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I have found the 'Ancient Device' spawn in the Desolate Sands area, and talked to the guy who was afraid to use it. He ran off, and I searched his brother's body and bag and found some gold and a journal. How do I use the device though? I might have clicked on the pedestal on accident, because some floating orb or something appeared to be there. After that I couldn't do anything with it. I left the plateau for a second, and came back and the orb appeared to be gone and I still couldn't use the device. It seems like I ought to be able to use it to teleport somewhere. Am I missing something? Or do I just need to reload and try again?

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possible duplicate of Where is the Ancient Device for "Wheel of Misfortune"? –  Sean May 25 '12 at 5:20
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The Ancient Device gives you a random result each time you find it within the Desolate Sands (after reloading level), there is an achievement called "wheel of Fortune" for getting each outcome. I have only found it once while playing and it gave me a couple dozen piles of gold.

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I can confirm this, I farmed the Desolate Sands for a loooooooong time before finally getting the achievement. Keep in mind that only two of the ten possible outcomes are dungeons (The Veiled Treasure and The Fowl Lair) –  Pants May 25 '12 at 14:17
    
Ah, thanks. I thought it was always a dungeon. I must have gotten a result and not known it. It just looked like a waypoint or portal to me. –  Drewmate May 26 '12 at 18:06
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So far I have gotten these outcomes 1.) Skeletons(with a unique namer) 2.) Vile swarms 3.) a useless ancient urn 4.) The Fowl Lair 5.) Veiled Treasure vault 6.) a regular chest 7.) a respelendent chest 8.) piles of spewing gold 9.) a pile of diseased bodies 10.)2 purple namers will spawn, look like golems

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I have found it 6 times now after about 100 attempts...3 time got credit and 3 strikeouts not even credit for the achievement... and 3 times near the ancient path other 3 in the north section.

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Hey, Gary, welcome to Arqade! This answer should be for this question, as that asks where to find it, not this one. –  Frank Jul 6 '12 at 16:27
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