(The Other) Sandra (the_maenad) wrote in nethack,
(The Other) Sandra
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Dare I dream of ascension?

I've been playing Nethack on and off since 2001, never yet succeeding in
even getting to the Amulet, far less ascending. But yesterday I booted
up a random character, drawing a neutral gnomish Ranger, and... well.

Shall we say I got very lucky with three bones piles, such that even
after a /oCanx mishap with my first BoH I've still made it all the way
to the bottom?

I'm now back up to DLvl23, toting (as far as I know) everything I need
to win the game with me. But this is so much further than I've ever
reached before that I'm taking a breather, and hopping on here for some
advice.

I know there's a recommended ascension kit, but I've a feeling I may be
lacking some vital bits of it -- particularly after taking an unintended
dip in the moat around the vibrating square on my way back up which has
wrecked a lot of my scrolls. Never having made it to the Planes I'm a
little vague about ways and means there.

So I throw myself open to your tips and recommendations! Thanks in
advance from...

Klepsie the Archer St:25 Dx:15 Co:18 In:15 Wi:17 Ch:9 Dlvl:23 $:0
HP:135(135) Pw: 137(137) AC:-29 Exp:22 T:43008

 Amulets
 u - an uncursed amulet of reflection (being worn)
 J - the cursed Amulet of Yendor named real
 Weapons
 E - 17 blessed +0 arrows (in quiver)
 F - the cursed rustproof +6 Mjollnir (weapon in hand)
 U - the blessed +6 Longbow of Diana (alternate weapon; not wielded)
 Armor
 b - a blessed +0 cloak of displacement (being worn)
 v - a cursed greased +3 gray dragon scale mail (being worn)
 w - an uncursed fireproof +4 T-shirt (being worn)
 D - an uncursed thoroughly rusty corroded +0 helm of brilliance (being
worn)<--A series of accidents... but I've found nothing better
 R - an uncursed +0 elven shield (being worn) <--Surely I can do better
than this...
 S - a blessed rustproof +3 pair of gauntlets of power (being worn)
 X - an uncursed fireproof +3 pair of speed boots (being worn)
 Comestibles
 P - an uncursed lizard corpse
 Spellbooks
 g - the uncursed Book of the Dead
 Potions
 I - an uncursed potion of extra healing
 Rings
 d - an uncursed +1 ring of increase damage (on left hand)
 f - an uncursed ring of levitation M - a blessed +3 ring of protection
(on right hand)
Wands
n - a wand of death (0:7)
Tools
a - an uncursed bag of holding <--Empty
c - an uncursed bag of holding <--Also empty
k - the cursed Candelabrum of Invocation (7 candles attached) m - an
uncursed sack <--Empty too t - a blessed bag of holding <--This is the
full one
x - an uncursed skeleton key
C - a +0 unicorn horn
V - the Bell of Opening (0:1)
Gems
Z - an uncursed luckstone

Contents of the blessed bag of holding:

 Amulets
 a - an uncursed amulet of life saving
 b - the cursed Eye of the Aethiopica
 c - an uncursed amulet of magical breathing
 d - an uncursed amulet of life saving
 e - an uncursed amulet of life saving
 f - an uncursed amulet of life saving
 g - an uncursed amulet of reflection
 h - an uncursed amulet versus poison
 Weapons
 i - the +0 Sunsword
 j - the rustproof +0 Fire Brand
 k - the rustproof +0 Cleaver
 l - the cursed rustproof +0 Stormbringer
 m - the cursed rustproof +2 Magicbane
 Armor
 n - an uncursed fireproof +3 cloak of magic resistance
 o - a blessed fireproof +0 robe
 p - an uncursed +0 pair of water walking boots
 q - a blessed thoroughly burnt +3 pair of gauntlets of dexterity
 r - an uncursed +0 cloak of invisibility
 Comestibles
 a - an uncursed lizard corpse
 b - 6 uncursed K-rations
 c - 23 uncursed C-rations
 Scrolls
 d - a cursed scroll of enchant armor
 e - 28 uncursed scrolls of blank paper
 f - 3 uncursed scrolls of enchant weapon
 h - 5 cursed scrolls of blank paper
 i - 3 uncursed scrolls of amnesia
 k - an uncursed scroll of punishment
 l - an uncursed scroll of scare monster
 n - a blessed scroll of create monster
 o - an uncursed scroll of food detection
 t - 2 uncursed scrolls of destroy armor
 v - 2 blessed scrolls of blank paper
 w - a blessed scroll of confuse monster
 a - 2 blessed scrolls of gold detection
 c - a cursed scroll of genocide
 Potions
 e - an uncursed potion of extra healing
 f - an uncursed potion of sleeping
 g - an uncursed diluted potion of monster detection
 h - a cursed diluted potion of hallucination
 i - 2 potions of holy water
 j - an uncursed potion of speed
 k - a cursed potion of invisibility
 l - 2 uncursed potions of water
 m - 5 uncursed potions of full healing
 n - a blessed potion of full healing
 o - 2 cursed diluted potions of extra healing
 p - 4 uncursed diluted potions of extra healing
 q - an uncursed diluted potion of object detection
 r - an uncursed potion of enlightenment
 s - 3 uncursed potions of water
 Rings
 t - an uncursed ring of invisibility
 u - an uncursed ring of see invisible
 v - an uncursed rusty ring of searching
 a - an uncursed +1 ring of gain constitution
 b - an uncursed ring of slow digestion
 c - an uncursed ring of regeneration
 d - an uncursed ring of warning
 e - an uncursed ring of free action
 f - an uncursed ring of fire resistance
 g - an uncursed ring of polymorph control
 h - an uncursed ring of stealth
 i - an uncursed ring of conflict
 j - an uncursed ring of free action
 k - an uncursed ring of poison resistance
 l - an uncursed ring of protection from shape changers
 Wands
 m - an uncursed wand of cold
 n - a wand of fire (0:7)
 o - a wand of teleportation (0:2)
 p - a cursed wand of death (0:6)
 q - a cursed wand of death (0:5)
 r - a wand of cold (0:5)
 s - a wand of fire (0:6)
 t - a rusty wand of fire (0:4)
 u - a wand of lightning (0:6)
 v - a wand of lightning (0:5)
 w - a wand of digging (0:6)
 a - a wand of create monster (0:15)
 b - a wand of magic missile (0:7)
 c - a wand of lightning (0:6)
 d - a wand of lightning (0:4)
 e - a wand of cold (0:4)
 f - a wand of lightning (0:5)
 g - a wand of teleportation (0:8)
 h - a wand of cold (0:6)
 i - a wand of create monster (0:11)
 j - a wand of lightning (0:6)
 k - a wand of teleportation (0:4)
 l - a wand of digging (0:6)
 m - a rusty wand of fire (0:7)
 n - a rusty wand of fire (0:3)
 o - a wand of digging (0:7)
 p - a wand of lightning (0:6)
 q - a cursed wand of polymorph (0:6)
 r - a cursed wand of polymorph (0:4)
 Tools
 s - an uncursed magic whistle
 t - a magic marker (0:32)
 u - a magic marker (0:5)
 v - a magic marker (0:1)
 Gems
 a - an uncursed chrysoberyl stone
 b - 4 uncursed emeralds
 c - 4 uncursed black opals
 d - an uncursed garnet stone
 e - 5 uncursed agate stones
 f - 10 uncursed amethyst stones
 g - 4 uncursed jade stones
 h - 5 uncursed jet stones
 i - 3 uncursed opals
 j - a cursed jacinth stone
 k - 5 uncursed fluorite stones
 l - 6 uncursed jasper stones
 m - 6 uncursed diamonds
 n - 8 uncursed citrine stones
 o - 2 uncursed topaz stones
 p - 11 uncursed amber stones
 q - 7 uncursed rubies
 r - an uncursed aquamarine stone
 s - 5 uncursed turquoise stones
 t - 4 uncursed obsidian stones
 u - the cursed Heart of Ahriman
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Anonymous

October 3 2009, 01:14:49 UTC 7 years ago

If I were you, I would have blessed, fooproofed, and fully enchanted all my armor before picking up the amulet, so as not to have to deal with Rodney's respawns while finishing up the kit. I'd also wear the rings of slow digestion and free action in preference to the ones you have on, and have used those wands to polypile for a shield of reflection, etc.

But then, I tend to be a slow ascender. :)
Well, looks pretty damn good for the most part to me, most of my ascensions have been with less kit than that.

One thing it looks you might not have thought of is a method of finding the portals once you're on the planes (ususally scrolls of gold detection, read whilst confused). Looks like you've got the means to write up the scrolls (which are cheap), but you may want something to confuse yourself with.

More potions and more HP both wouldn't hurt, nor would another Magic Marker, but all those points always apply really, so don't get too hung up on it.