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Re: Torchlight Frontiers announced
« Reply #30 on: September 22, 2018, 08:36:14 PM »
some goblin arts
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Re: Torchlight Frontiers announced
« Reply #31 on: September 23, 2018, 05:20:24 AM »
Thanks @Kva3imoda ! I like the ones with a mouthful of sharp teeth, like 10, 11, 12. The others seem too cute for me. Would feel bad killing them :D



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Re: Torchlight Frontiers announced
« Reply #32 on: September 23, 2018, 05:34:42 AM »
Thanks @Kva3imoda ! I like the ones with a mouthful of sharp teeth, like 10, 11, 12. The others seem too cute for me. Would feel bad killing them :D
As I see, the developers have chosen 3. In this game, goblins look more pathetic and weak than before.

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Re: Torchlight Frontiers announced
« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2018, 12:11:32 AM »
Thanks @Kva3imoda ! I like the ones with a mouthful of sharp teeth, like 10, 11, 12. The others seem too cute for me. Would feel bad killing them :D
As I see, the developers have chosen 3. In this game, goblins look more pathetic and weak than before.


6th Rider should get an award for living life on the edge a little too literally!  :D

If I wasn't aware then I would've thought these Gobs were Kappas from Bowser's Army of Green Hammer Brothers.  ???

Are they trying for an army of Youtube Cats meets Marvels' Hulk?  :P
"The key to my success is not that I'm always angry...
It's that I'm always cute!"  :D
« Last Edit: September 24, 2018, 12:14:23 AM by steffire3 »
At this point after playing Torchlight 2 for 4 years original and modded... ignorant of mods and now wise with compatibility... the one thing I value the most-

-is being able to have "support" from the author of any mod.

I think the only advice I can give is that you don't burn yourself out. ^_^

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Re: Torchlight Frontiers announced
« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2018, 11:40:59 AM »

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Re: Torchlight Frontiers announced
« Reply #35 on: September 30, 2018, 09:34:46 PM »
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https://www.reddit.com/r/Torchlight/comments/9js1oq/the_vision_horizontal_progression/

Quote from: echtra_jordan

The Vision: Horizontal Progression:

We’re going to share the vision for several major game features in the coming weeks and months. The right place to start is with what we call “Horizontal Progression.” We’ll be explaining how power progression is tied more directly to gear (instead of character levels), and how different “Frontiers” have their own progression & end game.

A few days back we shared the Hyvid Frontier area with the folks at Gamespot, and explained about Horizontal Progression. Be sure to check out their impressions in this video before diving into the dev details below!

Rest assured there are more features that give power and build diversity to your character than just gear. We’ll be announcing more about those soon. Understanding the core gear to power relationship will set the stage for these other features being revealed.

RPGs that grow content over time:

Torchlight Frontiers’ content will change and grow over time, allowing new avenues for character development and progression. However, early in development we thought a lot about how moving the player power goalpost feels bad. Many MMO players experience this when an expansion comes out: the level cap is raised and your hard earned raid gear suddenly becomes useless. This also sucks as a developer to see your “old” content become irrelevant to the majority of players, and was something we started thinking about how to avoid.

Since we’re currently in development and can look at what has worked in current and past RPGs, we’ve decided to design the core progression of Torchlight Frontiers to be less about sitting at the top of a mighty power mountain, and more about building different kinds of power that won’t be invalidated by the next new thing. Adding content shouldn’t move the goalpost, but provide exciting new stuff for elder and early game players alike.

We’ve come to call the approach “Horizontal Progression.” Horizontal progression is not a specific feature, it’s a way of looking at power growth that creates a great game for the long term. For each feature we think about how it will grow both vertically and horizontally. When this works, there are some big benefits:
  • New content doesn’t invalidate past progress
  • Players can specialize characters in a wider variety of ways, for a wider variety of content
  • Players have fun reasons to play all over the world, not just the “end game”
  • Players at different levels/progression have lots of ways to play together that are rewarding for everyone

Building different power for different Frontiers gives more to do with your character
Different areas of the world focus on a specific subset of mechanics that enemies are using against you. We call these areas…Frontiers! You’ll need the right tools for the job to progress in each Frontier and overcome its big challenges, but all of them will be available to you after our initial starter quests. The tools you use to progress in a Frontier come from your active and passive skills, your gear collection, your pet’s abilities, and at least two more awesome features we haven’t announced yet.

Let’s go a bit deeper with how gear is part of this progression:

In the Goblin Frontier you’re building gear that defends against fire & physical damage. You’ll be selecting the damage types, build mechanics, class skills and support powers that best deal with those goblin encounters. In the Hyvid Frontier, you’ll be sporting a different gear load out, optimizing for poison defenses, and selecting the build & support mechanics for slaying bugs. Each Frontier will support varied gear and build options, and we’ll be adding more before launch and into the future.

What I like is that I have a variety of challenges to face and keep expanding my character over time to have different power. In many games the “answer” to character building is to max out Stat X, and if that number is high enough you can beat Big Bad. Sure, you can roll a new character a pick a different Stat X to chase, but you’re still facing the same challenge, and you have to play the whole game over again to try a new way of play. In Torchlight Frontiers I get to explore and collect different flavors and ways of playing my character, and have a bunch of different Big Bad challenges to think about facing.

Scaling is the magic that makes gear collection “horizontal”:

In a vertical design your high level characters just wipe out anything low level. In Torchlight Frontiers we want playing anywhere in the world to be engaging. We want to reward you for time played relatively evenly, rather than lump the largest time-value rewards only at the endgame. We want playing in the early levels of a new Frontier to feel a little like leveling up and building out your character again, without losing the progress you made in all the other areas of the game.

We achieve this with the magic of dynamic gear scaling. It’s a trick I first saw in Guild Wars 2 and I loved how it kept the whole world interesting and rewarding to play in for me even at max level. In Torchlight Frontiers your high level gear is dynamically scaled down in power when you enter lower level zones. You keep your skills and affixes, but your stats come down enough to keep the gameplay entertaining.

Scaling is also used to reinforce the “different progression” feeling when playing in different Frontiers. Gear that drops in Goblin Frontier is aligned to that Frontier (you can see it clearly in the tooltip) and it scales favorably when moving around that Frontier. You’re a bit ahead of the monsters’ level.

Take that same gear to the Hyvid Frontier and it scales worse - you’re behind the monsters’ level. You have some useful stats, but it’s clearly better to start collecting gear from the local Frontier if you want to progress at a good pace.

Since player power scales this way, we can balance the loot drops so you don’t feel like you’re wasting time playing in lower level areas. You won’t find high level gear, or the rare end game crafting materials, but you’ll get gold and skill points and other useful stuff at a meaningful rate. Not only is this great for keeping the whole world relevant and fun to play in - it means jumping around to where your friends are is rewarding and a great way to spend time.

Note that gear does not scale up in this system. You still want to push your collection ever higher in level and stat rolls so you can delve deeper into each Frontier and vanquish the deadly bosses at the end.

Horizontal progression is so much more than gear:

I mentioned earlier that there’s a bunch of big features and details about the game we want to share. At this early stage we want to get the vision for the game across so players can see where we’re going with things like “no levels” and Frontiers and dynamic scaling. The next few features we reveal will build on this foundation I’ve just laid out. We have so much more to tell you! It’s not just gear that we’re designing to support “different power”; we have lots more ways you’ll collect tools to help tackle the challenges of Torchlight Frontiers.

Tyler Thompson, project lead on Torchlight Frontiers, will be doing a live stream this coming Monday at 11am PST. Get your Horizontal Progression questions ready and come hang out!


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I suspect the Monday mentioned above is October 1st 2018 which is worth noting once this Discussion is archived.

So what questions do you have for this plan? Comment below!!! ^_^


Frontiers Reddit News: Horizontal Progression (quoted from Echtra).
« Last Edit: September 30, 2018, 09:37:51 PM by steffire3 »
At this point after playing Torchlight 2 for 4 years original and modded... ignorant of mods and now wise with compatibility... the one thing I value the most-

-is being able to have "support" from the author of any mod.

I think the only advice I can give is that you don't burn yourself out. ^_^

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Re: Torchlight Frontiers announced
« Reply #36 on: October 01, 2018, 10:43:28 AM »
That's very smart and well considered game design there, great lateral thinking. As solid as that thinking is, and whilst they are absolutely right to go in this direction for this type of game, it does however also tie-in to the fact that if character progression is more gear-oriented then it brings with it the danger of pay-to-win if they are going to offer 'gear' via in game purchase mechanism. Even this good thinking - and orienting more towards gear - does very little to mitigate the problem in every single action RPG, which is that you reach a point fairly easily where it becomes a grind because nothing drops that's much better (if at all) than what you've already got and cultivated for yourself through enchantments and other game mechanics. TL2, Path of Exile, D3 and even Grim Dawn all suffered from this. The reward to grind ratio is just too poor at advanced stages, I lost count of how many hours I chucked into D3 and Grim Dawn for the sake of finding an epic/legendary item only to find it was 0.01% better at damage but simlutaneously worsened defence even though that item had rolled at a higher level range.

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Re: Torchlight Frontiers announced
« Reply #37 on: October 01, 2018, 02:31:08 PM »
I have very little experience with rpgs outside of TL1 & 2, so in my head if the pace at which items get better within 1 frontier is about the same as it is in TL now, then i think id be ok with that.

Then again, for game longevity, 1 frontier might be as long as 3 main quest lines of TL! Which i guess would blow my theory all to bits :D



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Re: Torchlight Frontiers announced
« Reply #38 on: October 01, 2018, 05:57:26 PM »
https://www.twitch.tv/PlayTorchlight

Echtra streamed a sample of Frontiers development on October 1st 2018.

Great video explaining many things!  :D
« Last Edit: October 03, 2018, 06:24:33 PM by steffire3 »
At this point after playing Torchlight 2 for 4 years original and modded... ignorant of mods and now wise with compatibility... the one thing I value the most-

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I think the only advice I can give is that you don't burn yourself out. ^_^

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Re: Torchlight Frontiers announced
« Reply #39 on: October 03, 2018, 06:36:21 PM »
The reward to grind ratio is just too poor at advanced stages, I lost count of how many hours I chucked into D3 and Grim Dawn for the sake of finding an epic/legendary item only to find it was 0.01% better at damage but simlutaneously worsened defence even though that item had rolled at a higher level range.


Indeed. The only mod in my mind that decently opened TL2 towards item drops that were favorable for upgrade is "Lao 2.0 Chaos" paired with "Running Wild" which basically added more Items and improved Affixes and their Rates which actually made me enjoy finding better Items that could give me the Affixes I needed.

As a result of the sheer amount of power these mods enabled, I decided to use "Torchfun Part 1" to speed the leveling of foes and used x2 amount of points which seemed to balance the result.
At this point after playing Torchlight 2 for 4 years original and modded... ignorant of mods and now wise with compatibility... the one thing I value the most-

-is being able to have "support" from the author of any mod.

I think the only advice I can give is that you don't burn yourself out. ^_^

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