Zhar wrote: ↑
19 Jul 2021 12:58
Yes. Darkness has been changed to binary system some time ago because multiple levels were being abused too much. Now you either see in the dark or not, regardless of how dark it is.
I guess we should also remove pronounced and intense dark vision imbues as they make no sense (perhaps remove dark vision from imbuement list altogether so guilds that provide one are more valuable).
I don't think that this framing is fair to players. "abused too much"? The benefits of leveraging darkness in combat have been well known for 25 years. What you are really saying here is players were able to leverage darkness in more places, other people did not like it, and so the mechanics of darkvision were changed so that this benefit was taken away from those players. This change likely had a miniscule impact on PvP, and penalized those that pay for darkvision.
Darkvision (and blindfighting) are taxed, and then the benefits of them are regularly coded against. Is the tax for them not high enough? Is the advantage from blinding your opponent too big? I highly doubt that the AoBs over the last two decades didn't think about these questions before.
WIth that same logic, brawl-blinding opponents should be banned, since the brawl works on everyone regardless of their darkvision. This is another example where a guild got a darkfighting advantage, and then wizards over the years have modified their NPCs where they didn't like that advantage and coded to prevent it. This lead to a miserable experience for the rangers.
We should acknowledge that this technique is well known, and the benefits (fighting NPCs one by one, getting hit less, hitting more often) are also very well known. If players pay tax for it, then they should reap the benefits. If an NPC can't justify the thematic darkvision, they shouldn't have it. If you don't like the balance implications on tax or benefit, that's the AoB job to resolve, not individual wizards.
But please be careful when using the phrase "abused". That is a phrasing that demonizes a group of players. They used a legitimate, well known tactic, and you (and some others) simply didn't like that they got that benefit. Abuse has nothing to do with it. Save that phrase for when there is an actual bug exploit.