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@Grond0, great to see Frey back in action. I wasn't aware that the rats could be dealt with this way. I thought they attacked, knocking Charname unconscious with their non-lethal attacks.@blackraven they do attack and knock you unconscious - but you recover quite quickly and remember to attack back without fresh instructions. The rats had a quicker attack and in the position Frey took 2 of them could attack at once with a 50% chance each to hit, which meant there was only a 25% chance that Frey would get an attack of his own in. That's why the encounter took so long for him - a fighter in splint armor wielding a +1 dagger will actually finish the rats pretty much as quickly as in a kiting fight. I partly did the fight because I've so often seen comments about how unfair and unbalanced the rats are, but that seems a bit harsh considering any character can safely kill them.
Keep on trying @Grond0 and you will - hopefully soon - join the SoD fun trip!Thanks for the encouragement - and I do feel there is a realistic chance of success with any attempt. To try and convince myself to take some extra care next time I thought I would outline below the expected stages of Frey's run (that's just off the top of my head, so I've probably forgotten things). That may both help keep me on track (rather than getting sucked into taking on everything - and then dying to a critical from a gibberling or something equally miserable) and provide an incentive to avoid risks. I'll also only use my standard restrictions on healing items and antidotes. I'll edit the post later in red to reflect any particular issues that occur in the next run.