Hey first post
How about 2 different combat styles. Duell and Hunting
- Duell focuses on solo fighting mobs and other players by increasing the parrying game, timed attacks and maybe even an awareness level helping to anticipate for example slower enemy slams. A warrior-type has more defensive abilities, not making it a classical Tank but more like a darksoulsesk fighter (without the rolling)
- As Hunter he is more like the classical Aragorn type fighter with quick attacks or a static mage spellcaster which is good for pure dps when the target is taunted/ aggroed otherwise. So a Warrior Type class may use a onehanded weapon and can use his free hand to increase balance for dodges and parries or with a shield to time-block ablities, shieldslam etc while wearing some tough armor. As hunter variant he uses his second had to grab 2h his sword increasing the brute force on his swings and focuses in slamming the back of enemies.
One extra aspect would be the choice between heavy armor against projectiles and thrust weapons or lighter armor for dexterity and balance even maximising it to a pure sword duelist with cloth. A Mageclass may uses a wand for duells to generate reflective barriers, summon temporary eternal spirits or even use the wand as a 'boomerang' projectile while keeping the opponent on range. As hunter he may increase his damage against certain type of non material foes and creates pentagram circles increasing his might. Also i imagine some sort of nature mage who can root, drain life and wildgrowth wooden plants as weapons but has to staticly keep his staff in ground contact to get the power of nature flowing. A mage may also be able to wear heavy armor but ofcourse this makes him a magic-touched Warrior -> classical Paladin with light, death and decay defiler or someone with a glowing hot sword; not great for duels but one hell of melee output on hits.
One big aspect would be faction earned talents. For example you have a firecult where you gain reputation and learn fire based abilities throughout questlines.
If you for example get through a Water/ harmony based faction a Warrior can learn the way of the water, increase his dual wielding and get a bonus by fightin in shallow water or a river bed. Or a mage can get extra temporary water spirits out of the envoirmental source.
-> I played Rift for a long time which had a very straight forward themed sub class system. For example a Shaman using Brutal force of Blood and ice with blunt weapons. What i always missed was the more roleplay aspect besides the pvp- pve utility, i would have enjoyed alot more when you really become a shaman, master of a forgotten craft increasing his capeabilities by spending time with shamans etc.
By this duel/ hunter variation you gain an extra depth of strenghes and weaknesses. A Plate wearing beafy warrior may be able to deflect a mages ice shard but the freezing cold surroinding his metal plates expects a great willpower to overcome not to get slowed down. A mystical Archer may be able to get off unblock/unparryingable shots but the duelant swordfighter has increased prediction in the archers actions.
Also a Weapon based Talent and spec system would be one hell of an endgame experience. You may play a thrust heavy shieldclass with a sword which really starts to shine when you find this epic spear/ lance. You may wear an ancient epic warbanner as Cape which benefits on certain group buffing Talents or a nature mage may want a good Staff made of Wood; who otherwise uses his metallic wand, not limiting but refocusing the strenghs of the buld.
Imagine a Warrior class using a spear, no shoes and has a focus in nature bound abilities giving him rooting resistance light stealth and mobility but needs to watch out for fire.
Imagine a duelant with a thrustfocused sword cloth armor and a plate chest who is static but can parry 2 -3 attacks quickly using his free hand to grab push and disarm.
Imagine an archer who focuses on piercing damage and using a Warbow instead of a hunting bow making his shots slower and requires more strengh for insane critical hits and penetration in hunter stance making him an absolute beast in taking down dragons or footsoldiers.
Imagine a Mage with fire over time creating minions from the ashes and buffing his team in cold envoirment but also gets damage out of nearby torches etc. The Same build may be able to swich to water, negating enemy fire and negating wound effects on multiple friends. also draining water from humid air to create cc fog wich gets more effective the humid (cave, rainforest) the envoirment is.
Imagine a Rogue figher with a chain specialisation whiping a small dagger on mediom range or using it with a pierce weapon to make it get stuck on targets or envoirment for movement. Or even using an 'empty' spiky chain for trying to disarm Soldiers/ catch and wildride a monster for a shot period that dagger-chain specialisation may increase by the way of the shadows, the stuck variant by the way of the blood cult and the spike weapon by the way of nature.
-> As duelant the whip helps him to dodge and negate damage as Hunter he may be able to cast Electricity on a stuck chain to stun and expose the back/ weakpoints.
The base combat remains a lock-on target with a high focus on faced direction and balance, meaning ground contact. If you jump towards and enemy you may be able to get more out of your axe attack but be easily pierced by a spear. Also a Person with reduced Balace (by a successful shield bash) takes more damage from certain attacks. When get hit by an arrow while running around you may also suffer balance.
Armor has strenghs and drawbacks. Every piece of metal armor reduces stats like maximum runspeed or cloth simply has space for magical silvergarn used to conzentrate magigal energy. Also Armor may jsut be armor and those green end epic stats are mainly made by reforging them with powerful and rare elements. Powerful pieces like a helmet or diadem with sockets may be found but you can also upgrade your favorite looking default armor with gold plating, ornaments or expensive cloth pieces increasing your willpower or inspire your team. This lowers the gear gaps between players and focuses more on your weapon, playstyle and subchoice (way of elements, honor, blood etc)
Let me know what your honest opinion is about
I hope for a game where you are able to have Achilles vs Hector/ Aragorn vs Lurz like fights without making it a full for honor combat system. I would also like to see magic being dumped down a bit so the classical Fireball isn't a spamable ability but already something special in AoC's world. (Trust me the more basic and human your Charakter is the more Epic things can get)
Kind regards Shas