Bravo to those of you who have managed to keep up with the 39 page topic on Spell Naming. That’s almost as remarkable as those who have managed to read every single post in the 64 page Research Assistants thread!
For the rest of you who just do not have that kind of time, I present some highlights, which offer some insight into just what direction the game is heading. In particular, Aeralik points out how there are some game mechanics which are complex or only really understood by folks who have an in-depth knowledge of how the game works.
Aeralik posted in the Spell Naming thread:
I just want to reiterate that this change has nothing to do with creating new spell names. Some members of the mechanics team were in meetings discussing balance and why certain aspects were overly complex while giving little gain for that complexity. We outlined several tasks going forward and this is just one of the areas we wanted to adjust going forward.
Take for example mitigation. Some of you know that a level 70 bp with 500 mitigation is far worse than a level 80 bp with 500 mitigation even though both are plate. On the broker they look the same but when you put on the level 70 one you probably notice the persona window tells you the bp you bought actually isnt all that good for your level. Unless you are an avid veteran of the boards here, you probably would not have known that and purely by the examination they should have been the same but they arent due to the level difference between you and the level 70 bp. That is an example of something we are looking to make more obvious going forward and an idea of what we have redefined our goals to be. Other aspects are things like why not have a common double attack instead of 2 double attacks and needing to make special items with ranged double attack from rangers. Or why double up on deflection chance and shield effectivness when we can make common fighter items that increase block and deflection.
Back on topic though, Spell renaming just happened to be one of the simpler and more straightforward changes. We decided to start off with that first while investigating how to handle some of our other concerns like the ones stated above. As a veteran player myself, I understand the players desire to not change spell names. We have all been through several expansions and level cap raises. We understand the spell progression and even take it for granted at this point. If we don’t know when exactly we get the next spell or what its name is, we know what resources to use to figure it out. Put yourself in a complete newbies shoes though and say you are a wizard. You get your level 1 spell that you use for a few levels and then suddenly at 6 you get a new version of that with a new name. You then get an upgrade to this at 12, 20 and 29 before going to the 14 level pattern. That is a pretty strange pattern to be honest and with varying name structures I can see where some people might get confused.
I’ve seen several comments from people in this thread and others, where the different names have caused confusion. If there are several here in this thread that means there are probably many more in game. So if we can make a small change which helps keep some newer players in game then I think that ends up as an overall positive thing going forward.
Edit: Also the current format I am working with is Ice Comet II ( Journeyman ) which is pretty close to what we have today.
I know as a Ranger I would certainly have preferred if the merging of Double Attack and Ranged Double Attack he speaks of had happened prior to TSO launching. Before TSO, except for raid gear, RDA was a very rare stat. Now it’s on everything. And I wonder exactly what this will mean as Aeralik has frequently added less RDA to items than DA with the explanation that RDA = more damage per point than DA. Does this mean that Rangers are going to see a net 10-15% DPS loss on existing itemization when this change goes through? Inquiring minds want to know.
As of April 20th, the Spell Naming polls located in the class forums have been closed and tallying of scores begun. Again from Aeralik:
Thanks to everyone who has voted on spell names so far. We will be closing down the polls today and beginning the conversion with the winners. I don’t have an exact estimate of when you will be seeing this go to test but it should be within the next few weeks.
No word on whether Conjurors and Necromancers dodged the spell renaming bullet. I have no problem with the spell renaming, but I feel that Conjuror and Necromancer pets should be exempted as they are completely different pets in each tier.
And on April 28th, Aeralik gave us an update:
Just wanted to update everyone that internally this is pretty much done and awaiting our internal testing. I don’t have an eta as to when it will go to test but probablly not until sometime in early May. When you view your spell book it will say Ice Comet, Ice Comet II, etc. Tooltips and spellscrolls will use the same basic format followed by Apprentice, Journeyman, Adept, Expert, Master or Grandmaster. The old apprentice 2 spells have been removed because the Norrathian Merchant association decided they were not selling enough in the economic downturn.
Any scrolls, recipes or writs you have should automatically convert to the new system. Also fighter Taunt and Kick have been removed and replaced with the appropriate line instead of a generic all archetype spell. Priests also had some common class heals which are now replaced by a new spell of the appropriate line name. Summoners also had their heart and shard spells condensed into one spell for each class. The new version replaces existing hearts and shards and scales to the level of the caster.
Any old Apprentice II and Apprentice III spells will scribe as Apprentice, I believe.
P.S. Throughout the Spell Naming thread, numerous suggestions have been thrown out about spells being given at low levels and “scaling up” all the way to level 80. However this would eliminate the need for 3 tradeskill classes, eliminate the source of dusts which are used to make mastercrafted poisons and cures, and also eliminate the idea of Masters in high level dungeons.
Consider the suggestion of auto-scaling spells to be about as likely as Beastlords being added to EQ2.