I'm a big fan of Rogue, so of course I picked up Desktop Dungeons and got into it.

I've got a couple victories under my belt, and (of course) a couple losses as well.

One thing I'm wondering is about those losses. Once I've gotten to a point in a dungeon where I know that I'm not going to be able to beat the boss, what should I do? As in, is there any difference? There's some kind of a score that's calculated when the game is over, but does that score mean anything? Most importantly though, is there some particular way that I can turn a total loss into less of a loss?

Should I charge the final boss and die gloriously?
Or (as I suspect) is it all a waste of time and should I just hit that Retire button as soon as I know I won't win?

  • The question titles on this site… They are glorious. Sep 9, 2011 at 21:03

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You can store up gold so that your next character is better off. So you may want to hold off on spending anything to make a try at what would be a futile boss attempt.

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    Definitely collect all the gold and don't spend any, good point there. Once I've done so though the same gold will carry over whether I suicide or retire, so you're saying either option is equivalent? Okay.
    – Task
    Sep 9, 2011 at 16:16
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    Yep, the only carry over between (failed) attempts is the gold, after that it doesn't matter how or when you quit.
    – bwarner
    Sep 9, 2011 at 17:10

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