booooooze wrote:God, that all sounds so negative. I don't want to be negative. It's a great game. I guess I'm saying: don't nerf everything until the game is no fun, just because six people on your message board are good at the game.
Heard, understood, acknowledged!
We're not trying to make things incessantly harder, we're aware of the bias towards veteran play in the forums, which is why we try to base decisions off the play stats that we're collecting through the beta. The design changes that have been coming down the pipeline are pretty much the last ones we want to make - this is us kicking the tires of balance one last time, going through things methodically and pulling down the values we said we'd test at level x for a bit trying to see if the stuff we change breaks the game or not. Because, argh, knock-on effects keep jumping out of the woodwork.
Most of the rest of the game's balance is going to happen via information display - we're trying to make coming up with a strong/powerful strategy easier and thus more fun - you noticed something that the game's hinting at and turned it into a good run... At least, that's the feeling we're aiming for. The plan is to make the early game feel more rewarding by having it be more approachable, then before you know it you're doing level cannons and prepping the most imba combo you can think of
As for Lujo on ignore? No, he's not. We just take his posts with extremely large pinches of salt, given where they're coming from. He's put a ton of time into the game and we can't fault that (although for some reason that time was made worthless recently, go figure) - he's just not very good at handling certain types of conversation calmly. Can't fault passion either, but getting frequently carried away means it's difficult to have sensible dialog. Personally, I do tend to get annoyed with long rants that are more about defending previous negative behavior, rather than just not engaging in said negative pattern again, but that's probably just a response I've evolved over years and years of running forums.