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Magnate May 28, 2011 21:08

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Originally Posted by Timo Pietilš (Post 53478)
I'm not talking about flag, base item types shots and bolts, swords, hard armor, dragon armor, shields and helmets/crowns do not burn. Which includes a bit oddity, because from those there are "hard leather cap" and "leather shield" which are leather and "wicker shield" which is wooden, which all should burn quite nicely. OTOH, all of the rest of the items in those groups are metallic (except rounded pebble which is stone), which I guess is the reason they have been giving immunity to fire. (though I'm not sure about dragon armors because they seem to all have ignore_all flags).

Anything Mithril definitely should be immune to fire for consistency reasons. Mithril bolts can lose the ignore fire-flag, they are not vulnerable to fire anyway.

Right, I see. I hadn't realised there was a check elsewhere in the code for what can burn. Now that we have object_base.txt, this can go. All swords can get IGNORE_FIRE in object_base ...

EDIT: doh. This has already been done - that's why the HATES_FIRE flag was created. So in fact things like wicker and leather shields can just be given it. Easy.

kaypy May 29, 2011 19:09

Another thread reminded me:

The output for the prefs dump for terrain features doesn't give the right indexes.

prefs.c/dump_features needs tweaking:

Code:

file_putf(fff, "F:%d:%s:%d:%d\n", i, light, attr, chr);
There's also no way ingame to edit the bright or dark graphics, but that would need much more than a simple tweak...

takkaria May 29, 2011 20:21

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Originally Posted by kaypy (Post 53515)
There's also no way ingame to edit the bright or dark graphics, but that would need much more than a simple tweak...

Patches accepted! If you can work out how to tweak the existing code to allow it that would be amazing -- terrain lighting is still all a bit messy.

Derakon May 30, 2011 05:24

Here's my notes so far, on a hobbit warrior currently at 2300':

* The new spell messages are certainly more to the point, but IMO they lack flavor and some are rather awkward (e.g. "tries to make you stop moving"). Also, the "conjures up foo" messages for fear/confusion are misleading since they sound like summoning spells. Honestly I liked the previous messages better. I doubt it takes that long to learn which messages correspond to which spells; if nothing else you can always check the monster memory. So I don't think this change was really necessary.

* Monsters will try to drain my warrior's nonexistent mana, and I'll get messages to that effect. If we want monsters to try, there should at least be a message to the effect that the attempt failed.

* I got a lesser vault at 300' and a potion of Intelligence at 350'. Just lucky?

* Artifacts in the equipment list are shown with a lowercase "the". I'd always assumed the "the" was part of the title, so this surprised me a bit. Really trivial either way though.

* Shrieking for help seems to have no effect; monsters in the area remain asleep. Not sure if it still hastes monsters in LOS; haven't checked.

* Cherubs are ludicrously badass for 1950' (their native depth). Not really relevant to the nightlies, but yeesh! Fast, lots of HP, resist everything, fairly painful spells...

* Crowns of the Magi have Free Action but not See Invisible. That seems a bit odd.

* Shards attacks don't seem to be causing cuts even if you lack the resist. I also suspect they're incapable of damaging your inventory.

Let me know when we can give negative pvals to ego item definitions; I have a bunch of changes to the edit files I want to make. :) For example, I'm still annoyed that someone went and made the (already too rare) rod of Trap Location vulnerable to electricity...

Magnate May 30, 2011 11:29

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Originally Posted by Derakon (Post 53548)
* The new spell messages are certainly more to the point, but IMO they lack flavor and some are rather awkward (e.g. "tries to make you stop moving"). Also, the "conjures up foo" messages for fear/confusion are misleading since they sound like summoning spells. Honestly I liked the previous messages better. I doubt it takes that long to learn which messages correspond to which spells; if nothing else you can always check the monster memory. So I don't think this change was really necessary.

It *was* necessary, but it's only ever been an interim measure, until they are exported to an edit file (ticket #1376).
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* Monsters will try to drain my warrior's nonexistent mana, and I'll get messages to that effect. If we want monsters to try, there should at least be a message to the effect that the attempt failed.
If you are playing with birth_ai_learn on, each monster should only attempt this once and should remember that it didn't work the first time. If this isn't happening, that's a bug. I've added a fail message for the next dev version.
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* I got a lesser vault at 300' and a potion of Intelligence at 350'. Just lucky?
Let me get back to you on that - we now have a stats module that collects 1.2GB of stats, and we're working on exporting them to a database format so we can query them.
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* Artifacts in the equipment list are shown with a lowercase "the". I'd always assumed the "the" was part of the title, so this surprised me a bit. Really trivial either way though.
Has this always been the case? It should be The, but I have a sneaking suspicion that a recent change may have done this by accident.
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* Shrieking for help seems to have no effect; monsters in the area remain asleep. Not sure if it still hastes monsters in LOS; haven't checked.
Fixed - thank you. A typo in list-spell-effects.h (it was wrongly tagged as a timed effect, so wasn't getting processed).
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* Shards attacks don't seem to be causing cuts even if you lack the resist. I also suspect they're incapable of damaging your inventory.
This was fixed a few days ago when kaypy reported it, but there hasn't been a new dev version since then.
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Let me know when we can give negative pvals to ego item definitions; I have a bunch of changes to the edit files I want to make. :) For example, I'm still annoyed that someone went and made the (already too rare) rod of Trap Location vulnerable to electricity...
Er ... you don't need negative pvals to change that. But the answer to your implicit question is that I don't expect to do any work on egos (apart from fixing DSMs) until after 3.3. We're basically bug-fixing and tweaking for 3.3 now, and after that there'll be a whole new discussion about who wants to do what for 3.4 ...

kaypy May 30, 2011 12:26

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Originally Posted by takkaria (Post 53521)
Patches accepted! If you can work out how to tweak the existing code to allow it that would be amazing

"would need much more than a simple tweak" translates roughly as "I'm not holding my breath for this to happen" 8-) Truth be told I hand-hacked the .prf file about 4 nightlys ago and then forgot all about it till the wall-graphics thread turned up...

Having had a quick glance over that code, it looks decidedly non-trivial...

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Originally Posted by Derakon (Post 53548)
* I got a lesser vault at 300' and a potion of Intelligence at 350'. Just lucky?

I think that's the third "or am I just lucky" report, so no, it looks like this build is just MontyHaulBand

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Originally Posted by takkaria (Post 53521)
that would be amazing

OK, its hacky and not particularly intuitive, but it works-ish, which is enough for me to be amazed...
Attachment 679

Is there anything other than a global variable I could hook my lighting toggle to?

Derakon May 30, 2011 17:51

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Originally Posted by Magnate (Post 53565)
Er ... you don't need negative pvals to change that. But the answer to your implicit question is that I don't expect to do any work on egos (apart from fixing DSMs) until after 3.3. We're basically bug-fixing and tweaking for 3.3 now, and after that there'll be a whole new discussion about who wants to do what for 3.4 ...

I mentioned negative-pvals because there's a whole bunch of random changes I want to make in one big patch. Of course making certain rods immune to electricity doesn't require negative pvals, but other things I want to do do. I could have phrased this better, I admit.

Good to know the messages will be moved to an edit file. That should be fun. :)

Derakon May 30, 2011 22:55

'Nother post for more notes!

* Vaults seem to periodically be missing entire rows of blocks, replaced by empty space. E.g. I found a Bubbles vault that was missing its top row, and I know I've found vaults missing rows through the middle. Don't think I've seen any vaults missing columns. It's actually a bit interesting since it breaks up the flow of the vault, but it's still a bug.

* Crossbows and crossbow bolts have exactly the same drop frequency. Is that really intended?

* Charge-for-charge, scrolls of Mapping are much cheaper than staves of Mapping. The staves' only advantage is that they can be recharged by the magic store.

* Inspecting an executioner's sword, I was told that with +2 STR I'd get more blows/round. However, I was at 18/210 strength at the time (and 18/160 DEX).

* If you put a % in a note, then in the message history it gets represented by "220"; however, it shows up properly in the file dump.

* I found a Ring of Speed +20. What. This is by far the best I've ever managed. Ironically I'm wearing a +10 speed ring on the other finger because the only other rings I have are either redundant or aggravating.

* I found a double-height labyrinth, fairly deep down. Nice to break things up a bit. If it's still possible to generate labyrinths with entirely permanent walls, then that probably shouldn't be allowed for the big ones, since they'd be painful to navigate without tunneling.

* I've found several randart weapons with terrible damage but lots of abilities and (only marginally useful) slays. How heavily are non-damage abilities weighted when gauging a randart weapon's power? Most characters can't really afford to use weak weapons even if they give lots of resists, powers, etc.

So here I am, running around at +46 speed unhasted, raring to go kill Morgoth except I still don't have telepathy...

Magnate May 30, 2011 23:03

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Originally Posted by Derakon (Post 53599)
* Vaults seem to periodically be missing entire rows of blocks, replaced by empty space. E.g. I found a Bubbles vault that was missing its top row, and I know I've found vaults missing rows through the middle. Don't think I've seen any vaults missing columns. It's actually a bit interesting since it breaks up the flow of the vault, but it's still a bug.

I think this is a bug with which d_m is familiar - it seems similar to one he has already dealt with.
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* Inspecting an executioner's sword, I was told that with +2 STR I'd get more blows/round. However, I was at 18/210 strength at the time (and 18/160 DEX).
This single feature has given me more headaches than anything else, I think. It's due for a rewrite one day - fortunately the errors are quite rare now.
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* I've found several randart weapons with terrible damage but lots of abilities and (only marginally useful) slays. How heavily are non-damage abilities weighted when gauging a randart weapon's power? Most characters can't really afford to use weak weapons even if they give lots of resists, powers, etc.
Well funny you should say that - this phenomenon is occurring precisely *because* the obj-power rewrite made certain abilities half as valuable on weapons (ESP, FA, etc.). Ironically this means that the randart generator currently thinks "oh goody, I can have lots of these and still be within my allocated power rating". The randart rewrite will address this, but not until 3.4.

takkaria May 30, 2011 23:53

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Originally Posted by kaypy (Post 53573)
"would need much more than a simple tweak" translates roughly as "I'm not holding my breath for this to happen" 8-) Truth be told I hand-hacked the .prf file about 4 nightlys ago and then forgot all about it till the wall-graphics thread turned up...

Having had a quick glance over that code, it looks decidedly non-trivial...


I think that's the third "or am I just lucky" report, so no, it looks like this build is just MontyHaulBand

Edit:

OK, its hacky and not particularly intuitive, but it works-ish, which is enough for me to be amazed...
Attachment 679

Is there anything other than a global variable I could hook my lighting toggle to?

Not sure there is right now. It'll do though, I'll get that into 3.3, thanks.


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