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V3.3.5 Changelog:

Welcome! While our last Steam update was in June, we've been hacking away on this build since we finished hotfixing Legends & Pariahs back in March. It's been a long process, but I'm happy to have some cool new features we can finally show-off!

General:

  • The "Hall of Trials" has been added to the main menu. An interactive tutorial designed to teach and challenge new and old players alike! Also includes a hot new music track by our composer Chris Kukla to really immerse yourself in the learning experience!
  • 16 new Achievements come to Steam - 12 of which are for the Hall of Trials progression, as well as 4 achievements for the Legends and Pariahs DLC classes for parity with the current Myths and Outcasts achievements - That's 216 total!

  • Added 2 audio sliders to the settings -> audio tab for Environment (water/lava) and Ambience (trap whooshing) sounds in addition to the existing general game sound slider.

  • Environment and Ambience audio now dynamically reduces volume if there are too many loud sound sources playing.

  • In-game Barony logo has been updated, we've come a long way since Blessed Addition!


Steam Version:

  • Improved Steam Lobby reliability and connectivity - fixing common issues such as "unable to connect".
  • Lobby window now shows all member's monster race and platform-specific Display Names correctly

  • Added support for crossplay between Barony on the Epic Games Store! To enable crossplay on Steam, go to Barony Settings -> misc tab -> and look for Networking, "enable crossplay" checkbox.

crossplay menu

After clicking Accept or OK on the settings menu, you will be taken to a first-time setup prompt to allow Barony to create a new Crossplay ID that is connected to your Steam ID.

In the prompt you can find our (Turning Wheel LLC) privacy policy and information to understand what data you provide for crossplay and how it is used.

Essentially - Crossplay for Barony uses Epic Online Services (and this is unrelated to an Epic Account!). It provides an simple way to link different platforms such as Steam and Epic Account users through a common "Crossplay ID" system. No "account" creation or password entry is required.

Upon consent to provide Barony with your Steam ID, crossplay for Barony is then automatically setup and will enable you to connect to crossplay lobbies through Epic Online Services. On subsequent logins to Barony, crossplay will automatically start up.

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Disabling Crossplay

If you no longer wish to use crossplay features, deselect the crossplay option from the Settings menu. Your Steam ID link will remain within Barony should you choose to re-enable later on.

To completely remove your Steam ID link, we will provide a form to submit to us to remove the link manually (no automated way currently).

How to connect via crossplay:

As a Steam user that has enabled crossplay, when it comes to hosting or joining a lobby on the Character Creation window you will see:

  • Host Multiplayer (Steamworks)
  • Host Multiplayer (Crossplay)
  • Join Multiplayer

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Hosting via Steamworks is the same as Barony has always been - it only uses Steamworks for P2P and lobby communication. This lobby type will only allow Steam users to connect.

Host via Crossplay uses Epic Online Services, and this lobby type allows both Steam and Epic Games users to connect to the lobby.

Join Multiplayer will provide a list of Steam hosted lobbies, and if crossplay is enabled, will show crossplay-enabled lobbies with the tag [CROSSPLAY]

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Now, onto some more changes to find in Barony V3.3.5!

Gameplay:

  • Gameflags (Hunger/Cheats etc) are now saved inside savegames, and will load them in when choosing a savegame to load. When finishing a gameplay session, your gameflags will revert back to what they were when you started.
  • Several map generation rooms have been tweaked across the dungeons. Summary:
    • Increased border across some rooms to make areas more accessible, including the mines secret entrance.
    • The Citadel has received some new open areas to feel less closed-in.
    • Chests have been moved out of reach behind a gate, the gate must be opened to access the chest.
    • Plus a couple of new rooms to existing areas.

See below for list of maps updated, many changes are subtle so are best viewed in the editor to see how they changed: Map list


Bugfixes:

  • Fixed crash trying to read a scoresfile below V3.0.0.
  • Fixed some LVL 3 Human NPCs in some maps not scaling in level as the dungeon depth increases. Now they should be around LVL 12-15 if found near the Labyrinth/Ruins etc.
  • Fixed a bug that was making followers failing to avoid spike traps for walkable tiles. (They can still clip the corners of the spike trap if moving nearby - that's a trickier problem to solve)
  • Fixed wrong message playing when a follower's amulet is cursed and are instructed to equip a new one.
  • Fixed crash using the "Invite Friends" button on the Steam lobby window.
  • Fixed source of crashing that could happen if a player leaves mid-game, creating an empty player slot.

Editor:

  • Summon traps no longer can spawn miniboss monsters for consistency. Will now immediately trigger every time power is applied, or use the timer if power remains on.
  • New script tag "@reattachto=", works the same as "@attachto=" but can repeatedly find a new group of monsters in a map rectangle. So this will work with summon traps, or monsters that walk into an area.

We hope to see you in a crossplay lobby soon!

Barony V3.3.0 Patch Notes

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Gameplay Changes


Ranged Combat:

Overhauled ranged combat with new weapons, new quiver ammunition and first person animations!

All ranged weapons now have a projectile drop-off instead of a perpetually flying straight projectile. Slingshots and crossbows are now short range weapons, while the existing short bow is medium range. A projectile that has almost reached the ground will hit weaker against most creatures - so make sure to hit enemies high in your shots!

New ranged weapons:

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  • A long range, slow fire rate bow. Stronger than the Crossbow and best used at a safe distance from enemies.

Compound bow

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  • A medium range, fast fire rate bow. Slightly weaker than the Longbow, the compound bow is a great all-purpose ranged weapon.

Arbalest

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  • A short range, slow fire rate crossbow. The bolts are so powerful the wielder gets knocked back with each shot!

Quivers:

Quivers are worn in the off-hand slot and are consumed when firing a ranged weapon. The max stack size is 50, and quivers apply projectile modifiers to every ranged weapon except the slingshot.

Players are unable to block with a quiver in hand and will sneak instead if the Block/Sneak key is held.

New quiver ammunition:

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  • +2 ATK, bonus damage against demons and undead.

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  • +4 ATK, bonus damage against most non-humanoid creatures. Inflicts temporary slow and poison. The inflicted nausea may also cause vomiting.

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  • +4 ATK, landing a hit always pierces armor during attacks.

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  • +4 ATK, inflicts knockback on hit.

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  • -2 ATK, reduces time taken to ready a shot for bow weapons. Crossbows are unaffected.

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  • +2 ATK, inflicts burning on hit and illuminates walls

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  • +6 ATK, no additional effects. The strongest base damage ammunition.

How to obtain quivers:

  • Start as the new Hunter class from the Legends & Pariahs DLC - You will start with an assortment of ammo as well as 2 scrolls of Conjure Arrow!
  • Monsters that spawn with a ranged weapon will now also spawn with a quiver instead of a shield. A small amount of ammo will drop on death.
  • Visit a new Hunting Supply store that also stocks all sorts of weapons.
  • Use a new Scroll of Conjure Arrow to get a random ammo type.
  • Try a lockpick inside Arrow Traps throughout the dungeon. Arrow traps can now shoot every type of ammunition - not just poison!

Updated Story:

By popular request, we’ve updated the game’s story text crawls to be more personalised for the monster races - defeat the bad guys and see what fate befalls Hamlet and for the rest of your kin!

Uncovering the hidden area beyond the Underworld will now also continue the story from Hamlet after a reworked boss battle!

You may also find a Mysterious Merchant within the walls of Hamlet who is willing to make an offer for the guilds stolen mystic orbs.


Lockpicking Skill Overhauled into the Tinkering Skill

Read the previous blog post here for details!


Magic and Spellbooks:

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Spellbooks are now equippable and can be casted from! Equip the spellbook and press the Block/Sneak key (default key is Space) to cast.

The INT stat now also increases the damage output of spells and is viewable on the stat tooltip.

Casting from blessed spellbooks increases the spell damage/heal of most spells.

Spellbooks also now show the spell information on their tooltip if you have learnt the spell. Check the tooltip for damage/heal values on cast in-game.

Other notes:

  • There is a chance to degrade spellbooks on each cast.
  • “Using” a spellbook will attempt to wield the book if you have learnt the spell. Spellbooks are always wielded if equipped from the hotbar.
  • Holding ALT + right click/use will force a spellbook into your hand instead of reading it. (The same also applies to potions and other throwables).

Scrolls:

Now unidentified scroll names always end up being the same identified scrolls in each unique game seed. E.g “XIXAXA XOXAXA XUXAXA” will be a Scroll of Light, “THARR” will always be a Scroll of Enchant Weapon in a certain game seed. "XIXAXA XOXAXA XUXAXA" could then be Scroll of Repair and “THARR” could be a Scroll of Food when you restart the game.

Identified scrolls now show the unidentified scroll name in the tooltip.

Repair scrolls no longer effect magicstaffs.

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  • Repairs magicstaffs and enchanted feathers.

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  • Spawns a quiver of random arrows in front of the player.

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  • Can be used to inscribe blank scrolls and repair spellbooks.
  • Starts with a random “charge” percentage if found in the world.
  • Each use consumes a certain percentage of charge depending on the scroll that is inscribed.

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  • Inscribe” menu lets you pick a blank scroll, then the phrase to write. The blessing/curse on the blank scroll transfers to the created scroll.
  • Repair” menu lets you pick a damaged spellbook.
  • Dropped rarely by gnomes, kobolds and cockatrice. 100% drop from Xyggi scarab boss.

Thrown items:

Thrown items and gemstones now have a first-person animation.

Attack animations can now be “charged” like melee weapons to deal several more points of damage. Projectiles go further by charging attacks.

  • Thrown base damage has been reduced by a few ATK overall as a balance change.
  • Thrown items now are always found at specific qualities to stack more consistently. (the quality does not affect damage)

    • Tomahawks are DECREPIT
    • Iron daggers are WORN
    • Chakrams are SERVICABLE
    • Shurikens are EXCELLENT
  • Thrown items will stack up to a limit of 9 per stack Added +ATK detail on thrown item tooltips.

  • Creampies are now equippable and throwable. Tasty blindness!

Artifact Item Changes:

All artifact weapons/armor have been rescaled in damage/AC values. Now are found at different quality values depending on the dungeon floor they are found on.

Artifact weapons start with +4 ATK at Decrepit status, and gain +2 ATK up to Excellent status up to their previous +10 ATK maximum.

Artifact armor has been rescaled to maximum +4 AC from +6 AC for every piece (Breastpiece is still +6 AC maximum). Armor gains +1 AC per quality level.

These items can be repaired by 1 stage using Scrolls of Repair or through the new Tinkering Kit with Legendary Tinkering skill.

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  • The effect is now in a large AoE instead of map-wide, and only temporarily shows monsters that are moving.

Artifact weapon abilities have also been tweaked to have effects that scale with your weapon proficiency

  • For example having 50 in your axe skill will trigger Parashu’s special effect 12.5% of the time up to a maximum of 25% at 100 skill level. See below for changes:

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  • 0-50% chance based on ranged skill to shoot a random quiver projectile each shot. If a quiver is equipped, this effect preserves the ammo. No longer poisons by default.
  • Damage reduced from +15 to a max of +10. Now is a medium ranged weapon.
  • The bow is now found equipped on a specific enemy in the Underworld instead of on the ground.

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  • 0-100% chance to smite demons and undead for additional damage based on sword skill. Additional damage scales from 1.5x to 2.0x.
  • 0-100% chance to ignite enemies.

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  • 0-25% chance for bonus damage based on axe skill (was previously 33%)
  • Bonus damage is 1.5x multiplier (was 2x)
  • The bonus damage effect now also inflicts slow for 2 seconds.

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  • Grants 0-2 seconds of bonus mana regeneration while held based on mace skill. (Base mana regen is 1 every 6 seconds, so can be reduced to 1 every 4 seconds)
  • Still talks.

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  • Still always deals 100% damage no matter your skill
  • 0-25% chance to bypass 50% of enemy AC based on polearm skill.

Other Item Changes:

  • Ring of Warning effect has been changed to an AoE instead of a map-wide effect.
  • Ring of Conflict has been changed to an AoE, enemies have an easier time spotting a Ring of Conflict wielder.
  • Blindness/blindfolds now have a gradual fade in/out effect. High PER stat can also allow you to partially see through blindness effects.
  • Added magicstaff of poison as a low level magicstaff

Legends & Pariahs DLC Changes from previous blog posts:

  • The Tinkerer’s Gyrobot can now also deploy/interact with bombs
  • The Incubus Arcane Mark spell also nullifies monster damage resistances/weaknesses to 1.0x
  • The Punisher’s executioner hood provides increased MP regeneration upon inflicting bleeding status.
  • Disarming/sneak attacks strikes using the Punisher’s whip have an increased chance to inflict bleeding status.

Myths & Outcasts DLC Changes:

  • The Conjure Skeleton spell for the Conjurer class is now an inherently learned skill instead of a spellbook.
  • Succubus now also starts with the Polymorph spell learned.

Miscellaneous:

  • Added 64 new Steam Achievements!
  • Taking the Underworld path in the Swamp no longer skips any of the other Swamp secret levels.
  • Base mana regeneration can now reach a maximum 1 MP every 2 seconds instead of 1 MP every 3 seconds.
  • Followers now more aggressively scout for enemies.
  • Increased player displayed name limit to 22 characters so names will not be cut off in nametags.
  • Improved equipment/limbs positioning on monsters/players for multiplayer clients.
  • Monster racial starting spells now never have a chance to fail - but can still take longer/more MP to cast if your spellcasting is low.
  • Named non-human monsters (E.g Shelob) can not be recruited via normal right-click methods unless you have 60 Leadership.
  • “Speed” status effect now provides +5 DEX instead of +10, but halves your weight in the player movement speed calculation. Movement speed increase will now always be noticeable at all levels.
  • The Cockatrice Lair level has been tweaked - The interior puzzle has been simplified, as well as a 1-way gate added to avoid getting lost.
  • Poison damage ticks now update the enemy health bars.
  • Allies no longer die on boss deaths.
  • “Loading Models” startup screen now only updates progress in chunks of 50 to speed up initial Barony startup times.
  • Players now have a ranged weapon animation on attacking like monsters.
  • “Rest” command for followers now auto-wakes allies when they recover all of their health. You can wake up allies by issuing a “move aside” command. Also you now can’t issue the command at full HP and waste the use for the floor.
  • Temporary HP/MP regeneration now flashes the borders of the HP/MP bars. (E.g From tin can consumption as well as the Executioner’s hood bonus)
  • Door frames are now moddable.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed boulders rolling backwards and crushing players when being pushed in multiplayer. Boulder movement has been changed and boulders are not 100% locked to being in the middle of tiles.
  • Fixed Incubus/Succubus dropping a blessed item through greasy hands deleting the item.
  • Fixed “Aesthetic Only” DLC skin choice not letting you choose any class.
  • Fixed followers for multiplayer clients being shown as “nothing”.
  • Fixed monsters being able to move inside players sometimes (e.g enemy skeletons when you were a vampire)
  • Fixed using an empty bottle on a sink disabling polymorph.
  • Fixed +1 life server flag not always equipping the amulet of lifesaving for client players.
  • “Green balls” now don’t render at all for clients when game information was still being sent through from the server.
  • Fixed lockpicking exploit using the “lock” spell and then lockpicking the door/chest repeatedly. Now only gives you the skill increase once.
  • Fixed “confessor” achievement to work like the description indicates.
  • Fixed the mirror shield achievement not working.
  • Fixed “recycler” achievement not working consistently.
  • Fixed scroll of destroy armor not actually being consumed on use. Outstanding.
  • Fixed “wall builder” tile trapping players in the labyrinth levels. Should now not build the wall until everyone is outside of the tile.
  • Fixed “doubleshot” ranged exploit with bows and crossbows.

As we come up to the night before the release, let’s finish up with the Insectoid Hunter for our final Legends and Pariahs DLC preview!

Equipped to track and bring down foes from afar, the Hunter uses special arrows and a magic boomerang to ensure they never have to fight toe-to-toe.

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The Insectoid Race:

Much like the Automaton, the Insectoid has a unique mana and hunger system represented by a green ‘Energy’ bar. This bar is a representation of your current hunger level and decreases slowly over time as hunger normally does.

Casting spells will directly expend Energy and can be replenished by eating food. The maximum Energy an Insectoid can obtain is 50 total.

As an Insectoid, you will be able to digest any food item without becoming sick from spoiled food! You will also get a benefit from consuming sweet liquids such as fruit juice, restore magic potions and booze. Be mindful of over-indulging however, eating while full can cause you to projectile acid!

Insectoids have access to the following starting spells:

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  • Casting this ability launches the Insectoid at high speed in the direction of their current movement. Can be cast while stationary to backpedal.

  • Running into doors while dashing will instantly break them.

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  • The Insectoids wings allow a short duration of flight at the expense of energy.

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  • A short range 3-way projectile that poisons and damages enemy equipment.

Finally, Insectoids are immune to the effects of poison and are natural allies of other Insectoids, scorpions and scarabs.



The Hunter Class

The Hunter class comes prepared with some new quiver ammunition as well as new ranged weaponry! Quivers are worn in the off-hand slot, and create stacks of up to 50 arrows that are consumed when firing bows and crossbows.

As the new update brings projectile gravity to ranged weapons, the Hunter is best equipped to take on foes at a safe distance!

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  • +10 ATK, slow draw speed.
  • The longest range out of all bows and crossbows

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  • +0 ATK, upgradeable via repair. A magical thrown item that automatically returns to your inventory and hotbar slot.

New Item - Quiver of Silver Ammo: enter image description here

  • +2 ATK to ranged shots, bonus damage against demons and undead.
  • Handy against demons, skeletons and ghouls!

New Item - Quiver of Hunting Ammo: enter image description here

  • +4 ATK, bonus damage against most non-humanoid creatures. Inflicts temporary slow and poison.
  • Perfect for hunting big game creatures such as trolls or spiders!

New Item - Quiver of Swift Ammo: enter image description here

  • -2 ATK, reduces time taken to ready a shot for bow weapons.
  • When all else fails, sometimes a good defense is a lot of arrows in a short amount of time.

You will also start with:

  • Amulet of Poison Resistance
  • Bracers
  • Leather Boots
  • Scrolls of Conjure Arrow
  • Meat, Fish
  • Blindfold of Telepathy
  • Potions of Speed

Hunters start with 50 proficiency in Ranged and Swimming, 25 in Stealth, 20 in Appraisal and 10 proficiency in Spellcasting and Tinkering.

Perception and Dexterity are two favored stats on levelling up, while Strength and Constitution are unlikely to increase.



Wrapping Up

Let us know what you think! Feel free to share your thoughts in the Steam discussion thread or join our discord!

What’s Next?

The Legends & Pariahs DLC is releasing with our new V3.3.0 update on December the 27th 2019!

Grab your friends and join the party! Or play the Mechanist and build your own buddies.

Until next time!

-wallofjustice

It’s time for another Legends and Pariahs DLC preview - the Automaton Mechanist!

Mechanists come equipped to take advantage of the new Tinkering skill to craft traps, tools and allies! Weak in close combat, the Mechanist prepares for the situation ahead and lets the tools get to work and clear the path for them!

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The Automaton Race:

Just as Automatons in the world have shown goodwill to the Humans, Automatons are the only non-human race allied with Humans and Shopkeepers! You will able to freely trade and recruit humans without the need for underhanded tactics playing as this race.

Cursed items also will be freely unequippable, though still provide negative effects and reduced effectiveness - Turns out you can't curse these machines. On that note, Incubi and Succubi are neutral creatures and share no interest in the cold heartless body of the Automaton.

To augment the Tinkering skill, these machines also get an innate +20 Tinkering Skill bonus when repairing items using Tinkering, meaning any item can be repaired at 80 Tinkering.

Automatons also start with a new Salvage spell to gather materials and sustain themselves:

Salvage Spell:

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  • Transmutes all nearby items on the ground into Metal and Magic scrap without the need for a Tinkering Kit.

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Automatons are also immune to the harmful effects of burning - heat is in fact the best way to keep a well-oiled Automaton running! See how with the new boiler hunger mechanic:


Automaton Boilers:

Automaton have a shared mana and hunger system through their boiler

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Mana is represented as “heat” (HT). Casting spells consumes HT.

  • All food for the Automaton is consumed and added to the boiler’s burning time.

    • Gemstones, scrolls and readable books are consumable and are the primary sources of boiler fuel
    • Magical gems and scrolls generate an instant HT increase as well as fuelling your boiler.
    • Consuming organic food has no effect.
    • Automatons can consume scrap in a pinch to keep their boilers running, though can not reach maximum boiler capacity using scrap alone.
  • When the boiler is burning, the Automaton internal temperature raises (HT)

  • The boiler can reach a superheated state (blue) by continuing to add fuel. Superheated boilers rapidly increase HT but burn faster. enter image description here

  • If the boiler is empty, HT is gradually lost over time. HT loss is percentage based and will deplete fully in the same time, no matter your HT capacity.

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  • At 0 HT, the Automatons gears start seizing and start taking damage over time.
  • The Automaton starts to slow down with <25% HT.

Environmental notes:

  • Swimming in lava rapidly raises your HT, but will deal damage to your exterior. Burning effects while out of lava will not damage you.

  • Swimming in water rapidly cools your boiler and HT. Drinking a bottle of water cools your boiler, but the steam generates an instant HT increase.


A Flair for the Dramatic

Also when you die as an Automaton you explode in cinematic fashion!

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The Mechanist Class:

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Starting Equipment:

The Mechanist class comes equipped with everything needed to get started in the new Tinkering skill! This includes a Tinkering Kit, some scrap, and a few select Tinkering creations to help the beginning of your expedition.

If you need a refresher on all the new Tinkering skill features and items, check out the previous blog post here!

New Item - Leather Apron:

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  • +1 AC, +2 PER, immunity to the Burning status effect.

Other starting items:

  • Tinkering Kit
  • 4x Lockpicks
  • 2x Bear traps
  • Crossbow
  • 16x Metal Scrap
  • 8x Magic Scrap
  • 1x Dummybot
  • 1x Sentrybot
  • Scroll of fire (Automaton) / Basic food (Human)

Mechanists start with 40 Tinkering Skill and 10 proficiency in Trading, Alchemy and Ranged.

Perception and Dexterity are two favored stats on levelling up, while Strength and Consitution are unlikely to increase.


Wrapping Up

Let us know what you think! Feel free to share your thoughts in the Steam discussion thread or join our discord!

What’s Next?

My next upcoming DLC blog update: I'll share some details about the Insectoid Hunter, and what we’ve done to overhaul ranged combat!

Until next time!

-wallofjustice

As part of the upcoming DLC update, we’ve reworked the existing Locks skill into something a little more exciting!

Tinkering lets you salvage, repair and craft new kinds of tools to help fight through the dungeons. Like Alchemy, this skill will be available to everyone once the DLC drops!

Intro

All of the existing Locks interactions are included in the Tinkering skill, with a couple modifications:

  • Lockpicking doors

    • 10% chance to raise Tinkering on unlock, up to a Basic (20) skill level. 2x higher chance to unlock than previous patch.
  • Lockpicking chests

    • 10% chance to raise Tinkering on unlock, up to a Skilled (40) skill level. 2x higher chance to unlock than previous patch.
    • Unlocking chests with a lockpick now also includes a chance to find some Metal and Magic Scrap materials - useful stuff, more on that later!
  • Lockpicking Automatons

    • 33% chance to raise Tinkering on unlock.
    • Successfully “disarming” an Automaton is now guaranteed past Expert (60) Tinkering. Higher base chance than previous patch for lower skill levels.
    • Disarming Automatons will drop lucrative amounts of Metal and Magic Scrap based on your skill level.

Mastering Tinkering:

First things first, you’ll need a new item to get deeper into the skill tree - the Tinkering Kit! This kit is your all-in-one tool to branch out into creative endeavors.

Tinkering Kit

Like the Alchemy Alembic, you’ll be able to get a Tinkering Kit from hardware shops and chests in special loot tables. Alternatively, starting as the Automaton Mechanist from the Legends and Pariahs DLC will gear you up with a Tinkering Kit right from the beginning!

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Using the Tinkering Kit:

There’s two interactions with the Tinkering Kit - “Wield” or “Tinker”. We’ll start with the “Tinker” option and open up the Tinkering menu.

Tinkering Menu

You’ll see three headings, Craft, Salvage and Repair (plus an asterisk to view every option in a single scrollable menu), as well as a count of Metal and Magic Scrap currently held in your inventory.

  • Crafting lets you create new items and tools.
  • Repair lets you upgrade the status of Tinkering creations, armor and weapons.
  • Salvage breaks down items into scrap materials.

Crafting and Repair both require scrap, so let's show how to get your hands on some Metal and Magic Scrap!


Salvaging and Scrap:

Most items in Barony can be Salvaged into Scrap and you’ll be able to see the amount you get in the Tinkering menu.

Salvage GUI

  • Metal Scrap: Metal Scrap

    • Mostly obtained from weapons, tools and armor
    • Trace amounts can be found in gemstones, magicstaffs, pieces of clothing or jewelry
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    • Mostly obtained from magicstaffs, gemstones and spellbooks
    • Items that are either blessed/cursed or have a special effect (Glasses, Iron Boots of Waterwalking, Ring of Conflict) also provide Magic Scrap

Scrap quantities are generally 1-4 per item. Some items like food or scrolls do not produce any scrap and won’t show up in the menu.

Some example scrap values:

  • Bronze Sword

1 Metal 0 Magic

  • Gloves of Dexterity

1 Metal 2 Magic

  • Scroll of Light

0 Metal 2 Magic

  • Steel Axe

3 Metal 0 Magic

  • Spellbook of Cold

0 Metal 6 Magic

As your Tinkering skill level increases you will have a chance to recover extra scrap from each item!

Quick Salvaging:

While looking at all the scrap values in the menu helps familiarise yourself with each item’s worth, eventually you will intuit what scrap you’ll get from the equipment on the dungeon floors.

So to Salvage items quicker, the Tinkering Kit can be wielded in your shield slot! Pressing the Defend key with the kit allows you to instantly Salvage an item or torch in the world when picked up. Defending and pressing the Attack key will also bring up the Tinkering menu for quick access in the world.


Now with Salvaging out of the way, let’s see what you can Craft with your Tinkering Kit!

Crafting:

Crafting is done through the Tinkering menu where you’ll see the Metal and Magic Scrap costs for each item. Simply click with the required materials and you’ll get the item in your inventory. Items you can craft include bombs, tools and new robotic allies!

Craft GUI

Crafted items have a general Tinkering skill requirement before they are able to be created. Your effective skill level takes into account your Tinkering skill + Perception stat.

When crafting, your Tinkering skill has a chance to increase depending on the amount of materials used, so building higher quality items raises your skill more reliably!


Bombs:

There are four new bomb items exclusive to Tinkering:

  • Flame Trap

8 Metal 12 Magic

  • Freeze Trap

8 Metal 12 Magic

  • Sleep Trap

4 Metal 8 Magic

  • Teleport Trap

4 Metal 8 Magic

Each bomb is equippable in your main hand and require throwing to arm them. When thrown they stick to most surfaces - floors, walls, even doors and chests! They make a great ambush or emergency escape tool on the run.

By default, bombs are set to trigger on enemies only. By interacting with a lockpick in hand, you can change the sensitivity of the bombs to trigger on any creature if desired.

Applying a bomb to a door or chest will trigger the effect on any creature in an AOE if the object is disturbed or attacked. Bombs on the wall may also be shot with ranged weaponry to trigger in an AOE.

When bombs explode they leave behind a Broken Detonator Charge - collect these to Salvage later to recover materials for the next bomb!

  • Flame Trap: Flame Charge
    • Deals 5 + (Perception / 2) base damage
    • Spawns a Fireball spell that hits each monster. Deals additional magic damage and burns
    • Requires 40 Tinkering to craft

Flame

  • Freeze Trap: Freeze Charge
    • Deals 5 + (Perception / 4) base damage
    • Spawns a Cold spell that hits each monster. Deals additional magic damage and slows
    • Requires 40 Tinkering to craft

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  • Sleep Trap: Sleep Charge
    • Deals no damage
    • Spawns a Sleep spell that hits each monster and inflicts Sleep status
    • Requires 20 Tinkering to craft

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  • Teleport Trap: Teleport Charge
    • Deals no damage
    • Teleports the target to a random location
    • Can be interacted with a lockpick to set a “receiver” location
    • If there is one or more “receiver” traps on the level, Teleports targets to a random receiver location.
    • Requires 20 Tinkering to craft

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Mechanisms:

A tinkerer’s arsenal isn’t complete without the whirring of spinning cogs! This category of craftable items add utility and firepower for your allies. All of these mechanisms are deployed like bombs - equipped into your main hand and thrown a short distance to activate.

  • Noisemaker:

8 Metal 1 Magic

Decoy

  • Small box with a crank that attracts idle monsters in an AOE towards it
  • Lasts a short duration before requiring to be rewound
  • Chance on expiring to break
  • Requires 0 Tinkering to craft

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The remaining mechanisms are all allied units with HP that can be commanded using the Follower Wheel. There are 4 quality types for each:

  • Simple
  • Complex
  • Intricate
  • Artisan

Each unit starts as Simple when crafted at the first skill level requirement.

Every 20 Tinkering + Perception above the base requirement increases the quality for all subsequent crafts. For example, a Simple Dummybot is created at 20 skill level, while an Intricate Dummybot at 60.

Upgraded quality levels for mechanisms improves their HP and abilities.

When a unit’s HP is depleted, it becomes “Broken” and unusable. Broken units can then be Salvaged to recover some of your materials for more tinkering!


  • Dummybot:

8 Metal 4 Magic Dummybot - Requires 20 Tinkering to first craft

An immobile dummy useful for drawing enemy fire and tanking blows. All monsters will attack Dummybots on sight. Can be commanded using the Follower Wheel to return to its box to preserve its life.

Each quality tier increases the Dummybot’s HP and defence.

Dummy


  • Gyrobot:

16 Metal 12 Magic

Gyrobot

  • Requires 20 Tinkering to first craft

A small multipurpose gyrocopter - a Tinkerer’s best friend! Gyrobots are unique allies that scout areas ahead of their leader. Immune to most dangers, they are ignored by all monsters and projectiles.

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Each quality tier improves the movement speed of the Gyrobot.

Gyrobots have several functions using the Follower Wheel. Each function requires an appropriate quality tier and skill level to use.

Commands available at 20 Tinkering:

  • Return & Land - Flies to your location and returns to an item.
  • Move to… - Moves to location specified and waits..
  • Detect Metal, Detect Magic (toggleable) - Shows nearby items on the minimap that contain Metal or Magic Scrap for Salvaging. Only one Detect option can be active on the Gyrobot at one time.

Commands available at 40 Tinkering:

  • Interact - Pick up and hold a single item or toggle switches
  • Drop item - Drops held item
  • Detect Exits, Detect Traps - Shows nearby exits or traps on the minimap.
  • Light - Gyrobot emits a faint, bright or no light.

Commands available at 60 Tinkering:

  • Detect enemies - Shows nearby enemies on the minimap.

Commands available at 80 Tinkering:

  • Detect valuables - Shows nearby items on the minimap that have a large gold value.

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  • Sentrybot:

16 Metal 8 Magic

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  • Requires 40 Tinkering to first craft

A portable turret that fires ranged projectiles, the Sentrybot is a staple of a Tinkerer’s offense. Sentrybots have low defence and can be taken out quickly in melee combat. A well placed Dummybot or freeze trap can help enemies at bay while the Sentrybot lays down fire.

Sentrybots are immobile but can be remotely commanded to rotate and attack targets.

Each quality tier improves HP, damage and turn rate.

Commands available at 40 Tinkering:

  • Hold Aim / Free Look - The Sentrybot will randomly look around when initially placed, Hold Aim locks rotation to a narrow cone.

Commands available at 60 Tinkering:

  • Look at... - Commands the Sentrybot to look at a given direction and Hold Aim.

Commands available at 80 Tinkering:

  • Attack - Commands the Sentrybot to attack the selected target instead of acquiring a target automatically.

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  • Spellbot:

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  • Requires 60 Tinkering to first craft

Similar to the Sentrybot, the Spellbot is a portable turret that fires magic projectiles. The Spellbot starts with the Forcebolt spell that upgrades to Magic Missile at Artisan quality. Each upgrade tier improves HP, turn rate and rate of fire.

Commands available at 60 Tinkering:

  • Hold Aim / Free Look - The Spellbot will randomly look around when initially placed, Hold Aim locks rotation to a narrow cone.

Commands available at 80 Tinkering:

  • Look at... - Commands the Spellbot to look at a given direction and Hold Aim.

Commands available at 100 Tinkering:

  • Attack - Commands the Spellbot to attack the selected target instead of acquiring a target automatically.

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Craftable Tools:

Some existing items are also now craftable using Tinkering:

0 Tinkering Requirement:

  • Lockpicks
  • Glasses
  • Empty Bottles

20 Tinkering Requirement:

  • Beartraps
  • Lanterns

60 Tinkering Requirement:

  • Alembics

80 Tinkering Requirement:

  • Backpacks

Repairing / Upgrading:

The final Tinkering menu to cover is the Repair menu. As we’ve just been through crafting, let’s explain repairing and upgrading your Mechanisms.

Mechanism Repairs and Upgrading:

The Dummybot, Gyrobot, Sentrybot and Spellbot each has HP and can take damage in the world. When you recall your Mechanisms, they will retain their health at intervals of 5%, 25%, 50%, 75% or 100%.

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For example, a 75% Dummybot with 100 max HP will spawn with around 75 HP when re-deployed.

For a fraction of the crafting cost, you can repair the Mechanism to the next percentage interval - keeping them in good working order and stacking neatly in your inventory.

A reminder - when you first build your Mechanism it will have one of the 4 quality states - Simple, Complex, Intricate or Artisan. Every 20 Tinkering increases the abilities of your creations, but existing Mechanisms stay at their current quality.

A Mechanism can be upgraded at 100% health to keep them up-to-date for a cheaper cost than crafting new ones as your skill level raises.

Equipment Repair:

Another feature of the Tinkering Kit is the ability to repair weapons and armor starting at 60 Tinkering!

Repair GUI

60 Tinkering:

  • Able to repair weapons and armor with a Metal Scrap value of 1. Items with a Magic Scrap value are non-repairable at this skill level.

80 Tinkering:

  • Able to repair weapons and armor with a Metal Scrap value of 2. Items with a Magic Scrap value are non-repairable at this skill level.

100 Tinkering:

  • Able to repair weapons and armor with any Metal or Magic Scrap value.

The repair cost of each item is 8x per scrap value. Blessed or Cursed items increase the Magic Scrap repair cost, but may only be repaired at 100 Tinkering.


Wrapping Up

Let us know what you think! Feel free to share your thoughts in the Steam discussion thread or join our discord!

What’s Next?

My next upcoming DLC blog update: I'll show off the Automaton Mechanist's loadout and mechanics!

Until next time!

-wallofjustice

Up next for our Legends and Pariahs DLC preview - the Incubus Punisher! A primarily melee class aided by unique demonic spells, Punishers are adept at singling out their opponents from a fight and forcing them to come to terms with their inner demons.

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The Incubus Race:

Mechanically, Incubi operate much the same as Succubi from our previous Myths and Outcasts DLC - blessing or curse effects on worn equipment have the opposite effect on these demonic beings! Cursed items can freely be unequipped while blessed items are bound to your person.

The reversing effect also extends to our new upcoming spellbook mechanics - a cursed held spellbook becomes a boon for the Incubus, increasing the power of spells cast through it. Blessed spellbooks will also improve your spells, though will degrade faster while bound to you.

The Incubus race also starts with the Teleport spell already learnt, as well as the new “Arcane Mark” spell - an ability that allows the user to control their teleportation magic!

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  • Fires a projectile that places a “mark” upon an ally or enemy. Marked targets are revealed on the minimap for a fixed duration.
  • Casting Teleport while Arcane Mark is active will teleport the caster behind the marked target!
  • Teleportation spells mana costs are halved while Arcane Mark is active.
  • Only one Arcane Mark can be active at one time, marking a new target will lose the previous one.

The Punisher Class:

Punisher Human

Starting Equipment:

The Punisher class comes with 2 new pieces of equipment - the new Whip weapon as well as an ominous Executioner’s Hood! You will also have in your inventory:

  • Ring of conflict
  • An axe
  • Some basic food
  • Teleport Other spell
  • Inner Demon spell

Stats and Proficiencies:

Punishers have basic level proficiencies in Axe, Ranged, Spellcasting and Magic.

Strength and Dexterity are two favored stats on levelling up, while Constitution is unlikely to increase.


New Items!

Executioner’s hood: Executioner hood item The signature hood of the Punisher. Slaying weakened foes with the Executioner’s hood provides increased mana regeneration for a short duration!

The Whip: Whip item The Whip is a low ATK, utility melee weapon with some unique mechanics - foremost it is the only “melee” weapon to have an increased striking distance! (Despite the ongoing rumours, polearms have the same attack range as every other axe/sword/mace!).

Outgoing damage takes into account half of the wielders STR and DEX primary stats, and uses the Ranged proficiency for damage variance.

Whip Apart from increased attack range, whipping an enemy under an immobile status effect (e.g sleep/paralyze) disarms their equipped weapon or shield each strike!

If they otherwise are confused, drunk or disoriented, there is a % chance to disarm.

Striking with the whip requires a longer windup than standard melee weapons, a mastery of the timing and use of status effects allows the Punisher to safely disarm foes and overpower them.

Gnome Disarm


New Starting Spells!

Teleport Other: Teleport Other

  • Fires a projectile that teleports the target in front of the caster.
  • Enemies teleported a certain distance away from their location will be inflicted with “Disoriented” status effect. The further away the monster is teleported, the greater the duration.
  • Disoriented enemies lose track of their current target and do not retaliate to attacks for a brief duration.
  • If cast while Arcane Mark is active, no projectile is fired and the marked target is teleported to the caster.

Teleport Other

Inner Demon: Inner Demon

  • Fires a projectile that exorcises an allied “Inner Demon” Incubus out of the target.
  • Inner Demon taunts the target and reflects a % of melee damage received back to the target.
  • Consumes a % of max HP from the caster on cast to imbue the Inner Demon with your current HP and AC.
  • Most creatures can only be exorcised once, and purely demonic creatures are unable to be exorcised.

Inner Demon


Wrapping Up

Let us know what you think! Feel free to share your thoughts in the Steam discussion thread or join our discord!

As an aside - in the next update Succubi will also be getting an adjustment to their starting loadout to be further unique from the Incubus.

What’s Next?

My next upcoming DLC blog update: I'll share some details about the Automaton Mechanist, and what we’ve done to overhaul the Locks skill!

Until next time!

-wallofjustice

Welcome to the first class preview for the Legends and Pariahs DLC! The Shaman is the signature class of the Goblin race, a tribal spellcaster that uses Shapeshifting magic to transform into various creatures to take advantage of unique abilities and allegiances.

Goblin Shaman


The Goblin Race:

As mentioned previously in the Revisiting Magic and Spellbooks blog post, Goblins are an adaptable race that cannot permanently learn spells via the traditional spellbook reading mechanic - instead they must rely on casting by holding spellbooks! The Shaman class aims to provide a level of unique permanence to the Goblin’s magic repertoire and lean into flexible character growth.

A summary of the Goblin’s gameplay mechanics:

  • Increasing a melee weapon skill also increases every other melee weapon skill at the same time.
  • Base chance to increase weapon skills is lower than other races.
  • All worn equipment on the Goblin has a reduced chance to degrade - armor, weapons, magicstaffs and spellbooks included.
  • Unable to learn spells from spellbooks, even through the effects of Polymorph.
  • Friendly with other Goblins in the world.

With these mechanics in mind, let’s explore what the Shaman class has to offer!


The Shaman Class:

Starting Equipment: The Shaman starts their loadout with some new visible items - a Magicstaff of Poison and a cool looking Skull Mask! You will also have in your inventory:

  • An Enchanted Feather
  • A basic melee weapon
  • Some throwable rocks

A very minimalistic inventory loadout, but if you check your hotbar or learned spells when you start the game, you’ll also see 5 new Shapeshift spells which form the core gameplay of the Shaman class:

  • Rat Form
  • Spider Form
  • Troll Form
  • Imp Form
  • Revert Form

The Enchanted Feather:

Enchanted Feather

A new item! This feather is an enchanted scribing tool used to imbue magic into blank scrolls and also repair spellbooks. With the Enchanted Feather, the Goblin Shaman is able to keep their dwindling spellbook supply in good shape while also making use of cheap blank scrolls!

Also, the Enchanted Feather is not exclusive to the Shaman! You will also find they can populate the world in magical chests, shops, and perhaps carried by some of the smaller magic-loving creatures in the dungeon...


Shapeshifting:

Shapeshifting

There are 4 creature types the Shaman can change into at will - Rat, Spider, Troll and Imp. To transform, you equip the corresponding spell and expend mana to shapeshift for a fixed duration. Your 5th starting spell, “Revert Form”, transforms you back into your natural humanoid form if you wish to end the effect prematurely.

However, not every form is selectable from the start of the game - at player level 1 only the "Rat Form" spell is selectable, while the Spider, Troll and Imp forms unlock at levels 3, 6 and 12 respectively. Once you reach the level requirement, the spell icon will no longer be greyed out and you’ll be able to equip and cast the spell.

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Each Shapeshift form has their own unique hotbar that persists after changing forms. You can rearrange your potions, spells and food between forms to keep them in a consistent location!

Some key mechanics for Shapeshifting:

  • When you transform, you take on the creature characteristics and you will be able to recruit similar other monsters as you go through the dungeon.
  • You gain 2-3 additional temporary magic spells which are unique to each creature. The first tier spell is available when you reach the level requirement for the creature (LVL 1, 3, 6, 12 as mentioned earlier) and the second/third tier spells are available some levels after the unlock threshold.
  • You can cast any spells that you have learned while Shapeshifted.
  • You are unable to use weapons and armor as they no longer conform to your body. Items remain “equipped” and in your inventory but do not provide +ATK or +AC.
  • Rings, Amulets, and equipment with magical effects (levitation, invisibility etc) still provide their effects while Shapeshifted.
  • The Skull Mask starting item provides bonus mana regeneration only while shapeshifted.
  • Each Shapeshift form gives % based primary stat bonuses (STR/DEX etc) to augment your survivability.
  • The Shaman class has a random stat growth, preferring no stat over the other. Levelling up while Shapeshifted changes which player stats are likely to increase. By changing forms, you can manipulate your stat growth to address weaknesses or to be better prepared for the challenges ahead!
  • Swimming in water does not wash away the Shapeshift like the Polymorph effect.

Now let's have a look at the abilities and features of the different Shapeshift forms!


Shapeshift Forms

Rat Form (LVL 1):

Rat Form

A frail friend to other rats with the ability to sniff out food and make quick getaways out of a bad situation.

Spells:

  • Detect Food (LVL 1)
    • Highlights food on the ground in your minimap for the current level.
  • Speed (LVL 3)
    • Grants the “Speed” effect on the caster and in an AoE for your allies.

Stat modifiers while Shapeshifted:

  • +3 + 25% base DEX
  • +3 + 25% base INT
  • +3 + 25% base PER

Favored stats on levelling up:

  • DEX (Primary)
  • INT (Secondary)

Spider Form (LVL 3):

Spider Form

Hardier than rats, spiders have a mix of damage and support magic to help keep danger safely away from them. Friendly with other insects and bugs.

Spells:

  • Spray Web (LVL 3)
    • Sprays 3 short-range web projectiles from the caster that slow the target. Ensnared targets also receive a knockback effect on hit from melee attacks. Hitting a target with 2 or more projectiles compounds the slow/knockback effects.
  • Poison (LVL 6)
    • Low level damage spell that also inflicts the poison effect for a short duration.

Stat modifiers while Shapeshifted:

  • +3 + 25% base STR
  • +3 + 25% base CON
  • +5 + 33% base PER

Favored stats on levelling up:

  • PER (Primary)
  • CON (Secondary)

Troll Form (LVL 6):

Troll Form

Slow yet powerful, a troll can draw danger away from his allies and deliver crushing blows to those who are too scared to move.

Spells:

  • Power Strike (LVL 6)
    • The caster charges an incredibly strong melee punch that deals 2x melee damage and inflicts knockback on the target. Walls and boulders are able to be destroyed on impact if hit with this attack. Caster is immobile during the charge time.
  • Troll’s Blood (LVL 12)
    • Grants a HP regeneration effect on the caster and in an AoE for your allies for a duration.
  • Fear (LVL 15)
    • The caster unleashes a primordial roar that inflicts a new status effect, “Fear”, on enemies in an AoE around the caster. While under the “Fear” effect, monsters are unable to attack and change their current monster target to the caster once the effect ends.

Stat modifiers while Shapeshifted:

  • +5 + 33% base STR
  • -5 - 33% base DEX
  • +5 + 33% base CON

Favored stats on levelling up:

  • STR (Primary)
  • CON (Secondary)

Imp Form (LVL 12):

Imp Form

Imps have innate levitation and can equip spellbooks and magicstaffs while Shapeshifted. They prefer the company of other imps and use unique powerful magic to take down their foes.

Spells:

  • Lightning (LVL 12)
    • Moderate damage spell.
  • Confuse (LVL 12)
    • Inflicts “Confuse” status on an enemy.
  • Amplify Magic (LVL 15)
    • Sustained spell with high mana upkeep cost. While under the effects of “Amplify Magic”, any Fire/Cold/Lightning/Magic Missile spells cast will be concentrated into a short range falling projectile that erupts into a tower of magic on impact with the ground or enemy.

Stat modifiers while Shapeshifted:

  • +5 + 33% base INT
  • +3 + 25% base PER

Favored stats on levelling up:

  • INT (Primary)
  • DEX (Secondary)

Wrapping Up

Let us know what you think! Feel free to share your thoughts in the Steam discussion thread or join our discord!

We hope you enjoyed this preview piece on the Goblin Shaman - it has been challenging to create, but has ended up being great fun to seamlessly meld between all the different forms. (At times during playthroughs I’ve definitely forgotten I was a Goblin!) We're constantly trying new ideas in this DLC and can't wait to show you the rest!

What’s Next?

My next upcoming DLC blog update: I'll share some details about the Incubus Punisher.

If you haven't seen already, Mistersneak has also put up some original monster concept art for our previous Barony: Blessed Addition expansion - check it out!

Until next time!

-wallofjustice

A quick story on how the Conjurer and Accursed DLC classes came together.

Since we originally started planning our original Myths and Outcasts DLC, our feature set changed a lot during development. I'm looking back through old documents now, and we never had new classes on the table when we first talked about it - just races!


The Conjurer Class

Some people might recall a Magicstaff of Conjure Familiar in the game files when Barony: Blessed Addition was released in 2018, accessible only via the /spawnitem console command. When I added new magicstaffs for Bloodletting and Stoneblood, I also kept Conjure Familiar in as a placeholder to maybe one day mimic the effects of a Scroll of Summon. I loved the idea of summoning monsters - but the follower AI at the time couldn't be controlled at all by the player and we already had the Scroll of Summon in the game to suit this purpose. By the end, its only use was to be a stick for debugging particle effects as I worked on Blessed Addition, kept in as a personal TODO item.

In June 2018 - three months after Blessed Addition came out, I added the follower menu so you could order your companions around and actually have a chance at keeping them alive in the dungeon. Finally - a use for my staff! When talk started around DLC I wanted to get at least 1 new Conjurer class in alongside the playable races since we were back to adding new content into the game.

As we talked about new class archetypes, the idea of linking classes with races came up and the Skeleton Conjurer seemed like a perfect fit! You needed mana to resurrect yourself, and if you had excess mana you could summon allies and store your magic power inside them!


The Accursed Class

For the Accursed Vampire, the complement of a class/race pairing gave us a lot more freedom to create a new "hard" game option which might not have happened otherwise.

I wanted a new hard mode character and initially designed the Vampire to be just that - a stealth killing machine where every run was a race against time. However it didn't feel right to commit a quarter of our DLC to be extremely difficult, so the Accursed class was created with the "cursed" hunger mechanics and the OG Vampire race was toned down to be easier.

Splitting the DLC into classes and races turned out to be a much better solution since we could provide a new hard mode AND also let you play as a more casual Vampire! It felt great to come to an accessible design that let everyone use the cool Vampire blood mechanics and HP-as-mana system.


Remember the Stick

So there you have it - we only planned for races at the start and maybe an extra class. Eventually 1 class became 2, 2 then became 4 and suddenly we knew what Myths and Outcasts was going to look like!

Sadly in the end, the Magicstaff of Conjure Familiar never got added to the level drop lists. The spell was balanced to be castable from the start of the game and your skeleton buddies would level up with you. A magicstaff version ended up being found too late or not have enough charges to make your allies strong enough to match your level progression. Nevertheless, you can still play around with it in-game currently using the console command "/spawnitem magicstaff of conjure familiar". Hold it, and remember the history behind the stick.


Conjure Familiar 2017 Initial Conjure Familiar particle effect testing. Would you believe this clip is from 2 years ago?

In the next content update, you'll be able to equip a castable spellbook into your off-hand equipment slot while also keeping another spell equipped. This is part of the free update that will be available to all owners of Barony when the Legends and Pariahs DLC drops!

So how does it work? Read on to find out!

Spellbook casting


Revisiting Spellbooks

The idea to hold spellbooks started with our upcoming Goblin race.

Goblins are great fighters; versatile, adaptable, green, but magically inept (staffs don't count!). When playing as a Goblin, all of your equipment lasts longer and raising one weapon skill will raise every weapon skill at the same time! The catch - you are unable to memorize spells from books and must cast directly by reading from them each time.

This spellbook hook ended up becoming a feature for any race, as from a development perspective changing the HUD and in-game player model is more or less the same shared code for any humanoid monster. Also since this mechanic uses a finite spellbook resource - let's add some bonuses to your spells cast through the book!

Here's the list of effects when casting from a spellbook:

  • Spellbooks are equipped in your off-hand equipment slot. Casting is done via the block/sneak key.
  • You are able to have a selected spell ready via the normal casting key [F], so you can ready a support and offensive spell at the same time or double down and have fire/cold at the ready!
  • Casting from a blessed spellbook increases the damage/heal of a spell by varying amounts per blessing!
  • Casting a learnt spell from a spellbook improves cast times for spells that cost over 10 MP.
  • Casting an unknown spell from a spellbook can let you use a spell you normally wouldn't have access to - though based on your Spellcasting skill you may have a longer cast time and a chance to fumble the spell.
  • Spellbooks degrade on use, but Goblins keep their books in better shape for longer!

Fire and Cold spellbook casting Fire and Cold make a great offensive pairing.


Revisiting the Intelligence stat

For the longest time spell damage values were fixed and did not scale during the game. Fantastic in the early game, but could become a harsh experience for spellcasters during the later portions of the game where monsters have higher HP pools.

So looking back at the Intelligence stat, its uses currently are:

  • Providing passive mana regeneration up to a hard limit of 1 MP per 3 seconds.
  • Letting you learn higher level spells without needing the specific Magic skill (INT + Magic skill is used for the skill check)

So to give Intelligence a little more utility - INT now will provide +1% spell damage/heal to the same areas that blessed spellbooks would. Since our damage system works in whole numbers, high INT characters and high damage spells (e.g. bloodletting/magic missile) are what you want to use to get the most damage output!

Finally, I also adjusted the hard MP regeneration cap from 1 MP every 3 seconds to 1 MP every 2 seconds to give spellcasters a little more mana to play with in the late game.


What's next?

My next upcoming DLC blog update: I'll share some details about the Goblin Shaman from the Legends and Pariahs DLC. I gave a little peek into the Goblin race mechanics in this post, but next time we'll get to see what unique magic powers the Shaman class has to play with!

Goblin Shaman

Until next time!

-wallofjustice

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the offical Turning Wheel DevBlog!

So what's been happening? I realise we're long overdue on an update for our second upcoming Legends and Pariahs DLC pack. As for me, I've been checking in code almost daily in the last couple months and progress is going well! We probably officially started work in April earlier this year after seeing the great reception everyone had to our first Myths and Outcasts DLC pack.

As for the content already planned/announced for the upcoming DLC - we've got two classes and races mostly completed and are currently working on finishing up the third class/race.

Then of course we've got new achievements still in the works to complement our new content, and after that we can finally bring the store page up to scratch for release.

If you hadn't seen before - our announced new races and classes were:

  • Goblin / Shaman class
  • Insectoid / Hunter class
  • Incubus / Punisher class
  • Automaton / Machinist class

I'd like to think we tackled the hardest creatures in this pack first, so I'm hopeful the remaining DLC work will be quicker to implement than the time it has taken us to get to this point.

For reference, Myths and Outcasts took around 4 months since December 2018 to finish - and that didn't include the planning, initial design, or modelling and animation work we did to already include the 8 playable races via a Polymorph Potion in the current available build.

So, there's the short rundown of where we are at. What's great is that now that we've finally got our own blog up and running, we're going to update at least weekly with some nice .gifs and finally get to show off the fun stuff we've been working on.


My next blog update: I'll get to talk about our magic system and what we're doing to change things up in the next patch.

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Until next time!

-wallofjustice