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Aranador

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A 'How do I' question
« on: September 09, 2017, 06:15:16 pm »

Lets say I want my dwarves to be able to shoot lasers from their eyes - is there a way to do this?

I note that there is the magma crab that appears to be able to spit a glob of basalt at targets - if I gave this to dwarves, would that fire basalt at enemies in fortress mode?

If I made the material ice - would they shoot ice, that would then melt, and then evaporate?

Could I use steam as the material?

Could I make a 'laser' material?  Would that leave blobs of laser everywhere or could it vanish after firing?

Can I make the attack more powerful?  Less powerful?

What skill does the attack use?  Can I set which skill?

Thankyou for any advice.
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Re: A 'How do I' question
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 08:55:47 pm »

1. yes
2. yes
3. they ought to, but no
4. steam is just gaseous water
5. yes, but it would leave blobs everywhere as you expect
6. only by changing the mat's properties
7. none and no

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Re: A 'How do I' question
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 09:22:09 pm »

7. none and no

Archery skill affects projectile attacks.
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Re: A 'How do I' question
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 10:18:30 pm »

Remember to use SOLID_GLOB, liquid glob doesn't do projectile damage.

4. & 5. Blobs problem can be rectified somewhat by making it gas at normal temp - the blobs boil away eventually. You can do this to your own custom ice to simulate evaporation.

6. You'll probably want to adjust SOLID_DENSITY for that. Higher makes the mat do more damage.

It should be noted that the combat log will report "the flying laser beam strikes Dwarf 1 in the left hand, fracturing the bone!", which isn't the most realistic but eh, limitations.

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Re: A 'How do I' question
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2017, 10:31:19 pm »

Check out my rainbow dragon and sladog (in sig) for examples of laser-ish attacks. There's quite a bit of spread, but, limitations. Mythgen release will probably add ray spells.
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Re: A 'How do I' question
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 03:25:56 am »

So far as I'm aware, material emissions train and use the thrower skill.
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2017, 03:53:53 am »

So far as I'm aware, material emissions train and use the thrower skill.

And archer.
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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2017, 06:54:13 am »

All ranged combat trains archer. It's like the fighter skill but for ranged.
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2017, 04:45:40 am »

OK TY all - I have had fun experimenting, and have come up with a few fun things.

I have had dwarves blasting arcs of rainbow colours at people, and added a more powerful emission interaction, and fiddled with emission materials of all colours and densities that evaporate after impact.  It is beautiful and chaotic :P
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