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Just Enough Detail

My favorite thing about the game so far is that it has the perfect level of detail. Enough information and art to let your eyes do all the work if you so desire, but if you take it slow, it is all the information you need to really let your imagination run wild. I've always loved ASCII and roguelikes for their ability to make my addled imagination spring to life as if I were 8 years old all over again, and ToME4 is unbelievably good at commanding the theatre of the mind while also being perfectly readable on it's own.

Much love.

So I just won!

So I just won my first game yesterday (on Normal)! <some spoilers ahead!>

It feels good! The character was a Dwarf Bulwark: https://te4.org/characters/201294/tome/92058e4b-f02e-445e-aa89-f59268c35a8b. After I won, I went to Infinite Dungeon and immediately got lucky with a 3rd prodigy point - I didn't have Eternal Guard during the main campaign.

Lessons learned:
  • Bulwarks are tanky. At the end of the campaign, I could stand against most enemies (including the final bosses) without really being threatened.
  • Resistances are good. Armor is even better.
  • I reaaally lacked some adequate damage output. And I am actually uncertain what options bulwarks have in this regard? Should I have taken the "I can carry the world" prodigy instead of "Subcutaneous metallization"? Should I have used more offensive runes/wands?
  • Bulwarks are boring (for me)... exactly because they are so tanky :). Or maybe it's because of the way I played - defense, defense, defense. I was steamrolling regular and rare enemies just by bumping them. As a trade-off, some of the boss fights were really tough.

The lack of damage bit me in the butt a few times. I almost failed to kill Grushnak. While he didn't really threaten me, I almost thought I'd have to abandon the game, because I was unable to get through him. It was an hour and a half long fight IRL, just with him. And it took some serious mental effort on my part - I had to start watching when he blocks exactly, what cooldown his healing has, what cooldown is his Battle Shout, I had to watch my stamina levels closely (as I lacked any way of replenishing it other than by resting...), and I had to chain my biting game runes (which I had to swap for my standard regen infusions mid fight) with my attacks just right to narrowly get through him... tough bastard :).

I found that the Prides were the pivoting point of the whole campaign - Vor was the most dangerous fight I had (teleport rune really saved me several times), Grushnak the most durable enemy, Rak'Shor the easiest (of the Pride leaders) and Gorbat (once cleared of his friends) the most average. Oh, and what's up with the hidden vaults in the Prides? I had no issues with them in High Peak, but I had my ass handed to me several times in the hidden vault in the Prides... I had to just skip them in the end.

The final bosses weren't a threat... though I had to chase down Elandar for half an hour before I finally got him. And of course, Aeryn was long dead by then - no chance of saving her.

After the campaign, I tried taking on Atamathon... well, it didn't go well :). I reactivated it, found that I have absolutely no way of even making a dent in his armor/regen and just fled :).

And now it's time to see how far I can get in the Infinite Dungeon!

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Full disclosure: I did play the game a few years back, but I was playing offline and was cheating a bunch (using addons similar to generous levels). So when I returned now, I reset everything and decided to play online to get access to all the stats. Just in case you're wondering why I got a win after only a few deaths - that's because I knew a few things about the game already. And also - stacking armor and resistances on a bulwark will apparently get you far on Normal!

The Pikataclysm is upon us! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

What could be terrifying about little cute bunnies and eggs?
Nothing you say? Well, think again for the Pikataclysm has arrived to Eyal and will stay active until May 1st!
Beware of what lurks in this strange place, for sometimes, bunnies have big teeth.

The Pikataclysm is a yearly special server event, triggered every 10 minutes by the server to all players currently logged in. There are others such events, come find them all during the year!

This game hard boi

This game hard but I love it even though I get slapped silly, i love it i love the pain i love to hurt

My love-lazyness relationship with ToME and the 5th reset (probably)

Feelings are weird..

..here I am.. sitting and resetting my Account for the 5th or maybe even 6th time,
you know..THIS TIME it'll be different.
But will it really?
I always reset, start anew, play for a couple days and then I just..stop
And I don't really know why.
Am I truly just lazy? Am I not motivated enough? Don't I have any discipline?
Is it really necessary to even think that deep into it?
no, of course not and yet those questions still linger within my mind
seeking an answer that'll satisfy my ever thinking brain..

But for real man, I really need to get into this damn game. this time for real (I hope)
like dude it's a friggin good game godamn and I'm to busy being weird about it
I don't even know why I always feel the need to reset everything after I haven't played for months,
but hey, maybe some of you can relate to that, it would really help me feel less stupid.

Anyways, I thank you for reading my post and have a nice day!
Maybe we'll see each other on Maj'Eyal (or rather the general chat)

The Santascape has come!

Rejoice in all the cold corners of Eyal for the Santascape has come!
Log on, jump on your characters and enjoy the cold feeling of deat...err...joy and merry presents!
Will you find your presents or your doom? You have until the 1st of january to find out!

Meet the friendly local elementals!

Have a hug with the cuddly snowmen!

And finally meet Nikolas to see if you deserve your presents!

The Santascape is a yearly special server event, triggered every 10 minutes by the server to all players currently logged in. There are others such events, come find them all during the year!

Hello Eyal World!

Heya!

I'm Sightwalker, I'm a game programmer and I play ToME for quite a while now (since June). I usually play Cornac Berserker on Nightmare mode and sometimes I even stream it on Twitch. (still never finished the game, tho)

When I get some free time, I intend to start making addons for the game. I just researched the surfaces, but I wonder how limited are the abilities to add new enemies, maps, items and monsters; nothing some better research can't answer me (or at least I hope)!

Pleased to be a part of the community!

I hope

I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams.

Tips for Melee Reavers

Hello Everyone!

I love this game. I've been playing for a little while now. I wanted to get more involved in the community to make it more fun for myself. This game is very challenging, I love having to figure things out. Being so new I kind of have to. I'm playing a Ogre Reaver right now. I haven't unlocked many classes yet and have only been able to get to level 22 in Normal Adventure Mode. I'm not very good at video games in general but I still have fun. I'm keeping notes now about what works for my character, what doesn't, what places to avoid at what levels and other things to hopefully break through to level 25 which I did on a Bulwark a while ago. I have't beat Dreadfall yet but I'm getting close.

What's surprising about this game is the lack of guides. I can't find a lot of "basic/beginner" guides to how to play classes. I'm starting to realize now that might be because they can vary greatly depending on how you decide to build them.

The Reaver I played last got up to 22 and I duel wield with heavy armor. I know that's not great (the heavy armor on a Reaver) but they are so squishy. I found I have to dump a lot of Class Points into Contitution just to not be one/two shotted when I get passed level 10. It's rough. I like the play style of melee and do a lot of damage with Acid Strike + Overkill and like the focus on melee and diseases. I'm so bad at games I'm not sure what to ask for advice but I feel like I shouldn't be dumping so many points into constitution as a Reaver but I die so quickly if I just put them in Magic and Strength.

This is the link to the character sheet of my last character. https://te4.org/characters/232710/tome/336cfccc-3f53-4e18-ba96-c52e50dc766a

I'm looking forward to being more involved with the players and community cheers!

Finally did it

After 16 days of played time , I finally scored my first win with a Halfling Skirmisher in Nightmare Roguelike mode (the only mode I played)

Boy was it hard. But it also was a lot of fun. 16 days of build and character testing, no wiki, no player blog, no chat, just me figuring shit out with each run.

I always died before Dreadfell Tower at first. For a looong time. Mostly to Urkis. Fuck that guy. I could skip him of course but I had to kill that son of a bitch.

The first character to kill him was a Halfling rogue. And I also got to the east for the first time with this same character. He died to the first orc encounter but at last, that milestone was reached !

My games were more and more consistent after that. After that, I reached east for a total of 6 times I think. 2x Bulwark, 1 Sun Paladin, 1 Wyrmic, and 2x Skirmisher ( including the winner). Almost all of them died in the Archmage orc bastion haha.

My second best game was the Wyrmic one, and I died to the two final bosses. I won't lie, I wanted to smash my pc on the wall, but I knew I needed a few more games and a final push to win. That final push was the discovery of Antimagic. Yeah it may seem obvious for a lot of you, but since I made a lot of arcane powered characters, I didn't go much to Zigur.

So yeah, Antimagic helped me A LOT, and with that and my 16 days worth of experience , I finally smashed the two bastards. Fairly easily I must say ! I'm not sure , but I think one of them resurrected in the middle of the fight, so I had to kill the other one first after that.

So yeah, that's it. What a great game ! I still have a lot to learn and master, especially my two favourites classes ( Archmage and Reaver ) that never went very far sadly. I also still have a lot of classes to unlock, but I will figure that out in Insane mode ;)

Thanks for reading !

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