One of the joys of playing games is the discovery of new ways of using familiar features. It's also frustrating when I realize I've been doing things the hard way, or something I need to do now would have been easier earlier in the game. Had I known how much gold I needed, I'd never have leveled until I had all I needed. Getting treasures in town seemed like a good option, but no, not really.
|What do you mean entering looked doors behind a barrier that kills everyone and taking the chests is stealing?|
Somehow, I was able to level up after being stuck at level 5 (maybe getting the 2 marks helped), so my HP is high enough that I can get 1200 gold in about 10 - 15 minutes of healing and donating. Compare this to fighting level 1 enemies, which is more like 2000+ gold in that amount of time. If I only knew that I could cast open to avoid traps I wouldn't have wasted so much on curing poison.
|^ Death Gultch-------The greatness of MS Paint------Ambrosia ^|
The shrines are quite possibly the biggest money sink in the game (next to food). But, it's the only way to raise stats in the game. I knew I needed to save up for my next trip, but unsure of how much the stat raises with each donation I only brought a thousand gold. For every 100, the stat raises 1 point...this is going to take a while. So, I raised CanaG and AmyK 5 points in their discipline, and they both now have new spells. Well, it's nearly the same spell, but the Wizard version only works on the over-world map, and the Cleric inside caves. The spell randomly teleports the party; I don't see much use for it in caves, but now AmyK can heal three times at full MP at least.
|Not even a door, no way is this stealing. I mean, he's asking for it...|
One last thing I confirmed is that monsters in the caves are definitely not dependent on the party level, which now makes exploring them a breeze. If only it didn't take 15 minutes to heal everyone to max. Lastly, I discovered that gems don't work in towns, but they will show a map of the over-world! I actually can't find another copy of this map, so this may be the first time most people see this.
|Using a gem on the world map displays this|