Careful with NW! (in General)
I am noticing some interesting things happening with encumbrance. I have 350 AC on my wall, however it only amounts to 222 in battle due to ENC. I swapped my named AOC out for an unnamed one that was 2 points smaller (so I lost 3 AC), and my in-battle AC became 223. So I had a net GAIN by shrinking the amulet (even including the encumbrance-free AC due to naming).
This probably plays a large role with things like a TSA as well. Will boosting your TSA by one point increase or reduce ENC? It's a tough call, and not completely trivial to figure out ahead of time.
It is probably important as you adjust your character to be mindful o fthese things, as what seems like a good change may be a bad one, and what seems like a bad one might just lead you to the win.
yup careful planning is a must!
No longer can you slap on more NW!
April 10 2008 1:50 PM EDT
I noticed this when the ENC first came out.
My current items on my tank are maxed for the best ENC/NW benefit.
IE: to add 1 more to my HOE will increase my NW more then my ENC load.
It is very strange seeing my walls AC go from 421 to 350 vs Lega and his large EC. So be careful vs high EC opponents.
The current system is an excellent change and again Kudos to Jon.
April 10 2008 3:33 PM EDT
When encumbrance was added my fight list went from 9-10 people to nearly 30 in a couple of days. Since the changes didn't affect me at all, I have to assume it's the people who were beating me before due to NW alone either suffering from over-encumbrance or dumping their high-NW gear and becoming vulnerable. Either way I love it; strategy now becomes more important than how much money you can pump into your items. Now, if only I was any good at the strategy bit...
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