Journeyman

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Journeyman is the Summer 2022 special challenge path, introduced on May 15th, 2022. This path adds variant rules and restrictions to an ascension run. Its description in The Bureau of Reincarnation reads "Journey to out-of-the-way places to find your skills."


Restrictions

  • You cannot enter The Sea:
    That shack you saw on the main map was just a picture of a shack drawn on the ground.
  • Consultations with your guild trainer are curt and unproductive:
    You may not learn skills on this path.
  • Skill books can't be used, including the emotion chip and the Bird-a-Day calendar:
    You don't feel like reading this right now.
    Where we're going (on this path), we don't need skills.

Divergences

Aftercore

Upon freeing the King, you will retain any skills learned, and regain all your permed skills. Guild trainer access is restored, though unpermed class starter skills such as Clobber remain unavailable. You may use items that grant skills to learn skills, as normal.

Strategy

  • Depending on how many IotMs you have, learning as few skills as possible, or possibly even learning zero skills directly translates to turns saved.
  • The Gnomish Gnomad Camp can be used to pick up small bonus item, meat, HP, MP and the ability to wear a shirt. Useful shirts include surgical apron and lynyrdskin tunic (if you're picking up Armorcraftiness or pulling it in normal).

Astral gear and consumables

  • Any of the astral consumables are fine.
    • However, if you have trouble leveling up quickly enough, consider taking the astral hot dog dinner. Since you don't have combat skills or buffs by default, you can't run as much +ML, which means you won't be gaining levels as quickly as you normally would.
  • As for the astral equipment, the run is overall similar to Standard, but there are some additional factors to consider.
    • The astral pet sweater is useful as always, since you do still have access to your normal familiars. +10 points of weight can provide a lot in the way of additional item drops or experience gain.
    • While normally a good choice, the astral belt is rather dangerous. Experience gain is valuable, but you'll have to pick up some buffs or combat skills, or you may not actually be able to survive the extra monster level.
    • You can't actually wear the astral shirt without Torso Awareness. If you want to use it, make sure you pick a moon sign that gives you access to The Gnomish Gnomad Camp.
    • If you're playing a class for which bonus item drops are hard to come by, the astral mask is also worth considering. It'll also help you survive if you're playing as one of the squishier classes.

Class choice and skill acquisition

Miscellaneous

  • As in Grey You, it's a bit of a challenge to find additional hero keys for runs shorter than 3 days.
    • In softcore, pulling and eating key lime pies is a viable approach.
    • In hardcore, reminiscing a fantasy bandit and copying it 4 times will yield a fat loot token. Alternatively, using the full-length mirror to chance a copy of zappable Vending Machine accessories.
  • Turn generation is a bit of an issue on this path, but there are some tricks you can use.
  • Using the The Big Book of Every Skill to learn a skill, then getting that skill from nomcombats will result in the noncombat saying you've gotten the skill despite already having it.

Rewards

  • Finishing a Journeyman run while it is the current special challenge path -- between May 15th, 2022, (and August 15th, 2022) -- gives players 50 (in Normal) or 100 (in Hardcore) extra karma points the next time they visit Valhalla.
  • Finishing a Journeyman run also gives a The Big Book of Every Skill.
  • Players will receive a Thwaitgold harvestman statuette upon defeating the Naughty Sorceress.
  • Players in Hardcore gain the stainless steel equipment for their class.

Notes

  • There was no announcement when this path became available, and it hasn't been acknowledged in the History of Loathing (2022).
  • This path was released without official leaderboards, the Journeyman plinth was not visible until August 8th, 2022.
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