So, we had a recent conversation in game that I'd like to share the results of. We were discussing slow-prepping using shield, and the concept of "shield-whoring" in general.
Mostly we all agree that there's nothing wrong with shield. However, we'd like to see some way of discouraging using it in a way that might be considered "excessive".
Here's the idea we arrived at, with the goal being to essentially not touch how it works, unless it is used -a lot-.
There are a lot of ideas floating around, but I thought this one was pretty cool, and would discourage the 20-minute shield fests we have all come to know and despise.
Touch shield once:
Your shield tattoo begins to feel warm on your skin.
8 seconds later (4 seconds after shield balance), this warm feeling fades.
Touch shield while the tattoo is still "warm":
Your shield tattoo stings unpleasantly.
10 seconds after this, this feelings fades (total reset)
Touch shield 3rd time:
Your shield tattoo burns painfully as you touch it.
+1.5 second equilibrium time
12 seconds after this, this feelings fades (total reset)
Touch shield while still "hot" (4 times in a row):
Shield equilibrium 7 seconds, afflicts with ablaze (optional, for style)
Resets 4 seconds after balance returns.