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Reusing the same mob skin: Always fighting the same enemy!

Ten plus years ago there was a really nice info graphic about just how over used the rat model was in Everquest.  It showed how no matter what level you are you will always be fighting the same model of rat you did when you started with only slight variation.

This is a major problem that has plagued all MMO's so this is my plea to Intrepid to look at what models they are using when developing NPC enemies for the game across the board.  The cut and paste option is obviously much simpler especially if the only modification you do is "increase size %" or "R1>R3" (color) and "rename doug.1". 

I would really like to see variation in NPC mobs over the course of leveling a character, so how can this be done with a small team where the alternative (cut/paste) is going to be more economical and easier?  THB I don't have a good idea to help out but I do have a basic if not awful one.. lol.

When you create an NPC enemy give it a leveling life cycle, lets use our rat above for reference and mix in a goblin then break it down by level you would encounter it:

  • Level 1-8: Sewer rat; low level mob with grey fur and red eyes that moves slowly.
  • Level 10-15; Field rat; low level mob with brown fur that has increased speed.
  • Level 15-20; Goblin forager; beginning level mob with green skin.
  • Level 20-30; Plague rat; beginning-mid level mob with a zombie motif.
  • Level 25-35; Goblin plague seeker; mid level mob with greyish skin and armor.
  • Level 30-40; Goblin Captian; Mid-high level mob with emerald skin,amror, & will run away.
After that would be the end of rats except for maybe a level 35 boss to cap the leveling life cycle of the NPC. At level 15-20 you would begin mixing in the goblin NPC starting its own life cycle until cap.  There are almost an unfathomable amount of creatures that can be pulled into the game and created so why not try to spread out enemy encounters to keep things fresh through the PC leveling cycle.

This really struck home for me last night as I was playing EQ on the new Agnarr server and in Plane of Hate we were fighting the same skinned rat mob (increased 25% in size) at level 50 as you did when you first loaded up the game outside of Freeport as a level 1.


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    Awesome idea... I don't like rats though so I'll be keeping my distance no matter how authentic they are ;)
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    ArchivedUserArchivedUser Guest
    edited June 2017
    This game has so many good ideas. I don't think they'll ruin the game with such a basic mistake. But yeah...good idea ;)
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    Spore. ABUSE THE CREATURE MAKER! No joke you can get some really funky looking stuff outta that game...

    Seriously though I totally agree it's rather annoying but I understand why a lot of companies take that route. So if in the end unique models for each and every creature becomes to expensive or time consuming then I'd be fine with some reskins here and there.
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    It's certainly cheaper, and oh-so-much easier (which is why it's cheaper) to have fewer models in the game. How far do we want them to go with this, with that constraint? I mean, I've had that thought at least a bajillion times, so I'm all for it, don't misunderstand that!
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    I'm not sure to tell you the truth as long as it doesn't suppress their ability to make the game quality I'd say go for it whole hog. I'm more on the list of really unique and horrifying monster models just because they look cool. You can been if I was in graphical design I'd never sleep. XD

    Be that idiot at the office at 5am still working from a standard day because I missed the "it's time to go home" bell!
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    To be quite honest if they were to re-use the monsters they showed in sketch form on the recent live stream on 16.06.17, i would not even be bothered by it one bit.
    Those were so damn awesome and unique and that's not even including the boss class monsters they showed as well.
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