[Vol. 1 pt. 2] Dungeon Building 101
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A whole new world of information revealed itself to me after choosing to accept that window. By that, I mean the window grew bigger and got filled with confusing words and numbers that I didn’t understand yet.

Dungeon Information
Dungeon Name: [None]
Achievements: 1
Core Rank: Basic
Monuments: 0
Core Type: Mahogany Obsidian
Traits: 0
Aether Pool: 10 / 10
Total Constructions: 0
Aether Generation: 5 / day
Total Inhabitants: 0
Dungeon Points: 0
Total Dungeon Points: 0
[Options]
[Assistance]

Let me make this clear again. I was a rockWell, technically, I was a dungeon core at this point, but I was still a rock up until this point. Naturally, this meant I had no idea what to do and had no idea what any of the things on the window meant.

There was another window floating underneath that bigger one.

New Achievement
Basic Dungeon
You have successfully evolved into a Basic-rank Dungeon Core.
Reward: Self-satisfaction

Having no idea what any of this meant, I focused my sight on everything visible until I somehow managed to close the window.

Next, I paid attention to every single word and number that I could see on the bigger window. It took me longer than I’m going to admit before I eventually managed to focus on the right word to make something else happen: options.

Dungeon Options
[Settle Core Room]

It didn’t take too long for me to select my only option.

Dungeon Core Room Settled
The current room you are in will serve as the Core Room for your Dungeon Core. Because you are already in a partially-enclosed space, your current surroundings will be shaped to finish forming a Core Room.

The opening in my tunnel that let me look at the dragon closed up as a new wall took its place. Another wall formed behind me to close off one side of the tunnel from me, leaving me surrounded by three walls with only one path of the tunnel left open.

The window then returned to its previous appearance but with a new option.

Dungeon Options
[Select Primary Species]

I was getting used to the whole “focus my eyesight on one thing to select it” thing at this point, so it only took me two minutes before I chose to select a primary species.

Yes, two minutes to choose one option out of a list featuring only one option was an improvement.

This next window was probably the most important out of all the introductory ones, yet it was also the one that I understood the least.

Just joking. I was equally ignorant of all of them.

Select Primary Species
Your Primary Species will be the first monster that you summon and will have a future discount on when summoning more of. While the first summoning is free, the monster’s soul will still drain Aether from your Aether Pool.
Race
Potential
Daily Aether Cost
Basalt Golem
Medium
1
Fire Slime
Medium
1
Fire Snake
High
2
Flaming Skeleton
Low
.5
Mountain Kobold
Medium
1

Now, you might think that a smart person would choose something like the fire snake. It might have been the most expensive one in terms of daily aether cost, but it also had the highest potential out of all of them. Sounds worth it, right? An expensive, early investment for something that might turn out to be incredibly powerful later on? The early I’d get it, the earlier I could train it and evolve it?

Or, you might think that I should have gone for the flaming skeleton. While it did have the lowest potential, it also had the lowest aether cost which meant I could summon more of those than the others and get a discount so that they’re even cheaper. Oh, the discount logic also applies to the fire snake.

Or, you might think I should have gone for the mountain kobolds. Kobolds are kind of cute, smart, and have opposable thumbs. That would make them great for labor, right?

You’re wrong if you thought I would get any of those.

You see, in my infinite, rocky wisdom, I developed a strategy for going through these complicated windows. I would just start from the top and focus on each word going down until something happened.

Therefore,

Primary Species Selected
You have chosen the Basalt Golem as your dungeon’s Primary Species.
What a boring choice. I should have left that one out.

No, I did not understand that I was being sassed by the window at the time.

A dark, rough, humanoid figure appeared in front of me. It was only a couple of feet tall, it had no noteworthy features, its hands and feet were as blocky looking as the rest of it, and it had no face. It was just… a basalt golem. Nothing more, nothing less.

But, because I am who I am, this basalt golem would grow to become the most basalt-y and golem-y of all basalt golems.

Before we get to that, though, I must tell you what happened next.

Nothing.

That’s right. Nothing happened.

The golem stood perfectly still, I was still a random rock dungeon core sitting on the floor in the middle of my little “room” (which was really just the end of a hallway now), and there was no window to give me things to focus on.

And so, we stayed like this.

For hours. For days.

I stared at the golem and the golem did its golem thing of just standing there perfectly still.

Finally, another window popped up.

You really need help with this, don’t you?

I actually felt kind of excited upon seeing a new window even though I didn’t know it was talking down to me. Playing with the windows was fun.

Then, that big window from before popped back up.
Dungeon Information
Dungeon Name: [None]
Achievements: 1
Core Rank: Basic
Monuments: 0
Core Type: Mahogany Obsidian
Traits: 0
Aether Pool: 10 / 10
Total Constructions: 0
Aether Generation: 4 ( 5 - 1 ) / day
Total Inhabitants: 1
Dungeon Points: 0
Total Dungeon Points: 0
[Options]
[Assistance]

It was time for my ultimate technique: focusing on each word going from the top to the bottom until something happened.

Needless to say, I found my way back into the options menu.

Options
[Monster Summons]
[Trap Construction]
[Dungeon Expansion]
[Research Tree]

Because I don’t want to bore you – not that boring you is possible. I know that it is impossible for anybody to ever be bored from anything I might have to say.

So, because I want to get to the good stuff, I’ll skip over the hours of confusion that happened as a result of me going into the monster summons option without being allowed to actually summon anything. I didn’t know it then, but a certain somebody was preventing me from screwing myself over by summoning more monsters than my aether generation could handle at the time.

Eventually, I was forced back to the dungeon options menu.

Then I went back into monster summons.

This process repeated for a few minutes before the window stopped letting me go into the monster summons section. So, I turned my attention lower and chose to create a trap instead.

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