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Pete Mack July 10, 2019 20:15

@Derakon--
I think you are overthinking this. The chances of Wormtongue dropping something useful after dl 30 or so are exceedingly slim anyway, far less than even a scroll of acquirement. A single "excellent" (DL+10)/2 item just doesn't have much value at depth. The value of delaying killing Wormtongue already becomes negative very quickly after around DL 20. The issue is fundamentally that you shouldn't be able to use him as a piggy bank by stealing a large number of ego items. It seems that the solution should be other than special pleading on drop quality.

Saru July 11, 2019 06:54

Saving Throws?
 
Hello all. I just registered after playing angband on and off for a couple years, (never with much success :rolleyes:) but I've been wondering if saving throws need to be reworked. It seems rather weird that you have just as much a chance of saving against one of Morgoth's spells as you would against a novice priest or something like that. Maybe it would be more interesting if harder opponents (or better spellcasters?) were harder to save against. This might be a nightmare to rework though. Keep up the good work with the game though Nick!

Pete Mack July 11, 2019 14:06

I dunno what the final decision on this is, but I strongly feel that there is something wrong with the speed model for shapechange of other monsters. When a Maia of Manwe turned into a shardstorm, it was utterly helpless. At normal speed, it barely got in 2 more moves after changing. (Note: I am playing an old version, but I don't think this has been fully addressed either way.)

Sideways July 11, 2019 14:32

Poslikes (Pos, Compos, Frog etc.) keep track of how many items you've stolen from each unique during the game (and also how many items you've stolen from each monster), so you can never steal more items from a monster than it would drop anyway, and the stolen items are deducted from the eventual drop.

Not sure how this would play with V's stealing mechanics, haven't tried the new V yet.

Ingwe Ingweron July 11, 2019 18:52

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nick (Post 139065)
Currently everything is ordered by cost (and note that ammo is in reverse order to all other gear); mithril arrows are immune to fire and acid damage, which ups their value. This is how the game has always done it, but again I'd be open to change if there's sufficient demand.

For a time, you had them ordered in descending cost order, which made great ammo be fired first before the bog standard ones, unless one made a conscious choice (with all the added keystrokes), so thank you so much for when you changed it to reverse order. However, my point of view is that damage would be a better metric than cost. That is their true value to @. A normal mithril ammo may be worth more gold (but not really, when one plays no-selling), than seeker ammo, but it doesn't do as much damage. I end up inscribing ammo (f0=g, f1=g, f2=g, ... f9=g) to "correctly" order ammo in terms of damage, from low damage to high.

Adam July 12, 2019 09:23

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ingwe Ingweron (Post 139145)
For a time, you had them ordered in descending cost order, which made great ammo be fired first before the bog standard ones, unless one made a conscious choice (with all the added keystrokes), so thank you so much for when you changed it to reverse order. However, my point of view is that damage would be a better metric than cost. That is their true value to @. A normal mithril ammo may be worth more gold (but not really, when one plays no-selling), than seeker ammo, but it doesn't do as much damage. I end up inscribing ammo (f0=g, f1=g, f2=g, ... f9=g) to "correctly" order ammo in terms of damage, from low damage to high.

+1 to this.
I don't remember the exact number, but I also saw magical pebbles coming before iron shots, although the pebbles had more than 2x damage compared to the shots. Is that reasonable from pricing perspective?

Gwarl July 12, 2019 13:38

speaking personally, having seeker arrows fire before mithril arrows by default made more sense to me, since seeker arrows are more likely to break or be destroyed through attrition it made sense to use them first, while you still had them, rather than chipping away at your mithril while monster breaths chipped away at a pile of seeker arrows.

Diego Gonzalez July 12, 2019 16:08

I was asking to myself: why digging is hurting my blackguard? I just saw the code and found the reason: the new digging code makes you quietly wield the digger for the digging boost, so I lose the CON boost my main weapon has.

It's not a bug, it's a bit funny actually.

Keep on with the changes Nick! I'm enjoying playing the game again thanks to your work.

Pete Mack July 12, 2019 19:24

Sky Dragon should bite to electrify, surely?

Nick July 13, 2019 00:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nick (Post 139084)
As a consequence of looking at what is needed to fix the bug, it became apparent to me that the correct thing to do is a major modification to the command system, and looking into that has showed me some shortcomings in the UI code...

So I will probably be vanishing down this rabbit hole for some time, and emerging with the codebase improved (and hopefully a fix for #2118). Which means 4.2 (which I was hoping to get out the door soonish) will probably be delayed a bit. Which gives everyone more time to argue the important issues like XP modifiers and food :)

Out of rabbit hole, nothing really needed doing after all, #2118 fixed. Back to bugfixing and tidying up stuff like the stealing issue.


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