Thank you, KingsIsle, for your prompt attention to the issue of people joining combat after the first round. Having read through the latest proposed changes, (if you join after the first round of combat, it's only you and no companions and you only spawn 1 additional mob that attacks you first) I feel it addresses the concerns that were raised in an inventive way! This would allow players to jump in and assist another player without making the situation innadvertantly worse and knowing that they aren't adding minutes onto what could have been a battle about to close.
Nice work! I look forward to seeing the final incarnation of these changes in game!
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