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Originally posted by MightyPit I think, the all or nothing interrupt is kind of outdated. Better way would be to set back the casting time by 50% or something like that. If the cast is not 50% prepared when the interrupt hits, the cast is cancelled. This should be able to tweak by abilities (interrupt resistance). Projectiles should be blockable. Instant non projectiles should have low damage or high recast timer. Casters should have the feeling of power while other classes should not feel that casters are op.
I disagree, Hard Interupts is probably one of my favorite things about DaoC. I've been on both sides. My main an rr11 eld is constantly being interupted but if I keep to the back lines I can avoid most of it and do some damage. On the flip side my druid (rr9) was always putting the pet on the enemy healers making it very annoying for them because they couldn't effectively heal until that pet was cleared off of them.
Also hard interupts were countered by MoC (10 seconds immune to interupts) and quick cast (1 non-interuptable spell) This made it more of a tactical thing.
I healed Mistwraith and all I got was this stupid tee-shirt!
Originally posted by Vargur I think most people agree that caster damage got out of hand post-ToA. Especially hib-casters with their stun-nuke capabilities became nasty to say the least. I want casters to play a part in this game, but I don't want them to become the gods they grew into. When my brother's RR5 Runemaster two-shotted a RR11 enemy caster in less than 3 seconds I actually felt sorry for the other guy (only for a few seconds before I remembered how many people he had to have killed to reach that rank). The question is how to make casters fun and playable without making them gods. I have been thinking about a system where a caster can begin casting a base spell and add features for as long as he dares. This would have to be done in combat, not pre-fight like the warlock. The base spell would be ready to cast pretty quick but does little damage, but if the caster is left alone he can add more damage to the spell before releasing it. Alternatively, a snare/mes/stun spell would have a base with one target and short duration (acting mmore like than an interupt than a traditional CC) and additional features like longer duration and/or larger area-of-effect can be added. I think such a system can make caster powerful if they are given time to concoct their nastiness, but also give them the option of playing more of an interupt game with the enemy. Something similar could be done with archers where they can hit harder if given the time to aim properly (not crit shots from stealth included). Another interesting feature could be to add a archery spell system similar to Mount and Blade's system. There is no spell in that game, but archery works that you have to aim manually (not tab-targeting or click to target) and you skill determines how close to the crosshairs the arrow flies. Spells could work in a similar fashion. The FPS system could pose a problem for people playing in third-person-view, but there might be ways around that?
To make caster balance, you must choose carefuly the cc you give to them. The hard control like the mezz, stun shouldn't be in the hands of a range dps. (we all remember hib-casters)
Dps caster (and particularly Direct Damage casters), should only have access to single root, mute, nearsight. And that's far enough to do great combos!
Give mezz to support class, that what they are suppose to do.
In another side it would be since to have a first person view on range character. It makes you really vulnerable if you don't pay attention and just nuke.
Darkfall did it right.
About darkfall, they added the same aiming system that M&B. You really have to aim your arrows (it uses physics)
They better not force FPS view, that would be a deal breaker I think for me.
Everygame i've played its always an option for you if you like that / want that challenge / annoyance
Ozek - DAOCNiix - Other games that sucked
Originally posted by Niix_Ozek Exactly, but my point is buffs wern't the biggest factor after ToA, buffs got 25% better, but I believe you still could get more dex from over cap then you got from the better buffs ( not sure ), but better buffs / stat caps / 10% cast speed = casters casting too fast. Game was best just before ToA miss it so much
I think what made the problem apparent was the departure of players after ToA, so buffbots became easily obtainable for many.