This is my first post and first of all I would like to thanks Salan and all the other guys for their great work
Speaking about the Warlock I really enjoy this class, but I had difficulties to understand how the charge bar and some skills work.
Now I understand it better, but I think the wording is unclear and counter-intuitive (especially if you are a card game and boardgame player as I am
In all games I played, you CANNOT play or use an ability if you can't pay the ENTIRE cost (after all is the same meaning used in real life
) while requirements don't usually imply the spending of resources.
I also have similar misunderstanding with the Paladin class.
I would suggest to use the same standard wording in all classes following these guidelines:
- cost X
means that you MUST SPEND X resources (hellfire, nethervoid or charge points) in order to use the skill. If you don't have enough resources, you CANNOT use it.
- require X
means that you MUST HAVE X resources/attributes, but you don't have to pay anything unless stated otherwise. For example if the text says "requires 55 STRENGTH" you don't have to spend STR points. I don't know if it can be useful in Torchlight, however you could combine the 2 keywords; for example "The skill requires 50 hellfire points and it costs 10 hellfire points". This should mean that you cannot use the skill unless you have AT LEAST 50 hellfire points, but you spend only 10 points each time you activate the skill.
- consume X
means that you can use the skill regardless the amount of resources you have. The activation consumes X resources from your pool, if you don't have enough then it consumes all resources available.
I should use the word "consume" in the description of Warlock skills.
I have another question about the charge bar of the Warlock class:
- do HellFire or NetherVoid points grant some bonuses to the Warlock or they are only used by skills? If they grant bonuses, in which way?
I often accumulate something like 40-50 points of NetherVoid, because my main spell is netherbolts and I only use Mana Storm in battle; all other skills are used before (Blade Barrier, Summon Dragon, Mana Shield) 8-)
My Warlock is currently at level 20.