Stop Casting ability for Ray status


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Post Sunday, 8th December 2013, 19:44

Stop Casting ability for Ray status

As it stands, there is no way to stop casting Searing Ray and wait in place. (See viewtopic.php?f=5&t=10111&p=139645) While that's not a common scenario, it is something that you would potentially want to do. I propose an instant cast ability called Stop Casting (or similar) that removes the Ray status effect. Of course, taking any action would automatically Stop Casting as it does currently. (I imagine this would also be important for any future channeled spells as well.)

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Post Sunday, 8th December 2013, 22:32

Re: Stop Casting ability for Ray status

e: Sorry, apparently my solution to this pointless request doesn't work and struck quite a nerve with the op.
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Post Tuesday, 10th December 2013, 01:07

Re: Stop Casting ability for Ray status

Instead of waiting, you could ctrl-attack in a direction. Burns one turn, doesn't move you, and should stop Searing Ray. I don't think that it's worth adding an extra ability for such a niche case.

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Post Tuesday, 10th December 2013, 04:41

Re: Stop Casting ability for Ray status

WalkerBoh wrote:Instead of waiting, you could ctrl-attack in a direction. Burns one turn, doesn't move you, and should stop Searing Ray. I don't think that it's worth adding an extra ability for such a niche case.


There could still be weird cases where this option doesn't work (you're surrounded by friendlies on 7 sides and case Searing Ray through the opening, then another one moves into the opening so you're now completely surrounded by friendlies and don't want to move), but it does handle the vast majority of cases.

A stop casting ability doesn't seem like a complete waste, though, especially if we get more channeled abilities in the future. It's very rare that you want to interrupt a Searing Ray without performing another action instead, but that doesn't mean that will always be the case.

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Post Tuesday, 10th December 2013, 06:07

Re: Stop Casting ability for Ray status

Then you drop something.

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Post Tuesday, 10th December 2013, 06:47

Re: Stop Casting ability for Ray status

dck wrote:Then you drop something.

What if you're flying over lava?

The POINT is that, instead of coming up with increasingly contrived ways of canceling Searing Ray, there should just be a Stop Casting ability.

Cue someone else coming to chime in "Why not just wield or eat something?" because they cannot read.

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Post Tuesday, 10th December 2013, 07:13

Re: Stop Casting ability for Ray status

No offense, but it seems like you are the only person who cares about this in this forum.

I believe you mentioned you are a programmer so why don't you just make a patch and post it to mantis?
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Post Tuesday, 10th December 2013, 07:24

Re: Stop Casting ability for Ray status

Or, if you can't be bothered, feel free to heed NOPE's advice in the other thread and post it to mantis.
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Post Tuesday, 10th December 2013, 08:15

Re: Stop Casting ability for Ray status

Mantis is for bug report and submitting patches, not feature request. Anyway, there have been other complains about the searing ray interface. Resting to keep casting it is unintuitive and being unable to reaim it is also not very good. That's why I suggested in an earlier thread that after casting it, you're put back into targeting mode with a restricted angle. To stop casting, just cancel targeting. This would also address the OP's much more elegantly.
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Post Tuesday, 10th December 2013, 09:17

Re: Stop Casting ability for Ray status

galehar wrote:Mantis is for bug report and submitting patches, not feature request. Anyway, there have been other complains about the searing ray interface. Resting to keep casting it is unintuitive and being unable to reaim it is also not very good. That's why I suggested in an earlier thread that after casting it, you're put back into targeting mode with a restricted angle. To stop casting, just cancel targeting. This would also address the OP's much more elegantly.

Thanks for the info. Could you link that thread here, as well as lock(?) this thread and the other one (viewtopic.php?f=5&t=10111) since I think we reached the limit of any productive discussion on the subject.
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Post Tuesday, 10th December 2013, 10:11

Re: Stop Casting ability for Ray status

Here is the other thread. I'm locking this one.
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