I did a big run, and it wasn’t really all that good. I struggled with pulls, was overwhelmed with quest order and didn’t feel like I did a good job. I blundered my way to a 2/580.
It turns out that sauce synergy isn’t the replacement for the Megadrone that I hoped; I found myself struggling to tune my spells (needed the imp ring, of course) and once I could get reliable splashbacks, the refunded MP was less that what I had just spent on spells. I figured out that I really did need the +50% spell damage from the juju mask to boost the spells to the 37-40 refund range, because the refund is based on damage of the second spell, rather than the base MP cost.
I also found that the slimeling was just fine for a fairy, but I think next time I’ll try the hound dog, just to see if it makes any difference. I felt that I was wasting pulls on stuff like Jrs (and maybe cheese) during the run. For starters, I used Kung-fu, with the frosty halo for the entire run, and THAT worked out wonderfully. The Jr was largely wasted because I had plenty of +item for quest drops, but I didn’t have enough room for most of the stuff I wanted to use. I also pulled space trip headphones and some other stuff that I only ended up using once.
I also had a hard time dealing with the plants from the ITOM. I’ve seen a few solutions to the problem (which seems to be very common); most people are adding links to their top pane or at the end of combat to manage plants. I’d like to get a script working that will 1) read a file listing the locations of where I want each plant planted 2) automatically plant it after I spend a turn in that zone.
I’ve already started working on the script, and I’m running into the same problems I always do. For starters, mafia is terrible with arbitrary long arrays, and I naturally want to toss everything in an array or varying length. I’m also not sure what will happen in a few edge cases. Such as, what happens when you go to plant the same plant in the same zone that you did yesterday? If I just submit the link, does it overwrite the old plant and burn a charge? I’m not really sure how to check if a zone has plants, maybe by hitting the scheduler at login, recording those to … something and exuding those from the zone check?
I’m assuming that you wont want to change plants in a zone between days, but I suppose it might be possible. Oh, also, I can see that it might be a major drawback to plant a plant (the +30 ML one, for example) in the first zone on the list you visit, because you might want to have the hidden temple planted, but only after you use the plant in another zone (the cranny for instance) on day 1. Logically, you get the most benefit from planting them as soon as possible (early stats are better than late stats from combat), but there is a zoning meta-game on the high end of playing. I suppose it’d be easy to add a “speedrun” flag somewhere that when triggered would supplement the routine with planting with a dialogue confirming that you are going to plant. Ideally, I’d like it to be as hands free as possible. I want to set up a text file with the plants in each zone once, and never have to touch it again.