It’s time to break out the old graphing paper and into a new set of Faber-Castell pencils! Their 6B pencil was always my favorite and I had a bunch of them but my last castell 6B pencil bit the dust, so now I’ve opened up a new set which has a wide assortment varying from the super sharp 2H through the smooth and mellow 8B. It’ll be interesting to try them all out. Now I’m off to start designing a labyrinth!
A new Realms font is now replacing the Legacy font and allows both upper and lowercase letters. It is the official default font that will ship with the game, but you can still select the other fonts; (deluxe, fat128, system) via the configuration screen.
Both the Race and Class tables have been updated. The Proteus Class (Jack of all trades, master of none) has been replaced with a War Mage class which is a Fighter/Wizard/Cleric type class and will require the most experience points to advance levels. Click the images to enlarge for better viewing.
Races that also appeared in and were specific to J.R.R.Tolkien’s and/or Thomas Covenant’s works have been replaced with unique races that you can only find in this “Realms of Quest”.
While searching for Dorothy in the Emerald City, we discovered tunnels dug into the walls by a pair of Mole brothers (Moehlman, and Moehleman) . The latter of the two offers to join as an ally but only as an ally of a Neutral character. Secret passages can be seen as small black markers in the walls.
Or purple markers if using the Multi-Color tile graphic style.
The Moehleman’s got 125 Hit Points, and attacks at 1d20 swinging twice per attack with a healing spell as a fourth attack round.
I got to level 14 in Nethack, the furthest that I’ve gone yet. It sure gets darn tough past level 10 or so. If you are lucky enough to find a scroll of genocide, it is good to use it against tough monsters. Well there are sure enough monsters that fit the “tough monsters” category so I can’t say for certain which monsters you should genocide but I can say that the first monster types that you encounter that you may find some serious difficulties with are ants, whether they be fire ants or ants of another type. Also Killer Bees are tough too. Mainly because they usually come in groups similar to ants and will swarm and attack you and they are pretty tough to kill especially when fighting one after another after another. Usually when you first see an ant or a bee, just make a bee line to the nearest exit of escape. Pun intended. There will definitely be more stronger monsters that you will want to genocide like Titans on Medusa level.
There is also the difficulty of what the heck to do with the Big Room. Jeez that’s tough. It’s not a definite that you will encounter the big room but if you do it would occur on levels 10-12. Hopefully you don’t encounter it cause its a real bitch.
I got killed by a Mumak on level 14. Don’t let these Mumaks get too close cause they will clobber the hell out of you if so. Hit them with ranged weapons and wands/spells.
You can also change the tileset display to various graphical versions. I like the default version the best of the graphical tilesets but I am most familiar what monsters and items are what with the non-graphical ascii version so I prefer to use ascii over the graphicals, but the default does look very nice. Below is the default graphical display of Mead and Sirius the dog meeting the Oracle in Delphi.
On a non related topic, David Bowie’s Sense of Doubt from his Heroes album is amazing!
In Realms of Quest V, there will be cities that you can enter and wander around in similar to the city in Ultimate Quest. There will be townspeople that you can speak with and perhaps get tips from, + things to discover and do. Perhaps we might find some familiar locations like the Big H to purchase healing spells or Grimlocks Magical Guild for spells or other magical supplies, an inn to rest or other such locales.
One of the new classes for player characters in Realms of Quest V is the Courtesan. Courtesans are able to seduce humanoid type monsters for the purpose of recruiting them into your party as an ally that will fight with you against the monsters that you battle. Besides being able to fight monsters in your characters stead, ally’s are also useful in that if a monster attacks your courtesan character, the ally will be the one to take the HP damage and will fight with/for your Courtesan until death. The courtesan will not take any damage from enemy monsters until the the courtesan’s ally has exhausted all HP’s and has been defeated. Courtesans should have high Charisma in order to be effective at seducing.
Here is a listing of all humanoid type monsters that a courtesan might be able to seduce so be on the lookout for any of the following types of monsters…
In the battle above there is a humanoid monster group (4 Troglodytes), so we will attempt to have our courtesan (Alisha) seduce one of the Trogs. The Troglodytes have 3 Swing attacks, and 1 Stun attack per the charts above.
Woohoo! Alisha has successfully seduced a Troglodyte and it will now fight for our party as an ally of Alisha!
The Troglodyte now appears as an Ally on Alisha’s player characters statistics screen. The Troglodyte has 3 regular melee attacks of Swing and 1 special attack of Stun which if successful will eliminate 1 enemy monster upon each successful Stun attack. Now that the Trog is an ally, during Alisha’s next round she can have the ally attack on her behalf. First the courtesan chooses which monster group the ally will attack. We will choose to have the Trog attack the Ropers. If the ally kills an enemy monster, the kill is recorded as being the courtesan’s kill for advancing/leveling up purposes.
The Troglodyte successfully stuns a Roper.
The stun attack removes 1 Roper from battle. When monsters are taken out, they are not killed, just removed from battle but at least it is 1 less monster to have to deal with. For leveling up purposes it is better to have monsters killed that way there is a chance that the player character might level up.
Here our ally Troglodyte uses a swing attack at an enemy monster. From looking at the charts above, it would be very useful if a courtesan player character seduced one of the more tougher humanoid monsters such as a Titan, or Storm Giant or Fire Giant as they have Death / Fire attacks which would come in mighty handy in battle.
Above is the Troglodyte from “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger”. A great fantasy adventure movie with animation by the late and great Ray Harryhausen.
I made it to level 12 of the Gnomish Mines when the unthinkable happened. They killed my dog Sirius! Damn those gnomes! I also had run out of arrows so I started throwing every ranged weapon I had until I was left only with an orcish dagger and short sword to melee with.
Some interesting things about nethack….If you find a bugle you can play it by improvising and sometimes the monsters will get scared and run away, either for fear that re-reinforcements are about to come to your aid, or that you are such a horrible Bugle player that they can’t bear the sound of your “music” any longer and are repulsed and forced to flee. Of course, the Dwarf King just had to pick up and steal one of my arrows from the ground before running away, didn’t he? Another interesting find is a magic marker. If you also find a blank scroll you can use the marker to make magic scrolls or just use the magic marker to write Elbereth. Provided that you don’t get interrupted or misspell the word, writing Elbereth will prevent monsters from being able to hit you while you remain on the square where the Elbereth writing appears. You can also attempt to write in dust, however it won’t last as long as with a magic marker or engraving. Gemstones can be used to engrave writings provided that the stone is hard enough for writing. If you have gems and encounter a unicorn you may want to throw some gems at it. I hear throwing red gems may do some interesting things perhaps involving luck.
I was able to vanquish 148 monsters this time around!
Eventually died on level 12 of the gnomish mines by a Warg. Slowly getting better with this game, but darn it’s tough once you get past the first 10 levels or so. I love Nethack!