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What would be the best way to implement a hard mode? 
 PostSun Mar 29, 2020 12:53 am
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I would like to add a hard mode to my game, all it has to do is make you fight the same enemies, but with higher stats.

I know I could just make a copy of every enemy in my game with better stats, and make change enemy formation sets when the hard mode tag is on, but I feel like their must be a better way to do this, as it would be very unorganized in my editor and a bit time consuming.
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 PostSun Mar 29, 2020 1:27 am
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What if hard mode changed the availability of equipment? Two versions of each shop, and two versions of each equipment-bearing treasure chest might be less work than two versions of each enemy
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 PostSun Mar 29, 2020 2:19 am
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make a copy of the rpg when you're done and use it as a base for hard-mode
kinda annoying to sync changes doe
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 PostSun Mar 29, 2020 6:04 am
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How did The Wobbler (who made Kaiju Big Battle, Walthros and much more) do that? He made very sharp difficulty selections, that seem to affect everything: Prizes, Heros, Enemys...
Hopefully he reads this.
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 PostSun Mar 29, 2020 1:54 pm
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I used a difficulty selector that sets a global variable and a tag which determines which formation players fight when they encounter an enemy.

#EASY
if(DifficultyLevel==0)
then(fight formation (50)
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#STANDARD
if(DifficultyLevel==1)
then(fight formation (51))
#HARD
if(DifficultyLevel==2)
then(fight formation (52))

If you wanted to cover a range of possible encounters you could do something like

if(DifficultyLevel==2)
then(fight formation (random(52,60)))

Easy mode has the added bonus of a script that restores hero HP after battle. I do duplicate a couple enemies and change their stats, but for the most part it's just different formations and different chained skills for example:



When an enemy uses the Bite attack, it chains to a poison attack normally. If the Easy Mode tag is on, it chains to a different version of the attack which does 20% less damage and doesn't poison. This allows me to use just one enemy but give them a variety of attacks available on different difficulties. I do a lot of things like giving enemies buffing/debuffing attacks on Normal and Hard but having Instead Chains replace them with straight damage attacks on Easy for players that don't want to deal with a more complex fight.

I also do things like adding invisible enemies that can't be targeted and die when alone as a way of giving players additional resources/XP in the Easy Mode formations.
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