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In Brogue, I like to auto-explore the first level, as it's always very easy and not really dangerous and stop when I get to the second level, exploring it on my own from there on, as auto-explore doesn't pick up all the items, will sometimes not attack sleeping enemies (free XP!) and will not kill Bloaters from a distance (which as you all know, spells out your DOOM in capital letters).

Am I being too careful? How deep should I let it auto-explore? Should I even use auto-explore at all?

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I auto-explore a lot in the first levels and use it less and less as I get deeper (only reached 16 depth, so take advice with caution).

Of course the problem is to identify threat, so my usual method is to auto-explore until I find an enemy, then I try to deal with it (darting a bloat, killing a sleeping enemy or letting a wandering jackal go) and when I feel the situation is safe I auto-explore again.

As you get deeper, additional threats like traps or invisible enemies (damn you phantom at level 16!) make auto-exploring more dangerous.

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I have only reached level 8 myself! Would you say there are some "formal" tips or strategies I should follow to be the most effective I can in Brogue? Should I make another question of this? –  OddCore Jan 18 '12 at 10:54
    
I can't think of a "formal" strategy, since everything is too random what works 100 times may kill you the next time. But that's what these games are about! –  HenryHey Jan 18 '12 at 11:10
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I use auto-pilot for the first depth, then manually hit explore from the second level. This is to avoid monkeys stealing your stuff when on auto-pilot.

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