Live. Ascend. Repeat.

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Live. Ascend. Repeat. is the Fall 2017 special challenge path, introduced on August 14, 2017. This path adds variant rules and restrictions to an ascension run. Its description in The Bureau of Reincarnation reads, "Time keeps repeating over and over and you need to break out."

Restrictions

  • Banishing, olfacting and other similar effects don't do anything.
  • All item drop rolls are going to be 50 (out of 100), so either you have enough item drop to make things drop... or you don't.
  • Food, booze, spleen and such will always give average results.
  • The RNG is seeded the same for each player on each turn #, so barring conditional adventures, everyone will get the same encounters and monsters on the same turn # if they go to the same zone.
  • + and - combat doesn't do anything.
  • Wandering monsters and fights from familiars and such won't happen.

Divergences

Strategy

  • Every player will have the same turns in the same order, so tracking / spading will be incredibly useful. There is a spreadsheet in progress here where players are contributing information.
    • Note that delay(), floors and ceilings/caps are still in effect, which can cause deviations from the expected sequence of encounters. Delayed encounters will not appear until the player has spent at least 5 adventures in the zone. Capped encounters are forced after a certain amount of turns spent in the zone (i.e. screambats, friar noncombat encounters, etc.).
  • Item drop rate is normally determined by taking the base drop %, adjusting for your +item % (i.e., if the base drop rate is 20%, and you have +100% item drop, 20% + (20% x 100%) = 40% adjusted drop rate), and comparing that against a randomly generated (1 - 100) roll. If you've reached a 40% adjusted drop rate and the internal random roll is lower than 40, you get the item; if it's higher, you don't. This path sets all of those internal rolls to always be 50, so the +item % needed can be reliably calculated as follows:
Base Drop % +Item% Needed
To Guarantee Drop
Examples
5% +900% first chance at blasting soda and vinegar
10% +400% filthworm scent glands, pirate outfit, Frat Warrior and War Hippy outfits from drill sergeants
15% +234% A-Boo clues, rusty hedge trimmers
20% +150% tomb ratchet, harem pants, harem veil, evil eye
25% +100% bird ribs, lion oil, stone wool
30% +67% stars, lines, hot wings, F'c'le quest items
35% +43%
40% +25% goat cheese, bowling balls
45% +12%
50+% - first bubblin' crude, Gnollish toolbox, tires, gross doctor disguise

History

Rewards

  • Finishing a Live. Ascend. Repeat. run that began while it was still the current special challenge path -- that is, between August 14th, 2017, and November 14th, 2017 -- gives players 100 (in Hardcore) or 50 (in Normal) extra karma points the next time they visit Valhalla.
  • Players will receive a perfectly fair coin the first time they complete a run.
  • Players will receive a Thwaitgold time fly statuette each time they complete a run.
  • Players in Hardcore gain the stainless steel equipment for their class.
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