March 09, 2011

Master of Magic -- WTF

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Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Gaming at 11:46 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Infernal Power, without any Black spell books?   Maybe he got the property via a retort?

Posted by: metaphysician at March 09, 2011 11:48 AM (hD30M)

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Not just that I have no black books. I have a white book!

I started with 8 green, then found two red, then found one white, and then got the Infernal Power retort. In practice it doesn't matter; Infernal Power and Divine Power are exactly the same. But it's still strange.

I'm noticing a lot of bugs in this game, things I don't think I noticed back in the 90's when I first spent a lot of time playing this. For instance, at one point I had a stack with 8 Draconian magicians and one Colossus. I had "pathfinding" and "endurance" and "water walking" on the Colossus -- and the entire stack moved speed 6.

The "pathfinding" bonus isn't supposed to apply to fliers, but it seemed to if the fliers were companions.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 09, 2011 11:58 AM (+rSRq)

3 Its not shocking, though.  MoM is pretty damn complex, conceptually, so its not shocking there would be glitchy interactions.  And some of those probable-glitches are more like unintended features ( Fly on Floating Islands ) in effect.

What can I say, I'm very forgiving of glitches that don't actually break the game.

Posted by: metaphysician at March 09, 2011 01:17 PM (hD30M)

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Given how many, many special powers there are, it's not massively surprising there should be a few strange interactions that they overlooked during their testing.

This was pretty low budget development, after all. The coding team was only four people. And one of them was Steve Barcia, and he has to have spent a large percentage of his time on other things, like supervising the artists. (There is a huge amount of art in this, after all.) And talking to the manual writer. And dealing with Microprose. And...

So I'm not complaining, not by any means.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 09, 2011 01:25 PM (+rSRq)

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