We continue to talk about the development of “Legends of Signum II: Warseer”. This time we are going to touch on topics such as the balance of the combat system, the characters and some of the innovations.
We have already finished the main mechanics of the game, the character design, the game economy and many other things. But there’s one detail that’s still keeping us busy, and that’s the balance of power on the battlefield. After many stages of testing and a huge number of rolls, it became clear that the combat mechanics needed to be more flexible, as there are situations where the probability gap between rolls is too large.
In the course of testing, we came to the conclusion that the dices needed to be changed. These are the dices that determine whether or not you can hit your opponent. The optimal solution is to add two new dices. In the game, they are green and purple. We have also redesigned the red dice. Players now have up to five dices with different chances of hitting, push or missing.
The critical hit has also been changed. For example, the green and purple dices will not have a critical hit, which is necessary to allow for flexibility in character customisation. These dices will also be used for additional effects, such as attacking from a hill. The red dice is a bit different, as it has absolutely no empty edges, and therefore you can not miss now. When throwing this dice, players can always count on a certain result, be it push, wounding or critical hit.
In addition to these innovations, we have abolished the binding of the dices to the metal colours. Now it’s just a set of cubes with different colours. We have also partially removed the mechanics of “upgrading” and “downgrading” dice classes. For example, instead of “upgrade the weakest dice”, it will now be “add a blue/purple dice to the roll”. Taken together, all of this will improve the overall gameplay experience as well as the flexibility of character balancing.
This brings us to the main topic – character balancing. Balance itself is the search for the golden mean, where neither side in a confrontation has a clear advantage or disadvantage. In our case, it’s about balancing the characteristics of a character, and by extension, a squad or even a faction. We are making the system with the expectation of a large number of characters and factions, as in the future we plan to transfer all the factions and characters already existing in Signum to the rules of “Legends of Signum II: Warseer”.
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