I’ve been play ADOM since I was 7!! And always loved it! I only just recently got into Nethack, and it’s alright, but unduely difficult.
Although, I probably can’t talk so much about Roguelikes being hard, I’ve never even been able to get past having only the Fire Orb in ADOM… hmm, but nice shit!
Using the same character over and over is the absolute best way to get stuck in a rut and never advance. Every single time I hit a wall and reached a certain level that I simply not could get beyond I broke new ground by choosing another character. Try going random, you might be suprised at the results.
I do that on occasion, but I usually grab samurai when I first start going on a nethack kick, and lately those have only been lasting for a run or 2. Most of them end with either a spectactularly bad death and a bones file to be dreaded for months to come, or slipping up and getting chopped in half during the quest, at which point I generally find something else to do. I haven’t made a serious attempt at progressing farther since last summer, so I mostly just play the class I like the best whenever I do play.
Sadly, my high-score isn’t with one of my archeologists, but an orcish barbarian called ‘Angry’ I played as when I was messing around after a few months of not playing. And I beat my top score by double too.
My archeologist falls third, and amazingly, I think 8th or 9th is a tourist.