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Old November 22, 2011, 12:36   #51
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These are the OLNY threatening traps in the game. I don't consider a point of stat drain, an ounce of poisoning, or a minor scratch 'getting dicked over'. Falling through a trap door while clearing a vault of getting teleported into a room hounds is.
If you leave those two and remove reliable 100% fail proof detection I have to agree with Derakon.
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Old November 22, 2011, 13:43   #52
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Summoning is OK if we apply "summoning sickness" IE. summoned monsters start with zero energy (they could still act before you do if they are faster than you, but that's not so likely).
This is fixed for 3.4 btw - summoned monsters start slowed for one turn, so they're at 10 speed less than normal, *and* they start with 0 energy. They can still move before you if their native speed is >10 higher than yours, i.e. you're at +9 and they're at +20 - but this should not be very common ...
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Old November 22, 2011, 23:10   #53
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If you leave those two and remove reliable 100% fail proof detection I have to agree with Derakon.
I think the discussion turned against 100% reliable passive detection. I don't think anyone spoke out against 100% reliable active detection. Then again I didn't re-read, so my recollection of recent post might be skewed.
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Old November 22, 2011, 23:11   #54
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I can think of two traps I want to remove from game in order to make 'Randomly dicked over' acceptable:

Teleport (because that can be instant death, and it is very annoying even without)
Trap door (just because that can ruin your day when you are clearing GV)

Summoning is OK if we apply "summoning sickness" IE. summoned monsters start with zero energy (they could still act before you do if they are faster than you, but that's not so likely).

Then rest of the traps are somewhat OK. I think that paralysis and slow are only two really dangerous after that, and both are safe with FA.
teleport and trap door should stay there has to be a reason to have a class that has good detect trap skills, there has to be a price to play a warrior, if you remove traps like these then the warrior class becomes easier, therefore making the game easier, if you remove trap door from vaults then the game gets easier, because then you will probably get that artifact or powerful item when normally you might not.
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Old November 23, 2011, 01:12   #55
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I can think of two traps I want to remove from game in order to make 'Randomly dicked over' acceptable:

Teleport (because that can be instant death, and it is very annoying even without)
Trap door (just because that can ruin your day when you are clearing GV)

Summoning is OK if we apply "summoning sickness" IE. summoned monsters start with zero energy (they could still act before you do if they are faster than you, but that's not so likely).
I'm going to have a delemma as I'm changing traps & trap detection for DAJ about what to do with the teleport traps & trap doors. I want to make trap detection not 100% reliable, and I agree with you about these two being potentially too nasty to be an acceptable level of 'randomly dicked over', but I don't want to completely remove those two traps either. I'm thinking I might change teleport traps & trap doors to be non-hidden terrain features instead of being traps, or possibly just make them be much easier to detect than other trap types. not sure yet...
PS: sorry to tangent to DAJ talk when the thread is supposed to be future of (V) Angband development. Maybe I should post this as a separate thread instead?
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Old November 24, 2011, 08:43   #56
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To me there is a difference between trap door and traps that can lead to an unavoidable death. If I'm plundering a vault or about to kill a boss and fall down a trap door, that's ok for me. One cannot get everything that one wants, and there will be more chances to find loot.
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Old November 28, 2011, 09:36   #57
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Because there is no real design plan or roadmap for angband, referring to my own post lets discuss this:

1) What is broken in current 3.3 vanilla?
2) how to fix it?
3) what new should/could we incorporate into game without breaking the general feel.
Discussion is stuck in traps. Anything else? There must be something else, why change game at all if there isn't and it is perfect.

Forget about "how" for a second, just list here what you think could be better.
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I think damage dice of middle weapons could use rebalancing, to offset the lack of blows compared to lightt weapons, in example change damage dice values.
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Tweaking of the object list to get the balance right is implicit in v4 IMO. We've argued about it over and over again and at this point I think the devs are just going to implement what they think were the best ideas from the lot and we'll see how it plays. It's going to be an iterative process.

Similarly, there were discussions about trying to limit the player's knowledge more, for example by nerfing detection. Some of that's been done already -- object detection now doesn't show you exactly what item is on a tile, just that there is an item there.

Extending that to limiting monster detection could probably be done fairly straightforwardly, with a number of possible levels of delineation. For example, you could remove extended 'l'ook, but leave everything else the same -- then players who have memorized the monster list will have an advantage. You could detect the letter but not the color of the monster (black and white monster detection, basically), which eliminates that advantage. Or you can try to get fancy with detecting threat levels, coloring the monster based on their relative danger rating. Again, this is an area where I expect we'll want to experiment some.

Malak: per your specific idea, what problem are you trying to solve? The fact that small weapons are preferable to large ones in the early game? Boosting midweight weapons won't fix that (at least, not in isolation); it'll just make those weapons too good later on. The problem with lightweight weapons largely comes down to off-weapon combat bonuses. If a warrior gets 3 blows/round and +3 to damage from his STR rating, then a 1d4 dagger (+0,+0) is more or less equivalent to a 3d4 bastard sword (+0,+9), which of course isn't going to be available early on.
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Tweaking of the object list to get the balance right is implicit in v4 IMO. We've argued about it over and over again and at this point I think the devs are just going to implement what they think were the best ideas from the lot and we'll see how it plays. It's going to be an iterative process.

Similarly, there were discussions about trying to limit the player's knowledge more, for example by nerfing detection. Some of that's been done already -- object detection now doesn't show you exactly what item is on a tile, just that there is an item there.

Extending that to limiting monster detection could probably be done fairly straightforwardly, with a number of possible levels of delineation. For example, you could remove extended 'l'ook, but leave everything else the same -- then players who have memorized the monster list will have an advantage. You could detect the letter but not the color of the monster (black and white monster detection, basically), which eliminates that advantage. Or you can try to get fancy with detecting threat levels, coloring the monster based on their relative danger rating. Again, this is an area where I expect we'll want to experiment some.

Malak: per your specific idea, what problem are you trying to solve? The fact that small weapons are preferable to large ones in the early game? Boosting midweight weapons won't fix that (at least, not in isolation); it'll just make those weapons too good later on. The problem with lightweight weapons largely comes down to off-weapon combat bonuses. If a warrior gets 3 blows/round and +3 to damage from his STR rating, then a 1d4 dagger (+0,+0) is more or less equivalent to a 3d4 bastard sword (+0,+9), which of course isn't going to be available early on.
yes trying to solve the fact that light weight weapons are better in the begining, The fact that 3 blows per round with a dagger vs 1 blow per round with a bastard equaling to the same amount of damage is still unbalanced, because you have 3 chances to hit with a dagger, vs 1 chance with the bastard sword, there needs to be an added bonus to trying that 1 blow per round, and I feel that it needs to be the capacity to do more damage than the dagger, so you up the damage dice of that weapon that gets 1 blow. This makes it worth it. Regarding being to strong in the later game....i really don't think so, odds are you are wielding an artifact of at 3d8 or higher damage later in the game before it makes a big difference, in example-blades of chaos 6d5 and maces of disruption, scythes of slicing, lochaber axes.

Note that I'm only proposing rebalancing a few extra ponts on a die, nothing drastic like adding another dice to the roll, to become in effect like a heavy weapon. bastard sword 3d4 becomes 3d5 just a few points difference but slightly greater damage output than your 3 blows from a dagger, basicaly 3d4,there is a reward for the 1 blow per round if it hits and that is doing 15 points damage vs 12 points total damage from a dagger.
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