raics

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  1. Yup, also a lot of his functionality is tied to undead so you probably wouldn't want him if there aren't any in your team and his damage with a crossbow is subpar. Probably already mentioned this back on gamefaqs, but I'm trying to give the classes what they need to function or stand out, a 2H crossbow would be counterproductive on a beast tamer because his pets are out there on the front lines so I made him tanky enough to survive there instead and gave him decent sidearm options to farm TP if needed. Necro was overlapping with lich and heretic too much and the mod doesn't have this type of character so I'm trying if this would click. The general idea is median necromancer with crossbows, several damage spells and good debuffs, I didn't like the class as it was and if this doesn't work out we can always try something else. That reminds me, maybe I should try turning banish into a corpse explosion move.
  2. It's as simple as turning on 'enable cheats' in ppsspp's system options, starting the game, pasting the code into the cheat text file and turning it on.
  3. They aren't quite as tanky as spellblades, though. Version 0.88 is up for grabs too, have fun. I can make you a code for new cursed weapons so you don't have to run the palace again, Coffee.
  4. That's one of those examples of crappy mechanics I was talking about, both int and mnd contribute to debuff accuracy and only avd helps you avoid it, mnd and res have nothing to do with it. As a result it's kinda tricky to balance it, I can't give all units high avd and if terror knights or familiars are to hit anything with their spells I need to use a high accuracy formula that causes real casters to do a guaranteed status on most targets, which is ok if I want them to compete with damage spells. And I do because the best status in the game is still 'dead' and damage casters are pretty strong.
  5. It's kinda hard to get a tanky caster outside of special classes, that's a niche of sorts and spellblade fills it good enough currently. I don't really think he can do it better without stepping on the toes of straight classes, which is something I'd like to avoid. We could say that spellblade's real problem is that his role is far from the meta, but I still think that role should be there. About ranked skills, I'm trying to balance them with mid-rank in mind, if you went through the trouble to farm it fully I say you earned your OP skill, enjoy. Probably mentioned this before, but I don't think this game can ever become truly well balanced, the mechanics are complex (read: crappy) and there's a lot of factors in play. What I'm trying to do here is remove the worst of it at least while keeping as much of the fun stuff in as I can.
  6. Dunno, I was getting awfully good mileage from my berserker but there's a new skill coming up in next patch to replace risk management, it should be an improvement. The game is indeed built on specializing but that doesn't mean generalists can't work, warlock, ninja and rogue are a good example of strong generalists. I made all beast tamer's skills scale range by rank for next patch, that should help a bit but it's ok if he has to stay close to his pets, I wouldn't let some of them out of my sight for long. If I get a good idea for some spellblade skill I'll do it but won't touch their stats anymore, they're already very close to specialists. On the subject of defense, I can't make terror knights or dragoons quite as tanky as knights or hoplites, they dish out more damage and have other advantages. Avoidance chars are generally weaker to spells than tanks so it's a good thing if they're stronger vs attacks. I'm planning to make dragon magic more readily available, lesser buffs will probably be available in Deneb's shop and picking up everything else will likely be possible by one PotD playthrough. The general idea is that some dragon spells are more or less known and the good ones, aka 'secrets of dragon magic' are hidden away.
  7. Not in a way you think, on hit weapon effects are different from skill effects, you can have only one and your control over it is limited. A skill lets you fully define a primary effect and two additional ones, so a triple hitting ability just has three hits which can use different damage formulas and elements. However, a skill can't be a normal attack because there's no animation that works with every damage type and there's no skill damage formula that does normal attack damage, that's why sidearm finishers feel a bit wonky, they use the animation that looks the least awful out of them all and some thrown weapons are fairly different, like javelin and bola. Yeah, I think it's zombie Vyce, if I find out how to trigger the recruit dialogue anything can be hired but that won't happen soon. There are only real weapons in the table, the cutscene probably uses real rimfire or just plays the animation blank, there was probably no need to create dummy weapons because the game doesn't seem to use separate weapon entities. I mentioned guns and warlocks as a joke, they give off that Indy vibe of a badass archeologist so I gave them whips but they're 2handed so you wouldn't be able to use a gun and a whip anyway to play the full role, I could give them guns no problem.
  8. Ah, right, there are most certainly no emblems, can't see them trying that too, they already tried a bunch of crap that didn't work. I was mostly avoiding giving debuff spells to gear because a straight fighter would have very low chance to do anything, there are a few on gear with MND bonus, like daggers or instruments. There's Dominate on Skull Mask, that one also infllicts stop. There are no Vyces that we didn't see, there's the recruitable Vyce, law NPC, chaos NPC and the dead one. Well, the whole thing works like this, there a big table with all spells, active skills, special skills, finishers and item effects, you can give an item anything from there but it will be exactly the way it is, you can't modify it on the fly. As a sidenote, I remembered you were wondering about float buff, the whole point of that is it gives you +1 jump, a gremlin rogue has 4 jump in the mod.
  9. If it's possible I'll do it, sure, Steal is severely underused in the game. There's only one Denam in the racial template table, that's because he never appears as an npc. As a point of reference, there are 4 Vyces. The game doesn't use the targeting type that hits everything, I'll see if tampering with the parameters of the type that hits all enemies can give us that effect. But I probably won't create any new effects just for items, I don't have much room left in ability table so I'd like to save it for new skills or spells. Which ice hold move and emblem system?
  10. Yeah, Zephyros was an oversight, fixed it. I'll replace the spells on high end weapons with something else rather than buff the use count, I've started changing them a while ago. For instance, Caliburn has 2 uses of Boon which is a small nod to FFT Excalibur, Oracion grants INT bonus instead of AGI and has one use of Requiem that does spell damage so it's a good weapon for hybrids. It's usually some kind of attack skill except for caster weapons which still have spells and it will be limited to gear that is harder to get so you have more incentive to go through the trouble. No idea where set bonuses are, it's done differently than other stats. We'll see once I find the drop and steal table and start working on it, a lot of things is likely to change.
  11. I've changed those endgame sniper gauntlets to have a few uses of Benumb, you can't change the duration just for the item, however, unless you make a whole new skill just for using it on the weapon. When an item has a usable skill it uses the same one, except it has no cost and you have to spend a turn on it, so an active skill on an item would use up your main action too. Can't see any way to create new racial buffs yet, maybe some day. Dunno, can't say they hated them too much, maces are a perfectly normal crappy weapon, meaning anything that isn't a dagger, katana or bow.
  12. Right, if a skill description is missing punctuation or a space, in 99% of the cases it means I had no room for it and it's better than abbreviating. Sometimes it seems there's enough room but it still truncates the text a bit strangely for some reason, which is the case with Whim so I'll just shorten it a bit and it should be fine, thanks for reporting it. The situation with burst spells is similar, instill spells have more space in their name slots so bursts II had to go there, there isn't enough room below. You can rearrange the spell list for every character so it isn't too much of an issue, I hope.
  13. I could, but not to separate factions, gear is added to the random pool globally. Can't be on just some of them unless you force equip it to a certain enemy that appears in a certain fight, which I haven't found the table for yet.
  14. Yeah, saw that one and took care of it today, didn't remember they could also drop besides being available at deneb's shop so I haven't replaced them back then.
  15. Yeah, I've already reduced it to the same duration as bewitch for next patch. Did a minor pass over some skills and spells too, I'll probably release what I did up to now and leave the serious item tweaking for another time. Status accuracy decay would be 99% impossible, I think.
  16. Sure, it's possible to have any spell, active or special as a usable item ability. There are special cases of some passive skills working too, like reflect damage/magic, it could be a craftable alternative for barbed and baldur shield. I was also thinking about using books as a zero defense shield. Some of those ideas could be interesting, we'll see what works once I shuffle the things around and see how much space I have to work with.
  17. Sure, I can do some of those and some I can't, however room is the problem now that we can't count on those extra 34 slots from cursed weapons. I could use the +1 weapon slots for those alternatives because it isn't really doing much for the game currently. I was planning on using some of those to cover extra elemental weapons anyway but that's weeks worth of just shifting stuff around and fixing what I inevitably messed up. Boots, shield or those gauntlets are fine but I have to be careful not to exceed +4 total bonus from all items you can equip at the same time or it starts counting back from 1. There's probably no point in having more movement effect items, I can just shift the ones we already got to be available earlier. The Poleaxe can't work, however, an item can have only one damage type, one element and one racial affinity. All endgame elemental items have a bonus against some race so it wouldn't be adding anything new, it also applies only to that extra damage from stat difference so you'll likely do more damage with a high ATK weapon to some enemies than a low ATK one with high racial damage bonus. Depends what kind of active effect you had in mind, the system is kinda restricted. A longer range spear is no problem at least. Stun pistol is fine but it can't have both stun and TP reset, unlike spells and skills an item can have only one on hit effect. Mentioned this before, but the game doesn't really have a distance-limited cone AoE for your blunderbuss, only an infinite one which will probably freeze the emulator on weaker devices. Teutonic armor is ok, no idea if anyone will use something that heavy, though, we like our RT low
  18. Sure, I'm planning to add more craftables if I can.
  19. Probably not, I've been intending to remove resurrections altogether. Dunno how feasible would a countdown stopper be, maybe some kind of evacuate move that removes the corpse from the battle so you're left one man short but his life is saved.
  20. Won't really be that big, I did the cursed weapon rework, fixed some spells and a few other minor things, I'll try squeezing in the remaining elements for all weapons somehow, probably by using the upgrade slots for lower level gear, you don't even have access to crafting at that point. Songs as in scrolls or the skill? They use Art of War skill now so you can't learn the Songs skill. Thanks for reminding me, though, I forgot to switch over the Songs skill back to song spell group, it should be done so you have access to them through both skills because enemy songstresses won't have Art of War.
  21. There's an unarmed slot with some crappy attack that I could appropriate but it's hard making those things scale well if the class doesn't have monster-class ATK growth, I wouldn't be able to hit a sweet spot where it doesn't do too much damage early on and sucks later. Yeah, pumpkinheads can become songsters. On a separate note, seems I won't be able to use those extra cursed weapon slots after all, the item names are generated when snapping so they don't exist in game files, they're on your game save instead so nothing can be done unless I discover how to change the addressing. I've still reworked the original cursed weapons into static items so you can't snap them anymore and I can alter their stats, we'll see if it works out any better.
  22. A good thing it wasn't halloween recently or you'd be asking for some pumpkins in the game. No... wait... But yeah, christmas is almost upon us and all the MMOs out there will have christmas skin sales, events and whatnot, a good thing this game doesn't resemble an MMO even a tiniest bit. The real problem is that white sprites change very slightly with palette swap, so there isn't a green Brynhildr, well, it would be kinda greenish maybe, as if it had one too many cups of eggnog, but there likely is a very nice green version of Nephrite sword. By the way, there's a pretty cool sword sprite that the game doesn't use for some reason, we'll squeeze that in somewhere if I find a battle sprite too, or at least one that resembles it enough.
  23. Depends how objects get defined, if loot bags share the same table with stuff like shadow clones or shrubs it's probably simple enough, if not, things get complicated.
  24. If I can, sure. It would be pretty sweet if bags could be a height 1 obstacle so you could even use them as a stepping stone, like monsters, but I have no idea if that could be done.
  25. Ah, that, no, can't see how that could be done. Heh, maybe if bags were obstacles but you could gloriously wall yourself in like that