Dungeons of Dredmor is one of the best games I have ever played. I have spent at least 300 hours playing it, if Steam is to be believed. I don't regret it at all. It's a rogue-like, which means, if you happen to be unfamiliar or illiterate, basically a turn-based action-oriented role-playing door-smashing sort of thing. Essentially, you walk around a dungeon and beat mutant ducks to death with a club.
entirety of game summed up in one picture
What makes it different from other rogue-likes? IT HAS MOVING PICTURES. Also, it has a humorous fantasy theme and engaging gameplay. Every item, skill, and monster has some sort of silly description, so as you progress in the game, you get to see new jokes as well new areas and improve your character like in a typical game.
Also it's $4.99 on Steam. The expansion pack is $0.99 and you should also get it because it has more areas and items and monsters and stuff.
You didn't mention how absurdly difficult this game is.
If you're a giant pussy, you probably won't enjoy this game. You are going to die. Probably in the first room, if its your first time playing. This is part of the fun. I recommend playing on Going Rogue difficulty with Permadeath enabled for the full experience. You will improve as you continue to play and learn what items do and various strategies.
Holy crap this game is hard. How do survive the first room?
I would recommend you try playing a Warrior type of character on your first few tries. The magic-type characters are much easier to die with on Floor 1. Take Maces, Master of Arms(very important) and Shield Bearer. Try to fight one monster at a time and not to walk over traps. Stay far away from Gargoyle Acid traps. A point or two in Burglary is very helpful and improves quality of life. Don't be afraid to use your consumable items. Well, be somewhat afraid.
I can't get out of the first floor.
Have you tried the stairs? Smithing is a great skill for the early levels because it lets you turn junk into gear, giving you a much better chance of wearing the right equipment. Level it up as quickly as possible to make powerful items early. Make a pair of Copper Boots and a Steel Cuirass as soon as you can. Steel is hard to find and best spent making the pieces to a Full Plate Mail. Alchemy is useful for making potions and gives helpful passive resistances for some annoying damage sources. Explore everywhere to get levels and more items.
This is why Smithing is good
I can't get past the second floor.
The knockback/stun skills in Maces/Shield/Psionics are absurdly useful. While a monster is knocked back/stunned, you can use a turn to eat or drink without taking damage. You'll want a skill tree with a heal, I recommend Psionics. Watch out for the Monster Zoo. Tentacle Wand or some other aoe item can deal with a Monster Zoo rather quickly. The Copper Ring is great to wear up until you're done with Floor 3.
I can't get past the third floor.
Basically there are three types of things that will murder you: melee attacks, magic attacks, and traps. It's simple to explain how to avoid or mitigate melee attacks but much harder to actually do. You want to wear big enough armor to absorb the damage or a method of not getting hit. For magic attacks, its helpful to know the terrain and type of damage. You'll want a Ring of Ash or two on you for the remainder of the game. The magic missile spell is Aethereal and Blasting damage, so your armor will resist part of it. For traps, level 10 Trap Affinity lets you disarm every trap in the game. You can get this by simply taking Tinkering. I usually end up taking Burglary and Archaeology instead. A point or two of Acid Resistance goes a long way when dealing with Acid traps.
My personal favorite tree.
Seriously? You beat this game on Going Rogue?
Several times. A successful build I would recommend: Maces, Master of Arms, Shield Bearer, Archaeology, Burglary, Assassination, Psionics.
I haven't gotten past Floor 10 since Realm of the Diggle Gods though haha. Haven't really been playing all that much since then.
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