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Old December 18, 2009, 23:50   #1
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Feature request: lightning bolt wands and rods should work like the spell

The Lightning Bolt spell fires what the game calls a "beam", continuing on it the direction of flight even after hitting one (or more) enemies. This makes it interesting and of occasional utility despite having worse damage/mana than other Bolt spells. However, the magic devices (wand, rod) do not work this way, each shooting a "bolt" rather than a "beam", which (usually) stops upon hitting the first target. Since the lightning devices do less damage that the comparable cold/fire devices, this makes them largely uninteresting since I won't waste an inventory slot on a underpowered option.

I think the lightning wands and rods should always fire a beam (like the spell), compensating for their smaller damage output.
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I think the lightning wands and rods should always fire a beam (like the spell), compensating for their smaller damage output.
That would instantly make them much more valuable than wands/rods of frost bolt, and probably even fire and acid bolt.

Wands have 20% chance to beam, rods have 10%. That seems to work fine. The fact that the spell always beams is a bonus for mages.
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That would instantly make them much more valuable than wands/rods of frost bolt, and probably even fire and acid bolt.
I don't see why. It isn't true of the spell; why would it be true of the device?
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