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jerkstoresup
Feb 7, 2010

agreed ->


The Crawl 0.19 Tournament has ended. Congrats to winners, first-timers and high-scorers!

Hang out in the new Discord server while you play! https://discord.gg/3JEyRYg



What is Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup?

Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup is a popular, free roguelike game focusing on tactics, balance, variety and a lasting challenge. A roguelike is generally a turn-based RPG, with an emphasis on randomly generated worlds, a high depth of play, huge menageries of monsters, and some MacGuffin you have to dig up and escape with. Most roguelikes use ASCII characters for graphics, though an increasing number utilize graphical tiles, like Crawl. Roguelikes are usually very tough to beat, and death is often permanent: once you're dead, you're dead.

This has all of the elements of a classic roguelike, but avoids the major annoyances and monotonous requirements present in many of them. It makes playing the game a natural experience, without "gotcha" deaths that demand an encyclopedia of knowledge. Everything you need to know to survive is present in each turn, whether it be through careful observation, making use of the resources you've collected and learned, or referring to the help by pressing "?" if you're not sure what each key does yet.

Crawl is great because it demands attention to survive, but skips or automates a lot of the boring poo poo that slows down similar games. New changes always have reasoning based in fun or balance. When you die, it's usually because you overestimated your strength, took a chance, and lost. You'll learn from each death; you will die early and often. When the game smiles upon you with some really good items and luck, hubris often becomes your worst enemy. Although the game is heavily dependent on luck, victory is always possible even if you are getting the short stick at every turn. Veteran players can streak wins together with random characters.



Major design goals:
  • challenging and unpredictable gameplay, with an emphasis on tactical skill
  • meaningful decisions (no no-brainer, works-every-time-with-every-character play choices)
  • grinding is unnecessary
  • a simplified and elegant interface, with a helpful tutorial and mouse support for new players
Minor design goals:
  • clarity of design (playable without the need for external spoilers)
  • thematic consistency (no lightsaber-wielding orcs)
  • replayability and lasting challenge (with optional branches, multiple race/background/god choices, and optional challenges)
  • proper use of out-of-depth monsters

What's new in v0.19?

New Gods: Uskayaw the Reveler and Hepliaklqana the Forgotten!



Uskayaw the Reveler offers remarkable combat powers to acolytes, peaking at the ability to instantly kill any targeted foe, but the piety that powers those abilities drops back to nothing after every battle. Hepliaklqana the Forgotten gives followers a single, permanent ally, which grows in strength alongside the player.

Other Notable Changes:
  • Branches: Lair and its sub-branches have been made shorter but deadlier, Zot offers new perils to the unwary adventurer, and the Desolation of Salt, a new timed portal vault, offers hoards of ancient artefacts to those strong enough to face down the unique threats hidden in its blinding saltstorms.
  • Spells: Two new spells have been added: Lesser Beckoning, which pulls enemies straight to your feet, and Infestation, a high-level Necromancy spell that spawns death scarabs from the remains of slain foes.
  • Items: All Long Blades now offer a ‘riposte’ effect, giving a chance for an automatic counterattack whenever an enemy misses the player. The Fencer’s Gloves let you riposte with any weapon.
  • Characters: Halflings and Kobolds have had their aptitudes and stats reworked, pushing the former to be powerful heavy-armour fighters, and the latter toward stabbing and spellcasting.
  • Gods: Pakellas was removed for being a bit overpowered. Nemelex Xobeh’s decks have been streamlined and reworked, and Sif Muna’s abilities have been overhauled to be much more fun to use.
  • Lots of updated monster sprites and other tiles.

There's tons of little changes, so read the Full 0.19 Changelog if you play often.



Why play Online?
  • Spectate live games and chat with the player and others! Check out this list of everyone playing right now, and click "Watch" to see their live game.
  • Progress and settings (rcfile) are saved.
  • Keep track of your victories, defeats, and all kinds of stats.
  • Always up-to-date, with nightly builds available to play.
  • Participate in the November 4 - 20 Tournament to show off your skill!

You can play Crawl in your browser very easily. The most popular servers are:
  • CAO: US West
  • CBRO: US East
  • CJR: Montreal
  • CXC: France
  • CUE: Germany
  • CPO: Australia
  • CSZO is dead. you can get your morgues/rcfiles here.

Other servers and instructions for joining via SSH/Telnet (with a client such as KiTTY or PuTTY) are available here: How to play Online.

Play Offline

If you prefer a lagless experience offline, you can Download Crawl for Windows, Max OSX, Linux and Android.



The chats, communities and resources:
  • ##crawl on Freenode - Official Dungeon Crawl IRC. You can chat, ask for help, and get up-to-date information from bots, veterans, and devs.
  • Crawl Wiki - A good source for general information and spoilers. Be wary of the game version displayed on each page; some will be quite outdated!
  • LearnDB - Searchable repository of Dungeon Crawl lore. Almost always up to date & accurate, but sometimes its terseness and in-jokes do it no favors.
  • Knowledge Bot - Uses LearnDB, IRC bots and sprites to provide a very nice search engine for almost anything about the game.
  • The Tavern - Official Dungeon Crawl forum.
  • /r/DCSS - le reddit.
  • ##gooncrawl on Freenode - For a goonier chat.



Other Stuff:

Below is a screenshot of a typical early-game experience. I am a Kobold Assassin who got a little overzealous in fighting these three very basic enemies. The adder has poisoned me while the jackal and hobgoblin did little chunks of damage quickly. I only had one unidentified potion available, so I drank it in hopes that it would heal me or cure my poison. Unfortunately, it turned me into a tree, and now I will likely die. If I had faced these enemies one at a time in these weak early stages, or ran away from them, I would have lived to see the next floor!



Earlier threads:
Crawl 0.18: Purple Reign
Crawl 0.17: Corn enemies no longer popcorn
Crawl 0.16: Ru asks you to sacrifice your free time! This is a trivial butt
Crawl 0.15: Terrifying, Ever-Gnashing Radulae
Crawl 0.14: You feel energized by your suffering!
Crawl 0.13: FoIE GrAs: You are engorged.
Crawl 0.12: Erolcha banished me and gave me apocalypse crabs
Crawl 0.11: Eight legs and it's not an Octopode: Welcome to Spider
Crawl 0.10: Your tentacles turn into razor-sharp scythe blades
Crawl 0.9: A meow rips itself from your throat
Crawl 0.8: Mennas II Society
Crawl 0.7: The Dying Game
Crawl 0.6: Slouching towards The Abyss
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup 0.5.0: Now with less Oklob!
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup 0.4.0
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup 0.3.0

I am not always playing or checking on this game week to week. Please PM me if any important info is missing/changed.

jerkstoresup fucked around with this message at Nov 25, 2016 around 20:50

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Serephina
Nov 8, 2005
I know how to pronounce 'Xshathra' properly.

I, for one, am sad over the halfling hybrid nerf. Also what up with the two copies of Antaeus in the OP's pic?

PleasingFungus
Oct 10, 2012



Serephina posted:

I, for one, am sad over the halfling hybrid nerf. Also what up with the two copies of Antaeus in the OP's pic?

Phantom Mirror! (The Drain icon in the top-right is a clue.)

Scaramouche
Mar 26, 2001

SPACE FACE! SPACE FACE!

I actually save early game potions of lig for those exact situations.

StoryTime
Feb 26, 2010

Now listen to me children and I'll tell you of the legend of the Ninja

There's still time to join team Nemelex' Fan Club & Casino! Or to change your mind and get out for that matter!

The rules are simple: only play Nemelex' Choice characters. If a member can't take it anymore (a likely scenario, the combos tend to be abject garbage), please inform me in the thread so I can drop them from the team.

No skill required! Only the house wins at Nemelex' Fan Club & Casino!

I got rid of the "'don't start characters that have already been won 8 times" part of the rules. I'm not going to waste time policing it, so might as well not have the rule. If you want to play a Nemelex' Choice character without the faint hope of 75 bonus points and a spiffy pink banner, knock yourselves out! In real life preferably!

membership posted:

# TEAMCAPTAIN StoryTimeSA

1) StoryTimeSA
2) dpeg
3) Shinino
4) grimm (SA: Sage Grimm)
5)
6)

Brannock
Feb 9, 2006

by exmarx


Fallen Rib

Scaramouche posted:

I actually save early game potions of lig for those exact situations.

Yeah the key is popping it pre-emptively instead of reactively

PMush Perfect
Sep 30, 2009

Clucking Adorable


code:
For Those About To Splat

1. PoisonMushroom
2. Tollymain
3. GreyjoyBastard(?)
4. Pinechild(? Conditional?)
5.
6.

#TEAMCAPTAIN PoisonMushroom
Our terrible team is still accepting terrible players.

Ciaphas
Nov 20, 2005



stop it

Pillbug

burn the books
eat the purple
hail xom

World Famous W
May 25, 2007

The sheep "Baaaas" balefully.

Grimey Drawer

Be loud, be angry, be squishy as all hell (till you get dragon armour). Be an OGRE!

quote:

Legend of the Ogrefiend

1. taqueso
2. worldfamousw
3. mrwillsauce
4.
5.
6.

# TEAMCAPTAIN taqueso
The non-official Ogre team that is not the official Ogrecoming Adversity!

Also, mrwillsauce, please confirm if that is the name you will be using in webtiles.

EDIT: Also, new thread so... bring back (Crown of Eternal Torment|Evaporate & Distillation|rMut|Singularity|Pakellas|a myriad of other petty things I liked)

World Famous W fucked around with this message at Nov 3, 2016 around 11:55

Devlan Mud
Apr 10, 2006

I ONLY PLAYED DARK ELDAR BECAUSE THEY WERE UNPOPULAR. LIKE ME.

Poison Mushroom posted:

code:
For Those About To Splat

1. PoisonMushroom
2. Tollymain
3. GreyjoyBastard(?)
4. Pinechild(? Conditional?)
5.
6.

#TEAMCAPTAIN PoisonMushroom
Our terrible team is still accepting terrible players.

maybe in .19 thread i'll be accepted (DevlanMud)

Floodkiller
May 30, 2011



Serephina posted:

Also what up with the two copies of Antaeus in the OP's pic?

Big Lord and Punished "Curare" Antaeus.

Speleothing
May 6, 2008

Spare batteries are pretty key.

Fun Shoe

You ought to include the Knowledge Bot in the OP.

Jeffrey of YOSPOS
Dec 22, 2005



Cybernetic Crumb

I'm moving and have no business playing crawl this week.... Is there a team I could join to try and eek out a win anyway? I don't want anyone to suffer from my relative non-participation.

Ugly John
Jul 18, 2009


Poison Mushroom posted:

code:
For Those About To Splat

1. PoisonMushroom
2. Tollymain
3. GreyjoyBastard(?)
4. Pinechild(? Conditional?)
5.
uglyjohn
6.

#TEAMCAPTAIN PoisonMushroom
Our terrible team is still accepting terrible players.

I should be good for a win this time and then a lot of frustrating 15-rune attempts. Let's do this!

jerkstoresup
Feb 7, 2010

agreed ->


Speleothing posted:

You ought to include the Knowledge Bot in the OP.

Done. Again, always open to suggestions for the OP! I'll be looking through the 0.18 thread for drawings/photoshops, and I'd like to put some new screenshots up top as well.

PMush Perfect
Sep 30, 2009

Clucking Adorable


code:
For Those About To Splat

1. PoisonMushroom
2. Tollymain
3. GreyjoyBastard(?)
4. Pinechild(? Conditional?)
5. DevlanMud
6. uglyjohn

#TEAMCAPTAIN PoisonMushroom

Devlan Mud posted:

maybe in .19 thread i'll be accepted (DevlanMud)
That's what I get for just C/Ping my post from the old thread.

taqueso
Mar 8, 2004




:bernget:


Jeffrey of YOSPOS posted:

I'm moving and have no business playing crawl this week.... Is there a team I could join to try and eek out a win anyway? I don't want anyone to suffer from my relative non-participation.

Join the zero-pressure OgreTeam. I won't mind if you forget to play ogres or don't play at all.

code:
Legend of the Ogrefiend

1. taqueso
2. worldfamousw
3. mrwillsauce
4. 
5. 
6. 

# TEAMCAPTAIN taqueso

Goodpancakes
May 18, 2004

Redlining my shit posting machine


Fun Shoe

Jeffrey of YOSPOS posted:

I'm moving and have no business playing crawl this week.... Is there a team I could join to try and eek out a win anyway? I don't want anyone to suffer from my relative non-participation.

I'm actually in the same boat. Maybe we should start a team?

Jeffrey of YOSPOS
Dec 22, 2005



Cybernetic Crumb

taqueso posted:

Join the zero-pressure OgreTeam. I won't mind if you forget to play ogres or don't play at all.

code:
Legend of the Ogrefiend

1. taqueso
2. worldfamousw
3. mrwillsauce
4. Jeffrey
5. 
6. 

# TEAMCAPTAIN taqueso

This is as good a sales pitch as any - gonna use a new account and start fresh for the tournament.

Goodpancakes posted:

I'm actually in the same boat. Maybe we should start a team?

Presumably you can join too?

Jeffrey of YOSPOS fucked around with this message at Nov 3, 2016 around 16:16

Lawman 0
Aug 17, 2010



Pakellas.

Hooplah
Jul 15, 2006


fuck money
smoke bitches
get trees


taqueso posted:

Join the zero-pressure OgreTeam. I won't mind if you forget to play ogres or don't play at all.

code:
Legend of the Ogrefiend

1. taqueso
2. worldfamousw
3. mrwillsauce
4. 
5. 
6. 

# TEAMCAPTAIN taqueso

Mind if I join up, too? I made a team for myself called Playtime is OGRE, but I don't see much of a point if no one else joins it

I may or may not play ogres

taqueso
Mar 8, 2004




:bernget:


Hooplah posted:

Mind if I join up, too? I made a team for myself called Playtime is OGRE, but I don't see much of a point if no one else joins it

I may or may not play ogres

Works for me.

Devlan Mud
Apr 10, 2006

I ONLY PLAYED DARK ELDAR BECAUSE THEY WERE UNPOPULAR. LIKE ME.

Poison Mushroom posted:

code:
For Those About To Splat

1. PoisonMushroom
2. Tollymain
3. GreyjoyBastard(?)
4. Pinechild(? Conditional?)
5. DevlanMud
6. uglyjohn

#TEAMCAPTAIN PoisonMushroom
That's what I get for just C/Ping my post from the old thread.

Aww yis, hope to live up to the disappointment.

Hooplah
Jul 15, 2006


fuck money
smoke bitches
get trees


taqueso posted:

Works for me.
nice.

code:
Legend of the Ogrefiend

1. taqueso
2. worldfamousw
3. mrwillsauce
4. Jeffrey
5. hooplah
6. 

# TEAMCAPTAIN taqueso

Glidergun
Mar 4, 2007


taqueso posted:

Join the zero-pressure OgreTeam. I won't mind if you forget to play ogres or don't play at all.

code:
Legend of the Ogrefiend

1. taqueso
2. worldfamousw
3. mrwillsauce
4. Jeffrey
5. hooplah
6. Glidergun

# TEAMCAPTAIN taqueso

This is as good a reason as any to hop back into the game for a few weeks. Eager to try out Hepliaqlkana and Uskayaw.

Prism
Dec 22, 2007


Glidergun posted:

This is as good a reason as any to hop back into the game for a few weeks. Eager to try out Hepliaqlkana and Uskayaw.

If you can actually spell Hep you're ahead of the game.

PMush Perfect
Sep 30, 2009

Clucking Adorable


I've heard rumors of people who can spell all the Crawl god names without looking them up, but that's probably just an urban legend.

Prism
Dec 22, 2007


Poison Mushroom posted:

I've heard rumors of people who can spell all the Crawl god names without looking them up, but that's probably just an urban legend.

I can manage most of them (including Kikubaaqudgha) but Hep eludes me for some reason. I think it's the qlk.

Canine Blues Arooo
Jan 7, 2008

when you think about it...i'm the first girl you ever spent the night with


Grimey Drawer

quote:

* Removed: Haste

That is...interesting. I think it's probably a good idea overall as haste is almost certainly the powerful, general-use spell in the game but...

Casters have taken a lot, a lot of hits over the last 8 or so patches. My win rate with the 'traditional' caster combos has went from 40%~ in 0.13 to about 20%~% as of 0.18 and I'm guessing removing haste probably won't be a net positive on that! Part of this is that I don't play as much and I make a lot of mistakes, but part of that is that mistakes with casters are becoming increasingly lethal. I haven't played enough of 0.17 or 0.18 to have a really strong opinion from which to pull good data and anecdotes and the more I think about it, I think it might just be a product of me playing less.

PleasingFungus
Oct 10, 2012



Prism posted:

I can manage most of them (including Kikubaaqudgha) but Hep eludes me for some reason. I think it's the qlk.

also, there isn't a qlk.

(it's Hepliaklqana. hep-li-ak-l-qanal, and then remove the l at the end for reasons that will become obvious.)

ki-ku-baa-qu-dg-ha - nice rhythm to this one - y-red-rem-nul, six-fir-hy, ne-qo-xec, lorocyproca... but that one's easy!

Prism
Dec 22, 2007


PleasingFungus posted:

also, there isn't a qlk.

(it's Hepliaklqana. hep-li-ak-l-qanal, and then remove the l at the end for reasons that will become obvious.)

ki-ku-baa-qu-dg-ha - nice rhythm to this one - y-red-rem-nul, six-fir-hy, ne-qo-xec, lorocyproca... but that one's easy!

See, I told you I couldn't spell Hep.

What's the origin of the name of the lorocyproca anyhow? I know a lot of them are just arbitrary; is that one of them?

Glidergun
Mar 4, 2007


PleasingFungus posted:

y-red-rem-nul

Close, but no cigar - y-red-el-em-nul.

Araganzar
May 24, 2003

Needs more cowbell!

Fun Shoe

Running a caster and here is something I have never seen before:
code:
Search for what [? for help]? ego && robe
_Can't find anything matching that.
 Search for what [Enter for "ego && robe", or ? for help]? ego && leather
_Can't find anything matching that.
 Search for what [Enter for "ego && robe", or ? for help]? ego && armour && body
 a - [Orc:1] a shiny chain mail
 b - [D:11] a shiny scale mail
 c - [D:13] a runed centaur barding
I have cleared D, Orc, and Lair. I am wearing a +0 robe.

Floodkiller
May 30, 2011



Prism posted:

See, I told you I couldn't spell Hep.

What's the origin of the name of the lorocyproca anyhow? I know a lot of them are just arbitrary; is that one of them?

Not sure, maybe it's the same source that named neqoxecs.

LordSloth
Mar 7, 2008

Disgruntled (IT) Employee


Is there an open team that plans to hang around in IRC or something like Discord? I'd like to participate, but it's so much more fun if I can bitch with people live or something.

Ugly John
Jul 18, 2009


Hopefully there will be a decent presence in ##gooncrawl this time around - I'll be cursing my 'luck' (*coughbaddecisionscough*) there.

EDIT: Makhlebchat time. Which do you think makes a better base for relying on Minor Destruction until getting Invo 20 as fast as possible - DsFi or DsMo? Mo gives you the ability as soon as you find an altar, but I think the skill distribution on Fi gives you a better chance to actually survive to getting there (which with DS apts isn't necessarily a given).

Ugly John fucked around with this message at Nov 3, 2016 around 19:53

StoryTime
Feb 26, 2010

Now listen to me children and I'll tell you of the legend of the Ninja

I'll definitely hang around #gooncrawl during the tournament.

Hooplah
Jul 15, 2006


fuck money
smoke bitches
get trees


Ugly John posted:

Hopefully there will be a decent presence in ##gooncrawl this time around - I'll be cursing my 'luck' (*coughbaddecisionscough*) there.

EDIT: Makhlebchat time. Which do you think makes a better base for relying on Minor Destruction until getting Invo 20 as fast as possible - DsFi or DsMo? Mo gives you the ability as soon as you find an altar, but I think the skill distribution on Fi gives you a better chance to actually survive to getting there (which with DS apts isn't necessarily a given).

Fi, definitely. Ds have a really rough time on the first few floors if they don't start with some kind of kit, and you'll want to use at least medium armor and a decent weapon as a makhlebite anyways. Also, Makhleb's piety is super easy to gain, and Ds have amazing invo apts, so the difference between mo and fi for when you get ranged spam online is negligible.

e- actually, if all you care about is what gets you to lesser destruction easiest, I'd recommend trying venom mage. Sting and meph cloud will carry you through 95% of pre-lair threats. Exp inefficiencies aren't much of a worry, as you should be able to get those castable without pumping Cj (which is obviously pretty redundant with makhleb). Air/poison/spc are nice to have later in the game for utility and crowd control.

Hooplah fucked around with this message at Nov 3, 2016 around 23:31

jerkstoresup
Feb 7, 2010

agreed ->


The Teams Page is now working, and all servers appear to have 0.19 running. Make sure you're using the 0.19 rcfile for your teams! (Shard1697 and wormsofcant are currently missing from Rods out for Pakellas)

Seems they're testing out things right now; the points will be reset 20 hours from now when the tourny starts.

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meatpath
Feb 13, 2003



Where I End and Ru Begins

# TEAMCAPTAIN meatpath

P1:
P2:
P3:
P4:
P5:

Open if anyone needs a team, no specific rules. I won't be able to play much this first weekend, but my goal is 5-10 GrFi wins at least this year.

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