Archive

PotBS Dev Journal: Walking The Plank And Outfitting a Ship

Posted Sat, Jun 14, 2008 by Morvelaira

Item balancing coming in build 1.5

Meet Gavin Irby, a dev at Pirates of the Burning Sea that is responsible for item balancing. Gavin's goal is to tweak items so that there is no "golden path" of items that a player must have to advance - rather that anyone can advance well with the proper skills and abilities. Items should not matter in this process.

The most obvious problem is that it’s no fun to be sunk by a player simply because they have managed to stack a number of overpowered pieces of outfitting to achieve absurd stat bonuses. These items tend to generate a “golden path” so that you must have them equipped in order to be competitive in PvP. The consequence of these “must have” items is that all other items become “must not have.” Outfitting your ship is not so much about making choices based on strategy or play-style as it is about discovering and obtaining those few select pieces of gear. Instead, we’d much prefer that all items in your level band are useful. There should be an endless number of interesting and powerful combinations when outfitting your ship, not a single “golden path.”

For the full dev journal, check the Pirates of the Burning Sea main site.


PotBS-Sailing-Away.jpg

Pirates of the Burning Sea will be sailing away from SOE later this month. Make sure that your account is ready to leave port.

News, Official Announcements
Wed, Jan 23, 2013
Martuk
PotBS-Logo.jpg

Pirates of the Burning Sea will be departing from SOE in January, but the pirate-based MMOG will continue to sail on.

News, Official Announcements
Wed, Dec 19, 2012
Martuk
GDC-Online-2012.jpg

GDC Online is just a few short months away and a trio of new speakers have been announced that include representatives from SOE, CCP and BioWare.

News, Official Announcements
Wed, Jul 25, 2012
Martuk
SOE_maintenance.jpg

Sony Online Entertainment maintenance period will bring down online gaming services for 24 hours on Monday.

News, Official Announcements
Fri, Apr 20, 2012
Martuk

News from around the 'Net