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Development Info Josh Sawyer's Pillars of Eternity II Postmortem at Digital Dragons 2019

Discussion in 'News & Content Feedback' started by Infinitron, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Glop_dweller Cipher

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    Let's consider that the PC is surrounded about 10' apart on all sides.

    Unpausing the RTwP combat starts all of the NPCs moving to close in or choosing to shoot the PC—or both at the same time. The PC runs to one side. By the time of their second action, the circle has shrunk, and moved toward the PC. The enemy he ran towards is actively striking at him... all others shoot him.

    In the case of turn based mechanics, the PC moves adjacent to one of the enemies—now some of the enemies are double the distance from the PC... or farther if the PC moved past the closest enemy. If the other's shoot, they do so at significant range penalty—or they elect to get closer... and lack the APs to shoot in that round.

    This is just the first action, and they already play out radically different. What if that encounter took place next to a man-hole (like in the Necropolis), the PC escapes combat in the first round—with no injuries. That wouldn't happen with RTwP mechanics.

    My point was that encounters can be tuned for Turn Based or for Real Time combat, but not that well for both options at once; not to mention for use with optional mode switching during combat..
     
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  2. Agame Arcane Patron

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    This is a very good point that is rather overlooked on the Codex, buried under the hysterical screeching from both pro-POE and against-POE camps. As much as I love dumping on POE like a true edgy Codexer and calling it a steaming pile of poop, the truth is (more so with 2) its an ok game. Compared to most triple AYY competition (eg. Bethedsduh's special brand of retardation) its a competent game that competently hits all the right nostalgia points for an updated 'modern' IE game. But yes its biggest fault is just being a boring tedious slog through "not-D&D land", desperately clinging to nostalgia while cramming in as much Sawyer 'balance' as possible.
     
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  3. Glop_dweller Cipher

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    So what you're saying is... (?)
    [​IMG]
     
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  4. Mr. Hiver Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    All other things being equal that sequence doesnt play any differently in TB or RT - based on rules and mechanics - despite looking differently.
    If the number of moves is equal - per second - per turn, enemy Ai being the same, stats (hidden or not), equipment and weapons being the same - it plays out the same.
    Just in different time frame representation.

    In your example you present two slightly different scenarios, in first the enemies shoot or move closer to the PC, then the PC moves. In TB the PC moves first, - but that would also waste PC AP points, while enemies could do the same thing as in RT once their turn comes about. The one you moved closer to would strike, the others would move closer or shoot. The only real difference is that in RT it would be a mess requiring extremely fast reaction times (more or less impossible for a regular human if it would happen in realistic speed) to handle and so the outcome would be dependent on how well and how fast the player reacts - which would skew the outcome depending on player skills more then on character stats.

    So, if you get what i mean... it would ultimately "play out differently" but for different reasons. Not because moves and actions are different but because in Rt it would be a mess happening too fast and depending on player skill in moving and shooting.

    That is true. But the biggest difference would be that the player skills and reaction times would be more important then character stats. While in TB the player can take time to think about every move of every enemy and decide what to do tactically - while the outcome would be more dependent on character stats.
     
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  5. Shadenuat Arcane

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    finally someone fucking gets the dinstinction between simultaneous turns and sequential ones. I am so tired of dis shit on steam forums and even codex that tb mode and rtwp are all same and there is no differences whatsoever because "they use same rpg mechanics".

    i applaud u sir.
     
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  6. Morality Games Arcane Patron

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    PC RPG Website of the Year, 2015 Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Serpent in the Staglands Bubbles In Memoria A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    Excessive animations are a real problem in turn-based games IF they don't also have a combat speed up option. In all of the "old school" turn-based games, movement was instantaneous and animations were far less detailed, so the game play was naturally better paced.

    Curiously, this is something some of these early turn-based arrivals revival games overlooked, but I think developers are finally getting it.
     
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  7. Xeon Augur

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    Yeah, its kinda cool to see the animations for attacks the first few times but after that, you stop giving a shit and want things to move quicker. An option should be no brainer but for some reason but a lot of times its not added.

    Even games that cite new XCOM as having good TB, they don't copy the option XCOM added for the quick animations or whatever.
     
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