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  • Auto Potion Pickup

    We have auto-gold pickup... is this the next logical step?

    I tend to be a bit reserved when it comes to the idea of auto-picking up items but potions are something that you ALWAYS want. Is this going too far or would it be a welcome relief from excess clicking?
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    Hell yes! My gimpy fingers can't click as well as they used to!
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    No, that seems like a bit too much automation and would diminish the reward of it.
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  • #2
    It's good! I normally try to pick up pots as often as possible, but sometimes it gets tedious once you have like 80 pots... but then when I run out, I often think, damn, I'd still have some if I picked up the 30 pots that dropped from Typhon.

    Also, how would that be managed in teams? Could you have them distributed or easily tradeable? Splittable stacks unlike in TQ where if you dropped a stack of 100 pots you felt like stabbing yourself? I just had a nightmare-day dream of some asswipe stealing all my pots when they drop in MP games...

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    • #3
      I would really, really love it if there was a hotkey to toggle it. That way I could turn it on or off on-the-fly in case my inventory started getting flooded.

      I'm all for automation and macroing as long as it still comes down to what you intend to do.
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      • #4
        I still would like to know more info about potions though.

        Perhaps potions should scale and there should only be 1 sort? I know I don't want to pick up (and even filter out) lesser potions when I have a higher level character.
        But if potions are usually worth picking up, I'd love to have an auto-pick up filter for it.

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        • #5
          I'm with Yerk. How are the potions going to work in this game?


          But this would be a pretty nice feauture.

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          • #6
            Here's a question: If monsters were carrying potions, why aren't they using them? If they can't, why are they carrying them around in the first place - they're not carrying pine cones around for fun either.

            Before saying more than that - I can't help saying more anyway, but still -, I'd need the answer to the question that the previous two posters made. In the case of the potion system not having any major changes (pot prices going up, cooldowns being longer and so forth, making them something that you'd think before "spamming"), I'd say it would be better if potions never dropped at all (except for higher grade potions from high grade containers) - you can get as many as you want from shops anyway - so basically a useful potion drop is nothing more than a gold drop in disguise - and picking up a lower grade potion is harmful - potentially even lethal, if the player didn't notice he ran out of the "real potions" and was running on fumes from the crappy ones.
            Last edited by cel; 04-02-2010, 12:00 AM.

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            • #7
              They're not using gold either
              Nor are they using certain modifiers on their weapons, like "-% damage received from undead, "%damage to demons".

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              • #8
                Are the stacks going to be limited?

                I didn't start picking up every single potion drop until Defiler came out for TQ and I didn't have to worry about inventory space.

                I am also interested in how potions will be handled in GD. I have to say that the health management in DIII is one of the better features I am looking forward to. It will be nice for once not to worry about collecting and managing essentially "extra-HP-in-a-jar" in an RPG.

                If the potions end up being the same as in TQ I would like to see a way to map stronger and weaker potions to different keys. That way I don't have to waste strong potions on normal mobs and save them for boss fights. And I would be for auto potion pickup if the system stayed relatively the same (but maybe larger stacks for lesser potions and shorter stacks for major potions).
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                • #9
                  Kirii: They've already confirmed the stacks were larger. I don't remember the exact size, but I want to say around 25 pots..

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                  • #10
                    I thought it was actually 99? Regardless, I would only vote 'yes' if the stacks were very large and potion types not so numerous where the auto-pickup of them would become a hindrance.
                    "I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic."

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                    • #11
                      Well, seems like stack size may determine some peoples vote. Let's get a clarification on it. And maybe strength and type?

                      (Did a quick search but couldn't find it.)
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by yerkyerk View Post
                        They're not using gold either
                        Nor are they using certain modifiers on their weapons, like "-% damage received from undead, "%damage to demons".
                        How do we know that? We get to observe their culture and habits for a whopping 10 seconds before we chop their heads off (considering for example maenads, satyrs and centaurs in TQ, we can definetly conclude that they live in societies whereh hunting and trading was involved), we also don't know anything about the disputes between different types of monsters, as we usually just kill them all regardless (just because the monsters aren't hostile towards each other in-game doesn't make them love each other, it's just made that way for simplicity's sake, because the ratio of immersion gain versus amount of time required to implement all the relations is something around 1/infinity, same goes for the "spider carrying around gold coins" -type of oddities).

                        Other than that:
                        I have to say that the health management in DIII is one of the better features I am looking forward to. It will be nice for once not to worry about collecting and managing essentially "extra-HP-in-a-jar" in an RPG.
                        I have to agree that the well named "extra-HP-in-a-jar" concept is getting a little old (comparable to having only skills that deal direct damage instead of having complicated effects, as the relation between a goal and how to get to it is retardedly simple in both cases, too simple to be considered a fun aspect). Most good mmo's have figured this out quite a long time ago (potions being used only in emergencies, usually pricing quite high as well), making players concentrate on evading damage through the use of good tactics instead of just trying to figure out more complicated ways of justifying the "rush-in-and-kill-everything-as-fast-as-you-can-while-using-method-X-to-replenish-hp-hoping-they-will-die-before-you-die" tactics that TQ favoured.

                        On the voting: I vote for option (4): A change in health generation mechanics would be welcome. I'm not saying we should go around copying other games (I wouldn't want a system like in D3 for example), but it should be more complex (in terms of number of solutions) than just pressing a certain button whenever a certain red line was too short. Something that comes to mind with 5 seconds of thinking would be to increase potion cooldowns and making players regenerations speeds a lot higher when "out of combat", promoting a more tactical approach in monster encounters - altough this would propably also require some changes in monster behaviour as well, as the "everyone just keeps heading straight for you" tactics that 90% of monsters use don't exactly open up too many possibilities for tactical combat (and it gets old quite fast as well).

                        Originally posted by Kirii View Post
                        Well, seems like stack size may determine some peoples vote. Let's get a clarification on it. And maybe strength and type?

                        (Did a quick search but couldn't find it.)
                        Originally posted by medierra View Post
                        You'll also be pleased to know that you can stack 99 potions.
                        Last edited by cel; 04-02-2010, 12:43 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the link! So, 99 potions is very nice but I think a rework of regeneration speed and potion cool down is a very good idea.

                          In TQ I found myself many times slamming potions in between battles just to get my health back to 100% instead of waiting for it to regenerate. Then drinking another right as the mobs start attacking. And also in order to survive I would just slam countless potions instead of using any real tactics.

                          How about a system where you have a certain regen speed and potions only act as boosts to the HP regen speed with no initial magical restoration of X% of HP. This I think would eliminate the stand-here-and-hack-away battle system of bosses and force you to use stun/distract/kite abilities more effectively.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Kirii View Post
                            How about a system where you have a certain regen speed and potions only act as boosts to the HP regen speed with no initial magical restoration of X% of HP. This I think would eliminate the stand-here-and-hack-away battle system of bosses and force you to use stun/distract/kite abilities more effectively.
                            I can only agree. This would also make it possible for players who felt that they needed to get more hp out of those potions to invest into the +hp regen mods that were normally utterly useless for any but pure regen builds.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cel View Post
                              How do we know that? We get to observe their culture and habits for a whopping 10 seconds before we chop their heads off (considering for example maenads, satyrs and centaurs in TQ, we can definetly conclude that they live in societies whereh hunting and trading was involved), we also don't know anything about the disputes between different types of monsters, as we usually just kill them all regardless (just because the monsters aren't hostile towards each other in-game doesn't make them love each other, it's just made that way for simplicity's sake, because the ratio of immersion gain versus amount of time required to implement all the relations is something around 1/infinity, same goes for the "spider carrying around gold coins" -type of oddities).
                              Comon, now you're just arguing for the sake of arguing. If you put that much effort and textwalls into explaining senseless random modifiers, you can also do the same for potions.


                              Also, remember, this thread is for discussing auto-pickups. Though it is ofcourse related to how useful potions will be and their workings, this topic isn't actually about the mechanics of potions, that can be discussed elsewhere, namely here.
                              Medierra already stated in that topic that there's not going to be a huge difference from the health potion system used in TQ.

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