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?
2possible duplicate of Where is the Ancient Device for "Wheel of Misfortune"?– WolfMay 25, 2012 at 5:20
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.
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) May 25, 2012 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.– DrewmateMay 26, 2012 at 18:06
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
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.