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Author Name:Penwielder
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Hold Name:Detention Complex
Theme:Beethro encounters a usable dungeon.
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Number of Levels:2
Number of Rooms:24
Number of Monsters:823
Version:DROD: The City Beneath (3.2)
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Hold Karma:9 (+9 / -0)
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Many holds have the word 'dungeon' stuck on their titles. This hold is unique in that the word would really apply. Here, Beethro has gotten a job clearing out a dungeon with actual cells, guards, and other security measures. Most of the hold centers around mildly manipulating the local roach population, but in other regards--especially difficulty--it's very mixed.

This hold started out as the winning entry to an unofficial contest hosted late in January of 2010 by hyperme. His idea--the point of the contest--was to design a dungeon which could actually be used as such while still functioning as an interesting and playable hold. Since then, with the reputable help of beta-testers Dischorran and mxvladi, I've tweaked the puzzles and scripts and added a lot of detail. I hope you enjoy it.
07-21-2010 at 03:46 PM
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This is very good, not too big hold. Most of puzzles are about fine manipulation of monsters(or hordes of monsters). A couple of rooms on 1st level are slightly easier than others.

This hold is pretty challenging, in particular Upper Cells: 1S 2W and Lower cells: 1W. However, everything is possible with some effort, and there're no insanely tough rooms in this hold.

Also, this hold is a lot tougher than Penwielder's debut hold, "Penwielder's Palace". So, if you found that hold too easy for your taste, try this one anyway.
07-22-2010 at 01:50 PM
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This is an excellent hold! The dungeon design is very convincing, and everything from NPCs to lighting adds flavour without becoming a distraction. The already-opened-for-you orb/door puzzle near the entrance was a nice touch too.

The puzzles are all interesting (there's more than just roaches, but plenty of pressure plate shenanigans), which is especially impressive given the naturally repetitious cells blocks. One or two are a little samey, but still nowhere near as much as eg. the official holds' themed levels. A few are pretty tough, but they all feel fair and can be overcome with logical thinking.

This is definitely worth playing, even if only to check out the cool architecture. (A++, would conquer again.)
09-05-2010 at 01:04 AM
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