upcoming changes to the sidekick/companion buffs

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upcoming changes to the sidekick/companion buffs

Postby Ryme » Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:18 pm

I'm going to be making some changes to the way summon wolf, summon buffalo, and wind warrior function, as part of an expansion of that companion slot.

I wanted to mention this before hand, because there is one potential detriment to players: wind warrior will become mutually exclusive with the wolf and buffalo. There's probably a couple of days yet before I make any changes, but when things are updated players with both companions will lose one of them (likely whichever has fewer minutes). I didn't want anyone to be surprised by this, or waste any money buffing both in the near future. Also, if you prefer to keep one or the other, make sure the one you want to keep has the most minutes left.

I don't want to say too much more until things are actually ready, but there will be more companion choices in the future, not all of them skills. All will have a temporal duration. Some will do things other than deal combat damage. And, to the appreciation of many, I'm sure, that slot will be protected to prevent intentional or accidental interference from other players.

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Postby MagiNinjA » Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:50 pm

Yay?

So this means we can only have only one of those three? Wind Warrior will need a buff up then, I think, to compare to Water Buffalo.

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Postby Cristiona » Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:11 pm

Hm. Wind Warrior will definitely need something. I think it would be nice if WW could maybe get a blocking mechanic, as opposed to just being "the Psion version of Buffalo". There's already some difference between wolf and buffalo (static vs scaling). Giving the Warrior a different kind of love would be nice. Especially since non-Psions can't use it in the Space Station.
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Postby Ryme » Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:27 pm

linakrade wrote:Is this change going to also fix the issue of, say, having buffalo running and another player buffs you with wolf, screwing buffalo up?


ryme wrote:And, to the appreciation of many, I'm sure, that slot will be protected to prevent intentional or accidental interference from other players.

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Postby Ryme » Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:08 pm

No worries. But that's a big affirmative. No more griefing of other players, intentional or otherwise.

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Postby MagiNinjA » Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:25 pm

linakrade wrote:I'm curious if it will bear a similarity to how accordian thief buffs work on KoL, blocking when you already have the maximum limit?


We will see. :)

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Postby neocamp22 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:56 am

More importantly, will the change in buff coding to provide for protection allow auras to be buffs now? >.>
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Postby MagiNinjA » Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:58 am

Read your post again, neo. Doesn't really make sense.

And I doubt Ryme is changing auras to buffs. Psions don't have any self-buffs without auras. Psions need the auras, too.

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Postby neocamp22 » Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:38 pm

Auras were originally intended to be buffs. Remember? And my post made plenty of sense, you just phail at comprehending it.
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Postby MagiNinjA » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:45 pm

Oh funny because Psions don't have any self-buffs then. Just about. Ignore Naturalists.

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Postby neocamp22 » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:30 am

Elementals have only one self-buff.
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Postby MagiNinjA » Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:19 pm

They still have one, regardless. And a crazy heal skill, so no complaining.

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Postby Ryme » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:47 pm

Okay:

1) Wolf, buffalo, and wind warrior are now classified as a sidekick-type of effect.

2) You can only have one of any sidekick at a time.

3) Right now you can't dismiss a sidekick, but very soon you will be able to.

4) Sidekicks still have a duration like other effects. However, this duration only decreases while patrolling (combat or noncombat), not by resting or the VR center or whatever.

5) Using a summon skill on yourself works as usual. Using a summon spell on someone else now gives them an item which they can use for summoning their own sidekick, at their leisure. No more being able to overwrite someone's sidekick!

6) There will be more sidekicks, and of more types, very soon.

7) Sidekicks always come with a little icon at the top of your left-hand character sheet, by your name, and they're always listed above other active effects in the lower left.

I think that's it for now.
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Postby malk-a-mite » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:57 pm

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Postby Cristiona » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:28 pm

Old buffalo is borked...

Doesn't do anything (no text in combat), is down in the active effects list, and doesn't give the picture.
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Postby Ryme » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:53 pm

Old buffalo really isn't supposed to exist. In theory everything should have converted to the new one. It seems a few things snuck through. Perhaps if someone had cast a buff that was "waiting" for you to log in to get it? Maybe a couple of other quirks are out there - let me know if you've got a ton of the old buff sitting around and aren't getting anything.

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Postby MagiNinjA » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:14 pm

Simply awesome.

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Postby Ryme » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:29 pm

There was an error with the buffalo conversion. Should be fixed now, with minimal collateral damage. Let me know if there's anything really off.

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Postby Cristiona » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:19 pm

Hm. Just used a hologram on a multi and got the image. Looks like WW has a similar problem Buffalo did :/
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Postby Ryme » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:27 am

The database doesn't seem to have any messed up entries in it. Maybe logout/login might fix? I'm guessing there's a page or function somewhere that isn't handling the new code quite right yet--if anyone can tell me what they're going when things go wonky, that might help.

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Postby Ryme » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:26 pm

Yes, sorry. "combats" meant patrolling, noncombat or combat.

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Postby Ryme » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:45 pm

There were some quirks for a few people, which I think I've mostly cleaned up. Let me know if anything remains quirky.


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