Overhaul Testing

Date: 11/4/2013 at 4:02
From: Estarra the Eternal
To : Everyone
Subj: Overhaul Testing

As many of you know, we are attempting to do a complete overhaul of
combat. I'd like to put our foot in the water by testing what we have so
far, which is basically enough to put together combat for two bards. You
can test in the arena using a special overhaul challenge to duel as
avatars which we've set up. See HELP OVERHAUL ARENA.

PLEASE READ THIS DISCLAIMER: This is in very early testing, it is not
even anywhere near what we could call a beta test. There will be bugs
and there will be imbalances. There will be skills that work and some
may be overpowered or underpowered. Please don't freak out and think
these are the final results! We want to be transparent and open with
this process so we are looking for your input to help shape the process
as we go through it.

Right now, the avatars have general skills, but I would prefer if you
not use those skills except for firstaid and bodyscan. The general
haven't been fully converted and I'm not sure how they'd interact with
the new skills. Remember, this is a process and we need to take baby

However, you should be able to extrapolate the intent of what we are
going for with the overhaul. We are getting rid of MANY afflictions, and
using a progressive ailment system, wherein each ailment has 5 levels.
However, most skills will not be able to get past level 3. Each skillset
may only have 1 or 2 options to get an affliction up to level 5. You'll
find afflictions may be harder to cure (we've slowed down the cure rate)
and it may be harder to keep up with curing. You may also find damage to
hit very hard. (Part of this has to do with the fact that we haven't
coded a new armour system yet.) Again, please keep in mind that you help
with early trial testing so expect it to be a bit funky.

I've started a new forum category for Combat Overhaul, which I hope you
will participate in if you help with the testing. If you want to bug
something in overhaul, please type "OVERHAUL" at the beginning of the
bug. Otherwise, stick with the forums. We have suspended the envoy
reports currently, but we may open them up in a month or so but focused
on the overhaul.

See HELP OVERHAUL for more information.

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