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Re: [Adonthell-devel] Battle System

From: Ricardo Colon
Subject: Re: [Adonthell-devel] Battle System
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 21:13:47 -0500 (EST)

I do also have to say that there's one HUGE advantage of having real-time
battles. With real-time battles, it's possible to add a co-op mode.
Turn-based strategy is ultimately geared towards one player(in my

Imagine playing Adonthell in co-op mode via the net.
Now that would be really cool...But maybe I'm getting ahead of myself.....

Also, keep in mind that one reason why the Secret of Mana interface was so
easy to navigate is due to having the SNES controller. I can't imagine doing
the same thing on a computer keyboard. In terms on control, I still think
computer keyboards are a somewhat clunky interface. Try playing Street
Fighter on a keyboard and see if you can still execute those complex

If there is an option to play adonthell with a gamepad, I would make the
keyboard controls very simple. Otherwise, you'd run out of buttons on the

                                -- R:

On Tue, 29 Jan 2002, Joseph Toscano wrote:

> Ricardo wrote:
> > Personally, I like turn-based system much better,
> Indeed, it does come down to simple opinions.
> > Even with a real-time system, how are you going to deal with magic and
> > using items during battle.
> Like it's done in SoM. You hit a button to bring up a quick and
> easy-to-access menu. The one in SoM is a flawless example: you push Y and a
> circle of icons pops up. You simply rotate it and choose which things you
> want to use. Takes so little time that it's extremely effective, and it
> doesn't at all detract from the real-time feel of the battles. It's all in
> the way it's implemented.
> --JT
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