Yes, me again.
I'd like to throw some ideas out there for maybe making PvE combat a little bit more interesting. I'm sure there are better ones that the community of active players could come up with, but I'd like to make a start with some thoughts and see what you all think on whether this would add something to Lusternia (and maybe it doesn't!).
Note that I'm not intending for this to have any impact on PK balance generally, so I'm imagining that any loyal summons, nation super-mobs, etc would be excluded
from these changes. Also, I'm not suggesting that ALL of these necessarily need to be implemented, I'm just throwing out possible ideas - maybe only one is suitable!
First, to address the incentive side of the equation, I'd love some more interesting loot/reward options from PvE. I know this time last year I made a proposal for replacing gold with loot drops (Loot Drops Instead of Gold Generation
), but really I'm open to anything that offers some engaging rewards from bashing/etc that can tie in with Lusternia's other systems. More than anything I'd love these PvE activities to more closely tie in with the game's main economy moreso than just currency generation, but I know the economy conversation is a hard one, and maybe that is being handled elsewhere.
Anyway, on the bashing mechanics specifically, I'd like to suggest some improved player vs mob system changes, around two central themes (and note all of the effects/numbers/descriptions can be replaced as needed).
A. Allow most of a player's offensive afflicting abilities to target mobs.Goals:
- Adds (hopefully) interesting complexity to bashing.
- Allows more class flavour skills to be used outside of PK.
- Allows for more challenging mobs to be created (ie, a team might need to afflict to survive)
- Allow most single-target skills that cause afflictions to players to also target mobs
- Every mob can accrue counters against five types of afflictions (mental/spiritual/internal/physical/entanglement)
- The actual affliction itself is irrelevant, it's only the count of the same type that matters (perhaps limited to 3 max of any type, except entanglement)
- One affliction of each type can be removed on an automatic timer (might be slightly different timers for each type)
- Mental afflictions:
- While at least 1 affliction remains, causes damage from attacks to be reduced by 50%.
- example effect message: Hesitation and confusion reduces the effectiveness of <mob>'s strike.
- example humanoid cure message: <mob> takes a drink from a glass vial containing lucidity slush, looking immediately more focused upon <his/her/its> opponent.
- example other cure message: A sudden feral intensity radiates from <mob>, as <he/she/it> focuses more sharply upon the immediate threat.
- Spiritual afflictions:
- While at least 1 affliction remains, causes afflictions from attacks to have a 50% chance of failing (not applied to player and causes a slight amount of rebound damage back on the mob itself) - any damage component of attack is unaffected. (If this is problematic, an alternative effect might be to increase damage taken by the mob by 25%)
- example effect message: <mob>'s cursed luck causes the malady to be rebounded upon <him/her/it>self.
- example humanoid cure message: <mob> takes a puff from a wooden pipe and visibly straightens as the debilitating curse is lifted.
- example other cure message: With a powerful roar of defiance, <mob> shakes off the curse that plagued <him/her/it>.
- Internal afflictions:
- While at least 1 affliction remains, extends times between attacks by 30%.
- example effect message: <mob> slows as <his/her/its> wounds threaten to get the better of <him/her/it>.
- example humanoid cure message: <mob> eats a wafer of dust, causing some of <his/her/its> internal injuries to mend.
- example other cure message: A sudden gleam of vitality reveals that <mob>'s internal injuries are mending on their own.
- Physical afflictions:
- While at least 1 affliction remains, causes periodic ticks of moderate damage to the mob.
- example effect message: <mob> yelps in pain as <he/her/it> suffers from <his/her/its> afflictions.
- example humanoid cure message: <mob> applies some balm from a glass vial to <his/her/its> skin, the ice boiling away as it clears <his/her/its> painful affliction.
- example other cure message: Through sheer force of will, <mob> wreathes <him/her/it>self in restorative energies that clears <his/her/its> painful affliction.
- Cannot be stacked
- Causes the mob to stop attacking for a certain period. They will immediately attack upon writhing out, and have a brief immunity to further entanglements (so it is not possible to permanently entangle a mob to avoid all attacks).
- example start message: <mob> starts writhing to free <him/her/it>self from <his/her/its> bonds.
- example end message: <mob> has writhed free of <his/her/its> entanglements.
B. Add mob resistance and stancing defenses.Goals:
Proposal - Resistances:
- Adds (hopefully) interesting complexity to bashing.
- Reward players for figuring out optimal strategies.
- Try to avoid making bashing TOO complicated so that simple approaches still work fine, but there is an advantage to playing the minigame.
Proposal - Targetting:
- Mobs would accrue increasing resistance (anticipation) to certain damage types every time they are hit by an attack of that type.
- Anticipation would fade completely when the mob goes to sleep or has healed to full health.
- Anticipation can only build by one increment of a certain damage type per tick, so monks for example are not penalised just because they have multiple hits per attack.
- The first damage type received in that tick will determine what anticipation builds.
- A mob can only anticipate two damage types - if a third is delivered on a new tick then the lowest will be replaced.
- Anticipation can only reach a maximum of, say, 25% damage reduction.
- Some mobs could have different inherent levels of anticipation - either building it faster or not at all.
- Maybe expand the system so that anticipation to certain damage types also greatly weakens the mob's resistances to all other types, so the goal is to build up a bit of expectation and then hit hard with an alternate attack type.
- Mobs would be targettable using certain keywords (mirroring stances) - TARGET [VITALS|UPPER|LOWER|LEFT|RIGHT|NONE] - requiring all balances but consuming none to switch.
- Targetting none (default) will deliver normal damage with no penalties or bonuses
- Targetting any other area will modify the damage delivered by a certain percentage, however the player won't know which area gives which modifier until that area is hit.
- Each mob will have the following options randomly assigned amongst their five areas while in combat:
- Guarded (-40% damage modifier)
- Open (no damage modifer)
- Exposed (+5% damage modifier)
- Vulnerable (+10% damage modifier)
- Exploitable (+20% damage modifier)
- Hitting the exploitable area will also reward a player by causing any anticipation on the mob to reduce with every strike.
- Potentially, hitting the exploitable area a certain number of times could also increase the chance of certain loot being rewarded at the end of combat
- After a certain amount of time (or perhaps x hits in an exploitable area), the mob could adjust their position/stance with a room-wide message, causing the areas to be re-randomized again.
Anyway, any thoughts on whether something like this would be interesting?