|Completion Date||April 16, 2013|
|Runner||Maik 'Onin' Biekart|
Temple of Elemental Evil is an old D&D-based RPG - not made by Black Isles, and therefore much worse. I picked it up with the intention to break it, and within 2 days I set a 8:30 record. Further route improvements, smaller tricks, and the discovery that you can hotkey abilities eventually lead to this run.
Where I used to take two characters, a rogue for lockpicking and a Sorc for Identify, my latest and probably perfect route doesn't need lockpicking and otherwise never benefits from a second character to pay off for having to kill them later.
Our first step on arriving in the village of Hommlet, after shooing a pesky drunk, is to recruit the local "locksmith" Furnok, only to immediately murder him and steal his Ring of Invisibility. With this ring, I will be able to run through the whole game without ever needing to engage in combat.
Once at the Temple, we go through some not-so-secret passages to find the Golden Orb, then backtrack to the top floor with a keybound Flee Combat (cause apparently you don't even need to be in combat to flee it) and then move into the lair of the resident archdemoness Zuggtmoy. In order to banish her back to the Abyss, we... steal her jewelry from the throne, and the game ends then and there.
The run isn't completely perfect, but the pathing in this game has a tendency of being completely idiotic and any run that fails after the Moathouse requires me to restart the game (and be forced to rebind all my ability hotkeys again) because the secret passage in the Moathouse for some reason disappears after one use until the game is restarted. Running this game started becoming as frustrating as playing it normally, so I'm happy with this time and to leave it behind me forever.