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  Loktofeit

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12/29/12 3:30:48 PM#121
Originally posted by grimfall
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by Loktofeit
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by Rhazmuz
Only thing I know is that if GW2 represents the "alternative" to this trinity, I will take the trinity any day, any time.

I think the only way to remove trinity in MMOs is to have collision detection.  It would have to be modified in some fashion as CD can lead to griefing if exploited but it is necessary if devs want to remove taunting from the game mechanic.

You're not alone in that view. See the Bartle link posted earlier in this thread.

Oh neat, I will.  Thanks.

DDO has collision detection - it still has plate wearing classes with taunt skills, though.  It's a 4 class game (heal, tank, damage, traps and doors).

I disagree that taunting isn't a real life mechanic.  Taunting has started fightes for thousands of years.  It's an assinine argument that "healing spells and fireball spells are realistic, but taunting that's crazy" anyway.

No one said provocation and goading wasn't real.

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  Greyface

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12/29/12 6:43:29 PM#122
Personally, I dislike the trinity because it's an artificial construct. It's gamey and it breaks my sense of immersion. But I could say that about a great many tropes that MMO players have grown accustomed to. The whole genre needs rethinking, IMO. Hate on Guild Wars 2 if you like -- it's far from perfect -- but at least it tried something different.
  ice-vortex

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12/29/12 7:53:07 PM#123
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by Ryowulf

In adnd you relied on the GM not to focus fire on the clothies.

The mages also had person buffs spells, like Protection from arrows to help. Then at higher levels the mages became god-like.

In an mmo there isn't a person contoling the game, so you needed a taunt mechanic.

 

Really?  Hehe, my GMs always targeted the most dangerous and most vulnerable first. 

Happened the same in every campaign I have played in, unless the enemies were dumb as a box of rocks and it would attack the nearest player. For the vulnerable to stay alive, it took them to use their ingenuity and the abilities they had. There have been many 1st level wizards that never made it to 2nd level.

I think the idea  that you need some artificial taunting mechanic is ridiculous. Make the mobs go after who they would most likely go after based on hit points, damage output, heal output, and how close they are. Then give squishy characters like the rogue and wizard abilities that let them avoid getting hit. Whether it is a rogue's stealth, tumble, and climb walls, or a wizard's invisibility, levitation, and protection spells.

This is also where the idea of crowd control comes in. Give the ability to temporarily subdue multiple mobs and root and snare other mobs in place so the mobs are forced to attack those close by.

  SpectralHunter

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12/29/12 9:32:52 PM#124
Originally posted by ice-vortex
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by Ryowulf

In adnd you relied on the GM not to focus fire on the clothies.

The mages also had person buffs spells, like Protection from arrows to help. Then at higher levels the mages became god-like.

In an mmo there isn't a person contoling the game, so you needed a taunt mechanic.

 

Really?  Hehe, my GMs always targeted the most dangerous and most vulnerable first. 

Happened the same in every campaign I have played in, unless the enemies were dumb as a box of rocks and it would attack the nearest player. For the vulnerable to stay a live, it took them to use their ingenuity and the abilities they had to stay alive. There have been many 1st level wizards that never made it to 2nd level.

I think the idea  that you need some artificial taunting mechanic is ridiculous. Make the mobs go after who they would most likely go after based on hit points, damage output, heal output, and how close they are. Then give squishy characters like the rogue and wizard abilities that let them avoid getting hit. Whether it is a rogue's stealth, tumble, and climb walls, or a wizard's invisibility, levitation, and protection spells.

This is also where the idea of crowd control comes in. Give the ability to temporarily subdue multiple mobs and root and snare other mobs in place so the mobs are forced to attack those close by.

Yup.  If the monster was just a beast, they just attacked what was in front of them unless someone was doing crazy damage and it hurt.  Smarter monsters used tactics just like the players.

Heh, yeah, early levels were tough on wizards.  And they didn't have a whole lot of spells.  So many times I recall them just using their slings because that's all they could do.  So sad.  Early edition D&D thieves were also very squishy.

CC was critical.  I mean how important was Sleep and Hold Person?  Man, those were staples of magic users and clerics early on.

  grimfall

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12/30/12 11:07:52 AM#125
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by AwDiddums

In todays MMO's I'd have to say that the tools are already in place where grping is either done automatically via a dungeon finder tool or the system changes the gameplay to allow for a mishmash of classes to grp together to complete a task, where it isn't important that you have a tank/healer/dps or crowd control, so long as you have the numbers to fill the grp.

The tool is nice but there's still a problem.  In WoW, tanks queue up instantly.  Healers take about 5 minutes.  DPS takes anywhere to 30 minutes to an hour.  And WoW is a game that allows classes to have multiple specs (which doesn't really help unless you have the gear for that spec).  So grouping is still an issue.  People just don't like to tank and heal.  Why keep it, especially since the mechanic is artificial?

I don't think people really like to DPS as a role any more than tanking (maybe more than healing).  I think the games' single player design rewards DPS classes and penalizes the other classers, so players gravititate towards DPS classes. 

 

The solutions are simple to conceive.  The first solution, is what EQ did to fairly good success - remove the ability to solo.  This causes people to "force group" but allows them to play the playstile they like.  EQ never did strike a balance though, there were too few clerics (not too few tanks, though, because people like to put on plate armor and beat the hell out of things).  The problem was that clerics were basically heal bots.

The more elegant solution, is to make solo content that is designed to be conquered by the healers and tanks, and that the DPS cannot handle.

As long as you have a situation in which DPS classes can solo twice as fast to max level as tanks and healers, the vast majority of players are going to take the easy path and play DPS classes.  I doubt it has anythig at all to do with "liking" the role.  This can be quite clearly seen in WoW.

In EQ,the most popular classes were druids - because they could solo and teleport and run fast.  The 2nd was probably necro, because they could solo the best.  The third most popular class was warrior - because it's cool to be a warrior, despite their inability to solo.

  Loktofeit

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12/30/12 11:17:07 AM#126
Originally posted by grimfall

The solutions are simple to conceive.  The first solution, is what EQ did to fairly good success - remove the ability to solo.  This causes people to "force group" but allows them to play the playstile they like. 

*saddened*

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  grimfall

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12/30/12 11:18:52 AM#127
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by ice-vortex
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by Ryowulf

In adnd you relied on the GM not to focus fire on the clothies.

The mages also had person buffs spells, like Protection from arrows to help. Then at higher levels the mages became god-like.

In an mmo there isn't a person contoling the game, so you needed a taunt mechanic.

 

Really?  Hehe, my GMs always targeted the most dangerous and most vulnerable first. 

Happened the same in every campaign I have played in, unless the enemies were dumb as a box of rocks and it would attack the nearest player. For the vulnerable to stay a live, it took them to use their ingenuity and the abilities they had to stay alive. There have been many 1st level wizards that never made it to 2nd level.

I think the idea  that you need some artificial taunting mechanic is ridiculous. Make the mobs go after who they would most likely go after based on hit points, damage output, heal output, and how close they are. Then give squishy characters like the rogue and wizard abilities that let them avoid getting hit. Whether it is a rogue's stealth, tumble, and climb walls, or a wizard's invisibility, levitation, and protection spells.

This is also where the idea of crowd control comes in. Give the ability to temporarily subdue multiple mobs and root and snare other mobs in place so the mobs are forced to attack those close by.

Yup.  If the monster was just a beast, they just attacked what was in front of them unless someone was doing crazy damage and it hurt.  Smarter monsters used tactics just like the players.

Heh, yeah, early levels were tough on wizards.  And they didn't have a whole lot of spells.  So many times I recall them just using their slings because that's all they could do.  So sad.  Early edition D&D thieves were also very squishy.

CC was critical.  I mean how important was Sleep and Hold Person?  Man, those were staples of magic users and clerics early on.

It should be pointed out that a lot of D&D and CRPG D&D games used a grid combat system, where the fighters and paladins would line up in front and physically block access to the casters and healers.  It's also an artificial mechanic, since the "squares" were typically 5 x 5.   Put two guys in plate armor and shields next to each other and make them cover a 10 foot line.  Then throw 8 kobolds at them, with their sole intent to get past the warrriors - they'll get by.

Regarding taunting being a realistic mechanic - The Lord of the Rings movies use it, and no one complained.

  SpectralHunter

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12/30/12 12:41:52 PM#128
Originally posted by grimfall

It should be pointed out that a lot of D&D and CRPG D&D games used a grid combat system, where the fighters and paladins would line up in front and physically block access to the casters and healers.  It's also an artificial mechanic, since the "squares" were typically 5 x 5.   Put two guys in plate armor and shields next to each other and make them cover a 10 foot line.  Then throw 8 kobolds at them, with their sole intent to get past the warrriors - they'll get by.

Regarding taunting being a realistic mechanic - The Lord of the Rings movies use it, and no one complained.

Actually zerging a bunch of monsters didn't always work.  In PnP, you could create bottlenecks so the warriors didn't have to face all 8 at once if they used good strategy.  They could whittle them down and fighters with heavy armor could avoid damage completely.  Add magic users that can toss ranged spells from behind and those kobolds would be in trouble.

You're citing a movie?  Taunting works in the beginning to draw attention but once fighting starts, everyone will attack the guy who is hurting most of your guys with most efficiency.  It's just common sense. 

  SpectralHunter

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12/30/12 12:50:45 PM#129
Originally posted by grimfall

The more elegant solution, is to make solo content that is designed to be conquered by the healers and tanks, and that the DPS cannot handle.

This actually brings up an interesting point.  I don't like the trinity design but this idea is intriguing and has happened in at least one game: Vanguard.

In Vanguard, the disciple is a healer who is probably the best soloer in the game, even able to solo group content with great effectiveness.  So there are quite a few disciples running around in the game.  Your idea has merit.

I do think it's more than just the ability to solo easily.  It's responsibility.  In a group setting, tanks and healers are so vital that if one dies, the group usually wipes.  You can lose a DPS and still stumble to a victory.  The burden of success falls heavily on tanks and healers which makes them undesireable to many players.

Personally, I don't like tanks and healers because of aesthetics.  DPS seems to have a variety of looks: rogue, archer, monk...etc.  But look at tanks, almost all are heavy armor with a shield and weapon.  Look at healers, almost all are cloth wearing casters.  Vanguard again changed that (taking the idea from PnP).  Cleric healers can wear heavy armor.  Dread Knights tank with big two handed weapons.  Skills were varied enough that each class played significantly different from one another.

Allowing tanks and healers to solo efficiently (without changing specs) would be a good first step.  Spreading responsibility and varying aesthetics and skills would also be necessary.

  Loktofeit

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12/30/12 2:56:13 PM#130
Originally posted by grimfall
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by ice-vortex
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by Ryowulf

In adnd you relied on the GM not to focus fire on the clothies.

The mages also had person buffs spells, like Protection from arrows to help. Then at higher levels the mages became god-like.

In an mmo there isn't a person contoling the game, so you needed a taunt mechanic.

 

Really?  Hehe, my GMs always targeted the most dangerous and most vulnerable first. 

Happened the same in every campaign I have played in, unless the enemies were dumb as a box of rocks and it would attack the nearest player. For the vulnerable to stay a live, it took them to use their ingenuity and the abilities they had to stay alive. There have been many 1st level wizards that never made it to 2nd level.

I think the idea  that you need some artificial taunting mechanic is ridiculous. Make the mobs go after who they would most likely go after based on hit points, damage output, heal output, and how close they are. Then give squishy characters like the rogue and wizard abilities that let them avoid getting hit. Whether it is a rogue's stealth, tumble, and climb walls, or a wizard's invisibility, levitation, and protection spells.

This is also where the idea of crowd control comes in. Give the ability to temporarily subdue multiple mobs and root and snare other mobs in place so the mobs are forced to attack those close by.

Yup.  If the monster was just a beast, they just attacked what was in front of them unless someone was doing crazy damage and it hurt.  Smarter monsters used tactics just like the players.

Heh, yeah, early levels were tough on wizards.  And they didn't have a whole lot of spells.  So many times I recall them just using their slings because that's all they could do.  So sad.  Early edition D&D thieves were also very squishy.

CC was critical.  I mean how important was Sleep and Hold Person?  Man, those were staples of magic users and clerics early on.

It should be pointed out that a lot of D&D and CRPG D&D games used a grid combat system, where the fighters and paladins would line up in front and physically block access to the casters and healers.  It's also an artificial mechanic, since the "squares" were typically 5 x 5.   Put two guys in plate armor and shields next to each other and make them cover a 10 foot line.  Then throw 8 kobolds at them, with their sole intent to get past the warrriors - they'll get by.

 

Regarding taunting being a realistic mechanic - The Lord of the Rings movies use it, and no one complained.

And amazingly enough, still, no one said provocation and goading wasn't real.

Funny that.

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  Golelorn

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12/30/12 3:01:49 PM#131
There was no trinity in D&D. If a mage walked up next a creature the creature would hit him even if a warrior was next to him. This was the DMs choice not a taunt mechanic. Also, clerics were not heal bots in D&D. And there was very little healing during battles compared to what MMOs force upon us. Final Fantasy probably did have trinity like components were there was a more dedicated healer and damage soakers. But MMOs took it to an absurd extreme.
  grimfall

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12/30/12 11:12:32 PM#132
Originally posted by Loktofeit
Originally posted by grimfall
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by ice-vortex
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Origit by.

 

Regarding taunting being a realistic mechanic - The Lord of the Rings movies use it, and no one complained.

And amazingly enough, still, no one said provocation and goading wasn't real.

Funny that.

"Except when they did: Tank  /taNGk/  (noun): a heavilly armored character who hits like 9 year-old girl with rickets, but somehow manages to compel violence against themself through some variant of the Jedi Mind Trick."

If you're going to  repeat something, please make some effort to be , you know, correct about it...

  grimfall

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12/30/12 11:23:59 PM#133
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by grimfall

You're citing a movie?  Taunting works in the beginning to draw attention but once fighting starts, everyone will attack the guy who is hurting most of your guys with most efficiency.  It's just common sense. 

At the risk of exhuming a horse.  This is your logic:

This guy is throwing fireballs.  That seem normal.

This guy is waving his hands and bringing people from the brink of death back to full life.  An every day occurence.

This guy is yelling obscenties to get a monster's attention.  No way!  How could that happen?!

There literally 100's of things that go on in MMO's that wouldn't really work in the real world... what's your objection to this one?  It's more established in the origin of fantasy than complete heal spells are, and arguably more so than fireballs and critical hits.  Wizards cast fireballs.  Warriors cast taunts. Priests cast heals.   Taunting is closest to a real world mechanic.

  SpectralHunter

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12/31/12 12:48:38 AM#134
Originally posted by grimfall
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by grimfall

You're citing a movie?  Taunting works in the beginning to draw attention but once fighting starts, everyone will attack the guy who is hurting most of your guys with most efficiency.  It's just common sense. 

At the risk of exhuming a horse.  This is your logic:

This guy is throwing fireballs.  That seem normal.

This guy is waving his hands and bringing people from the brink of death back to full life.  An every day occurence.

This guy is yelling obscenties to get a monster's attention.  No way!  How could that happen?!

There literally 100's of things that go on in MMO's that wouldn't really work in the real world... what's your objection to this one?  It's more established in the origin of fantasy than complete heal spells are, and arguably more so than fireballs and critical hits.  Wizards cast fireballs.  Warriors cast taunts. Priests cast heals.   Taunting is closest to a real world mechanic.

Again, no one is saying taunting can't or doesn't exist.  What is common sense, even when standard fantasy fare like fireballs and heal spells exist, is that taunts can't possibly distract an opponent for extended periods of time when there are far more deadlier and harmful stuff going around.  If you can't see this, we can't go further because at this point I feel as if you are being intentionally obtuse to maintain your argument.

  Greyface

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1/02/13 9:35:42 AM#135
Originally posted by grimfall

There literally 100's of things that go on in MMO's that wouldn't really work in the real world... what's your objection to this one? 

I know your question is rhetorical, but I'm going to answer it anyway:  yes, there are hundreds of stupid things in MMOs. They arose in MUDs, were popularized in Everquest, and codified by WoW's success.  To a one, they came about from expediency rather than a desire to stay true to source material (nevermind realism).   Few question them because -- as evidenced by this thread -- very few people remember a time when these tropes were not standard.

This thread, however, is about the Trinity.  The taunt mechanic is a key part of the Trinity, since it's existence enables all three members of said trinity to perform their assigned roles, and only their assigned roles.  It enables the Tank to take damage without giving it in return, it enables DPS to deal damage without worrying about survival, and it forces Healers to focus on keeping the tank alive to the exclusion of all else.

That's why we're talking about it.  I would love to participate in a discussion of the other atavistic systems that are holding back  -- even killing --  MMO's as a genre.  This thread is probably not the best place though.

 

  Loktofeit

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1/02/13 11:13:04 AM#136
Originally posted by grimfall
Originally posted by Loktofeit
Originally posted by grimfall
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by ice-vortex
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Origit by.

 

Regarding taunting being a realistic mechanic - The Lord of the Rings movies use it, and no one complained.

And amazingly enough, still, no one said provocation and goading wasn't real.

Funny that.

"Except when they did: Tank  /taNGk/  (noun): a heavilly armored character who hits like 9 year-old girl with rickets, but somehow manages to compel violence against themself through some variant of the Jedi Mind Trick."

If you're going to  repeat something, please make some effort to be , you know, correct about it...

This might be some shocking news, so please be seated when you read it:

Star Wars isn't real. The Jedi Mind Trick doesn't really exist.

 

Taunt and aggro, as they exist in certain MUDs and many MMOs, are what brought about the tank class which, in turn, resulted in the ridiculous trinity and combat scenario we have in most mainstream MMOs.

"And wikipedia is as accurate as Britannica. Wikipedia is very reliable. You would be hard pressed to find a more reliable source for these kinds of things." -fivoroth

  Gaia_Hunter

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1/02/13 11:29:26 AM#137

Some might not consider the original Guild Wars a MMORPG but that was probably one of the games that aplied real time combat to the pnp DnD, aside the Invicibuild+spike degeneration that exists in the game I suspect to cater to holy trinity players.

You had a frontline composed by the heavy armour melee classes, a mid line with a different number of classes that supported both the offense and the defense and a backline of support and heal.

Although I'm glad the pure healers are gone in GW2, the frontline/midline(disruption/boon removal/damage/some support/rezzing)/backline  (damagemitgation/healing) structure is very good in GW1 and make for a unique game.

To keep people away from squishies the frontliners had to select proper terrain and body block the enemy mobs (using narrow passages and corners/walls was a must) that would otherwise run straight for the squishie casters (often the battle between the player group and the AI group would have the frontline at the backline of each other).

There is even the concept of a lineback, which is a warrior that put pressure on the enemy frontline.

http://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/Team_roles

 

The problem of the MMORPG combat (for those that aren't satisfied with the combat basically being "rand()" routines) is the lack of projectile physics, body detection, facing single mobs instead of organized teams that mimic players (heal/buff/debuff), auto targetting.

 

Even for people that don't wish an action oriented combat or an hybrid action, the removal of taunt/threat, more proactive defenses (like party wide blocks) and debuffs combined with collision detection/zoning would change things.

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  Gaia_Hunter

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1/02/13 11:47:19 AM#138
Originally posted by grimfall
Originally posted by SpectralHunter
Originally posted by grimfall

You're citing a movie?  Taunting works in the beginning to draw attention but once fighting starts, everyone will attack the guy who is hurting most of your guys with most efficiency.  It's just common sense. 

At the risk of exhuming a horse.  This is your logic:

This guy is throwing fireballs.  That seem normal.

This guy is waving his hands and bringing people from the brink of death back to full life.  An every day occurence.

This guy is yelling obscenties to get a monster's attention.  No way!  How could that happen?!

There literally 100's of things that go on in MMO's that wouldn't really work in the real world... what's your objection to this one?  It's more established in the origin of fantasy than complete heal spells are, and arguably more so than fireballs and critical hits.  Wizards cast fireballs.  Warriors cast taunts. Priests cast heals.   Taunting is closest to a real world mechanic.

One thing is a world where the laws of physics are changed, although there is A.C Clarke rule "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.".

Another thing is changing the way creatures and humans react due to evolutionary/survival/reproduction pressures.

While taunting is a valid technique, attacking someone that is hurting you is also a survival imperative. As is self preservation, a trait also often misrepresented in MMORPGs.

Additionally, some of the fantasy creatures hate magic or hate a certain specific species/tribe/whatever.

Taunting and tanking is not a problem on itself - it is the fact it always work in prety much every circumstance and it always based on someone taking barely any damage due to the fact his armor is so much stronger than anyone else, that makes it silly.

They are all adventurers, they need to be ablev to survive when their tank friend or healer friend has a cold.

 

 

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Going cardboard starter kit: Ticket to ride, Pandemic, Carcassonne, Dominion, King of Tokyo

  Angier2758

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1/02/13 12:22:55 PM#139

I think this all falls under how broad do you think the term trinity really is?

If you think very broadly you can say the trinity has existed since the beginning of time and thus it'll exist in any combat game in some fashion or another.  If you think of the term very narrowly you'll say it started in EQ1.

Personally I wish games took the trinity concept and found ways of making it more interesting.  I believe there's no way around it.  Unfortunately I think the real culprit is very boring raid pve.  As long as the monster fighting the players is basically tank and spank with special attacks thrown in... we'll see very basic trinity concepts.

  Loktofeit

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1/02/13 12:25:23 PM#140
Originally posted by Angier2758

I think this all falls under how broad do you think the term trinity really is?

This broad. A lot of people confuse three of the various combat roles (offense, defense, support) with the trinity.

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