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Final Fantasy Tactics / Re: Final Fantasy Fractics
« on: October 22, 2014, 02:24:58 AM »
Cloud, Luso, Balthier even being IN the game.  They don't belong and are simply an example of shameless promotion by Square.

FFT Arena / Re: Team submissions
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:18:24 PM »

FFT Arena / Re: Arena battle videos and discussion
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:01:41 AM »
AI Report (Mime Debrief):

1) If your mime has MP dependent skills, you entire team will not use quickening unless the entire enemy party is asleep or charmed or death sentenced.
2) Last Song will be mimicked ONLY IF no other action was mimicked after last song was cast.  In other words, if last song causes any unit (including the mime) to get a turn and make an action, the mime will "forget" to mimic last song.
3) If your mime is charging a spell and mimicks anything before completing the spell, the mime will not complete his spell because the act of mimicking deletes the charged spell's data while retaining "Charging" status.  I think this is why Square didn't let mimes have secondaries.

FFT Arena / Re: Arena battle videos and discussion
« on: October 17, 2014, 09:55:53 PM »
That mystery attack you saw was Tsuzumakuzu.

FFT Arena / Re: FFT Arena: Balance Discussion Thread
« on: October 16, 2014, 05:46:24 AM »
1) Armor break has a ~65% chance to land on max PA setup for Bow Gun before considering target evasion (average around 20% or so).  Thus, we're looking at 52% chance to break armor on top of a 50% proc rate or a total of around 25% armor break.
2) Damage to maxHP does not affect currentHP.
3) Once the target's armor is broken, due to a bug in my ASM (that FFM doesn't want to fix), consecutive triggers of armor break WILL DO NOTHING.

Honestly, to make the Bow Gun proc "second hit" rather than armor break actually makes it stronger because an extra hit > armor break in terms of damage.

As for your cloth suggestions, Init: Haste is arguably no better than Init: Reflect.  The former favors more offensive teams, the latter more defensive ones.  Init: Haste should exist on its own cloth (rather than steal the slot from Ryozan).
50% Cancel Perform / Cast is not a good idea for a dancer exclusive weapon.  For that weapon to be effective, you must midcharge with it, but midcharging means either a really fast dancer (10 / 11 speed + haste) or a dancer that goes last in your formation order (meaning her dances become suboptimal because she's not casting witch hunt or polka polka before enemy 8 SPD units get their turns).
WEV is typically bad on dancers because while performing, they have no evasion.
As for 50% Knockback, it may create glitches where characters are knocked off the map's boundaries, freezing the game.  It's possible to code without more ASM, but it requires some trickery.

FFT Arena / Re: FFT Arena: Balance Discussion Thread
« on: October 16, 2014, 04:00:04 AM »
I think crossbows are fine.  Now that Ultimus bow has been nerfed, I think gastrofitis will see more use once the metagame stabilizes.  The only slight problems I currently see are long bows:

A) Atheist Bow can still be range boosted by terrain.  Its effect should be swapped with Bow Gun.  In other words, change Atheist Bow to Heavy Shot: 12 WP, 5 Range, 50% Armor Break, 10 W-EV and Bow Gun to 8 WP, 4 Range, 100% Innocent or 10 WP, 4 Range, 50% Innocent (both at 0 W-EV).
B) Silver Bow is too strong.  It should be 13 WP, 5 Range, +2 MA, everything else stays the same.
C) Drop the MA boosts on Ice and Lightning Bows.

Otherwise, the flexibility of the crossbows (ability to use shields, native PA * WP so there's no need to have a ninja subclass) should easily compensate for the extra WP and range on longbows.  Southern cross and kagesougi won't be used consistently even on gastrofitis because the regular attack outranges southern cross and the AI cannot tell the difference between kagesougi and a normal attack (because it doesn't see the status effects being added) and thus will use the two interchangeably.

Damned, turning the veils to "Always" would likely break the game.  Wiz used it to create unstoppable dancers a while back.  Instead, I suggest:
Persia: 12 WP, 2 Range, 10 W-EV, Init: Haste
Cashmere: 12 WP, 2 Range, 10 W-EV, Init: Prot/Shell
Ryozan: 12 WP, 2 Range, 10 W-EV, Init: Reflect

I suspect Phoenix Blade is currently too good.  It could stand to lose all the W-EV or the fire elemental, but I want to see the metagame pan out first.

Thief's skillset simply needs an overhaul because like you noticed, there's really only two useful skills (SH and Quickening).
A) Heretic belongs on ninja.  And honestly, I'd rather it be (PA + 70)% Innocent, 3 Range / 3 Vert so it'd be an actual threat.  Remove Solution from mediator.
B) Bad Luck is awful now.  It currently is worth only 2 CT / 5 MP.  The point of it, like the decap axe or the climhazzard dagger, is to threaten even tanks with disaster.  The chances may not be high, but they're not supposed to be easy to avoid.  If you really wish to keep the CT / MP costs, then delete kagesougi from ninja and make Bad Luck 100% Random: DM, DA, Stop, Blind, Silence.
C) Spellbreaker should be the magical version of Kagesougi.  In other words, weapon range / elemental / 50% RemoveBuffs / 5 MP.  I suspect being MA-based (and not adding DA) would make it more balanced than Kagesougi.
D) Quickening is balanced by AI behavior.  It will only use quickening if your character has no other MP dependent skill.  Thus, a quickening thief cannot use spellbreaker, heretic, bad luck, or any of the ruins and cannot be used on a mage.
E) If Thief really needs to be nerfed (I doubt it), then we can give Steal Heart an MP cost so Quickening thieves can't use it.
F) Steal Accessory and Speed Ruin are fine.
G) Magic Ruin is not an efficient spell.  Steal Heart and HEretic are both better ways to interrupt spells.  Even if the effect connects, the MP reduction often isn't enough to stop the target from using her spell.  Thus, I suggest (assuming we delete Kagesougi) that Magic Ruin be changed to Master RUin:
[PA/2] * WP to HP
[PA/2] * WP to MP
Weapon Elemental, P-EVable
12 MP
1 Range, 3 Vert
Off a dedicated physical attacker, the MP damage will be significant enough to cancel spells while also dealing damage.  The low range keeps it balanced.  Of course, the Monster Dictionary now needs a new proc.  Maybe 50% bizen boat?
H) Power and Mind Ruin I have no idea how to fix.

As for Tornado / Quake, 3 CT and being reflectable should suffice.

If the Asura change proves popular, can we have other underused draw outs like muramasa and heaven's cloud be PA * 9 and 7, respectively?

FFTA/FFTA2 Hacking / Re: Reflex or Strikeback
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:33:46 AM »
Reflex = all physical attacks designating your unit as the target has 0% accuracy
Strikeback = all physical attacks within weapon range designating your unit as the target are preempted by your weapon's attack
REturn Fire = all ranged physical attacks designating your unit as the target are shot back at the attacker

FFT Arena / Re: Arena battle videos and discussion
« on: October 11, 2014, 05:16:10 PM »

FFT Arena / Re: FFT Arena Stream day
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:44:48 PM »
Count me in!

FFT Arena / Re: FFT Arena: Balance Discussion Thread
« on: October 04, 2014, 06:55:27 PM »
These changes seem to be make things more balanced.  I may actually play again.

However, there are a few things from the last few seasons that we didn't fix.  Not every status proc is equal.  Due to how the AI works, the actual value of procs in this game is different than how human players will value such procs.  In order of lethality:
1) Charm (makes the enemy unit work for you temporariliy, during which your team will not target)
2) Sleep (takes an enemy unit out of the battle for 60 CT, during which your team will not target)
3) Petrify (makes an enemy unit unable to battle by KOing it)
4) Frog (makes an enemy unit unable to battle, BUT your team will easily kill the target)
5) Stop (takes an enemy unit out of the battle, BUT your team will target)
6) Don't Act (makes an enemy unit unable to battle, BUT your team is able to target)

Notice the difference between 1-3 and 4-6.  In the first 3, the enemy unit will always be incapacitated long-term because they will not be targeted; in the latter 3, the enemy unit is incapacitated BUT can be targeted.  As a result, incapacitation in the latter cases may not always "stick" (because if the incapacitated unit is immediately targeted and killed, the proc then has no long-term value).  This mismatch was used by Avalanche in S6 (first place) and S7 (second place) to brutal effect because he was able to wield both a sleep sword and an ancient sword on the same unit.  Thus, I suggest:
1) Remove Sleep Sword
2) Remove Ancient Sword
3) Remove Moonlight exchange for
I) Zombie Lance (13 WP, +1 SP, 33% Zombie) replaces Spear
II) Stone Spear (12 WP, +1 SP, 20% Petrify) replaces Mythril Spear
III) Luna Spear (11 WP, +1 SP, 50% Proc: Moonlight) replaces Partisan
IV) Holy Lance update (10 WP, +1 SP, 25% Sleep, Holy Element)

The Moonlight suggestion is because Lancer is the base class for dragon spirit (and thus, can best exploit the Moonlight proc).
Overall, this suggestion will further balance the game as lances cannot be mixed with 2S (which is how Avalanche won) and lancer currently does not have enough offensive options.  (It won't further empower already powerful classes because lances can only be natively used by lancers.)

Works in Progress / Re: Enforced Generic Class Challenge
« on: July 09, 2014, 08:40:35 PM »
Good to see you're actually interested in this "counterintuitive" patch.  Currently, I'm working on a much bigger project that shares much of EGCC's core mechanics (meaning I likely won't update EGCC until I finish that patch's mechanics).  Expect an update by September 1st.

New Project Ideas / Re: Patch Ideas Proposal Thread
« on: May 03, 2014, 03:46:45 PM »
Dome, I like the idea, but it would take forever if monsters only did 1 damage to the shaman.  Maybe it would work better if it was 25% normal damage?

CONMAN, check your PMs.

The Lounge / Re: Houses of a yet un-named world
« on: April 03, 2014, 04:21:24 PM »
Your latest one is the most detailed one yet.  Are all of these going to be used in that game you are making?  Has there been any updates?

The Lounge / Re: Who here likes Suikoden, writing and/or game dev?
« on: April 03, 2014, 04:19:23 PM »
I know nothing about the game's lore, but I do like fiddling around with geography (and I do know quite a bit).  If you all want to discuss this further, I'll relay the details over PM.

Journey of the Five Ch.1 / Re: flowoftime feedback thread
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:24:46 PM »
Dorter Trade City comes up on you pretty quick in your first Vanilla playthrough. How many people got through that battle on their first try without losing a unit?

I'm pretty sure I did, but then again, I didn't know how to change jobs or learn abilities during my first play-through until Chapter II.

PSX FFT Hacking / Re: Charge and Delay ASM hack proposal
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:26:57 PM »
Check my edits, Jupi.

PSX FFT Hacking / Re: Charge and Delay ASM hack proposal
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:17:29 PM »
D&D has mages that are frailer and often slower than physicals with no good weapon options.  You cannot carry that over into a MP system (or really, any system that adds new requirements specifically on mages) and expect things to work.

Oddly enough, frail and slow works as long as midcharging isn't possible.  Pretty much, low or no CT means mages are getting optimal strikes.
If you want faster mages, then they either need weapons or more HP.
If you want to keep charging and retain really long-charges, then midcharging needs to be survivable.  Arena tried to reduce FFT's unfair bonuses but that didn't really work.  It effectively means more HP (or charging granting defensive bonuses) and putting every single means of incapacitation on a charge timer so they're less effective at midcharging.

PSX FFT Hacking / Re: Charge and Delay ASM hack proposal
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:11:22 PM »
I'd appreciate it if you actually bothered to read my posts instead of casting it off as rubbish and replying with spam in a language you don't even understand.  The problem ISN'T that I have an intrinsic horror against people who design non-FFT mechanics, but that I want a mechanical system that is better than FFT.  I do not want to see a system that, in order to be optimally balanced, mathematically implies mechanics that are less balanced than an optimized MP system.  The fact FFT did not properly balance the MP system and that most RPGs were unduly influenced by D&D and thus created mages that actually violate balance under the MP system does not mean the MP system itself is inferior.  Jupi's prejudices are simply a result of bad experiences, not reasoned analysis.  Of course, my proof is not exact (because to fully list out all the variables and the correct functional relations would be the work of a supercomputer), and as I wrote in my previous post (which you chose to ignore), I am fully aware that my ideas of balance, if taken to their logical conclusion turns the RPG to a puzzle game.

Of course, you can choose to preserve the RPG elements at the expense of full balance.  You can definitely turn FFT into a pseudo-FFX or pseudo-Gugnir PSP system.  But if that's the case, please do not pretend your proposal is more balanced than tweaked version of FFT with MP balance.

If you think I'm wrong, then prove me wrong with actual results.  Either produce a mathematical proof to refute me or produce a patch that runs well with these mechanics.  Don't waste your time and mine spamming this thread.

Oh, and as for my patch?  It's Phoenix Down, not angel ring, and yes, that's supposed to happen.

Journey of the Five Ch.1 / Re: flowoftime feedback thread
« on: March 13, 2014, 03:44:40 PM »
Curing bad status = wasting a turn, thus giving the enemies an advantage to deplete/reduce your HP/MP.

That would be a problem in an AI tournament or a PvP game where the level of intellect on both sides is equal.  However, in PvAI, your human brain is clearly superior to the AI.  You occasionally wasting a turn healing status is far outweighed by the AI wasting a turn almost 50% of the time.  There's no need to worry.

Journey of the Five Ch.1 / Re: flowoftime feedback thread
« on: March 13, 2014, 11:18:22 AM »
2. Only three people have read the AI code.  Me, Glain, and SA.  None of us are primary coders for Jot5.
3. Totally unnecessary.
Poison is cured by Heal (you have Ramza).
Charm can be dispelled by attacking your own units.  Just because the AI is too stupid to do this properly doesn't mean you have to be.
Confuse can be removed in the same way as charm, but it's actually good for you because you can use it to exploit the AI.  A confused unit will not be directly targeted by the AI unless the AI can 1HKO him or he walks into the AoE range of an AI attack.

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