Item Development - Information

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Vorakiv wrote:
There's at least one item that doesn't explicitly state the skill's level... Asenath's Gentle Touch
Asenath's Gentle Touch does not grant a skill at all - this in fact highlights the main reason for having the level of the skill shown; that being that players tend to use differences in descriptions, as well as similarities, as tools in understanding. Players expect that things that work the same will be described the same, and that if something is described differently, it works differently.

This item works the same as all other items granting skills (which all use the same phrasing, including the level), and so is currently described the same. Asenath's Gentle Touch is described differently because it does something mechanically very different - it's not an item granting a skill of any level to the player.

For the record, anything applying a curse on hit will apply a curse equivalent to the curse from a level 1 skill unless otherwise specified - this isn't spelled out for the reasons described in Nick's articles (and is always applied consistently, so that players can learn the full details and apply them correctly to other cases that use the same descriptions).
Last edited by Mark_GGG on Apr 8, 2015, 12:41:18 AM
Great write up! I would love more posts like this.

All I got for a suggestion is changing the name of Ice Storm to Blizzard. I'm not at all influenced by diablo 2...
Well, if Ice Storm is not a gem but a unique skill, could you make this skill link with any support gems in the staff? I think having Cold Penetration+spell echo+inc duration will make Ice Storm a decent skill. Otherwise, no point in having 1L as a main skill among 5-6L ones.
I have mixed feelings about oskills like this. I love the idea of the item and the way it's done but it takes away a bit of diversity. Players who want to go Icestorm can only do by using this staff.

I'm also concerned about the rarity of the item. Is this something that the average player can play with? Or is it another item that will cost 10+ exalts so that players with families and jobs will see this only through twitch streams and YouTube videos?
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Any idea how common a drop this will be?
Great idea. A very interesting unique indeed. There is so much to do about it.


And thanks for the icon of the Summon Chaos Golem, was looking forward to get more info about it <3
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dlrr wrote:


With the forums like this, I dread the thought of the shit I'll start receiving when my new unique gets teased... sigh.


Infamous is still famous, my friend.
There are just so many possible reasons why I might not care to engage with your argument. If you're lucky, you might get to hear one of them.
What is that on the middle button with Icestorm?
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I have mixed feelings about oskills like this. I love the idea of the item and the way it's done but it takes away a bit of diversity. Players who want to go Icestorm can only do by using this staff.
Without this item, they would have zero options for a weapon in an Icestorm build, and would not be able to make that build at all. With it, they have one option for a weapon (and can build their other gear differently based on their preference), and can make the build. This has literally only added build diversity.

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