Balrog and dragon balancing
- Ok; so at the moment balrogs have a 1/4*(skill^4) chance of escaping
twice a turn. Demons have 1/20*(skill^4), and imps have
This comes out to:
Balrogs: 1/4 1/64 1/324 1/1024 1/2500
Demons: 1/20 1/320 1/1620 1/5120 1/10000
Imps: 1/16 1/64 1/144 1/256 1/400
Although the skill descriptions are worded confusingly, these values
are then multiplied by the number of demons of that type - so demon
and imp escape chances do not increase rapidly as the number of demons
or imps increase; rather they increase linearly, but the chance of
escape also decreases quadratically or quartically as skill increases.
This is complicated by the fact that if a single imp escapes, it will
release all the other types of demons, including Balrogs. Thus Balrog
mages should not keep imps around!
Anyway, this leaves the average time between balrog escapes, even for
a faction with multiple balrog mages, longer than the expected length
of most games. This is silly. Balrogs are more powerful per unit
skill required than dragons (although not that much - the main
difference is that balrogs have a breath weapon 6 times better than
dragons, when their other stats are only 4 times better), and easier
to get, but this should be balanced by their chance to escape and
wreak havoc. However, the escape chances at the moment are far too
low at high levels (and probably too high at low levels). Couple that
with dragons having a 4*(skill^2)/100 chance of being summoned, which
makes them even less viable at low skill levels, and something needs
I'm leaning towards removing all the quad and quartic math from all
the chances I've mentioned, and making them all linear - so dragons
would have a 20% * skill level chance to summon, and a level 5 SUBA
mage would have 1/5 the chance of a balrog escaping of a SUBA 1 mage.
The only thing I'm not sure about here is what the coefficients should
be, and I'd appreciate your feelings as to how often balrogs should
At the moment I'm leaning towards something in the range of 20-40 (so
a SUBA 1 mage would have a 1/20 - 1/40 chance of a balrog escaping,
while a SUBA 5 would have 1/100 - 1/200).
PS this behaviour would, of course, have to be turned on by a game def.