I've been playing IRE since Achaea was in beta. I have many friendships that I actively enjoy and maintain from my years in the various games. Recently, I tried to convince one of my best buddies to come to play Starmourn. I really like the setting, and how things look so far. My buddy, almost exclusively hunts. He bashes shit all the days long. Amusingly, he cares less about 'best hunting class' and more about 'decent hunting class, with a theme I enjoy'. Which is something I respect.
So my buddy is asking me about each of the classes and what they're like in pve.
Nanoseer - uses nanites to fuck shit up. "Cool theme"
Engineer - uses bots to fuck shit up. "Obvious, but cool"
Scoundrel - uses gunslinging to fuck shit up, very han solo "Inntteeerreessssting"
Fury - Channels fury and battle built 'rage' through a special sword to dice shit "Okay Trunks"
Beast - slaps a ho, then stabs them repeatedly with a wrist-mounted blade "So...they use swords like furies?"
Holy crap did that conversation REALLY drive home what has been bothering me about a class I was REALLY excited to play for like a year now. Have ya'll seen the picture over at https://www.starmourn.com/classes/beast/
at all? The wristblade is the damn most insulting afterthought weapon there. "You saw the picture, right? "Fuck you up" mostly covers it...."
Why is it a class with SEVEN weapons, SIX Of which are wicked cool ranged options, are we stuck with being wanna be sword guys? There's an entire class dedicated to being sword guys. Miniguns seem to drop a ton for most BEAST operators I talk to. Can we focus on them? I even like the backhand/wristblade combo in concept. I don't know why wristblade of all things does more damage against someone inflicted with an affliction that improves mental damage. Can we change that?
I imagine, if you distill playing time for any given class down across all players of that class, the vast majority will be time spent hunting. So, the theme of the class has to be bright and obvious while hunting. Or, it should be, i think. Can we move BEAST away from wristblade for pve? Missiles are bloody useless, can we make some sort of missile/minigun interaction akin to backhand/wristblade? Can we also make plasma on par? Change douse to not require HEAT? Why does it require heat? doesn't even make sense. Or at least make it last a long time the way daze does.
I mean, there's no reason not to have several equally viable bashing options on a class that's whole thing is "weapon arsenal" right? Let people play Ironman, Gundam AND Firebat. Please?
I'm super tired of using a dirk in combat when I'm wanting to play WarMachine. I feel like I have the tools, I don't understand why the dirk needs to be more effective than a minigun, railgun, missiles, what have you. I don't -mind- that the dirk path is good. I just want other options to be on par. Or at least for our best option not to be, stab shit like the furies!