I might argue whether subguilds are added content or just nerfing content because it's a simple change of what table it exists in guild or subguild. Then copy it 2 times (or whatever) and limit the spell list.
But that being said Drovians are cool and I am glad they and Nilazi are back into the 'general' rotation that is accessible by karma. Returning content is always good imo.
Shadow mages are notorious for Send Shadow, a spell that lets them take a nap somewhere (like a temple or apartment) and send out an ethereal familiar which can only be fucked with by ethereal mobs.
This makes them incredibly potent as spies as they essentially get free eavesdropping. A big part of the reason why they were gone for so long, probably, is how ridiculously good this was. So it's a big question whether or not they get this move back. Summon, for example, the big ganking spell, doesn't seem attainable by anyone.
I imagine they either removed or changed Send Shadow. It was such a dumb spell. Wonder how many plots were thwarted in infancy because Drovians just got to wire-tap all the important PCs in the world with no risk, cost or difficulty involved. Psionicists can/could pretty much do the same, but at least they were a) kill on sight and b) pretty heavily regulated, and failure sometimes exposes the psionicist's identity.
Invisible whirans can sometimes be thwarted with master scan. Send shadow can only be thwarted with detect ethereal, which even templars don't start with (though this may have changed as templars have been totally reworked with the triple ministry setup). And who gets detect ethereal? Drovians. Bit of a joke, they are the only non-sorc class that can counter themselves.
There is an item coded in the game that has an on-use effect that kills all the drovian shadows in the room as you, but afaik there is no way to easily get it, or maybe get it at all.
However drovians still have interesting uses even without send shadow. A sufficiently devilish player can do a lot with their kit.
Instead of breaking it down spell by spell, I'll ask you to just think about the gank potential of a rude dude who can walk through walls unseen, see in the dark, turn a room dark, inflict a debuff on someone, inflict fear on someone, and pierce their armor with his magical blade of +10 fuck you
sex will never be safe again
Ethereal form requires a smart player to use correctly, however, as there are several layers to its proper use.
That's pretty cool. Crazy unbalanced but such is the game.
Though if you think about it, is it really that different from shadowing someone back to their apartment to kill them? Except for the entirely cool theme of it ... still just killing people in their apartment. There's only so many ways to do it.
It's a bit different in that drovians have broader horizons for what they can infiltrate. Not a lot of compounds have ethereal guards. Fucking with the nobility, and robbing them, if you are ballsy enough, is absolutely possible.
But there are several caveats to a drovian's capabilities as regards ethereal form and ethereal items that makes pulling this stuff off unlikely for sub-caveman IQ players.
mehtastic: I posted it on the Discord server a long time ago, but unfortunately I don't use Discord much anymore. If you can get a Discord invite you can get the code, probably.
Sept 26, 2019 19:33:50 GMT -5
qwerty: ask jcarter. I think he's giving it away
Sept 27, 2019 17:34:42 GMT -5
mehtastic: I am back on Discord. If you want a copy of the code dump, join the shadowboard Discord and ask, or DM me: meh#0490. Feel free to DM if you feel addicted to Armageddon and want help detaching yourself from it, too.
Oct 10, 2019 9:01:42 GMT -5
Oct 20, 2019 3:19:39 GMT -5
grumble: You won't ftb when you meet me, it will be the one time you let your guard down.
Dec 8, 2019 10:45:46 GMT -5
grumble: As someone who deals routinely with people who FTB, I know where the weak points are, you will give consent, you will enjoy it, and then I'll horrify you with the news that it was me.
Dec 8, 2019 11:49:24 GMT -5
grumble: It will be the ONE time you don't FTB. You will loathe it.
Dec 8, 2019 11:51:24 GMT -5