Played without cheating. Attempt 1: killed climbing the gate at the start. Attempt 2: Ensnared by the skeleton chair. Attempt 3: Slain by the bat horde. Attempt 4: Gem teleportation; death by Hell-Hound, (I knew my greedy curiosity would be a bad idea at this point.) Attempt 5: Slain by the Vampire Lord. Attempt 6: Success. His reign of terror is over and I am ready for my next adventure!
Good going! I wish I hadn't trown away my notes, I could give some stats. Though I never take such elaborate notes to begin with, so it wouldn't be a thorough comparison. It's different if you take notes for a review or for a playthrough... You don't focus on the same stuff. In any case: Cheers!