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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:48 pm

Here's some super-rough concepts. I don't usually post rough concepts on here, you usually only see my polished ideas, but for Items, I'm going to post some of my own ideas in their roughest form. It's just fun.

Morpher:
Morpher - Combat Item
Transform – Free Action
Gain 30 Temporary HP and replace your combat talents with the following for 3 rounds. At the end of those three rounds, your combat talents return to normal and you lose all temporary hp. Once you use this power, you cannot use it again for the rest of the gaming session or the next two gaming sessions.

Morpher Talents
[+3] – Zeta Blast
Choose One
A) Deal 2d12 damage to target creature.
B) Deal 1d12 damage to up to three target creatures

[-2] Zeo Shield – Immediate Interrupt
Trigger – One of your allies is targeted by a combat talent.
The combat talent targets you instead.

[-X] Repeater Blast
Deal 1d8 damage to target creature. You may repeat this attack X times.

Lucky Dice:

Lucky Dice - Item
At the beginning of each day, you may roll three d20s. These d20s are stored in the Lucky Dice. These results vanish at the end of the day.
Preparation Meets Opportunity - Daily Interrupt
Trigger - You would make a skill check
You may use one of the results stored in the lucky dice instead.

Party Cannon:

Party Cannon - Item
Fire the Party Cannon - Daily
You somehow conjure enough scrumptious food and tasty drinks to satisfy six people for the day. Each player participating in the party gains a +1 morale bonus to all skill checks for the rest of the day and may roll a d20. If the result is a natural 20, that player gains a Magic Point.

Portable Rock Wall:
Portable Rock Wall
Conjure Rock Wall - Daily
Create a rock wall up to 20 feet high, 50 feet long and 2 feet thick. It vanishes after fifteen minutes.

Mirror of Missing Friends:
Mirror of Missing Friends
Friend Finder – 1/Day
You may name any individual. You immediately know the direction and distance to that individual.

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Post  XandZero2 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:40 pm

Talk of items, huh? Well, I really like the dice idea. The Morpher and Party Cannon concepts seem to need the most work.

As far as the Morpher goes, why would you ever use Repeater Blast when you have Zeo Blast? I guess if you had a ton of PiPs to use it could be cool, but Zeo Blast looks so OP! I'd just keep Zeo Blasting until the Morpher ability wore off, then I'd break out the Fire Giants. Maybe the Zeo Blast/Repeater Blast damage dice could be changed around or something?

Also, the Party Cannon - what makes it different from Instant Party? Can it be used instantly, with no prep time? That could be cool. Maybe it could also stack with the effects of Instant Party? So if you use the PC and the IP, you get a total of +2 for the morale bonus, and a Magic Point on a 19-20? Maybe you could even get a greater bonus for that combination? Magic Point on a 17/18-20?
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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:47 pm

Absolutely, all these are extremely rough drafts - nowhere near done. They're just there to remind me of what the basic concept is before they're polished.

Morpher is hilariously unbalanced right now. I just like the idea of turning into something kickass once every three sessions. However, repeater beam definitely could be used to great effect, it can deal a lot of damage and if someone has vulnerability.... Dear god.

Another result of the suits transformation back to normal could be losing all your pips though, if we wanted to encourage using a big X power on the final round.

Party Cannon actually was supposed to be identical to Instant Party. It's a party in a cannon after all. sunny
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Post  SilentBelle on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:15 pm

I like the Morpher one. (I'm reminded of 'The Legend of Dragoon' for some reason) It seems like it could be pretty easy to implement, and you could make different types too. I like how it would give players the opportunity to play a single battle as a different type of combatant for a change of pace. In fact I think it could also work well as a one-time-use magical potion that you could reward your players with. As it is now, it would be perfect for the party healer to start the battle off with it.

Oh, and does this mean that we might see some sort of 'official' treasure expansion in a couple months? (That would be quite the arduous task)
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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:56 am

SilentBelle wrote:I like the Morpher one. (I'm reminded of 'The Legend of Dragoon' for some reason) It seems like it could be pretty easy to implement, and you could make different types too. I like how it would give players the opportunity to play a single battle as a different type of combatant for a change of pace. In fact I think it could also work well as a one-time-use magical potion that you could reward your players with. As it is now, it would be perfect for the party healer to start the battle off with it.

Glad to hear you like the concept.

SilentBelle wrote:Oh, and does this mean that we might see some sort of 'official' treasure expansion in a couple months? (That would be quite the arduous task)

Yes. Yes you might. Cool
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Post  Zarhon on Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:56 pm

So are items meant to be designed to be exclusively combat gains, exclusively out-of-combat utility gains, or a mixture of both? And are they all restricted to being daily/one use/charge effects, or can they work as a "passive" benefit when equipped?

For example, the following "armor" items could have both utility and combat use, as a passive benefit (due to being "worn"):

Wonderbolts flying suit (Pegasus only)
+4 Initiative
+4 bonus to flying checks, no penalty for freezing conditions, lightning-proof

Pegasus Royal Armor (Pegasus only)
- Toss coin prior to suffering damage, gain 2 Resist if won
- +2 bonus to flying checks, suffer no penalty from physical collisions whilst flying.
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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:28 pm

Zarhon wrote:So are items meant to be designed to be exclusively combat gains, exclusively out-of-combat utility gains, or a mixture of both? And are they all restricted to being daily/one use/charge effects, or can they work as a "passive" benefit when equipped?

Items can be anything you like. Enjoy designing them. sunny
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Post  Videocrazy on Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:27 pm

Regarding Morpher, why does it have the "once every 3 sessions"? bit? That really makes the thing feel Too Awesome To Use.
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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:42 pm

Videocrazy wrote:Regarding Morpher, why does it have the "once every 3 sessions"? bit? That really makes the thing feel Too Awesome To Use.

Because I like the idea of some items being serious, "It's Go Time" moments. I like the idea that this item is phenomenally powerful, but has a hefty cooldown time - so you only use it when you really need to. The constant tension of being able to bust it out but usually not wanting to means that players will always have it in reserve when the going gets too tough and allows us to make it a lot more powerful than we would otherwise. It won't be the best for every group, and in general items with X/time-period (like 1/day) encourage their use - which is awesome. This recharge time clearly labels this item as something that is only used in special occasions - which I think is a nice touch to have in our variety of different items.
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Post  A1C Bronymous on Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:16 pm

Zarhon wrote:Wonderbolts flying suit (Pegasus only)
+4 Initiative
+4 bonus to flying checks, no penalty for freezing conditions, lightning-proof

Pegasus Royal Armor (Pegasus only)
- Toss coin prior to suffering damage, gain 2 Resist if won
- +2 bonus to flying checks, suffer no penalty from physical collisions whilst flying.

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Re: Stairc's Item Ideas

Post  Snaitf on Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:20 pm

@Bronymous
What little you have?! (sorry, had to go there) Razz
@everyone else (including Brony I suppose)
What do you think of this
Dancing Shoes
+3 bonus to any dance related skill
1/battle Smooth Moves
For half of 1d4 rounds (rounded up) all attacks against you carry the blinded trait.


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Post  Stairc -Dan Felder on Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:48 pm

Snaitf wrote:@everyone else (including Brony I suppose)
What do you think of this
Dancing Shoes
+3 bonus to any dance related skill
1/battle Smooth Moves
For 1d4 rounds all attacks against you carry the blinded trait.

Really cool idea. I think the combat bonus is way strong though. Might be good to nerf it a bit, or make the utility bonus closer to equal if it's supposed to be a super-expensive item.
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Post  Snaitf on Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:48 pm

Would halving the duration be enough of a nerf to it, or would it still be too strong?

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