Eitr wrote:There's usually a lot of iron on dungeon level 2,
And still pure luck that you find it on level 2. I more times than not will dig down to level 3 in the dungeon to see if there is any iron if there isn't any surface iron. If I don't find any iron by level 3 then I just regenerate the map. More times than not (with my luck, remember I said a good portion of it is luck of the roll) I haven't found iron within the first 3 levels. Just plain old dumb bad luck I guess.
But if I go to level 3 and the dungeon that opens up is about 1/3rd of the mini map and theres no iron then I regen the map. I don't usually go digging in other places if 1/3rd of the map opens up to the dungeon on level 3. So for all I know it could be somewhere in the other 2/3rds of level 3 and I'm just not looking for it by digging more test holes.
Anyway, as mentioned it can be modded to get it to the surface if people wanted to. I tried it once by just boosting the amount of iron to be generated on the map but I couldn't play the map as I felt like I'd just cheated a big portion of the game, I guess I just need to keep generating maps until I find it on level 2 naturally with the vanilla game to feel good about playing the map.
I too am a bit surprised that they've made iron as rare as they have. But I imagine like the rest of the game, it's subject to balancing as time goes on.