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Re: (TFT) Would an IQ 35 wizard be bad? More on Wishes.
At 01:51 AM 9/1/2015, Edmund Nelson wrote:
I've not run into a campaign with any character getting past the 42nd
atribute point. Even that guy died in 1 shot to a greater demon who went on
a hot streak. (2 criticals in row!) Once you get past 40 or so Magical
items become much more practical methods of advancement than levelups
Just as a data point, the highest TFT PC's I remember in our games
were 46 points and 42 points, which were played up from 32 points and
nearly died but didn't, and lost many many friends and comrades along
the way. It took 5 or 6 years of real-time play. They were both
non-wizards and the highest IQ of those was 13. Like most TFT
survivors, they got there by being smart and tactical and having
comrades around to distract attention, and by not getting too
unlucky. One of the two higher-level ones became very hard to kill by
having Warrior talent and Fine Chainmail and a self-powered Stone
Flesh ring for 9 armor. The other was hard to kill because he'd have
some friends in fights and mainly was picking off foes with a
crossbow from out or reach.
My dad and I also got a very strong party of four by running through
Death Test several times, Death Test II a few times, then Orb Quest.
We lost several parties in Death Test, but once we got a good
strategy and team, that team never lost anyone. I think they ended up
about 42 points each.
If someone were playing TFT like many computer game players do,
"farming" for XP, I could see a group becoming strong enough that it
could hunt inferior targets for XP and do so pretty safely, and do
better than we did in play. When one side has a distinct advantage of
some sort, it can pose pretty low risk to the superior side. That's
why we eventually made a house rule where relative power and
equipment / magic affected XP, so beating someone who isn't actually
much threat doesn't get you much XP. Progress would've been slower
and risks higher if we'd used that system from the beginning.
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