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PostPosted: Wed, Feb 23 2011, 23:57 PM 

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This topic clarifies the rules and meaning of some game mechanics.


Earning XP and Gold
Subraces
Subdual
UMD and OOC Restrictions
Greater Sanctuary
Resurrecting the Dead
Pickpocketing

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PostPosted: Wed, Feb 23 2011, 23:58 PM 

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:!: Earning XP and Gold
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You can travel the lands and do battle with many different creatures to earn experience and gold, as well as obtain these as bonuses from the DMs for your roleplay (see the Role-Play Awards for more information). Searching monster's corpses will sometimes reveal an item that can be used or sold for additional gold. Here are some hints for maximising your loot and xp:

* XP & Gold increase with party size
* Party size does not include associates.
* XP increases by tackling harder creatures compared to your party level
* Party level is average of all PCs in the same area.
* Effective character level is used.
* Party level do not include associates.
* Gold is equally divided amongst PC party members.
* PCs in a different area to do not receive gold or XP.
* PCs in a different area to do not count towards party size.
* PCs that are dead to do not receive gold or XP.
* PCs at the maximum level (ECL of 30) get 1 XP.
* No gold and 1 xp is given to all if the difference between the highest and lowest PC is more than 5 levels.
* No gold and 1 xp is given to all if there's more than 6 people in one party and in the same area

Notes
Party level is average of all PCs in the same area.
Effective character level is used.
Party level does not include associates.

Effective Character Level (ECL) is the sum of your levels plus your level adjustment. Average Party Level (APL) is the sum of the Party Members' ECLs divided by the Number of Party Members. Level Restriction is calculated by subtracting the lowest ECL Party Member from the highest ECL Party Member - This is called the Party Level Difference (PLD) and if its greater than 5 "Levels" then minimal XP (1) is awarded for each kill.

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PostPosted: Wed, Feb 23 2011, 23:58 PM 

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:!: Subraces
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Hello everyone.

I believe it's time to clear up any and all confusion on the famous... Subraces!.

Firstly, there are a few points we must make on what a subrace is.

A subrace, as far as mechanics is concerned and in laymans terms, is a different skin for your characters! You may be an elf, but you can have tiefling abilities, sort of like putting on another outfit over that elf.

Now, how do subraces work? Subraces work by completely overwriting your character's Racial Traits. These can be such things as...
  • Racial bonuses to an ability [Eg. Elves get +2 DEX, -2 CON]
  • Supernatural abilities [Eg. Earth Genasi get the Stoneskin supernatural ability]
  • Speeds and movement [Eg. Fae are faster than all other races]
  • Etcetera.

Now these abilities, as stated earlier, are overwritten completely. All ability modifications are "Cancelled Out" (go back to math class, folks!) and the newer abilities are applied.

Take for example, an Elven Aasimar. Of course, we can only choose ELF in the character creation menus, so we use that as our base and enter "aasimar" into the subrace field. Remember, you need to use the EXACT lettering used in the Subraces Page.

So, an Elf gives us +2 Dexterity and -2 Constitution. Let's assume that all of our elf's abilities are 10.

STR 10
DEX 10
CON 10
INT 10
WIS 10
CHA 10.

Now, in the Character Creation, the modifiers are applied already, giving us...

STR 10
DEX 12
CON 8
INT 10
WIS 10
CHA 10

So, you walk into the game as an Elf with those stats... But, we wanted to be an Aasimar, didn't we? Time to apply those changes!

Firstly, we have to cancel out the Elven traits... This is done by reversing the modification. Remember how we had +2 Dexterity, -2 Constitution? Well, to reverse them we give our elf -2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution. Resulting in us getting..

STR 10
DEX 10
CON 10
INT 10
WIS 10
CHA 10

And, at the same time. We apply the Aasimar bonuses, which is +2 Wisdom, +2 Charisma.

STR 10
DEX 10
CON 10
INT 10
WIS 12
CHA 12

And there are our ending stats. Now, this same modification happens all over your character sheet. Elven bonuses to Spot, Listen and Search? Replaced with Spot and Listen bonuses, or removed entirely if you decide not to be an Aasimar elf.


Also, there are some other things we should note about subraces...


Race Specific Classes. If you want to become one of these, it is required that you do not choose to play anything that states
Racial Type changes to <Race>;, as this modification stops you from fulfilling the racial requirement. Yes, this means you cannot make our Elven Aasimar into an Arcane Archer... Sorry folks!

Another note is Humans. Again, if you change to something that has "
Racial Type changes to <Race>;", you'll lose your added skill point per level. Unfortunately, due to technical issues, the added feat at level 1 and the four skillpoints are kept. But I urge you not to abuse this.


So, if you want to know what's going to happen when you pull that lever, do the following...

Adjust the ability scores mentally by reversing the ability modifications in character creation.
Predict the changes that will happen with the adjustment mentally.
Start making your character!


And, mind, since they overwrite, abilities won't stack. A Tiefling (+2 Dex among other things) Elf (+2 Dex as well) will not result in a +4 Modification, it'll only have a +2 Modification (which is already done in character creation).

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PostPosted: Thu, Feb 24 2011, 0:00 AM 

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:!: Subdual
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When someone uses subdual, they are generally considered to be using non lethal force to subdue the opponent, as in blows with the pommel of the sword, the fists, the elbows, etc. When you are subdued you are unconscious and on the ground on the very VERGE of death. The person using subdual has the option to use lethal force if they choose to do so, so if you are subdued you should ask if you are dead or merely unconscious, as this is at the discretion of the subduer. Once you are down it is only a matter of one blow to finish you. If the person says you are dead, even if they don't actually KILL you, you are DEAD.

If you are not dead, keep in mind that when the subdual wears off you may be conscious, but you are laying on the ground bleeding profusely with a POUNDING headache and are unable to do much besides possibly heal yourself or crawl away slowly and painfully. Jumping up from subdual and rejoining a battle or running is NOT acceptable and will be dealt with if it is seen happening. When your sudual wears off, use the Emote widget to lie back down and RP as defeated.

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PostPosted: Thu, Feb 24 2011, 0:00 AM 

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:!: UMD and OOC restrictions on items
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Use Magic Device is a skill exclusive to Rogues, Bards and Assassins, which allows the use of items normally restricted to certain classes, races or alignments. It is based on modified ranks of the skill, not a dice roll. Only multiples of 5 ranks of UMD count towards the end result, so for example, 24 has the same effect as 20.

Buffing your UMD check with Charisma or Skill Bonus will let you equip stronger items, but they will be unequipped at log-in due to the item modifiers being calcuated after the UMD check for wearing your gear. This means you may find yourself naked in the Entry.

For further details, see the NWNWiki.


However! Some items in Amia have an OOC warning over and above the NWN-standard item restriction. The warning we talk about always ends the description of the item in question and looks like this:

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You must not use these items unless you meet the OOC criteria. The game engine will allow you to use these items but the DM's will not. If you are found using such an item, it will be taken from you and no compensation will be given.

If a warning like that isn't on the item, then you can use it if you have enough points in UMD. So: the OOC warnings on certain items do not mean that the UMD skill (Use Magical Device) cannot be used at all. The standard 'Only useable by class XZY' is NOT the OOC warning we are speaking of.

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PostPosted: Thu, Feb 24 2011, 0:01 AM 

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The default description of Greater Sanctuary clashes with how it actually works ingame, which often confuses the roleplay surrounding Greater Sanctuary users. So please ignore the description entirely.

An Amia the spell is considered, for RP purposes, to be a save-less version of the level 1 Cleric spell Sanctuary. You are not on (or partially on) the ethereal plane; what the spell does is penetrate any magical or inate supernatural barrier to mind-affects and makes all individuals incapable of choosing to hurt the caster directly. They can still be seen, smelt and heard, but direct hostile action is impossible.

Note that this does not allow you to escape from all roleplayed conflicts: for example city guards can still detain you by other means than physical assault. Locking the city gate, for example.

Furthermore, when in battle(in game mechanics terms, set to Hostile) the spell affects your senses too, making them incapable of detecting the caster unless they have the powerful magical senses of a dragon or Umber Hulk. Even if they have such eyes, they cannot choose to hurt the caster directly.

On an intellectual level, any semi-intelligent character with experience of mages will be able to deduce a GS'd caster is probably in the general area from in-character clues like the existence of summons, or from having seen them cast it in the first place, or from having a friend or summons with 'real' True Seeing, so using area-of-effect spells/feats in PvP is not considered cheating, provided the various purely out-of-character means of locating someone have not been used.

For example, if you have set a Weapon Master to Hostile during a roleplayed conflict and then cast Greater Sanctuary, you are legitimately vulnerable to Whirlwind Attack being spammed while you buff in 'safety.' The WM has 13 INT. He will know you are around somewhere, even if some part of his brain is ignoring the fact his eyes/ears/nose are telling him exactly where that is.

NOTE: the visual effects of Epic Mage Armor are very similair, but not identical. They both have a purplish set of lights revolving around the caster, but the Greater Sanctuary effect is dimmer and travels in a slightly different pattern around them than Epic Mage Armor does.

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PostPosted: Thu, Feb 24 2011, 0:01 AM 

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When a person dies, he goes to the Fugue Plane to await being picked up by servants of his patron deity. On the material plane, the body does what bodies do: it becomes stiff, cold, and eventually it decomposes.

However, the gods' power can be called upon to raise the dead. Spells of Raise Dead and Resurrection can bring a fallen person back to life, but on a few specific conditions:


Revification against one's will:
A soul can't be raised against its will. The deceased knows the name, alignment, and patron deity of the character attempting to bring it back to life, and can refuse the resurrection. However, if the soul returns to life, it forgets anything and everything about the time it was dead. Raised people do not remember any information they learned during death, such as the alignment and patron deity of the character who raised them, or another character whose resurrection attempt they may have turned down earlier.

Raise Dead:
The subject must be in one piece. You cannot raise some who has been beheaded, for example. Missing pieces will be missing after the spell is cast, though any mortal wounds are sealed. Those that have been undead or died of old age can't be raised.

Resurrection: The condition of the subject does not matter; if you have one proper piece of a person, you can raise him as long as the piece was intact at the moment of death. The subject's body regenerates around the piece being resurrected. Any other pieces, such as the severed head of the victim that someone might be keeping as a trophy, crumble to dust at the moment of resurrection. You can raise those who have been undead and then destroyed, but you can't raise anyone who's died of old age.

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PostPosted: Thu, Feb 24 2011, 0:02 AM 

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:!: Pickpocketing
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The Bioware built-in pickpocket system has a couple of serious flaws, which make it impractical for use in a multiplayer system. Players can lift containers full of things from other players. Players can lift heavy (50lb!) full plate armor off someone else. Players can lift an entire stack of items. When something is pickpocketed it gets marked as stolen and then cannot be sold, which is also strange, as the merchant is not going to know who originally owned the object. This pickpocket system disables the built-in Bioware pickpocket as best as is possible, and then implements a custom one, described herein.

When someone logs in or levels up, the new system checks to see if they have at least a single rank in the Pickpocket skill. If they do, and they have not yet been adjusted, the system will make the following changes to the character concerned:

* Any character with a single rank in the Pickpocket skill is subject to the new pickpocketing rules.
* Permanent 50-pickpocket skill decrease to disable the built-in Bioware pickpocket system.
* Issue the character with a Pickpocket Tool to access the new Pickpocket skill.

Usage and Rules
To pickpocket, the player must activate the Pickpocket Tool and target another player.

* Your target must be a player, excluding yourself.
* You must be within 2 meters of the target.
* You cannot pickpocket someone who is under level 5.
* You cannot pickpocked someone more than 3 times a day.

Your target's DC for a pickpocket attempt is 20 + Character Level / 2 + Spot skill / 2, unless they’re dead in which case the target forfeits her DC. For example, a level 12 Fighter with 4 skill points in Spot will have a DC of 20 + 6 + 2 = 28.

There are proximity bonuses to the target DC, irrespective of her being dead or not. For every party member of the target or NPC within 5 meters of her, there is a +5 bonus to her DC. If a party member or NPC is between 6 and 10 meters, there is a +2 bonus to her DC. Finally, if the party member or NPC is from 11 to 20 meters from the target, there is a +1 bonus to her DC. This will encourage sticking together in town in a party and will also encourage player who aren’t in a party not to stray too far from their dead comrade, since they’re providing critical protection of fallen foe’s assets.

You must overcome the target’s DC by performing a skill check against your pickpocket skill, minus any penalty for successive pickpocket attempts (see the table below). Successive pickpocket attempts carry increasing penalties to your pickpocket skill check if you attempt to lift from the same player within two in-game days (on most servers this means 96 minutes in real time). This algorithm depends on the fact that your module saves the current time periodically and restores it when loading, so the clock always moves forward.

If you fail the pickpocket skill check or you roll a critical failure, your target may or may not see you depending on how much you failed the check by. If you failed the skill check by more than 50% of your pickpocket skill score, or if you rolled a critical failure, she spots you. Your target turns to face you (automatically) and they are sent a message informing them of your attempt. On a critical failure you are also knocked on your back for three rounds, and your helmet (if equipped) is unequipped for role-play purposes so that you may identify the person. You may also lose experience points if you fail a pickpocket attempt. This XP penalty is calculated as follows:

(Target’sLevel * How much you lost the skill check by)/ 10

In addition, if you rolled a critical failure, the XP penalty is doubled. The xp penalty can never be more than 500 XP, however.

If you succeed, you may lift some gold or an item from the target, subject to the rules listed below. On a natural 20-die roll, if you didn't beat the target's DC you automatically succeed the pickpocket and if you also beat the target’s DC with your natural 20-die roll, you get a bonus lift from the target.

Once its determined that you succeeded, for each lift you have a 5% chance to obtain a random item from the target, adding 1% to that chance for every 5 points you beat the DC by. If you don’t get an item then you’ll get a gold and XP reward instead. The amount of gold you get is calculated as follows: [Amount you beat the DC by * Your highest pickpocket-capable class level]. This is subject to a maximum limit of 5% of the target's gold. The XP reward is equal to 5% of the gold lift. If the target has no gold, you get 10xp.

If you’re lucky enough to lift an item, it’ll be randomly selected from the target's inventory according to the following rules. Should the target have nothing suitable to take, you will receive a gold and XP reward instead.

* Items that are equipped cannot be taken.
* Items marked plot or undroppable cannot be taken.
* If a stack is selected for lifting, only one of the stack items will transfer.
* Items over 5 lbs cannot be taken. Items in weight reduction containers are treated like regular inventory for the weight limit.
* Containers cannot be taken, but their contents are treated like normal inventory and one item in the container may be randomly selected.

Caveats
Item activation requires you come out of hiding, as such all participants in a pickpocket attempt must role-play according to the results given by the game. If the game tells you that your character does not notice then you’re oblivious to the pickpocket theft.

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