I had this theory that hit points grew at a greater-than-linear rate. I based my theory on the way that CON items add a greater amount of hit points at each level; I assumed that an increasing rate of increase would show up as a geometric progression of some sort.
Which would be bad for a game like DDO. A geometric power curve would be incredibly difficult to manage at higher levels.
With that in mind I broke down everything that adds to the hit points of my Barbarian Knicker Tan and plotted them out.
I learned two things:
- My theory is wrong
- Knicker is leaving hit points on the table
A surprisingly smooth curve. There is a bump when Green Steel first becomes available, and another at level 25 that is due to the fact that Knicker’s hit points lag behind the curve. I plotted this based on the assumption of a continuous progression of tomes, CON boost items, and hit point items but Knicker has only a +2 CON tome, only 30 points in false life, and no Vitality. She has only a +7 CON item but should have +8 at her level.
So the level 25 “jump” is actually a “dip” and illustrates the hit points that Knicker is leaving on the table.
But why does this matter?
Other than giving me another opportunity to have fun with graphs, it serves a purpose. A geometric progression would be bad. Level 20 and 22 characters (for example) have to coexist in the same quests. The level 22 character should perform better than the level 20, but not unapproachably better.
Otherwise quests have to be scaled to a specific level rather than a range of levels, and the whole party grouping mechanic falls apart.
Bad. Very bad. But also something we don’t have to worry about, Turbine has our backs on this. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if graphs much like this one exist in Turbine too; the progression is too smooth to be a coincidence. It looks like the result of careful planning.
Of course, Knicker is only one character. To be thorough, I should be doing the same thing for all my characters, and not just hit points but also spell points and any other power metrics I can devise. But for now, one will have to do, these things take awhile.
Not that I ever mind the time I spend having fun with graphs.
🙂 😀 🙂