One of the basic systems of the MUD – you kill monsters, and try not to get killed yourself! Here is how combat works behind the curtain.
Every weapon has a value known as weapon class (WC). This is a weapon's base damage.
Every time you hit, you also deal extra damage. How much this is depends on the type of weapon.
If it's not a saber, your extra damage starts as the WC. If the weapon uses ammunition on the other hand, it has a chance to deal a flat 3 extra damage. This chance is increased by increasing your melee, blaster, projectile, and unarmed skills; once they hit a total of 400 this always happens. This happens instead of the WC, making ammunition-based weapons quite weak in comparison to other weapons.
After that, your skills impact your extra damage. If your skill is 90 or lower, then the
damage is multiplied by
If you're really skilled (higher than 138), you have a very small chance of dealing double extra damage!
Weapon base damage is then reduced by condition, 1 for every stage less than perfect. Note that repairing a weapon makes it age faster in the future!
The extra damage is then attenuated by a monster's resistances, if any.
You also get a strength bonus and a skill bonus. Your strength bonuses is simply equal to your STR/12, and your skill onus equal to the appropriate skill/20. Strength bonus always applies, even if the weapon is a blaster!
All these come together to form your real damage. This is a random number between 0 and the
Saber Extra Damage
Saber extra damage is calculated a little differently. It starts at 17 + (DEX + saber)/40. Then it depends further on your saber skill:
So in other words, if your skills and attributes are all at 100, your extra damage value will be 26.
After that, if you have a saber skill better than 98, you get a 10 % chance for extra damage or defense based on your DEX, dodge, melee, and unarmed skills.
Sabers are always considered to have a WC of 3. As you can see, most of your damage comes from this extra damage calculation above and it's not always better than other weapons! For example, Death the Ultimate Weapon has a WC of 20, so if you have a projectile skill of 100 you'll have a base + extra damage of 41, whereas a basic lightsaber would only have 29 before counting in the extra attacks or double damage.
Damage is reduced by armor! Armor subtracts a random value, between 0 and 1+AC. It's then further reduced by your DEX/12 and a random value between 0 and DODGE/20.
AC in the above calculation will be reduced by armor in less than new (NOT perfect) condition. Any piece with a condition less than perfect starts reducing your armor value based on how much damage you've taken. As soon as you see helmet, boots, gloves, or neck as slightly worn, the AC is reduced by one. Higher AC pieces start applying a penalty even sooner!