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    Gemstone IV Archery Guide

    “The Art of the Bow”
    By
    Nuadjha kis'Anthri, the Briar Fox
    Written February 2010



    This guide aims to introduce a new archer to the range of options included in archery in Gemstone IV and to provide him or her some of the basic info that goes in to making a decision in terms of weapon choice and character build, all with an eye toward long-term character viability. Ideally, the information contained within it will also be of use to more experienced archers who would like to double check damage-factor and crit-rank tables or simply expand their own knowledge. The guide breaks down into several parts:

    1. Basic Mechanics (and dealing with arrows)
    2. Bows vs. Crossbows
    3. Firing Times, Aiming, and Sighting
    4. Puncture Damage and Fatal Crit Thresholds
    5. Puncture Immune and Resistant Creatures
    6. Open Aiming vs. Sniping
    7. Ranged AS and DS
    8. Modifying Skills, Spells, and Effects
    9. Fletching
    10. Sample Builds
    11. Useful Links
    12. Thanks
    13. Appendix (Puncture Critical Table) (Following Post)

    1. Basic Mechanics:
    Bows and crossbows require ammunition, which can either be purchased at bowyer's shop, bought from other players, or made by the archer (see Fletching). Many people find ammunition to be the most irritating of the requirements for archery and the requirement turns many people off. Done properly, however, it's a very simple adjustment. For additional information, see the AIM and FIRE commands in the game.

    You may hold your bow in either hand, though the game will automatically place it in your left hand (if it's free) if you use the READY and UNSHEATHE verbs.

    Commands:
    For Bows:

    To get an arrow from a bundle:
    >Get 1 my arrow from my (container) (or get 1 my (adjective) arrow from my container), Ex. Get 1 my faewood arrow from my quiver

    To aim at a body part:
    >aim (body part) – Ex. Aim right eye.

    To fire:
    >fire (creature), Ex. Fire third orc

    To retrieve arrows on the ground:
    >gather (arrows), Ex. Gather faewood arrows


    For Crossbows:
    Crossbows require two extra steps beyond bows. You must also COCK the crossbow and LOAD the bolt into the crossbow.

    Macros:
    Some simple macros or scripts can make your life much easier.

    Example Macro:
    >Get 1 my faewood arrow\r fire\r

    This macro will get and fire one arrow at an already targeted creature or the first in attack order in the room. You'd only have to hit F1 or the designated key to activate it.

    Example Script:
    # reye
    Put aim right eye
    Put get 1 my faewood arrow from my quiver
    Put fire %1

    This script would aim for the right eye, get an arrow, and fire at the creature you designate in the command line. Ex: .reye orc would fire an arrow at the orc's right eye.


    Dealing with Blessed or E-Bladed Arrows:
    You might find that you end up with a pile of single, uncharged arrows and a bundle of charged ones, and they can't be bundled back together, or perhaps you're running out of charges faster than you expect. That's because when you bless or e-blade a bundle of arrows, the *bundle* keeps the total number of charges. When you get an arrow, the arrow takes *two* charges with it. One gets used when you fire, the other remains so that you can put that arrow back in the bundle without any trouble, because you can't bundle two different arrows together (even if they only cost a silver more or less). Just make sure that you only fire arrows taken fresh from the bundle, and that you gather everything up and bundle them back together before you move on, and you'll be fine. You can always LOOK at the arrow to see if it's glowing with a holy light (blessed) or has a scintillating aura (e-bladed), too. Watch out for other people's arrows on the ground if another archer is hunting near you; you won't be able to bundle that other "wooden arrow" with yours if it has an ice eblade while yours have a fire eblade. You can tell by the color of the aura when you look at it.

    Tip: You can add up to 999 charges to a bundle, and if you e-blade a couple of smaller bundles, you can bundle them together to get a nicely charged one that'll last you awhile.

    2. Bows vs. Crossbows
    Bows and crossbows come in two categories and five types: short bow, composite bow, long bow, light crossbow and heavy crossbow. Each has its advantages, though most experienced archers prefer the long bow. The basic rule is that the lighter the bow, the faster it fires and the weaker its damage factor (DF), which means that it doesn't do as much damage when it hits. This rule can get complicated, though, because the GS combat system takes into account a number of factors, including the type of bow, the target's armor, the target's natural critical or damage padding (if any), and your Dexterity Bonus (for critical weighting – see Ranged AS). Though crossbows are slower in most cases than bows, they add a +30 AS when fired while kneeling. Many people keep a couple cocked and loaded as backups, even if they normally use a bow. See the tables below for detailed information on calculating damage based on bow type, armor and wound location.

    Base weapon weights (courtesy of Mark):

    Bows (short, composite, long): 3 pounds
    Light crossbow: 8 pounds
    Heavy crossbow: 12 pounds

    Another note on weights:
    In addition to the weights above, a bundle of 100 arrows weighs 10lbs. However, warrior sheaths weigh .5lbs and can hold up to five weapons, reducing their weights by 2lbs each to a minimum of .5lbs. If you use a warrior-made quiver, you can carry a 3lb bow and four bundles of 20 arrows (2lbs each) at 5lbs of encumbrance (.5lb quiver weight, 1lb bow weight, .5lb bundle weights). If encumbrance is an issue for your character, you might use this method. Props go to Droit for realizing the utility of warrior sheaths for this purpose.


    3. Firing Times

    Bows:
    Base RT:
    Short bows – 5 seconds
    Composite bows – 6 seconds
    Long bows – 7 seconds

    Crossbows:
    Cocking time – varies depending on character Strength, wounds, and position (lying, standing, etc.)
    Firing time – 2 seconds

    The Base RT of a firing time is modified by character Strength Bonus and Strength spells and enhancives. For each 10 STR Bonus, 1 second is deducted from the firing RT. If an archer aims, this adds one second, and if an archer fires from hiding, this adds another second.

    Example:
    Nuadjha has a STR bonus of 25 and as a ranger uses Phoen's Strength (+10 Strength Bonus). This combination produces a STR Bonus of 35. With Wizard Strength (509), he can add another +15 STR Bonus and have a total Bonus of +50, which reduces his firing time by 5 seconds.

    A STR Bonus of 50 produces these times for a longbow (base 7 seconds). Minimum RT is 3 seconds:

    Open unaimed: 3 seconds (7-5 is 2, but the minimum RT is 3)
    Open aimed: 3 seconds (8-5)
    Hiding unaimed: 3 seconds (8-5)
    Hiding aimed: 4 seconds (9-5)

    Aiming:
    The basic rule here is that the smaller target, the harder it is to hit. A young archer will have great difficulty hitting anything, much less the smallest targets, like the eyes. Experienced archers will almost always aim for the eyes because of the low fatal crit rank threshold (rank 4 – see below), but younger archers will have better luck aiming for a leg, knocking the creature down, and then aiming for the neck or eyes.

    Aiming from the open relies solely on the Perception Skill, while aiming from hiding relies on the Perception and Ambush skills.

    Factors that affect aiming other than trainable skills are level vs. target, encumbrance, wounds on the upper body, and (I believe) profession. Certain spells also help (see below).

    Sighting:
    Sighting is the ranged version of critical weighting. It follows the same scale as crit and damage weighting (i.e. 10 points is “heavy” sighting). Unlike critical weighting, however, sighting helps you hit your targets rather than increasing the crit rank of a wound.

    Naturally sighted woods:

    Yew – +2, somewhat (5-6 points)
    Ipantor – +17, somewhat (Many ipantor bows are decent, apparently due to some aberration that was corrected. Double-check before buying or selling one.)
    Sephwir – +25, heavy (9-11 points)

    4. Puncture Damage and Fatal Crit Thresholds
    There are three basic damage types for weapons in Gemstone – puncture, slash, and crush. Bows and crossbows only do puncture damage. To calculate damage from a hit using a DF table, take the endroll, subtract 100, and multiply the remainder by the DF. This is the “Raw Damage.” Depending on the creature's armor and padding, this raw damage will produce a critical rank of wound, which will add damage to the shot. Use the Puncture Crit Table (see Appendix) to locate wound area and identify crit rank and damage. Armor Crit Divisors (see below) will let you estimate how much raw damage it will take to achieve each crit rank. The information below is courtesy of the QRS (Quick Reference Script) and updated by Mark.

    Code:
    DF Table:
    
    Armor Group      ROBES | LEATHER | SCALE | CHAIN | PLATE | RT | D.TYPE | STR/DUR
     --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Light Crossbow   .350  |  .300   | .325  | .275  | .150  | 2  |  P     | 50/285
    Heavy Crossbow   .425  |  .325   | .375  | .285  | .175  | 2  |  P     | 60/315
                                                                         
    Short Bow        .325  |  .225   | .275  | .250  | .100  | 5  |  P     | 35/180
    Composite Bow    .350  |  .300   | .325  | .275  | .150  | 6  |  P     | 50/225
    Long Bow         .400  |  .325   | .350  | .300  | .175  | 7  |  P     | 45/140
    Armor Crit Divisors:
    Code:
    ASG/AG/AG Name   /Armor Name           /Coverage/Crit Divisor
    1.. 1. Clothing. Robes................ TALH.... 5
    5.. 2. Leather.. Light Leather........ T....... 6
    6.. 2. Leather.. Full Leather......... TA...... 6 
    7.. 2. Leather.. Reinforced Leather... TAL..... 6 
    8.. 2. Leather.. Double Leather....... TALH.... 6 
    9.. 3. Scale.... Leather Breastplate.. T....... 7 
    10. 3. Scale.... Cuirbouilli Leather.. TA...... 7 
    11. 3. Scale.... Studded Leather...... TAL..... 7 
    12. 3. Scale.... Brigandine........... TALH.... 7 
    13. 4. Chain.... Chain Mail........... T....... 9
    14. 4. Chain.... Double Chain Mail.... TA...... 9
    15. 4. Chain.... Augmented Chain Mail. TAL..... 9
    16. 4. Chain.... Chain Hauberk........ TALH.... 9
    17. 5. Plate.... Metal Breastplate.... T....... 11
    18. 5. Plate.... Augmented Breastplate TA...... 11
    19. 5. Plate.... Half Plate Armor..... TAL..... 11
    20. 5. Plate.... Plate Mail Armor..... TALH.... 11
    AsG – Armor Sub Group
    AG – Armor Group
    Coverage – Torso, Arms, Legs, Head
    Crit Divisor – The amount of damage needed to achieve each critical rank (see crit tables)

    Fatal Thresholds for Puncture Criticals:
    Eye: 4
    Eye: 4
    Head: 6
    Neck: 6
    Chest: 8
    Back: 8
    Abs: 8

    See the Appendix for a full puncture critical table.

    5. Puncture Immune and Resistant Creatures
    **As of 08/01/11, I believe all previously puncture-immune critters have been updated to puncture-resistant.**

    Some creatures in Gemstone still work on an older model (referred to now as pre-BCS – Basic Creature System). Of these creatures, a handful are immune to puncture damage, and as a result they can be an archer's bane. Examples are nightmare steeds, bone golems, and vaespilons. Most are undead. These creatures are slowly being updated to the BCS, which replaces puncture immunity with puncture resistance, which without going into mechanics, simply means that archers will hurt them, but not a lot. As a result of puncture immune and resistant creatures, some archers train in a supplemental hunting method – either another melee weapon or magic. One of the most popular builds of late is the Voln Fu Archer, since the two skills nicely complement each other and have similar requirements in terms of training. The major difference in that path is that an archer will also have to train in Brawling (see Sample Builds below). Others simply ignore these creatures, of which there aren't many.


    6. Open Aiming vs. Sniping
    The basic choice of an archer's existence is whether to be an open archer or a sniper. Open archers aim and fire without hiding, which has the advantage of speed but exposes the archer to injury. Snipers fire from hiding, which adds RT but can protect the archer. The open archery path requires significantly fewer Training Points, and most archers toward cap prefer it for its speed. However, some characters, whether because of their individual hunting style, level, or roleplay, do prefer to snipe. Sniping is one of the most effective CvC styles in the game, if that's your style. If sniping, train in as much hiding as possible, because some creatures are very perceptive, especially animals and the undead. If one is fighting an undead animal, then hiding may be very difficult. The more you train in hiding, the better your chances of staying hidden while you fire, as well.

    Things that affect hiding: Hiding skill bonus, profession bonus, racial bonus, stat bonuses (DIS?), Sneaking, Unpresence, Camouflage, Spirit Fog, Darkness, and CMAN Shadow Mastery.

    7. Ranged AS and DS
    Ranged AS and DS are the meat and potatoes of archery. See below, but if that information is too arcane, the basics are these: For AS, train ranged skill, ambush and perception (each to 2x). For DS, train ranged skill, ambush, perception (diminishing returns after 2x), and dodge. Armor and bow enchant add directly to DS, just as bow and arrow enchants (up to 10x combined) add to AS.

    One of the advantages of ranged weapons is that it's so easy to get a 10x flaring weapon. One only needs a 5x bow and master-fletched, e-bladed arrows to have a +50 weapon with flares of your (mage's) choice. A 6x bow with plain e-bladed arrows is even simpler and doesn't require one to fletch (see below). This bonus follows the same rules as other enchanted weapons, which is bonus/2 (rounded down) determines the level at which you can use the enchant (Ex: +50/2 = level 25). You can hold a 5x bow and 5x arrows at level 13, however, and each level you gain, your AS will increase to the total allowed bonus.

    At the lower levels, a new archer will often notice that Ranged AS compares unfavorably to Edged or other melee AS. Training 2x in Ambush and Perception and using a 10x bow/arrow combination, however, means that toward cap, Ranged AS will actually surpass melee AS for most builds (except ones heavily trained in CM, for example). In most cases, however, this relatively lower Ranged AS will make no difference, because creatures' DS to ranged weapons is generally lower (and sometimes much lower) than their DS to melee weapons. Some few creatures are the exceptions, however (i.e. Vvrael warlocks using tower shields).

    Ranged AS: DEX Bonus + Bow/Arrow Enchant (+50 max) + Ranged Skill + (((Ambush ranks – 40)/4) + ((Perception ranks – 40)/4)) + Spell effects (211, 215, Warcry, 1606, 425, etc.)

    Ranged DS: Ranged Parry Melee DS + Dodge DS + Modifying Skills and Spells + Armor Enchant + Environmental Conditions.

    Ranged Parry Melee DS: trunc([(Ranged Skill + trunc(perception ranks/2) + trunc(ambush ranks/2)] * Stance Modifier)) + Bow/Crossbow Enchant Bonus + Stance Bonus.

    Dodge DS: trunc((Dodge Ranks + (AGI Bonus) + trunc(INT Bonus/4)) Armor Hindrance Stance Modifier)

    Stance Modifiers for Ranged Parry Melee DS:
    OFFENSIVE BOW = .15
    ADVANCE BOW = .21
    FORWARD BOW = .27
    NEUTRAL BOW = .33
    GUARDED BOW = .39
    DEFENSIVE BOW = .45

    OFFENSIVE CROSSBOW = .12
    ADVANCE CROSSBOW = .17
    FORWARD CROSSBOW = .22
    NEUTRAL CROSSBOW = .27
    GUARDED CROSSBOW = .32
    DEFENSIVE CROSSBOW = .37

    Stance Bonuses for Ranged Parry Melee DS:
    OFF: 0
    ADV: 10
    FOR: 20
    NEU: 30
    GUA: 40
    DEF: 50

    See here for Dodge DS armor hindrance and stance modifiers: http://www.krakiipedia.org/wiki/Evade

    *Many thanks go to Mark/Riltus for correcting the Ranged Parry Melee DS formula on 3/8/13*


    8. Modifying Skills, Spells, and Effects

    Modifying Skills and Spells:
    Surge of Strength (a combat maneuver): Helps reduce firing time by temporarily increasing STR Bonus
    Shadow Mastery (a combat maneuver): Reduces stalking and hiding time and adds bonuses to hiding. SM will also allow a ranger using 608 to retain some of the AS bonus when sneaking.
    Multi-Fire (a combat maneuver): Allows an archer to fire two or more unaimed arrows simultaneously, at one or multiple targets. However, I suggest you avoid this maneuver except for shits and giggles, since you can fire aimed single arrows faster.
    Weapon Specification (a combat maneuver): By wspecing an arrow, an archer can gain up to +10 AS.
    Phoen's Strength (606): Reduces firing time by increasing STR Bonus by +10
    Wizard's Strength (509): Reduces firing time by increasing STR Bonus by +15
    Camouflage (608): Instant hide and +30 AS for one attack. With sufficient hiding skill, an archer can stay hidden with a constant +30 AS bonus.
    Self Control (613): Adds bonuses to aiming
    Sneaking (617): Adds bonuses to hiding (increased with Blessings Lore)
    Disarm Enhancement (404): Adds a bonus to aiming
    Target posture (standing, kneeling, prone, etc.) - Accuracy bonuses for more immobile postures, such as being prone.
    Encumbrance - Decreases accuracy.
    Level - Decreases(/increases?) accuracy.

    Animal Companions (630): Animal companions (available to advanced rangers) have a Guard command that generally lets them guard the ranger for up to -25 AS/+25 DS. With ranged (and thrown) weapons, there is no AS penalty.

    Ranged AS-Enhancing Spells:
    Kai's Song - +10 AS boost, increasing with bard ranks
    Dauntless - +10 AS boost, with other benefits
    Bravery - +15 AS boost, with other benefits
    Heroism - +25 AS boost, with other benefits, increasing with Blessings lore
    Elemental Targetting - +25 AS, increasing with major elemental ranks
    Spirit Strike - +75 AS for one shot (blue crystals contain this spell)
    Zealot - +30 AS / -30 DS, modified with Religion lore
    Benediction - +5 AS, increasing with cleric ranks
    Symbol of the Proselyte - +5 AS, depending on cleric stats, training, and deity vs. target resolution
    Intensity - +20 AS, increasing with empath ranks and level
    Assume Aspect (through stat modifications) - Modifies stats depending on lore and companion type. Try Wolf (DEX) and Lion (STR), among others.
    Ensorcell (through permanent item modification) - +5 (T1) to +25 (T5) AS on single shots if flare does not restore mana/health/etc.

    N.B. Depending on how these spells are cast, ranks in MIU or AS may affect the bonus.

    Enhancive Items:
    With the release of enhancive items through the treasure system, it's become relatively easy to boost skills and stats. One is limited to a total +50 bonus to a skill and +40 bonus to a stat (+20 stat bonus). Though there are a number of ways enhancives can be useful, an archer with a low Strength bonus or, in particular, a Strength bonus only a point or three off from the next RT reduction (every +10 STR bonus) might find wearable Strength enhancives particularly useful. Dexterity bonus also adds directly to AS and increases phantom crit weighting (bonus/4).

    Some of the most common enhancives for ranged weaponry are the "leather wrist guards" released at the Winterfest Caravan of 2008. They're +4 Ranged Weapons Bonus and one can wear two of them on the wrists. They cost about 2400 Bounty Points to recharge at the Adventurer's Guild.

    Fusion is also an ideal way to increase one's ranged abilities.

    9. Fletching
    An archer has the capability to make his or her own arrows with a natural +5 bonus after mastering the artisan skill of fletching. The advantage of such arrows is that one can use faewood (natural 4x) to make 5x blessed arrows. With a 5x bow, an archer is at the maximum +50 AS. Many archers find it simpler to avoid undead creatures and use a 6x bow with ebladed (+20 flaring) ordinary arrows for a flaring +50 weapon, however. For comprehensive information on this ability, see:

    Fletching on Krakiipedia: http://www.krakiipedia.org/wiki/Fletching
    Nephrenia's Guide to Fletching: http://www.dm.net/~aldamus/Mentors/G.../fletching.htm
    Keelty's Super Fletch Script and others: http://forum.gsplayers.com/showthread.php?t=42806

    10. Sample Builds
    These sample builds only include the relevant archery skills. Armor choice, spells, and other skills are up to the individual.

    Core skills: Ranged Weapons Skill, Perception, Ambush, Dodging, Stalking and Hiding (if sniping)

    Sample Sniping Rogue Build:

    2x Ranged
    2x-3x Perception
    2x Ambush
    1x-2x CM (incl. Surge of Strength)
    2x-3x Dodge
    3x Hiding

    Sample Hasted Wizard Build:

    1x Ranged
    2x Perception
    DS is provided by spells and Haste (506) allows deep RT reductions.


    Sample Open Archer Ranger:

    2x Ranged
    2x Perception
    1x Dodge
    1x-2x Ambush

    11. Useful Links

    Paul's “Archery Gear” (A list of legendary ranged weapons): http://www.gsplayers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=47302


    12. Thanks

    Thanks go to Droit, Asrial, Mark/Riltus, Kitsun, and WaywardGS for suggestions and corrections, and to Amused1 for the laborious task of posting the guide on Krakiipedia.

    13. Appendix

    Please see the following post.
    Last edited by BriarFox; 09-17-2015 at 12:15 PM.

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    Appendix:

    Puncture Critical Table:

    HEAD:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Thrust catches chin. Leaves an impression but no cut.
    1 5 Glancing strike to the head!
    2 8 Nice shot to the head gouges the critter's cheek!
    3 10 Beautiful head shot! That ear will be missed!
    4 15 Strike to temple! Saved by thick skull!
    5 20 Beautiful shot pierces skull! Amazing the critter wasn't killed outright!
    6 25 Amazing shot through the critter's nose enters the brain!
    7 30 Strike though both ears, foe is quite dead!
    8 35 Strike pierces temple and kills foe instantly!
    9 40 Awesome shot skewers skull! The critter blinks once and falls quite dead!

    NECK:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Talk about a close shave! Let's try closer next time.
    1 3 Minor strike to neck.
    2 5 Well placed shot to the neck.
    3 7 Strike just below the jaw, nice shot to the neck!
    4 10 Pierced through the neck, a fine shot!
    5 15 Neck skewered, sliding past the throat and spine! That looks painful.
    6 15 Fine shot pierces jugular vein! The brain wonders where all its oxygen went, briefly.
    7 20 Strike clean through neck, what a shot! Good form!
    8 25 Strike punctures throat and ruins vocal cords!
    9 30 Incredible shot clean through the throat severs the spine!

    CHEST:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Blow slides along ribs. Probably tickles.
    1 5 Minor puncture to the chest.
    2 10 Strike to the chest breaks a rib!
    3 15 Loud *crack* as the critter's sternum breaks!
    4 20 Well placed strike shatters a rib!
    5 25 Damaging strike to chest, several ribs shattered!
    6 30 Strong strike, punctures lung!
    7 35 Awesome shot shatters ribs and punctures lung!
    8 40 Beautiful shot pierces both lungs, the critter makes a wheezing noise, and drops dead!
    9 50 Incredible strike pierces heart and runs the critter clean through!


    ABDOMEN:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Poked in the tummy. Hehehe.
    1 5 Minor puncture to abdomen.
    2 10 Nice puncture to the abdomen, just missed vital organs!
    3 15 Strike pierces gall bladder! That's gotta hurt!
    4 20 Strike to abdomen punctures stomach!
    5 25 Vicious strike punctures intestines!
    6 25 Bladder impaled, what a mess!
    7 30 Deft strike to abdomen penetrates several useful organs!
    8 40 Strike to abdomen skewers the critter quite nicely!
    9 50 Perfect strike to the abdomen. The critter howls in pain and drops quite dead!

    BACK:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Thrust slides along the back. Cuts a nagging itch.
    1 5 Minor puncture to the back.
    2 10 Nice puncture to the back, just grazed the spine!
    3 15 Strike connects with shoulder blade!
    4 20 Nailed in the lower back!
    5 25 Well placed strike to back shatters vertebrae!
    6 30 Deft strike to the back cracks vertebrae!
    7 35 Awesome shot shatters spine and punctures lung!
    8 40 Shot to back shatters bone and vertebrae!
    9 50 Incredible shot impales a kidney. Too painful to even scream.


    RIGHT EYE:
    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Attack bumps an eyebrow. Oh! So close!
    1 1 Minor strike under the right eye, that was close!
    2 5 Well aimed shot almost removes an eye!
    3 10 Slash across right eye! Hope the left is working.
    4 17 Attack punctures the eye and connects with something really vital!
    5 20 Shot knocks the critter's head back by pushing on the inside of the skull!
    6 25 Incredible shot to the eye penetrates deep into skull!
    7 30 Shot destroys eye and the brain behind it!
    8 35 Strike through eye, the critter is lobotomized!
    9 40 Strike to the eye penetrates skull, ocular fluid sprays widely!


    LEFT EYE:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Attack bumps an eyebrow. Oh! So close!
    1 1 Minor strike under the left eye, that was close!
    2 5 Well aimed shot almost removes an eye!
    3 10 Surgical strike removes the critter's left eye!
    4 17 Attack punctures the eye and connects with something really vital!
    5 20 Shot knocks the critter's head back by pushing on the inside of the skull!
    6 25 Incredible shot to the eye penetrates deep into skull!
    7 30 Shot destroys eye and the brain behind it!
    8 35 Strike through eye, the critter is lobotomized!
    9 40 Strike to the eye penetrates skull, ocular fluid sprays widely!

    RIGHT LEG:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Thrust glances off the critter's knee without a lot of effect.
    1 5 Minor puncture to the right leg.
    2 9 Strike pierces thigh!
    3 13 Well aimed shot, punctures calf!
    4 17 Strike pierces calf!
    5 20 Well placed shot pierces knee, that hurt!
    6 23 Great shot penetrates thigh and shatters bone!
    7 27 Blow shatters knee and severs lower leg!
    8 30 Strike punctures thigh and shatters femur!
    9 35 Shot shatters hip and severs right leg!

    LEFT LEG:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Thrust glances off the critter's knee without a lot of effect.
    1 5 Minor puncture to the left leg.
    2 9 Strike pierces thigh!
    3 13 Well aimed shot, punctures calf!
    4 17 Strike pierces calf!
    5 20 Well placed shot pierces knee, that hurt!
    6 23 Great shot penetrates thigh and shatters bone!
    7 27 Blow shatters knee and severs lower leg!
    8 30 Strike punctures thigh and shatters femur!
    9 35 Shot shatters hip and severs left leg!

    RIGHT ARM:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Tap to the arm pricks some interest but not much else.
    1 3 Minor puncture to the right arm.
    2 5 Strike pierces upper arm!
    3 7 Well aimed shot, punctures upper arm!
    4 10 Strike pierces forearm!
    5 14 Elbow punctured, oh what pain!
    6 17 Well aimed strike shatters bone in right arm!
    7 22 Strike to right arm cleanly severs it at the shoulder!
    8 25 Strike to right arm shatters elbow and severs forearm!
    9 25 Shot shatters shoulder and severs right arm!

    LEFT ARM:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
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    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Tap to the arm pricks some interest but not much else.
    1 3 Minor puncture to the left arm.
    2 5 Strike pierces upper arm!
    3 7 Well aimed shot, punctures upper arm!
    4 10 Strike pierces forearm!
    5 14 Elbow punctured, oh what pain!
    6 17 Well aimed strike shatters bone in left arm!
    7 22 Strike to the left arm cleanly severs it at the shoulder!
    8 25 Strike to the left arm shatters elbow and severs forearm!
    9 25 Shot shatters shoulder and severs left arm!


    RIGHT HAND:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Strikes a fingernail. Bet it'll lose it now.
    1 1 Strike to right hand breaks a fingernail!
    2 3 Strike through the palm!
    3 5 Shot to the hand slices a finger to the bone!
    4 7 Shot pierces a wrist!
    5 9 Slash across back of hand, tendons sliced!
    6 12 Impressive shot shatters wrist!
    7 15 Strike to wrist severs right hand!
    8 18 Strike to wrist severs right hand!
    9 20 Strike to wrist severs right hand quite neatly!

    LEFT HAND:

    Rank | Damage | Messaging
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Rank Damage Message
    0 0 Strikes a fingernail. Bet it'll lose it now.
    1 1 Strike to left hand breaks a fingernail!
    2 3 Strike through palm!
    3 5 Shot to the hand slices a finger to the bone!
    4 7 Shot pierces a wrist!
    5 9 Slash across back of hand, tendons sliced!
    6 12 Impressive shot shatters wrist!
    7 15 Strike to wrist severs left hand!
    8 18 Strike to wrist severs left hand!
    9 20 Strike to wrist severs left hand quite neatly!
    Last edited by BriarFox; 02-08-2010 at 07:24 PM.

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    TLDR VERSION:

    Put ARROWWWWWWWWWWW on string.

    Pull back string.

    Release.
    Last edited by Methais; 02-08-2010 at 03:47 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Methais View Post
    TLDR VERSION:

    Put bow on string.

    Pull back string.

    Release.
    You put the string on the bow. You should read this guide.
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    That is some weird shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnticorRifling View Post
    You put the string on the bow. You should read this guide.
    fharfghoaruigfaorfgho

    PUT ARROW ON STRING GOD DAMMIT!!!ee&*re(*^ER978
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    very nice job!

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    Hahahahaha Anticor

    Nuadjha, I'd use my evade DS formula (the website is wrong) OR (and I think this is better) I'd remove evade DS information completely.

    Going along with that thought.. I'd probably remove AS/DS completely and just say "to increase your AS: train as much as you can in ambush and perception but be aware that it's going to take a bit to notice the benefit" and "to increase your DS: train as much as you can in perception but be aware that the DS gain drops sharply when in the 2x-3x range." Your later example builds reinforce these statements.

    It really just depends on what you're going for with the guide. If someone wants more of the mechanics, they can investigate and ask further. I think for a basic guide it's going too in depth.

    Other than that, it looks really good

    Maybe add a companion fletching guide?

    Oh, and I don't think the crit tables help the guide even if you're wanting an advanced guide.

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    Nice, up on krakii yet?
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    Thanks for the comments and suggestions! Keep 'em coming. I'll update it again tonight or tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asrial View Post
    Oh, and I don't think the crit tables help the guide even if you're wanting an advanced guide.
    I think the crit table would make a good appendix, but only if you were to label lethal crit thresholds, which crits cause knockdowns, etc. What you could do in the guide, however, is to add a small table that lists the minimum fatal crit thresholds for each body part:

    Puncture:
    Eye: 4
    Eye: 4
    Head: 6
    Neck: 6
    Chest: 8
    Back: 8
    Abs: 8

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