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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!

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5/23 Update: Screenshots

Hi, everyone! It’s time for a few more screenshots!

  • The Quest Journal

  • Abilities and Icons: the icons for Kiariku, Zameha and Kiararu are original, the rest of them are edits.

I have replaced the old damage/healing output numbers Pup-Up with these ones. I made them myself: they may look simple, but they took me some time.

I have replaced the Talent Points Pop-Up with the one below.

  • Engon, SOUTHSTON. Leomorn’s birthplace:

I am still drawing these maps, which is why there’s almost no NPC there. I have also changed the shop tile. I know that it looks a bit unnatural, but I kind of like it more than before anyway.

12/3 Update: 4 New Quests.

Like I said in my previous update, I have added 4 new Quests so that it will be a little easier for all characters to reach Lv. 19 when entering the portal in Watermoor.

  • Pelt Collection (Molenor, Lv. 10-14).
    The Lycanthropes that inhabit the region of Molenor are known for their high quality pelts. There’s people travelling to these lands just to poach them. Quiatra Dryadson in the town of Molenor asked you to kill at least three Lycanthropes and bring her 1 Lycanthrope Pelt. These Lycanthropes can be found in Coldmoor, south-east of Molenor.
    This Quest is an example of mixing the two types of gathering and killing quests. Players will need to kill at least 3 Lycanthropes and then bring Quiatra 1 Lycanthrope Pelt.
  • Honey Jars (Meusa, Lv. 10-14).
    The Garden Keepers steal honey from the bees and then leave the jars anywhere. Janhana Eastdawn in the village of Meusa asked you to collect five Honey Jars: they can be found lying on the ground south of Meusa, namely in Westwynne Crossing and Mistmeadow. Also, while you collect them, Janhana asked you to slay four Garden Keepers.
  • Marward Kalon (Erene, Lv. 15-19)
    Ravanys Woodsheart and Marward Kalon have recently had an argument; Marward left very early in the morning to go searching for legendary herbs. Ravanys asked Theremita to bring Marward his backpack. Marward should be wandering around the town of Erene, in Esteredge Crags. Theremita must be in the party.
    This secondary quest belongs to “Theremita storyline”. I thought it would be interesting to get to know her past a little: this is something that I wish to do for all secondary characters, eventually, because there is no other way to tell more about their background.
  • Some Water (Virannum, Lv. 20-24)
    You found Davian Millstone lying almost unconscious on the floor, inside one of the rooms of the dungeon. He desperately needs some water. Since the dungeon was built underground, it should not be too hard to find some water gushing from the fissures of the walls.

I have also changed the percentage increases of “EXP” earned when defeating enemies: 41%, up from 36%, so now it should be much easier to reach Lv. 19 before entering the portal in Watermoor. Finally, I have increased the “EXP” rate gained by idle members, those in the reserve, that are not in the current party, 50%, up from 25%.

11/13 Update: Still Working

  • Iconset redone:

The Iconset has been redone: you can see in the pictures below some of the icons that have changed.

I was not completely satisfied with how these icons looked: some of them were far too complex for my taste, while others were simply impossible to decipher. So I changed the icons for “Fight!”, “Run”, “Party”, “Arrange Party” and more. I wanted them to look a little bit simpler and closer to the action or feature that they stand for.

I changed the icons for the Quest Journal next. It now looks far better, and you can actually tell that they belong to the same Menu feature, without making the journal look too decorative. First icon, blue, Active Quests, or Pending, second one: Completed Quests, bringing back the question mark — yay! Third, red: Failed Quests — besides: have you ever failed any quest so far? I don’t think so: you cannot fail quests involving killing or gathering. I am not going to change that for now, but I am going to make Secondary Quests, later on, that can also be failed. Last category, Primary Quests, with the icon of a golden locket.

  • New spells: Doruma, Dorukuma, Dorumooa.

Introducing Warlocks in LS 1.3 was only half of the work: although Warlocks could already count some unholy spells among their abilities, I still wanted to add a few more, so here are 3 new spells, all cutting the enemy’s life by a specific percentage: Doruma 33%, Dorukuma 41% and Dorumooa 54%: except, while Doruma and Dorukuma affect the target’s remaining HP, Dorumooa will cut the target’s maximum HP by 54%. These spells can all produce a critical hit, but Dorumooa is the only one that can kill the enemy in a single blow.

  • States:

I renamed some States to be more coherent with the parameters. “Enhanced” has been renamed into “+ Attack Power”, whereas “Unguarded” is now “– Defense”. Also, speaking of States, Disperdherb, Shanaku and Shanaku Scrolls now correctly dispel Mini, Exposed, Doomed, Trouble and Delay Status, that could not be dispelled before.

  • More Quests:

I never liked wandering around for hours just to grow up a few more levels before continuing with the game content, so I have decided to increase the amount ofEXP earned after battle; furthermore, I am going to add a few more Quests in Molenor, Meusa and Erene, so that it will be a little easier for all characters to reach Lv. 19 when entering the portal in Watermoor.

  • Dungeon: Virannum.

VIRANNUM is the first dungeon in “Leomorn Sword”. I am still drawing the maps of the different floors. Here are some pictures to show what the entrance and first couple of rooms will look like. Since I am old-fashioned, I am including locked doors, dungeon keys, mummies, puzzles and a few bosses — which means at least one before the end of it. a final boss.