In MMORPG’s I suck at the principles behind the mathematics of stats. I have no idea how I have survived this long. I think I can relate to the adult who never learned to read but made his way through high school. Sure I can see the basics of addition vs. subtraction but it’s the principles behind the Stats for a games mathematical system that I don’t get. I have felt too silly to have asked in the past. And on other occasions I have asked but only had silence in game or a no reply on official forums. Perhaps some were scared of nerfs?
I never rolled the dice or played table top games. I stumbled across MMORPG’s looking for multiplayer maps with Jedi Outcast back in 2002. I discovered “Earth & Beyond” and then Star Wars Galaxies when it was in development within a search engine moment. I was blown away by the very concept of persistent virtual worlds. The persistent virtual worlds opened my eyes to a gaming life that I was craving. My name is Lateris and I need your education to further my game play. And at the same time maybe we can help another person who just doesn’t understand the math that is applied to MMORPG’s.
I can do the basics with math such as division, multiplication, and subtraction. That’s easy. But I don’t get the formulas for RPG or MMORPG games. As a result I suck even worse at figuring out stats for gear and how the numbers work out. I can acquire epic gear and fill a set of armor with epic weapons and understand I am epic. But that’s it. I want to learn the science behind the design.
For example I play Age of Conan. I can do the basics and see how +125 armor with + 200 constitution will raise my stats. I can see that Dexterity is a plus for my Assassin in Age of Conan per word of mouth but not numerically. But it is the numerical science behind the design on how the overall system works that throws me off. For example in AoC I have been told that Constitution x 4 is health. So if an item is Constitution +25 mathematically that 25x4=100. So my Constitution gets an additional 100. How do I see that Constitution x 4 is health? Is this class specific? How does this apply to other statistics for each item and so forth such as stamina, intelligence, and so forth?
How do we learn the formulas for each MMORPG we learn to play? And who can guide those who don’t know or someone like me who finally needs to ask.