Parties of adventurers battle it out in the depths of a dungeon to see who will emerge victorious!
Adventurer can become one of 4 different character classes, either Warrior, Thief, Cleric or Mage. Each character class has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Each adventurer starts with a certain amount of hit points and toughness. Every time an adventurer is zapped they lose a single point of toughness. If their toughness is reduced to zero, the adventurer has been defeated, their Battlesuit will be deactivated and the adventurer will lose a hit point. Should their hit points ever reach zero, the adventurer is eliminated (exception: See the description of the Resurrect spell below). The adventurer’s Battlesuit will become dimmer as their toughness is reduced, and will brighten as they heal.
As the game progresses and the adventurer earns experience points, the player will grow in their experience level for that class, becoming stronger and gaining extra powers as they advance. As the adventurer goes up in experience level their hit points, toughness and shot speed increase. The Warrior’s abilities increase the fastest as they go up levels, followed by the Thief, then the Cleric, and the Mage’s abilities increase the slowest.
Description of classes:
Warrior: The Warrior is the simplest class to play. The Warrior is tough and becomes stronger in a stand-up fight faster than any other class. The Warrior’s only special ability is the Cure Light Wound (CLW) potion, which they get as they advance in experience level. Unused CLW potions accumulate as they advance. To use a CLW potion the Warrior simply presses their feature button. This restores their hit points to full and will reactivate the Warrior if they were deactivated.
Thief: The Thief is slightly weaker in normal combat than the Warrior. The Thief has a number of special abilities they can use.
Steal: If the Thief missile-locks an opponent they can Steal experience points from the opposing adventurer which are given to the Thief. The longer they missile-lock the opponent, the more experience they steal.
Hide In Shadows: To “Hide In Shadows” the Thief presses their feature button and their Battlesuit will announce that they have activated this ability. The Thief’s lights will deactivate and other players will no longer be able to get a lock-on tone to the Thief. To “Come Out Of Shadows” the Thief simply press their feature button again. While the Thief is “Hiding In Shadows they cannot fire normal shots, but only attempt the Backstab attack.
Backstab: A Backstab can only be done by a Thief who is “Hiding In Shadows”. To perform the Backstab the Thief missiles the opponent, who will get no missile warning. A Backstab bypasses all toughness and will do multiple hit points damage dependant on the Thief’s experience level.
Cleric: The Cleric is weaker again than the Thief. The Cleric’s special abilities are their spells. Cleric’s gain access to new spells as they advance in experience level. When a Cleric casts a spell they are unable to cast the same spell again for a period of time, until their God grants them that spell again. The higher the spell level, the longer the wait. See the sections below on “How to select and cast a spell” and the descriptions of the Cleric’s spells.
Mage: The Mage is the weakest character class in normal combat. As with the Cleric, the Mage’s special abilities are their spells, which they gain access to as they progress in experience level. However unlike the Cleric, the Mage’s ability to spells is only limited by the amount of Mana they have. As a Mage progress in experience levels, their maximum Mana also increases, and any time they are not casting a spell their Mana will always slowly restore to its maximum value. For a Mage, even trying to cast a spell uses up a small amount of their Mana. When they do cast a spell, an additional amount of Mana is used dependant on the spell level.
How To Select And Cast A Spell:
Casting spells is the most complicated aspect of this game, however for the two spell-casting character classes (Cleric and Mage), it is vitally important.
To do this the adventurer presses their feature button and their Battlesuit will announce the first spell and whether or not it is currently available. Newer equipment will announce the name of the spell, while older equipment will simply say “First”. To advance and check the next spell the adventurer presses their feature button again.
As an example: A Mage presses their feature button. At this stage the Mage has selected the first spell on the Mage’s Spell List and their Battlesuit announces “Magic Missile available”. If they press their feature button again, they have selected the second spell on the Spell List and their Battlesuit announces “Mage Armour unavailable”. And so on…
If the adventurer reaches the last spell on their Spell List and presses their feature button again, they have cycled their spell selection back to the first spell.
Spells can be unavailable either because they have been cast recently (Cleric only), or the adventurer does not have enough Mana (Mage only), or the adventurer is not high enough experience level to earn the spell yet.
Once the adventurer has found the spell they want, they press their trigger and the Battlesuit will announce if the chosen spell has been successfully selected. If the adventurer is in spell selection mode and does not press their feature button for 10 seconds, the last selected spell will be automatically chosen.
If a spell-caster with a selected spell is deactivated the spell is lost.
Cleric’s Spell List:
Heal / Injure: When this spell is selected it is used on the next player the Cleric zaps. If that adventurer is on the Cleric’s team, then they are healed a number of hit points dependant on the Cleric’s level, and they are reactivated if they were currently deactivated. When used against an enemy adventurer, the adventurer is deactivated regardless of toughness and a number of hit points is deducted dependant on the Cleric’s level.
Bless / Curse: When this spell is selected it is used on the next player the Cleric zaps. If that adventurer is on the Cleric’s team, then the adventurer is Blessed. This gives the adventurer a good random Lingering Effect, e.g. faster shot speed, increased toughness, etc. If the adventurer was from the opposing team, they are Cursed, which gives them a bad random Lingering Effect, e.g. slower shot speed, lower toughness.
Dispel Magic: When this spell is selected it is used on the next player the Cleric zaps. This spell removes all Lingering Effects or Spirit Links on that adventurer.
Spirit Link: When this spell is selected it is used on the next player the Cleric zaps. From then on, any experience points that the adventurer should get are instead split between the adventurer and the Cleric. Also, any hit points removed from the adventurer are given to the Cleric as a bonus.
Resurrection: When this spell is selected it is used on the next player the Cleric zaps. When an adventurer is first eliminated they have a short period of time in which if any Cleric cast resurrect on them, the adventurer is restored to the mission, although their experience level is halved.
Mage’s Spell List:
Magic Missile: When this spell is selected it is used on the next player the Mage zaps. This spell bypasses all toughness and deals multiple hit points damage dependant on the Mage’s level.
Mage Armour: This spell is activated the moment the Mage successfully selects it. This gives the Mage themselves a bonus to their toughness. Multiple Mage Armours have no extra effect.
Fireball: Once this spell is selected the Mage is given the ability to missile-lock adventurers. When the Mage missile-locks their first target, the spell begins casting, and they can then missile-lock others for another 4 seconds. During this time, any target missile-locked is immediately deactivated. When the 4 seconds is over a large amount of damage is distributed amongst all those adventurers the Mage sent down with their spell.
Time Stop: This spell is activated the moment the Mage successfully selects it. This immediately causes all enemy adventurers to become helpless as their phasers stop working for just less than a minute! This spell is very demanding on a Mage and while it is in operation, the Mage’s mana does not replenish.
Each target can be destroyed multiple times. To destroy a target, it must only be zapped once. When a target is destroyed it gives the adventurer a random effect e.g. a Bless, a Curse, bonus experience, take away experience, increased experience level, lose an experience level, or even nothing.
The Warbot will reactivate periodically during the game. Once reactivated, it will give a random effect the same as a destroyed target to the first adventurer it sees. Once it has done this it will go to sleep for a while.
If an adventurer receives more than one random effect in a short space of time, the random effects have a greater chance of being bad.
Recommended length: 15 minutes.
Skill levels: Players initial hit points, deactivation times are determined by their standard Laserforce skill level. Also players get slightly more points for zapping an enemy adventurer who has a higher Laserforce skill level or a higher experience levels.
|Deactivate an enemy
|100 + 10 x level difference
|Zap an enemy
|10 + 1 x level difference
|Deactivate a friend
|-100 + 10 x level difference
|Zap a friend
|-10 + 1 x level difference
|Cast a spell
|Dungeons And Dragons 1
|This Mission type functions exactly as described above.
|Dungeons And Dragons 2
|This Mission type is designed more for League play. The player’s Laserforce skill level is ignored.