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Author Name:Jacob Grinfeld
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Hold Name:Smitemastery 101
Theme:2006 Summer/Fall Smitemaster's Selection
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Number of Levels:8
Number of Rooms:92
Number of Monsters:1619
Version:DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold
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slimm tom
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Very fun, very enjoyable, and very challenging later on. (Especially the post-mastery level.)

I post-mastered it a while ago and seeing this thread being bumped inspired me to post my thoughts and conclusions here.

The only down-side of the hold is the fact that it's beginner-oriented, and beginners don't usually tend to buy SmS holds, really. It was fun for me though, even though I've been playing DROD for quite some time.

4 for Brains, 9 for Overall.
04-21-2009 at 05:02 PM
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What are the voice credits?


Was this answered somewhere? I too would be interested in seeing the voice credits.


here are the full credits, as they are on my CD:

Credits

* Architect - Jacob Grinfeld
* Project Management - Mike Rimer
* Level Design and Testing - Ezlo, Alneyan, Jatopian, jbluestein, Zaubberer, eytanz, Blondbeard, kie, Pilchard VIII, RoboBob3000
* Story and Voice Coordination - Erik Hermansen
* Voice Editing - Mike Rimer
* Voice Actors:
Instructor - Erik Hermansen
Museum Guide - Elfstone
Professor - Abbyzzmal
Brain - Rescator
* "Don't Name Your Sword" performed and written by - Erik Hermansen

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Post-mastered this the other day.

Doesn't really work as a tutorial style hold for absolute beginners, KDD is still probably the best for that purpose. Everything beyond Training Grounds is way too difficult.

However, for someone who might've got stuck on the early levels of KDD or JtRH, this is a very, very good alternative.

Nice, straightfoward rooms and a fluid level design (although some difficulty spikes) make this rank high among holds for beginners. My least favourite level was The Mucky Museum, which seemed a bit too repetitive. My favourite was probably Golem Gulch, it had some nice puzzles. The additional level of challenges was also a nice touch.

Overall, I don't think experienced drod players will like this hold much, due to the emphasis on hack 'n' slash, but if you know about the basic monster movement, but got stuck with the early levels of KDD or JtRH, then this is a perfect way to gain some practise.
05-12-2011 at 06:40 PM
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Thanks for your comment rogu3. I was wondering whether to purchase this, based off of one of Ezlo's comments. I still might do that some time.

Basically, a long time ago I was up to level 13 or 14 of KDD and then lost my save data. Recently I tried TCB and felt that the difficulty got pretty high pretty fast (brambles...*shivers*). I was thinking JtRH might have some better training for me going into TCB so I've been playing user-made holds here and there trying to gain some tips. Looking at other holds like this one that might not take me as long to play through. Slowly but surely gettin' there ;)

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05-12-2011 at 08:00 PM
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quote:
robin wrote:
quote:
martz wrote:
quote:
coppro wrote:
What are the voice credits?


Was this answered somewhere? I too would be interested in seeing the voice credits.


here are the full credits, as they are on my CD:

Credits

* Architect - Jacob Grinfeld
* Project Management - Mike Rimer
* Level Design and Testing - Ezlo, Alneyan, Jatopian, jbluestein, Zaubberer, eytanz, Blondbeard, kie, Pilchard VIII, RoboBob3000
* Story and Voice Coordination - Erik Hermansen
* Voice Editing - Mike Rimer
* Voice Actors:
Instructor - Erik Hermansen
Museum Guide - Elfstone
Professor - Abbyzzmal
Brain - Rescator
* "Don't Name Your Sword" performed and written by - Erik Hermansen


That's hardly a complete list. There's some goblins that have lines, and two museum guides. Also, who's the professor? The Guard that demonstrates things in Invasion?

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