Post:Foci - 12/14/2010 - 18:00:44

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Re: Foci · on 12/14/2010 6:00:44 PM 12617
>>I like how foci will be optional, though I wonder how long it will take for the player base to arrive at the point where its considered baseline to use a foci.

To clarify: "foci" is the plural of "focus." You use a focus, which you chose among the foci available.

The baseline question is a bit complex, though. On one hand (and probably the most important hand, experientially), it cannot become baseline because foci simply do not work on most of the spells a guild has. I'll return to my example of Mental Blast: there is no threat of foci usage of Mental Blast becoming baseline, because Mental Blast does not benefit from a focus (because that would've robbed Mental Blast of its function).

Except for the targeting focus, Foci only come up in specific circumstances: you are casting an explicitly Ritual spell (where you're going to be sitting there for a little bit anyway), or you're using Sorcery, in which case the complexity is considered part of the package deal.

However, within those specific circumstances, they'll absolutely form a baseline. Ritual spellcasting is designed around the ritual focus being normal, and casting it straight up being an exceptional feat.

The targeting focus will be a fun experiment. It provides a little benefit, but in almost all cases at the cost of consuming your main hand. It's a stab at seeing if there's room to allow PCs to spec more heavily into the TM role in combat rather than TM + Sword + Board baseline. If we continue down this route, it'd be with group combat in mind (the wizard is occupied doing Wizard Things and needs other people defending him).


This message was originally posted in Abilities, Skills and Magic (4) \ Magic - Suggestions, Discussions and Thoughts (16), by DR-ARMIFER on the forums.