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Tue, 28 May 2002 10:01:39 +0200
I finally did a rough draft of the item system. I hope it fits in with the
existing coding. Anyways, just send me your comments, ideas for improvements
ect. If you like the system I will come up with more example Items.
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Items and Inventory:
Item Name: This is the identifier for items. Each name is unique and clearly
marks the item!
Icon: Each item has an icon (a picture of the item). Icons have the same size
for all items, no matter if it is a healing potion or an armour.
Category: Each item is assigned to a certain category. By assigning an item to
a category, you also define how the item can be used and how it interacts with
the character/environment/spells ect.
All of the above can be equiped and have no effect on their own, if they do not
hold any enchantments (we can add to/substract from this list as we see fit).
In fact I think we should really limit the list because that means the player
will have to make more strategic decisions. We could even make certain items
race or gender specific, saying for example that only males can have tatoos
while only females can have earrings.
I think a character can only have one item from each of these categories
equiped (ring is an exception, you can wear 2 of them).
The following are the combat relevant items. Whenever they are equiped they
modify one of your stats. Of course you can only equip one armour at a time.
Because it makes programming easier and leaves the player with more strategic
choices I would allow the player to equip one ranged weapon, one shield and one
melee weapon at the same time.
armour: gives you a bonus to your (who would have guessed) armour value
shield: gives you a bonus to your parry percentage
melee weapon : gives a bonus to your damage value
ranged weapon: gives a bonus to your damage value / as well as your attack range
I would suggest that we do not use a fixed button for attacks and one for
spells (for example) . Instead we should use a more or less variable approch:
A character has 2 (or maybe 3, though we should keep the number of buttons low,
so adonthell can be played with a game pad) attack buttons, which are in fact
just slots where items can be equiped. These attack items are the fighting
feats, as well as spells, songs and the likes. A character starts the game with
the two fighting feats ranged attack and melee attack. Both have no
prequesites. As he progresses throughout the game, he can learn spells, songs
and further fighting skills, which he can equip.
USABLE ITEMS: some items can acctually be used on their own, however they are
used up (or lose a charge) in the process. These include potions, torches,
scrolls, charged wands ect. I would suggest that the player can use them (since
they can not be equipped they can use the same button as the equip button for
other items), and then their effect takes place over a shorter or longer time
period (interally the engine could treat them the same way as spells). For
example, whenever a character uses a torch one charge could be depleted, giving
the character some extra light for 5 minutes. When the character has used up
all the charges, the item becomes useless and disappears. Some very powerful
items (such as a powerful wand) could even be recharged after they are "empty".
BACKPACK ITEMS : these include books, keys, gems, herbs and all kinds of other
icons that can not be equiped or 'used'. These items are stored in the
backback, they are not assigned to any one of the characters. Of course all the
other items can also be put in the backpack (which is in fact the party
inventory) but then no character profits from them.
Description: This is a short note giving backgrond info, as well as game
relevant information (and the text of a book).
Prequisites: Whenever you want to equip or use am item the engine checks
whether you meet the prequisites or not. If you do not meet them you can not
equip/use the item. The prequistites can be any combination of minimum level,
ranks in an ability, ranks in a skill, a specific alignment or a certain value
in one of the attributes.
Special Properties: Only equipable items can have special properties. As long
as the item is equiped the special properties apply. These include
enchantments, blessings, curses and all other kinds of special properties.
Price: This is the unmodified price, the amount of money the item should fetch.
Of course traders will offer slightly less when they by the item and charge
slightly more when they sell it. The price is modified by demand, your barter
skill and how well the person you are trading with likes you.
Specific Situations/ Game Implementation: There are a lot of items that can
only be used in certain situations. One example are keys. Instead of giving the
player the option to use them, whenever the certain situation occurs (in this
case the character tries to open a locked door), the game checks whether the
required icon is in the backpack (in this case it could be 'rusted key' or
'key34'). The same works for reagents. They are not an item category on their
own. Instead when your character uses an anvil a dialogue window opens (so
internally an anvil is just a verrrrrry dull person), and checks whether you
have ore in your backpack or not. Depending on this check the dialogue window
could either read: 'I do not what I could be doing here'. Or a choice of 'I use
my ore to forge a magic hammer' and 'I use my ore to improve my armour'. Of
course the same applies for enchanting items.
Further notes: When I designed these item rules I tried to take their handling
as well as the final gui into consideration. In fact that is impossible though.
Therefore I would like to hear your suggestions concerning the final button
layout and how the inventary is to be navigated. I believe we should make the
game playable with 4 buttons and a D-Pad, so it is playable withjoypads, on
organizers (some day hopefully) and the likes. Of course the the game would
allow for many more buttons, I would just suggest that it should be possible to
play it with 4 buttons.
4-Button Game Pad Gamepad layout:
D-Pad: Used to give directions and navigate the menu(s)
Rune of Sharpness:
useable/ Requires: weapon improvement 2 ranks/Desc.: your weapon carries the
rune of sharpness. It can be activated once, then it diminishes. When activated
the your melee damage increases by an extra 8 points./ Value: 0 gold
melee weapon/ Requires: melee weapons 2 ranks/Desc.: A very large and effective
weapon that originates from the common lumberjack's axe. Melee Damage + 2d6
(2-12) / Value: 65 gold
Attack Item/ Req.: fire magic 2 ranks/ Desc.: A huge ball of fire blasts from
your hands to burn everything in its way. Uses 5 power when cast, has a hit
chance of 75%, deals 2d6 points of fire damage. / Value: 100 gold
Recipe for medium poison:
backpack/ req.:alcheny 2 ranks, 2 bitter leafs (activates when you talk to an
anvil) / Desc. Use the knownledge written down in this recipe to create poison.
Uses 5 power when brewed, consumes the 2 bitter leafs. Creates a potion of
medium poison. / Value: 45 gold
usable/ req.: alignment =< 2 (how do you do an equal to/smaller as symbol?) / A
vicious poison that severly harms the opponent, and would only be used by the
most evil of characters. When used one charge is depleted (starts with 10
charges), and your weapon is coated with poison (+2 to damage for the next
hit). 5% chance that your alignment value is reduced by 1. / Value: 30 gold
- [Adonthell-general] Inventory/Items,