[project1dev] Re: combat musings - injuries, status, party list, matchups and tagteaming

  • From: eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 11:32:33 -0400

100% definitely.  either ff style or maybe where its 3rd person over teh
shoulder style.  i think you should be able to see them and with our
gameplay style i think it'll be needed to show whats going on - visually and
mechanically it'll be better.  i was actually gonna bring this up when we
got into more detailed combat stuff :) glad we're on the same page there

On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 11:28 AM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> BTW what do you think about us changing our battle view from the dragon
> quest 5 view to the final fantasy view?
> I kinda miss being able to see the characters, and see the weapons /
> attacks and skills the players use.
> I think it makes the combat more epic and fun. Like think of fighting
> vargas or ultros where you see his tentacles slap your players, can you
> remember a fight like that at all in DQ5? i cant...most of the fights are
> unmemoriable, except for the ones where like 10 slimes form into the slime
> king hehe
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 8:25 AM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I think switching out your characters could work, that kinda sounds cool
>> and i can picture it in my head.
>> When you would switch, would you be able to switch any turn of combat,
>> only the first, or what?  Also is there a penalty to switching or is it for
>> free?  I'm just curious cause if one guy was dying you could swap him out
>> with another and have a fresh guy, is that ok?
>> If so we could do soemthing like marvel vs capcom i think it was, where
>> the team mates that are in the back row and not fighting slowly heal their
>> wounds (in this case they heal a small amount as round time progresses) what
>> you think?  If that is too overpowered, it could be something like they can
>> only heal maximum up to the life they had before they got struck in the
>> current battle.
>> Being held by one character and attacked by another makes sense.  Maybe
>> its a skill, and what happens is when you use that skill, the character that
>> used it has to keep using it each turn to hold onto the monster and that
>> monster basically struggles each turn where it has some chance to escape but
>> that uses up it's turn.  Just like real life if you oare outnumbered,
>> grabbing hold of someone or wrestling around with them wouldnt be a good
>> idea cause his buddies would kick your butt, but if there is like 1 monster
>> left it could be a cool skill.  Like havin a guy like sabin be able to grab
>> the last enemy and hold him while your other guys hit him would be a pretty
>> useful skill (:
>> About the player never dying, on one hand i could see that working but on
>> the other, couldnt you just scrape through anyhwere by walking through a
>> dungeon and getting knocked out at each fight?  How do you balance that out?
>> Some cool ideas!
>> On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 6:36 AM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> ok here is how i am thinking parties will work in combat...
>>> there will be 3 active party members in any fight and 4 on the sidelines
>>> that can be "tagged in" (swapped) as a combat option for any of the active
>>> players INCLUDING the hero. this will allow you to sub out injured
>>> characters for fresh healthy ones, or if you want two people that can do a
>>> special attack, you can have them sub in to pull of a coup de grace, or
>>> maybe there is a MATCHUP you want to exploit.
>>> Matchups? Huh?
>>> Matchups are basically already existing in games but without anything to
>>> quantify them.  basically, if you're in battle against a big slow ogre or
>>> something, you can adjust your party to better match up w/ the enemy
>>> (enemies) you're fighting.  Maybe you want a big dude that can go
>>> mano-y-mano with the ogre, or a small quick dude who can exploit the ogre's
>>> plodding attack and slow defense.  Maybe you're up against a flying creature
>>> and arrows will be the best way to bring them down when standard attacks
>>> seem ineffectual.   Picking the best match up for what you're going against
>>> can mean the difference of life and death.
>>> Injuries/status - we don't just want fights to be wars of attrition where
>>> you attack attack attack and try to slowly drain your foes life (and vice
>>> versa) - in real life, this would be the equivelent of standing in front of
>>> someone and punching them back and forth until someone died.  Silly!  i
>>> think most (if not all) of us are experienced martial artists and we know
>>> fights don't work like that, there are holds, throws, etc that can put your
>>> opponent in compromising situations that give you the advantage.  Add
>>> weapons to this and we have a fun system that is more dynamic than the
>>> typical rpg combat system.  Examples of this would be sweeps/tackles/throws
>>> that leave the enemy prone and thus unable to defend themselves as well, or
>>> entangled via nets, maybe even HELD by one character while the others beat
>>> it up (could we do this)?  or maybe getting maimed or hamstrung knocks you
>>> over, getting stunned (like street fighter when you do a certain combination
>>> the enemy can't move and has birds flying above their head) is another
>>> example.
>>> This style of combat would add a lot of depth and strategy and make
>>> combat feel more "alive" and dangerous and fun.  Also it adds a lot of
>>> potential skills and techniques to our future list
>>> Injuries - with our injury and death system, swapping to keep your team
>>> healthy is important.  This is kind of a big thing but I am sort of leaning
>>> towards thinking maybe MAYBE the hero can't die.  everyone else can, but if
>>> the hero is "knocked out" in battle, he's back after the fight. he can then
>>> go forward to try to find the next respawn node or maybe theres a "Recall"
>>> option where you can revert to the start of the dungeon with all your party
>>> members intact.  i think this will eliminate a lot of frustration as well as
>>> prevent people from keeping the hero on the sidelines worried he will die.
>>> just as a quick guess... i am thinking you get 7 active party members (3
>>> active, 4 tagteamable) and then an additional 7 back at your "home base"
>>> that you can swap out ff style whenever you're there for a total of 14 in
>>> your party.  We will (ideally) have 40-50 recruitable characters so this
>>> forces you to make some decisions on who you want to pick but also gives you
>>> a large stable of characters so you don't feel like "shit, i have to give up
>>> one of my favs".
>>> Just some thoughts... let me know what you think!

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