Maltatai: Welcome, welcome to the first rally of the Nightmare Magic Finding Cup, the well known frantic looting and cubing and gambling spree before moving on to he…more difficult challenges! First out is Rödluvan who has covered a lot of ground in Act V! Rödluvan, how goes the looting and questing?
Rödluvan: Actually, better than ever! First, I have at last found a four-socket gothic plate, those legendary farming outfits. I did of course put only three topazes in it and added a perfect ruby for the colour. Totally gorgeous! Look!
Maltatai: Stylish, stylish, I agree. It must feel great to finally get to use those gems.
Rödluvan: Later I also bought a jewellers crown with three sockets, where I have put two more topazes, with another one soon to come. Queen of magic finding and style I will be! I also have found the Grand Crown of Thieves – excellent or collectiong taxes in both coin and blood from capitalistic demons! With the new luck I raided Andariels wardrobes and cupboards back at the monastery. I found the excellent little piece of cutlery known as Spineripper
and…stop drooling! What is it with you and this dagger?
Maltatai: Ignores Target Defence AND Prevent Monster Heal…in one weapon…and good damage…
Rödluvan: Yes it is rather neat. I also found an icy blue hatchet which I of course sold, as well as a white Brandistock that steals blood. White bloodsucker and leach…sounds like Snövit.
Snövit: I heard you, you miserly maniac!
Rödluvan: Speaking of the witch, and speaking of which, I also found a mask crafted exactly
in resemblance of Snövit! It was almost scary to behold. It’s a stark contrast to this lovely red jewel of fervor that I am thinking of putting into my crown if I decide to have it socketed.
Snövit: I do not look like that!
Rödluva: It even has blue horns to amplify the similarity.
Snövit: There is no similarity! You must have picked up a mirror and looked into it. That would truly be a horrifying sight!
Maltatai: Think of me then, who has to watch both of you…
Rödluvan and Snövit: What!?
Maltatai: As I was just going to ask, did you do any questing, Rödluvan?
Rödluvan: Yeah, beat Shenk and freed the trapped morons and such. And Anya has STILL not learned to get proper clothes for this cold or enough politeness to stay and thank me or let me go in her portal! She’s a total brat! I have at least picked up this large and padded armour. Maybe Nihlatak wanted to save her to make a giant Bratwurst to celebrate his victory? Nilly was worrying but I managed to lure out enough minions to sneak in through a small passage at the south and got myself to a clear corner. From there he was soon toast.
Maltatai: Bratwurst, toast? Any special reason for this sudden fixation with food?
Rödluvan: Well, there just isn’t very much to eat on those vast steppes and the city supplies taste like wood. The demon meat tastes like murky, rotten wood.
Maltatai: I never knew you had eaten that. The diet of the Amazonian Islands is really fascinating.
Rödluvan: A figure of speak, of course! And once I at last found a decent restaurant it just had to be closed for the season! Aaaargh!
Maltatai: Closed for the season?
Rödluvan: Yes, it seems to only be open (or rather only serving food because it was literally open since the doors were hacked apart) during the non-siege season.
Maltatai: I see. I shall file a complaint to the heavenly travel agency.
Rödluvan: Yeah, you do that. Any reason to kick Tyraels nether parts is a good reason. I am also proud to report significant improvements in my – our – collective education and enlightment programme. Lot’s of enlightment is brought to the uneducated and unappreciating masses by Telash. There is truly an intellectual darkness obscuring these illiterate lands and underground, but not too dark for my eyes to penetrate to let me strafe down targets out of sight, muahahahaha!
Maltatai: Have you gained much experience then, from all this educative (such foul words we’re using…) enlightment?
Rödluvan: Oh yes! I actually once cleared the repopulated area close to Harrogath on /players8 just to try it out. It worked all right, as I wore full battle gear. Blood for the blood goddess!
Skulls for the skull throne!
Maltatai: Indeed a worship-inspiring sight…The icy minons of Baal here must be quite good targets for your explosions. How far have you pushed into the Barbarian lands?
Rödluvan: I have claimed every waypoint up to the Ancients Way. I will probably stay to level and equip up a bit more before facing them. I have heard that Talic is especially despicable for fire-users.
Maltatai: Eugh, don’t mention his name! You are totally correct. Did you find anything useful in Act V, or have you just looted Andys storerooms?
Rödluvan: I actually took a peek in the Tower too. I have now assembled three Io runes, just a flawed topaz from having everything required to upgrade to elite weapon! Speaking of runes, a very
pleasant surprise awaited me on the icy floor of the Ancients Way:
Maltatai: Nice one! Treachery beckons? And new battle gear boots I see.
Rödluvan: I think so. Another option would perhaps be Passion in a good elite bow if I could get my hands on one. The blinding and scare effect would mean terrific and terrifying crowd control with strafe. And I already have knockback too from cleglaws pincers. But that may leave me a bit short on damage against fire/physically resistant and immune enemies, which are quite common. Baals minions of destruction spring to mind.
Maltatai: Another option may be to make a melee Passion weapon and take advantage of Berserk, since you have a shield and such high Penetrate skill.
Rödluvan: Berserk? But that is…white. Never!
Maltatai: Just a thought. You already have three element so it may not be necessary. Nice ring by the way, are you thinking of using it along with Venom?
Rödluvan: I was, but Poison Dagger will only give short of three seconds duration - far too short. Maybe javelins with poison javelin charges but that isn’t really me.
Maltatai: No, don’t go there. I can’t edit the thread title so you‘ll have to stay bowazons. Will you upgrade Langer Briser when that time comes?
Rödluvan: Tricky. It IS slow, but it has open wounds and lightning damage and going crossbow-ing is something that is less common and different from Snövit. It’s a great weapon in nightmare with its magic find and I have grown attached to it. Upgraded and with Venom added it will certainly be enough for all that comes but what if I should find a better weapon?
Maltatai: The eternal question and dilemma. Or why not upgrade Spineripper?
Rödluvan: Ha! You and your precious Spiney.
Maltatai: It is cool to be a daggerzon too and you did really well against Diablo. Perhaps a path to consider if you find Goblin Toe at least? Fire from distance, physical from melee range?
Rödluvan: “clears throat” Meaning that I should go up to fire enchanted enemies and melee them?
Maltatai: Hrm, that may be a bit of a drawback…At least you have quite some levels left to find a new bow or crossbow and other stuff, being in the mid-sixties.
Rödluvan: I don’t look…like…old, do I?
Maltatai: No, not a level above 64, I promise you.
Rödluvan: Why you…
Maltatai: Relax! You look as young as when you first appeared out of nowhere in the normal Rogue Camp without even a bow.
Rödluvan: Hrm, was just wondering.
Maltatai: Next episode will be about the exploits of Snövit and the loot with which she hopes to trump Rödluvan and (other, according to her) hellish creatures.Over and out.