A new feature that I’m excited about is a new way of obtaining spells: from equipment! From v2.4 equipment may contain spells (just like wands) and lets you cast spells while wearing the equipment.
The spells from equipment work exactly like those from wands. They have a range, an Mp-cost, a target type and an effect. Some can be cast only once per day and they can be resisted by the “avoid spells” attribute.
The integration into the game is really smooth and intuitive. The spell obtained from an equipped item is added to the list of spells in the target menu (when you target yourself or a monster). That’s the most natural way to cast the spell, but another possibility is to select the item with the spell from the equipment menu, where you simply can examine the spell with ‘x’ or cast it with ‘c’.
New Items and Enchantments
There are many new items with spells, some old items have also been enriched with spells (for instance, the magic staff lets you cast magic missile). There are also a lot of enchantments that lets you cast spells.
There are some new spells which are only obtainable from equipment. You can now finally (something I have wanted to have in the game for a long time) cast fireballs from a firesword for example. Of course, the item needs to be equipped in order to cast the spell.