels, then headed down. Fireball and finger of death saw me to the amulet; I needed wands of teleport on astral to keep some of the nasties away. The temple was the last I went to, natch.

Killed Rodney 6 times (finger of death all 6), pestilence and famine twice each, danced around death rather than fight him.


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T the Mage                St:18 Dx:21 Co:16 In:20 Wi:20 Ch:10  Chaotic
  Astral Plane $:0  HP:270(270) Pw:147(672) AC:-37 Exp:30 T:48842



Base Attributes:

Starting
name : t
race : elf
role : Wizard
gender : male
alignment : chaotic
Current
race : elf
role : Wizard
gender : male
alignment : chaotic
Deities
Chaotic : Anhur (s,c)
Neutral : Thoth
Lawful : Ptah



Final Attributes:

You were the Glory of Arioch.
You were piously aligned.
You were fire resistant.
You were cold resistant.
You were sleep resistant.
You were shock resistant.
You were poison resistant.
You were magic-protected.
You saw invisible.
You were telepathic.
You were warned.
You had infravision.
You were invisible to others.
You aggravated monsters.
You could teleport.
You had teleport control.
You had slower digestion.
You were protected.
You were very fast.
You had reflection.
Your life would have been saved.
You were extremely lucky.
You had extra luck.
Good luck did not time out for you.
You survived.



Voluntary challenges:

You never genocided any monsters.
You never changed form.
You used 5 wishes.
You did not wish for any artifacts.



Skills:

Weapon Skills
# dagger Expert
quarterstaff Skilled
Spellcasting Skills
# attack spells Expert
healing spells Basic
divination spells Basic
enchantment spells Basic
clerical spells Basic
escape spells Skilled
matter spells Skilled


SpellsF
Name Level Category Fail
force bolt 1* attack 0%
cure blindness 2* healing 0%
drain life 2* attack 0%
cure sickness 3* healing 0%
stone to flesh 3 healing 0%
extra healing 3 healing 0%
levitation 4 escape 0%
wizard lock 2* matter 0%
sleep 1 enchantment 0%
haste self 3 escape 0%
magic missile 2 attack 0%
charm monster 3* enchantment 0%
polymorph 6* matter 0%
dig 5 matter 0%
teleport away 6 escape 0%
cancellation 7 matter 29%
restore ability 4 healing 0%
confuse monster 2 enchantment 0%
knock 1 matter 0%
turn undead 6 clerical 48%
detect treasure 4 divination 0%
finger of death 7 attack 0%
jumping 1 escape 0%
detect food 2 divination 0%
healing 1 healing 0%
light 1 divination 0%
slow monster 2 enchantment 0%
magic mapping 5 divination 0%
remove curse 3 clerical 0%
cause fear 3 enchantment 0%
create monster 2 clerical 0%
fireball 4 attack 0%
invisibility 4 escape 0%
identify 3 divination 0%
detect monsters 1 divination 0%
detect unseen 3 divination 0%


Inventory:

Amulets
E - an uncursed amulet of life saving (being worn)
L - the blessed Eye of the Aethiopica
Weapons
c - the rustproof +7 Grimtooth (weapon in hand)
B - the blessed rustproof +6 Demonbane (alternate weapon; not wielded)
Z - the blessed rustproof +3 Sunsword
Armor
b - a blessed fireproof +5 cloak of magic resistance (being worn)
y - an uncursed +5 silver dragon scale mail (being worn)
D - an uncursed thoroughly burnt +6 elven leather helm (being worn)
G - an uncursed fireproof +4 pair of speed boots (being worn)
J - a blessed fireproof +3 pair of gauntlets of dexterity (being worn)
X - an uncursed +5 Hawaiian shirt (being worn)
Comestibles
n - 2 uncursed K-rations
Rings
d - an uncursed ring of levitation
e - an uncursed ring of conflict
I - an uncursed ring of slow digestion (on left hand)
Wands
h - a cursed wand of cancellation (0:5)
q - a wand of digging (0:5)
s - a wand of teleportation (0:4)
A - a wand of wishing (1:1)
C - a wand of teleportation (0:2)
H - a wand of magic missile (0:4)
M - a wand of cancellation (0:6)
Y - a wand of teleportation (0:4)
Tools
f - a blessed bag of holding
i - the cursed Bell of Opening (0:0)
j - an uncursed stethoscope
k - the uncursed Candelabrum of Invocation (no candles attached)
t - an uncursed credit card
w - an uncursed sack named BACKUP
z - a blessed +2 unicorn horn
F - an uncursed magic lamp (lit)
Q - an uncursed towel
Gems
U - a blessed luckstone



Contents of the a blessed bag of holding

Coins
10221 gold pieces
Armor
an uncursed +0 mummy wrapping
Comestibles
an uncursed eucalyptus leaf
2 uncursed C-rations
6 uncursed lumps of royal jelly
an uncursed clove of garlic
an uncursed tripe ration
an uncursed apple
2 uncursed oranges
27 uncursed K-rations
an uncursed tripe ration
an uncursed lizard corpse
Scrolls
an uncursed scroll of stinking cloud
a blessed scroll of teleportation
an uncursed scroll of create monster
a cursed scroll of blank paper
an uncursed scroll of remove curse
4 uncursed scrolls of teleportation
a cursed scroll of magic mapping
a cursed scroll of teleportation
3 uncursed scrolls of taming
an uncursed scroll of charging
a blessed scroll of create monster
an uncursed scroll of scare monster
a blessed scroll of teleportation
2 uncursed scrolls of scare monster
5 uncursed scrolls of magic mapping
2 blessed scrolls of food detection
Spellbooks
an uncursed spellbook of magic missile
a blessed spellbook of finger of death
Potions
an uncursed potion of sleeping
a blessed potion of full healing
3 uncursed potions of water
an uncursed potion of full healing
an uncursed potion of full healing
an uncursed potion of see invisible
a blessed potion of healing
an uncursed potion of speed
a cursed potion of full healing
an uncursed potion of levitation
2 uncursed potions of gain energy
an uncursed potion of object detection
an uncursed potion of enlightenment
5 uncursed potions of healing
5 potions of holy water
a blessed potion of levitation
3 uncursed potions of healing
an uncursed potion of speed
Rings
an uncursed +2 ring of protection
an uncursed ring of teleportation
an uncursed ring of polymorph control
an uncursed ring of cold resistance
an uncursed +1 ring of adornment
an uncursed ring of shock resistance
Wands
a wand of cold (0:2)
a wand of striking (0:2)
a wand of fire (0:3)
a wand of lightning (0:4)
a wand of magic missile (0:1)
a wand of magic missile (0:3)
a cursed wand of magic missile (0:4)
a blessed wand of striking (0:8)
a wand of death (0:3)
a wand of cold (0:6)
a wand of striking (0:5)
a wand of striking (0:6)
a wand of create monster (0:2)
a wand of striking (0:3)
a wand of striking (0:4)
Tools
a magic marker (0:84)
a magic marker (0:13)
a +0 pick-axe
an uncursed sack
an uncursed leash
Gems
an uncursed ruby
an uncursed obsidian stone
an uncursed jacinth stone
an uncursed jet stone
an uncursed turquoise stone
an uncursed amber stone
an uncursed topaz stone
6 uncursed emeralds
an uncursed citrine stone
9 uncursed chrysoberyl stones
an uncursed black opal
6 uncursed aquamarine stones
2 uncursed rubies
2 uncursed diamonds
6 uncursed amethyst stones
4 uncursed emeralds

The sack is empty.

Contents of the an uncursed sack named BACKUP

Scrolls
an uncursed scroll of remove curse
Potions
2 potions of holy water



Last messages:
Restoring save file...
Hello t, the elven Wizard, welcome back to NetHack!
# offer
What do you want to sacrifice? [r or ?*]
You offer the Amulet of Yendor to Anhur...
An invisible choir sings, and you are bathed in radiance...
The voice of Anhur rings out: "Congratulations, mortal!"
"In return for thy service, I grant thee the gift of Immortality!"
You ascend to the status of Demigod...


Final messages
t, ascended.

Goodbye t the Demigod...
You went to your reward with 3791314 points,
Grimtooth (worth 300 zorkmids and 750 points)
The Bell of Opening (worth 5000 zorkmids and 12500 points)
The Candelabrum of Invocation (worth 5000 zorkmids and 12500 points)
Demonbane (worth 2500 zorkmids and 6250 points)
The Eye of the Aethiopica (worth 4000 zorkmids and 10000 points)
Sunsword (worth 1500 zorkmids and 3750 points)
10 emeralds (worth 25000 zorkmids),
9 chrysoberyl stones (worth 6300 zorkmids),
6 aquamarine stones (worth 9000 zorkmids),
6 amethyst stones (worth 3600 zorkmids),
3 rubies (worth 10500 zorkmids),
2 diamonds (worth 8000 zorkmids),
1 jacinth stone (worth 3250 zorkmids),
1 black opal (worth 2500 zorkmids),
1 turquoise stone (worth 2000 zorkmids),
1 citrine stone (worth 1500 zorkmids),
1 amber stone (worth 1000 zorkmids),
1 topaz stone (worth 900 zorkmids),
1 jet stone (worth 850 zorkmids),
1 obsidian stone (worth 200 zorkmids),
1 amulet of life saving (worth 150 zorkmids),
and 10221 pieces of gold, after 48842 moves.
You were level 30 with a maximum of 270 hit points when you ascended.
Comments 
9th-Aug-2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
OMG. IFSATG.
9th-Aug-2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Me, I'm just drinkin' what they're sellin': Oblivion.
9th-Aug-2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm amused at how incomprehensible this post is to me given the number of hours I've put into Angband.
10th-Aug-2007 12:20 am (UTC)
How odd. I would have thought the games were similar enough you would get it.

I figured almost nobody on my fl would get this, but you never know.
10th-Aug-2007 12:48 am (UTC)
I get the basic gist of it, in that I know that ascension is basically beating the game. Most of the details are pretty meaningless to me - uncursed mummy wrappings, pets, SDSM, polypiled, crowned with another finger of death, bashing on sinks for sex, Rodney, dancing with death, all the specific artifact names, etc. Some of the rest of it I only know from references on rec.games.roguelike.angband from way back when.

Related story: I spent some time working as a temp in Michigan when I was in school. I didn't have much to do, so I passed the time by playing Angband and browsing Usenet since the company audited web browsing but not newsreaders. One day one of the IT guys came by and I didn't manage to hide the Angband screen fast enough before he could see it. He later asked me if I had been programming in assembly - I think he saw the STR/DEX/CON columns on the screen and the random characters and assumed they were assembly language. Kind of surprising that a guy that spent his days writing COBOL would mistake Angband for assembly, but oh well.
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