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Rinaldo
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This is the only room in this hold which I really can't find a way through. I can kill 4 of the 6 mothers, but once the remaining ones spawn, there's too big a swarm for me to get to the last 2, no matter how efficiently I kill them. I think there must be some fundamental scheme of approach that I'm missing.

So far, entering from the east (and of course taking the speed potion), I go SW and then straight W to as to get the 2 mothers on the middle row, then turn S, then E to get the bottom 2. After that, the spawn happens before I can get to the NE tar. I've tried other orders too, but none seems much better. Is there a trick I'm missing?
09-07-2022 at 02:40 AM
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Dragon Fogel
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icon Re: Bongthro Begins : Heart of the Fortress : 2 South, 1 West (0)  
My demo does this room the following way:

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So the basic trick to the room is
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09-07-2022 at 02:47 AM
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Rinaldo
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Thank you. When do I do Center West? on my way up to Northwest?

I was aiming at your basic trick (that's how one has to behave in a lot of Speed Potion situations, and not just in this hold), but found myself surrounded too soon. I'll try to do better, now that you've reassured me it's possible.
09-07-2022 at 03:13 AM
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Rinaldo
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Never mind -- I solved it. An essential part of it turned out to be exiting the fifth (NW) tar on a row that allowed me to move diagonally when I left, so I could get away from the babies on my way to the last mother.

It's interesting that the existing demos (of which yours is #3 -- congrats!) don't all tackle it in the same order, and some do some cleanup of babies before sprinting to the last two blobs (which then leaves fewer to handle at the end). But all of them, mine included, allow only one spawn, and there's a difference of only 100 turns between worst (mine, as usual) and best -- less than most rooms.

Thank you again for taking the time to respond.
09-07-2022 at 02:55 PM
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