Cooler Cooldowns

For my first balance pass on cooldowns, I’ve evaluated all Light, Dark, Presence, and Breath cooldowns and given those abilities an SP cost reduction and cooldown reduction, based on their previous cooldown. My hope is that many of these will be much more useful now (for example, Breath attacks now are all 3-4 cooldown with only 10 SP cost, making it feasible for melees who don’t typically spend much SP to use them at full or near full power multiple times in a fight.)

Next up will be a separate pass on the “conditional” Light and Dark spells (Goad, Humble, etc.) to re-evaluate the “credit” they are given for their conditions and adjust them based on that. As before, the additional “credit” could take many forms: increased Power, further reduced SP/cooldowns, etc.

Though, I am starting to think holy-themed demon groups are going to be nasty after this…

The Power (And The Guard) Is Yours!

Hey folks :D

Just wanted to drop an update that I’m nearly done with getting Aux Power and Guard converted to their party forms. I’m testing them pretty heavily since I had to poke at the combat code a fair bit to adjust for the idea of a Summoner’s upgrades being able to affect allies’ combat performance, but so far so good. :)

The new stats on their effects (possibly still subject to change), if anyone is curious:

Aux Guard I: At 2 or less demons, reduces incoming damage and increases status resistance by 15% for you and your demons. No effect on Heroic targets.
Aux Guard II: At 1 or less demons, reduces incoming damage and increases status resistance by 15%, for you and your demons. Stacks with Aux Guard I. No effect on Heroic targets.
Aux Power I: At 2 or less demons, increases damage and healing dealt by 15% and reduces SP costs and cooldowns by 15%, for you and your demons. No effect on Heroic targets.
Aux Power II: At 1 or less demons, increases damage and healing dealt by 25% and reduces SP costs and cooldowns by 15%, for you and your demons. Stacks with Aux Power I. No effect on Heroic targets.

(Note: The 25% in Aux Power II, as opposed to the 15%s everywhere else, isn’t a typo. Math is a little weird on splitting Heroism among a party.)

As previously discussed, there is no longer an Aux Power III / Aux Guard III level of these, so there is no longer a benefit to playing with 0 demons. Splitting the “Heroism” at least 2 ways should fix a fair bit of the balance issues that existed with giving full Heroism to the player character alone.

Balancing Act

I’m back at work. :D

This next build will be a relatively small one, focused on balance adjustments.

One of the main ones will be Aux Guard and Aux Power (the Titan’s Fist starting upgrades) being converted to give a bonus to you *and* your demons, based on the number of active summon slots not used, but with the bonus capping at only 1 demon summoned. (Thus, you would no longer get further benefit from dropping to 0 demons summoned.) This will still make these Upgrades and Relic play differently than most builds, but should remove some of the overpowered / too un-Demon like gameplay associated with the current version.

Another area I’ll be reviewing is cooldowns, especially on non-free action abilities (which means especially on Light and Dark.) Over time, I’ve come to believe some of these abilities aren’t quite as powerful as they should be for taking up an ability slot but only being usable every few turns. Not sure exactly what adjustment will be made to these yet (likely, it’ll be case by case), but in general these will stay where they are or be strengthened.

There aren’t any other major headings I plan to make adjustments under, but I may make other tweaks here and there: these will be called out in the build notes eventually (or in a further blog post, if they are major enough to warrant it.)

Cheers!

Back At It Next Week

Hey folks. :D Small post to let you know I’ll be resuming Demon work next week. That’s a little later than I originally planned, but I’ve got a fairly major deadline at work this coming Friday, so I figured I might as well get on the other side of that before getting back in the saddle. Cheers!

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10/17: One More Bug Rejected

Well, actually, a few more than one, but that’s really all this is, a small bug fix build to address some issues with Hastening Cut and Prism Nova. It also includes one balance change for Brands related to the “Requires X Level” modifier. The links at the right have been updated, so go grab it when you like. :D Cheers, and good luck in the Tower!

Small Build This Weekend

Hey folks. :)

Break or no break, I want to do a small build this weekend to fix a few ability bugs from the new content. Nothing critical (in fact, that was why I waited this long, I didn’t want to have turn around and do another if anything critical did pop up :D ), but didn’t want anyone to see it by surprise and think it was the balance build already either. :D  Cheers!

A Post-Build Recharge

Hey folks. :D

I’ll be taking a break for a bit now that the Tower:27-29 build’s been released and seems free of any major issues. :) I hope everyone’s having a good time with the new content (or at least, with trying to reach the new content :D )

I plan to resume development in a couple of weeks or so, and the next build will focus on some balance tweaks and refinements, most notably to Titan’s Fist, which is a bit too “easy” and also a bit too “not Demon” for my liking after having a fair bit of time to observe it and take in feedback about it. Cooldowns will also be getting a general pass, as will Brands. Other adjustments and tweaks are also likely, but I won’t have more details to share until I get started on planning when I return to dev mode.

To celebrate the success of the new build, here is another awesome piece of Demon fan art from Zyalin. :D You can see more of Zyalin’s awesome work on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Zyalin_Art

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Cheers, and good luck in the Tower!

10/4: Nearing The Summit

As promised, the new build is ready and released! Links at the right have been updated already, so go grab it!

Frequent visitors will already know this, but the new build adds three new floors to the Tower, bringing the total height of the main dungeon to 29 out of the 30 planned floors. What was less discussed is that three new Sanctum side dungeons have been added as well: two in the new floors, and one slightly before them. As is usual for Sanctums, their appearance from game to game is somewhat random, so do not expect to see all three in a single game.

Nearly 50 new abilities are included as part of this release, many of which can be found much earlier than Tower:27 and above through the random modifier system. The majority are available once you reach the Tower’s middle floors (11+), but some are available even in the earliest floors, so you may find new surprises.

The new demons are of course also not restricted to the new floors: though that is where the vast majority of them normally spawn, you may encounter many of them in Sanctums as rare out of depth encounters long before coming close to Tower:27. Save those Offerings!

Finally, this release also includes two requested changes: there is a new option that allows you to bypass the recently added start menu when booting up the game, and the VFX for “smite” type spells have been sped up considerably.

That’s about it for details about the new build; go grab it and get started on seeing it for yourself! Good luck in the Tower!