Oh nooz, one step towards Trammel!
Patch day for Darkfall, and with it some (on paper) interesting balance tweaks, gameplay changes, and more quests revolving around the zero lore that is Darkfall…
The biggest change, without doubt, is the increased rate of skill gain for melee/archery/magery, along with the ‘nerf’ to shooting arrows and spells at nothing to gain skill. This now puts all three combat skills on the same page in terms of skill gain, in that you actually have to use them correctly to gain skill. When put in that context, increasing the rate makes sense. While the skill-up rate was reasonable 1-50, once you hit 50+ the time needed to further increase it got a bit high, and this was most noticeable with melee skills as you could not swing at the air. With the previous removal of skill gain from starter weapons, along with removing skill gain from swinging at shielded players, raising melee skills was by far the hardest combat skill to increase. Hopefully this patch puts all three on the same page, and should overall encourage more players to go out and actually use those skills on mobs or enemy players rather than sitting around a bindstone.
On a personal note, I’m hoping Aventurine has increased the melee reach of the larger races, to help balance out the fact that they have much larger hit boxes. Fighting an Alfar as a Mahirim never felt ‘right’, so hopefully this change closes that balance gap.
You can now zoom in on the map, which makes it actually useful. The odd thing all along is that you could actually already do this; you just had to do it through the slow loading journal. This is a nice addition, and hopefully the functionality mirrors that of the journal zoom.
The rest I’ll have to see in action to really comment on. Magic looks like it got some serious buffs (much needed), I’m hoping this patch finally kills the ‘out of memory’ issue for good, and I’m curious what changes have been made to crafting. (auto-crafting hopefully) Sadly no changes to siege mechanics, but perhaps Aventurine is working on a larger overhaul, rather than planning to make small changes. More on all this once I’ve had a weekend with it I’m sure.