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Changes to the way movement buffs and snares stack in combat : Star Wars Galaxies Discussions

Posted: October 16th, 2005, 10:58 pm

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Greetings, In publish 24, we will be making some changes to the way movement buffs and snares stack in combat.

What is changing?

We will be changing the way movement buffs and snares stack in combat.

"Stacking" buffs means that multiple effects of the same type are used (or applied) in combat to cause a greater effect.

Who is affected by this change?

This change will affect anyone who uses movement buffs and/or snares.

Why is this changing?

This will address current gameplay issues and will prepare the way for future Squad Leader enhancements.

Can I get some more specific details?

The current situation:

Currently movement-buffs and snares stack in combat. A basic example of what this means is that if you get a movement-buff to double your speed and then get "snared" in combat to half your speed, your movement will be reduced back to your normal movement speed.

Basically, a movement buff cancels a snare and a snare cancels a movement buff.

Many types of movement buffs and snares can be used together to cause additional effects. For example, two or more movement buffs will "stack" to cause you to go very fast and multiple snares will stack and can prevent a player from moving.

Additionally, snares will stack to quickly prevent all movement. A single snare would cut your movement in half another snare to reduce your movement in half would give you a movement of zero.

We are changing this so that:

Only one temporary movement buff or effect can be active on a character at one time and movement enhancers will be overwritten by snares (in other words, one will cancel the other).

All buffs that modify movement will continue to stack as normal; however the movement effects will be handled so that only one is in effect at any given time.

For example, a movement buff could make your character move at x2 speed. If your character gets snared, rather than moving at x1 speed you will now be moving at x1/2 speed (as though you didn't have a movement buff on at all.) When the snare wears off you will return to x2 speed.

Also, snares won't stack. This means that if you are already moving at 1/2 speed when you get hit with a 1/4-speed snare, your movement would only be reduced to 1/4 of your base movement rate, rather than being reduced to 1/4 of your current (1/2-speed) total movement rate. (Total movement rate is calculated by adding up your base movement rate and all of your movement modifiers).

Similarly movement enhancements cannot be stacked. Only the most powerful enhancement will be active, when that one wears off the next most powerful will become active and so forth until there are no further movement buffs are on the character.

Finally there are still a few permanent movement enhancements and snares, things like weapon & armor hindrances or Fleet Footed for pets. These permanent modifiers adjust the Base Movement speed and will always stack with each other.

Kurt "Thunderheart" Stangl
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Posted: October 17th, 2005, 3:33 pm

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Omg pickle... on a side note I got to experience this first hand(beta) , while it will make it so I cant run off with fr3 (:P) I will like the changes on my BH.

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