Re: Skill advancement through experience

Rich Skrenta (
Sun, 26 Jul 1992 17:21 EDT

Carl Edman:
> I think that this is a pretty good idea as long as two conditions are
> fulfilled:
> 1. It should always be more advantageous and possible to actually
> study the skill with a teacher than to use it.

Yes, since you only learn 1/2 as fast as study. Teachers make study
even faster.

> 2. Experience in using one skill should positively only count towards
> gaining levels in that skill. Please no "I'll just go over there and
> hit that troll over the head and then I get another level in magical
> research" !

Of course. Use would count towards the skill being used.

The idea with tying the bonus for combat to the toughness of your
opponent is to prevent people from taking a wimpy unit, doing a SWEAR 0
on it, and attacking it for a sure win, a loyalty bonus and a study
bonus too. Your bonus would be something like:

c * (attacker_strength / your_strength)

So if you made it out of a battle where you were outnumbered and beaten,
you will have learned more than your opponent.

Rich Skrenta <>  N2QAV

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