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[MOD] Shadow Magic v0.9.4

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  • Artemius_IArtemius_I Member Posts: 1,996
    Updated to v0.5:
    • Wisdom-based casting effects implemented: requires AI to be enabled at game start and whenever the shadow adept's wisdom changes.
    • Spell incantations added (male and female). Audio files come from vanilla BG1 incantations. Syncing isn't perfect especially at higher FPS and altered casting time, but it works alright besides that.
  • Artemius_IArtemius_I Member Posts: 1,996
  • Artemius_IArtemius_I Member Posts: 1,996
    Updated again.
    • Possess: controlled creature auto-casts End Possession on self upon death.
  • subtledoctorsubtledoctor Member Posts: 7,808


    Wisdom-based casting effects implemented: requires AI to be enabled at game start and whenever the shadow adept's wisdom changes.

    I can tell you a way to make this happen automatically without any scripting. V. busy atm but I'll post something this weekend.
    Grammarsalad
  • AWizardDidItAWizardDidIt Member Posts: 92
    Very cool class idea. I'll be keeping an eye on this one :)
  • Artemius_IArtemius_I Member Posts: 1,996
    Working on implementing more use of different stats for the next release. Currently, what I have in mind is to give the three mental stats, INT, WIS and CHA, bonuses in different aspects.

    Intelligence - capacity for knowledge - extra spell slots (+1 bonus spell slot will be removed to compensate)
    Wisdom - willpower, control over the Shadow Weave - increased caster level and duration
    Charisma - presence and bargaining - ability to learn more spells
  • ZaghoulZaghoul Member Posts: 1,682
    Hmm, big changes going on. I will need to adjust stats a little I think now.

    I am thinking the class could use a familiar of sorts. Maybe a shadow mephit, or something special like a homonculous. As Shar's homebase is a combo of shadow plane and negative energy plane it could have some different abilities, be developed from a combo of the castor's blood (as usual for the creature), a few of the caster's shadow specific spells, and use the mephit animation.
  • Artemius_IArtemius_I Member Posts: 1,996
    edited June 9
    @Zaghoul

    Creating custom familiars is a suffering of the flesh in my experience but I'll see what I can do.

    A fairly large update is coming within the hour. Running into a major issue, don't have the time to fix it right now unfortunately.
    Post edited by Artemius_I on
    Zaghoul
  • Artemius_IArtemius_I Member Posts: 1,996
    edited June 9
    Updated to v0.6:

    Kit changes:
    • Reworked the spell selection system - relearning lost spells is now possible (though you do not gain your 'points' back), dialogue is now centered on the character instead of an invisible creature. This should hopefully also help multiple/NPC shadow adepts work better.
    • Altered kit bonuses significantly - the shadow adept now gains bonuses to saving throws vs. enchantment, illusion and necromancy, but suffers penalties vs. evocation and transmutation. Added immunity to blindness
    • Removed constitution requirement for dual-classing
    • Charisma now allows the shadow adept to learn more spells
    Spell changes:
    • Bittercold Touch improved - 5% level drain chance removed, attacks now 'chill' targets (-2 to AC and THAC0, halved movement rate). Against undead or constructs, no cold damage or 'chill' effect, deals 1d10 magic damage instead
    • Shadow Blade changed from altered Phantom Blade into a unique weapon which improves with caster level
    • Added one new HLA - Arcane Lore. The shadow adept learns one more spell of each level.
    • Darkbolt reworked - 50% healing on kill changed to +50% maximum hit points, no longer instantly kills. Failed save vs. death cuts maximum hit points in half for 1 turn. Reduces magic resistance to zero instead of lowering attributes. Ignores magic resistance.
    • Summon Shadow - shadows no longer have ridiculously overpowered mage spellbooks, instead may cast a limited variety of shadow magic.
    • Shadow's Refuge recovers two spells of each level instead of one
    • Shadow Missile now decreases THAC0 by 1 per missile
    • Fixed a few visual effects
    ZaghoulNoobacca
  • Artemius_IArtemius_I Member Posts: 1,996
    Fixed a couple of somewhat minor bugs:
    • Arcane Lore is applied automatically as intended instead of added to spellbook
    • Shadow Fiend weapon was in the wrong slot, fixed
    • Cheat for Learn All Spells can be used by spawning an item ("c0sabook")
  • ZaghoulZaghoul Member Posts: 1,682
    Probably for the best with the summoned shadows, lawd, those things were HEAVY DUTY. Regardless it was a new take on the shadows, being able to cast spells, but I can see it as we are playing with the Shadow Weave. All I remember about the oldest versions of shadows were that they drained strength and HP's, and when either reached zero, they became shadows as well. B)
  • ZaghoulZaghoul Member Posts: 1,682
    V0.6.1 won't install. Attached is the debug file.
  • Artemius_IArtemius_I Member Posts: 1,996
    Argh. My mistake. One of the items I took out somehow ended up back inside of the .tp2. Try the new upload.
  • ZaghoulZaghoul Member Posts: 1,682
    Strange this. WinZip cannot open the file. Says it's not a valid archive.
  • ZaghoulZaghoul Member Posts: 1,682
    That did it, thanks. Shadows look more balanced now, with the new spells given them. B)
  • Artemius_IArtemius_I Member Posts: 1,996
    edited June 11
    Small update, mostly changed a few visuals and fixed a couple of bugged spells. Only one spell was changed significantly:
    • Enervation: Instead of draining 4 levels instantaneously, drains up to 8 levels over 4 rounds (save vs. death at -4 each round to avoid, no save for first instance). Caster regains spells for every successful instance of level drain.
  • Necromanx2Necromanx2 Member Posts: 437
    edited June 17
    Just loaded this on BGEE and find that the class description and class name in game is Conjurer. I am getting the SA spells and abilities, just have the descriptions off.

    Edit: The mage class shows the Shadow Adept as a kit, but once you select it and go in game it all says Conjurer.
  • ZaghoulZaghoul Member Posts: 1,682
    Strange that, @Necromanx2 , mine is showing up as it should.
  • Necromanx2Necromanx2 Member Posts: 437
    edited June 17
    Here is my WeiDU log


    // Log of Currently Installed WeiDU Mods
    // The top of the file is the 'oldest' mod
    // ~TP2_File~ #language_number #component_number // [Subcomponent Name -> ] Component Name [ : Version]
    ~SETUP-TENYATHERMIDOR.TP2~ #0 #0 // Tenya Thermidor for BG:EE
    ~PALEMASTER/SETUP-PALEMASTER.TP2~ #0 #0 // Pale Master Kit for BG:EE, BG2:EE and IWD:EE: v1.4.3
    ~PALEMASTER/SETUP-PALEMASTER.TP2~ #0 #2 // Evermemory Fix for BG:EE: v1.4.3
    ~CONTINOUSVICONIAAPPEARANCE/SETUP-CONTINOUSVICONIAAPPEARANCE.TP2~ #0 #100 // Continous Viconia: 1
    ~MSFM.TP2~ #0 #2 // Add Circlet of Revelation: v1.43
    ~MSFM.TP2~ #0 #3 // Add inventory animation to circlets: v1.43
    ~WILLOWISP/WILLOWISP.TP2~ #0 #5 // Witchlight Shaman standalone kit for BG:EE and BG2:EE
    ~BARDICWONDERS/SETUP-BARDICWONDERS.TP2~ #0 #0 // Bardic Wonders: Kits
    ~SARADAS_REVISIONED_SHAPESHIFTER/SARADAS_REVISIONED_SHAPESHIFTER.TP2~ #0 #0 // Saradas_Revisioned_Shapeshifter
    ~ELDRITCH_MAGIC/ELDRITCH_MAGIC.TP2~ #0 #0 // EE: Item Expansion: v1.67
    ~ELDRITCH_MAGIC/ELDRITCH_MAGIC.TP2~ #0 #3 // XP Cap Removal -> Remove XP Cap: v1.67
    ~FAITHS_AND_POWERS/FAITHS_AND_POWERS.TP2~ #0 #101 // Select an installation method below: -> ALL the new kits, the kit selection dialogue, and the sphere system: 0.64a
    ~SHADOWADEPT/SETUP-SHADOWADEPT.TP2~ #0 #0 // Shadow Adept Kit for BG:EE
  • ZaghoulZaghoul Member Posts: 1,682
    Hmm, without Arte looking at, one might suspect Faiths and Powers first as they have added so many new kits and are still working out bugs here and there. I just remember there being a kit limit and it could be reading something by mistake. I had problems with divine remix doing something similar.You might try removing both then adding just the SA back, just to test it.
    Anyway those guys, @Grammarsalad and @subtledoctor , and Arte know coding and I just enjoy the testing. Just an idea to try first. :)
  • subtledoctorsubtledoctor Member Posts: 7,808
    Even a full install of all FnP kits only gets you about halfway to the 256 kit limit.
    Zaghoul
  • ZaghoulZaghoul Member Posts: 1,682
    @subtledoctor Ahh, I remember now, that's right. I think I was confusing the probs Divine Remix has with adding kits to existing NPC's combined with other mods. It was something about the ordering process I thought.
    Thanks :)
  • Necromanx2Necromanx2 Member Posts: 437
    The second level spell, Lesser Vitality Drain, says it has a range of visual range of caster yet it acts as a touch spell when cast.
  • Necromanx2Necromanx2 Member Posts: 437
    I am at 5th level in BGEE/SoD. This kit is pretty cool. My feedback is as follows:

    1) I would think this kit should be like a specialty mage and get 4hp per level and not 6hp.
    2) I am nervous about having cold base spells as the main damage type. At mid levels and above wizard cold spells tend to freeze enemies and you lose all their items (have no idea why they made freeze = disintegrate all items).
    3) Wish I had a way to identify items like the identify spell.
    4) Would have though skull trap would have been a natural spell for this kit.
    5) Getting spells to select every odd level is different, but OK.

    Overall I think the kit is pretty good. I think moving the HP to 4 per level would have a good balance given that you learn spells like a sorcerer (no XP memorizing spells and no huge variety), while still needing to memorize like a mage.

    Looking forward to see what the summons looks like.

    Great work!
  • Artemius_IArtemius_I Member Posts: 1,996

    1) I would think this kit should be like a specialty mage and get 4hp per level and not 6hp.

    Trust me, you need the extra hit points. Constitution cost aside, some of your HLAs have permanent hit point costs. Even with d6 it's possible to be level 20+ with less than 40 maximum hit points if you're unlucky, so I think it's fine as it is.
    2) I am nervous about having cold base spells as the main damage type. At mid levels and above wizard cold spells tend to freeze enemies and you lose all their items (have no idea why they made freeze = disintegrate all items).

    The only spells I've seen cause frozen death are Shadowblast, Cone of Bitter Cold and Negastorm. I think the other spells deal a small enough amount of cold damage to avoid frozen death. There are quite a few AoE spells past 3rd level that don't deal cold damage.
    3) Wish I had a way to identify like the identify spell.

    Fair point, I suppose. I just worked with the belief that you wouldn't use a shadow adept as a substitute for a regular mage.
    4) Would have though skull trap would have been a natural spell for this kit.

    I didn't want to create one when there's already a Fireball-equivalent.
    5) Getting spells to select every odd level is different, but OK.

    It's actually not every other level. I believe there's only a couple of levels where you don't get to learn a spell and one of them is level two. After a while you'll be getting several spells per level.

    Overall I think the kit is pretty good. I think moving the HP to 4 per level would have a good balance given that you learn spells like a sorcerer (no XP memorizing spells and no huge variety), while still needing to memorize like a mage.

    Looking forward to see what the summons looks like.

    Great work!

    Thank you!
    ThacoBell
  • Necromanx2Necromanx2 Member Posts: 437
    I am curious about this comment -
    Fair point, I suppose. I just worked with the belief that you wouldn't use a shadow adept as a substitute for a regular mage.


    If you did not see this kit as a mage type, what was your vision?

    Your comment has me wondering if you intended that people would have their standard party (for me a 4 person balanced group) and then add this as an additional member for flavor?

    In my current run through, I am working with my standard party where I have this kit replace the mage type I would have join. I admit that not having identify and protection from petrification spells (or the ability to cast them from scrolls) has increased the challenge for me, though I see this as a challenge to overcome (might have to have the Ghoul join me for once for example).

    Hearing you vision of the kit might help me think of ways to address things that I haven't thought of up to now.
  • ArunsunArunsun Member Posts: 1,335

    I am curious about this comment -

    Fair point, I suppose. I just worked with the belief that you wouldn't use a shadow adept as a substitute for a regular mage.


    If you did not see this kit as a mage type, what was your vision?

    Your comment has me wondering if you intended that people would have their standard party (for me a 4 person balanced group) and then add this as an additional member for flavor?

    In my current run through, I am working with my standard party where I have this kit replace the mage type I would have join. I admit that not having identify and protection from petrification spells (or the ability to cast them from scrolls) has increased the challenge for me, though I see this as a challenge to overcome (might have to have the Ghoul join me for once for example).

    Hearing you vision of the kit might help me think of ways to address things that I haven't thought of up to now.
    It's a mage type but not meant to be played as your average mage. Much like Kensai is a fighter type, but you don't play it the same way you play an ordinary fighter (which would be some kind of tank).
    ZaghoulThacoBell
  • Necromanx2Necromanx2 Member Posts: 437
    Thanks for the feedback!

    The second level spell, Lesser Vitality Drain, says it has a range of visual range of caster yet it acts as a touch spell when cast.

    Also, the second level spell Dark Mirage (the one that looks like the Blur spell), why is it only 5 rounds duration? Seems pretty small duration compared to the mage Blur of 4rnd + 2rnds/lvl duration.
  • subtledoctorsubtledoctor Member Posts: 7,808
    edited June 19

    the second level spell Dark Mirage (the one that looks like the Blur spell), why is it only 5 rounds duration? Seems pretty small duration compared to the mage Blur of 4rnd + 2rnds/lvl duration.

    I assume because this is a super-powered Blur + MI combo spell, in a single spell slot at the same level as those other two (if I'm reading the description right?)?
    Post edited by subtledoctor on
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