So, my DM doesn't know how to balance a fight. Period. Some examples are:
An invisible, flying vampire, that every 2 turns could do a MASSIVE (like 40-50 ft. diameter) AoE attack, that you had to save with wisdom. Even with a succes it did 40 or so damage. I'm the tankiest of the group and I had 92 HP. We are level 8. To not account all the wolf servants (a shitload, 15 or so) it also had.
1 adult remorhaz and 2 young ones, again at lvl 8. A single attack of the adult remorhaz could left most of the party unconsicous, instakilling with a critical even at full health (that happened to the wizard). Our damage dealers are I (fighter with flametongue) a light cleric and the monk (that could only attack with darts because of the fiery blood).
An optional encounter agaist totallynotVolibearfromLoL. We weren't in risk of death, but still... acording to him, it was a cr 16... that took more than 100 hp in a single round against my fighter, could cast call lightning as a legedary actio
Think about it. Some of the best moments in Destiny history come from those times where Bungie just went wild and let themselves and players have some fun.
When Promethus Lens was overpowered in Curse, what did they do? Put it on Xur for the weekend. Crucible became a insane game of lazer tag.
Taken King and Forsaken focused on givng the player more power, more class option choices, just beefing them up. I think it's part of many reasons why they are they most liked times in Destiny.
The missions and modes where Destiny team get creative are fun as hell. SRL? A hot mess to be sure, but a different, fun hot mess. The secret missions with overpowered rewards? All fun, though you might need a friend. Some of the most fun I ever had in Crucible was in Mayhem with supers being thrown left and right.
Now the issue with that is, in a game with competitve PvP and with races to be the first in a raid... you need to activly balance shit to not be broken for too long. And Bungie in full... keep reading on reddit ➡
Ammo should be balanced by observed realistic data. Then you only have to model it once and balance the game by availability of ammo and weapons.
And now there is 9x18 ammo that can outperform steel core 5.45 which has a 3x higher velocity and 4x higher energy.
The situation is completely absurd. The game used penetration buffs as the only way to balance weapons not being used. That is what Ubisoft does in Rainbow Six, they balance weapons based on how often operators are used.
What should be done instead:
Use real life data for all ammo, include the muzzle velocity (and its drop over distance) for penetration.
The same for armor and helmets.
Yes that means most helmets would be useless against rifles, as it should be. Anyone who thinks their helmet is the first line of defense in combat does not understand the game. If someone hits you in the helmet you borked a few things already, like allowing the enemy to get your helmet in his crosshairs.
And how to balance hel... keep reading on reddit ➡
I think one of the reasons why DS1 is so special is because among Fromsoft games it strikes this balance the best. Think about it, most of the first half of the game you spend traversing these very oppresing locations that are a bit more "realistic" or grounded in medieval historical settings, you are using weapons that are pretty much replicas of real life and enemies are mostly hollows and knights or some disgusting abomination. Yeah obviously you fight giant monsters and get blasted by a dragon. But then there's this little corner of the game past the Titanite Demon called Darkroot garden and suddenly the enemies that you're facing are no longer desfigured hollows, giant demons or rotten blobs, but enchanted bushes, stone guardiands covered in moss, shining crystal golems, MUSHROOM PEOPLE and a giant graceful butterfly. Your npc there is a talking magical cat. The green palette of the woods under the moonlight with all these creatures lurking around makes that level feel like it w... keep reading on reddit ➡
Getting this out of the way that my social skills have needed work since about forever. It's relevant to the post.
I understood misogyny and sexism from a young age, but I didn't really "get" girls/women. I was very uncomfortable around them and thought about them primarily in terms of social justice.
I wish I was exposed to more stories about girls/women that just showed more of what normal life is like for them. Not strictly limited to cautionary tales about sexism/misogyny. I mean that is relevant, and I wouldn't want to be less up on that, but it seems like I had no other concept in my mind about girls/women than "sexism/misogyny is bad and be sure not to perpetuate that toward them, because that would be unfair and it would suck."
That leaves no positive vibes left at all, and makes me kind of associate these horrible things with girls/women, ironically. (It also limited my view of what men could be, and harmed my relationship to masculinity in general, but more on that toward... keep reading on reddit ➡
So, let me just start with the fact that I 100% believe systemic racism exists and is one, if not the top, of the most important issues our society faces. I believe it deserves to be protested, and that we likely won't see any change in that area unless we protest and vote for new representatives.
That said, I'm also a new doctor in the Midwest, and my wife is a hospitalist in a semi-rural hospital. Even before the start of the protests, COVID was on the rise in our state. My wife is taking care of several COVID patients in her ICU, and they no longer have any ventilators (well, any decent ventilators that can have a PEEP above 15). Hospitals in the large cities near us are no longer taking COVID transfers, or at least are finding many reasons to deny transfers. Her hospital is now having discussions about how to ration care and vent support to patients. Put plainly, we're nearing the peak of COVID in our state.
So, when I see the protests, I can't help but think about how much tha... keep reading on reddit ➡
I've been looking at New Balance shoes because they're growing on me (mostly the 997) and I've been looking for some good deals on them. I've been bored out of my mind and found a lot so I thought I'd share. My favorites would be the MIUSA stuff as well as the first 997 in the list (because its so cheap) and the slate green and silver mint ones. Shipping isn't included in the price. Hope this is useful!
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|997 White/Red/Gray||8, 8.5, 9.5, 11-13||$37.97 (free shipping)||$90|
|997 Sport "Team Teal"||8, 9, 11, 12||$69.97 (Free shipping)||$110|
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So I pushed her over...
ADCs, struggle the most through their notion of being very support reliant. This is very similar to the funnel problem of taric/yi.
Yi is not a very good champion of its own. Even though he may be a pub stomper in lower elo, the higher up you go the worse it gets if he is not supported. Yi is basically only enabled by being funneled and protected by taric. He provides insane damage while taric ensures he is safe while doing so (not to mention their broken interaction with his q).
ADCs suffer from a similar problem: In competitive where teams are coordinated and with the right support behind them they can tear pretty much any comp a new one. Kog´maw + Lulu being a very good example here and even used by G2. Kog´maw on its own is a bad champion with a very curious passive. But whenever he has a lulu and a comp build around him he becomes a god. Insane Damage combined with shielding allows him to be unstoppable. Ardent meta was a perfect example of that. (Btw its called Ardent m... keep reading on reddit ➡
I am always amazed at how film seems to render the subject well-exposed and then doesn't blow out highlights. You see the color of the sky and the details of the subject all in one bloody frame. No bracketing necessary or anything. You see details in both the background and the subject too. I haven't overexposed film yet in my limited experience.
(I do understand negative film is bad at shadows - I shoot that Fujifilm 400 stock and all the shadows are green and muddy, and that's where digital CMOS does well, shadow recovery).
But with digital you really have to choose between the two. If you want to expose for the subject, you gotta say bye bye to the sky/background. And you cannot recover those highlights once they're white.
It's so frustrating how these DSLR sensors work.
Computational photography seems like a step forward. Now even an iPhone with their HDR images look better straight out of camera these days. My $2000 DSLR can't match that performance (How does a dinky little se... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hey all, Aldonall from LoLTheory.gg here! Welcome back to The Review, where I use tables and numbers to talk about what Riot's most recent balance patch actually affected, and by how much.
Ooh, an exciting one. A bunch of buffs & nerfs, ADC changes, and a champion rework, all in the same patch. It's like Christmas for us over here at the table manufacturing plant:
|Champion||Role||Change||WR 10.10 ⇒ WR 10.11||PR 10.10 ⇒ PR 10.11|
|Fiddlesticks||Top||Buff||--- ⇒ 51.30%||--- ⇒ 0.57%|
|Fiddlesticks||Jungle||Buff||52.02% ⇒ 52.77%||6.06% ⇑ 8.30%|
|Gangplank||Top||Buff||48.41% ⇒ 48.01%||4.49% ⇒ 4.79%|
|Graves||Jungle||Nerf||51.44% ⇒ 50.92%||16.72% |
**4/20 Update: This patch is now live on all platforms.**
In our recent Reddit AMA, we spoke on a few balance updates we intend to make soon. We’re now ready to share the full details of these updates, which will be included in the 17.0.2 patch planned for early next week.
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Altruis the Outcast
I bought my wife and I business-class tickets to Switzerland for our honeymoon. Alas, the trip was canceled because of the coronavirus. My travel agent got me a refund, but I made the purchase on my credit card. So the money "went back" to my credit card.
The credit card now has a -$6500 balance. I guess I should have thought about this when making the purchase, but I really wanted those points.
Is there any way I can turn this negative balance into cash so I can throw it back into savings? What is the best course of action here?
EDIT: I called the bank and got a refund check sent to my home address. It took less than two minutes. Thanks everyone!
I need to get this off my chest, because I care about League of Legends and I want what is best for Riot Games and their game.
I want to talk about the way balance changes are done currently, how we got here, and why I think there is a problem. I'll be honest - I feel like the game has been very much unexciting this year, and that the meta both in pro play, as well as soloQ is stale, and it has been throughout season 10.
In this video from 2018, Doublelift talked about a variety of things regarding the style of balance changes we had two seasons ago. He specifically said that the patches came out too often, and that they changed too much. I agree with this - pro players especially weren't given enough time to get used to the changes, and prepare for tournaments in an appropriate manner. Also, Doublelift had a fair point about players maining a specific champion, like Aatrox and Janna, and how their entire progress in mastering said cham... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hello friends, ImpetuousPanda again! A few days ago I posted a pretty in-depth survey regarding the community’s perception of balance regarding the different regions, champions, and some of the more problematic cards, and I’m very happy to announce we nearly hit 2,000 total responses! I’d like to personally thank all of you who took the time to answer such a lengthy survey, and I’m here now to present all of the data and conclusions I was able to extrapolate from all of your responses. Most of the in-depth data can be found on this thread but if you'd like to see it in a more visually appealing graph format you can find links through the thread or just check out the Twitter thread on my profile here.
This is the third survey I have done, but due to the 3 month gap from the last one and the introduction of a new expansion, I will not be comparing the studied metrics to past values. For future surveys, I’ll do... keep reading on reddit ➡
If Karthus isn't being played mid lane (and wasn't even being played as a jungler until Season 8), then would we agree that there should be something done for him whether it's straight buffs or a mini rework to update his kit?
And how is jungle Karthus the more healthy role to balance around than mid Karthus? The idea of mid Karthus is that he's a ticking lategame timebomb and has great global pressure, but is very vulnerable in lane and can be shut down kind of like a hybrid between Kassadin and Twisted Fate. Being a jungler circumvents this because it is MUCH harder to shut down a jungler than it is to shut down a laner, and unlike Yi or Shyvana who AFK farm, Karthus can actually contribute to ganks/counterganks with his ultimate without pausing his farming.
Look at this above list and ask yourself if any of these can be balanced. There is absolutely no way this system can be balanced and I am writing this just as an example for warriors:
From the Lists (just keep in mind this is only 3 of the 4 and already I can see how absolutely impossible this can be balanced)
Spear of Bastion
Throw a Kyrian spear at the target location, dealing Arcane damage instantly, dealing additional damage over time, and generating Rage.
Enemies hit are tethered to Spear of Bastion's location for the duration.
This will be useful in PVP more than anything else. Baring it's tether ability being overrun by a player's movement this would be one of the most useful PVP talents I could think of to grab those pesky caster... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hey all, Aldonall from LoLTheory.gg here! Welcome back to The Review, where I use tables and numbers to talk about what Riot's most recent balance patch actually affected, and by how much.
A welcome change from 10.9, there's a little bit more going on in 10.10. Not a ton of huge WR changes, but a shift in what's being played, which is usually the precursor for those bigger WR moves. Check out this giant table and you'll see the trend:
|Champion||Role||Change||WR 10.9 ⇒ WR 10.10||PR 10.9 ⇒ PR 10.10|
|Annie||Middle||Buff||50.92% ⇗ 52.30%||1.23% ⇗ 2.66%|
|Diana||Middle||Nerf||51.68% ⇒ 51.22%||7.80% ⇘ 7.05%|
|Irelia||Top||Buff||46.82% ⇒ 47.16%||6.55% ⇗ 7.38%|
Everyone calling me a retard and financially irresponsible from my recent post is ABSOLUTELY correct. But guess what.. if my YOLO $SPY options started printing... My balance would’ve EASILY tripled to 2million+. I would’ve then proceeded to buy MULTIPLE lambos which is the only responsible thing to do. All jokes aside, i did indeed lose most of my net worth but the world WILL NOT end. I still have some money on the side that will 100% be deposited into RobinHood. And i will make a final run for the believers in this forum... I will give updates in the months to come. People calling me dumb for doing so have less than $5 to their name so idgaf. I’m about to unplug Jpows money printer and send my $SPY puts to the fucking moon. Hopefully it ain’t running on daddy Elon’s solar panels. I appreciate the people who genuinely wish the best for me and hope for a comeback story.. I also do appreciate the people trying to save my ass from losing the rest of my tendi... keep reading on reddit ➡
I’m sure this will get buried among the many posts today, but it bears repeating: short-term fluctuations in the stock market are short-term. The fact that the market is down right now does not affect your long-term investment outlook, as stocks are a long-term game. If you sell now, you will lose out on the rebound, just as my parents did during the financial crisis of 2008/2009. You do not want to sell now unless you are selling as part of your financial planning objectives that you have identified long before the whole Coronavirus panic hit.
Edit: this did not, in fact, get buried among the other posts today. RIP my inbox
Edit2: to answer some common questions:
“Is now a good time to invest?” - that’s a weighted question, and not one I can answer directly. There are many factors to determine whether or not it’s a good time to invest. Please refer to the wiki for investing resources to see if now is a good time for you to invest.
“Should I be reallocating from stocks to b
Far Harbor does what the old fallout games do, far better than the base game of FO4. It brings the best qualities of 4, but also brings back so much of the original games. I loved having different factions, different dialogue options and branching paths, the writing was great. I really enjoyed the interactions with Nick, too. It obviously isn't the old style, but it tries to be what many fallout fans want from many different perspectives. It also had new and exciting locations and enemies, which touched upon the exploration style of the new games. I haven't played through FO4 for a while, and while I did enjoy it as a fun romp, it didn't hit the same buttons for me personally as much as the older games can, even though I did enjoy it. Far Harbor, however, has really stuck with me, and I absolutely loved it and had a blast. If the future singleplayer Fallout title does what Far Harbor did, I think many people who want it one way and not the other can at least accept it for being a good... keep reading on reddit ➡
• Hello Everyone, JC here. And today is probably one of the most conflicted feeling days I ever felt in my life. Part of me is very hopeful and excited for the Big
Should have been June July Update coming, with seemingly a MASSIVE Clan Wars Rework, lots of QoL changes, and actual Lore?! But that is for next Season, or maybe the next one, sadly. For this Season however, we have A New Card, Season and Balance Changes, and the future of Clash Royale to discuss. Let’s get to it then, shall we?
#PART 1: SKELETON DRAGONS
• For being a pair of dead Dragons which are somehow inside the Prince’s
Wet Dream Paradise, I was expecting a little more. Though they do act as a real substitute for Baby Dragon in some niche scenarios, they are not as viable as you think they would be. Here’s why:
I have some time free with my 6 months old baby asleep and figured I would share my feedback as a young father.
I am 31 years old and historically, while I have played at multiple games, 2 games account for 90% of my playtime ever since I decide to switch from console to PC : Counter-Strike (1.5/1.6) and League of Legends.
As a young father I really can't put much time into playing a game of LoL, especially since it means booting up my PC, find a game (which would be an ARAM due to time constraints) and play. It takes a certain amount of time which isn't really compatible with everything that revolves around my day-to-day life and having a child.
Playing LOR from my phone is such a comfortable option as it saves me precious time and I can easily switch from ranked to normal games depending on the conditions I find myself into. Also since it's a solo game it offers me the comfort to surrender in case duty calls.
I have played another well-known card game in the past, or at least I g... keep reading on reddit ➡
Looking at 2019 Corollas which have an MSRP for $20K but are showing up for $17 or 18K now used. What do you think about buying a car 1 year old?