So I have this build that I think has a DECENT shot at making it to Dredmor, but I think I've gotten crappy items/I need a direction to go with them. I got down to level 8 without a problem, really, but then I ran into a mandregora (the rutebega of floor 8) and it kicked my ***. All it needed to do was counter one hit and dodge another and I was down to like 23 health. I had to pop a ton of stuff just for a normal enemy. I managed to clear the floor, but I noticed that my health sank FAST. If RNG did not favor me (hitting them, lifestealing from them), I quickly went down to the danger zone. My question is: Is this a problem with my build, or should I set my items up differently? It took until I cleared the zoo on this level to get a second ring.......I'm not quite sure what I should go for as far as armor goes- I kinda wanted a "necro-sorcerer" build where I had high durability and meelee capabilities (Vegan, Communist), but who could still clear zoos and be a magic threat (astro, necro). Yes, I know that parachute pants make no sense for a mage/armored person, but LITERALLY all I've gotten in 9 floors (NTTG kicking my butt, I guess) is those and pirate breeches. No lies. Did I manage my leveling wrong? Should I replace Communism or Veganism with better skills for tanking? Should I give up on this file and just play? I ask because I've gotten this far with a few other characters, but no further than level 9. In 50+ hours of playing on Dwarven Moderation with Permadeath. I'm kinda sick of getting stopped here.