Welcome back to Let's Play Angband! This update is brought to you by oven fries. Oven fries: Delicious. I think that I'll also pour myself a glass of scotch because why not? It's Thursday. Celebrate by having a liquor of your choice. I am hopefully moving soon anyway and probably can't pack up all my liquor (it would take up at least one very large box). Anyway, let's play some Angband. Last time, Hieronymus Gaylord hit stat gain depth and pretty much nothing else happened. This will be a recurring theme.

First up, we've got some stat gain coming from the usual in-town source, the Black Market. In this case Hieronymus Gaylord hits up a few extra useless points of INT, which is raised pretty much only out of a feeling of obligation.

Heading into the dungeon, we detect this ominous scenario. What're all those monsters doing just to the south? And are those items there as well? Hieronymus Gaylord, P.I., is on the case!

It looks like we've hit our first "for real" vault! This is an exciting time to be alive. I bet that there's all kinds of great treasure contained within, the sort of thing that makes the world turn 'round and young lovers coo at one another. Which is actually kind of gross if you ask me, especially if they're doing it on a park bench while I'm feeding the ducks. True story: Ducks are the only animal which is a dick, adorable, and delicious rolled into one. Maybe goats, but I haven't eaten goat yet.

Hieronymus Gaylord cautiously rounds the corner, because although he still knows where all the treasure is, those monsters could be lurking anywhere at this point. It didn't seem like there were any particularly nasty ones, but you can never tell just by looking at the overview map.

There don't even seem to be any monsters yet - what gives? In the meantime there hasn't been a whole lot worth picking up, but it seems like this Crossbow of Power is going to become his new ranged weapon.

At this point it dawns on me that I completely forgot to take screenshots of any actual combat inside the vault, which leads me to believe that all of the monsters there were serious pushovers, to go with the fact that the treasure was decidedly less than vault-y (as evidenced by the fact that I didn't get any screenshots of it, either).

DEX up! Hieronymus Gaylord is gaining DEX at an alarming rate. At this pace it'll be the first of his stats to top out.

Another interesting new ring, for those who would like to sacrifice a ring slot in leiu of carrying around a shovel or pick in an inventory slot. Of course, you could always just swap the ring on and off - they weigh very little (but still take up a full inventory slot, because that's just the way that Angband rolls).

This tasty treat is also picked up! Let's learn what it does:

Originally posted by Spoilers
The Iron Helm 'Holhenneth' [5,+10]
+2 intelligence, wisdom. +10% to searching. Provides resistance to blindness, confusion. Cannot be harmed by acid, electricity, fire, cold. Grants the ability to see invisible things.
Level 20, Rarity 5, 7.5 lbs, 100000 AU (Angband 3.1.1)

Hmm. For any character without blindness resist this would be pretty awesome, but right now we're already rocking something a little more useful. This is going to get stashed away.

DEX up! Wow, there sure are a hell of a lot of these. Some potions of Strength would be nice though so that I can free up a ring slot.

Hieronymus Gaylord decides that it's finally time to descend to 1600', and take advantage of the bounties thereof.

INT up! Seriously, Angband, why not give poor ol' H.G. something that's useful to him?

INT up! And another one, in the same pile of loot! My goodness, this is getting kind of ridiculous, but at least Hieronymus Gaylord is getting into the range where he might actually gain some advantages from INT (8-12 is considered "average", and has no effect on the game unless you're a mage/rogue/ranger).

I think that this is about to become one of my least favorite monsters. I bet it breathes more than just shards if it lives long enough.

And another really good weapon that we're not going to be using! There's just a bounty of these this game, and it's an embarassment of riches.

STR up! It's about time that Hieronymus Gaylord got one of these, and his arms get extra strong for more lifting and hitting powers, much like how I got pretty buff when I was carrying bags of groceries a mile and a half uphill from the nearest store to my apartment back when I was in college.

This thing is an asshole. It summons monsters and teleports you away. That's all I think I really need to say about it.

Descending to 1650', Hieronymus Gaylord gets a good feeling. I have to resist making another Final Fantasy Tactics joke because (a) pretty played out this many updates in and (b) that's somebody else's job.

This is apparently what causes it. Doesn't Hieronymus Gaylord know that Nilbog is Goblin... spelled backwards? That might have tipped him off a little bit.

Okay, I lied. This is what caused the level feeling and what a great find! Going from +3 to +5 is a pretty big step up in the world of speed. Next thing you know, Hieronymus Gaylord will be listening to Hawkwind and thinking that it's cool to own a "chopper".

CON up! That's a not-insignificant HP bonus, too.

DEX up! And while we're at it, why not get a good look at where Hieronymus' stats are hanging around right now? According to this he's going to top out his DEX in another potion (or maybe two, with bad luck) and is getting dangerously close with WIS as well (although those seem to be in short supply).

That's it for this back-to-regular-size update of Let's Play Angband! Tune in

NEXT TIME: Even if elves make good armor, they are still lame.

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