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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:50 pm 

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:D Yes that's an idea from Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

This feature can be used for the following purpose:

1. Gold is hardly useful for non-dwarf players in middle-game and even late-game. After gambling in the 2000g randarts, money is mostly a useless number. For infinite dungeons, money even become completely useless. This system can make the purpose of the monetary system better.

2. As the number of artifacts gradually grows, it becomes even harder to find a suitable artifact or complete a set. Though luck is also a important factor in roguelikes, I think more chance to choice makes things more variable.

3. There are not only items for buying. Escort trees and talents, elixir ingredients (to get access to alchemist quests faster), even treasure maps. Yet again, that is more valuable for infinite, making some campaign-only builds become accessible.

Markets in dungeons act as a special vault. Instead of defeating enemies to get reward, its a 'Equal Exchange'.
In it there are some mysterious merchants and brilliant treasure located on the floor. Things there are mostly better than ordinary vault loot, but its cost is also astonishing.

In early game, only some ordinary merchants will spawn, like halfling hawkers, angolwen apprentice and dwarven ambassador, as game goes through, you can see even more merchants from everywhere, as yaech hunter, rhaloren corruptor, anothils, nagas, golems, dragons and even demonic beings waiting you to sell your soul for an appropriate price. Goods will varies from merchants.

For pleasure, an additional challenge mode can be added : just pick up things without attending to paying the money! That will let merchants become angry and spawn its powerful fellows. In this status, you are hunted like in insame mode and will face some nearly immovable bosses. They may even lock the floor of this floor for some turns and use a Sher'Tul device to block your Rod of recall. Your only choice here is try to run and fade until the clock knocks. However, if you take down that guardians, though nearly impossible, you will get a unique artifact can't be found anywhere else!

Some additional settings can be added, like, you may miss the goods forever if you decide not to buy it.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:35 am 

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"You stole my rough leather belt! Atamathon, get him!"

Extra idea-adventurers for hire in these stores. The same kind of people who hunt you on the world map, now offered to you-for a price. Not sure how well this would balance, but maybe something like anything your ally kills does not grant you XP. Not much of a toll for a Cornac, but if you're, say, a Skeleton, suddenly hiring an ally is a risky deal in the long run.

I'm not crying. I'm offering a sacrifice to DarkGod in hopes he'll show favor to me.

It hasn't worked yet.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:03 am 

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More special events in dungeons is a good idea, so I support this regardless of the finer details.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:26 am 

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I think this is a great idea. I think we could use more varied ways to spend money, anyways. (Also PMD is the best)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:05 am 

Joined: Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:02 pm
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I liked the idea, so I tried making an addon around it: Bazaar . Merchants in special vaults will sell ingredients (one random type of ingredient per merchant) and treasure maps, items lying around in such vaults can't be pickuped normally (you either pay for them or risk upsetting the shopkeeper by trying to steal it). I didn't try implementing swords for hire, extra talent trees etc.

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