I think that would be cool; I just haven't been able to come up with many examples.
I mean, I'm not suggesting that Carbuncle should be used as as projectile, etc.
I heard a couple times on here that Fenrir could be rideable.
That's an outstanding idea, he looks made for it.
It's one example of how the summoner and avatar could work in sync.
But what I'm thinking of is a little different. Basically, I've decided that in one more level and I'm SMN75, I'm going to focus on skilling up and learning to use a staff properly... I want to be right there, alongside my buddies as we fight bad guys.
I'm going to do anyway, for the 'fun' factor, but the problem with this is that it probably won't end up doing much damage or being all that useful.
This lack of uselessness translates to any melee-based summoner tactics being restricted to solo play.
So, what if... (most used set of words on this board?) Square Enix implemented ways for the summoner and avatar to work together side-by-side, right on the battlefield? My ideas are all a little silly compared to the highly mathematical ones that you've all come up with, but I'll continue anyway.
The idea is that you and your avatar are to both fight a monster together; use your avatars' Blood Pacts as usual.
What would be different is a set of various triggers and bonuses between the meleeing summoner and his avatar.
Here's an EXAMPLE. (Please note that I'm not familiar at all with Staff Weapon Skills yet)
So, basically, just a fun little combo system between the summoners and their avatar for boosted damage. Unlike the Blood Pacts, these combos wouldn't have an MP cost. You're using your MP by keeping your avatar summoned and continuing to use occasional Blood Pacts, as well. (depending on your MP)
I know that my idea would probably not work, I'm just sleepy and having fun on my summoner; thinking of ways that I could have even more fun, and be strong, too.
Maybe the combo/team system could just offer less subtle benefits... like, the summoner's abilities would just become stronger in battle if an avatar was with them.
Anyway, I'm just pouring out my ideas! Sorry, they aren't very good.
But a system where our avatars helped us fight so we weren't just standing back so often could be really cool.
Right now the system is a lot like Pokemon where the summoner does nothing but order commands and heal.
I think if summoners were given more of a role we might be on the road to usefulness!
Tell me what you guys think. I don't even know if my idea made sense, it's 8:05 AM in the morning. I'm sure you've heard worse.
Edit :( sleep deprivation, damn... how do I delete posts
Edited, Jul 11th 2009 4:21pm by Poubelle