For those of you who don't know what this is, I'm a pk noob attempting to learn how to fight in Achaea, a free to play MUD from Iron Realms Entertainment and I'm documenting my trials, failures, hopes and crushing defeats here. It stops me getting so stressed about it when I can share it with others and laugh. This is also a handy record for me of what works, how I set things up, and it might just pique your interest enough to come and join us!
It's been a frustrating week of thinking up tricks and finding that they don't work. Also learning that I can't just outdamage a smart or levelled opponent is a little disheartening, time to find another option!
I've spoken to a few people and they sort of admit that Occultist combat, (what I'm trying to get a handle on) relies a lot on luck and the other persons mistakes. There's a lot of having to hide your actions in blackout as the common curing systems easily deal with our heavy afflicting. I've been trying to find some options that I can force an opponent to do which will throw them offbalance for a time to give me some breathing room.
With that in mind I'm now looking to focus an offence around the dreaded Death Tarot, this is a killing tarot (obviously) but it requires preparation. First I have to get out a death tarot and charge it up, then it needs to be rubbed on the opponent seven times. Once that is achieved I have to find a way of pinning my opponent in a location for about ten seconds, which is how long it takes for the Tarot summon to go through.
A couple of things I have to bear in mind, is while it is 'going through' I cannot move or do anything, no healing, no other offence. My little character has to be stock still. And the opponent has to stay in the location for the duration of the death. If I can lay enough hindrance, perhaps close a door, maybe hide the death throw in the blackout from a dust bomb, I might -MIGHT- just be able to pull this off.
So I'm sparring in an attempt to remember all of this, to get everything ready, stay alive long enough to pull all of this off. Fingers crossed this turns out to be a tactic that I can use, as I'm running out of ideas!
Hopefully my next entry will have a triumphant picture of my winning! If not, well, we'll be back to the drawing board for another method. Why not join me in my struggle and start an Occultist character in Achaea? Or if you, like me are a pvp newb jump on in and try out the combat waters! It's a struggle, but it gets you thinking and it can be a lot of fun! (When you aren't beating your head on your desk in frustration)