The dungeon lies in darkness. You have no healing potions, no armour, no dew drops, no scrolls. All you have is the slow regeration from food.
You might think that its impossible to survive without powerfull items from hero remains. Think again. All you need is the freerunner, and a bit of luck. The key to winning the game lies in exploiting fast weapons to get free hits.
The rythm of the Freerunner
Use the weightstone to modify a standard weapon for speed. Wait for the monster stands in front of you. Then step away one tile and let monster follow. Step away again and let the monster follow. Then you attack - the monster will not have time to strike back
Step away - step away - HIT
Sometimes the monster doesnt follow. Then you will have to wait a turn and repeat again. Or you can use the complete sequence:
Step - step - HIT- step - step - HIT - step - HIT
Simply repeat the sequence until the monster is dead.
A standard knucleduster (no speed-upgrade) is faster. So the rythm is slightly different:
Step - step - HIT - step - HIT - step - HIT
A standard mace is too slow for this tactic, but with a speed upgrade a mace is as fast as a knuckleduster.
Be carefull if you use ring of haste, wand of slow, chilling etc... as these effects change the rythm.
Begin each level by exploring the hallways and clearing all traps. Search all standard tiles. Any trap might kill you - as a bonus you will discover most of the secret doors. Meeting a wandering monster will not wake up the sleeping monsters. Then you choose a room where you are not likely to get surrounded. Try to wake up single monsters with dart or wands - this way they will not alarm the rest of the monsters.
Allways run and fight the monsters one-by-one. When you get surrounded you will need: Lloyds beacon, wand of teleportation or wand of reach and invisibillity potions.
Kill all piranhas with wand of lightning, teleportation, amok or an upgraded wand of poison. Theyy are a valuable foodsupply and you save a portion of invisibility.
Goo can be killed with a knuckleduster, for the other bosses you will need darts, bombs, wands and honey bees.
Use the 4 Ankhs wisely to replenish live an remove hunger (remember to throw all equipment near the stairs)- especially before level 25
Following these guidelines you may stepdance all the way to the demon halls. However the slightest mistake will most likely result in a cruel and mercyless death. But hey, thats what PD is all about :D