gjaustin wrote:I'm giving this a try too. Unfortunately Orc won't cooperate and unlock so I'm not steamrolling everything. I've also only managed to get Pactmaker to appear once, so no Paladin nonsense quite yet.
The big difference I did was that I unlocked Warlord instead of Assassin, as I'd rather have Trisword and CYDSTEPP than APHEELSIK.
Lujo, did you unlock the Elite items? Or did you stop in the shop quest line right before they got added? I *think* that Elven Boots, Amulet of Yendor, and the two Kegs are good enough that it'll be worth the Dwarven Gauntelts, Wicked Guitar, and Orb of Zot being added - considering none of those 3 items are actually bad.
I also got only one appearance out of pactmaker, but if I did get him, I'd be using him for consensus most of the time (I'm steamrolling everything anyway, it would just smooth things out).
Well, I guess the tri-sword approach is a matter of taste, really. If I could go back, I'd unlock bloodmage instead of either Assasin or Warlord.
And unlocking the Elite items, well, I never got the quest, but I've never ever bothered to use any elite items besides the boots and gauntlets, and the occasional keg. Right now I'm getting good mileage out of every possible item in the shops, and bringing in situational but costly stuff doesn't really look apealing. I really don't need anything that costs above 15-18 gold except for the collar, whatever the efect is it's not worth is as I can get the two potions from tiki for 40 gold, get 10 back, and get 2 additional hits in that way (which late game translates to quite a lot).
If you decide to do it, please post if there is a chance to do the quest for any monetary reward, and choose NOT to ugrade the building to prevent the items from clogging up the shops.