I want to create a thriving economy and one of the ways I want to do that is by removing combat stats from the game (or rather, not adding them). The only way to get stronger in battle is by the equipment you wear.
That means right from the start equipment becomes an important thing to own.
But you won't be able to buy it from shops or gain it from enemy drops. The only two ways of obtaining equipment is by creating it, or by buying it from another player.
You can gain ingredients to make better weapons and armour from combat and quests but no actual equipment.
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HP is always the same, so to last longer in battle you need more defensive armour.
There's a lot of randomness to it, yes, but there's still the stats of the armour and weapons deciding all this.
Current thoughts:
DMG = ( a=rand(MIN, MAX) * [elemental equation] * [distance equation] + (c=rand(0, LEFT) if a<MAXc)  (d=rand(0, RIGHT) if a>MIN+d)) )  (e=rand(EDEF_MIN, EDEF_MAX) + ( (f=rand(0, EDEF_LEFT) if e<EDEF_MAXf)  (g=rand(0, EDEF_RIGHT) if e>EDEF_MIN+g )
I have almost certainly cocked up that equation. It'll be broken down into steps anyway.
Basically something like this:
Working out the damage dealt
damage = a = random(MIN, MAX) damage = damage * [elemental equation] damage = damage * [distance equation] damage = damage  random(0, LEFT) if damage is greater than than MIN + this number damage = damage + random(0, RIGHT) if damage is less than MAX  this number
Working out the defense deducted
defense = random(EDEF_MIN, EDEF_MAX) defense = defense  random(0, EDEF_LEFT) if defense is greater than EDEF_MIN + this number defense = defense + random(0, EDEF_RIGHT) if defense is less than EDEF_MAX  this number
damage = damage  defense
Elemental Equation
value = enemy_element[element] damage = damage * (value / 100)
Distance Equation
using distance, enemy_distance
NEAR/NEAR: 100 FAR/NEAR: 75 NEAR/FAR: 75 NEAR/WHEREVER: 100 WHEREVER/NEAR: 100
Multiply by and divide by 100.
What's the point of left and right?
Basically it's to add some weighting to the stats.
You may have a weapon that does 10 to 30 damage. But (or how it works in my head, anyway) the left and right variables mean you're more likely to get numbers within a certain range within this range.
Example weapon stats:
MIN: 10 MAX: 30 LEFT: 5 RIGHT: 10
You're able to deal 1030 damage, but you're more likely to hit 1520 damage. Does that make sense?
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Weapon Stats
MIN: the minimum damage you can deal MAX: the maximum damage you can deal LEFT: see above RIGHT: see above DISTANCE: Near / Far / Wherever You Are ELEMENT: one of eight, matched up to the enemy's defense against that element as a percentage
Elements
Fire / Water Air / Earth Light / Dark Mind / Body
So you can use some logic in working out what to use against an enemy. Their stats will look something like this:
FIRE DEMON
Fire: 20% // strong against fire Water: 120% // weak against water Air: 100% // no difference Earth: 100% // no difference Light: 200% // very weak against light, it's a demon Dark: 0% // VERY strong against dark Mind: 70% // it's an apparition type thing Body: 130% // you get the idea
DOES ANY OF THIS MAKE SENSE I DO NOT KNOW ANY MORE
