Instead of increasing chance to avoid an attack completely, armor now reduces the damage you take, based on the material as well as the type of attack. Skills now determine most of your chance to avoid attacks, including many more features.
- Version 1.10, 4/5/2020: Updated For DFU v0.10.22.
- Version 1.10, 4/3/2020:
- Changed how shields work, now attacks against an entity with a shield equipped roll if the shield will be the piece of armor that is doing the damage reduction, or if the armor under it does instead, the chances are much higher for parts of the body that the shield would normally cover, but there is also a smaller chance for other body parts to be protected by the shield as well, a much lower chance, but still a chance. The chances of having the shield reduce the damage are based on the stats of the character, Luck, Endurance, Strength, Willpower, and mostly Agility, and Speed, determine these odds.
- With how this mods works, a shield could actually be a detriment for damage reduction, if the armor under said shield was actually "better" than the shield doing the blocking. For example, a leather shield blocking an attack that would have otherwise been taken by a daedric helm would actually deal more damage than if you did not have the shield at all. This issue has been fixed. Now if a piece of "under armor" has a better damage reduction value than the shield currently equipped, the shield will be ignored, and the better under-armor piece will reduce the damage instead. So you will no longer be punished for using a shield of low value with under-armor of better value.
- Minor change to the hit-odds of some of the body parts. Feet are now more likely to be hit than the head, and legs are more likely to be hit than the hands.
WHAT DOES THIS MOD CHANGE AND WHY?:
- Armor has been changed from having the D&D "Armor Class" rule-set, where better armor would give the wearer a better AC, which would make them harder to hit. This mod changes this entire system, now better armor now instead REDUCES how much damage is taken when hit by a physical attack. Similar to more modern Elder Scrolls games, such as Oblivion, this has more detail than that system though.
- Skills are now what determines your odds of avoiding an attack completely or not. Armor is there to help protect you when you are unable to avoid an attack. With this, the dodge skills has a MUCH higher factor in your avoidance chances, double from classic values. This also works the same for all enemies as well.
- With the theme of wanting skills and innate traits and abilities having more impact on a characters ability to fight well, weapons have had their Hit Bonus nerfed massively. That daedric sword will now give +14 to the wielders hit chance, instead of the classic +60. With this chance, skills now have a far larger impact on a characters ability to hit things. Weapon skills now scale 150% with your skill, instead of 100%.
- Combat focused racials have been buffed. The Adrenaline Rush special advantage has been buffed, and also triggers at a higher threshold of health than before.
- Critical Strike has been reworked completely. When you or an enemies lands a critical strike, the damage of that hit will be multiplied, this value increases as the critical strike skill increases, as well as the classic effect of having an increased hit-chance on that strike as well. With this much more powerful version of the critical strike skill, it now has a much more rare chance of happening, which is determined by the skill as well, the luck attribute now also increases the odds of landing a critical strike. So with 100 CS skill and 50 luck, your chance to land a crit is 25%, and with 100 CS and 100 luck, chance is 50%. The damage multiplier goes up to 200% for the player, and 150% for monsters.
- Damage reduction does not just occur for those using armor. Willpower, Strength, and Endurance all have an effect on the "Natural" physical damage resistance of the player and enemies. Endurance has double the effect that Willpower and Strength have. This natural damage reduction is capped at 20%, both negative and positive. This effect also stacks additively when wearing armor and shields, so it always benefits you, whether naked or armored like a tank.
- Some monsters also have an innate damage reduction as well, this is to simulate them having armor, that they clearly are wearing in their sprite, but not actually being able to wear armor. This includes many enemies such as the Skeletal Warrior, Daedroths, and Daedra Lord, just to list a few.
- Shields now serve a much more effective purpose than before. Shields work the same way in that they protect a few parts of a characters body, but instead of adding a meager AC score like in classic, they now add a very significant damage reduction for the parts of the body they protect, and this damage reduction gets better and better as the MATERIAL of the shield improves. So you won't want to just use that leather tower-shield for long, because it will be vastly out-classed in terms of protection and durability by the higher tier materials. Now those Daedric shields actually have a purpose!
- Since shields are now much more powerful. It also seemed like a good idea to give 2-handed weapons a reason to be used. You now benefit double from the strength modifier for damage while using any 2-handed weapons that are not bows.
- With the focus on skills and attributes effecting hit-chance in mind. Luck now has a slightly higher impact on avoiding being hit. Speed is now taken into account for both hitting and being hit, but at half the effect that agility now has.
- More enemies have been added to the previously exclusive to the Skeletal Warrior club of "Takes double damage from silver". This now includes enemies that would make sense to also have this "weakness". Werewolf, Wereboar, Ghost, Wraith, Vampire, and Mummy.
- This mod also has my previous mod "Believable Equipment Characteristics And Durability" built in as well, which you can find more info on its main mod page. https://www.nexusmods.com/daggerfallunity/mods/75
- The "Roleplay Realism" Archery Module has been baked into this mod as well, as it would otherwise be overridden, it can be toggled on and off in the options.
- Finally, a big addition for the "balance" of this mod is a custom for this overhaul edit of Ralzar's "Meaner Monsters" mod, which changes the primary combat stats of many enemies in the game, with the intention of making them more of a challenge overall. My edit of Meaner Monsters is specifically for this mod, but can be toggled on and off, if you wish. ALL of the vanilla monsters in Daggerfall have been changed in some way, most of them being much more powerful than their original forms.
SPOILERS/MORE DETAILS/INDIVIDUAL MODULE INFO:
- If you want EXACT numbers and information on how some mechanics and formula work in this mod, under the hood. You can look at the source code yourself from the github linked lower down. You can also email/post a thread on the parent forum post linked below and I would be happy to answer any questions.
- 1. Equipment Damage Enhanced
- 2. Fixed Strength Damage Modifier
- 3. Armor Hit Formula Redone
- 4. Critical Strikes Increase Damage
- 5. Roleplay Realism Archery Module
- 6. Ralzar Meaner Monsters Edit
Sorry for the short novel, but since essentially all of this is calculated behind the scenes, I felt some detailed explanation was necessary, as well as what my general purpose was in creating this.
I hope to make more mods similar to this, both small and large.
Feel free to leave any suggestions and such, i'm very open to anything, and hopefully you find this addition enjoyable or enhances your Daggerfall Unity experience in some way.
Github Source Code: Github
Possible Future Feature Ideas & Concepts To Be Added:
- 3/31/2020, 8:55 PM:
- 4/1/2020, 1:45 PM: Make it so the current condition of a piece of equipment, be it armor or weapon determines how effective that piece of equipment does its job. For example, a "New" long-sword will be much sharper than a "Worn" one, so the higher condition value one will deal more damage than the worn one. This would work the same for armor and shields. This would make it so keeping and maintaining your equipment would be rewarded, and poor maintenance would result in less effective equipment.
Before I work on this though, I would like to add items that can be used to maintain and repair equipment on the go to some extent, such as whetstones. Also, I would like to heavily rework how the repair service works, I think it takes too long when time to repair is activated, I think the cost should be based on more than just the base value of the item, as well as the quality of the store an item is being repaired by should have some effect. I would like to make it so repair time can be taken into hour increments, not just entire days.
- 4/1/2020, 2:25 PM: I would like to make it so there is more "feedback" for the player to know that something has happened to their character in terms of the combat rolls. Specifically, I would like a sound to happen that is similar to how when attacking certain enemies and you miss your roll, you here a "parry" or clashing of weapons noise. This feature however would work when the player or enemies get hit, the ones I would like to add would be if an attack has been negated completely into a 0 damage attack, you would hear a sound like the armor got hit, or an attack glanced off metal or something. The other one being when an attack is "blocked" or at least the damage is taken by the shield in some way, you would hear a sound that would make a noise that you might expect to hear something hitting a shield in some way. I think this audio feedback would add both immersion, as well as let the player know what is sort of going on in terms of the dice rolls and such.
- 4/2/2020, 3:45 PM: I think most players can attest to the fact that after a point, enemies have a harder and harder time get a chance to get an attack off on the player, this usually coming down to the player actively moving around to avoid their attack attempts, as well as the one that bothers me that I wish to change. This issue being the fact that hits against enemies does a noticeable "knock-back" effect on enemies, essentially allowing the player to sort of combo enemies to death, without them being able to do much against this. So what I eventually would like to change is altering the "weight" stat of essentially all enemies, so this knock-back is significantly diminished, BUT, having it so the weight of the weapon being used, as well as the strength of the user gives some difference to this change, so a heavy steel warhammer will do much more knock-back than an ebony tonto, or attack from a bow.
- 4/23/2020, 9:40 PM: Someone suggested something on the Nexus Mod Page that I forgot to list here. I would eventually like to have it so the paper-doll accurately represents what the current damage reduction for a body part is, instead of what currently displays, which is the old classic "Armor Value" of the item currently equipped, with my mod enabled this value is completely meaningless, that's why I eventually would like to have this display the actual values that my mod changes these to.
Edit 1 -- 4/3/2020, 11:50 PM: Released Update Version 1.10