Free checks and loopholes

Date: 01/31/2013 at 10:24
From: Tecton, the Terraformer
To : Everyone
Subj: Free checks and loopholes

We've recently closed a few loopholes with "free checks" which allowed
players a way to test for the presence of afflictions in situations
where they would not normally be able. We balance combat around the
normal on-balance/equilibrium etc. checks, and loopholes such as these
provide a huge defensive boost that can effectively render a huge number
of abilities trivial or useless.

One such example that we've recently fixed: You could issue the FLING
command, which would check for the paralysis affliction before it
checked if you had balance, so any time you thought you had paralysis,
you could issue a FLING command and find out instantly.

Just letting you guys know that this isn't an intended behaviour, and if
you do find any further cases of commands that allow this sort of check,
let us know via a BUG!

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