In Media Res
Halloween in July
Good... morning, technically? Man, I need a better sleep schedule >.<
Anyway, us KoO were talking about seekret stuff in our seekret KoOcave (nananana nananana KoOman!), and there's one thing that most of us agree on: we don't like pet Training Difficulty (TD). Personally, I find it weird that we have this BM/nonBM division in pets, where some pets are completely worthless if you have no CHA, and others are nerfy if you have CHA. It also makes releases harder, since we have to plan out BM pets and nonBM pets, so we have to choose between working unnecessarily hard and making people unhappy. There's also how CHA is now a major part of the game -- back when TD was released, CHA did next to nothing, and needed some justification. Now, beastmasters are one of the more popular builds. I'd say that CHA is thriving.
So, we decided to get rid of TD. Starting from today, all new pets released will have nonBM attack rates and BM stat%. If we release a pet, then you can always pick it up and use it, regardless of your CHA. I've already updated the Nepencreep, Mini Chillax, and Robodeer pets to follow this -- they all have -66 TD now. All other old pets are still on the old standard -- they'll have to be updated later, if/when we get some free time. In particular, we really need to update the old MC pets, since this used to be their MC bonus.
This isn't completely the end of TD, though. My idea is to use it to improve pet AI. For example -- one sec. This paragraph is entirely theoretical, and is just me tossing around ideas. It is subject to change without notice. It will not be implemented anytime soon. Anyway, remember the Gweez pets, and how they heal you at random? Well, what if (when you succeed on a TD roll) they heal you more often if you have low HP, or don't heal you at all if you're full on HP? What happens is that with enough CHA, you can communicate with your Gweez and command it "Gweez, use Recover!" just like in Pokémon!
Anyway, hopefully you'll enjoy this. I saw a lot of complaints about how the last two pets were BM, so I wanted to push this forward as quickly as possible. Merry Frostval!