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Re: CF: Playbalance

On Thu, 4 Mar 1999, Anthony Thyssen wrote:
> I disagree with this. Unless you figure out a good `money making'
> method it is VERY VERY difficult to get these potions!

Well, there are some very good ways (which reminds me, alchemy stuff
should probably be created identified (or at least detect cursed), since a
smart alchemist just alchemizes everything, avoids identifying it and
cashes in 40 platinum for each of those worthless but now alchemized
clubs... (you get valuable but cursed items when you alchemize, but if
you dont detect...)). Using the various methods available for killing
dragons is another way. Slaughtering large amounts of skeletons if you
have smithery and bowyer skills, etc. Mostly it's a matter of patience or
guts :).
> Then their is the problem you can easily fall into where you
> die just that many times too often (very common to new players)
> You reach a point in your character where you abilities are just
> too low to have any decent speed, strength, wisdom etc where you can
> effectivally fight monsters to get money to get those potions!
> That point is actually not that low either! You only need to be about 12
> to 14 in dexterity to start having problems.  What hope has the poor
> average human with status of about 10!

Yep, the certain statloss is a part of the problem, since it generates the
need for rather easily available potions, which results in the problem of 
excessive use by more powerful characters. I'd suggest a limited
likelyhood of statloss and/or specific restoration potion instead.
> You first point about leveling the low level experience abilities I
> think has an equal need for leveling the stats abilities.
> I mean the ability loss from 17 to 16 (from death) is very large when
> compared to that of 15 to 14.  Prehaps these abilities should be made
> a bit more linear!

Yep, agreed.

> That way the `max'd out characters do not gain the `super' abilitys they
> seem to have. I know this is NOT the `AD&D' method the stats were
> originally based on, but it may let people recover better, and reduce
> the `super' characters out there.

Well, I dont think we should feel tied to the ad&d system :) As systems go
it has its flaws too, and was hardly adapted to the type of play crossfire

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