Forum:Player gets first move when entering a magic portal?
In SLASH'EM, I had a very promising pacifist going. Got a djinni from a smoky potion (which I initially liked because you can really beef them up armor and weapon-wise). Rubbed a blessed lamp, found on second level of the Gnomish Mines, just to see if it was a magic lamp. The first try results in a wish -- got the traditional/expected Solar. I had nearly every tool a pacifist could want (except of all things -- a magic whistle!). Finished Gnomish Mines, Sokoban -- had 2 amulets of life saving and amulets of ESP and reflection! Had a 2 rings of conflict (!), a ring of free action and levitation. Had all of the essential rings except polymorph control and slow digestion. The food supply was fabulous!
I mean -- wow -- this character was just looking fantastic! Most fun I have ever had with a pacifist and the furthest I had ever got.
I was on dungeon level 16 and my leashed Solar activates a magic portal ("Awwww...crap!"). I follow it, and it is smack dab in the middle of where Vecna is! I did not even know _that_ was possible. I burn Elbereth with a wand, locate the portal, and escape with my Solar. Sun the Solar quickly dispatches some invisible creature that followed (who dropped a opera cloak, so I assumed it was a vampire of some sort). The cloak was also awesome as I have yet to find any cloaks other than dwarvish and elven (the latter is great, yes, but I wanted magic resistance or displacement).
Now, not sure why, but, my Solar 2 turns later goes right back into the portal! Grr! I *had* to get him back -- as he was the major reason I got this far. I go back into the portal, I saw the map -- and the next thing that I saw was the "Hit <Enter> to end." prompt. I know I did not hit the Escape key! Besides, even I did -- do I not get the first move upon entering the portal? My plan was to enter and immediately burn Elbereth. The 'logfile' says I was killed by a ghoul mage (there was one right next to me).
Even stranger was that my Solar was like 15-20 spaces from the portal -- why? I would have had quite a difficult time getting him back even if I was able to burn Elbereth immediately after entering.
If memory serves, you only get the first move the FIRST time you visit a level, whether by portal or by stairs.