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Old October 5, 2011, 23:20   #1
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Dragon Scale mail gear

Did vanilla ever have this, gloves, helm, boots and shield? Or am I remembering a variant. Seems like these things would make sense in game, could give resistance to its element without being an ego item.
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Old October 5, 2011, 23:23   #2
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Did vanilla ever have this, gloves, helm, boots and shield? Or am I remembering a variant. Seems like these things would make sense in game, could give resistance to its element without being an ego item.
Only bodyarmor. There are variants with other gear.
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Old October 6, 2011, 00:00   #3
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Okay thanks, must have been Hengband.
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I think they add a lot to the game. No matter what your current equipment is, you'll always be excited to find a Dragon item, because the number and type of resistances it provides are randomized. If you're lucky, a Dragon item might provide exactly the resistance patch you need; if you're extremely lucky, you might find a Dragon item that rivals top artifacts.

Dragon gear serves much the same purpose as randarts --- it makes equipment options more diverse, and the statistical outliers (i.e. the very best ones) provide novelty even to long-time players who've "seen it all." Besides, the flavor is awesome.

Of course they'd need to be very rare, but I don't see why they couldn't be a good addition to V at some point. They're not unbalanced --- they usually cause the player to choose between speed/damage/stats and a resist or two. It can go either way. The thrill is in identifying them to see what resists are covered --- it's like opening Christmas presents.
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vouch this put it in 3.3.2
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Steamband has regular items that provide resistances (gas masks - poison, fur cloaks - cold, probably more), though Steam has percentile resistances, so it's a little bit different.
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