Re: [Code]Race Specific Spells

From: Edward Glamkowski (EGlamkowski@MATHEMATICA-MPR.COM)
Date: 09/10/97

        One of the first things I did to my spells was go
through them and make most of them level dependent, using
AD&D as a guide.  So magic missile does (level / 2)d4 +
(level / 2), fireball does (level)d6, etc.
        Also made more spells area affect (like fireball,
ice storm, burning hands), which typically do less damage
than a comparable level, one target spell, which hopefully
helps compensate for them affecting more than one target.
        Using an event system, you could have casting times
which might be affected by some combination of skill level
and character level.  Haven't done that yet, though.
        It's a good thing the spell system in Circle is
fairly easy to work with (especially compare to Diku), since
it is one area where there is room for a *lot* of
        Add material components? no problem!
        Using an event queue? casting times - no problem!
        Adding new types of spells (mag_room)? no problem!
        Want to use memorization instead of mana? no problem!
        etc. etc. etc.
These types of things are typically much more difficult in
Diku stock code, since spells are highly decentralized.
Jeremy did a superb job in developing the spell code for
Circle =)

Edward Glamkowski, Programmer           Mathematica Policy Research
EGlamkowski@mathematic-MPR.COM          Princeton, NJ

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        Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange.
        La chose simplement d'elle-meme arriva,
        Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

>From:  Daniel Koepke[SMTP:dkoepke@CALIFORNIA.COM]
>Sent:  Tuesday, September 09, 1997 7:05 PM
>Subject:       Re:  [Code]Race Specific Spells
>On Tue, 9 Sep 1997, Rasmus Roenlev wrote:
>-+What are peoples (and especially Jeremy Elsons) insight on this ?
>My suggestion for a revamp of the system is simple:
>  * Make spells take longer to practice to their fullest extent.
>  * Give benefits as the spell becomes better practiced (eg., in
>    power).
>  * Because levels bring practice points this helps give a player
>    the sense of growing stronger as they gain more experience, but
>    it doesn't automagically make them better in an incomprehensible
>    and invisible (to the players) way.
>  * If a person is out of practice on a spell/skill (eg., hasn't used
>    it in a long time), make them get worse at this spell/skill.
>Note that this can help create a logical step-up in spell usage for
>players, too.  And it may also encourage use of old spells that they
>are done with, because maybe for just a little while, the strongest
>version of Magic Missile is stronger than the weaker versions of
>Fireball, with a minimal mana cost.  It is not necessarily an entirely
>new system, but a system that supercedes the present (IMO).
>Daniel Koepke -:- -:-  [Shadowlord/Nether]

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