How does radium work and what are its pros and cons?

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How does radium work and what are its pros and cons?

Post by kenegluk » Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:55 pm

I tried to ask Kitlin the other day about radium and her answer sounded complicated. I always thought it just increased my ability to do radial healing and do some optimization up to 50 ranks, but she seemed to give the impression it did more than that, something about optimization being related to ones faustes. Kitlin also seemed to think there was a benefits cap on radium at ones faustes. Kitlin is the only often claning exile i know of, that has any real authority on the subject. Also the clump needs someone to submit a very informed piece regarding the different dimensions of radium.

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Re: How does radium work and what are its pros and cons?

Post by Jeanne » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:29 pm

In addition, Radium increases your range with radius healing much as Proximus does for single healing. If you have Proximus training that does help with increasing the range of your radius healing.

Also keep in mind that radius healing will always be slower than the speed that you heal one person. You can't really rely completely on radius healing and so you should use your best judgement as to when to radius heal and when to single heal.
Gorvin wrote:The formula starts at:
((F-(300/33)) + R*(200/99)) / T = (5/12) * (F + 700/33)
and simplifies down to:

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R = F*T*(33/160) + T*(35/8) - F*(99/200) + (9/2)
R is the amount of Radium needed to reach the speed cap. You need to substitute in F and T, where T is the number of targets you're healing, and F is your Faustus. Racial base Faustus is already taken into account in the formula (the formula will be slightly different for Zo healers, who have a bit less base Faustus), so you don't need to account for this yourself.

As an example, if you have 500 Faustus and want to know when you'll hit the speed cap for 3 targets:

R = 500*3*(33/160) + 3*(35/8) - 500*(99/200) + (9/2)
R = 309.375 + 13.125 - 247.5 + 4.5
R = 79.5

So at 500 Faustus, it would take 80 Radium ranks before additional Radium ranks cease to add any extra speed when healing 3 targets.

Also, because the healer class is full of round-off imprecisions behind the scenes (for example, Faustus is stepped every 3.03 ranks), the amount of Radium needed to reach the cap can vary by a few ranks from what this formula calculates it to be.
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Re: How does radium work and what are its pros and cons?

Post by Lorikeet » Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:18 am

In general, people usually post in the OOC forum for information like this. Whatever Kitlin told you was correct. When you use an asklepian and you have some training, it will increase the amount of total Faustus you have to heal three or more exiles. If you study more radium, you can do it with a larger radius, and with more Faustus. But there is a limit (which Kitlin was explaining to you) depending on how much Faustus you have. So it wouldn't make sense to have 100 Faustus and 200 Radium if the 200 Radium wouldn't get you anything better than 150 Radium for example. (numbers just pulled out of my hat). Radium is not more effective for healing one or two people, and is not more effective if you have no training.

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Re: How does radium work and what are its pros and cons?

Post by noivad » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:49 am

To put his post in context, Kenegluk was asking me why no information about Radium is on the CLUMP. I told him because I do not understand it fully and no one else has written up an entry on Radium and training. I told him to post it here on the chance someone might pick up on it and write something up.
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Re: How does radium work and what are its pros and cons?

Post by Lorikeet » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:29 am

noivad wrote:To put his post in context, Kenegluk was asking me why no information about Radium is on the CLUMP. I told him because I do not understand it fully and no one else has written up an entry on Radium and training. I told him to post it here on the chance someone might pick up on it and write something up.
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Re: How does radium work and what are its pros and cons?

Post by noivad » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:36 am

I'm still trying to decide how to write this up without the formulas. If anyone has a good idea or would like to write it up let me know.
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Re: How does radium work and what are its pros and cons?

Post by Jeanne » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:42 am

noivad wrote:I'm still trying to decide how to write this up without the formulas. If anyone has a good idea or would like to write it up let me know.
What about having a table with common values of Faustus and # of targets and how much Radium you need for each of them?
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Re: How does radium work and what are its pros and cons?

Post by Alces » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:06 am

Maybe link to Gorvin's explanation that is complete w/ visual aids?

It would be nice if there was a calculator out there where you could plug in your faustus and have the thing return how much Radium would be needed to hit the soft cap for 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 targets.
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Re: How does radium work and what are its pros and cons?

Post by noivad » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:27 pm

Alces wrote:Maybe link to Gorvin's explanation that is complete w/ visual aids?

It would be nice if there was a calculator out there where you could plug in your faustus and have the thing return how much Radium would be needed to hit the soft cap for 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 targets.
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