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Everything posted by chancellor

  1. So, if a player is harvesting and a stealther walks up behind him, the player would automatically pull out his combat weapon? Maybe because his spidey sense was tingling?
  2. This is a worthy after-launch project for the ACE team.
  3. It's probably too late to change it now, but I'd prefer that weapon choice not be tied to race or class at all.
  4. Pann just called me a spade and a digger. Should I be insulted?
  5. Its way too early to know what the right values are for EK building and maintenance. Whatever the costs, most players will build-up their guilds' collective EK's and let their own go feral to save upkeep. OP, about your name, if I touch your bow, does that make you quiver?
  6. So Paladins are just OK healers, maybe that's intended. But rather than making the Paladin just as good at healing as a cleric, ACE should IMO beef up Paladin's support powers in other ways, like when a Paladin Retaliates from stun or knockdown, every ally in a 10m radius could get a retaliate too, or reset their timers if they're still up. That Castigate attack could combo into a 15m radius DoT debuff instead of a weak AoE attack or a heal. Mobility is definitely poor for Templars, and they should be more mobile than any other tank class, since templars were envisioned as the "Dodge Tank" class. They don't even carry shields FFS, and 2-handed weapons are most effective for skirmishers rather than massed troops in ancient warfare. So that dodge should be a go-to power for Templars. Giving the templar a free pip every time he dodges should make him seem more mobile, build pips faster, and be more survivable in the long run. A pip for each dodge should let templars start most fights with a full board, but I don't think that's OP.
  7. This reminds me of a great way to address the banking issue. Every stronghold in CF should have a storage area (guild/faction bank) that changes ownership when the structure changes hands. Then the winning group, after a siege, can loot that bank and run if they're unable to hold it or stockpile their own stuff there for sale or sharing later if they plan to keep the stronghold. (this quote was previous to the former quote) Sacrifice Value Gold works well as currency basis in most games because, like fiat currency, it has no inherent value in those games. In CF, gold is a crafting resource and, unless it is the most sought-after inherently, gold value fluctuates with its availability and usefulness. Artificially tying gold's value as the basis of CF economy will unduly strain crafting with gold, just like gold in the real world is almost never used in wiring, even though it is inherently the best material for wiring if metal values were more equal. For this reason no single metal should be the pricing basis for items in CF. I noticed that in this article's "Boots of Clarity" example, all 5 boots had the same sacrifice value, even though they were progressively better. This is an example of how the sacrifice value (SV) system is unbalanced now, but after such inconsistencies are removed, I think SV would make an excellent basis for pricing everything traded between players in CF. Since the inherent SV of any resource, material or item (stuff) evaporates into XP the moment it is sacrificed, barter is still the necessary method of trade, but SV could be used to reflect the "fair trade" values of stuff for barter. Because we'd still be bartering, players get to haggle and justify "imbalances" as we wish, but SV could be the quick valuation method for most transactions. Also, I would like for crafted items to get an inherent SV boost over dropped items to encourage players to process resources before sacrificing them.
  8. Yes, these R all valid reasons not to even waste your time training jewelcrafting.
  9. No Cybele (Maiden), Gaia (young adult?), and Yaga (Crone) are the triple goddess in CF pantheon. The exact nature of their personage is a mystery until JTC clarifies, but Christians, at least, are used to this. We're all different people at different times in our lives. IMO Yaga seems like a better fit for order, and Cybele is definitely chaotic. It's not too late to switch them, ACE.
  10. The article shows a shovel and says excavation, not mining, to clear Hunger infestations. It looks like grave-diggers will be collecting those Hunger shards.
  11. Remember when that bees? Tully substituted random-sounding words for the custard offensive words we tried to type in?
  12. In the latest news thread, Path to Alpha, JTC seems to describe the Dregs as what we expected the Shadowlands (GvG) band to be, with POI capture points based on guild affiliation rather than faction, and friendly-fire so badly done that no one will want it. So, unless guild affiliation can be toggled off at campaign creation, the original Dregs concept is dead; as is the name, Shadowlands.
  13. I agree. If ACE gets creative about certain recipes, super-rare resources, and artifacts; they can have fun with it and so will we. I think they should wrap this stuff into the game lore in multiple ways. That way the scarcity/availability of these things makes some sense, and players can get hints (and red herrings) from the lore.
  14. 1. Not gonna happen. Repeated suggestions of this have not piqued ACE's interest. 2, 3, & 4. These are already planned and ongoing. Some of that customization should keep going even after launch.
  15. These animal environment hazards look great! Please take the gold off their loot tables, though. If they don't wear clothing, they don't value gold either!
  16. You're assuming a fixed season change rate. The length of a season in a campaign can (and probably will) be dependent on player census.
  17. I guess the race name, "Orc" was copyrighted? There's your Bacon Rune, Hillbilly!
  18. Wolves are pack predators, so they hunt in groups. I think it would be cool, and dangerous, for the entire group of wolves to have a proc chance to focus on the target of a single wolf that has engaged. The pack could be defined as all the wolves generated and governed by a single monster generator.
  19. A hurlBAT is piercing, not crushing? This is yet another reason why weapon bonuses shouldn't be so closely tied to class, IMO.
  20. 1. Maybe they are. High elves may be able to contest this if they were interested enough to share their records. 2. All the races seem to be enchanted in CF. 3. You may want to find a better phrase than "servicing the worlds". Someone will likely make sport of this target. 4. I already mentioned that Stoneborn are made of stone. I suspect that their beards just resemble tree roots rather than being wooden, otherwise they'd tend to burn up in the forge. None of this invalidates my statement, but you get points for sticking to your RP character.
  21. Since the stoneborn are made of stone, I would expect them to get bonuses in blacksmithing, stonemasonry, gem cutting, ore mining, and stone quarrying. That's a lot of bonus areas, but it makes sense. Runemaking should, in fairness, be the province of another race. Please share your reasoning why it's so obvious that stoneborn should be best at yet another craft. Remember that ACE doesn't really want too many players in any particular race, for any of the 3 focus areas.
  22. They aren't hard if ACE makes the entrance an interface to another server, just like they do with Runegates and Portals. Hopefully the dungeon servers would run concurrently with the source world server. Instanced dungeons are too easy for gold farmers to exploit. PvP > PvE
  23. Honestly, soft launch doesn't feel as fair as a wipe for commercial launch. Having said that, I honestly don't think the servers could handle everyone creating a new character for launch day and trying to get into new campaigns as well. The servers would also possibly have troubles recognizing VIP status properly that first day as well, with everyone going from automatic free VIP to skin in the game VIP. So long as soft launch doesn't lead commercial launch by more than a month, I don't think the difference will be too big a handicap. It's just one of those things that we'll have to live with, or not if this straw (combined with other minor drawbacks) breaks the back of your game tolerance camel.
  24. I expect that this will be the biggest (presently) hidden advantage to VIP status on an account.
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