Ivan the Terrible Posted June 6, 2004 Share Posted June 6, 2004 Reposted from the General Discussion forum: "One thing that was noticeably different between KOTOR and the D20 game is the nature of Dark Side vs. Light Side. In KOTOR, the two are measured evenly; one becomes 'Light Side' by performing lots of good actions and one becomes 'Dark Side' by performing lots of evil actions. If you want to give up being 'Dark Side', you just have to act like a goody-good for some time, and vice versa. By contrast, in the D20 game, the Dark Side doesn't just sit around waiting for you to perform evil actions. It entices you into them. You can call on the Dark Side to empower you when you're hard-pressed in combat, or to enhance one of your force powers, in exchange for a Dark Side point; the baby steps that eventually lead you over the cliff, essentially. The Dark Side is 'easier'; it allows for more power in the short-term, and in the long term starts collecting it's due by withering away your body and enslaving you more and more. Once you fall completely to the Dark Side, it takes a monumental action of redemption to bring you back. Would the game benefit from showing this better? For example, being able to call on the Dark Side for more power in a particularly tough situation in exchange for another Dark Side point? Withering your physical attributes as you fall deeper into the abyss (beyond just turning all pale and veiny)? Should it be more difficult to return to the Light Side once you've gone 'evil' enough? After all, walking the path of the Light is difficult, while giving in to the Dark is oh so easy...." The more I've thought about this, the more I've liked it. Even KOTOR admits that the 'Dark Side' is more than just 'evil.' It's like a force, trying to suck you in, tempting you, offering easy answers. KOTOR didn't reflect this very well; it was just as easy to get out of the Abyss as it was to fall into it. My examples are just that: examples. Do whatever you think fits the game, but please, do something to make the Dark Side a little more ominous and epic than acting like a schoolyard bully. I made this half-pony half-monkey monster to please you But I get the feeling that you don't like it What's with all the screaming? You like monkeys, you like ponies Maybe you don't like monsters so much Maybe I used too many monkeys Isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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