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Halloween 2016

Post by miger on Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:23 pm

The new holiday event is alive and as advertised dangerous. I have only run 7-8 with peek to 9, but I have been drained across my chars on each trip as much a 6 stats a trip even running or fighting as quick as possible. On the other hand, found a couple pumpkin seeds and some Reese but no Great Pumpkin seeds. The new draining hurts.

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by dungeonmaster on Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:15 pm

Thanks for the reports. I will examine my party/equipment assumptions and re-test.

What sort of party are you running? what offensive power chars? what is your att/def range? If I can ask these things.
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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by miger on Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:28 am

Not sure what "offensive power chars" means, but the party consists of:
Seeker with 219/283 a/d
Mage with 160/218
Healer with 182/250
Thief with 205/250

All were resist to draining.

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by dungeonmaster on Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:21 pm

Thanks for the report.
"offensive power chars" means -- what chars were you running with "killing power" IE Sorc, healer/Wiz, Mage, Warrior with great weapon, etc.
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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by miger on Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:55 pm

That draining seems to be coming from Shambling Corpse or something like that and seems to hit char "heal" pretty hard even when I am trying to run away from them. Resist draining is on, so what might be the reason this char is subject to significant draining from these mons? Got me for 3 stats down this last trip.

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by boxripper on Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:23 pm

Your primary defense against draining is DEF. They won't drain you, if they don't hit you. Second defense is Saving throw. Level, resist drain and con are your friends here.

A good dexterity will keep you from getting surprised. A good offense will wipe the monsters out before you get trashed.

This is my belief/opinion. I don't have insider information.

Shambling Corpses burn really well. WoD/Harm also seems to work-- just not as well.
I haven't tried spectral blast or dispel undead-- but I will try and give them a look next time I am on. If you don't have a sorc-- try ring of flames or faradic stone.

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by dungeonmaster on Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:08 am

Holiday monsters have been modified thusly:

Some monsters are slightly easier to kill.
Most monsters have an increased chance of having a box.
All monsters have an increased chance of the box containing a themed item. In some cases the change was significant (50%)
In most cases it was less (25%-33%)

In general-- the monsters are more common on the upper levels, and their drop rate is lower. On the deeper levels they are harder to find, but have a much better chance of rewarding you. Of course they are a lot more deadly than the ones up top.

Keep me apprised of your findings. Further modifications can be made.

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by boxripper on Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:17 am

Thanks for the update. I will take al ook and let you know what I think later tonight. Too much going on today to play.

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by dungeonmaster on Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:30 pm

Holiday monsters rate of occurrence increased slightly.
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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by miger on Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:38 pm

In my humble opinion, the rate of drain from holiday monsters is too high to offset the value of reward. I can not go very deep yet, but the high number of multiple drains is eating up my stats much faster than I am finding replacements. But it is the "treat" that has to offset the risk if there is any sense to having special monsters. I don't think that is happening at least as deep as I can go.

respectfully, Mike

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by dungeonmaster on Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:29 pm

I am confused!

I removed all draining from special monsters.

Are you sure you are getting drained by Holiday Mobs?????
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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by miger on Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:51 pm

Holiday mons usually drained me from 2 to 10! stats per trip with my 4-5 chars on journeys level 5-11. Thank you for removing the holiday monster drain feature.
Did removal make a difference you might ask? I made 4 trips this morning and did not receive a single drain which is what usually happened before the Halloween mons first appeared.
I believe in the trick part of Halloween, but that trick was overdone.
Thank you for your corrective adjustment. Seeing the mons is fun!

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by ghard on Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:54 am

Patch Servant drains the pee pee outta me still...

Questions:

1. Halloween event runs till what? November 1?
2. What are great pumpkin seeds for/about?

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by dungeonmaster on Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:48 pm

I will have to check what is going on with the monster data... either I didn't copy it over correctly, or it somehow got overwritten-- I removed draining from all holiday monsters except the big guy on 15.

I will turn off the encounters on or about Nov 1.

I will announce the Great Pumpkin Seed winner as soon thereafter as I can. (A day or two.) Last year we gave away wishes to the winner. That didn't turn out so great, as some people asked for stuff that I had specifically told them not to ask for. This year's contest is going to be a little different. Look for the announcement. After the contest is tallied, I will turn GPS into burnables... last year they gave 1 con, and 5 hps. (if I recollect correctly) this year they will do something similar-- you will need to eat them by the drop dead date.

I will announce a drop dead date for all the Halloween items. (probably Nov 8th-10th) This year I have set some of the items to be store sale-able. This is a change from previous years. Feel free to cash in your goodies before the DDD to score some cash. Just a little "Thank you for playing" perk.
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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by miger on Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:34 pm

Since I first brought up this issue on Oct 5th of Halloween monsters excessively draining characters I would estimate that I have lost more stats in total than if I had comped two chars, and I don't play that much. I am sure all players have seriously felt the impact of this feature. I reduced my playing time simply because I felt I couldn't afford to use up any more stats repairing the Halloween mons draining trick. The reward just wasn't worth it.

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by ghard on Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:39 am

Thanks for the info!

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by dungeonmaster on Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:18 am

I just re- reloaded the monsters. Great Pumpkin is the only holiday mob that drains. And only the deeper versions of that monster.
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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by dungeonmaster on Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:12 pm

Check the announcements section for updated prize info.
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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by boxripper on Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:54 pm

Remember to use or sell your Great Pumpkin Seeds. The deadline is coming up fast.

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Re: Halloween 2016

Post by dungeonmaster on Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:30 am

Yes the deadline is today. Jude will be removing these items from the game shortly.
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