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Posted by fejoa, Feb 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm
Don't you have to be polymorphed into a canine to eat a bone first? Random factoid that I vaguely remember from reading the source...
I think that guy is the Head Graphics Designer, but i'm not sure. Someone should start an IVAN quiz.
Posted by fejoa, Dec 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm
Batman? wrote
its been so long since i had gotten that far i didnt think it through. arrrr!!!!!!

That was so good, I put it in my sig.
Posted by fejoa, Aug 21, 2012 at 11:52 am
Vasily, personally I don't see any harm in discontinuing k8IVAN development for windows. I certainly didn't have other operating systems in mind (other than my own) when I compiled CLIVAN.
I take the view that "no IVAN development is a sad developent", and I encourage you to go as far as you can with progressing the game in whichever medium you feel necessary. I still feel some loss though. Nevertheless, I think your stance as an activist is a valiant one and to be commended.
Please feel welcome to stick around and definitely keep us updated on your progress with development Who knows, I may try set up a dual boot on the work computer.
Posted by fejoa, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:26 am
Well I'm not working on CLIVAN until the world economy has crashed irrecoverably, united states and europe are nuking each other and I'm nuking the girl next door.
Posted by fejoa, Aug 14, 2012 at 10:35 am
Personally I'd recommend playing IVAN 0.50 for best stability. Plus it's probably the most challenging version, and most of the known bugs are well documented.
Posted by fejoa, Jul 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm
BDR: I tried sending you a message. It indeed resulted in a 404. Thought I'd just help by verifying that the action indeed resluted in an 404.

Edit: There is also a large ascii sad-face on the error page.
Posted by fejoa, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:07 am
As far as I can see, the only bit where DAMAGE_TYPES (that is BLUNT, SLASH and PIERCE) is checked is inside character::AddWeaponHitMessage(...) which is in char.cpp.

There is some useful code in that function that distinguishes between the three damage types. That code could be copy-pasted to the right place so that the damage type associated with the attack is minimised in the event that the character is wearing the appropriate armor.
Beyond this I see nothing in the game's present code that actually imparts a distinguishable bonus (or disadvantage) according to damage type, making chao's suggestion above a truly novel feature.
Posted by fejoa, Jul 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm
Ah I see now. I still don't have a good picture of the fight mechanics myself. I'd need a thorough source-dive before being able to see where things would fit together.

I think all the attribute penalties are sitting in bodypart.cpp, while the function takehit{} lives inside char.cpp and that'd be a starting point. I think critical strikes are determined whenever a general Enemy->TakeHit( function is called. A strike is critical if !(RAND() % Master->GetCriticalModifier()) is true. GetCriticalModifier() returns the CriticalModifier for the char, and intrestingly the only two characters in the game with a CriticalModifier other than 20 are Ivan and the Imperialist (each have 4).

So you'd check if a hit was critical by using if(Critical) then { reduce damage } somewhere inside character::TakeHit in char.cpp
Posted by fejoa, Jul 8, 2012 at 4:42 am
A really interesting suggestion. Could it also reduce maximum damage from critical strikes?

So if we had the armorer skill in game, the player would start off with AR 10

Just for example, AR 20 could:
- reduce minimum damage by (AR - 10) / 10 = 1 pt,
- reduce max damage from critical strike by (2*(AR - 10)) / 10 = 2 pts
- affect the dexterity and agility penalties in a similar way

I don't know what realistic equations would look like, they'd probably need to account for the type of material of the armour. Would you be interested in implementing this only for armour that is ironalloy? Or across all material possibilities?

Then there would need to be some sort of training mechanism...
Posted by fejoa, Jul 7, 2012 at 4:27 am
Sounds great. I wonder if we can set up some sort of formalised badge system for people who have peer-reviewed wins in IVAN 0.50 and IVAN CVS?