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Old July 2, 2012, 01:04   #191
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I thought of a way to make the throne room less spoily. DCSS style 'how close you came to beating the roll' messages*.

You pry the Silmaril with your <weapon>...
'The Silmaril didn't even budge...'
'The Silmaril barely budged..'
'The Silmaril shifts for a moment.'
'The Silmaril shifts a lot!'
'The Silmaril almost comes out!!'
'The Silmaril comes free!!!'

(I would rather have the 'combat roll' for silmaril prising outright displayed, but this would be second best)

*Should totally be used for every roll in the game, btw

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If Exchange Places is supposed to simulate stealthily slipping past an enemy, does it make sense for it to work on creatures that are aware of you? Slipping past an enemy that can fully see what you are doing feels too much like a combat maneuver. It would probably be a huge nerf to actually make it work only on unwary creatures, though.
Haha, I'd never take exchange places again A huge nerf indeed!

IMHO, good (single player) game design isn't to nerf good choices into oblivion, but raise bad choices into the limelight. Obviously if something is broken it's broken, but it's nice to not feel punished for finding awesome combos and mechanics.
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Old July 2, 2012, 09:51   #192
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(I would rather have the 'combat roll' for silmaril prising outright displayed, but this would be second best)

*Should totally be used for every roll in the game, btw
Well... we already completely display the combat rolls for each silmaril and for every combat roll in the game in the combat rolls window. This is more than most roguelikes I think. One can't display *all* skill checks as this would give away when you walk near a secret door etc. One could display more of them, but I'm not sure how much that is needed. Note that many don't even have messages (e.g. each turn the Song of Elbereth tries to cause fear in all nearby monsters, but you only hear about it when their fear state changes.

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IMHO, good (single player) game design isn't to nerf good choices into oblivion, but raise bad choices into the limelight. Obviously if something is broken it's broken, but it's nice to not feel punished for finding awesome combos and mechanics.
We do try to do this, but there is often little choice. If you have tens (hundreds? thousands?) of things in the game, then pulling all the others up each instead of taking one down is not feasible. We do try to leave things a while before nerfing them though, to make sure it is needed. We are also prepared to leave things as a bit overpowered if they are very fun, or good gameplay. For instance we think Charge is overpowered, but haven't yet thought of an elegant way to tone it down to the right power level.
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Old July 2, 2012, 13:06   #193
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Well... we already completely display the combat rolls for each silmaril
Oh, really? I didn't even think to look there... (And you wouldn't see it if the window was off/you were playing in console mode, right?)
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Old July 2, 2012, 20:36   #194
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Re: the chest-opening bug from a few pages back, I've found that when Ctrl+Dir gives a "You strike, but there is nothing there" error, standing on top of the chest and using Ctrl+5 still works fine to disarm it.
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Old July 9, 2012, 19:49   #195
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Is it possible for you health to be lower than the minimum protection your armor provides, making you effectively invincible?

For instance, if I were to drain my Con to an exceedingly low number, then wear a ton of protection, would the armor block out all the damage?

Maybe I'm not fully understanding how protection works, but I have to ask.
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Old July 9, 2012, 19:58   #196
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Err, what? Why would lowering your CON improve the effectiveness of your armor? If your armor blocks 6 HP of damage, it's going to block 6 HP of damage whether you have 1 HP (in which case it would take a 7 damage hit to kill you in one shot) or 100 HP (in which case it would take a 106 damage hit to kill you in one shot)
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I didn't word that very well. If I were to wear armor that gave me 10-20 points of protection, and had less than 10 health, then an attack that did 10 or less damage would not affect me, correct?

So if I were to wear an absolute ton on protection, on a scale that may not actually be available, could I become invincible, by virtue of the fact that no attack can exceed the "minimum" amount of protection I have?
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Old July 9, 2012, 21:18   #198
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I didn't word that very well. If I were to wear armor that gave me 10-20 points of protection, and had less than 10 health, then an attack that did 10 or less damage would not affect me, correct?
While that is, strictly speaking, true, it would remain true if you dropped the "had less than 10 health" assumption, so I'm not sure how the low Con enters into it.

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So if I were to wear an absolute ton on protection, on a scale that may not actually be available, could I become invincible, by virtue of the fact that no attack can exceed the "minimum" amount of protection I have?
Pretty much, yes. This is certainly not close to achievable in game: since there's a limited number of sources of protection (mail (2), shield, helm, gloves, boots, cloak, ring*2, Hardiness, Blocking, Heavy Armour Use, Song of Staying = 13, perhaps slightly more with the correct artefacts) your minimum can never keep up with high damage attacks. However you can boost your average pretty high such that you only very rarely take damage (some opponents will be more problematic), and this is meant to be one of the major defensive build options available. Note that a protection roll of e.g. 10-30 is not uniform across that range, but made up of lots of little individual dice, so the variance will not be so high.
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Old July 9, 2012, 22:13   #199
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Alright, thanks a bunch. I'm not sure why I was thinking low Con would help. It made sense an hour or two ago.
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Old November 27, 2012, 15:35   #200
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Just started playing this yesterday and think there is real promise here. Thank you Patashu for recommending this on the Brogue forums.

Ive read through all 20 pages of this thread but still have a couple of questions:
How do I view previous messages? There's a "Recall" window but only recalls targeted monsters.
Can I change what is displayed in the default windows?
Are there any other forums or resources for this game? There are a lot of ladder dumps but pretty minimal discussion here.
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