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Here is a list of ideas for weapon categories and what advantages and disadvantages they could have. this article is written in coherence with the articles Realtime action combat protocol and Stat system 2.
The "Damage" rating is on a relative scale from 1 through 10, 1 being the weakest and 10 being the strongest.
The "Delay" rating is the time between the player pushes the attack button and the character performs the attack and also the time until the character can attack again. (Could also be used for how fast the "charge bar" fills up.)
The "Special Attacks" are examples for special attacks that could be performed with the weapon. They aren't meant as complete lists. There is room for many more ideas here of course.
Damage: 8 Delay: Medium
Swords are very easy to handle weapons because they got a quite large damage zone. This makes it possible to hit multiple enemies with one strike.
- Lunge: A powerful stab with an extended range that hits only forward
- Whirlwind Strike: A powerful attack that hits all tiles around the character.
- Impale: The character jumps up and lands on the tile in front of him ramming his sword into the unfortunate enemy that stands there. This attack is very powerful but needs careful timing.
- Lightning Strikes: The character start to shine;makes 3 copies of him self and execute a combo of 4 attacks moving forward in the 4 different directions.
Damage: 10 Delay: Medium
Axes are more powerful than swords but their major drawback is that they have a very small damage zone making it harder to hit enemies and almost impossible to hit more than one enemy.
- Smash: A poweful attack inflicting splash damage (hits the enemies around the target)
- Grand Strike: An attack with the same attack zone as a sword
- Rush: The character sprints forward hitting the first enemy in line with a very powerful strike. When the character hits a wall instead of an enemy he bounces back and is stunned for a short period of time.
- Boomerang Axe: The character throw his axe like a boomerang causing double damage.
Damage: 8 Delay: High
Polearms (like lances or halberds) have a very large range for a melee weapon. This makes it possible to keep enemies at a distance and attack over small obstacles. The price for this ability is a rather slow attack speed.
- Leverage: The character swirls around his weapon a bit before he attacks. the attack is more powerful due to the extra leverage, but is difficult to time.
- Cry of Death: Increases the damage dealt by shifting all tiles one damage higher. (75% becomes 100%, 50% becomes 75%, etc.) The downside is that the maximun range of the weapon is reduced by one.
- Scale of Requital: Increases the maximun range of the weapon by one, but also reduces the minimun range by two. Should only be used in desperate measure due to the long delay afterwards.
- Whirlwind: The character spins, causing a Giant Whirlwind.
Damage: ? Delay: Low
Damage: 9 Delay: Medium
Spears have the ability to be used as both melee weapons (thrusting), and long-range weapons (throwing), both dealing large damage. The downside is that the range is limited to four directions and that the delay is rather high. Javelins also deal less damage when they are thrown.
- Throw: The character throws his weapon giving it an even greater range (we should assume that the weapon is "magically teleported back" to the user immediately. otherwise this skill would become rather expensive)
- Desperate Measures: The character swirls the Javelin around in a circle with low-range yet deals a lot of damage. Should be used only as a last resort, seeing as how there is a long delay afterwards.
- Frenzy Stab: A short range attack that hits multiple times.
Damage: 6 Delay: Low
Whips have longer range than polearms, but are unable to be used in close-combat. To compensate, they are given more speed.
- Backslash: Uses the whip twice for double damage.
- Backhand: Attack with greater force. Needs careful timing seeing as how there is a delay afterwards.
- Overhead Slice: Swing the whip over your head to hit all the enemies surrounding your character.
Damage: 2 Delay: Low
Daggers don't do much damage and have a very small attack zone. But they have a very short delay between attacks. So they can hit enemies much more often than other weapons. The dagger is also one of the two weapons that can attack an enemy on the same spot you are standing on.
- Raid: The character sprints forward hitting all enemies he passes.
- Backstab: The character jumps over the enemy in front of him and attacks him from behind dealing much damage.
- Frenzy Stab: The dagger version of the polearm skill with the same name. Hits the enemy with even more but less powerful hits.
Damage: 2 Delay: Medium some can cause random status effects
Jo and Bo are wooden staffs used for fighting. Some rare staffs contain magical powers inside of them. Getting smashed over the head with a staff filled with magic power can have some rather weird consequences. The more powerful the magic abilities of the staff the more often the enemy will be randomly stunned, pushed away, poisoned, petrified, healed, teleported, turned into a frog or become the victim of other weird effects. For that reason even powerful warriors resort to using staffs as melee weapons in some cases.
Damage: 1 Delay: Very-Low weapon damage is only appled to some hits
Fist fighting includes attacking with bare hands but also with claws, brass knuckles, fist knives or similar weapons. When attacking this way the character will attack with a fast combination of kicks, punches, elbow thrusts and headbutts. The damage bonus of the weapon is only applied to the right hand punches making it much less important than other weapons. Fists are also one of the two weapons that can attack an enemy on the same spot you are standing on.
- Roundhouse Kick: Attacks all enemies around the character.
- High Kick: Powerful attack that pushes the enemy back.
- Uppercut: Powerful attack that uses the weapons damage bonus
- Shoulder Throw: Throws the enemy over the shoulder. This surprising attack doesn't do much damage and stuns the enemy for a short period of time. Doesn't work against large enemies.
Ranged weapons do not have a damage zone like melee weapons have, because they fly forward and hit the first target they collide with. Ranged weapons should maybe have some kind of "target cursor" to allow them to be shot in any direction and not only in straight 90Â° angles based on the direction the player is facing.
Damage: 4 Delay: Medium
Bows are the average ranged weapon with average damage and attack speed.
- Boom Shot: The character shoots an arrow which explodes on impact.
- Freeze Arrow: The character shoots an arrow that freeze an enemy.
- Homing Shot: The character shoots an arrow with the form of a missile, the arrow pursuit the more nearest enemy. This attack consume all the MP bar.
Damage: 6 Delay: High
Crossbows are heavier than bows and take much longer to reload. But on the other hand they do much more damage.
- Gia Shots: The character shots multiple bolts at the same time.
- Sol Bolts: The character shots multiple bolts to the sun, the projectiles back down burning.This attack is attribute to the God of Fire.
Damage: 7 Delay: Low
Thrown weapons like throwing knives, javelines, darts, or shuriken can be used very quickly and they do quite good damage. But they are also expensive, even considering that the character has only to buy the ammunition and no weapon.
IN PENDING: Undecided whether to include or not.
Damage: 3 Delay: Low
The boomerang, strictly a thrown weapon too, has some rather unusual propertys. When it exceeded its range or hit an enemy, it comes straight back to its user. It seems to know magically where the user is (explanation: the character planned his next moves and threw the boomerang so that it comes back to the point where he wants to go). On its way back it damages all enemies it passes. So a skilled player can hit multiple enemies with one attack.
- Blind Smash: The character throw his boomerang to the ground, this one spins and throw sand letting blind the enemy. After this attack the boomerang come back to his owner.
I personally think the game play would be greatly enhanced if explosive-type weapons were introduced. Even in the time period of the game primitive gun power did exist. A simple fuse-driven bomb that must be placed would be sufficient. The explosive damage should be "dangerous" to surrounding players or it would be too great an advantage. It would also encourage team play. The damage should be high and effect a 360 degree area. It could be "made" by NPCs for a medium cost, such as 2000-10000 each, depending on size. --T357 00:40, 20 October 2008 (CEST)
The ranged weapons deal less damage at close range, which is incorrect. A ranged weapon deals greater damage at close or point-blank range, because it has the greatest momentum at the moment it is fired. As it travels, the projectile loses that initial momentum, meaning it deals less damage with distance. --Bobby Jim 00:53, 15 November 2006 (CET)
- You are quite correct. It would make gameplay... more difficult, but yes it would be more realistic. I should consider changing that, and thank you for pointing that out!
----Pauan 05:29, 4 March 2007 (CET)
- P.S. Even though the bow itself may be more powerful at a closer range, the human shooting it would have a harder time aiming properly at a closer range. Yes, the chances of hitting are higher, but the chances of hitting the opponents most vital areas is decreased due to the lack of accuracy at very close range. I will adjust accordingly.