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Old May 26, 2018, 12:21   #91
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i got more questions regarding the blackguard.

1. i assume you need to own a shield for the shield bash to happen, right?

2. when you shield bash, sometimes you stumble. is this a set % or is it influenced by anything?

3. does the weight of the shield or any other property of the shield affect the shield bash in any way ?

4. do the character stats - attack, CL, anything else - affect the shield bash?

the thing is, if i have a new character, i might *not* want a shield in order to avoid stumbles and stuns. And when i do use bash, i would obviously want to maximize its effects.
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Old May 26, 2018, 13:37   #92
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1. i assume you need to own a shield for the shield bash to happen, right?
Yes.

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2. when you shield bash, sometimes you stumble. is this a set % or is it influenced by anything?
5/12 of the time at 15 DEX dropping to 1/6 of the time at 18/200 DEX. Stumbling doesn't affect the shield bash, but does reduce the number of weapon blows you get that round.

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3. does the weight of the shield or any other property of the shield affect the shield bash in any way ?
The weight of the shield and the damage dice of the shield affect the damage done.

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4. do the character stats - attack, CL, anything else - affect the shield bash?
Chance of bashing depends on melee to-hit skill (that's the base skill, not equipment or buff bonuses) and DEX. Bash damage depends on the shield as above, melee to-hit skill, total weight of gear, player weight, player level, and STR.

Good questions
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Old May 28, 2018, 11:41   #93
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*methinx* some calculations are off;

i'm a CL39 HT Blackguard, and because of reasons (no mana to speak of) i have just now cast for the first time all my spell.

casting the first 4 spells from the first book net me 5.000 XP. casting the remaining 4 from the second book netted me 26.000 xp. I got a total of 31.000 (about what i get for killing a major unique) for casting 8 spells.

that's a bit too much, innit?

also i noticed that Poison Brand allows you to swap weapons, which is a bit silly. Grab a weapon with +INT, cast spell, switch weapons. Looks to me as if poison brand enchants the weapon itself, not your hands.
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Old May 29, 2018, 13:15   #94
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woha, so,

i was feeling foolhardy so i'm fighting the entire Atlas extended family at once.

And for kicks, i decide to use THIRST FOR BLOOD!
(being that this is a newer build and the CON permadrain has been removed)

I rack up some Orc kills and manage to keep it at red while i pummel Polyphemus.

Polyphemus dies, and i start fighting Chronos. Chronos pushes me away and then breathes fire on me, and foolish me doesnt have *Fire.

-57 hp, i die.

Or do i?

"your lust for blood keep you alive!"


i gape in amazement at the screen. BUG? Undocumented feature?

I screenshot it, and then try pressing 'q' .. yes, i can quaff that *Heal.


Nick .. i love you.
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Old May 29, 2018, 13:55   #95
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Old May 29, 2018, 16:45   #96
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Nick,
Any particular classes that you want feedback on? I'll probably try the new feature branch once I finish my current game.
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That's amazing.

I guess not that many players religiously read diffs.
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Old May 29, 2018, 22:18   #98
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Any particular classes that you want feedback on? I'll probably try the new feature branch once I finish my current game.
I think probably priests, mages and rangers have got the least workout, in that order. I'll probably play a mage after my necro dies (or wins!).
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I think probably priests, mages and rangers have got the least workout, in that order. I'll probably play a mage after my necro dies (or wins!).
I feel that Rangers are nerfed too much, and maybe it's just the fact that the bonus to shooting speed got cut so much. I tried the new Ranger class a few characters ago and it didn't feel fun anymore. I quickly moved on to trying Blackguard and some of the other ones.

In regards to the shooting speed nerf for example, my current character (dwarf priest) found a nice looking sling of Buckland and I thought sweet! But its average damage wasn't nearly good enough. Slings of Buckland used to be quite worthwhile.
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@mrfy--i suspect you are right. Rangers were lousy til DL 20 then powerful, then really powerful at dl 40. Nerf the extra shot too much, and they are left with...not much.
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