Posted by Conspiracy on 02/25
why can vials be found that do certain things (blind)
yet they can't be brewed from herbs?
this is extremely annoying.
With enough of the druidic stat, and being from the druidic town,
one should be able to to anything druidic, IMO.
Thursday, February 25, 02:55PM
Though I can understand your frustration, just because it's a potion
doesn't mean it was brewable. In the context of the fiction, some
potions are made by mixing materials together (druidic) and others
which are born of magic alone, not the knowledge of the combination
of certain herbs.
Also, most if not all the brewable potions are based in some sort of
historical/legendary grounding. It was once believed that certain
herbs, prepared properly, would cause one to fly, cause their perceptions
to be enhanced, etc... Herbs will be expanded sometime in the future,
but right now, from the ones we have, the said potion you wish to brew
just isn't a possibility within the historical context.
From a game design perspective, some things are powerful and imbalacing
in large quantities (though not in small) and making something NOT
brewable is a means of controlling how often one of said item enters
The other argument from a game design perspective is that of relation
to other skills. Can people with forge forge skyblades? Wormtooth daggers?
No. The reason for that is if everything were player-creatable, there
would be no reason to go out and acquire such equipment. That's one
of the major drives behind the game engine itself (possession acquisition
and utilization) and it's something that could easily be destroyed if
everything were at the hands of the characters in the game instead of
the game system and NPC's.