Back Formicids enable to wield GC/GSC and throw rocks


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Post Wednesday, 21st December 2016, 16:54

Back Formicids enable to wield GC/GSC and throw rocks

ow GSCs have no reason to exist.
large rocks are okay anyway
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Post Wednesday, 21st December 2016, 16:56

Re: Back Formicids enable to wield GC/GSC and throw rocks

This is something I'd really like. I don't care much about large rocks, but formicids should be given a reason not to use shields, and big clubs are the best (and it's not like they're gonna become OP anyway).
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Post Wednesday, 21st December 2016, 19:53

Re: Back Formicids enable to wield GC/GSC and throw rocks

GSCs used to be usable on formicids, but it was so terrible it was considered a noob trap and removed. The shield just offers so much tankiness that it isn't worth it to go GSC.
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Post Wednesday, 21st December 2016, 21:39

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Midn8 wrote:GSCs used to be usable on formicids, but it was so terrible it was considered a noob trap and removed. The shield just offers so much tankiness that it isn't worth it to go GSC.


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Post Wednesday, 21st December 2016, 21:43

Re: Back Formicids enable to wield GC/GSC and throw rocks

Actually IIRC they were pretty good at some point. At least with Trog/Oka.

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Post Thursday, 22nd December 2016, 00:47

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Remove Formicid giant club wielding, reduce shield penalties, apt tweaks

Giant spiked clubs were stronger than other weapons to such a degree
that they commonly eclipsed the more unique formicid mechanic of using
a two-hander with a shield. There is already a race whose weapon choice
centers around giant clubs, so I think it better for formicids to lose
this ability so as to hilight the more interesting one.

In the same vein, formicids now recieve the same reduced shield
penalties that large races do (a perk of effectively having more limbs
to juggle everything with), which should make shield usage further
encouraged earlier on, where they have yet to gain enough xp to
otherwise benefit from using them with a two-hander (and the race is
considered weak enough that a few buffs like this feel perfectly safe).

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Post Thursday, 22nd December 2016, 00:50

Re: Back Formicids enable to wield GC/GSC and throw rocks

Different times, back then the shield meme was "worthless", current shield meme is "great".

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Post Thursday, 22nd December 2016, 02:11

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Midn8 wrote:GSCs used to be usable on formicids, but it was so terrible it was considered a noob trap and removed. The shield just offers so much tankiness that it isn't worth it to go GSC.

this is not true, formicids wielding GSCs was seen as infringing upon ogres' Design Space.
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still true, btw
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A big reason I quit crawldev was that my 60+ hours of playtesting/spectating was being disregarded in favor of William Henry Harrisons with commit access who openly admitted to have never played a Fo game in their life.

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Post Thursday, 22nd December 2016, 18:33

Re: Back Formicids enable to wield GC/GSC and throw rocks

They used to be able to throw large rocks, that was removed for some reason. Also why the hell do Fo has a +1 sling apt. They are, bar none, the silliest species to use a sling on since you can use a triple crossbow/longbow and shield at same time.

I mean I suppose it can be argued that since slings are so much worse for them compared to other species you can tilt things back by giving them a +1 apt but really you might as well train throwing and just use the sling cross train.
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Post Thursday, 22nd December 2016, 22:41

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severen wrote:I mean I suppose it can be argued that since slings are so much worse for them compared to other species
Fo is not a weak species though

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Post Thursday, 22nd December 2016, 23:08

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Also I am not sure about slings being that bad. I just tested some weapons for gloves of archery and was surprised to see that slings with 14 levels deal the same damage as longbows with 20.
All vs stone giant.

+9 fustibalus of velocity
AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
Attacking: 14,3 | 39 | 87% | 12,5 | 70 | 1,43 | 17,9

With gloves of archery
AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
Attacking: 16,7 | 46 | 87% | 14,7 | 70 | 1,43 | 21,0

+9 longbow of velocity
AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
Attacking: 13,7 | 52 | 92% | 12,7 | 70 | 1,43 | 18,1

With archery
AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
Attacking: 15,9 | 55 | 92% | 14,7 | 70 | 1,43 | 21,1
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Post Thursday, 22nd December 2016, 23:09

Re: Back Formicids enable to wield GC/GSC and throw rocks

Man calling someone a William Henry Harrison, that's rough

Not as brutal as like, a Warren G. Harding, so at least there's that

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+9 arbalest of velocity
AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
Attacking: 16,2 | 57 | 92% | 15,0 | 100 | 1,00 | 15,0

AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
Attacking: 18,5 | 68 | 92% | 17,1 | 100 | 1,00 | 17,1
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Post Friday, 23rd December 2016, 04:44

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Shard1697 wrote:Fo is not a weak species though

yeah they're the "terrible" ones

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Post Friday, 23rd December 2016, 14:58

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Shard1697 wrote:
severen wrote:I mean I suppose it can be argued that since slings are so much worse for them compared to other species
Fo is not a weak species though


I am not saying they are, I guess I was unclear. I like formicids just fine. I am just saying one of the drawbacks of bows/crossbows is no shield for the better weapons and one of the benefits of slings is you can use shields. So the sling APT on Fo is odd.

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Post Friday, 23rd December 2016, 14:59

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VeryAngryFelid wrote:Also I am not sure about slings being that bad. I just tested some weapons for gloves of archery and was surprised to see that slings with 14 levels deal the same damage as longbows with 20.
All vs stone giant.

+9 fustibalus of velocity
AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
Attacking: 14,3 | 39 | 87% | 12,5 | 70 | 1,43 | 17,9

With gloves of archery
AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
Attacking: 16,7 | 46 | 87% | 14,7 | 70 | 1,43 | 21,0

+9 longbow of velocity
AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
Attacking: 13,7 | 52 | 92% | 12,7 | 70 | 1,43 | 18,1

With archery
AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
Attacking: 15,9 | 55 | 92% | 14,7 | 70 | 1,43 | 21,1


That's strange, do the numbers lie? I mean both the ammo and the launcher claim to be higher for longbow ....

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Post Friday, 23rd December 2016, 15:10

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I don't know, I don't see base damage in description of arrows. Maybe I did something wrong last time, it looks ok now.

With archery.

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Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup version 0.19.1
Attack: Hill Orc Berserker vs. stone giant (4000 rounds) (2016/12/23/10:08:07)
Hill Orc Berserker: XL 1   Str 19   Int 7   Dex 10
Wielding: +9 fustibalus of velocity with 30 sling bullets, Skill: Slings
stone giant: HD 16   AC 12   EV 2

    Slings | AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
         0 |      9,9 |     36 |      91% |   9,1 |   140  |  0,71 |      6,5
         1 |      9,7 |     34 |      91% |   8,9 |   135  |  0,74 |      6,6
         2 |      9,9 |     35 |      92% |   9,1 |   130  |  0,77 |      7,0
         3 |     10,1 |     35 |      92% |   9,3 |   125  |  0,80 |      7,5
         4 |     10,4 |     38 |      92% |   9,6 |   120  |  0,83 |      8,0
         5 |     10,2 |     37 |      91% |   9,4 |   115  |  0,87 |      8,2
         6 |     10,4 |     39 |      92% |   9,6 |   110  |  0,91 |      8,7
         7 |     10,6 |     39 |      91% |   9,7 |   105  |  0,95 |      9,3
         8 |     10,7 |     44 |      92% |   9,8 |   100  |  1,00 |      9,8
         9 |     10,8 |     41 |      92% |  10,0 |    95  |  1,05 |     10,5
        10 |     11,1 |     43 |      92% |  10,2 |    90  |  1,11 |     11,4
        11 |     11,3 |     42 |      92% |  10,5 |    85  |  1,18 |     12,4
        12 |     11,3 |     40 |      92% |  10,5 |    80  |  1,25 |     13,1
        13 |     11,6 |     44 |      92% |  10,8 |    75  |  1,33 |     14,4
        14 |     11,8 |     40 |      92% |  10,9 |    70  |  1,43 |     15,6
        15 |     12,1 |     47 |      92% |  11,3 |    70  |  1,43 |     16,1
        16 |     12,2 |     43 |      92% |  11,4 |    70  |  1,43 |     16,2
        17 |     12,1 |     44 |      92% |  11,2 |    70  |  1,43 |     16,0
        18 |     12,6 |     50 |      91% |  11,5 |    70  |  1,43 |     16,4
        19 |     12,7 |     47 |      93% |  11,8 |    70  |  1,43 |     16,9
        20 |     12,8 |     52 |      93% |  11,9 |    70  |  1,43 |     17,0
        21 |     13,1 |     47 |      93% |  12,2 |    70  |  1,43 |     17,4
        22 |     12,9 |     48 |      93% |  12,0 |    70  |  1,43 |     17,1
        23 |     13,2 |     50 |      93% |  12,4 |    70  |  1,43 |     17,6
        24 |     13,5 |     51 |      93% |  12,6 |    70  |  1,43 |     18,0
        25 |     13,6 |     53 |      93% |  12,7 |    70  |  1,43 |     18,1
        26 |     13,7 |     54 |      93% |  12,9 |    70  |  1,43 |     18,4
        27 |     13,9 |     48 |      93% |  13,0 |    70  |  1,43 |     18,6
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Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup version 0.19.1
Attack: Hill Orc Berserker vs. stone giant (4000 rounds) (2016/12/23/10:08:47)
Hill Orc Berserker: XL 1   Str 19   Int 7   Dex 10
Wielding: +9 longbow of velocity with 30 arrows, Skill: Bows
stone giant: HD 16   AC 12   EV 2

      Bows | AvHitDam | MaxDam | Accuracy | AvDam | AvTime | AvSpeed | AvEffDam
         0 |     11,9 |     40 |      91% |  10,9 |   170  |  0,59 |      6,4
         1 |     12,1 |     44 |      91% |  11,1 |   165  |  0,61 |      6,8
         2 |     12,2 |     41 |      92% |  11,3 |   160  |  0,62 |      7,0
         3 |     12,2 |     44 |      91% |  11,2 |   155  |  0,65 |      7,2
         4 |     12,6 |     42 |      92% |  11,6 |   150  |  0,67 |      7,7
         5 |     12,7 |     46 |      92% |  11,7 |   145  |  0,69 |      8,1
         6 |     12,8 |     48 |      91% |  11,8 |   140  |  0,71 |      8,4
         7 |     13,1 |     50 |      93% |  12,2 |   135  |  0,74 |      9,0
         8 |     13,3 |     46 |      91% |  12,2 |   130  |  0,77 |      9,4
         9 |     13,4 |     47 |      92% |  12,4 |   125  |  0,80 |      9,9
        10 |     13,5 |     46 |      91% |  12,4 |   120  |  0,83 |     10,3
        11 |     14,2 |     52 |      92% |  13,1 |   115  |  0,87 |     11,4
        12 |     14,3 |     54 |      93% |  13,4 |   110  |  0,91 |     12,2
        13 |     14,4 |     54 |      93% |  13,5 |   105  |  0,95 |     12,8
        14 |     14,6 |     51 |      92% |  13,5 |   100  |  1,00 |     13,5
        15 |     14,6 |     61 |      92% |  13,6 |    95  |  1,05 |     14,3
        16 |     14,9 |     53 |      93% |  13,9 |    90  |  1,11 |     15,4
        17 |     15,0 |     56 |      93% |  14,0 |    85  |  1,18 |     16,5
        18 |     15,2 |     57 |      93% |  14,1 |    80  |  1,25 |     17,6
        19 |     15,6 |     56 |      93% |  14,6 |    75  |  1,33 |     19,5
        20 |     15,7 |     62 |      93% |  14,7 |    70  |  1,43 |     21,0
        21 |     16,0 |     55 |      93% |  15,0 |    70  |  1,43 |     21,4
        22 |     15,9 |     63 |      92% |  14,7 |    70  |  1,43 |     21,0
        23 |     16,3 |     60 |      92% |  15,1 |    70  |  1,43 |     21,6
        24 |     16,6 |     64 |      93% |  15,5 |    70  |  1,43 |     22,1
        25 |     17,0 |     60 |      93% |  15,8 |    70  |  1,43 |     22,6
        26 |     17,1 |     61 |      93% |  15,9 |    70  |  1,43 |     22,8
        27 |     17,7 |     65 |      93% |  16,6 |    70  |  1,43 |     23,7
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Post Saturday, 24th December 2016, 04:09

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Post Saturday, 24th December 2016, 21:01

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I'm not sure it really matters with the whole "DCSS is not designed by polls" thing, but I'd give Fo large rocks at least. You could add giant clubs, I wouldn't use them (I'd rather have the shield), so that one doesn't really matter much to me. With the change that made large rock throw delay follow weapon skills rather than unarmed skills, you now need* high throwing skill to make large rocks truly effective, so it isn't really overpowering in the same way as it used to be.

*You can still throw a large rock with low skill if nothing is close to you and hope for a lucky hit, but at roughly 20 aut a throw and low accuracy it's not very reliable until you have significant throwing skill (probably a minimum of 10 and 15 is better, etc).

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Post Sunday, 25th December 2016, 19:33

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fo with large rocks wouldn't break the game, but i don't see any particular reason to give them it, either.

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Post Monday, 26th December 2016, 13:57

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PleasingFungus wrote:fo with large rocks wouldn't break the game, but i don't see any particular reason to give them it, either.

How about "because ammo aquirement got removed and i dont want to resort to tomahawks and small stones on a race that can wield a longbow and shield".
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Post Tuesday, 27th December 2016, 10:30

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PleasingFungus wrote:fo with large rocks wouldn't break the game, but i don't see any particular reason to give them it, either.


Ants in real life are sorta famous for the whole "carry giant stuff around" thing. It makes a sort of intrinsic sense that ant-people SHOULD be able to carry and throw giant rocks to me. I think things that add flavor/fun without actually affecting gameplay much are a good thing.

Formicid's description says "With the ability to lift ten times their own weight, the Formicids have strength rivaling that of ogres." Ogres can hold large rocks, formicids are as strong as ogres, ergo they can hold giant rocks.

Also, it'd be nice to have a third giant-rock species. Having a third one who CAN do it but isn't really amazing at it might be neat, since ogre and troll both have giant-rock-thrower as a recommended start.

Also come on, the idea of ants carrying giant rocks is insanely fun: https://www.colourbox.com/preview/4826995-rock-carvings-ant-tales.jpg
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Post Tuesday, 27th December 2016, 11:42

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luckums_wormsnacker wrote:Also come on, the idea of ants carrying giant rocks is insanely fun: https://www.colourbox.com/preview/4826995-rock-carvings-ant-tales.jpg


I think fun is good justification if it doesn't break the game.
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