Balefire (saved post)
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Category: Sorcerers Topic: Developer's Corner - Sorcerers Message number: 6605 Author: GS4-STRATHSPEY Date: 9/19/2010 9:57:18 PM Subject: Balefire
Keep in mind as you read this that none of these things are official yet. The team is still reviewing this spell, so any of these details may change at any time.
The current spell in the 713 slot, Nightmare, will be combined with the current spell of Curse to become one of many new features of that spell. In its place will Balefire, a new ball-type aimed spell. It will use existing ball spell mechanics, meaning among other things that a successful hit can result in an explosion that damages multiple targets, and the Multi-Opponent skill will increase the minimum number of targets struck. Demonology lore will be the factor that increases the maximum number of targets, as well as increasing the amount of damage dealt to the first target.
The damage being done is plasma-based, and features a completely new damage table (for those who like to experiment with such things).
In addition, if the caster has a minor demon present, the demon can be forced to contribute damage to the initial strike at the cost of a few of the demon's mana points, never more than 3. The cost can be reduced based on the sum of the caster's Spiritual Mana Control and Elemental Mana Control bonuses. The damage done by this extra attack will be roughly proportional to the critical damage done by the caster in the initial strike.
The type of damage done will depend on the demon's native valence:
Grik'tyr: randomly either disintegration or crushing damage
Shien'tyr: randomly either vacuum or unbalancing damage
Lorae'tyr: randomly either steam or disruption damage
That's with 50 demonology ranks, versus the trolls' natural brigandine-like hide. As you can see, the spell has been completed on the development server, and some of the other GMs have already been trying it out. I can't give any indication of when it might be ready for release, however, because the spell introduces a number of incidental issues like the two below:
I anticipate that people will complain that demons, like most pet-type creatures, have a habit of lagging behind the owner by a few rooms, and that in a combat situation where timing is critical, that bonus attack will often be lost while the demon is catching up to a fast-moving owner. We plan to address that by changing these creatures so that they follow much more quickly, possibly instantly.
People will also be quick to point out that the presence of a direct aimed attack spell represents a major change in the composition of this spell list which makes it similar to the other pure caster's profession lists, and yet there is still a glaring disparity in the lack of a bolt AS enhancer. We already have plans for this, but that will be discussed in another (future) thread.
Category: Sorcerers Topic: Developer's Corner - Sorcerers Message number: 6629 Author: GS4-OSCURO Date: 9/20/2010 9:26:07 AM Subject: Re: Balefire
>>Glad to see you're keeping a close eye on balance, Oscuro. Why is it the strongest BALL BOLT spell, again? Because of the demon tie-in? That has two additional costs. 1. A demon being present, and 2. Up to three mana. Without it, you're talking about DF's. Is there a substancial DF increase beyond what wizards can manage with their lore-based upgrades? And remember, lore doesn't factor into balance of spells, else we should revisit ANY NUMBER of equations which might begin to look lopsided. Right? -Evarin
The base DF is the highest of ball spells. It has the exact same lore benefits as 907 and 908 for DF and number of targets, the same MOC benefits for number of targets and also has the demon tie-in. Ignoring mana cost, it is objectively the best ball spell in the game. Considering mana cost, it may not be the most efficient, but high level attack spells always sacrifice mana-efficiency for power.