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Jun 20, 10:09 am
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New strategy for the tactical level in TX: Bring a stack of landmines, as many as you can. Drop them right as you enter the level and zap them with a wand of teleportation. Make sure that none of them ended near you, then pray to Silva or read a scroll of earthquake. Watch the level burn.

This gets rid of quite a few enemies (hopefully the spellcasters, too) and opens new tunnels in the walls that would otherwise force you to go around the long way. Unfortunately I still died in the last game as the Xinroch's grave keeper kept destroying my torso.
Jun 21, 1:57 am
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Oh, so the earthquake destroys all mines on the lvl? Thanks for the tip, pretty cool strategy!
Jul 21, 8:26 am
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I found a really cool weapon in the latest version: A tiaha (or whatever it's called): a polearm that can be used 1handed (with some effort), and also acts as a wand of striking (and you CAN charge it with a scroll). Of course I still lost to the enner beast.
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Drinking water is a great way of recovering stamina/reducing exhaustion. And here I thought it had no use!
Jul 24, 2:17 pm
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MrMagolor wrote
Drinking water is a great way of recovering stamina/reducing exhaustion. And here I thought it had no use!

Yeah, water is useful.
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red_kangaroo wrote
New strategy for the tactical level in TX

could be useful for the mageroom on the way to oree as well
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There's a couple things I'm losing my mind trying to deal with. Most problems in the game have solutions that aren't too difficult as long as you know how to prepare for them, completely unavoidable deaths tend to get rarer as you progress.

But how the heck do you stay safe from a siren? If I see one I try to tame her if possible, and that's a fairly good option if I see her from a distance, happen to be lawful and know Dulcis. Sometimes sirens pop up right as you turn a corner though and instantly put you to sleep. I know there is wax in the game now, is it possible to plug your ears with it like Odysseus? That seems like the appropriate counter for sirens mythologically.

And mommo slimes seem to have gotten a lot stronger. You used to be able to run away, grab some crappy leather armor and come back to deal with them. Leather was safe from acid while stronger, better armor was vulnerable. Leather items now seem somehow super vulnerable to acid, and resistant gear is very rare now. Getting a pet slime from a fountain is a disaster even if they aren't hostile because you can't even tell them not to follow you. Stepping on even one or two of their puddles is almost guaranteed to destroy both your boots and maybe both legs too.
Aug 12, 12:58 pm
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Stihdjia wrote
But how the heck do you stay safe from a siren?

Right now, you should just kill them as fast as possible, as they are pretty fragile. But I would like to expand the usefulness of Willpowerand make it possible to resist siren's call with high Willpower, so that an enchanted helmet of indomitable will would be a good defense against them.

Stihdjia wrote
And mommo slimes seem to have gotten a lot stronger.

Nothing changed as far as strength of their acidic slime goes, AFAIK, they were always a nuisance.
Aug 12, 5:30 pm
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red_kangaroo wrote
Right now, you should just kill them as fast as possible, as they are pretty fragile.

Throwing stuff at them will probably help in this -- IIRC they have to be melee range to steal your items, so a few well-placed daggers to soften them up followed by an axe to the face will probably help you take them out before they become problematic.
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