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 Post subject: Etherealform change.
PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:30 pm 
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I'm kind of curious what prompted this change. It doesn't make much sense, to be quite honest, and wasn't needed at all. 5+ years ago, this change would've maybe made sense.

The days of people using Etherealform to harass/PK classes with no counter/access to Etherealform have been gone for years. There's hardly any PK any more either, so the 'get out of jail free' use of ethereal wand/scrolls are gone too.

With the current change, all etherealform devices are effectively useless. They last a matter of seconds. There are things like the mithril armor from the Iron Citadel that have ethereal scripts that take (more than) a character's entire mana pool for 5 seconds of etherealform.

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[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
>
say Everybody count with me.
You say 'Everybody count with me.'

[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
>
say Ready?
You ask 'Ready?'

[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
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eq
You are using:
<worn on finger> a thread of blue energy (brand new)
<worn on finger> a golden thimble (superb)
<worn around neck> the Dream Traveler's pendant (brand new)
<worn around neck> a nephrite talisman (superb)
<worn as symbol> an amulet with a crescent moon in a starry sky
<worn on body> (Glowing) a shroud of billowing light (brand new)
<worn on head> a wreath of billowing light (brand new)
<worn on legs> a kilt of billowing light (brand new)
<worn on feet> boots of billowing light (brand new)
<worn on hands> wraps of billowing light (brand new)
<worn on arms> sleeves of billowing light (brand new)
<worn about body> The Robes of River Death (superb)
<worn about waist> a girdle of billowing light (brand new)
<worn around wrist> the Timekeeper's bracelet (superb)
<worn around wrist> a bracelet of dream drops (superb)
<left hand> a staff of translucent energy

[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
>
Lorain says 'aye'

[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
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brand
You brandish a staff of translucent energy.
You turn ethereal.

[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
>
Lorain says '1'

[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
>
Lorain says '2'

[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
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rem staff

Lorain says '3'

[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
>
Lorain says '4'

[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
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You feel solid again.

[HP:100%] [ME:100%] [PE:100%]
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put staff rob
You stop using a staff of translucent energy.
Lorain says '5'

[HP:100%] [ME:103%] [PE:100%]
> You put a staff of translucent energy in The Robes of River Death.

[HP:100%] [ME:103%] [PE:100%]
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say Solid
You say 'Solid'

[HP:100%] [ME:103%] [PE:100%]
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Lorain snickers softly.

[HP:100%] [ME:103%] [PE:100%]
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say Didn't even get the staff removed
You say 'Didn't even get the staff removed'

[HP:100%] [ME:103%] [PE:100%]
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say Wow.
You say 'Wow.'

[HP:100%] [ME:103%] [PE:100%]
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Lorain asks 'it takes longer to brandish?'

[HP:100%] [ME:103%] [PE:100%]
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nod
You nod.

[HP:100%] [ME:103%] [PE:100%]
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res
You are already resting.

[HP:100%] [ME:103%] [PE:100%]
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Lorain breaks out in loud, obnoxious laughter.

[HP:100%] [ME:103%] [PE:100%]
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The lag from brandishing literally lasts longer than the etherealform from that device.


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 Post subject: Re: Etherealform change.
PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:21 pm 
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Thank you for flagging this bug. The change was not intended to affect the duration of item casting, only cause mana to drain more frequently from the held version of the spell. I will patch this as soon as possible.


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