|Would you build a town above|
a huge dungeon of monsters?
I used to be completely addicted to this game. Completely. It took ages to get the experience, stats and magical items before I was even near to killing the Balrog. I admit that I did it via save scumming too. The computer would delete your character file if you died so I would always copy it to another place on the disk. Here I a few memories...
|You had to haggle for literally everything,|
including a ration with an asking price of 5gp.
You probably could haggle him down to 3gp.
Great use of game time.
I had to learn what the characters meant. Everything in the game was represented by ASCII characters with letters representing monsters. I learnt to be wary of a B (Balrog) or a D (Ancient dragon.)
Haggling took forever! Forunately in later editions, they just dropped the price to whatever the final asking price before just offering the asking price.
|Stinking cloud would get rid of all the mice (the rs)|
The delay on a scroll of recall was sometimes deadly.
I learnt fast with a horde of lice that area effect weapons are really useful
I cast remove curse on a ring of weakness but left it on because it looked pretty, not realising that the effect still stayed.
|You could even do some mining.|
I played a human ranger (a warrior who can cast mage spells in game terms) and required an extra 50% experience for my versatility. It was worth it, though.
Things you really need: Rings of Speed (x2), the see invisible ability (part of my holy avenger axe), remove poison magic, remove curse magic, freedom of movement (also part of my holy avenger axe), restore life levels potions, potions of healing, scrolls of Word of Recall (but don't forget that they have a delay), a sustain stat item (also part of my Holy Avenger axe. The Holy Avenger ability is very useful.)
|Ancient Domains of Mystery (ADOM) |
is a little more complicated than Moria.
There are tons and tons of roguelike games which vary greatly - some have deep stories, some have graphics, some are quick and easy and some are based on a Fighting Fantasy book. You can find the Roguelike wiki here.
To finish off, here are a couple of Moria moments from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Moria ASCII:
|Boromir takes a sneaky peak.|
|Gandalf vs the Balrog|