Salvaging and new prowess system 3/6/13
As I mentioned in the last update, salvaging is going in the patch we're putting out today. A little about this feature from Vaggelis and Elias, DFUW designers:
The salvaging skill is basically the reverse of the crafting skills; it takes a crafted item and breaks it down to the raw material used in its construction. Salvaging is classified as a crafting skill in the GUI and for the most part functions as one.
Currently, there are two types of items that can be salvaged:
All crafted items that can be equipped. This includes all weapons, armor, robes, bows etc… but not figurines for mounts or ships.
All "broken" items. These are new versions of all weapons and armor added to the game as monster loot. These cannot be equipped and they exist only for salvaging
Just like the crafting GUI, the salvaging GUI can be accessed at any time, from anywhere, through a variety of different methods; these are:
A new context menu entry ("Salvage"), available by right-clicking any salvageable item in the back-pack
Double-clicking the salvaging skill, in the skills window
Double-clicking any broken item in the back-pack
Double-clicking the salvaging skill in the crafting skill selection window that appears when a player interacts with a crafting workstation
While the GUI window can be displayed from any location, it imposes several "restrictions" and will only allow the skill to be performed if they are all satisfied:
Depending on how the GUI window is launched, it will either display the complete window with all sections populated (this view is shown when the window is launched from an item), or it will display the instruction to select an item to salvage (displayed when the window is launched from the skill, and the intended salvage item is not yet known). To select the item to salvage, or to change the selected item, the context menu options, or double-clicking for broken items can be used, or any salvageable item can be dragged from the player's back-pack and dropped on the salvage item section at the top of the salvage window.
When the item to salvage has been selected, the window will display 4 sections:
Information about the selected "salvage item"
Information about the crafting skill that is used to create the item
The list of salvageable resources that may be obtained by salvaging the item
The amount of salvage operations to perform (which also displays the cost of performing the salvage operations, and the time the operations will take)
Note: the quantity section is only enabled for broken items, since they are stackable and can be salvaged "in bulk", for non-broken items, the skill operates on a specific, unique, instance of the item, and therefore cannot perform a bulk-operation.
Assuming all restrictions have been satisfied, the "begin salvage" button will be enabled, and can be clicked to initiate the salvage operation. Once a salvage operation is started, the button can be clicked again to cancel the operation at any point.
What restrictions exist?
There are 3 restrictions on a player’s ability to salvage a specific salvageable item:
The player must possess the crafting skill that is used to create the item, at the appropriate skill-level. Basically, if you cannot craft an item, you cannot salvage it either.
The player must be at the same type of crafting workstation where the item was created. To be considered "at" a workstation, the GUI must have been launched by interacting with the workstation and selecting the salvaging skill from the displayed crafting skills list
The player must have enough gold in their back-pack to afford the displayed cost of the salvage operation. For bulk-operations, the player must possess the gold cost for the total number of salvage operations
Resources that can be salvaged
The list of salvageable resources is the same as the items crafting recipe. The only difference is the gold that was required to craft the item; this cannot be salvaged, but instead becomes the "gold cost" for salvaging the item. The quantities of the resources that can be salvaged are also from the item's crafting recipe, but are maximum possible quantities, not guaranteed amounts.
Effect of a salvaging skills
The higher a player's salvaging skill level, the higher their probability of successfully salvaging each salvageable resource and the time taken to perform the salvage operation will be reduced. The player's probability of salvaging each salvageable resources is displayed to the right of the resource name, in the salvageable resources list. For non-broken items, the probabilities of success are reduced, proportionally to the durability of the salvage item. A quick example: a salvage item with 50% durability will have half the chance of success than an item with 100% durability- to players with the same salvaging skill-level.
When a salvage operation is completed, each salvageable resource is evaluated for success individually, in turn, to determine which resources the player successfully salvaged from the salvage item. Then, from this list of "successfully salvaged resources", a quantity of the item is delivered (between 1 and the displayed quantity), the resources are added to the player's back-pack (and the salvage item is removed); so, if a player successfully salvages a resource from the item, they are guaranteed to receive at least one of that resource, but could receive up-to the full quantity.
I'll follow-up with something on the Prowess Point character progression mechanic, and then with the patch notes for today's patch.
Prowess can be gained from all meaningful interactions with the game. From harvesting and crafting, to killing monsters and PvP activities, everything you do will reward you with Prowess Points. The amount of points that you gain will depend on the difficulty or rarity of your achievements. High ranking monsters will offer more points than low ranking ones and crafting high-end items vs. low-end ones, for example, will work the same way.
All characters have a current and total Prowess point number which is displayed at the top right of the GUI, both in Action and GUI mode. The higher the total is, the harder it becomes for players to accumulate Prowess and the more effort they have to put into it to gain the points they need.
Feats are also a great source of Prowess as they reward the players with extra points for completing various tasks. Feat rewards stay the same regardless of how many Prowess Points the player has acquired.
Party Prowess Points
All players in a party will share Prowess point gains. Half of the points will be awarded to the player who performed the action, the rest will be equally divided between party members who are in range.
Attributes are very important in Darkfall Unholy Wars. They affect, among other things, the level of a character's effectiveness in all skills as well as the pool's size. Attribute boosters can make a big difference early on in a character’s life. Attributes can be raised in the paperdoll window by clicking on the "up" arrow next to the attribute of your choice. Doing so will display an interface window allowing you to allocate points to your skill, check the total cost, and finalize your allocation. You can raise attributes one point at a time with diminishing returns. Attribute point cost increases for each additional point but also for each additional attribute you want to increase. For example, raising your first attribute to 50 will cost considerably less than raising your fourth one to the same number.
Boosters can be purchased through the Role window. They can be purchased in bundles of 10 for a total of +40 on each attribute.
Skills can also be raised per point and each skill level will cost more than the previous one. Raising more skills will cost more depending number of Skills you have already raised, the same way it works for attributes. You can raise your skills by clicking the "up" arrow below each skill icon in the skills window. The interface is similar to the one used for attributes and operates the same way. What each skill level affects will be explained in the interface as it varies from skill to skill. However, and especially for role skills, skill level mainly affects radius, the pool costs, and cool-downs. For these skills, pool costs and cool-downs bonuses apply only for the Primary School. In contrast, radius bonuses always apply.
Due to the effect crafting skills have on the economy we felt we should exclude them from the Prowess based system. All crafting skills can be raised by creating items. It works the same way for the new Salvaging skill. Harvesting skills however are based on the new Prowess system.
Thank you for reading
These are the patch notes for today's patch currently being applied to the game. I'll remind everyone that there is a wipe in order to install the new Prowess based character progression system. We hope you enjoy the new system and we hope we can get good feedback on this by our players.
I'll remind you that in a few days we'll be adding the Primalist as well, in a new patch.
A completely new skill up system, based on Prowess Points, has been added to the game. Players can purchase Attributes and Skill levels using their Prowess Points. Crafting Skills are NOT included in this new system, and keep leveling up by using them. You can read more about it by using the link above.
Salvaging has been added as a default skill under the crafting skills, allowing you to break up armors and weapons back to their crafting materials. You can find more about Salvaging by using the link above.
Broken versions of weapons, shields and armor have been added as monster drops. These items cannot be used by a player, but they can be salvaged
Salvaging an item will reward you with 30% of the amount of prowess you would normally get if you had crafted the same item.
Fog-of-War has been introduced into the World Map. You will now have to explore Agon in order to discover teleportation chambers, mob spawns and other interest points
Added new on-screen challenge notification effects (Challenge, Victory, Defeat, City Conquered, City Lost, Vulnerable Bindstone and Vulnerable Siegestone)
Added Village status markers (Free, Vulnerable in, Vulnerable) and timers
Added Holding status markers (At peace, Challenged, Vulnerable, Grace Period) and timers
Added game option to hide your equipped helmet
Added game option to force show player helmets
Mount and ship figurines now show their current health on their tooltips.
Quick pressing action button (F by default) triggers the default action on the targeted object. Default actions are the use object action for mounts/ships etc, and open the personal bank for bank buildings. If you keep pressing the action button, after 100 milliseconds, it will show the other (potentially) available options on the context menu.
There is a new Prowess Points reward system for killing monsters within a party. The player who gets the killing blow will gain 50% of the total prowess points for that kill. The remaining 50% will be distributed evenly between the rest of the players in that party which are in within 50 meters from the monster killer.
New PvP sources of Prowess Points
Ganking rewards 1 point
Village capture rewards 15 points
Village stealing rewards 4.1 points per 5-minute tick
Small bindstone destruction gives 50 points (Only if you are a part of the siege)
Large bindstone destruction gives 100 points (Only if you are a part of the siege)
The destruction of buildings rewards 60% of building cost (number of modules) as Prowess Points. (When in the offensive side of a siege)
Sinking a ship gives 200% of the Prowess Points gained from that ship’s crafting.
Diminishing returns effect for Prowess Points gain has been reduced. Prowess gained will be reduced gradually and down to a minimum of 10% when reaching 500.000 lifetime points, from down to 1% when reaching 100.000 lifetime points.
Increased the accumulation of Prowess Points when killing monsters. Lowest level monsters (rank 1) reward the same prowess. Low level monster prowess increased by 25%, going up to a 200% increase for the highest ranked monsters.
Removed prowess being rewarded for increasing skills
When a mount is spawned, it now faces the same direction as the player
Clan City Buildings costs have been revamped
Barracks cost has been reduced by 25%
Barracks Second Tier upgrade has been increased by 25%
Keep has been increased by 100%. Also, all Keep variations have been set to cost the same.
Clan Houses have been increased by 100%
Keep Second Tier Upgrade has been reduced by 20%
All Crafting Stations now cost 150 modules
All Harvesting Buildings now cost 400 modules
All Vendors now cost 25 modules
Vendors do not sell apparel or weapons any more
Changed combo-attack animation system timing to improve attack
Added a server-side inventory checker that will serve as an extra layer of security for player inventories.
Fixed Vargashi Defender’s death animation
Tenants can now use their House Recall
Fixed a bug where you would lose more building modules when spamming a building upgrade button.
Fixed a bug where you could get stuck after pressing “Toggle Crouch” while resting
Improved client performance when entering a non-active mob spawn and monsters began spawning
Fixed an animation bug where when you double tapped the crouch button and held it you would appear walking instead of crouching.
Fixed an animation bug where you would get stuck in crouch position after crouching below certain props
Fixed a bug where you would keep your momentum after jumping in water from a high ground position and diving very fast
Fixed a bug where the special effect and animation of bindstone recall would remain on the player after the skill was cancelled.
”Bandits” variation mobs should now attack every time
”Khamset” variation mobs should now attack every time
Scumling Queen should now attack every time
Veilron orbs and golem should now react properly
Fixed a bug where epic mobs would respawn almost instantly after dying
Fixes to the Death Pig Mount mesh
Many fixes to Weapons (Sizes and Missing Faces)
Improved the visual of the Acid Shader
Fix for reflection shader swapping
Fix for asynchronously loaded animated objects
Fix for particle culling
Localization of options window
Some updated shaders
Remade Cor Ymirhal (Tovarr Capital)
Collision fixes for all Human Clan Keeps
Fixed the Ork Keep entrances
Prop fixes in Berghammar
Prop fixes in Banegorge
Prop fixes in Ahu Ishtra
Prop fixes in Aziram
Prop fixes in Chultun
Prop fixes in Long March
Prop fixes in Cranwyn
Prop fixes in Odmanfau
Terrain fixes to Caldcote
Terrain fixes to Cor Ymirhal
Terrain fixes to Greendale
Terrain fixes to Sweetwater
Terrain Fixes in the corner of Larethain,Romanyr,Urranyr,Anyth
Terrain Fixes on the seam between Blackwood and Carpendale
Fixed water hole between Whitecove and Khanruk
Fixed water holes in Lyran
Added banks near all chaos stones
Added dynamic lights to all Teleportation Chambers
Fixed Leenspar Chest Position in Damanfau
Added Leenspar Chests in Galombrah and Dagnamyr
Fixed the tar lake inside the Clan City in Mar Shral
Fixed Necroguardian Position in Bladethorpe