Darvin wrote:On the subject of purchasing the crystal ball:
use once - costs 20 gold / 20 gold per use
use twice - costs 25 gold / 12.5 gold per use
use three times - costs 30 gold / 10 gold per use
use four times - costs 35 gold / 8.75 gold per use
use five times - cost 40 gold / 8 gold per use
So I'd say you need to get at least three uses in to make it shine.
You can get more than that, but the big deal about it is not how many times you use it, but what using it allows you to spike. It creates fireballs out of nowhere. If you removed it from the game right now, the total hypotetical spiking power of glyph users would decrease instantly. It'd be like removing Mysterea or EM. With it, the gold ratios don't mean anything, when you need it, you'd pay anything, for the simple reason that stuff doesn't retaliate fireballs of pissorff, and if you can pull them out of nowhere you're messing with the average health per level balancing on monsters.
If you try that with say converting glyphs you'll run out of glyphs. If you try it with potions, you'll run out of potions (maybe), but gold? What other way is there for a spellcaster to turn gold into a bunch fireballs? (And yes, you could use it to fuel a trisword for upping PISSORFF damage, yay!)
Darvin wrote:Another thing on the Trisword: since I almost always open with a strength potion on serious dungeon run, all I need to do is suck back one more potion and it's basically just as good as a fine sword prep. I don't even need to use it as a trisword to have a useful and meaningful locker item...
Scroll up to where I was talking about the trisword and read carefully. the deal with it is that it's not actually an item so much as a repository of fine swords which get cheaper as you drink potions. First one costs you 18 gold (12 + 3 +3), second "fine sword" you buy and get to keep in the same slot reduces the average cost to 12 (you payed 12 gold for 2 fine swords)... Do the math... It's more about the inventory space, than anything else...
So if you prep it and drink 4 potions while leveling (STR, Dodge, Reflex, anything) it works as 2 Fine Swords that take one slot and cost less in game gold then buying just one fine sword would. If you buy it from a shop, they cost you less than buying 2 fine swords would if it were possible.