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

  • From: Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 08:40:59 -0700

Hey just thought of something else too...

Eric if you hate the war of attrition we could go the route of the modern
games (or at least try it) like halo where you have hp but it recovers over
time (like when you are in back row or maybe not in combat... or potentially
all the time?)

Not sure if its a good idea, but its an idea :P


On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 8:35 AM, Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I like the FF view better myself.
> I'm am curious for the answer to Alan's questions as well.
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 8:32 AM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> 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
>> too.
>> 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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