Tracing the path of Kamikaze's mythical run... Feb 25, 2014 8:18:31 GMT
Post by UrQuan on Feb 25, 2014 8:18:31 GMT
Second, this isn't the first time I've had to defend my dumb luck- the Final Fantasy boards took offense to my Lowest Level Possible run (four Level 8 White Magi). I tried playing the lottery after that run, but am sorry to report my annual income has only been around $17k, consisting of 40 hour weeks LOL
Anyways, the math involving the probabilities during that run reached the astronomical considering all the different factors that went into each dungeon and encounter (least of which was beating Chaos with one party member surviving with 1 HP after surviving a couple NUKEs). Chatting with a couple people who dissected the RNG code helped alleviate the tension, though it still didn't dismiss the fact I had lucked out. That's mostly due to the fact that I still don't understand how the RNG actually operates on that game. Aside from the encounter manipulation and battle strategy, I have no idea how I pulled it off besides luck.
With Lone Wolf, there are quite a few more factors under my control. Taking the paths with the fewest or most opportune combats, minimizing damage, meta-game strategies (left the Swerd at home in Book 10), etc. Granted, with the 5/15, I made a few mistakes (especially later on), but my familiarity with the books paid off. Honestly, no CS boosting abilities is the best way to avoid as much combat as possible. Healing, on the other hand, would've come in handy (especially in finding more potions/herbs).
That's about where my actual control ends. Most combats, I abused the fact that two-handed weapons conferred no EP loss in the first round, switching to a one-handed weapon for the other bonuses in the second round. Aside from that, once again, dumb luck was my ally. The RNT offers better than true odds at racking up some zeroes in some books, worse in others. I left the number-picking animations on because of this. But that still doesn't change the fact it was luck. I often wish my real-life luck was as good as it is when playing games, but at least my in-game luck gives me something to fantasize about as a break from the daily grind.
Your path does not take the fewest combats (not even close). You did not minimize damage.
Skipping CS-boosting Disciplines might be the best way to avoid combats, yes. But wouldn't it be more effective if you then took some Disciplines that actually avoided combats (Sixth Sense), instead of two completely useless ones? (Tracking, Mindshield) Of course, skipping CS-boosting Disciplines most certainly does NOT help with the combats that you cannot avoid, which there happens to be quite a few of. Including several impossible ones.
Okay, is this some sort of joke? Why does everyone keep talking about the two-handed rule? Most peculiar.
Leaving the number-picking animation on does nothing.
Even though I'm going at you like this I can say I appreciate that you posted here. I don't want to belittle you, I just want your run to be discredited.
Interestingly, I might be able to provide actual proof soon, mostly thanks to Seventh Sense somewhat flawed RNG (very small range of possible seeds). As I explained in my previous post the idea is to get all relevant sequences (let's say seeds 3000-5000 to begin with) from the RNG and match them with the Lone Wolf RNT's for specific books. This would very clearly show if the sequence of rolls from Kamikaze's run exists at all. My programming skills have really run out at this point but I have asked other people for help.