Who are you and why should I listen?
I started playing KoL in July of 2008. My trajectory through the game was a bit odd, but long story short I started ascending and loved it. In December 2008 I joined Alliance from Heck, and started to absorb information from some of the best players in the game. In January I made my first attempt at speed, and with 3/627 hit #2 on the SCNP board (although that didn’t last long, and it was a weak board). In February I won Tier 1 of the Hogs of Destiny speed contest with a 3/570. On April 22nd I completed the (then) second-fastest NS13 SC run, at 2/676. On 3/11/2010 I finished an ascension in 2/531, the fastest SCNP. It was beaten, but on 7/14 I got #1 again with 2/505. Which is a long-winded way of saying, “I know how to ascend fast.”
This guide isn’t intended as a guide to speed ascension, which is a much more complicated subject. It touches on some of those issues, but doesn’t deal with them in detail. Rather, my purpose is to give you a grounding in the mechanics and strategy of KoL, so you can do sub-Ronin 4-day runs. From that point on you’ll internalize the strategies and knowledge presented here, develop your own, and if you want to move into the speed game you’ll have a very solid foundation on which to build.
Should I ascend?
Yes! Every time I find myself out of Ronin I become so bored my eyes begin to bleed. Ascension is the most interesting and exciting part of the game. Ascension is the game!
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This guide would be an inferior product without the help of many people. I got extremely valuable input from Pantsless, LordHades15, KujjieKujjieKoo, Manendra, So Very Invisible, bmaher, Bors, Refined Penguin, Exactor it, RottingFlesh and others. But special thanks goes out to everyone in Alliance from Heck and Alliance from Hell, without whom I’d have half the knowledge and none of the skillz.