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  1. Every new game and every change to the basic Spidweb engine(s) brings with it a load of complaints. That's a pattern you'll find everywhere else in the world, too; and change is usually good despite the complaints. But I guess things are a little different here since Spidweb's earliest successes were no-frills products founded on old-fashioned gameplay and interesting stories, and spurning fancy graphics. Exile vs. Realmz seemed to many like David vs. Goliath, but Exile got a lot of support from that conflict, especially as it grew more refined. Quote: Slith couldn't have been creationof the Vantahi, because they camefrom a diffrent world entirley, and were banished there, making them the only real aliens in the game. If by different world entirely, you just mean another set of caves, deeper in the earth, and warmer. Certainly that's all that was said in Exile 1 or 2...
  2. Question: Traps CAN just be set off, can't they? I know some of them have rather disastrous effects, but couldn't you find ways to survive via buffing, in the worst cases trading 1 invulnerability potion for a trap you really want to get past?
  3. Question: Traps CAN just be set off, can't they? I know some of them have rather disastrous effects, but couldn't you find ways to survive via buffing, in the worst cases trading 1 invulnerability potion for a trap you really want to get past?
  4. It worries me that the later enemies have stronger attacks (they'll hit you a lot more, unless you pump defense loads), but they also take less damage from spells, and without dedicating stat-building I'm not sure how effective those priest spells are going to be for you...
  5. It worries me that the later enemies have stronger attacks (they'll hit you a lot more, unless you pump defense loads), but they also take less damage from spells, and without dedicating stat-building I'm not sure how effective those priest spells are going to be for you...
  6. Actually, I think location is the most important part, as all the stats and special effects are easily accessible in the script file. The Heartstriker, for example, does not do any special damage. It just has a nice sound effect.
  7. I still haven't finished the chitrach caves. At some point I really do need to play the game...
  8. I still haven't finished the chitrach caves. At some point I really do need to play the game...
  9. Kel: I am hard pressed to think of ANY RPG, computerized or otherwise, in which you would expect a loner to gain the same quantity of levels as a group would, in toto. It's an extremely standard part of an RPG that it takes more experience (either more raw points, or harder enemies required for the same number of points) to get from level 2 to 3 than from level 1 to 2. Furthermore -- the fact that experience scales is very tenuously connected BOTH to lack of skill points AND to singleton difficulty. Experience scaled in Exile just the same way, but in Exile singletons were never difficult to run (except in terms of inventory management) -- both because of Silverlocke's potions, AND because the game mechanics made it fairly easy for even a medium level singleton with Bless to breeze through most encounters. [Also, nobody else brought up AP (Jeff just said PCs need to "work together") but it's worth pointing out that being attacked CAN take up AP if you get stunned. Anyone who's played a Guardian in Geneforge (without abusing Parry of course) can attest to the dangers there.]
  10. Kel: I am hard pressed to think of ANY RPG, computerized or otherwise, in which you would expect a loner to gain the same quantity of levels as a group would, in toto. It's an extremely standard part of an RPG that it takes more experience (either more raw points, or harder enemies required for the same number of points) to get from level 2 to 3 than from level 1 to 2. Furthermore -- the fact that experience scales is very tenuously connected BOTH to lack of skill points AND to singleton difficulty. Experience scaled in Exile just the same way, but in Exile singletons were never difficult to run (except in terms of inventory management) -- both because of Silverlocke's potions, AND because the game mechanics made it fairly easy for even a medium level singleton with Bless to breeze through most encounters. [Also, nobody else brought up AP (Jeff just said PCs need to "work together") but it's worth pointing out that being attacked CAN take up AP if you get stunned. Anyone who's played a Guardian in Geneforge (without abusing Parry of course) can attest to the dangers there.]
  11. I've been doing some testing to try and figure out how relevant different stats are in calculating damage done. I have only been testing PC attacking monster with melee, but presumably the formulas should be very similar for the reverse, and for other attack types (including magic), substituting stats and resists where appropriate. Getting exact results has been frustrating, because the algorithm seems to involve * random fluctuations based on several stats, and * stats which are not directly recorded in the scripts Here, however, is what I HAVE been able to figure out. Attack strength depends on these things: 1) Weapon or spell multiplier 2) Weapon or spell base damage 3) Weapon or spell level 4) PC skill 5) Extra damage from Anatomy, Lethal Blow, and Demonslayer (I am ignoring this part) 6) Luck (Luck's role is extremely unclear to me, but it definitely increases damage, and inconsistently) Weapon level can be found by examining a weapon, it will be the first number given under the "base damage" listing. Weapon multiplier is the number of times that number goes into the following number -- in other words, the number of sides on the die used for rolling that weapon's damage. Weapon base damage can only be found by looking at the scripts. To calculate PC skill, depending on the attack type, add together: Melee + Blademaster + Strength Pole + Blademaster + Strength Bows + Sharpshooter + Dexterity Throws + Sharpshooter + Dexterity Mage Spells + Spellcraft + Magery Priest Spells + Spellcraft + Magery * Contrary to what I suggested previously, there is NO penalty on any of these numbers if one of them is over 10. Thus melee, blademaster and strength of 15 each will give 45 PC skill. I think there may still be an over-10 reduction-of-benefits for purposes of to-hit %, but haven't tested it. * Blessing increases PC skill, I'm not sure by how much -- seems like by a lot. * Besides damage and hit %, PC skill also increases the effect of weapon abilities like acid drip. The basic damage formula is: Attack level = (? * PC skill) + weapon/spell level Damage = base damage + (Attack level) d (multiplier) In other words, base damage plus a random number somewhere between attack level, and attack level * multiplier, likely to be close to the middle. * One level of PC skill has less influence than one level of the weapon or spell. I'm not sure how much less. I suspect it may be worth 75% as much, based on the relative impact of Tool Use and spellcasting skill on Unlock Doors, hypothesizing that Tool Use replaces spell level for that spell. * The "+X to levels of damage" ability, rarely found on equipment, I suspect adds to the weapon/spell level. The multiplier is often the most important factor in determining damage. For weapons, multipliers and base damage are as follows: Mult = 2, Base = 3 -- Short Swords (and daggers) Mult = 2, Base = 4 -- Bows Mult = 3, Base = 4 -- Broad Swords (and wave blades) Mult = 3, Base = 4 -- Longbows Mult = 3, Base = 12 -- Spears Mult = 4, Base = 8 -- Javelins Mult = 4, Base = 15 -- Halberds (and fine slith spears) Mult = 5, Base = 8 -- Razordisks There are also two special weapons: Mult = 4, Base = 5 -- Stick (a melee weapon) Mult = 7, Base = 20 -- Heartstriker (a bow) For spells we have: Mult = 3, Base = 10 -- Bolt of Fire, Icy Rain Mult = 4, Base = 8 -- Smite Mult = 5, Base = 6 -- Divine Fire Mult = 5, Base = 14 -- Fireblast Mult = 5, Base = 20 -- Lightning Spray Mult = 6, Base = 20 -- Divine Retribution Mult = 6, Base = 30 -- Arcane Blow Mult = 8, Base = 15 -- Repel Spirit Mult = 3, Base = 4 -- Mass Healing Mult = 3, Base = 8 -- Minor Heal Mult = 5, Base = 12 -- Heal Mult = 8, Base = 8 -- Divine Restoration * Amusingly, the stick is potentially the strongest weapon for someone skilled in melee combat. Thankfully the special abilities and to-hit bonuses of the best swords more than make up for this. * The Heartstriker is an amazingly good weapon. * Weapon levels are comparable across weapon types, so a halberd will typically do about 25% more damage than a broad sword. However, all this multiplier-love is somewhat misleading, because of the confusing effects of defense power. At least three stats contribute (in unique ways) to defense power: 1) Resistance of the appropriate type (many monsters have some melee resistance) 2) Hardiness (many monsters have this stat as well) 3) A hidden stat that all monsters have, which I THINK may be based on monster level * Hardiness seems to work much like it has always worked for PC's in Jeff's game, that is, it contributes a RANDOM amount of defense to every attack between 1 (or 0?) and its value. * One of these stats may reduce the multiplier, or each individual die roll, but not the actual rolled damage -- against some monsters, although actual damage was reduced heavily, each point of attack level I added resulted in no less than 1 extra point of average damage. I'm not sure. IMPLICATIONS: 1) Building up skills past 10 is worthwhile, which also means DT + EW and DT + DE are perfectly good trait combinations 2) A good weapon is generally speaking a lot more important than high weapon skill 3) Melee support skills like Quick Action and Anatomy are probably *a lot* more worthwhile to pump than melee, blademaster, or strength 4) Bows are perfectly good 5) At any given time, whether melee or pole skill would be a better choice probably has more to do with what weapons and shields are available than with anything else Any observations that don't line up with the above are very welcome, btw, as I am far from certain about the details of this theory. Phew! -- slarty
  12. I've been doing some testing to try and figure out how relevant different stats are in calculating damage done. I have only been testing PC attacking monster with melee, but presumably the formulas should be very similar for the reverse, and for other attack types (including magic), substituting stats and resists where appropriate. Getting exact results has been frustrating, because the algorithm seems to involve * random fluctuations based on several stats, and * stats which are not directly recorded in the scripts Here, however, is what I HAVE been able to figure out. Attack strength depends on these things: 1) Weapon or spell multiplier 2) Weapon or spell base damage 3) Weapon or spell level 4) PC skill 5) Extra damage from Anatomy, Lethal Blow, and Demonslayer (I am ignoring this part) 6) Luck (Luck's role is extremely unclear to me, but it definitely increases damage, and inconsistently) Weapon level can be found by examining a weapon, it will be the first number given under the "base damage" listing. Weapon multiplier is the number of times that number goes into the following number -- in other words, the number of sides on the die used for rolling that weapon's damage. Weapon base damage can only be found by looking at the scripts. To calculate PC skill, depending on the attack type, add together: Melee + Blademaster + Strength Pole + Blademaster + Strength Bows + Sharpshooter + Dexterity Throws + Sharpshooter + Dexterity Mage Spells + Spellcraft + Magery Priest Spells + Spellcraft + Magery * Contrary to what I suggested previously, there is NO penalty on any of these numbers if one of them is over 10. Thus melee, blademaster and strength of 15 each will give 45 PC skill. I think there may still be an over-10 reduction-of-benefits for purposes of to-hit %, but haven't tested it. * Blessing increases PC skill, I'm not sure by how much -- seems like by a lot. * Besides damage and hit %, PC skill also increases the effect of weapon abilities like acid drip. The basic damage formula is: Attack level = (? * PC skill) + weapon/spell level Damage = base damage + (Attack level) d (multiplier) In other words, base damage plus a random number somewhere between attack level, and attack level * multiplier, likely to be close to the middle. * One level of PC skill has less influence than one level of the weapon or spell. I'm not sure how much less. I suspect it may be worth 75% as much, based on the relative impact of Tool Use and spellcasting skill on Unlock Doors, hypothesizing that Tool Use replaces spell level for that spell. * The "+X to levels of damage" ability, rarely found on equipment, I suspect adds to the weapon/spell level. The multiplier is often the most important factor in determining damage. For weapons, multipliers and base damage are as follows: Mult = 2, Base = 3 -- Short Swords (and daggers) Mult = 2, Base = 4 -- Bows Mult = 3, Base = 4 -- Broad Swords (and wave blades) Mult = 3, Base = 4 -- Longbows Mult = 3, Base = 12 -- Spears Mult = 4, Base = 8 -- Javelins Mult = 4, Base = 15 -- Halberds (and fine slith spears) Mult = 5, Base = 8 -- Razordisks There are also two special weapons: Mult = 4, Base = 5 -- Stick (a melee weapon) Mult = 7, Base = 20 -- Heartstriker (a bow) For spells we have: Mult = 3, Base = 10 -- Bolt of Fire, Icy Rain Mult = 4, Base = 8 -- Smite Mult = 5, Base = 6 -- Divine Fire Mult = 5, Base = 14 -- Fireblast Mult = 5, Base = 20 -- Lightning Spray Mult = 6, Base = 20 -- Divine Retribution Mult = 6, Base = 30 -- Arcane Blow Mult = 8, Base = 15 -- Repel Spirit Mult = 3, Base = 4 -- Mass Healing Mult = 3, Base = 8 -- Minor Heal Mult = 5, Base = 12 -- Heal Mult = 8, Base = 8 -- Divine Restoration * Amusingly, the stick is potentially the strongest weapon for someone skilled in melee combat. Thankfully the special abilities and to-hit bonuses of the best swords more than make up for this. * The Heartstriker is an amazingly good weapon. * Weapon levels are comparable across weapon types, so a halberd will typically do about 25% more damage than a broad sword. However, all this multiplier-love is somewhat misleading, because of the confusing effects of defense power. At least three stats contribute (in unique ways) to defense power: 1) Resistance of the appropriate type (many monsters have some melee resistance) 2) Hardiness (many monsters have this stat as well) 3) A hidden stat that all monsters have, which I THINK may be based on monster level * Hardiness seems to work much like it has always worked for PC's in Jeff's game, that is, it contributes a RANDOM amount of defense to every attack between 1 (or 0?) and its value. * One of these stats may reduce the multiplier, or each individual die roll, but not the actual rolled damage -- against some monsters, although actual damage was reduced heavily, each point of attack level I added resulted in no less than 1 extra point of average damage. I'm not sure. IMPLICATIONS: 1) Building up skills past 10 is worthwhile, which also means DT + EW and DT + DE are perfectly good trait combinations 2) A good weapon is generally speaking a lot more important than high weapon skill 3) Melee support skills like Quick Action and Anatomy are probably *a lot* more worthwhile to pump than melee, blademaster, or strength 4) Bows are perfectly good 5) At any given time, whether melee or pole skill would be a better choice probably has more to do with what weapons and shields are available than with anything else Any observations that don't line up with the above are very welcome, btw, as I am far from certain about the details of this theory. Phew! -- slarty
  13. Hmm. I think I must be remembering the reverse, then -- doing a dungeon entirely in combat mode. Oh, *yeah*. Now I remember. That was back when non-singletons could skip important encounters by ending combat mode strategically. Heh.
  14. Alorael -- you're right, my bad. But didn't Exile 3 and Blades, or maybe it was just Blades, have this feature as well? I'm sure I remember mowing down goblins that way -- two-dimensional goblins.
  15. Actually, I am starting to think that DT + EW is a poor combination, if Blademaster scales the way I think it does... I'm testing that now.
  16. But what about the minotaurs? What happened to them?
  17. I just hacked my way through most of the Eastern Gallery subsubterranean. I kept coming to a new screen and expecting the caverns to end, but no, they extend through practically the entire area! And I am getting really tempted to change my difficulty setting to Normal. I swear, if I see one more Plated Chitrach... While I enjoy being forced to marshall my resources carefully and creatively, as Torment forces me to do, this is getting a little ridiculous. Clearing those chitrachs wasn't difficult, it was just really tedious. Oh look, another twisty passage, oh look, another egg sac, position just far enough to avoid a double attack, twang twang heal cure fireball twang twang a miss! fireball let's move on, oh look, another twisty passage, oh look, another egg sac... over and over. I finally decided to let one of my characters get overloaded because there was no way I was walking through all these !@#$ tunnels again just to pick up treasure. Previous games had just as much combat, but the combat was less draining on the guy at the keyboard. There were still interesting battles that made you think, and do things creatively -- even in Exile where you could run a broken singleton and kill things without bothering to enter combat mode. But having to deal with regular enemies that way, over and over again, is no good. The tendency of the AI to swarm whoever's most easily swarmable, which at first seemed like a golden opportunity to run a tank, is quickly becoming boring and annoying. I think the Plated Chitrach annoys me particularly since it's such an obvious lift of a Geneforge creature, right down to most of its statistics... Honestly, I really like this game. I'm not trying to be, you know, a Grumpy Garzahd. But this is ridiculous, it's just not a positive play experience.
  18. Oh, my god. PLEASE tell me the giants don't look like battle alphas. I know the evil sliths are still around. However, Ex 1 + 2 made it clear that all the sliths in Exile were originally part of Sss-Thsss's clan/group/whatever, which was itself exiled from the main Slith kingdom because they were too violent. While there are many Sliths in Avernum, their power really doesn't seem to compare. They have never achieved more than a stalemate with Avernum's forces even though they pretty much fight just 2 forts at a time (Emerald and Dranlon), plus sometimes Cotra. Presumably, if Avernum could ignore all of its many other aggressors and concentrate entirely on the sliths, the sliths wouldn't last very long.
  19. That would have been cool. Although somewhat odd, since the main slith kingdom is supposed to be peace-loving. ...or did that change from Ex to Av as well?
  20. The shared graphics are admittedly a little creepy. Drayks and drakes are one thing, but chitrachs are definitely not clawbugs, and replacing 2/3 of the equipment with Geneforge equipment was also a bit much. IMHO.
  21. 1. It still shouldn't take as long to drop a friggin sack as it does to cast a spell. 2. This is a huge hassle from the streamlining and convenience point of view. It's one thing if you're carrying 20 iron bars, but if you have a lot of 1 and 4 pound items it takes forever to put down and pick up. Even using keyboard and mouse at once.
  22. You know, given all of Jeff's efforts to streamline the game, I'm a little surprised he didn't get rid of encumbrance (from weight, not from equipped armor). Heaviness rarely if ever restricts my equipment choice, but it just makes me have to constantly pick up stuff and put it down when exploring -- very annoying. Whatever happened to the idea of putting all your junk in a pack, and putting the pack down automatically when those chitrachs jump out at you?
  23. If 4 Divine Retributions a round didn't always seem like enough, it seems personally like a rather foolish tactic to rely on as a singleton. I'd rather pump defense. That way, you have longer to put on the hurt.
  24. If 4 Divine Retributions a round didn't always seem like enough, it seems personally like a rather foolish tactic to rely on as a singleton. I'd rather pump defense. That way, you have longer to put on the hurt.
  25. Quest XP is adjusted by level, but the "base" level is generally somewhat higher than the monsters you fight, so there is much less penalty for being high level. Is Divine Retribution really that necessary?
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