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Skill Checks

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  1. 1. What is your impression of skill checks in game (traps, scrolls, etc)



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In my opinion, the skill checks for traps/scrolls are too high, requiring someone to really focus down one path in order to deal with them. For example, the chain lightning traps in the Skaen temple require 10 mechanics to disarm. In order for me to disarm them, I had to focus ONLY on mechanics, saving every skill point on level up, in order to disarm them. 

 

Practically, what this means is that mechanics will always be a mule skill, something you would likely never take on your main character unless you don't care if you miss out on conversational uses for things like lore and survival. and it also cripples your character when it comes to athletics, which has become something very useful to take to some level on all characters.

 

Scrolls face the same problem, as their lore requirement is so high that by the time your lore is high enough to use it, you probably already have a character that has been able to cast the spell in question for three levels.

 

What is everyone else's opinion?

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I don't think 10 is really that high. 

 

You can get +3 from character creation

 

By level 4 you can get it to +8

By level 5 + 9 (which you get after dealing with medrath)

 

And supposedly there are some +2 items you can pick up.

 

 

And there are conversation options for all (most?) skills and attributes.

 

 

 

Regarding the scroll issue... It lets you cast them on classes that normally can't cast the spell. I would hope my rogue needs to be a higher level than my wizard to cast it.  

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As I stated a few times here and on other forums, the reason people max skills is because skill check design promotes it. Classic case right here. If the devs want us to invest in multiple skills they should design the game to support that, which isn't really the case here.

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Something that would alleviate this quite a bit would be if they actually allowed you to spend Skill Points on the first level. Since the cost of Skill Ranks are multiplicative by rank, lower ranks are much cheaper than higher ranks. Yes, it'd only be 6 points, but given that that is potentially 3 ranks (if placed in a single skill), I think it's a meaningful difference.

 

As it works right now, the game is a bit schizophrenic on skills. On one hand, the skill system itself favours diversification (since lower ranks in non-prime skills are cheaper than higher ranks in your "main" skill) but on the other hand the checks themselves "in the wild" seem to favour complete specialization.

They need to be looked over a bit for sure, but first stop, I'd like an "extra" levelup's worth of skill points on character creation.

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Yeah, the problem is with the ability check design. I don't think they designed any skill checks to require multiple skills either like 4 Lore, 3 Mechanics - that would have encouraged investing in split points.

Sock is right about Lore and Mechanics in particular really promoting maxing them.

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Yeah, the problem is with the ability check design. I don't think they designed any skill checks to require multiple skills either like 4 Lore, 3 Mechanics - that would have encouraged investing in split points.

That's a interesting idea....

 

I noticed on Josh's stream there was one option where it was 5 Mechanics OR 4 Mechanics and some lockpicks. 

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Yeah because lockpicks can make up the deficit for being short on Mechanics to unlock a chest etc  

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Yeah because lockpicks can make up the deficit for being short on Mechanics to unlock a chest etc  

But only if the character is one level short.

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I would love a utility talent that provides +2 skill points per level (not retroactive).

 

That would actually be something worth considering taking from the utility side.

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As I stated a few times here and on other forums, the reason people max skills is because skill check design promotes it. Classic case right here. If the devs want us to invest in multiple skills they should design the game to support that, which isn't really the case here.

 

So let's say I want to spread out skill points to each character in 3 skills- I'm screwed ?


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One thing that we haven't considered I guess is that you'll probably get items with skill bonuses and the Stronghold (if you upgrade it) will provide skill bonuses when you rest, so the checks probably are okay for the full game, dunno about scrolls though - might be a bit high.

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One thing that we haven't considered I guess is that you'll probably get items with skill bonuses and the Stronghold (if you upgrade it) will provide skill bonuses when you rest, so the checks probably are okay for the full game, dunno about scrolls though - might be a bit high.

 

Yeah, honestly, it might not be that bad. With item bonuses, bonuses from resting, and mechanics being boosted by expendable lockpicks (which I have no doubt will be a simple gold tax in the end), it might just be spot on and we'd just never notice in the Backer Beta. Good point.

 

Why do scrolls even exist?

Because muh Rogue Loremaster/Archaeologist.

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