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The game is 50% off on Steam this weekend. I'm still on the fence about getting it or not.
Just curious: how much times per day these optimized blaster wizards can trump dedicated martials in terms of DPR?
Who knows, it might be fun! Kind of like playing X-COM: Enemy Within with Training Roulette turned on.
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Yeah but for character creation to be truly random, one would have to roll his class too. :P
Sadly, there is no 18-sided dice.
K177Y C47 wrote:
I don't get the hate for the Anti-Paladin. You guys are aware that the Anti-Paladin has been around for quite a while right?..
I must say that I would have preferred the Antipaladin as a class of its own, instead of a reverse copy-paste of the Paladin (I like Aura of Despair though). But anyway, I prefer playing a Fighter/Cleric or a Fighter/Inquisitor with the alignment and the code of conduct of my choice rather than being forced to play the paragon of Lawful Good or Chaotic Evil. The Warpriest is the class from the ACG that I'm the more looking forward to.
Alchemist I'm not a huge fan. The bombs seem a bit limited compared to full arcane casting. I don't like the mutagens as a standard class feature; why is EVERY standard alchemist a Hyde? That said, I suppose the alchemist could be a decent stand-in for the wizard if you want a slightly more low-fantasy game, like Ravenloft.
Unless you have taken levels into the Master Chymist class, your mutagen does not turn you into a Hyde, at least not more than the rage class feature of the Barbarian. Mechanically speaking, it's only a free Bull's Strength/Cat's Grace/Bear's Endurance potion mixed with a Barkskin potion with an increased duration. Is it the -2 penalty to a mental stat, or the fluff associated with this class feature (according to the APG, the mutagen makes the Alchemist more bulky) that bothers you so much? I mean, the mutagen class feature, or its suggested fluff, is so much more easy to ignore than, let's say, the bomb class feature. In my current campaign, I have a player that almost never use his mutagen, focusing entirely on his bombs and extracts. Meanwhile, in another campaign where I play a ''switch-hitter'' Alchemist, I rely heavily on my mutagen for melee combat.
True. I corrected my mistake in the post above, thanks!
Alchemist: I'll be honest, I'm not really a big fan of the Alchemist. I just never honestly saw the point in it. It's basically a class revolving around potion-brewing, with a little treading on the Barbarian's heels via its Mutagen feature. Ultimate Magic made it a little more attractive, but still, I would probably never play one myself. I suppose if you were determined to run a caster-free game it's a good finangle, but, yeah, honestly I see the Alchemist's various bombs and the like as something better off folded into the Gunslinger, or else used as part of a more "Mad Scientist" typed class.
I had mixed feelings about the Alchemist when I first read about it. Throw Anything and Bombs seemed to shoehorn the Alchemist into a "Mad Bomber" character type while mutagens presented a "Mr Hyde" alternative. Sure, you can indeed specialize in either of these two paths, and be very effective at what you do, but I discovered, with time and playtesting, that the Alchemist can be so much more. Ever heard of the Witcher? There's no better class than the Alchemist to mechanically simulate Gerald of Rivia. Since extracts can be used in heavy armor, playing an Alchemist is a bit like playing a self-buffing Eldritch Knight (Fighter/Transmuter) with no Arcane Spell Failure chance, more skills, poison use and energy damage-dealing, debuffing and battlefield control blast spells (bombs). Thanks to his 4 skill points/level, a usually high Int, a good selection of class skills, utility spells like invisibility and such, the Alchemist can easily fill up the "Rogue" slot in any given party. Need to unlock this particularly well locked door? Quaff a Dex-boosting mutagen and a Cat's Grace extract or potion you crafted and look at the Rogue cry (alchemy bonuses stack with enhancement bonuses). Furthermore, thanks to his ability-scores-altering class features, which are much more customizable than the Barbarian rage by the way, the Alchemist also makes the perfect 5th wheel of the party. The guy playing the Fighter in your party could not show up for the game tonight? No problem, just quaff a Str-boosting mutagen, an extract/potion of enlarge person and an extract/potion of Bull's Strength and crush opponents with DR\- under your mighty blows. The Wizard just ran out of fire spells to burn those annoying trolls? No problem, you have enough bombs to reduce them to cinder. Finally, the Infusion discovery let you buff your allies in never seen before ways. Truly, the Alchemist is a Jack or all trades at his core: whether you choose to focus on a specific aspect of the class, or try to expand even further his versatility, is up to you.
I agree. The fact that it "can work" is not a failing per se, but the fact that it's one of the few way to build a viable rogue is indeed a failing.
Lord Snow wrote:
One thing I would really like to see in Enemy Within is humans vs humans, maybe with some rogue aliens scattered across the globe, wreacking havoc, leaderless and purposeless since the destruction of their mother ship. That would be awesome. :)
Also, I don't get the auto-save issue. It prevents save scumming and I have never been more than 15-20 minutes away from a save 4 hours in.
Did it ever happen to you to have to stop playing like, ''right now''? I don't know, maybe your ride is outside, waiting, or you just received a call from your boss, asking if you can go to work to replace someone who's sick. Sometimes, you just don't have 15-20 min to save and quit a game, and losing progress in a RPG is never fun.
Well, the thing that hurts Mask of the Betrayer story the most is the fact that MotB is the sequel of the horrible NWN II OC, which was still better than the original NWN OC. It is like trying to build a magnificent castle on top of stinking quicksand.
I don't recall Storm of Zehir being very stong, storywise. Was fun for the sandbox/openworld feel though.
KotOR II had better writings than KotOR IMO, and more world-changing choices, but KotOR feels more polished. Both games have a very stong beginning, but the ending of KotOR II feels rushed. I can't tell which one of the two is my favorite.
P.S.: Have you tried Shadowrun Returns yet? The text-heavy aspect of the game kind of reminds me of Torment, but I never completed Torment. The theme is very different though, and Shadowrun Returns feels more modest than Torment, storywise.
I would say storywise, it is superior to NWN's original campaign.
I would say that, storywise, it is superior to any NWN and NWN II expansion. Yeah, that one dialogue with you know who in Mask of the Betrayer was pretty awesome, and Hordes of the Underdark was decent, but KotOR and KotOR II are still superior IMO.
The only thing NWN and NWN II have over KotOR and KotOR II is the campaign editor and customization: there's more classes, races, feats and spells in NWN than in KotOR.
Scott Betts wrote:
Thanks for the link Scott!
So, what is going to be your first character? Since I never played the Sadowrun PnP RPG, I'll try to keep it simple at first with a Human Street Samurai. I'll probably go switch hitter (ranged/melee) with a focus on cyberware, if that is even possible.
Any advice from someone who know the rules of the PnP RPG?
HobGoblin42, developer, said:
''I don't want to keep you guys from writing those excellent fiction, but the current unsettled situation with Chaos Chronicles is solely based on a conflict between us and bitcomposer. At the current state the completion and release of the game is uncertain since our last attempt to find some agreement failed due the disappointment that we haven't heard back from bitcomposer after holding a long (and constructive) meeting.
Obviously, the game won't be released in this summer because bitcomposer stopped the development earlier this year through an legal injunction(which has been recalled later). The next few weeks will finally decide if the game will see the day of light or not.''
So the legal disagreement is between COREPLAY and bitcomposer, also referred as ''s$&$composer'' by the RPG Codex community. Bitcomposer funded the development of the game, so if no agreement is meet, Chaos Chronicles could very well enter the realm of vaporware.
Adamantine Dragon wrote:
I think you're speaking about Baldur's Gate II: Shadow of Amn. There was no dragon in the original Baldur's Gate, only wyverns. =^.^=
Its a shame that this probably wont work out, it looks awesome and I'd love to have this game. But I am fairly certain the OGL doesnt allow video games. If I remember from conversations about pathfinder online, something in the open game liscence specifically prevents use in video games, hence why pathfinder online isnt using the pathfinder ruleset (which extends the original 3.5 OGL).
I remember the same conversation. Vic Wertz even said that he doubted that making a Pathfinder video game using the Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 OGL ruleset would be legally possible.
Hair could be part of the equation too. With few exceptions, female protagonists tend to have long hair, while most male protagonist are bald or have short hair. Making long natural looking hair that move and respond to the physical environment and the movement of the character without clipping issues requires much more work than making a character with short/no hair.
Maybe, maybe not. Maybe it has nothing to do with Hasbro, but COREPLAY stated that their game was based on the ''D&D 3.5 OGL'', and not simply ''d20 OGL'', on their official web page, on their forums and during various interviews, which may be the cause of the legal issues they are having right now. Even if Chaos Chronicles is not a ''D&D'' game per se, the devs have indirectly associated the D&D franchise with Chaos Chronicles. They have been using the ''D&D'' tag to make their game more attractive to gamers. I can't tell if this is legal or not.
Or maybe this whole thing is caused by some internal legal dispute at COREPLAY.
Adamantine Dragon wrote:
At about that time I found "Baldur's Gate" and played that for a while, eventually playing all the games in that series, but I always liked the sandbox style of the original Baldur's Gate more than any of the more plot-driven sequels. In fact I found that direction to be counter to my own interests.
You are not alone...
IMHO, the original Baldur's Gate presented the perfect balance between sandbox exploration and story-driven experience. There is also the fact that you, the protagonist, were neither a ''random guy'' or ''the Chosen One'' that was destined to save the world. While being above average, your character was part of a complex world and a story that would still exist and unfold without him, unlike Elder Scrolls games and most JRPG where the world would be destroyed without the player/protagonist. This is something that I really liked about BG. That, plus the difficulty of the tactical battles, the huge number of NPC that could join your party (want to do an all-wizards or all-rogues party? no problem!) and the fact that nothing was randomized in the game (I hate randomized loot).
May I suggest you Shadowrun Returns, which will release on Steam at the end of the month? It is based on the Shadowrun PnP RPG, so it should be complex enough for your taste. However, it is a kickstarter game that was produced with limited budget, so don't expect anything mind-blowing. It is also a mix of steam-punk and fantasy, but there is melee weapons in the game.
For those who can keep track of everything, it's a tactics DREAM.
This is why a CRPG based on D&D 4th Edition would have been awesome. You get to enjoy all the tactical elements of the game while the computer keeps track of everything for you. Seriously, the fact that the D&D franchise is only used to produce MMORPGs these days drives me mad. Four published CRPGs use the ruleset of D&D 3rd Edition (NWN, NWN 2, PoR:RoMD and ToEE), five if you count IWD 2, but this one was more a hybrid of the 2nd and 3rd editions. Chaos Chronicles, a game still in development, will use the ruleset of the D&D 3rd Edition OGL. How many CRPG are based on the 4th Edition ruleset? Zero, and this number is not going to go up with D&D Next just around the corner.