Okay, so let me get this right. If I get myself a shiny sword or find treasure the DC goes up?
Some quests feature choices that increase the doom counter.
First impression would suggest that if you do anything to help you win then you get closer to losing.
Unless the choices you make are bad choices which you wouldn't normally make, so that the only reason that you would make them, was to lose. But the object of the game is to win isn't it, so why would you want to win by losing? I think that's right.
I know that can't be right, so there is some reason for it that I am not getting at this moment in time.