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Kamfrenchie

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More animal companions ?
« on: October 15, 2019, 07:55:47 AM »
A little while ago, druids got their shapeshifting possibilities improved quite a lot with the addition of various felines, foxes, deer etc.

So i m thinking it would make sense to make many of these creatures available as animal companions. Esprcially crag cats. As it stands we can have panthers even though there are noŮe on the server and it would be much easier to find a crag cat or a simple cat. Or a lynx

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Re: More animal companions ?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2019, 08:44:03 AM »
I support this. It would do some greatness to have some more variety with the animal companions if it's possible to do

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Re: More animal companions ?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2019, 08:50:13 AM »
It could be nice to have some different breeds of dogs like a terrier or a mastiff
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Re: More animal companions ?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2019, 10:37:42 AM »
The main problem is how time consuming it is to make animal companions right now. You need to create 20 variations of the same creature and if you make an error early on in the statistics, you then need to fix all subsequent versions.

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Re: More animal companions ?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2019, 04:44:27 PM »
Then... is it possible to create just variations with the same stats ? Say we could have crag cats cougar and lynx behave the same as panther... etc

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Re: More animal companions ?
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2019, 04:51:23 PM »
Then... is it possible to create just variations with the same stats ? Say we could have crag cats cougar and lynx behave the same as panther... etc

Still need to create 20 variations.

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Re: More animal companions ?
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2019, 03:01:48 AM »

Then... is it possible to create just variations with the same stats ? Say we could have crag cats cougar and lynx behave the same as panther... etc

Still need to create 20 variations.

Ah. Too bad.

Misunderstood your first post i think.

Sounds like the process is needlessly long and complicated and is an issue with nwn itself ? If so i guess it s never getting fixed
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Re: More animal companions ?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2019, 03:39:42 AM »
Itís definitely laborious.
As Druids / Rangers go up in HD, so too do their animal companions, and assigning more HD to them canít be done on-the-fly.

Itís also important to make sure that the different animals have some semblance of balance, so as EO said if you make an error at that HD version, or if itís too strong or too weak, you then have to go back up the chain.

For the time needed to be spent to do it, the reward is relatively small. That dev time could be used on building dungeons, new systems, classes, etc.

As with all these things, if anyone feels passionately enough about it and are willing to slave over a hot toolset for 40 hours to bring us new animal companions, applications for developer are always open.

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Re: More animal companions ?
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2019, 05:00:45 AM »
I see... now i m wondering if there cant be a workaround with a customize option. But i  see your point.

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Re: More animal companions ?
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2019, 07:47:41 AM »
How is it done? Purely tool set?

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Re: More animal companions ?
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2019, 09:53:57 AM »
Disclaimer: I know nothing about this.

But I googled :)

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