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Bards' songbirds as actual class entities

ShirszaeShirszae Santo DomingoMember Posts: 3,091 @@ - Legendary Achaean
So I've been wondering as of late, is there any chance of bards getting their songbirds to be actual class entities, much like falcons or angels or baalzadeens, as opposed to what amounts to be a defense? To my knowledge, we are the only class whose entity works in such a way, and its a little depressing. I don't know about other bards, but I'd love to have my songbird actually follow me in a visible way. 

Anyway, discuss/consider/whatever. This is just something I would really like to see.


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  • AveriAveri Member Posts: 555 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    edited December 2013
    YES! THEN I CAN HUG IT!

    edit: but can we choose between types of birds too?  I really want a duck. :< (edit: I am not serious when I say this. Although I do think it is an awesome idea. ))
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  • EldEld Member Posts: 3,946 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Averi said:
    YES! THEN I CAN HUG IT!

    edit: but can we choose between types of birds too?  I really want a duck. :< (edit: I am not serious when I say this. Although I do think it is an awesome idea. ))
    Yes! Then I can kill it! I actually don't have a good feel for how helpful that would be in fighting bards, but seems like an interesting option to add, as well as an extra bit of flavour.
    AveriShirszaeSylvance
  • AveriAveri Member Posts: 555 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    It might make us a bit more powerful because as of now, our songbird poofs after a while and it takes equilibrium ((I think)) to resummon it.  But it is also sort of random like a loki that works part of the time. Maybe it'd have to be balance out a bit, but then maybe not.  I don't really know. 
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  • MelodieMelodie Port Saint Lucie, FloridaMember Posts: 4,934 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    An actual songbird would be kind of cool. Would it retain its current function, or something new entirely, or?
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  • ShirszaeShirszae Santo DomingoMember Posts: 3,091 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Melodie said:
    An actual songbird would be kind of cool. Would it retain its current function, or something new entirely, or?
    It could retain its current function, I suppose. Would be nice if they varied in the way falcons do depending on House, or at the very least depending on whether the bard belonged to the Ty Beirdd, the CIJ, anywhere else, or rogue. 

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    ...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.

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  • GamoneterikGamoneterik Member Posts: 118 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    Yes please this would be awesome!
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  • DakloreDaklore Member Posts: 804 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Averi said:
    YES! THEN I CAN HUG IT!

    edit: but can we choose between types of birds too?  I really want a duck. :< (edit: I am not serious when I say this. Although I do think it is an awesome idea. ))
    The space duck. So majestic.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLLDXXfKkpA

    I'm afraid I'm not being constructive with this one... DBZA for the win!

    I don't think we need huggable bard birds, though. Isn't that why they made angels non-corporeal-entities?
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  • NemutaurNemutaur GermanyMember Posts: 1,068
    Songbird running out as a def seems weird, but if you had it as an entity then high damage bashing classes could kill it rather quickly when they have a little time and then turtle up (assuming they would get the same triple loki final stand shot if they die like serpent snake pets now).

    Its just something you have to be able to deal with right now for combat. For RP sure, it would be cooler if it were an entity.
  • ShirszaeShirszae Santo DomingoMember Posts: 3,091 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Daklore said:
    Averi said:
    YES! THEN I CAN HUG IT!

    edit: but can we choose between types of birds too?  I really want a duck. :< (edit: I am not serious when I say this. Although I do think it is an awesome idea. ))
    The space duck. So majestic.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLLDXXfKkpA

    I'm afraid I'm not being constructive with this one... DBZA for the win!

    I don't think we need huggable bard birds, though. Isn't that why they made angels non-corporeal-entities?
    There's a rather big difference between birds and angels, I think. I fail to see why songbirds can't be corporeal when pretty much every other class entity is, aside from angels.

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    ...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.

  • KafzielKafziel Member Posts: 658 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    If this thread ends up with songbirds being killable I am using my forum PK cause and coming after you IG.
    ShirszaeAveri
  • TeshaTesha Member Posts: 2,882 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited December 2013
    My guess regarding angels is people were molesting them. I don't have the same fear for songbirds, but you guys really don't want songbirds being killable. They would have like 4 health. And don't even bother asking for the ability to order them to sing specific songs.

    (edit to replace certain with specific)
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  • ShirszaeShirszae Santo DomingoMember Posts: 3,091 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Tesha said:
     And don't even bother asking for the ability to order them to sing specific songs.

    (edit to replace certain with specific)
    I am not asking for that. Not that it wouldn't be nice, mind you.  As for them being killed easily, thats the admin's decision. It'll probably suck, and people will hate me, but I couldn't care less.

    And you won't understand the cause of your grief...


    ...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.

  • AveriAveri Member Posts: 555 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    edited December 2013
    @Daklore I <3 you.   :x  :x :x

    Edit: I think it'd be sort of lame if songbirds were a remake of falcons though. :< and it'd suck if they were killable.  I don't really know what else they'd do otherwise (or how this idea would actually work) but I still want to hug them. 
    Commission List: Aesi, Kenway, Shimi, Kythra, Trey, Sholen .... 5/5 CLOSED
    I will not draw them in the order that they are requested... rather in the order that I get inspiration/artist block.
  • ShirszaeShirszae Santo DomingoMember Posts: 3,091 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    They don't need to be a remake of falcons. Mostly, it would be interesting if there were different kinds for the different houses. It would not be too difficult, since there really are only two 'artsy' houses, plus rogues, which in this case would be everyone else.

    Of course, some other nifty utility would be nice, but I don't know what else would be appropriate. 
    I'd probably settle for the above, for now at least.

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    ...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.

    Averi
  • AtalkezAtalkez Member Posts: 4,829 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    @Tecton

    Thoughts on this being viable?


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  • ShirszaeShirszae Santo DomingoMember Posts: 3,091 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited December 2013
    Whatever. You could at least have saved the horrible joke thats not even funny. Bigger fish? Sure. But would it really be that hard? Or time consuming? It could at least be a pet project in between working on all that other stuff that requires heavy coding.


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  • SarapisSarapis Member, Administrator Posts: 3,397 Achaean staff
    edited December 2013
    That's not really the point. There are thousands of small changes we could make that don't take much time to implement individually, but since there are far more things we could do than we have the resources to do, it's about benefit vs. time spent. Everything takes times, and there is a fixed amount of it. If that gets done, something else that's more important does not get done....and there are a lot of things more important to the game than whether you can hug your songbird or not.



  • ShirszaeShirszae Santo DomingoMember Posts: 3,091 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Sarapis said:
    That's not really the point. There are thousands of small changes we could make that don't take much time to implement individually, but since there are far more things we could do than we have the resources to do, it's about benefit vs. time spent. Everything takes times, and there is a fixed amount of it. If that gets done, something else that's more important does not get done....and there are a lot of things more important to the game than whether you can hug your songbird or not.



    This is not even the first small change thats get requested. I've seen more silly things get approved. So yes, it might take time, but it would bring bard in line with basically every other class in existence! That should be worth something at least. 

    Meh... I hope you at least consider it sometime down the road...

    And you won't understand the cause of your grief...


    ...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.

  • JovoloJovolo EnglandMember Posts: 3,154 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    The thing is, this also has notable combat implications. It requires more effort in discussion and implementation than the admin can afford to invest right now while simultaneously remaining quite low on their list of priorities. That's sort of the nip in the bud unfortunately, I guess!

    This is something more suitable for classleads, imo.
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  • FlorentinoFlorentino Member Posts: 516
    Get a songbird pet like Jurixe's shrike or many other pets in existence and roleplay with that.
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  • JonathinJonathin Retirement hole.Member Posts: 3,323 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    You say, "Sing, swallow."
    A mahogany swallow twitters out a simple yet rousing song, stomping one wooden foot upon the ground for a back-beat.


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  • ShirszaeShirszae Santo DomingoMember Posts: 3,091 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited December 2013
    Get a songbird pet like Jurixe's shrike or many other pets in existence and roleplay with that.
    If you won't bother to read, then simply don't post. That doesn't address any of the points made at all. 

    And you won't understand the cause of your grief...


    ...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.

  • SylvanceSylvance Member Posts: 1,477 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    My ten cents - I'd throw credits at this like it was up on the tables with its titties out. I wouldn't even care if it got killed in combat (though, granted, that's because I don't PvP). Even if just for the customisability, this idea is where it's at.
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  • AveriAveri Member Posts: 555 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    edited December 2013
    I would care if it was easily killable. :< I don't think this is really that small of a change because materializing the bird would mean adjusting its health as well as the frequency of it afflicting something to make it useful but not overpowering.  It'd take some balancing work and would not be as simple as "oh yay. you can hug it now" without any other changes.  

    Edit: OMG wrong face emote. 
    Commission List: Aesi, Kenway, Shimi, Kythra, Trey, Sholen .... 5/5 CLOSED
    I will not draw them in the order that they are requested... rather in the order that I get inspiration/artist block.
  • AtalkezAtalkez Member Posts: 4,829 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Shirszae said:

    Whatever. You could at least have saved the horrible joke thats not even funny. Bigger fish? Sure. But would it really be that hard? Or time consuming? It could at least be a pet project in between working on all that other stuff that requires heavy coding.



    The original answer had no joke. @Sarapis added it (I'm sure) to not seem like a dick.

    I personally appreciate an honest straightforward answer. I've already scrapped this idea and moved on. I think the reasons behind this not working right now are more than fair.


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  • ShirszaeShirszae Santo DomingoMember Posts: 3,091 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Atalkez said:

    Shirszae said:

    Whatever. You could at least have saved the horrible joke thats not even funny. Bigger fish? Sure. But would it really be that hard? Or time consuming? It could at least be a pet project in between working on all that other stuff that requires heavy coding.



    The original answer had no joke. @Sarapis added it (I'm sure) to not seem like a dick.

    I personally appreciate an honest straightforward answer. I've already scrapped this idea and moved on. I think the reasons behind this not working right now are more than fair.
    I admit I might have overreacted with the joke thing, but to me, it was that addition that made the post seem dickish. My bad, perhaps, but different people see things in different ways.

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    ...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.

  • FlorentinoFlorentino Member Posts: 516
    @Shirszae I did read. I assumed you wanted it to roleplay with it. Your only argument presented in the thread was "this ability works in a way inconsistent with the way other abilities work" which is a terrible argument. Not everything has to be the same.
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