I'm with xspeedballx on this, if you can unlock them, you can probably play without them.
Lujo wrote:I can't even imagine what the late midgame or the endgame even looks like without them.
Here we go again... Trisword, Rogues, GG, now the potions. Even if they are strong when used in silly ways you don't HAVE to do that, and you certainly don't have to petition for game changes each time it happens. I like the pots being available for Vicious. I earned them - just like the other preps. All preps make the game easier. Look at the Amulet of Yendor for chrissakes... I don't even use the potions all that often, rarely on hard dungeons these days. But - I like the option.
I'm fuming, yeah, sorry. It's just I'm really, really fed up with trisword being mentioned in every damn thread. Just because some ingenious trick makes things easy doesn't mean everybodys suddenly doing it. Hell, make it +3dam on each potion use. Leave it as an option. Whoever wants to play that way, will. Why not?
On topic - I do think the potions should count against Parched, it's only logical.
Unsure if price change would do much. 40g would be very scary I guess. Still, midgame/before PQI - boss trophies would probably cover the cost, later on - infinite money anyway.