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Old August 17, 2018, 11:21   #71
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Looking again, it's quite literally distance for pathfinding? The stealth check happens further down?
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Old September 7, 2018, 17:23   #72
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I have a theory: If you make everything native to dlvl 10 twice as rare except the wolf then halve the pack size then you'll get less junk monsters and more small packs of wolves surrounding you. Just looking at dlvl 10 there's nothing there I wouldn't be happy to see less off.
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Old September 10, 2018, 09:11   #73
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I have a theory: If you make everything native to dlvl 10 twice as rare except the wolf then halve the pack size then you'll get less junk monsters and more small packs of wolves surrounding you. Just looking at dlvl 10 there's nothing there I wouldn't be happy to see less off.
Err.. in my games it feels like I'm battling wolves over and over again at any depth. So maybe not
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Old October 23, 2018, 21:24   #74
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[*]Human, Dunadan: So we have two types of human. Fine. Potentially we could look at having more, or different ones, or reconsidering stat bonuses and abilities.
What I like about the (standard) human race is that is an empty page without experience penalty on it's own. That way the chosen class can evolve more rapidly. I think it would be more interesting to expand on different classes when it comes to the human race. Some more 'technical' class would be nice for instance (good in "craft" (enhancing armor/weapons), manipulating traps, shooting devices, identifying. Intelligent but not able to use the mystical kind of magic only material manipulations.
Such a class would probably be very dwarf-minded too.
Any other kind of class might be nice, although I think vanilla shouldn't have 6 classes of mage, 10 types of warriors, etc. Any possible extra class should be different enough.

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[*]Dwarf: Basically fine. Possibly we could have more than one type. My main gripe here is stats. Dwarves are skilled at crafts and clever at designing things, but don't necessarily make the best choices - I would expect plusses to INT and DEX and minus to WIS, and they are currently the opposite of these.
Strong, intelligent and dexterous, but not able to use magic in a decent way. I refer to the 'technical' class I mentioned above, where intelligence is used to manipulate armor, weapons. At start just to-hit , damage and AC, but a weapon can be technically manipulated to be more efficient against orcs/trolls/... (slay), be balanced to obtain extra speed or attacks, be sharpened to cut of limbs of enemies, ...
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[*]Half Elf: Tolkien makes a big deal of the fact that there were only three unions of Elf and Human (Beren/Luthien, Tuor/Idril, Aragorn/Arwen), but that can be written off as only three prominent ones (especially since he implies that the people of Dol Amroth have elven blood). On the other hand, what is this race actually adding, and would it be better to have another type of elf or human? I'm open to be convinced either way.
I like the human race because what I explained above, but I don't like it's complete lack of infravision. That's why I play a half-elf. I like the idea. I don't like the name. It's a human with Elvish blood, but half-elf is indeed more practical as term.

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[*]Gnome: Here we have a problem. This is a D&D race with nothing in common with anything in Middle Earth, except in as far as they're derivative of both hobbits and dwarves. Also "gnome" was Tolkien's name for the Noldor for a long time. Need to go.[*]Kobold: Just no.
Yes, gnomes can go.
Kobolds aren't needed either.

However, I actually would like an undead race in the game.
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Old October 23, 2018, 21:53   #75
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How about Haradrim, since there is a corresponding blackguard class?
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Here are my two cents:

- Being faithful to Tolkien's lore is a good thing, but following it too too strictly might decrease the fun in the game.

- Since Tolkien mentioned a few unions between a human and an elf, although rare, I think that gives enough reason to keep Half Elf as a race. Another consideration is: Does it enrich the game? Is there something interesting in the race that makes a player who has tried Human and/or Elven characters to try it?

- I agree on adding a Wood Elf. Possibly worth considering: Mist Elf.

- On classes: I would love to play a character who relies on bows but cannot cast spells, i.e. current Ranger minus casting.

- On monsters: I might be in minority in this, but I *hate* summoners who summon summoners. There seems to be no other option but to teleport them away.

- In my last two long games of 4.1.0, stun resistance was painfully difficult to find. Please add it to some items.
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In the last couple 4.1.2-dirty games I have found a lot of pStun. My current game I am rocking two immunities and pStun on a single RandArt ring. I usually find a crown of serenity in most of my games, though I never wear them. Sometimes, but pretty rare, I get them on a good ego item like a Lorien bow. There are lots of {ego} items that have the potential to have pStun on them.

I think a bookless Ranger is a good idea.
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I lean heavily toward gameplay concerns, rather than worrying too much about how true to the source material it is. Since kobolds play well and fill an interesting niche, I'd keep them. People are used to the idea of elves as frail spellcasters, so I'd stick with that, even if Tolkein portrayed them as strong physical combatants.
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Old January 28, 2019, 12:12   #79
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Angband 4.x races changes: heretic or canonic?

As I'm working at new races design for 'Angband Online', thought about this matters too, so my 0.02 $

Firstly I wanna note that I'm really enjoying the way how Angband developing. It's feels like 'Golden Age' of this game; all past changes like ID, traps, curses.. new light systems & etc - it's definitely move toward the right direction.. But.. Such race changes.. It feels a bit like a developing new Angband variant, than enhancing V; sorry to say this, with all huge respect to beautiful dev team.

I was quite sad when heard that kobolds are go away soon; they feels very 'native' to Angband atmosphere even if they are not canonic to Tolkien. But Tolkien himself left a lot of space for other creatures in his World, who knows who lived to the far south east, in some dark caves? Kobolds sounds like a creatures who wouldn't like to be found and used by other races in their wars, small and stealthy, they mind their own business.

But ok.. If there is a goal is to transform Angband to pure Tolkien-canonic game or at least to move closer to it... As a huge fun of JRRT world I can't condemn it. But.. I suppose if there is a decision made to take something away from the game (and also game balance itself which were polished for long-long years), right approach is to give something in return:

Add a new races. We have half-orcs and half-trolls. Not really fair and kind types, kind dark guys. In my 'Angband Online' variant I've just added a new race - Black Numenorean:

A High Men from Numenor, a renegades and.. ally of Dark Lord? Not all of them was 'corrupted by many gifts and promises of great power' by the Enemy. Some just wanted to have a free will and refused to accepted handouts of the west.. But nonetheless they had to choose a side, just to survive under the sky..

Which side would choose you?
[Please note that current properties (stats&boni) for Black Numenorean race in Angband Online are yet 'raw' and would be polished/rebalanced a lot]

So what if Angband devs would give players some 'dark' stuff in return? Take away kobolds and gnomes; but add something like:

- Black Numenorean
- Goblin/snaga (adding 'orcs' race not really fun as we got half-orc; goblins is pretty different 'breed' of orcs (smaller onces) and could replace kobolds with some adjustments).
- Dark Elves - yes, Tolkien had them :P
- Maia. Why not? Take a look on how TomeNET implemented this race, pretty interesting: ..

And considering removing monsters like Medusa. How you could get rid of it? She is marvelous! Damm.. I fear that Angband could lose part of it's oldschool vanilla taste without kobolds, Medusa & stuff D:

But at the end I wanna note that Angband is SUPER customizable game and actually it become real 'game engine' which could be configured and changed at will without advancing programmings skills. So if someone still wants to bring back Medusa or Kobolds - it would be very easy to do it manually in config files.. The only problem - you wouldn't have cononic Angband anymore; when you change something in the game - de facto you produce your own variants..

And it's could lead Angband cummunity to the same situation as in church - there are loads of churces of almost the same religion; they could be different in tiny details but this tiny details really divide community.. So the problem of such 'revolutionary' (removing kobolds&gnomes - races which loved by thousands of players) could crack community So my advice - not to remove, but to replace this races.. Rename and adjust them to Tolkien lore. Then it would be not so painful change.

As for 'Angaband Online' - kobolds and gnomes would stay there anyway; we are not going to remove them. I like DnD staff if it make sense and fits to the fantasy universe. I as myself a Russian fantasy writer and got my own World which is heavely inspired by Tolkien.. but it's got loads of other influence. I like this influence. It's fun to have freedom and inspiration from other worlds. But it's important to have feeling of sense and do not accept Cyberdemons & other @#$%... So in 'Angband Online' we are planning to merge all new and upcomming V-Angband core features, but not this particular anti-koboldish changes if they would be in a way of just 'removing' stuff without a proper replacement.

Also I have a bleeding gush from Angband 3.5 release where CHArisma was removed. My Half-Troll isn't real anymore without farting in the shops..

So maybe if there are a lot of work on proper Tolkienization is going on, it's a good time to bring CHArisma stat back and enhance with some new meaning? I mean - Tolkien definitely valued CHArisma (leadership) in his books. You feel it when reading the books almost everywhere - every race is very different in this virtue.. Elves -> Dunedains -> Humans -> Hobbits -> Dwarfs ->... It was easy to reassign this races by CHArisma without looking into any sources. CHArishma could influence not only the prices, but also on resisting certain malious magic, chance of performing certain magic spells, give boni to mana pool for certain classes (paladin?) and even maybe influence somewhat on 'stealth' (having high CHArisma makes you less annoying person to disturb monsters) etc

Removing EXP penalties for races... It's also quite revolutionary... or some would even can say - heretical, variantish thing. I suppose this should be a topic of separate detailed discussion, maybe with a voting? I like that in contrast to another roguelike and RPG games in general, Angband historically had this unique feature which provided high differentce between races and helped to sustain good in-game balance.

It's righteous to enhance Angband with canonic Tolkien stuff, but at the same time - the most important thing is to preserve canonic Angband stuff itself.
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I'm totally with you on Kobolds, Dark Elves, EXP penalties...
But I really don't miss charisma!
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