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!
Realms of Quest 5 now has a new title screen with blue colors and you can use the directional/arrow keys to move up/down the menu screen options rather than hitting the F function keys.
At Bolzaim’s Marketplace you can inspect the equipment that you want to buy and it will list what type of player class can use the item, and the stats of the item. +Each time the player enters the castle and visits the marketplace Bolzaim will have one randomly generated special item at the shop, just like in the previous game. Today’s special is a Staff of Dimension Door for all of your teleportation needs. Only $15000. Buy it today (if you can afford it) for it surely will be gone by the next time you visit.
Initially you’ll just be purchasing some equipment for the party and with only 1000gp and up to 10 player characters, you’ll have to make do with mostly the basics. Here is Gnarshm with his trusty club and shield.
After purchasing equipment from the marketplace, make sure to equip your items, then you’ll want to travel through the land of Rivaria.
Ghislain is currently working on the combat module of the game. Here we encounter a battle of Kobolds and Quasits.
Currently only the Attack function is programmed, but you can attack monsters, do damage to monsters, kill+reduce monsters numbers, while the monsters can do the same damage to + make kills to the party.
Quoting a post from Ghislain at the Denial VIC-20 forums, here are some more new combat options to be implemented in Realms 5…
Attack – Perform a basic attack (melee or missile weapon)
Ally – Use your Ally (NPC/Summoned/Controlled monster) to perform an action in your stead.
Backstab – attack monster with extra damage with melee weapon but suffer an armor penalty (Thief, Bard, Courtesan, Monk, Ninja or Proteus action)
Beckon – A Demondim can attempt to control a demon (can be performed at the beginning of combat)
Cast – for spellcasing
Condemn – Monks have the power to destroy a single immortal monster at the beginning of combat.
Defend – Instead of attacking, the player can defend.
Disband – Sages can destroy a single row of “Misc Non-living” monsters (like Golems, Elementals, etc) at the beginning of combat.
Lay – Once per battle, the player can “lay on hands” to heal 2 hit points per level. (Paladin or Proteus action)
Seduce – A Courtesan can attempt to control a humanoid enemy (at the beginning of combat).
Sing – Bard action to distract monsters that can make them listen to the song instead of attacking. (beginning of combat)
Subdue – Lords can try to control a single Mythical monster at the beginning of combat (such as Dragons, Hydras, etc).
Turn – At the beginning of combat, Priests can attempt to destroy all of the enemy undead that are present.
Use – Use item for it’s power
View – View character to inspect
Whisper – Druids can attempt to control an animal enemy (beginning of combat)
Upon defeating the monsters… Victory!!
Player characters status is listed in light blue to the left of the character names. Checkmarks are players in good health. Skulls are the dead. Experience points and treasure etc, still being programmed at the moment, but it’s looking good so far.
Here is a status and icon chart for reference.
Keep tabs on the VIC-20 Denial Forums linked below for current/past/future updates on Realms of Quest 5.
Here is a sample mapped dungeon level. Orbs can be obtained from fighting demons on level 9 or below so I usually only map each level until I find stairs that will go to the next level below. I’ve mapped out this dungeon level 9, fought and killed an Orcus, Demogorgon, and Bailor while traveling further downwards in levels making it all the way to level 17.
Dungeon levels are infinite, however the lower you descend you will gain more and more magical weapons and gold.
I bumped into a skeleton and it attacked me. It must have been a skeleton of a long since dead king, as he was fully loaded with gold. I don’t know how a skeleton can carry around so much gold, but it’s mine now. :o)
All $20358580 of it. WOOHOO! Ca-CHING!
I still wasn’t able to find another ORB yet, but by the time I made it back to the castle I had acquired a significant amount of loot to cash in.
And cashed in all that lovely gold to gain 3 levels and pick myself up a healing potion, as I was now completely out of them.
I’m now at level 17, with SU 17, SWORD+19, ARMOR+22, SHIELD+23 and XP 60754472 with 1 HEAL POTION, and 2 ORBS.
We’re gonna need a bigger boat!
Seems like each demon battle in the search for the ten orbs gets more tough with each orb obtained. The first orb that I obtained was taken from an Orcus. I found a second orb when I defeated a Demogorgon. Now I’ve stumbled upon a demon that I hadn’t encountered before…a Balor. I killed the Balor, however no orb was recovered yet, so I’ll have to keep searching. In the meantime, it is cool to see some new monsters.