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LS 1.7 Class/Abilities Update

Introduction

RanksThe proportion between Ranks has changed. The difference between Rank I and Rank II is the same as it’s been since LS 1.5 (20% increase), while taking any ability to Rank III will increase its effectiveness by 25% (up from ~22.22%). So the current proportion is: 100/120/150. Players will hardly feel the difference of a ~2.28% increase, but this helped me a lot to simplify the maths involved.

  • I was considering changing this proportion once more to 100/150/200. I also thought about adding another Rank (IV, 200%). However, 1) it would be exhausting, as a player, to take all existing abilities up four Ranks, 2) Ranks would be unbalanced, and 3) if the output of any ability changed dramatically over the course of the game, it would be pointless to get a better equipment or to spend Talent Points to actually increase parameters.
  • Ranks are there for the pure purpose of balance: I don’t want players to focus too much on them.

Ranks were added to some abilities that used to have none. Taking abilities to further Ranks does not only improve their effectiveness/output: sometimes the buff they provide lasts longer, their cool-down is shorter, their cost is lowered, they affect all targets instead of one, etc.

Update: all abilities need to be used at least 20 times before they can be taken to their further Rank. Also, a general 5-level-range rule applies: for instance, if one ability is learnt at L.13, it cannot be upgraded to Rank II before L.18, and to Rank III before L.23.


As I have mentioned, all animations have been updated: please check the video below to see them live. I must thank and credit this artist for making the animation layers I used.

Classes

SOME OF THE MAJOR CHANGES:

There are literally hundreds of abilities in the game at the moment: despite my efforts to keep all abilities useful or interesting at all levels, I do realise that some abilities will serve their purpose best in early game, while players will easily forget about them later on. However empowered in their final Rank, abilities like Hoimi or Prayer are unlikely to be used during late-game encounters. The rotation between all abilities available, while still situational, should be way simpler at that stage. Before reaching L.50, players should be confident enough experimenting with different rotations and team compositions, that they shouldn’t need to concentrate any more on the details presented below.


Priest:

  • Mending (New) is now a class passive ability which can be triggered by any of the Priest’s heals and shields. It has the same chance to proc as Endurance (Passive), which is about 50%. When triggered, Mending will recover another 9% maximum health at the end of every turn. It has a 2-turn duration, but it can be refreshed continuously.
  • Endurance (Class Passive) increases the target’s maximum health by 7% for 4 turns (5 Stacks, refreshable). The new amount of HP is not automatically updated (New), which is why Priests can never fully heal their allies when applying EnduranceMending should now work as a filler.
  • Celestial Bulwark (I, II, III) (New): shields one ally/all allies, absorbing all damage taken by up to 10,284/12,341/15,426. Lasts for 2/3/4 Turns. It naturally wears off upon receiving damage equal to the absorption shield. Celestial Bulwark (I, II, III) can trigger both Endurance and Mending. While the shield is active on the target, all damage-over-time effects are automatically cancelled.
  • Redemption (No Ranks) (New): deals Holy damage scaling off 9.38 * 200% Spirit and recovers 16% of the Priest’s maximum Mana. This technique has no cost.
  • Behomazun OD (I, II, III) (New): grants Health Regeneration and 38% increased healing received from the Priest (All Allies). Further Ranks increase the spell’s direct healing.
  • Lesser Megazaru OD (No Ranks) (New): heals one ally for 3.38 * 52%  of the Priest’s current health. Also removes all Status ailments. (In the video below, Lesser Megazaru actually used 72% of the Priest’s current health, which is why its healing output turned out to be so high).
  • Purify (New): removes all Status ailments (All Allies). Does not apply either Endurance or Mending. Works exactly like Shanaku, except it targets the whole Party.
  • The Mana cost of Hoimi (I, II, III)Behoimi (I, II, III) and Behoma (I, II, III) has been increased, while the Mana cost of Lesser Behomarā (I, II, III) and Greater Behomarā (I, II, III) is now considerably lower compared to the previous Beta.

Acolyte:

  • Holy Aegis (New) mitigates all magic damage taken by 28% (2 stacks). It is granted by all of the Acolyte’s heals. It is not triggered any more upon casting Elysian GraceSalvation or Divine Blessing OD. Also, Holy Aegis does not increase the healing received from Acolytes any more.
  • Prayer (I, II, III)Inner Light (I, II, III) and Daylight (I, II, III) had their Mana cost reduced, while Luminance (I, II, III) and Sunshine (I, II, III) are now far less Mana-efficient. Also, Prayer (I, II, III) had its internal critical chance increased (14/17/21%). All other heals have no greater critical chance than the Acolyte’s.
  • Salvation (No Ranks) (New) cuts all damage taken (–5,754) and restores 16% of the caster’s maximum ManaSalvation (Status) is applied to one ally and it lasts for 2 turns. (In the video below, Salvation still affected all allies). Obviously, all damage taken over that amount (5,754) will damage the target.
  • Divine Blessing OD (New) prevents K.O. in combat and greatly increases all healing received from the Acolyte (+48%). It wears off when absorbing fatal damage or after 4 turns. It automatically cancels Elysian Grace.
  • Divine Spirit (Passive) (New) does not increase Spirit any more. Instead, it increases the Mana recovered by Focused Mind (Passive) (+16%). While other classes recover Mana from 50% Spirit at the end of every turn, Acolytes will recover Mana scaling off 66% Spirit.
  • Replenishment (OD): grants increased Mana Regeneration (4 turns). This ability can be learnt only by Traben when handing the quest Elder Silentall (in Erene). Glowing Star: Removed: change it as I might, it still felt either over-powered or useless.

Mystic:

  • Combat Stance (Status) is no longer required to successfully select Rupture (I, II, III)Punishment (I, II, III) and Arcane Volley (I, II, III)Combat Stance still increases Stamina (+15%) and Strength (+22%) at the expense of Intellect (–42%) and Spirit (–67%), but it is not a requirement any more to use class-related abilities scaling off Strength. On the other hand, all healing abilities still require Restoration Stance (Status) to become available.
  • Restoration Stance (Status) increases Intellect by 12% (down from 15%) and Spirit by 4% (down from 22%). It has no impact on Stamina, but it severely decreases Strength (–88%). I basically reviewed how Stances were working in the previous Beta: I still want Mystics to rely on their chosen Stance, but the idea of switching during combat turned out to be a waste of time. While Restoration Stance is still required to use Mystics as healers, Combat Stance (New) is now closer to a buff, and it does not persist through K.O. any more.
  • Rejuvenate (I, II, III) now targets all allies instead of just one. Its healing output has also been adjusted.
  • Consecration OD (I, II, III) (New): further Ranks now apply the corresponding healing-over-time effects. Also, its direct healing has been increased. (In the video below you will see it healing for 31,701 HP).
    • Update: The problem with Consecration OD is that its healing output is currently insane. On the one hand, it is an overdrive ability affecting one ally and it requires Restoration Stance (Status) to be cast. On the other hand, it’s basically a burst heal with three healing-over-time effects applied at once, which recover another 8,208/8,967/9,975 HP over 3 turns. That’s why I have decided to keep only the direct healing.
    • Update: Vitality (New) increases all healing received from Mystics by 16% (4 stacks): it is now a stacking passive with a 3-turn duration, refreshable. All of the Mystic’s HOTs, with the exception of Quietude, have had their duration decreased to either 1 or 2 turns, so the removal of these effects is no longer a real con: on the other hand, it takes Mystics 4 spells to build 4 stacks of Vitality, and to lose all of them for an emergency heal makes definitely more sense. Consecration OD (I, II, III) (New) now removes all of the Mystic’s HOTs Vitality.
    • Update: Even if there’s not enough room in the description field to add this piece of information, Quietude (Status) (New) will keep cancelling all of the Mystic’s HOTs for all its duration – 3 turns. It means that for the following 3 turns, after casting Quietude, Mystics will not be able to apply any of their HOTs or stacks of Contemplation (Status) on any target benefiting from Quietude (Status).
  • Raging Blows can now be learnt also by Mystics at L.18.
  • Rupture (I, II, III), Punishment (I, II, III) and Arcane Volley (I, II, III) (New) can be selected only if the Mystic has a Sword or an Axe equipped. Also, the damage output of all these abilities has been increased by ~27%. Update: I am currently trying to make these three abilities a little bit more fun.

Necromancer:

This part will be covered at a later time. However, the video below shows the Necromancer in action.


The video below is meant to show how battles look like in the current Beta: I must have used a rather poor screen recorder, because I can tell you that it wasn’t so laggy in-game. However, I am working on a way to reduce lag anyway.

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LS 1.7 Current Beta Changes

Introduction

It has been very long since my last update – in fact, almost a year: this post is meant to summarise the current changes to the Beta. Most of the features highlighted in this post are currently being tested: nothing is final as of yet. Although LS 1.6 was never released, I will still refer to it as the previous Beta, as I am heading towards 1.7.


Characters, Items, Weapons:

Players can no longer increase Intellect by spending Talent Points. The only way to increase any character’s Mana Pool is to use equipment (permanent), abilities (a set number of turns) and consumables (temporary, or until out of combat).

  • The effectiveness of almost all spells depends heavily on the caster’s Intellect: that means that in LS 1.6 players could, hypothetically speaking, spend all of their Talent Points on this parameter, which ultimately resulted in ridiculous outputs of healing and damage, rather early in the game. Also, I could not predict any of these choices to keep encounters balanced and challenging at all levels.
  • It seemed unfair that casters had to spend their Talent Points on Stamina, Intellect and Spirit, while other classes could concentrate purely on Stamina and Strength.
  • By removing this possibility, casters will obviously retain a lot of unspent Talent Points, which should now converge to Spirit. This change also implies that casters will depend on their equipment more than they did before, as one of the fewer ways available to expand their Mana Pool.
  • As a consequence, Spirit curves are now slightly lower than the previous Beta.

This is how the new Status Screen looks like. Bars are larger and more colourful. Also, only the parameters that matters are shown in here – Hit Rate and Evasion: Removed.


Experience curves are now even for all characters. Just like in many other Role-Playing Games out there, all characters need the exact same amount of experience to level up.

  • Eilnys still benefits from Awareness (Passive), which doubles the experience gained from all encounters.
  • Players can still choose to skip as many quests they want, as long as they are not primary – those involving the main storyline.
  • Enemies have been given lower parameters of Spirit and Haste, so that players can successfully escape more easily.

Quest experience rewards have been adjusted so that, overall, they will allow players to advance within the level range of the current zone (5-9, 10-14, 15-19 and so forth). However, the experience gained from random encounters and Boss fights has been decreased. As long as the experience rewarded is concerned, aside from larger monsters, the rough proportion is now 10 Enemies = 1 Quest.


Potions have been removed and replaced by food. In addition to all usable items, which can be found or sometimes bought, I have recently added 32 new consumable items, 24 of which can be crafted using ingredients that will either drop after combat or be available at the shop.

  • Health Potions, Mana Potions, Apple, Cabbage, Edible Mushroom, Hot Bread, Remedy and Disperdherb: Removed.
  • Added1) Acorn Cookie, 2) Chocolate Cream Roll, 3) Sweet Rice Cake, 4) Starlight Log. These 4 items cannot be crafted.
  • Players will need to learn the corresponding Recipe in order to be able to create any of the 24 new items. Once learnt, the recipe will be available when using any Kitchen Table.

I cannot provide a comprehensive list as of yet, because this feature is being implemented right now. However, the effects granted by the new items will be fairly similar to those of the previous Beta.


Bows, Crossbows and Spears: removed. The only weapons available now include: Swords, Axes, Staves and Maces. There are currently 43 weapons increasing mainly Strength and 36 weapons increasing mainly Intellect – requiring L.4 to 50.

  • It didn’t make much sense to have many types of weapons and few actual weapons to choose from.

When choosing Heroic Mode for Boss encounters, players will always be presented with a rare-quality item, which will often be just an improved version of the one dropped in normal mode.


Quests:

2 new Quests added.

  • Some Coal”: Rune Milner in the village of Nossa asked you to collect some coal from Dorcliff Ridge. The cave lies to the NORTH-EAST of Northmill. This mineral substance can be easily found on the rocky ground of the southern part of the cavern (L.5-9).
  • Old Magic”: As your daily task, Belgeon asked you to read the draft of a chapter from his upcoming dissertation: “The Old Magic”. Chapter 4 is about NORTHDELL’s civil unrest, nearly 20 years ago. For the past century, the people of NORTHDELL had grown less and less devoted to the Gladomain family, and pressured the Council to achieve secularism, meaning that Eilmorel, the immortal child of Laenai, could not rule for ever. Having sworn a commitment of allegiance and protection to the Gladomain family, and to its last descendant Eilmorel, the Northdell Guardians were caught in a dilemma when some Council members formally asked Eimorel to appoint them as the true rulers of NORTHDELL… Because of the secrecy of its contents, you may read this chapter only inside Belgeon’s house, in Molenor (L. 10-14).

Enemies:

All enemies’ parameters have been adjusted. The experience rewarded by enemies has been lowered, the rough proportion is now 10 Enemies = 1 Quest. Even if Bosses have different growth rates, by default all enemies’ parameters increase by level as displayed below:

  • Stamina: +58 per Level; Intellect: +19 per Level; Strength: (Database Value+1%)+7 per Level; Defense: (Database Value+1%)+6 per Level; Spirit: (Database Value+5%)+5 per Level; Haste: (Database Value+10%)+6 per Level; Gold: (Database Value+10%)+6 per Level.
  • This means that, even if given “1” for every parameter in the Database, L.50 enemies will still start off with 350 Strength (1,400 Physical Damage), 300 Defense, 250 Spirit, 300 Haste. Of course, enemies will have their parameters set to somewhat higher than “1”.

All enemies will drop more than 2 items – usually around 3/4 each. These items will be mainly materials for cooking. However, some enemies will also drop uncommon items, like cooking recipes, or weapons and pieces of armour – obviously, the latter will have a rather low chance of dropping.


Classes, Abilities, Combat:

This section will be covered more thoroughly at a later time, possibly next week.

  • However, I will say that all existing classes have been reviewed – new abilities have been added, both active and passive.
  • The Necromancer Class is currently being tested.
  • 8 classes are now available. However, Mystic, Warrior and Necromancer remain secondary, as they are meant to provide only variety and utility – the respective characters, Daruvial, Davian and Rudrin are also meant to be secondary.
  • Lauron will be able to choose from primary classes onlyGuardian, Priest, Acolyte and Thaumaturge, when reaching L.30 (no change here, same as the previous Beta).

The Aggro/Grudge System has been removed. It sometimes made the game crash unexpectedly and it didn’t add anything valuable to the encounters, especially in late game or against foes that would use mainly AOE abilities. Also, 1) it didn’t make sense to have an “Aggro System” in a game without proper Tanks (Davian is currently the only one, and he’s a secondary character), and 2) you cannot have proper Tanks in a game where Magic damage scales off the caster’s Intellect and thus cannot be avoided.

  • As a consequence, Vanish has been removed.
  • The Warrior’s core abilities now scale off Defense and – secondarily – StrengthTaunt and Escalation were both removed and replaced by Selfless Protector and Supplication: the former is a powerful damage-suppressor, which can only be applied to the Warrior’s allies, not to the Warriors themselves, while the latter is self-cast and increases all healing received by 12%.

Almost all animations have been redrawn – they are currently ~127.


Environment:

New BGS and BGM according to zones: all villages and cities now have the same background music as long as they are in the same kingdom. The battle theme will only change for Boss fights and stay the same for all other encounters.

All maps are currently being redrawn, so that they will look more alike throughout the whole game. I am also adding specific features unique to each kingdom (NORTHDELL, ERIDEN, SOUTHSTON), so that players might “feel” they are in a different place, especially when moving from one kingdom to another – which should be rather common from L.30 onwards.

  • Some places have been renamed. “Mallowley Crag” is now “Dorcliff Ridge”, “Aldlea Forest” is now “Lochway Wood”, “Esteredge Crags” is now “Highwynne Ridge”; etc.
  • A new map feature has been added, called “Light’s Echo”. Health Regeneration stops at night, so that is when “Light’s Echo” will become available: sometimes, players will see a few sparks on the ground: by interacting with them, the whole party will be healed by 25% of their maximum HP. “Light’s Echoes” will disappear after healing the party, and each spark will only be usable once.

All Tiles have been upgraded: if you like, you may browse the gallery below.

That’s all for now. Thank you!