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Roguelike Roulette [Slot 2]

 
Angband V4Was going to skip this one the first time around, but changed my mind.V4 is a fork of Angband by the devteam of Angband themselves. Over the years they've copped a lot of flack from the player community for various changes they've introduced to Angband - many seem to believe that Angband is and ought to be an essentially complete game, which should be receiving maintenance and bugfixing, rather than development. Or disagreements about the pace or style of changes introduced.The idea behind V4

Game Diary 20130128

 
After much delay, I finally bought myself my promised post-semester reward in the form of first-person puzzle game Portal 2, during the holiday sales on Steam. Also bought a copy of that and the first Portal as gifts for Ami.So those have been most of what I have been playing for the past few weeks. I played through the first Portal game a couple of times previously after finally getting hold of it. Since then, I've been unable to play it since 2009 on account of running Ubuntu for that laptop period.

Game Diary 20130112

 
On recommendation from various sources I purchased a copy of Guild Wars 2, a recently released MMORPG (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massively_multiplayer_online_role-playing_game). One of my partners had been playing and speaking enthusiastically of it for a few weeks, and I came across a rather glowing review from a source I tend to trust (local game review television show, with roots in a magazine I subscribed to when younger). Plus, it had the advantage of not requiring an ongoing subscription fee...

Game Diary 20130105

 
Have been playing some other games of recent also. First of all, been playing through Doom 64 again courtesy of the Doom 64 Ex port - I don't think my N64 is working any more. Started out as an attempt to find all the secrets I've missed on previous playthroughs (not many) and ended up making a rule for myself that I could only make at most one attempt on a map each day, which has been fun. Mostly a string of easy victories, with occasional interludes of particular maps that take me as much as half a...

Roguelike Roulette [Slot 1ab]

 
Level 36: This place looks uninterestingMarash's first action is, of course, to detect evil in her new surroundings. She finds a werewolf, a mature white dragon, and a cloud giant (all asleep), as well as a giant white ant and a crow (not evil, but near enough to be visible).The ant and the bat are from so near the surface, and Marash has grown so powerful herself, she can almost ignore them for now. Praying for trap detection and a map of the area reveal something troubling, however - that cloud giant...

Roguelike Roulette [Slot 1aa]

 
Level 36: You are unsure about this placeDetecting evil finds little to fuss about. Only a shade and thirteen hill orcs sleeping in the distance. And a sabre-tooth tiger - since when are those evil?Ah, but it is not evil. It has merely charged Marash from out of the darkness in her first moments here. She turns her rod of fire bolts upon the tiger and immediately its charge becomes a scramble to escape.The rod has recharged just in time to send the tiger fleeing again upon its return, while Marash...

Roguelike Roulette [Slot 1z]

 
Level 36: "You are unsure about this place"First, detecting evil. A mature green dragon sleeps just out of sight in the very room where Marash has descended. To the south, a dark elven druid. North, at least ten stone trolls and further north a mummified human.All of these she has faced before. The greatest threat is clearly the nearest, the green dragon, the only of the nearby evil Marash has disengaged from rather than fight to the death. Could it be the same dragon? Marash is suddenly acutely aware...

Roguelike Roulette [Slot 1y]

 
Level 35: "You have a very good feeling..."Not enough energy for detections. Marash elects to sit and wait, nervously. When she does detect, she is glad she waited. There is a lot of nastiness around.A death mold not too far away, whatever that is. To the north, ten ghouls and a mummified human and a zombified human. She suspects there is more of that group outside her detection range. To the southeast, Draebor, the Imp lurks with his escort: a trio of ordinary imps, a couple of tengu, five quasits and...

Roguelike Roulette [Slot 1x]

 
Level 34: "This place seems reasonably safe"Nothing, indeed, worrying in the immediate area. Marash decides to hang around for a while.A young multi-hued dragon donates some treasure, not very interesting without a shop around. A bit further south, a squad of novice rangers foolishly throw themselves at Marash.With them was an ogre mage which, despite her not having enough energy to put up her defensive prayers, goes down easily enough. Not quickly enough to prevent it from creating traps.Marash waits...

Roguelike Roulette [Slot 1w]

 
Level 33: "You have an excellent feeling"Another dark chamber, a horrible radiation eye sleeping nearby. Detect Evil reveals a couple of ghosts, a couple of minor zombies and skeletons, and three young dragons each of different kind. No great peril to go with great treasure, perhaps?She zaps the radiation eye with a lightning bolt, glad to be able to dispatch those easily.A ghost begins harassing her soon after she starts moving, draining her life force with its touch. Her whip sends it fleeing, but it...