Highwayman tasks

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Highwayman tasks

Postby Barius » Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:35 pm

Would it be possible to have these spawned mobs despawn if you decide to remove yourself from the task? As it is now, you not only take the penalty of skipping the task, which I don't really mind, but you still have to deal with the mobs that have spawned, and they are often way above a solo character's skill level - or at least they are in my case. Could this be reviewed, perhaps?

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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Kunren » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:03 pm

Yeah this can definitely be an annoyance, though it does make sense unfortunately. If you don't do your job, the highwaymen are just still there, heh. As for them being way about a solo players skill level...definitely, for me. Especially once they get to the point where more than one spawn per task o.O
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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Barius » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:12 pm

I'll understand if this simply is the way it's going to be, but it does seem rather harsh on the player. Even a compromise of x hours or days before they wander off. But the last time I skipped one of these tasks, they remained in the same spot for weeks.

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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Rias » Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:15 pm

I'll give them a despawn timer. It'll just be a fairly long one.
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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Barius » Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:17 pm

That works just fine. Thank you!

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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Kunren » Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:06 pm

Yay. Now when I avoid accepting highwaymen tasks 5 times in a row they wont line the roads and attack me as I go by for forever :D One was at a certain place I passed by so often I named him...poor Fred finally kicked the bucket.
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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Fayne » Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:41 pm

Are these guys still non-hostile to everyone except whoever recieved the task? If so, I definitely think that should be changed so that they are hostel to everyone. They're highwaymen, not training partners, after all. At least make them attempt to pickpocket people as they walk by.
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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Barius » Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:43 am

As far as I know. Which is definitely odd, if they're thugs and robbers. It would make far more sense if they popped out at everyone, instead of just the task player. In fact, I'd reckon that would encourage more participation regarding taking them out. Currently, it's the tasked person's problem, and theirs alone, until they plead for aid.

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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Vinz » Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:19 am

Everyone is all about it until they remember its scaled to the merc. Imagine you walking happily along and then a merc with 3k skills takes a task and three guys pop out with 3k attacks killing you almost instantly.

That is partially why they dont attack others. Though making them take non newbie killing actions seems like a good idea!
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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby xavier » Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:33 pm

and while not as much of a pain the opposite is true too. You accept the task and are heading out to location to deal with those pesky highwaymen only to find them laying dead on the ground upon your arrival ecause they jumped the wrong person with a quick draw and good aim.

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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Barius » Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:48 pm

Point taken. But, Vinz -

Vinz wrote:Everyone is all about it until they remember its scaled to the merc. Imagine you walking happily along and then a merc with 3k skills takes a task and three guys pop out with 3k attacks killing you almost instantly.

That is partially why they dont attack others. Though making them take non newbie killing actions seems like a good idea!


A merc with 3k skills is going to get highwaymen with 5k attack. At least. Unless you're talking about all the relevant skills added together, but I don't know how that algorithm works, so I can't comment on it.

I can only say that the only skill Barius has above 1k is Armor Use. And the last Highwayman task he got had NPCs with 2200+ attack. I can near enough die just entering the location myself, nevermind anyone else wandering by.

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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Vinz » Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:50 pm

I dont know the math myself, just giving the idea of what that might lead too!

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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Rias » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:05 am

Highwaymen now:
- Despawn after a long while
- Come in more variety (new types were added, they're not as well-equipped as the originals)
- Don't always show up in two and threes when the tasker's skills get higher. Sometimes there will still only be one or two.

Seeing as the highwaymen despawn now, the task now expires after 24 hours and will be considered a loss.
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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Makkah » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:57 am

Score! Thanks!

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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Kunren » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:01 am

Thanks so much. This particular task always seemed the worst for me, it's seems a lot better now! :D just gotta hope I dont see quite as many blasted archers now.
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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby jilliana » Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:53 pm

Thank you so so much for adjusting this task. I cannot express to you enough how annoying this task was.
It probably still is, but eh, we'll see.

I compltely agree that they could do shady things in addition to just attack. Steal from passer's by, etc.
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Re: Highwayman tasks

Postby Fayne » Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:53 am

Yeah, I'd still like to see them take actions against everyone. Maybe they could just harress everyone in a non-violent way? Stealing, disarming, tripping, stomping on toes, kicking groins, etc. Enough to be annoying, bot enough to be lethal or anything. As for other people killing them before the merc who got the task gets there, maybe they should get 1/3 the normal reward if someone else takes care of them. I would say no reward, but I could see that causing problems, so I would say provide them with a little skill, but not as much as they would normally get.
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