I am going to preface this ridiculously long post with the following: I love this shard, and obviously people aren't clamoring to play a Gargoyle en masse. While I'm taking time to write this, I don't expect changes to be made. I just wanted to get some information out there, and maybe discuss some potential solutions.
TLDR: I did some research and spent some time as a gargoyle. The class is fun, but not currently suitable for end game situations. Below are suggestions for making it playable, if you care. Long post ahead. You have been warned!
Earlier this week a new player posted on the forums, and asked the question: 'How gimped am I for choosing gargoyle as my first character?'. There were a lot of responses to this question which ranged from helpful to inaccurate. I wanted to find out for myself, so I created one. No need for a mount? Awesomely cool avatar that can fly and does back flips in the air? Sign me up. I began collecting power scrolls and gear in earnest. Unfortunately, I quickly found out that the Gargoyle class, while playable, is incredibly under powered and not very practical in an end game environment.
Are you 'gimped' as a gargoyle? Unequivocally, yes. Unless you're planning on role playing, you will be at a severe disadvantage. There are players who posted that 'Dante can change the ID on your gear and you'd be fine'. This is not true. Dante tried to change it for me, and it doesn't work. You get the warning: 'Gargoyles Can't Wear This'. The look of the item can change to be a Gargish item, but you still can't wear the item. As a gargoyle you are limited to artifact gear that is 'Gargoyle Only'. The artifacts are cool, but they won't come close to maxing the item caps necessary for veteran champ spawns or end game bosses. I have an end game level smithing set, but even with platinum runics, the craftable gargoyle gear can't hold a candle to the Kas or Magi Armor.
In addition to not being able to wear high end gear, there is the issue of gear slots. Here are the slots available to Humans/Elfs:
Talisman Slot, Head Slot, Earring Slot, Neck Slot, Chest Slot, Shirt Slot, Back Slot, Robe Slot, Sash Slot, Arms Slot, Hands Slot, Bracelet Slot, Ring Slot, Belt Slot, Skirt Slot, Legs Slot, Footwear Slot
From my initial testing, these are the slots gargoyles can currently wear on evo:
Earring Slot, Neck Slot, Chest Slot, Back Slot (Wings), Robe Slot, Arms Slot, Legs Slot, Kilt Armor Slot, Bracelet Slot, Ring Slot, Footwear Slot (talisman?)
Gargoyles can't wear as much armor as Humans or Elves, but that's not really a deal breaker. Craftable Gargoyle Armor has more resistances to make up for this, and future custom armor could make up for this as well. (more on that later).
The deal breaker is the clothing slots. Since Evo is a highly customized shard, we have the ability to use clothing with skill bonuses on them, which is very powerful. The lack of clothing or the ability to wear clothes on gargoyles is the big problem in regards to gearing parity. Note:
It might be possible that gargoyles can use clothing slots, and there just aren't gargoyle-only clothes available, but I couldn't verify. Potential solutions to this problem and a second preface:
I spent my early career as a developer, and I work in the software industry. I fully realize that it is a waste of resources to make changes that aren't going to fix an actual problem, or to monetarily justify the work spent to make these changes. With that said, if there is enough interest in this type of customization, perhaps it's an opportunity. Probably not, but who knows.
OK with that out of the way, I probably have will only have 1 person maybe reading this, but whatever. I'm bored. I'll get into it:
So how do you remedy this problem? The addition of 20 custom pieces.. If Kane was reading, he probably has closed his browser. To start, perhaps there could be 1 or 2 custom gear sets, a few pieces of custom gargoyle clothes, and 2 pairs of custom gargoyle boots. The gear could be equivalent to Kas or Magi armor. Let's look at Kas Armor. The Kas Helm and Magi Hat stink for end game, lets be honest. We'll skip them. Below are some potential gear ideas.
If you add up all the properties on the Magi Chest/Legs/Arms/Hands you'd have the following:
Defense Chance Increase: 5%
Dex Bonus 5
Int Bonus 25
Hit Point Increase 50
Lower Mana Cost 45%
Lower Reagent Cost 70%
Mana Increase 120
Mana Regen 45
Stamina Regen 5
Hit Point Regen 10
Spell Damage Increase 65%
If you add up all the properties on the Kas Chest/Legs/Arms/Hands you'd have the following:Tactics +15
Str Bonus 25
Dex Bonus 10
Int Bonus 15
Damage Increase 95%
Defense Chance Increase 40%
Lower Mana Cost 10%
Hit Chance Increase 45%
Mana Regen 10
Spell Damage Increase 25%
Hit Point Regen 30
You could split these attributes across Gargish Chest, Gargish Kilt, Gargish Leggings, Gargish Arms, as Gargish Kas/Magi Pieces.
Since Gargoyles can't wear helms, perhaps their boots could be powerful to make up for the loss of that slot?Gargish Mage Boots
10 mage/10 eval boots
(Travesty Mask Equivalent)Gargish Fighting Boots
(Admiral Type Equivalent) Wing Armor (Cloak):
Gargish Brit Dragon Cloak (20 Throwing/Tactics/Anat)
Gargish Brit Dragon Cloak (20 Mage/Eval/Inscription
Maybe the ability to pay ED to convert a Regular Ring or Bracelet into a custom Gargish Ring or Bracelet How To Get The Gear:
Getting the kas/mage armor could be the same process as getting kas or magi items today. One idea could be that you could clone the Magi and Kas Disciples, and make Gargoyle Versions. They would function the same way as the current kas/magi turn ins work. Drop Ore+Scroll or Sword+Axe+Skull on the Gargoyle version, and you would receive a random Gargoyle Kas or Magi piece.
Could also make a Red/Green Shirt Mirror shield Turn in NPC work the same way.. Just a thought.
Most of this stuff would also be good Donation options. The ability to have a flying character in combat would open up new play styles.
Obviously this is just a pipe dream, but it's a kinda interesting idea I think.
In total you'd need to make 20ish custom items, but could be worth it in the form of donations:
4 Gargish Kas Pieces
4 Gargish Magi Pieces
2 Gargish Wing Dragon Cloaks
2 Gargish Boots
1 Gargish Mirror Shield
1 Gargish Sin Shield
1 Gargish Red Shirt
1 Gargish +10 Mage Shirt
1 Gargish Green Shirt
1 Gargish +10 Swords Shirt
1 Gargish +10 Tactics Shirt
Thanks for reading!