Jay_H wrote: ↑Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:06 pm
Once again robbing from Discord, there are more effects that could be implemented to make DF's spell schools more usable. Illusion, as it stands, is completely broken: Invisibility is far too powerful for too little cost. Therefore, Invisibility would need to increase in spell cost, and let other spells have lower costs.
I don't think Destruction or Restoration need content since they're the most used and most purposeful spell schools, so I don't include them here. Suggestions welcome, though.
I've been giving these ideas some more thinking. He's a few thoughts.
Note: I haven't had time to actually play DFU as much as I would've liked to. So I am quite short on first-hand experience. This can of course, be countered easily: more experienced players just need to weigh in and tell me if I am saying something stupid.
I am a big fan of the idea of expanding, improving the magic system. But I would like any change to be well thought-through.. the game world consistent.
I'd begin by looking at the definition of the magic schools and decide the placement of effects into schools based on that.
I would also reconsider reassigning spell effects already there because in some cases they just don't fit the definition of the school. The original designers most have put some things where they put them to better balance the schools but if we are to be adding new effects, we could also do some rebalancing and while at it, ensure that the effects get into the school they fit best.
A good example would be 'Slowfalling' - I think this one belongs more in thaumaturgy. It could also be alteration, if we imagine that the spell works by removing mass. If we imagine it to work by changing how gravity affects that object, it belongs in Thaumaturgy.
Another would be 'Charm' - arguably a better fit in Illusion.
A couple of more concrete ideas
This school concerns itself with magicka's ability to change, often radically, the structure and composition of any object. Unlike the school of Illusion, Alteration deals with actual change, not the appearance of it. Slowfalling and Shield are two classic spells of the school of Alteration.
To me, it sounds an awful lot like if we were to add the ability of the player to enchant artifacts himself, this is the skill where it would fit best. (Provided we don't want to apprppriate one of the existing skills for this purpose. Provided the amount of fuss it could take to reappropriate a skill, presently I am more inclined to use ALTERATION.)
Also: the ability of the PC to repair (magical) artifacts could be contingent on his alteration skill. (Why can't you repair a piece of equipment by magic? This could also be a good feature of this school.)
Altogether, I am not satisfied with the way enchanting works in the game, so given time, I'd try and remedy this by a mod. With such a feature, the alteration skill would be strong enough to enable the reassigning of a few effects away from the school and still leave it attractive.
This school is concerned with the purely destructive capabilities of magicka, evident in spells like Fireball and Ice Storm.
Perhaps, magical damage to equipment/armor.
This school works with magicka in its capacity to camouflage, illuminate, or obscure without changing an object's structure. Invisibility and Light are two of the school's most basic spells.
Detecting spells belong here, I think.
I've changed my mind about mind-confusing spells like the Bedlam effect proposed higher. They could go in Illusion.
They fit here too if we imagine their working in a way that makes the target perceive things which would induce it to act in accordance with the spell effect.
Could imagine several different things you could make your target do. Make it fight for you, one. Randomly attack, another. Disarm itself and approach the caster, yet another. Flee the caster etc...
These should also work on the PC and there should be some rare enemies that are able to cast these spells. If such spell effect prevails, the player should lose control of the PC and should be reduced to a spectator for the duration of the spell and during which time his character would carry out the effect of the spell. Presently I cannot judge how much more complicated this would be to implement in comparison to the paralysis effect which also hinders the player in certain aspects of control.
There also should be a way to 'resist' these effects apart from the usual magic resistance mechanic. Enemies could resist them in that way too. What that mechanic should be: an interesting question. One could assume those skilled in this school themselves would find it easier to see through an illusion themselves. Or, if we assume that these spells cause you to do the things they do by inducing a dream-like state, you could say skilled Mystics should be able to see through the veil. Or, if the spell induces an urge to do something, those with strong willpower should be more resistant. Interesting question, indeed.
This school experiments with the most arcane aspects of magicka and expanding these "accidents" into a useful if eclectic range of spells. Because the forces being manipulated by Mysticism are dangerous and unknown, the spell effects are purposefully specific. This is evident in spells like Far Silence and Soul Trap.
Enslave undead would be a better fit here. The way undead creatures are created and controlled resonates well with 'the most arcane aspects of magicka'. It should be reasonable to expect the kind of illusion that subverts living beings would not work on undead. Same goes for controlling daedra. These are more probably a function of sheer willpower and strength of magic rather than confusing the target - and if confusing, it should require more arcane magic to do this in comparison to doing it to mortals.
Quick thinking - slows down the simulation so the player'd have more time to assess the situation. Very useful in complex combat situations.
Might also consider conjuration/necromancy effects here.
This school is devoted to the salubrious and soothing powers of magicka, evident in spells like Cure Poison and Troll's Blood.
This school concentrates on exposing or manipulating known forces and objects within their natural laws. This is evident in spells like Levitate and Water Walking.
This is where I would put gravity toss and the magical movement of enemies (perhaps also of things). You could be able to summon (cause to move toward you), toss away, perhaps toss to the left/right and reverse gravity (cause to gain altitude).
This latter could be an effective way of getting rid of enemies. Just make it rise and rise, then it falls and is destroyed.
Another good thing would be to force the enemy simply out of your way with these spells as you approach your target.
Assuming these effects work by influencing physics, ghost and other bodyless entities should be immune.
Another usefull effect would be fast flight. Wondering how high the simulation allows you to fly in the game... I could imagine casting a spell and rising and traveling this way with the speed of an airplane. The spell should be hard to get, hard to master, but extremely useful and/or fun in the right circumstances.
Buying, creating, and casting spells of XXX are less expensive for mages skilled in this path.
Overall, I am not satisfied with this mechanic either. You shouldn't be able to 'buy' spells. I think you should be able to learn spells. Then, after learning a given effect, provided you are intelligent and skilled enough, you should be able to create other spells with that effect by yourself. At a minimum, it should take some time to learn one, perhaps have a limit on how many you can learn in a given period or other limits like you cannot learn a given spell if you are not sufficiently skilled, intelligent and/or lack a certain required amount of willpower.
Please excuse the off-topic parts. I'm planning to eventually put all this in my 'there could be more to magic'
thread too and develop further there.