Sindusk

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  1. Sorry for the late response, been pretty sick today. Going to try and respond to all inquiries. I played as a Libila priest on PvP for over a year. I'm aware of the shortcomings and they will be addressed. The locate soul change encourages roaming because you can move around the map without being concerned that a player is going to know where you are 24/7. Anyone with a high profile name gets located constantly to identify their location. The moment they step off deed, people know. By implementing this limitation, it will at least give some wiggle room to allow players to operate around the restriction and move around the map. It's not a perfect solution, and I'll admit that. More changes will come to help remedy the situation further. As stated, it's just a first step. No. The Disintegrate change will apply to all servers including Epic and Freedom. This was answered in the original post in some regard. We don't want to go into too much detail on changes until they're closer to being ready for deployment to live. The priest rework is nearing completion and should enter testing relatively soon. Priests are not having all restrictions lifted, just some. As of this moment there are no plans to allow priests to improve items, so crafters and priests should remain separate.
  2. Initial PvP changes Starting with the next update, a new change to Locate Soul will be introduced to Chaos. PvP Change: Chaos server now has a maximum Locate Soul range of 500 tiles. This change is specific to Chaos and will not affect Freedom or Epic. Locate Soul’s intended usage is to give a general idea to the caster where their target is. This information can be used to track down a player off deed, identify that reinforcements are unavailable to assist them, and similar. These intentions are pure, and meant to encourage roaming to new places with the opportunity to find opponents in local, then track their location via Locate Soul, pendulums, etc. Locate Soul’s actual usage is to triangulate exact positions of players using multiple reference points, keep tabs on opponents from halfway across the map, and spamming the spell to guarantee reliable information as to whether a target player is online through their Nolocate. These two extremes are the result of a spell that has remained untouched for years. The problems with this paradigm is a meta of priests spamming locates from anywhere on the map and getting reliable intelligence with no cost. Hence the reason for the change. This is step one in a larger shift for Locate Soul and locating players in general. Limiting the range should alleviate some of the problems with the current metagame, but not all. Locate Soul and Nolocate are still undergoing iteration and will have other, more dramatic changes in the near future. This update will also include warrior god priests (Nathan, Smeagain) getting the double disintegration bonus equal to Magranon. The aim of this is to level the playing field for priests of all kingdoms and reduce the frustrating scenarios with RNG and safemines. Background and future works Along with this, in the next update, is a reworking of armour mechanics. This will make armour values easier to adjust in the future. Existing armour values are not being changed, but the background work is intended to make them easier to modify and adjust down the line. After this update, the next focus will be on the long promised priest and spell overhaul. This overhaul will feature a balance pass on all 98 spells available to priests and review of priest restrictions to improve gameplay for solo and PvP priests. There’s more to it than just that, and we’ll be sharing more details over the coming weeks. Once the priest and spell overhaul is live, we’ll begin looking at addressing other concerns within PvP such as tower capping and meditation. We know there’s a long road ahead of us to get PvP where we’d like it to be, and we know it will take time to get there. Our focus now is taking one step at a time, making sure it’s the right step, and then taking another step forward. We’ll continue to use the feature feedback forum for discussion on specific topics to allow for adjusting and improving our current plans if necessary, so please keep it all on topic and constructive.
  3. Yeah I never adjusted the conversion from player to player. Has to be done via the light.
  4. Can you tell me the number of passengers to get to the seat mentioned? I tested using the first passenger seat (when no other passengers are on the knarr) when I was fixing it. If it's down to very specific spots, I'll need to know how many passengers to load into the knarr before beginning to test again.
  5. +1 Would be really nice to see stats like this in a nice well-formatted panel instead of on examine.
  6. Skill Points

    Make a wish, Becket. Let's see if I can grant it in honor of your achievement.
  7. DUSKombat Tamed mounts now give a higher bonus to attack checks. Penalty to hit chance from Skill Penalty has been slightly reduced. Fixed an issue where excel and nimbleness were giving a penalty to parry instead of a bonus. Miscellaneous Adjusted the skill gain difficulty adjustment to a new (but similar) formula. Graph below. Smelting using a smelting pot has been disabled. Unfortunately, smelting pots are ripe for abuse no matter how I change them. Revenant and the mods we run are all about creative freedom, allowing new mechanics that bend and break the game to encourage new gameplay opportunity. If smelting pots continue to exist, they impose an invisible barrier of creativity that cannot be passed. New ways to improve quality of items, moving rarity, and similar all have to be designed with smelting pot use (and abuse) in mind. I want to rid myself of these restrictions, and this is the best way to do it. As a background for those unaware, the reason this change is coming through right now is because of a loophole using mine doors. Creating a rare mine door then smelting it gives you a large chunk of rare material in return, which can then be used to improve other items (using the Revenant rarity changes) to create multiple more rare mine doors, and so on and so forth. Smelting pots will remain, but the "Smelt" action will simply give an error telling you that Smelting is disabled (much like sermons). Fixed an issue where Affinity Catchers would not be able to be consumed if you did not have an affinity for the skill already. Fixed an issue where casts above 100 were sometimes causing power to be lower than the cast. Fixed an issue with uniques from treasure maps spawning incorrectly, causing them to be unable to be attacked.
  8. While this thread did derail, it also caused some good discussion about where PvP should be headed. Just because the discussion was slightly off topic doesn't make it irrelevant. Also, I think you're right with creating a thread asking for points of feedback and suggestions. I'll see what I can do in a couple weeks after the existing changes go through and more information about what's coming next is revealed.
  9. The high barrier of entry is natural in the game, but there's options to help mitigate it's severity. These options are being explored.
  10. Or have a statuette depicting a human, and allow people to make statuettes specific to each demigod. Statuette of Tosiek Statuette of Nahjo ...
  11. I'll give you the full background of what happened, since it's been taken out and reverted. I'm the one who made the changes so I'll take the full blame for it all. There was a bug in the code which caused imbues to not function properly when using the crafting window. For those familiar with the code, the bug was mentioned in this thread. For those not, the bug essentially boiled down to having the imbue do nothing if the imbued tool (the chisel, from now on out) in the right slot of the crafting window. If you had rock shards on the left, and the chisel on the right, it would check the rock shards for the imbue which was incorrect. I fixed this bug, then went to test it to ensure it was functioning. What I noticed was... well.. nothing. When I used the imbue chisel, I didn't notice any changes to the quality of the bricks I was making. I took a stack of 50QL shards out and had 90 stone cutting with an imbued chisel, and they all came out to 50QL bricks. So what gives? I thought imbues were supposed to increase QL, just like they do on gathering with woodcutting and mining. I looked into it, and added the additional QL to creation so it matched other imbues, assuming that too was an oversight. Obviously, in hindsight, this was a mistake, which is why we arrive at this hotfix. However, that's not to say that imbues are currently useless. Imbues currently increase the power of your skill check when creating, but are capped to the QL of the material. Let's say that you have a 100QL rock shard. You have a very, very low chance of making a 100QL stone brick even at 99 stone cutting. However, this changes with creation imbues. You now have an increase to your power on every skill check, giving you a pretty decent chance of getting a perfect 100QL resulting whetstone or brick. It's still capped to the resource QL, which means using an 80QL rock shard will never yield a brick or whetstone above 80QL. However, you at least have a higher chance of turning that 80QL rock shard into exactly an 80QL stone brick. This issue has caused some discussion about where the root of the problem lies with these types of choices, and we're trying some different changes first before revisiting the idea of increasing creation QL again. They're not going to take forever - you'll probably see some adjustments in the upcoming few patches to lay the groundwork. It's something that would be really nice to have and, as you stated, it was earned. It should be rewarded.
  12. Considering a different idea, and would like opinions on how you feel the "locate meta" might shift because of it: First, removal of body/player Nolocate casting. Nolocate would be an enchant for jewelry only. Nolocate would no longer be a power check to see if Locate > Nolocate. Instead, when located, the power of your Nolocate would give you immunity to further locates for a given duration. For examples sake, we'll say 3 seconds per power. At 100 Nolocate on a ring, you would be immune to Locate Soul for 5 minutes. The player being located would have no indication that they were located, aside from their jewelry decreasing in Nolocate power. This eliminates the triangulation method, as enemies would be required to wait a significant time frame between each locate. This creates an interesting predicament where a kingdom might actually opt to locate their own players in order to give them immunity to locates for a trap. While this is interesting, one of the concerns might be that a player would set a timer to locate themselves constantly in order to remain immune. If this were to happen, it wouldn't be too difficult to implement some variation to the timer (4-6 minutes instead of always 5) to make it more difficult to accomplish. On the flip side, if an enemy gets a locate on you, they now have a rough estimate of the timer on your immunity, and can hit you with locates around the time your cooldown expires in order to ensure you cannot block them. This can then be counter-mindgamed by using lower power Nolocates to ensure that the timer doesn't match the enemy expectations, allowing you to re-locate yourself and re-align your timer back to the way you want it to be. What do you think of this type of system? Does Locate Soul become worthless? Is being able to locate someone with absolute accuracy if you know the window to do so too good? Also, I apologize for derailing the thread into locate soul discussion. Although in fairness, it is a PvP related mechanic.
  13. I think it's probably okay for me to say the following: An exceptional amount of PvP-related bugs have been fixed - These are ready to go and will be live with the next update. This ranges from minor things like models not displaying properly to fixes which actually change how things operate. Features that were previously broken now function correctly, especially when it comes to PMK's. Armour code has been completely rewritten from scratch - This is currently undergoing testing and will continue to do so until the next update, or when it's deemed stable. With this change making armour much easier to work with, there's a good chance of changes to armour statistics. This might come during the patch that implements this rewrite or some update shortly after. I don't have a timeline for it, but it's currently aimed for the next patch or two. Some talking points in this thread are entering production - I'm not going to go into specifics on which they are, but the dev team has seen this thread and read through it. There's been internal discussion on the topics and their potential impact. And no, entering production doesn't mean you're going to see it years from now. My personal estimate for what I'm working on would be a few weeks, which would mean it should be seen within a month or two. If it were up to me, I'd give a few more specifics, but I'm trying not to overstep my bounds or raise expectations too high. Right now, I'm just putting in the effort to move the game forward. I know there's anxiety in getting these changes fast, but I can tell you from experience as a player: Seeing the change you wanted in the patch notes without knowing it was coming, then playing it the next day feels great. Hearing about a change that's coming then waiting for it to happen feels awful.
  14. Could start out at 1,000 maximum tile distance for Locate Soul and see if that helps at all. It would at least discourage the use of alts spamming from deeds or using the triangulation method from all the way across the map.
  15. Here's the version that currently operates on my server. I don't have the windows .bat for it, but it shouldn't be too difficult to tweak and get it running how you want. I'm not the best person to ask questions about it, but perhaps others who use it will chime in and help. MapViewer (Google Drive)
  16. When I joined the team, I listed three primary focuses: Weapon/Armour/Combat Spells & Religion PvP I'm unsure if this changes anything, but those are my focus points.
  17. So I guess the real question is: Would you prefer to see a reduction in locate soul range, or would you rather see it removed completely?
  18. Since it was mentioned, I'd like some input on how Locate Soul is perceived on Epic vs Chaos. Which system is better? The limitation of 200 tiles on epic, or the unlimited range on chaos? Is there some other change to make Locate Soul better in the current meta?
  19. Reduced local range gives players an easier time to get into archery range and begin to dehorse their target. This also gives a party options to box in a target without having to create a massive distance between players. It at least gives a way for players to test the changes without being absolutely chained to them. If someone prefers the higher local range, they can hunt during the day. For those who want the lower ranges, they can hunt at night. These types of systems can sometimes sound good in theory but end up horrible in practice. It's just a matter of trying it out and seeing if it works.
  20. They weren't the same size as chaos. The maps were usually 1/16th or 1/8th the size of chaos and elevation, so you have a point. However, it's been proven time and time again that having reduced local ranges leads to combat more often. When the distance where you can scout an enemy is so high, you have so much room to bolt away from conflict. By reducing the gap to close in response, it's easier to identify a target and close that gap, beginning an engagement. If I'm not mistaken, this is what players want: more engagements. I'm also curious how you feel about only having a reduced local range during the night and fog. Would you be interested in seeing night time and fog provide lower local ranges, while the existing daytime local range remains the same?
  21. These are all valid points. You're right, the game should be about the fun stuff, not the chores. There's enough grind in the game as it is.
  22. This is actually a topic that really should be discussed at further length. The fact that there is no sink for items is actually not just an "economy" problem - it's a power creep problem. Let's imagine 10 years from now when there's 10 years worth more of drake sets and dragonscale available. The supply is going to be so high that everyone will be able to get their hands on it for what's essentially free. All gear in Wurm, including tools, weapons, and equipment, are decreasing in value over time. This also poses a challenge as a designer, too. Once an item is implemented, it's stuck in the ecosystem for good, continuing to be repaired and improved back up to top shape as long as it exists. It's hard to balance scarce armour X against common armour Y when kingdom Z has dozens of backup sets of each.
  23. DUSKombat Changes Rarity from weapons now affects swing speed, providing 0.2 seconds faster swing speed per rarity level. Shield blocking now has a 10 second maximum debuff penalty instead of the previous 30 seconds. This should make shields a far more effective defensive tool. Frostbrand and Flaming Aura damage instances now always apply their wound (should have happened before, but I missed something). Frostbrand and Flaming Aura damage now gets tracked in the Loot Assistance damage tracker. Dodge chance bonus roll has been split from fully body control to half mind speed and half body control. In general this should lead to less dodges from players. Miscellaneous Bloodthirst gained from slaying players is now reduced as the power increases. All deities now grant alignment for killing creatures. Fixed a minor error where there was no space in Discord Relay's moon metal blessings from unique slayings. Fixed an issue where creatures could not be equipped by leading them on Arena as of the last WU update.
  24. Most kingdoms would likely have an in-house crafter creating their sets. Those who win fights would simply loot it off their opponents and keep those in reserve. Regardless of what type of armour is in demand, the fact that there is no "sink" to remove armour from the economy makes looping in trade very difficult unless the armour is as rare as drake and scale. If you can think of a way to create an item sink to get armour (and weapons, possibly) out of the system via PvP, that would be something highly interesting to hear.