wand mechs proposal

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Post Monday, 29th February 2016, 20:10

wand mechs proposal

- This proposal makes wands stack while maintaining or enriching most current wand mechanics.
- A wand does not hold charges. Instead, a wand has a binary charged/inert state.
- Wands stack in the inventory. The number of charged and inert wands can be displayed as (2 charged, 1 inert) or (2/3). The stack can be zapped if it contains at least 1 charged wand.
- An inert wand cannot be zapped but becomes charged when you apply a scroll of recharging to the stack containing the inert wand.
- You would rarely want to drop some wands of one type but not others of the same type. However, this can still be accommodated by making #-dropping and #-picking prioritize charged or inert wands, so you could still turn your (5/9) stack into a (1/3) stack, if you really wanted to.
- Every time a charged wand is zapped, it has a fixed chance to discharge and become inert. This chance:
  • would depend on the type of wand, e.g. 20% for hasting, 4% for flame.
  • could depend on evocations skill, if desirable; probably not.
  • could be higher (e.g. could be double or triple checked) if the wand type has not been identified through a scroll or through an evo-check while zapping. This is to shoehorn a use for the scroll of identification. Note that this system can apply to Box and Sack just as well.
- Wands generation and pricing would have to be change to generate them in only 2 states, e.g. a (4/9) wand could instead have a 44% chance to generate charged.
- Box of beasts and sack of spiders can stack in the same way as wands. The only difference would be that they are always generated charged, get destroyed instead of becoming inert, and cannot be charged.
- Troves would always ask for charged wands, and could theoretically even ask for multiples.
- Pakellas would need to rethink his recharging ability. Suggestion: instead of Quick Charge, Pakellas lets you use potions of magic to directly recharge inert wands. Supercharging reduces (by a third?) a wand type's chance of becoming inert to a zap.
- Some Good Consequences: wand play is more random (you're never sure you'll have 2 more zaps from a single wand) and requires less micromanagement. Carrying multiple and fully charged wands has greater value, since they could become inert, one right after another. You never suffer from picking up a wand if you're already carrying another wand of the same type. The maximum number of charges and the number of charges that ?recharging adds collapse into a single variable (the chance to become inert), making wands simpler and less spoilery.
- Discussions question: when you zap a charged wand and happen to render it inert, should this still zap the wand, or should the wand fail to zap? Should this depend on whether the wand type is identified?

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Post Monday, 29th February 2016, 22:28

Re: wand mechs proposal

This proposal is great. I'm not a fan of the current wand situation, mostly because you just find one wand of a type and then don't bother to pick up any more (in my case, it's too much of a hassle to drop my wand upon expiry and go get a new one instead of just recharging it; I tend to have a surplus of recharging scrolls anyway).
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Post Monday, 29th February 2016, 23:29

Re: wand mechs proposal

Wands create a small issue of clutter, it would be much cleaner if you could just absorb charges to your current wand if you found another one of the same type (and allow charges to go over the normal limit, possibly adding a supercharged wand effect for good measure. :P).
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Post Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 08:36

Re: wand mechs proposal

proposal: if you collect enough wands and have enough evocations skill, you can build a wand mech and then pilot it through the dungeon

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Post Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 08:39

Re: wand mechs proposal

that's exactly what I expected this proposal to be when I read the title tbh

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Post Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 16:01

Re: wand mechs proposal

There's only one of each wand. Stacking issues solved.

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