Level Scaling Challenge

This mod will scale up NPCs and enemies to your current level (it does NOT scale down).
Enemy names will be recolored depending on difficulty:
Easy - Green
Normal - Yellow
Hardcore - Orange (+2 to all attributes)
Very Difficult - Red (+4 to all attributes)

This event is triggered by the perception event, so, if an enemy does not perceive you, it might not scale up.
(perception in terms of mechanics should happen before the stealth check, so even stealthed you can still be perceived).

Warning: this may not be always balanced.

INSTALLATION: extract the contents of the zip file in your My Documents/Neverwinter Nights 2/Override/ folder.

NEXUS: https://www.nexusmods.com/neverwinter2/mods/1152/
VAULT: https://neverwintervault.org/project/nwn2/script/level-scale-challenge

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Cool, I’ll give it a test and probably try to include it in Return of the Exile :slight_smile:

That could breathe new life into any number of older mods.

Question, the rebuild override adds a function to the NWN2 menu. Would it be much work to add difficulty control for this new mod? Ideally something as simple as a set of radio buttons for each of the four levels of scale up matching your color code? That might solve the problem of getting a badly unbalanced encounter in an otherwise good module.

Played with this about 30 minutes Wednesday night. Seems to work exactly as advertised.

I will add options inside the script for the next version

so far I had in mind:

  1. A maximum level for the npc to scale to, with options for whole game/ module/area or single creature, the lowest cap will apply.

  2. A level adjustment to decide where the scaling stop. Right now everything scales exactly to PC’s level, but with this option, someone might decide to scale to PC level -2 or PC + level +2. Like above, this will be layered with control on whole game/ module /area or single creature, with the highest adjustment applying, with the exception of 0 (defualt value) being in lower priority than negative numbers.

  3. the standard +2 and +4 to attributes on harder difficulties will be removed by default, but options will be provided to add them back on any difficulty (from 0 to +12).

P.S. A mini cluster of Coronavirus just exploded in Italy (9 confirmed infected today had potential contacts with nearly 200 individuals the last week), my brother lives and works very near that place, this might have to wait depending on how things unfold.

Edit: well, fuck, it’s 16 confirmed cases now…

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Well we all hope your brother is okay, and thanks for this very interesting add-on.

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Spent about two hours testing this with different modules. Works like a charm.!

Outstanding work by Clangeddin!

Now I have to go through my list of favorite modules and dust off some of my higher level PCs for a replay.

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Hi Clangeddin,

The system you describe sounds similar to the one I use in my own module, The Scroll.

After trying several approaches, I ended up using an On Perception from both creatures and PCs to run through various function that do things like:-

  1. Check a bestiary entry required.
  2. Check any scaling that may be rquired.
  3. Check monster info. (Naming convention with coloured emphasis. E.g. Puny, Wary, Normal, etc)
  4. Start ant TB Combat (if used).

When it comes to scaling, I also used a MAXIMUM possible with respect to some creature types and then also employed a + 1-3 levels (or scale to party level) approach subject to creature type. In fact, there is room for more scaling subject to what the creature is.

The system is TRUE level scaling as well. It is also balanced on things like:-

  1. Party size.
  2. Party level, especially low level considerations.
  3. Game difficulty settings.
  4. Creature actual physical scale if level scaled. (Some types only.)

My warning would be to players: Make sure NOT to use additional scaling alterations like this when playing my module (and other mods), which already employs such a balancing system. Personally, I would recommend you advertise this to builders as something to possibly use, rather than to players who may really mess something on a module if they are not careful. :wink:

I hope things turn out OK for your brother.

Cheers, Lance.

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Version 1.1 released.

  • Added options inside the “level_scale” script to customize the behaviour of the mod. This includes the possibility of setting a max level to scale npcs up to, and adjustment compared to PC’s level and the attribute bonus values depending on game difficulty.
  • Removed the +2 and +4 to attributes on harder difficulties by default, however it is possible to add them back via options inside the script.
  • Code refactoring with some potential issue fix and performance increase.
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