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Event Pitch: Gambling the Days Away (Oblivion)

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  • April 3


    ----- An Arena Betting Overhaul -----

    If there's any feature of Oblivion that I've never thought about it would have to be the Arena Betting 'system'. At best it always felt like it was kind of tacked on to the Arena as an attempt to make it feel a little bit more real, and then basically given up on so that we could have more... uh differently named Bandits (can't think of anything better to say there.).

    Anyway, the idea behind this Mod is to slightly edit the experience to at least make it require some skill, or to make gambling in the arena an actual experience rather than just something that you can stumble across randomly. You could (theoretically) with this mod play a character that exists only to gamble, with actual benefits.

    Different Fights - Allow for more interesting fights than 1v1, with different rewards

    Detailed, Less Random Fights - The idea behind this feature is to allow you to have some knowledge on what fight your going to be betting on. You will be told the names of the fighters, as well as their rank and class before you bet on them, and details can be found (though stealthy, or persuasive means) that allow you to make even more educated guesses.

    The first aspect of the Arena Betting that I'd like to overhaul is the fact that they only have fights between two fighters. Obviously it would be next to impossible to create grand 1000 fighter battles but I would think that some interesting 2v2 or 3v2, etc. Fights would be possible to script. This would allow for more exciting fights.

    Basically fights can be comprised of anywhere from 2 (1v1) to 8 (4v4) fighters and give them any one of the 10 "Arena Classes' that can be found below. This allows for a decent-large pool of different fights that you can bet on. A fight between an Archer and a Support Mage would no doubt end differently when compared to an Offensive Mage fighting a Unarmed Fighter.

    o- Warrior (One-Handed)

    o- Warrior (Two-Handed)

    o- Archer

    o- Mage (Support)

    o- Mage (Offense)

    o- Battlemage (One-Handed, Defensive)

    o- Battlemage (Two-Handed, Defensive)

    o- Battlemage (One-Handed, Offensive)

    o- Battlemage (Two-Handed, Offensive)

    o- Unarmed Fighter

    The idea behind this feature is to allow you to have some knowledge on what fight your going to be betting on. You will be told the names of the fighters, as well as their rank and class before you bet on them, and details can be found (though stealthy, or persuasive means) that allow you to make even more educated guesses. For example, before you bet on a fight you might be told that the first fight of the day is the following

    Eats-his-Shoes (Warrior) of the Brawler Rank

    Njorda Strong-Arm (Archer) of the Bloodletter Rank

    This is the basic information that you can be told, upto six hours before the fight takes place. The sooner you learn about the fight, the better, because you'd be able to search around the Imperial City (mostly the Arena District) to learn more about the fight. Perhaps you can find a note in A Fighting Chance that lets you know that Eats-his-Shoes recently bought an insanely powerful weapon that will give him an upper-hand. Or you could search Njorda's house to learn she's a Skooma addict and by stealing her supply of Skooma she'll be severally weakened in the upcoming fight.

    Basically, the arena itself will give you a little more information on each fight, and by hunting around in various locations you can find out stuff that will allow you to get an even larger edge.


    One of the smallest changes is that now you don't have that set '2x' rate for each fight. Sometimes you might have what is considered a one-sided fight, and supporting the stronger choice will give you less money (for a safer bet) but betting on the 'worse' option might make you rich overnight. The other thing is that your no longer restricted to 25, 50 or 100 gold. Now you can bet anywhere between 25 and 1000 gold on each fight.

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    April 10

    Arena, yes that would be really cool on Skyrim, there are a few mods what adds arena, but always is good a new point of view and new ideas

  • April 10

    Well, this is just a change to the Arena System in Oblivion (because I really hated how shitty betting was there). I hadn't even thought about adding an Arena into Skyrim but I could see a larger Arena working quite well (as opposed to something like Pit Fighter which keeps it kind of on the down-low). Thanks for dropping in anyway Medieval, I'll make sure to check out your WiP soon :)