Talk:Amulet versus stone

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Due to a probably accidental line of code, a player vampire's bite attack, which is normally deactivated for stoning monsters, will be reactivated while wearing this amulet. This can make it easy to lose to a player who takes that chickatrice lightly because "I'm stoning resistant!" The main way to prevent this is to read battle spam messages carefully (which you should be doing anyway around a stoning monster, if not always.)

This doesn't appear to be true, at least not in the latest version. I've tried it with a player vampire, non-vampire polymorphed into vampire, and non-vampire polymorphed into mind flayer. The touching attacks were not done while the amulet was worn, so it did not turn me to stone. Unless there's some other situation where the amulet does activate the attack, this bit should be removed. -- Qazmlpok 02:19, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

My guess is that whoever added this started to turn to stone through hissing, while a vampire, and assumed he/she had bitten the chickatrice. The reason I say this is they refer to "reading battle spam messages carefully": if you did in fact bite a chickatrice, you don't need to read battle spam messages - you're dead. On the other hand, the slow stoning process messages are often lost in battle spam, as that quote refers to.
So yeah, I agree, it should be removed. -Ion frigate 09:30, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
Well, you wouldn't be dead, your amulet would be. The battle spam would come from using up your amulet without even realizing it; assuming that your bite was activated, you'd attack and go from blessed to uncursed to cursed to dust without ever realizing you turned to stone, since lifesaving doesn't force a --MORE-- prompt. But, that doesn't really matter since the bite DOESN'T activate. Removing it. -- Qazmlpok 11:46, 15 July 2011 (UTC)