The Avatar wrote:The fact is, IMO, potions are more valuable than 6 or even 8 extra bonus exp (which is can be obtained without using potions if you find the right target).
The Avatar wrote:For me it is effective enough to level totally without potions and spike the boss. Sometimes it is even effective to level totally without potions and then beat the boss without potions.
This. There's something wrong here. Now, I've recently HP potion spiked the vicious Blah Blah to death with a non-priest halfling, so I know you can really get the results with a good enough end game potion spike, at least of a halfling (and there's classes who wouldn't want to spend potions earlier as well).
But using the advanced potions to facilitate silly level ups and get popcorn for later (STR, Dodge, REflex) used to be pretty silly. I think it's also why GG doesn't like potions in particular - if you load up on health early with someone who has a decent supply of potions you can do stuff. I blow them on bloodmages for B2P, I blow them on GG and Drac piety, and I beat bosses parched at times. So I know blowing one or two can't really hurt. Same with the fighter's DP. I'm also pretty liable to do it on cramped maps when I really want to conserve exploration (vicious especially).
But doesn't it sound strange that blowing them early can be... inconsequential? If you're not gonna use them later, why not blow them sooner? It's not the XP it's the exploration primarily.
And to you in particular - remember the occasional time I make you go
"How in the world did you do that?" with silly/unreasonable victories?. Trying out stuff like this is the answer, I think. You make me go
when you play the "proper" game to perfection, though