Announcing the first Daggerfall Unity gameplay mod. Think: Indiana Jones...
This mod enhances Daggerfall Unity gameplay by making language skills more viable and adding a new guild to the game, called "The Archaeologists Guild". Their mission is to delve into the history of Tamriel and are interested in all creatures and races who have lived or still live there. The guild is a scholarly one and seeks nether attention, power, or riches, but rather knowledge. Its guildhalls are found in smaller towns throughout the Illiac Bay rather than the more expensive and visible cities.The guild is loosely split into members who perform field work, and the more senior members who perform research and are experts in the obscure languages of Tamriel.
Essentially contains gameplay changes I would like for my own playing once DFU is released. I hope others find it enhances their play throughs as well.
- Enable highly intelligent characters who don't use magic to still be a viable playstyle. Sneaking through dangerous dungeons, avoiding or pacifying enemies. Uses potions where neccessary.
- Provide a balanced in-game method for reducing the massive time-sink that DF dungeons can be with the guild service that provides a locator device for dungeon quest targets.
- Language skill checks changed so high language skills give a much better pacification chance.
- Language skills are easier to raise.
- New guild allows training in all language skills up to the level of characters innate intelligence.
- New guild provides hand-to-hand training, which is missing in classic.
- Guild service providing locator device charges that enable enhanced location of quest targets in dungeons.
- New quests to be available from the guild. (written by Jay_H)
The intent of this service is to balance the atmosphere and epic-ness of dungeons, with provision of an in-game method for players to avoid searching the whole dungeon for hours and hours just to complete a simple quest that gets them 5 rep and a few hundred gold. It will not ensure every quest is successful, but just shortcut hours of very boring backtracking and having to explore every single crevice and cranny in the place. It's not intended to be used in every dungeon, but sparingly due to cost.
The locator device is available to any member and provides a magically powered ability to see the quest target location through walls. It will not activate until you have explored a certain portion of the dungeon (50% TBC) and even once activated doesn't help with the labyrinthine mazes, moving elements or magically held locks. Also, to purchase charges for the device you will need to be at least rank of Field Officer. Until that point you will receive one charge for each Archaeologists guild quest taken that requires entering a dungeon. Purchasing charges will be very expensive (5000gp TBC) and will also require a holy tome or dagger to be handed in as well. Rising in the ranks of the guild will reduce this price and at rank 6 you will no longer need to hand in holy items. Since the higher ranks are only available to high INT chars, this allows for characters who are not hoovering loot from corpses to be able to afford charges.
The guild obtains the locator devices and charges from a secretive sect of mages who have a different approach to things and do not see eye to eye with the Mages guild. For this reason those with high ranks in the Mages guild are restricted from the higher levels of the Archaeologists. (since they will probably be hoovering up loot and wont need the reduced charge cost either)
Guild Ranks and Benefits
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Rank Title INT req Benefit ------------------------------------------------------- 0 Field Assistant 40 Training 1 Field Agent 40 Buy potions 2 Field Officer 45 Library access & buy locator charges 3 Field Director 50 Make potions 4 Apprentice 60 24/7 hall access 5 Novice 60 Free Identification 6 Journeyman 65 No holy item needed for locator charges 7 Associate 65 8 Professor 70 9 Master 70
Centaurian, Climbing, Daedric, Dragonish, Giantish, Harpy, Impish, Lockpicking, Nymph, Orcish, Stealth
Centaurian, Climbing, Dodging, Daedric, Dragonish, Giantish, HandToHand, Harpy, Impish, Lockpicking, Nymph, Orcish, Running, Stealth, Swimming
If you want to give it a try, please do so. It's very early alpha so don't go in expecting a finished guild, but early feedback is very useful. The mod works with the latest DFU release #103, but you must enable "Allow Custom Assets" option in Advanced/Gameplay settings otherwise it will not work.
Find the mod v0.2 builds here: https://github.com/ajrb/dfunity-mods/tree/master/build