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For those who wish to read a summary of the suggestions, please scroll to the bottom and read the Overview section.

For any MMORPG the gear system is imperative towards increasing the longevity of the game. It provides a form of progression that does not require additional zones, cap increments or story-line content. It allows players to remain invested and spend time upgrading and customizing their equipment to their heart's content.

I have tried to acclimate to the gear system implemented in Starfall, but unfortunately I still do not feel that it meets the potential that it could. This is mainly due to the system's reliance on randomization and lack of scalability.

Below are some suggestions that I feel would improve on the current design. I would be glad to hear other ideas as well. The process I followed is a layer based system. Similar to baking a cake, each layer for gear creation has a unique purpose, however, each additional layer that players pursue is more complicated than the previous.

Layer 1 is the base of the gear
Layer 2 is the modification of the gear
Layer 3 is the specialization of the gear

This overhaul relies on taking unnecessary and complicated features out of the game, and replacing or modifying them with something else. Thus, in order to understand the suggestions below, it is important to elaborate on which systems will be removed entirely, and which will be modified significantly.

Phase 1: Removal & Re-Modification

Gear Mastery - SCRAPPED

Starting heavy by removing one of the major components in the current crafting system. Gear Mastery depends upon the player crafting dozens upon dozens of a single recipe in order to gain specific runes they desire via randomization. They then need to filter through hoards of items and combine the items they desire for their gear. I believe this system needs to be removed and should be replaced with a system that has a greater focus on player customization while also preserving the difficulty and material requirements. As I have stated before, I would rather spend many hours constructing a single piece of gear that is perfect, rather than dozens of pieces of gear that are imperfect.

Excess Gear - SCRAPPED

I feel that 13 gear slots is over the top, and quite a few of them are redundant and have no practical or aesthetic purpose other than as stat boosters. These could easily be removed and the stat values adjusted across the board to make up for their loss. All the excess gear should be consolidated so that each individual gear has its own purpose and function. I believe the following gear items should be removed:
  • Rings (2)
  • Necklace
  • Belt
  • Class Token
  • Trinket (1)
This would leave the following gear slots, plus an additional that I'd like to see implemented:
  • Hat
  • Chest Piece
  • Back Slot (NEW! For capes / wings / quivers etc.)
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Weapon
  • Shield
  • Trinket (Adjusted to hold up to 2 spells)
Augmentation Runes - SCRAPPED

Augmentation runes were removed.

Default Gear Stats - SCRAPPED


The stats in the red box in the image above that come inherently with a piece of gear will be removed. With the proposed system below, there will be no need for another set gear stats.

Elder Gear - SCRAPPED

Elder gear is removed, and elder drops modified.

Enhancement - SCRAPPED

Simply removed enhancement. We will be using the name though.

Preparations - SCRAPPED

It will not fit in with the proposal outlined below. However, it will be replaced with something else.

Stat Limitations - SCRAPPED

Currently stats are restricted to specific pieces of gear. Any stat will be able to be placed on any type of gear in the proposed system.

Gear Progression - MODIFIED

Currently gear comes in intervals of 5 levels. This will be modified to 15 levels between each set of gear, to increase how long gear is useful to the player before it is replaced. Don't worry, there is a system in place that will enable gear to remain useful for 15 levels or more, and it will be explained below.

Epic Stats - MODIFIED

The concept of the stats themselves will remain, however their implementation will differ and they will be rebranded as Modifications or Mods.

Phase 2: Overhaul - Layer 1 - Foundation

Gear Creation Process

Below is a step by step walk-through of how I envision this system to work. First, the player steps up to a crafting station with the required materials in order to create a piece of equipment. Let's say an armor piece for this example. The player clicks on the appropriate piece of gear, and selects CONSTRUCT.



Once this button has been selected, the player is taken to another window known as the Rune Selector.



This is where the magic happens. On the top-left is the piece of gear that is being made. To the right of the gear image is a list of its rune slots.

Directly below that is a list of all stat runes in the game (No epic stats!). (I could not fit everything in the image, just assume you can scroll through the list to view all the stats.) Players click on a specific stat, and on the right side there will be a list of materials required in order to add that rune onto the gear. The player hits accept and that stat rune is then added to the gear. Please note that the ingredients in the image are not correct - it was just to show the interface. Below is the ingredient type, based on the stat rune.
  • Ability Powers: Beetles & Timber
  • Armor: Ore & Cloth
  • Magic Resist: Wood & Ingots
  • Vitality: Fruit & Cloth
  • Vigor: Meaty Fish & Oil
  • Intellect: Silkworms & Ingots
  • Will: Beetles & Cloth
  • Clarity: Silkworms & Timber
  • Expertise: Mushrooms & Oil
  • Haste: Oily Fish & Timber
  • Savagery: Ore & Oil
  • Brutality: Wood & Ingots
For weapons, there will be a list of abilities for their class along with a cost. No more hunting for hours to find one specific ability that is a staple for your build.

Once players have finished with their runes, they are taken to the Modification menu! This is where they are able to add a modification to their gear. Modifications are the replacements for epic stats, and will be explored in detail later on.

Once players have finished modifying their gear and adding runes, they click next. This will take them to the final step - appearance.



Players scroll through their unlocked appearances and select whichever they desire for that gear. Once complete, they review and click finish. The gear has been made.

Stat Window

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Once a piece of equipment has been made, players can right-click on it to open a set of options. This set includes the ability to re-stat the piece of gear or change its Mods. So players can continue to modify their gear at anytime they please. However, it will cost the same amount of materials as well as a gold fee to do so.

Types of Runes

Currently in the game the 3 main types of runes are: Augmentation runes, Reinforcement Runes and Feat Runes. In the proposed system we are scrapping Augmentation runes entirely. Now we are left with Reinforcement Runes and Feat Runes.

In the proposed system, Feat Runes will only be on the following pieces of gear:
  • Weapons: 8 slots
  • Trinket: 2 slots
In the proposed system, Reinforcement Runes, renamed to STAT RUNES, will only be on the following pieces of gear:
  • Hat: 5 slots
  • Chest Piece: 5 slots
  • Back: 5 slots
  • Gloves: 5 slots
  • Boots: 5 slots
Shields will have a passive rune, increasing block chance.

Gear Rarity & Sockets

With this system the rarity of a piece of gear is defined as follows:
  • Inferior: 0 Stat Runes
  • Common: 1 - 2 Stat Runes
  • Uncommon: 3 - 4 Stat Runes
  • Rare: 5 Stat Runes
  • Epic: 5 Stat Runes + Modified (more on modifying later)
  • Legendary: 5 Glistening Stat Runes + Modified (more on glistening later)
  • Masterwork: 5 Glistening Stat Runes + Modified + Branded (more on branding later)

How do Stats Work?

With the new system my goal was to simplify the understanding of the stat process. How does a gear's stat runes affect each individual stat? We will continue to use the points system, but rather than using thousands of points that scale as you level, we will instead use a range of 0 to 3. Each piece of gear can only hold one of a particular stat. So no duplicates! It won't be possible to have 2 Haste stat runes on gloves for example.
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  • 0 points in a stat indicates you have none of that stat besides the base amount
  • 1 point in a stat (indicated by 1 bar in your character sheet) means you have a decent amount of that stat
  • 2 points in a stat (indicated by 2 bars in your character sheet) means you have a high amount of that stat
  • 3 points in a stat (indicated by 3 bars in your character sheet) means you have the max amount of that stat
Each stat rune on a piece of gear will add a number of points within a certain range to that specific stat. There are 13 stats total - the same amount we have in the regular game (Vitality, Haste, Brutality etc.). Remember, we are not counting epic stats. When a player adds a stat rune onto a gear, it will add any number between 0.75 and 1 points to that stat.

For example, a player may have a total of 3 Vitality runes all across their gear.
  1. The first adds 0.8 points
  2. The second adds 0.9 points
  3. The third adds 0.75 points
The player now has a total of 2.45 points (AKA 2.45 of the bar filled) for their vitality. If they added another vitality rune onto their gear, say for another .9 points, then it will reach the maximum and the excess will not help them in any way, so it is essentially partially wasted. Players will need to do some balancing and ensure none of their stat runes are wasted in such a manner, and the best way to do that is by grinding stat runes for specific point amounts.

So, let's do some math!

5 pieces of gear that can each hold a maximum of 6 stat runes. This means there are a total of 30 stat runes possible across all equipment.
13 stats total each with a maximum of 3 bars. This means there are a total of 39 bars that can be filled.

Now comes the hard part - balancing.

If each stat rune can add a minimum of 0.75 points, that means that the minimum amount of stats that a player can max out with each slot filled would be (0.75 points * 30 runes = 22.5 total points) and thus (22.5 points / 3 bars per stat = 7.5 stats maxed). So 7.5 out of 13 stats maxed out.

If each stat rune can add a maximum of 1 point, that means that the maximum amount of stats that a player can max out with each slot filled would be (1 point * 30 runes = 30 total points) and thus (30 points / 3 bars per stat = 10 stats maxed). So 10 out of 13 stats maxed out.

This means that players will have to re-roll and grind stat runes if they want to reach their maximum potential in terms of maxed stats. I know many folks dislike the luck factor - myself included - however, it is necessary to have some RNG elements within a crafting system in order to add some type of grind for those seeking to reach the limits. At least this way players can easily get the stats they require, it's just a matter of re-rolling stats until the player gets lucky enough for the +1. Personally, I feel this is a better alternative to crafting 30 pieces of equipment. Players just re-roll stats until they get the +1 point or however many points they desire. Is it grindy and luck based? Yes - but that is a necessary evil sometimes. On the bright side, players who don't care about being the absolute best can simply work with the stats they have and function perfectly fine. With all stat runes possible equipped, players will have at least 7.5 of their stats maxed - likely higher.

Leveling Up

In the current game, as you level up the amount of stat points needed will begin to increase, and it can be quite confusing to follow. In this system I have tried to simplify it.

Basically, for each level above your equipped gear, the piece of gear will receive a stat rune point deduction. This will grow exponentially.

If you are 1 level above your gear, the stat runes will receive a 0.02 point reduction. With maxed out slots at 1 point each this would take you from 10 out of 13 maxed stats to 9.8 out of 13 stats maxed out. This point reduction will double at each level.

At 2 levels above your equipment they will receive a 0.04 point reduction. From 9.8 out of 13 maxed stats to 9.6 out of 13.

As the level between the player and their equipment increases, the difference will become progressively greater, just as it works in live. Most notably, the gear itself will display what its point reduction is next to each stat so players are aware.

Outgrowing your gear and having to make a new set is a chore. There are ways to counteract this leveling drawback though!

Gear Enhancement

Don't confuse this enhancement with our current version. Same name, different concept.

Near the beginning of this post I mentioned how crafted gear would no longer be in intervals of 5 levels. Instead, they would be in intervals of 15 levels. This is to ensure that gear lasts longer than a few days. Many of you are probably thinking that the gear itself will become out-leveled very quickly, especially with the stat rune point reduction. However, that is what this system is for.

In this new system there is a gear progression mechanic. Essentially, players can 'feed' their gear other gear in order to rank it up - known as enhancement. A piece of gear can be enhanced a maximum of 15 levels. Each enhance rank will level the gear up by another level, which will basically nullify the stat rune point deduction penalty that is part of out-leveling your gear. Players drag and drop other gear that is within the same level tier (1-15, 16-30, etc.) and this will boost the enhancement bar on the gear being fed. Once the bar is filled, it will gain +1 level. The amount of gear needed to rank it up corresponds to the level of the actual rank. The first level requires 1 piece of gear, whereas the 15th level requires 15. This makes it so players can use their gear for a total of 15 levels without it becoming outdated. It also makes looting gear far more important. You can feed it to your desired gear to enhance it!

After the gear has gained its maximum of 15 enhancements, players will be unable to enhance it any further. Why 15 level intervals? It works perfectly with the crafting & gathering material interval. (Copper level 1, Tin level 15, Iron level 30 etc.) That means that there is 1 set of gear per material in the game. Gear cannot be enhanced past the level cap.

Once a gear has been enhanced a maximum number of times, if players want to continue growing with their equipment, they will have to reforge it.

Reforge

An important aspect of this system I wanted to focus on was attachment. Meaning, the actual player's attachment to their gear. Gear should be something that players grow alongside of, and not simply replace at each interval. That is where the reforge mechanic is useful. Reforging allows players to convert their current gear, into the next tier. This means that players will not have to design an entirely new set of gear from scratch if they do not wish to - they can simply reforge their current set so long as it meets the requirements.

The requirements for reforging a piece of gear are as follows:
  • The gear has been enhanced 15 times
  • The player lives in a Village with the appropriate crafting station at the appropriate rank
    • Rank 0: Reforge Gear level 1 to 15
    • Rank 2: Reforge Gear level 15 to 30
    • Rank 4: Reforge Gear level 30 to 45
    • Rank 6: Reforge Gear level 45 to 60
    • Rank 8: Reforge Gear level 60 to 75
    • Rank 10: Reforge Gear level 75 to 90
The process of reforging is relatively simple:
  1. Players approach a crafting station
  2. Within the crafting station is a button labeled 'Reforge'. Click it and the reforge window pops up
  3. Drop your selected gear into the slot. Gear must meet requirements to be able to be placed into the slot
  4. Reforging gear will cost the same amount & type of materials as if it had been made from scratch - Including sockets
Perks of reforging:
  • Save the time of creating new gear from scratch
  • Keep perks and attributes of your current gear set! For example, if it has been branded or made by an armor / weapon master, reforging will retain those attributes
  • Once a piece of gear has been reforged, players can begin enhancing it again - raising it to the next tier and reforging it again! This means players can keep a piece of gear from level 1 to 90 if they desired. Adding properties onto it as they go along

Looted Gear

Now that crafted gear is set up in such a way, what about dropped gear? Dropped gear will work much the same as before. Higher tiered rarities will drop from more powerful foes such as Elders and Zingara. Dropped gear will have a number of Stat Runes on them based on their rarity which was outlined earlier. Players can acquire dropped gear with plenty of stat runes and mix-and-match them via gnogmentation. You may be wondering, that if they can accomplish this without crafting, then why would anyone craft? The reason this system is set up this way is so that everyone, whether they craft or not, is able to acquire fully functioning gear. The purpose of crafting is to fine-tune the gear in such a way that is not possible via any other method. This will be further explored below.

Salvage

Salvaging works much the same way in this system, except it will also take into account the materials needed for any runes which were on the piece of gear.

Phase 2: Overhaul - Layer 2 - Customization

Glistening Materials

Part of this proposal is not only to provide crafters with additional customization options, but also to encourage them to explore the world more. Crafters who gather in their village will be able to collect materials just as before, but, crafters who dare to gather in combat zones will have a chance to come across Glistening Nodes.

Glistening nodes will appear randomly in the wild combat filled zones. A regular node may sporadically glisten for a limited period of time, and players can take advantage of this by gathering at this node. Players who gather at a glistening node have a chance to obtain glistening versions of whichever item that node originally dropped. This effect will only last a short duration though! So gather fast and obtain as many materials as you can. What can these glistening materials be used for?

Glistening materials, when used to add stat runes onto a gear, will increase the potential point threshold. So instead of 0.75 to 1 point, the stat runes will have their maximum threshold raise to 1.1. This means that the amount of stats which can be maxed by someone with fully glistening stat runes is 11.

This adds an entirely new element into the game, opening a market for these unique glistening materials. This is especially something worth pursuing for those who enjoy min-maxing, but it is definitely not something which can be accomplished easily. It is an extra layer for the players seeking to reach their maximum possible potential, but unnecessary for those simply seeking to wear high quality gear.

Glistening materials can also be refined into glistening versions of their refined counterparts. (Glistening Ingots, Glistening Timber, Glistening Oil, Glistening Cloth). These refined materials are used for special high quality recipes.

Gear Modifications

Formally known as Epic Stats. Each piece of gear can hold a single modification. Modifications, just like epic stats, will will focus on promoting specific play-styles. Gear modifications can be attached to gear similar to stat and ability runes and also swapped around via gnogmentation. When creating gear, players will have the option to select a modification to attach out of their available options. They can also access and change the mod at any time - for a cost. The equipment itself determines which type of modification it can hold.

The cost of adding a Mod is gold, refined materials, a socket and monster parts! Rather than sockets being needed for stat runes, they are instead needed to add modifications. Monster parts were brought back because they add another aspect of depth to the crafting system, and connected loot to crafting. Unlike stat runes, Mods do not follow a point system. Once you apply a mod, you get exact numbers.

The following is the type of mod that each gear can hold as well as the costs:
  • Hat: Mana Mod
    • Cost: Oil, magic dust from magical creatures & 1 socket
  • Chest Piece: Defense Mod
    • Cost: Ingots, scales from reptilian creatures & 1 socket
  • Back: Health Mod
    • Cost: Oil, bones from undead creatures & 1 socket
  • Gloves: Speed Mod
    • Cost: Cloth, fur from mammal creatures & 1 socket
  • Boots: Critical Mod
    • Cost: Timber, fangs from carnivorous creatures & 1 socket
  • Weapon: Damage Mod
    • Cost: Timber, tusks from horned creatures & 1 socket
  • Shield: N/A
  • Trinket: N/A
Our current epic stats would be categorized based on the types above, and would be available in that pool of mods for players to choose from. Additionally, many more mods would be added to the game.

Below is a list of the modifications based on category as well as their availability. 5 mods per category. All the former epic stats have been converted to Modifications, and new ones have been added:
  • Mana Mods
    • Flux: Available to all (Increases ability power after spending 1,500 mana)
    • Surge: Available to all (Enter a surge period after a critical strike, where all abilities cost 0 mana for 3 seconds)
    • Reserves: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Refreshed: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Limits: Loot exclusive (details in a later section)
  • Defense Mods
    • Shielding: Available to all (Provides a shield when not in combat)
    • Risen: Available to all (Gain a charge every-time you are stunned or crushed. After 5 charges, become immune for 20 seconds)
    • Fortify: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Barriers: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Reflection: Loot exclusive (details in a later section)
  • Health Mods
    • Lifesteal: Available to all (Each attack has a chance to return a portion of the damage as healing)
    • Poise: Available to all (Deal bonus damage when above 95% health)
    • Leech: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Bolster: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Buffer: Loot exclusive (details in a later section)
  • Speed Mods
    • Glory: Available to all (Killing an enemy gives a charge of glory. At 5 charges deal bonus ability power)
    • Foresight: Available to all (When more than 5 abilities are on cool-down, gain increased attack speed for 5 seconds)
    • United: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Pacing: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Ruthless: Loot exclusive (details in a later section)
  • Critical Mods
    • Berserk: Available to all (Go berserk, gaining additional ability power, after being hit 30 times)
    • Voidstrike: Available to all (Each attack has a chance to provide a voidstrike charge. The next attack ignores the enemy's defenses.)
    • Wrath: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Tactician: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Ranger: Loot exclusive (details in a later section)
  • Damage Mods
    • Blasting: Available to all (Damage done to you has a chance to trigger an outwards blast of damage)
    • Onslaught: Available to all (Deal bonus damage to enemies above 95% health)
    • Overpower: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Virus: Available with Modification specialization (details in a later section)
    • Unlimited: Loot exclusive (details in a later section)

Feat Modifications

This is where some more fine-tuning and customization come into play. As of now, players of the same specialization are very similar to each other. They have the same abilities and most of the same stats. This leads to combat system with little differentiation between specializations. Feat Modification is part of the solution to this issue. Feat Modification allow players to individualize themselves, and pursue a specific path for their build. When players enter the Rune window for their weapon (where all their abilities are located), they can select one of the equipped feat runes and select the option to modify it. That will bring up the following window:


This is where players can customize specific feat runes to their liking. In the example above, the Thunderbolt rune is currently being modified. There are 3 different options that a player can select from, each representing a different build style. Once a player has selected their choice they can accept it and modify that ability. This will cost monster parts, a socket and gold. Some possible paths for the specific ability mentioned above are:
  • Defensive Role: Thunderbolt lowers the threat generation of all allies within its range for a certain duration
    • Cost: Ingots, scales from reptilian creatures & 1 socket
  • Damage Role: Thunderbolt deals bonus damage for each enemy within its bounds
    • Cost: Timber, fangs from carnivorous creatures & 1 socket
  • Support Role: Thunderbolt increases the mana regeneration of each ally within its bounds for a short duration
    • Cost: Oil, bones from undead creatures & 1 socket
Players can only have 1 option equipped per rune. However, they can change their decisions in the future - for a cost.

As can be seen, gear and feat modification is all about player customization, and the costs are more complex and challenging than stat runes. This is because they are part of the 2nd layer of the gear system. Not as necessary, but rewarding for those who put in the effort.

RNG - Boss Loot

Part of a proper loot system is for bosses to have a chance to drop premium loot. In our current loot system, nothing besides epic gear is very exciting to find. Bosses need some interesting and exclusive loot drops to promote elder runs and group content such as dungeons.

One of the rare items which can be dropped from bosses or zingara are exclusive mods. A total of 6 (1 for each category) are available as loot exclusives. A loot exclusive mod has a chance to come attached to any dropped gear of epic rarity or higher, and can be gnogmented onto the player's gear of choice. Below is a list of those mods. Note that the type of equipment it will come attached with corresponds to the earlier list above:
  • Overload: (Mana Mod) Do not spend mana while in combat to charge up the power of your next ability. Maximum charge time: 10s
  • Reflection: (Defense Mod) After each hit gain a reflection charge. At 5 charges the next 5 hits will have a portion of the damage reflected
  • Buffer: (Health Mod) When healed, your next attack deals bonus damage equal to the amount of health restored
  • Ruthless: (Speed Mod) Gain a 10% run speed boost after each kill. 25% speed boost if the final strike was a critical hit.
  • Ranger: (Critical Mod) As the distance between you and your foe grows, so does your critical damage
  • Unlimited: (Damage Mod) Ability power increases the more enemies are around you
Looted weapons from powerful foes also have a chance to come with feat runes which have already been modified - saving players the time and cost from doing so themselves if they are able to find one.

Additionally, bosses have a chance to drop Artifacts. There are 4 Artifacts for a complete set, and once all 4 are collected and combined, they are converted into an appearance pack. The type of artifacts that drop are dependent upon the boss itself. This will promote boss farming to collect premium appearances!

Lastly, Tier 3 bosses (elders, dungeon bosses etc.) have a chance to drop Fragments - which is the replacement for Elder gear & drops. This will be explored further in a later section.

Phase 2: Overhaul - Layer 3 - Specialization

Specializations

Crafting specialization is an important part of a healthy economy and injects player choice and interaction into the crafting system. The current specializations are good, but also leave something to be desired. It's great armor masters have a 15% chance to craft an epic item, but it is fairly easy to get epic gear from dungeons and elders anyways.

In the system proposed below, not only are those that specialize useful, but they can actually follow a progression path of their own! Each specialization has tiers, that players can slowly advance through. This will create a crafting hierarchy, and truly encourage players to continue honing their skills and pursuing their specific trade. Those who put in the most time and effort will reap the rewards and make a name for themselves in the crafters market.

Production Master: Production Master's are excellent at quickly manufacturing gear with as little resource and currency cost as possible. If you are seeking to find a quick set of gear, then locate a production master!
  • Production Master I
    • Lowers material and gold cost of crafted gear by 15%.
    • Costs 100,000 charter tokens
  • Production Master II
    • Lowers material and gold cost of crafted gear by 17.5%
    • Gear & Feat Modifications now also have their cost reduced.
    • Costs 150,000 charter tokens
  • Production Master III
    • Lowers material and gold cost of crafted gear by 20%
    • Gear & Feat Modifications now also have their cost reduced.
    • Gear created by this crafter, when used as food for other gear, will enhance twice as fast. (EX: Last rank requires 8 instead of 15 enhances)
    • Costs 250,000 charter tokens
  • Total
    • The total amount of tokens needed to become a Tier 3 production master would then be: 500,000 charter tokens
Modification Master: Modification Masters gain all new modifications which can be applied to gear. If you are looking for different types of mods, then modification masters are the people to look for.
  • Modification Master I: Unlocks the following epic runes. -Costs 100,000 charter tokens
    • Overpower: (Damage Mod) AoE attacks deal greater damage the more enemies are within its radius
    • Virus: (Damage Mod) DoT attacks have a faster tick speed as the enemy's health decreases
    • Fortify: (Defense Mod) Have a chance to gain a shield whenever an enemy critically strikes you
    • Barriers: (Defense Mod) All detrimental status effects applied to you (poison etc.) have reduced duration.
  • Modification Master II: Unlocks the following epic runes. -Costs 150,000 charter tokens
    • Reserves: (Mana Mod) Mana regeneration increases the longer you remain in combat.
    • Refreshed: (Mana Mod) Reduced mana costs when mana is above 90%
    • Leech: (Health Mod) When you kill an enemy, regain 5% of your total health
    • Bolster: (Health Mod) Health regeneration is increased when shielded
  • Modification Master III: Unlocks the following epic runes. -Costs 250,000 charter tokens
    • Wrath: (Critical Mod) Critical hits have a chance to proc additional ability power damage.
    • Tactician: (Critical Mod) Gain increased critical strike chance when striking an enemy from behind.
    • United: (Speed Mod) Attack speed is increased slightly for each nearby ally
    • Pacing: (Speed Mod) Ability cool-down decreased if the player moves while fighting
  • Total
    • The total amount of tokens needed to become a Tier 3 armor master would then be: 500,000 charter tokens
Armor Master: Armor Masters gain special perks for any piece of armor they create. If you are seeking the best armor, look no further.
  • Armor Master I
    • Armor stat runes made have a minimum point threshold of 0.8 instead of 0.75
    • Costs 100,000 charter tokens
  • Armor Master II
    • Armor stat runes made have a minimum point threshold of 0.825
    • An additional modification slot is unlocked on armor pieces that you craft
    • Costs 150,000 charter tokens
  • Armor Master III
    • Armor stat runes made have a minimum point threshold of 0.85
    • Unlocks the Armor Equipment Brand recipe. (More on that later)
    • Costs 250,000 charter tokens
  • Total: The total amount of tokens needed to become a Tier 3 armor master would then be: 500,000 charter tokens
Weapon Master: Weapon Masters gain special perks for any weapon they create. If you are seeking the best weapons, look no further.
  • Weapon Master 1
    • Weapon ability runes have their cost reduced by 20%
    • Costs 100,000 charter tokens
  • Weapon Master II
    • An additional modification slot is unlocked on weapons that you craft
    • Costs 150,000 charter tokens
  • Weapon Master III
    • Unlocks the Weapon Equipment Brand recipe. (More on that later)
    • Costs 250,000 charter tokens
  • Total: The total amount of tokens needed to become a Tier 3 weapon master would then be: 500,000 charter tokens
Potion Master: Potion Masters would still exist, but since they do not have to do with gear, I will not go into detail.

Preparation Master: Removed

Gear Renown & Branding

As explained above, Rank 3 armor and weapon masters unlock an Equipment Brand recipe. Equipment Brands can be attached onto a specific piece of gear of epic quality in order to Brand it. Equipment Brands must be crafted, and require glistening refined materials. Weapon Equipment Brands require glistening timber and cloth, whereas Armor Equipment Brands require glistening ingots and cloth. Glistening refined materials are created by refining glistening gathered materials such as ore or wood - so they are very difficult to create. Once the Equipment Brand has been made, it can be dragged and dropped onto the gear item. (Note that anyone can do this step, not just the armor or weapon master)

Branding also has a high fail rate. This is done for balancing purposes, otherwise, branded gear would become too common as to diminish its exclusivity. There is only a 10% chance of a successful branding when using an Equipment Brand. If it fails, the Equipment Brand is destroyed, and the crafter must try again by making another.

Gear that has been branded successfully is able to gain Renown. Renown means that the gear gains experience and earns properties based on the feats that has been completed with it. For example, defeating 100 zingara with a weapon may grant it a perk which makes it grant higher quality loot from zingara kills. This opens an entirely new market where crafters construct and brand excellent gear and combat players increase its renown before selling them. Some additional feat and perk examples are:
  • Zingara Seeker
    • Slay 50 zingaras: 5% increased chance of dropping epic gear
    • Slay 100 zingaras: 10% increased chance of dropping epic gear
    • So On: And so on and so forth
  • Elder Vanquisher
    • Slay 50 Elder Bosses: 5% additional chance to drop a fragment on kill
    • Slay 100 Elder Bosses: 10% additional chance to drop a fragment on kill
    • So On: And so on and so forth
  • Monster Slayer
    • Slay 100 skeletons: 5% increased chance of dropping an additional monster part
    • Slay 100 wolves: 5% increased chance of dropping an additional monster part
    • So On: And so on and so forth, will all the different enemy types
As achievements are completed, the Renown of the gear will improve. The Renown is displayed on the gear itself.

Gear Sets

Gear Sets are the next step towards customization and allow players to pursue a specific play-style of their choice. Gear does not need to belong to a set, but for those who choose to do so, they will gain additional perks on their gear.

A specific set can be added to gear of epic quality or higher by using Fragments dropped rarely from Tier 3 bosses (elders, dungeon bosses etc.). Elders will no longer drop crests, ethers etc as Elder gear no longer exists. Instead, these Tier 3 bosses have a small chance to drop a Fragment. This Fragment will correspond to the species of the boss, similar to how Zogs work. This means that players will need to farm specific Tier 3 bosses in order to gain the Fragments they desire.

Players can drag and drop these Fragments onto 6 possible pieces of gear (Hat, Armor, Gloves, Boots, Back, Weapon) and that piece of gear now belongs to the set that the Fragment represents. Fragments can be replaced, but the original will be destroyed when replaced with a new one. Fragments do not need to be upgraded. Example Fragments include Dragon, Golem, Spider etc. Each of them belonging to that monster's set.

When a player equips multiple pieces of gear of the same set, they earn set bonuses. Set Bonuses will amplify the play-style that they represent. The more gear that has the same set, the greater the yield.
  • Set Bonus I: 2 items of the same set
  • Set Bonus II: 4 items of the same set
  • Set Bonus III: 6 items of the same set
Players can mix and match sets for example, have 2 pieces of gear of the Spider Set to earn the Spider Set Bonus I, and the remaining pieces having the Dragon set, earning the Dragon Set Bonus II

Set Bonuses are all proc based. Meaning, that they have a chance to trigger when something occurs. Each subsequent set bonus will compound with the previous proc. Below are some example set bonuses.
  • Set of the Golem: Gained from imbuing gear with Golem Fragments, dropped from Tier 3 Golem bosses
    • Bonus 1: Player has a 0.5% chance of forming a stone shield upon being hit
    • Bonus II: Player has a 0.75% chance of forming a stone shield upon being hit. Players have a 0.5% chance of reflecting the next attack upon forming a stone shield
    • Bonus III: Player has a 1% chance of forming a stone shield upon being hit. Players have a 0.75% chance of reflecting the next attack upon forming a stone shield. If the hit was reflected, players have a 0.5% chance of healing for the amount of damage reflected
  • Set of the Dragon: Gained from imbuing gear with Dragon Fragments, dropped from Tier 3 Dragon bosses
    • Bonus 1: Players have a 0.5% chance of inflicting burning damage to an enemy upon each hit.
    • Bonus II: Players have a 0.75% chance of inflicting burning damage to an enemy upon each hit. Burned enemies have a 0.5% chance of spreading the effect to nearby foes
    • Bonus III: Players have a 1% chance of inflicting burning damage to an enemy upon each hit. Burned enemies have a 0.75% chance of spreading the effect to nearby foes. Nearby foes who have been burned have a 0.5% chance of losing magical resistance
  • Set of the Spider: Gained from imbuing gear with Spider Fragments, dropped from Tier 3 Spider bosses
    • Bonus I: Players have a 0.5% chance of webbing an enemy upon stunning them
    • Bonus II: Players have a 0.75% chance of webbing an enemy upon stunning them. Webbed enemies have a 0.5% chance of being poisoned over 5 seconds.
    • Bonus III: Players have a 1% chance of webbing an enemy upon stunning them. Webbed enemies have a 0.75% chance of being poisoned over 5 seconds. Poisoned enemies have a 0.5% chance of being slowed once the effect has expired.
Essentially set bonuses provide boosts and additional perks to players that align with the play-style their gear represents. There are many different set bonuses, one for each monster species within the game. The purpose of these bonuses is for players to augment their play-style, promote RNG boss farming, injecting the economy with new rare items (Fragments), and provide further gear customization.

Putting it all Together

Trading

What would be the point of putting together all of this great gear if we cannot trade it? I suggest that all gear be tradable! Whether or not we have worn it. The reason gear cannot be traded is due to a potential exploit where players create new characters, get free sockets, create gear and trade it to their main character.

However, with the amount of work it would take to make solid equipment in this setup, I believe that restriction is no longer necessary. Gear should be freely tradable, whether or not it has been socketed, gnogmented, or worn. It will make a massive difference in the economy.

Overview

Layer 1: This layer is all about creating and maintaining base gear. Players can either craft gear with specific abilities and stat runes via the crafting system, or find dropped loot and combine them together via gnogmentation to achieve the same result. Players can re-roll stats to gain higher point values on their runes, effectively increasing the amount of total stats they can max out. Players can enhance gear a maximum of 15 times, by feeding it other gear. This will level the gear up so that players do not outgrow it. Lastly, players can reforge their equipment - bringing it up to the next tier while retaining its perks.

Layer 2: This layer is all about additional customization, for players seeking to put more time and effort into fine-tuning their equipment. Players can add modifications onto their gear and feats. These modifications promote specific play-styles that players can focus on. Players can also farm enemies for appearance packs and exclusive mods. Lastly, players can obtain glistening materials, which are rare items used for crafting stat runes and gear with special properties.

Layer 3: Layer 3 focuses on specialization. Crafters can take the extra step to maximize their gear to its full potential and hone in on a certain path. Crafters who earn charter specializations can create unique mods, custom armor & weaponry and even create equipment brands. Branded gear gains properties when players use them to complete achievements. Lastly, players can imbue their gear with a specific gear set, by obtaining fragments from tier 3 bosses.

That is my take on how I wish for the gear system would be designed. I would love to hear other's opinions and suggestions.
 
Characters
BashaDrake, Elmeti
Platform
Android
#2
This is a well thought out idea and definately addresses my main problem with current crafting...the complete randomness. However there are 2 things I have concerns with. The first is cosmetic....I like headwear. I want the option to have a hat or helm in addition to wings.
The second is more problematic....Specialization. With your system it doesnt exist, making everyone their own crafter, and killing any possibility of having a player crafter character. Perhaps there could be some additional benefit that players that choose to Specialize can earn without making other crafted gear sub par?
 
Platform
PC
#3
Of all the changes we could make to the game changing the crafting system is the most vital and imperative to our long term success. So many players hate the current system and are playing in spite of it, not because of it. As soon as they are max combat they are usually gone and the ones that stay only linger for friendships and the hope that someday things will get better. This improved crafting system would spark a much greater interest in the game and player retention would be dramatically improved. Gear crafting essential and deserves a well thought-out and balanced system. You have provided us with that here.
 

Dawnfire

Jack Of All Trades
Characters
Athon Stormborne
Platform
Android, PC
#4
The current crafting system is plagued by quite a few things as others have already said, and this would really solve the problem while introducing more depth to it. My only question is (unless I misunderstood) is regarding the gear leveling up. Let's say I craft a level 1 armor set, rank it up till level 14, then get the next set. I rebirth at some point and now I have a level 1 armor set with the power of a level 14. Wouldn't it be imbalanced this way? I'd prolly enforce some scaling on it that the gear even if it's level 14, it scales to your level, reaching its peak at level 14.

Otherwise superb ideas, would really love to see this in some form in game
 

LadyNirvana

Grand Priestess
Platform
Android
#5
Вы, ребята, сумасшедшие? Ого, здесь чат не работает, интерфейс группы ужасный (окна чата закрыты), нет списка онлайн, нет списка гильдий, нет рейтинга гильдий и игроков (в игре), Количество перерождений на андроид версии владельца дома, вы не можете переименовать курицу. Не показывает бонусы царства при создании персонажа, а вы хотите ТАКОЕ? ^^:D:D:D
 

Dawnfire

Jack Of All Trades
Characters
Athon Stormborne
Platform
Android, PC
#6
Are you guys crazy? Wow, the chat is not working here, the group interface is terrible (chat windows are closed), there is no online list, there is no guild list, there are no guilds and players rating (in the game). Does not show kingdom bonuses when creating a character, and you want SUCH

^^:D:D:D
For those who are not fluent russian. I think when we post in a suggestion thread we are meant to be constructive, add new opinions, discuss whatever intrigues you. I'm going off topic with this, but please if you actually want your voice to be heard use english in this part of the forum and be constructive, not mocking
 

LadyNirvana

Grand Priestess
Platform
Android
#7
For those who are not fluent russian. I think when we post in a suggestion thread we are meant to be constructive, add new opinions, discuss whatever intrigues you. I'm going off topic with this, but please if you actually want your voice to be heard use english in this part of the forum and be constructive, not mocking
Im sorry, my translator failed. I really liked the topic and I made a like. But it seems to me that such a strong remastering is very difficult for an otter. I propose to make more simple and basic elements of the interface .
 
Likes: Dawnfire
Characters
Layla Littlenymph
Platform
PC, Steam
#8
...it seems to me that such a strong remastering is very difficult for an otter. I propose to make more simple and basic elements of the interface .
When it comes to gear, "simple and basic" changes would be akin to slapping a bandaid onto a sucking chest wound after the patient has already died. When SKAAVVEEK suggests outright scrapping major aspects of the current system, I do not feel he is being the least bit extreme. Starfall was one of the best and most certainly the worst things to ever happen to this game. While it revitalized combat and added a layer of complexity and diversity that many serious gamers wanted, the diversity is forced by randomization and complexty ceases to be a good thing when it enters the realm of needlessly over-complicated.

I very much like this company, this community, and this game, but if there is one aspect of it I truely despise, this is it. I'm going to borrow from the comments made by Kitty, because I could not have said it any better.
"So many players hate the current system and are playing in spite of it, not because of it."
This is me, in a nutshell. There is no art nor skill required to produce top gear. It's simply a matter of grinding out enough pieces of it to meet the required minimums. Even then, I could perhaps live with it were it not for the total randomness. Only in V&H does a crafter have no idea what they are about to produce until such time as they have produced it.

There would be outrage from players that have invested a lot of work into the new gear system should it be scrapped, just as there was outrage when it was introduced. That's a sad thing, but for the future good of the game, it needs to be done. There is no fixing it. It needs to be rethought from the ground up.
 

SKAAVVEEK

Adventurer
Royal Guardian
Characters
See Signature
Platform
PC
#9
Since I created this thread months ago, I was never truly satisfied with where I left it. I always intended to go back and modify the thread, but never got around to it until recently.

The original post of the thread has now been entirely modified - almost tripling in size with additional details and refinement.

I will also take a moment to address some of the initial feedback I received when the thread was first created.

However there are 2 things I have concerns with. The first is cosmetic....I like headwear. I want the option to have a hat or helm in addition to wings.
That was an oversight on my part, and has been address. Hats are back!

The second is more problematic....Specialization. With your system it doesnt exist, making everyone their own crafter, and killing any possibility of having a player crafter character. Perhaps there could be some additional benefit that players that choose to Specialize can earn without making other crafted gear sub par?
I have added a whole new specialization section, thank you for the feedback!

My only question is (unless I misunderstood) is regarding the gear leveling up. Let's say I craft a level 1 armor set, rank it up till level 14, then get the next set. I rebirth at some point and now I have a level 1 armor set with the power of a level 14. Wouldn't it be imbalanced this way? I'd prolly enforce some scaling on it that the gear even if it's level 14, it scales to your level, reaching its peak at level 14.
You are right! I have modified the gear progression system to be more balanced, thanks for the feedback!
 

Dawnfire

Jack Of All Trades
Characters
Athon Stormborne
Platform
Android, PC
#10
You sure added quite a bit to it, I went through it. This would deserve a single expansion in itself. Overall superb work, it's pretty well thought out and explained, so I'll just address the parts that I see some flaws in.

1) Shields: Currently two classes have access to them, yet you used it in the calculations for stat runes. This means Hunters, Wizards and Two-handed Warriors have less ways to maximize their stat points. I think a possible solution to this would be to keep Shield's stat slots to 2 as it is now or add something else in the Shield slot for other classes as well.

2) Crafting Specializations: How do Glistening materials interact with crafting specializations? You mentioned that specs craft at an increased stat rate, how does that fit into the 1.0-1.1 range of glistening mats? Would it increase both min and max range of it, or has no effect on it at all?

3) Branding: I might missed this but can you brand a gear multiple times? Or are you restricted to one branding per gear?

4) Reforging: As I understand the cost is the same as crafting anew. So basically this is pretty much only good if you don't plan rebirthing at all, because if you reforged your gear every 15 levels you would end up with a single set in the end. While it saves inventory space and some time, I feel like crafting from a scratch is much more beneficial. Which leads me to my next point.

5) Enchantment: Enchantment in itself is good, the motivation behind it is my issue. The gear you have grows weaker the higher level you are. Now the monsters you fight get stronger as you level up, so naturally that in itself should make your gear less useful for your level. Imposing a further punishment in the form of reducing your stat effectiveness on your gear seems wrong. The other big issue with this is yet again rebirth. Basically if you rebirth you want to have a set of gear every 10-15 levels. With the proposed system the optimal way for this would be to craft gear from scratch and keep it enchanted, then reforged (or crafted anew). At the next rebirth you have to start over again, because the gear you used is always at the highest level of your tier (at level 1, it's level 15, at level 16 it's level 30, etc.). You could use gear every 10 levels (so no enchanting and level 1, 10, 20 etc), but that means you'll be playing with penalty all the time. And crafting anew will cost sockets, gold and materials which will certainly add up over the course of 5 rebirths. My solution to this would be yet again to simply enforce a level scaling to an enchanted gear (or have a special rune attached to it), so that it levels up with you till it's maximum. This would mean enchanting is still beneficial, and you don't get penalized for not having a single piece of gear for every single level (or just recrafting everything after every rebirth)
 

SKAAVVEEK

Adventurer
Royal Guardian
Characters
See Signature
Platform
PC
#11
You sure added quite a bit to it, I went through it. This would deserve a single expansion in itself. Overall superb work, it's pretty well thought out and explained, so I'll just address the parts that I see some flaws in.

1) Shields: Currently two classes have access to them, yet you used it in the calculations for stat runes. This means Hunters, Wizards and Two-handed Warriors have less ways to maximize their stat points. I think a possible solution to this would be to keep Shield's stat slots to 2 as it is now or add something else in the Shield slot for other classes as well.
Thanks for taking the time to read and provide feedback!

Regarding shields, that was a mistake and has now been fixed. Shields should not have been given stat runes, instead they will simply have a passive rune that increases block chance.

Now there are 5 types of gear that can hold 6 stat runes each (bumped up from 5)

How do Glistening materials interact with crafting specializations? You mentioned that specs craft at an increased stat rate, how does that fit into the 1.0-1.1 range of glistening mats? Would it increase both min and max range of it, or has no effect on it at all?
Ah I had not considered that, thanks for pointing it out!

I have altered the glistening materials such that they increase the maximum threshold only - and the armor specialists increase the minimum.

3) Branding:I might missed this but can you brand a gear multiple times? Or are you restricted to one branding per gear?
A gear can only be branded once - but branding will enable the gear to gain all perks possible from the achievements.

4) Reforging: As I understand the cost is the same as crafting anew. So basically this is pretty much only good if you don't plan rebirthing at all, because if you reforged your gear every 15 levels you would end up with a single set in the end. While it saves inventory space and some time, I feel like crafting from a scratch is much more beneficial. Which leads me to my next point.
The main point of reforging would be to keep special gear intact. For example, if you have a level 60 piece of equipment, that was created by an armor master and has been branded / has perks - then you may wish to reforge it into the next tier (75) rather than creating the level 75 tier from scratch. Either way would be possible though.

5) Enchantment:Enchantment in itself is good, the motivation behind it is my issue. The gear you have grows weaker the higher level you are. Now the monsters you fight get stronger as you level up, so naturally that in itself should make your gear less useful for your level. Imposing a further punishment in the form of reducing your stat effectiveness on your gear seems wrong.
Ah, that penalty is actually how it works on live as well, this was my attempt at mimicking its functionality. For example, on live as you level up, your attack and defense rating will automatically reduce, even if you do not change your gear. This is because the amount of stat points needed to reach the stat numbers you had at the previous level has increased.

Rather than increasing the amount of stat points needed, I preferred to keep mine at the same range, and instead added a point deduction penalty as an alternative. It will produce the same result, just in a different way. If there was no stat penalty as you leveled, you would actually be just as strong wearing level 30 gear against level 30 foes, as you would be were wearing 30 gear against level 75 foes.

The other big issue with this is yet again rebirth. Basically if you rebirth you want to have a set of gear every 10-15 levels. With the proposed system the optimal way for this would be to craft gear from scratch and keep it enchanted, then reforged (or crafted anew). At the next rebirth you have to start over again, because the gear you used is always at the highest level of your tier (at level 1, it's level 15, at level 16 it's level 30, etc.). You could use gear every 10 levels (so no enchanting and level 1, 10, 20 etc), but that means you'll be playing with penalty all the time. And crafting anew will cost sockets, gold and materials which will certainly add up over the course of 5 rebirths. My solution to this would be yet again to simply enforce a level scaling to an enchanted gear (or have a special rune attached to it), so that it levels up with you till it's maximum. This would mean enchanting is still beneficial, and you don't get penalized for not having a single piece of gear for every single level (or just recrafting everything after every rebirth)
Yes rebirth is always the most difficult system to work around for this design. I will consider some more and get back to you on the rebirths

Thanks yet again for your insights :D
 
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