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walk the line

April 17, 2009

No, this aint about the Man in Black. This is about the thin line of balance. Or in WAR’s case, the triangle of loooove. Or, at least the half-baked rock-paper-scissors joke that some seem to want to defend as if it’s the holy grail of game design.

If you need an explanation of rock-paper-scissors balance: Look no further!

How does this wonderful system work in WAR?

Melee classes are scissors.

Healers and ranged DPS are paper.

Tanks are rock, unless they’re DPS, then they’re also scissors.

Warrior Priests and Disciple of Khaine are mushrooms.

Scissors beats paper and would beat rock, but rock can turn into scissors and become an unstoppable killing machine. So rock beats paper and scissors runs from rock. Meanwhile mushrooms grow on everything, slowly eating them away from the inside while laughing maniacally… and this is called… balance.

Seriously… Half the classes in WAR dominate the other half. Rock-paper-scissors is bad. It was bad in WoW. It’s bad in WAR. Making classes balanced won’t ruin diversity. It will increase it by making more group compositions viable. </rant>


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Omelettez permalink*
    April 17, 2009 9:13 pm

    Ah, I miss Roguecraft videos. Best stuff ever.

  2. April 18, 2009 4:26 am

    Shrooms! Mwahhahaha

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