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Bob G June 21st, 2020 08:16 PM

Class ability that makes customized poisons.
Iím building a custom ability for an assassin base class called Toxins. When selected, the class gains the ability to create customized poisons. Each poison begins with a base profile that sets the values required for poisons. These base values are as follows:
Type poison (injury); Save Fortitude;
DC 10 + 1/2 assassin level + assassinís INT bonus;
Onset immediate
Frequency 1/round for 1 round;
Effect see Table: Custom Poison Effects by Level;
Cure 1 save
Special Poisons automatically deals poison damage equal to the poison's DC Ė 10, divided by 2. For example, a poison with a DC of 20 would deal 5 points of poison damage. This damage is applied regardless of the results of the targetís saving throw.
Table: Custom Poison Effects by Level
Assassin level Target Attribute Ability Damage
1-2; Str, Dex, Int; 1d4
3-6; Str, Dex, Con, Int ; 1d6
7-10; All; 1d8
11-14; All; 1d10
15-18; All; 1d12
19+; All; 2d6

At 1st level, the assassin may apply 1 poison technique to her poisons. At 4th level and every four levels thereafter, the assassin may apply an additional technique to her poison, to a maximum of 6 techniques at 20th level. For example, a 4th level assassin may apply 2 techniques to her poison, and a 12th level assassin may apply 4 techniques to her poison. A poison, once created, remains potent for 1 day before losing its potency, so an assassin must prepare her poisonsevery day.

As the assassin gains levels, they gain techniques that can alter the base profile of the poison. Type of poison, save DC, onset time, duration of poison, frequency, and number of toxins that can be created per day are all examples of techniques that the assassin can choose to modify the base profile of the poison.

I created a custom special called Poisons that sets the base profile of the poison. What I need to figure out now is how to apply abilities that modify the base profile. Each technique that could be applied is tagged with an abCategory tag for filtering purposes.

Iím looking for some direction on how to best create the user interface that creates the customized poison. I think that a Configurable is probably the best way to go, but I lack enough experience with Configurables to know if it will be able to do what I want the ability to do. Can anyone provide some guidance for me?

Bob G August 7th, 2020 05:57 PM

I've looked this ability over a little bit, and think that maybe I don't need to work with a configurable in order to make it work. If I create a gear thing called gToxin, and set abValues and abTexts to equal the base profile for the assassin's toxin, then each of the toxin techniques the assassin learns can modify one of the abValues or abTexts on gToxin.

The first issue I've encountered is that the livename for gToxin is truncating, so I guess that livename has a limited number of characters. Is that true? And if so, is there a different field that I can use to show the display the full toxin profile?

Bob G September 17th, 2020 07:25 AM

Bumping with hopes of assistance.

chriselman September 22nd, 2020 02:08 AM

Wow, that looks nice. I'm looking forward to try this in my next game if you allow me to do so?

Bob G September 25th, 2020 03:19 PM


Originally Posted by chriselman (Post 290945)
Wow, that looks nice. I'm looking forward to try this in my next game if you allow me to do so?

No permission required, good sir. Enjoy!

Bob G October 4th, 2020 05:45 AM

I've looked at this ability a few dozen times and decided that using a configurable is the way to go. I thought that maybe if I broke this down into bite-sized chunks, I might be able to get more assistance. So here we go:

1. The class gets the Toxin technique as a secondary custom ability. This gives them the ability to create toxins with a base profile as listed in the OP.
2. The class can choose techniques as a tertiary custom ability. Techniques modify the toxin base profile in a number of different ways.
3. At 1st level, the class can choose to apply one technique to her toxin per day. This increases by 1 at 4th level and every 4 levels thereafter (i.e. 8th, 12th, etc.)

To start, I'm setting up the ability for the class to customize her toxins. I've set up a configurable that is bootstrapped when the class chooses the Toxins custom ability. In the configurable, my primary candidate expression is

component.UserSelect & abCategory.Pois_tech & thing.user_added
I want it to filter only the toxin techniques that the class has chosen, and limit the number of selections. Instead, the configurable is returning "Nothing to choose from."

I seem to be missing a tag in my primary candidate expression, but I'm not sure what it is. Can anyone help?

DeltaMasterMind October 10th, 2020 05:51 AM

So I was just browsing and when reading this I feel some of my code might help:

<eval phase="First" priority="400" index="3"><![CDATA[ foreach pick in hero from BaseClSpec
if (eachpick.isroot <> 0) then
~ Domain Abilities
if (eachpick.root.tagexpr[component.BaseClrDom & CustSpPick.Tertiary & CustTaken.cHelpPal] <> 0) then
if (eachpick.tagis[ClSpecWhen.1] <> 0) then
perform eachpick.tagreplace[ClSpecWhen.1,ClSpecWhen.4]
if (eachpick.tagis[StandardDC.?] <> 0) then
perform eachpick.tagreplace[StandardDC.?,StandardDC.aWIS]
if (eachpick.tagis[ChargeAttr.?] <> 0) then
perform eachpick.tagreplace[ChargeAttr.?,ChargeAttr.aWIS]

perform eachpick.assign[Helper.SpcDisable]
perform eachpick.assign[Hide.All]
perform eachpick.forward[AbReplace.?]
However the tagexpression on yours seems off like it too specific, I would drop the thing.user_added or try with a | instead of & between the thing and the rest of the string.
Looks like you will need to tagreplace alot for this to work as intended and sadly I am too rusty to just throw out some ideas.

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