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  1. Hmm..could be that. I don't have it installed now, but if I do, I'll run some tests with it, see what happens. In my opinion, Icewind Dale 2 is better than 1, or at least I enjoyed it better. Dunno why.

     

    I never play a paladin. I hate paladins. And I always end up evil...whether by design or because I'm too snarky and the game just downgrades me.

     

    The main thing about Hell is that, I go into one temptation (that sword the genie gives you, usually because I like trinkets) and that's it. You're evil. Lawful evil, maybe, but evil nonetheless. I shall mention that I usually play neutral so that may be something, but still. I just stabbed the guy.

     

    Yes! That is the dire wolf! And I keep finding him! And I play mage quite often. Urgh, I hate that wolf. I hated him more than Sarevok in the first game or any other character that might have been a challenge. I once did an Iron Man playthrough...can you imagine how annoying it was?

     

    The only reason I want Skyrim is so that the others don't have it. And to piss off the elves. So I guess they probably have better reasons for wanting it than me, but I can Shout, so...

     

    And once you have the armies of Skyrim and Cyrodill, who says you can't conquer High Rock? Or Morrowind? Elsewyr?...I'd also add the Black Marshes but who wants those? I've been pretty dissapointed with the new exploration of provinces, honestly. Cyrodill was supposed to be exotic: enter generic Medieval Fantasy realm No 4. Skyrim was supposed to be one of the most advanced corners of the world with intelligent Nords and such: enter Fantasy Vikings whose entire culture is based around the idea that everyone really interesting is dead and if you’re lucky, you might die and get to hang out with them instead.

     

    I remember that jump...that jump was where three characters died because I had some difficulty mod installed and I either burned to death or ...broke my legs to death.

     

    And urgh...vampiric wolves. At least I had some cannon fodder for them there, unlike for the wolf in the start area just enough for my mages and clerics to kill.

     

    Dating games? That's...an entire genre that sailed right over my head. I prefer escape the room games or solve crime games or horror games. I'm a huge horror game fan. I played Amnesia: Dark Descent like five times and laughed while doing it. First game I install after a format is Silent Hill 2. I wish there were more horror games...proper ones, but most are either trying too hard or are just bad. I reinstalled Call of Cthulhu though. That one is only amusing for the stealth and for playing a complete moron.


  2. Oh I know they're not bugless but most people I've talked to never had it that bad. I mean, I get mutants, junkies, ghouls or deathclaws noclipping to me but casadores? ...That's just cruel. Bugless games that had bugs for me? Portal...physics glitch.

     

    It got worse for me after Nashkel. I didn't finish the game but I did get to Baldur's Gate. It seemed a bit more stable there. There was also so called balancing (a basilisk I usually used in the lower areas to get rid of Dynaheir is gone) but the Dire Wolf syndrome is still well in place. Syndrome so-named after losing half a dozen characters to a dire wolf in the beginner area. Nice job, devs. All in all, I'd much rather play the old game with the fix mods and banters. The EE is just not worth it.

     

    Skyrim was surprisingly alright with me, until it wasn't. Once, some sort of bug intervened at the prologue cutscene and the doors didn't open when entering Helgen. Three horses were tossed into the air like bouncy balls and my carriage was doing the macarena in the sky. The horse was literally just a rubber band. Then it crashed. The non-killable NPCs are 'features'. I much preferred Morowind's "Your destiny is DOOOOOOOOOMED" line but ...

     

    The Thalmor are pretty crazy even for elves. That said, siding with them should have been interesting (and possible for an Altmer) even if it would bring the end of the world. I was pissed at not being able to kill both the leaders of the war (not like there were guards in the way or anything), slaughter both their armies and crown myself High King. Then invade Cyrodill and make myself out to be Talos the Second. I mean, I did kill them both via console but the game refused to acknowledge it.


  3. ...I agree on your laws being silly. I didn't even knew there was something like that. Huh. Well, you learn something every day.

     

    Hmmm...not sure about Emilia. The other Emilia might not be so bad. I didn't think of someone as pretty as he is, but someone who would actually look past the pretty boy thing and talk to him like a normal person. With everything Ana had going on, I figured she'd probably be alright. How about Silke?

     

    Evil humans can be a product of various natures and nurtures but good drow...only the surface ones. So meeting a good drow means dabbling into that tiny tiny demographic of surface drow, who instead of succumbing to the fantasy racism and become at least neutral, has a good heart and so on and so forth. Seems like a stretch to me. I dislike Eilistraee as well. I was a huge Vhaerun fan ...until they killed him.

     

    And I usually play decent Bhaalspawn..until Hell. Damn you, Hell, with your shiny trinkets.

     

    Huh, are you playing Icewind with mods? Did you empty the cache? What windows?

     

    I typically play something magical or kensai. Those katanas...I get sick of the mage stronghold, but I had a mod that allowed me to get ALL OF THEM. My favourite was the fighter one, but I never played it fully. Something about resting and going back ...I wanted to adventure not get stuck there.

     

    To BG:EE's benefit, I attract bugs. I tickle their pink, somehow. Give me a relatively bug-free game and three minutes in, I'm stuck in the terrain. In Fallout, casadores no-clipped through the wall for me. Scorpions came from the ground. In Fallout 3, it was mutants that showed up from dunes and killed me. Deathclaws opened doors. I don't even want to tell you about Skyrim, but short version? Flying horses. With me on them. So yes, I have found bugs.

     

    The NPCs were virtually unplayable with the bugs. Dismiss one and you can't get them back because the dialogue repeats. Or you can't find them. Or they just sit there. Or their quest doesn't advance. It's also sort of ...laggy? I don't know. I have a computer that barely flinches at modern games but there's this very light delay that KILLS me.

     

    Adrian, how far did you get? If you plan to get the NPCs, for the love of Bhaal, get them in your party right away. Or else you're doooooooomed. Did they even release a patch yet?


  4. I usually toss the bottles before I get to the counting. It would probably depress me...On the other hand, I did have that party again and now I have more full bottles because guests felt they had to come with something and apparently, we're all too insane to buy a bag of chips. So they got alcohol. I now...need another party to get rid of all this extra drinks. I swear, I have no more room in the fridge.

     

    I think Olivia needs someone with feet on the ground...and I don't think anyone in the game is without his own share of insanity. Even Luti has it. Otherwise he wouldn't be in Godina. How about Cyrus? I think it'd be interesting to see him with Ana...

     

    Have I mentioned how much I love Godina yet? I started a new character yesterday, after drinking too much and started a new guy. It's just that every adventure establishes them as so ...united. The guys are playing cards in the corner, girls gossip on the sofas, then when something happens they all band together and not for the betterment of the college (like Aranaz) or for their teacher (like Durand) or for pride, but because, hey, yeah, that guy needs help. Or treasure, but really, it started because a girl wanted a quill.

     

    Viconia...I liked Viconia. Well, I like drow as long as they are EVIL and not good, because seriously, in the environment, being good is being stupid. And if they do a lot of damage or are good at what they do, I don't even care about their personality. That was actually the reason I first took Sarevok on board. I thought..if he was going to do the same damage he did to me in BG 1 but to my enemies, Jaheira be damned, I'm getting him.

     

    I know Xan of course, didn't play with the romance but read some of it. Angelo I know because a friend was always talking about him. I stayed away from him on principle. If romancing him ended up with me step-mother to Shar Teel, I'm running for the hills, NOW.

     

    Most fun I've had was with a character I actively crippled...half-elf and mage/thief/fighter but with balanced stats so that it was a jack of all trades. She ended up wielding Carsomyr, the sword you get from the genie in hell (I love how you can say such crazy sentences and mean them) and one from a follower of Bhaal. Yeah, she ended up evil. I hate Hell. I'm also sure it makes some sort of statement about me and my gaming ways that I'm not comfortable with.

    Either way, she ended up killing basically everything. It was insane.

     

    After these chats, I really want to start replaying BG. Did you try the Extended Edition? I don't know of anyone who has and I want to complain about it. It's bad. And a waste of cash. And so damn buggy....

     

    Congrats on the new thread. I will refrain from posting unrelated things in it, on principle :P at least for now. Do we have an Academagia equivalent to Ireland? ...I know we have one for England, but Ireland?


  5. I did meet Girars for a bit but never...a lot. Kept a safe distance ever since I read his adventure. The boy is obsessed with animals, yes. In a creepy sort of way. Are you sure he'd be good for Olivia? I think she'd need a more stable influence...if only because she's not all that stable herself. It really makes the detention adventure all the more interesting, to see how different students interact without anything in common. I love that type of adventure.

     

    Well, if you ever travel half a world away from where you are, let me know. I'll show you some awesome cocktails! ...We're gonna be in an alcoholic coma by sundown won't we?

     

    Kelsey...doesn't sound interesting. Just a merchant...why is a sorcerer a merchant anyway? Past level 5, that guy is already better than his peers. Sorcerer angst? There's sorcerer angst? I think it's one of the best classes to be. You can wield naturally and don't even have to study much. Compared to wizards. Besides, in a party consisting of a wounded avariel, a plane-leaping tiefling, a son of a god, a shapeshifter, a red wizard and a drow cleric..."just a guy" is kind of...well, out of place. I'd have freaked out, if I were him. High fantasy or not, I imagine the common folk don't deal with that sort of thing very often.

     

    I always wanted to play with more NPCs but somehow, I still returned to my normal ones. Viconia is the best cleric around, Yoshimo is there because he's a good thief and he leaves right when Imoen comes in so I don't have to leave anyone behind, Jaheira and Minsc stick around because they've been around since forever and Minsc is useful for carrying stuff. The fifth one usually comes in and out depending on quests. In ToB, that spot is Sarevok's.

     

    And I constantly forget Minsc is a ranger. To me, he is a barbarian with bit less damage per round.

     

    I think you're thinking of Hublepot, who was...a vegetable farmer or something? Jan sold turnips. He was amusing but had no place in the party of angst that somehow formed.

     

    Adrian, I agree with Mikka. You have to finish Planescape. Max out charisma, intelligence and wisdom and just talk around. Best game I've played. The story is amazing. It shares a spot for me with the story in Legacy of Cain and I'm not sure which game I complimented more by that statement.


  6. Glad you like her hair. You said wild curls.... I was half afraid they were going to eat her head while the computer was shut down. I noticed the thin hair, but in Neta, it's supposed to be the whole immaterial beauty thing. I know a couple of girls like that. I wrote metaphors on girls like that. The effect is interesting. For us PCs though...less so.

     

    Olivia and Girars...huh. I need to play with Girars more. As a dedicated alumni of Godina college, I rarely interact with Morvidus. Except Phillipe and Jo. Seriously, what is their problem?!

     

    It's true, Mhadi never did anything against me. Not even once. He was the best rival a kid could have.

     

    Ah, Planescape. I'm hoping Project Eternity turns into the great RPG it's shaping up to be, but so far I'm a bit sceptical. I've no doubt that the story and characters will be up par with Obsi, but the setting is a bit too ...Faerun-esque. It's not a bad thing, but when you can create a whole new universe, going with something safe is a bit dull. Black Isle is dead and the weird necro vodoo dark magic thing that went on that resurrected it is a foul and unnatural thing.

     

    I agree that there is no such thing as drinking too much. Gods, the drinks I could make with thoooose...why are you half a world away?

     

    I'll probably be 50 and my mother will still lecture me. My most picky critic. She also taught me how to swear at age three, so the discussions are entertaining for the whole block.

     

    Did anyone play with all the BG NPCs but me? I took a look at Kelsey, thought...merchant? What like turnips? Another one? Nope

     

    And Leoshi...you sort of walked right into that. Those numerous adventures on Phillipe had to have some effect. But, hey, considering that Phillipe turned into an unofficial mascot of the forum and game, it's not so bad. :P


  7. Money! How could you acquire a massive, massive amount of cash, fast? With magic..preferably, but any mundane solution works. Just enough to be able to buy a small country. Can you make money or is it easier to legally earn it?

     

    How are the laws on counterfeiting?


  8. Aarin...nope, no personality. To be fair, I barely remember things about the OC, as if I played it through a haze. I know the plot, I know the characters but it was just so dull my mind blocked it while playing. But still, you disliked Sky too? Then again, who didn't.

     

    One of Many was amazingly creepy and awesome, but ...me, I like Okku, the rainbow bear. Imagine riding him into battle!

     

    In Icewind Dale 2, I played a tiefling. Found it appropriate with the half breed, demon thing going on. My intent wasn't of romance, but Riz was trying so hard, I let it slide. The two were very happy. I played the Icewind Dale 1 mod, but it was quite a long time ago and don't remember much about it. It was cool and I think they were all romanceable in some form. Again, don't remember much.

     

    Am I the only one who can't get rid of these two befriending me? The last three times I picked bitter rival, I had Mhadi, Uliva and Mhadi again but never Phillipe or Jo. What is going on? Is my computer possessed? Does it display a Leoshi-like interest in the two? What?! So as an intimate friend of the two (in all the games I play), I think they'd be all right. They just need more growing up.

     

    And we're going to need to find someone perfect for Olivia. Although, she and Neta might get along if push comes to shove...Don't think she has a spell on her or at least not a Glamour one. I guess we'll see.

     

    I'm interested in Cirillo...and Luti just seems to interesting to pass up. I wonder how many broken bones we'll get if we try to romance Phillipe?

     

    Here's Cat.

     

    It looked better large but I noticed I have to completely redesign proportions for it when small. Her hair rivals the King of Bling himself, Charles II, and looks sentient. Watch out for it. I read a horror story once about haunted hair...

     

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  9. Aarin Gend. Well, let's be honest, everything in the NWN OC was bad. At least the expansions redeemed that game otherwise...

     

    BG 2 had a wide enough collection of NPCs to make it bearable. I didn't play with mods until much later after already playing for 20 times and I had strategies in my mind rivalling most war generals. I always wanted more than those five you can get because well, I always get Viconia (she needs a friend), Jaheira cause, alright, we were in it together, Minsc as well, Yoshimo as a replacement of Imoen and I wanted a Soulafein with me. The mod wasn't how I pictured Soulafein...and I felt like I needed some sort of English degree. I like poetry as much as the next person, but when playing a game, I'd like to stay out of poetic debates. Valygar was cool (even to my mages), Mazzy was a bit annoying but her enthusiasm was infectious.

     

    Yes, I played KotOR2 full. With comments on how each area was made, comments on background and on each character. I liked it, even with the ending that was obviously "Wait for a part 3". I liked Mandalore, yes. I'm not sure if anything was changed, but he was always badass. Even when brooding he knew when to quit it and the fact that all the NPCs in KotOR had their own weaves of intrigue was unique. Plus he gave us a Basilisk War Droid. I'd nearly started to jump around the house then and there.

     

    You get treated like royalty in the Legion end though even as a woman...coins and everything. I think Caesar didn't have anything against women, his followers just really went with it. Like little boys and their 'No girls' tree houses...

     

    I don't need to imagine a happy ending for my NWN2 character. My tiefling absorbed Akachi and went on a rampage of terror and horror that even the gods feared. There! Let that be a lesson to everyone. It's as happy as I could see it. I ...er...did mention I rarely play good. But yes, evil soul eater. Best ending ever.

     

    Icewind Dale 2 NPC mod...that was how I got most friends to play Icewind Dale 2. They didn't want to play without NPCs and the writing was great even for the main game, not just a mod. I liked the Rizdaer romance and Peony's (though, I only played a gnome for it), found the non-main ones (Prachi, Hildrury, Nikosh etc) cute. Jamael was moving a bit too quick and Diriel was creepy. CREEPY. Especially if you know about the elf backgrounds (eladrin) and the Planescape settings. No elf supremacy for you. Salomeya was cool while it lasted. I disliked that we couldn't get some sort of retort..felt like my huge WIS, CHA and INT were going to waste. The part that let me stare at the screen was Hildury turned into an elf and romancing Nord.

     

    Building our keep was awesome! I wanted to actually play more in there. The cash that went into that keep...oh man. Cheapskate Nasher...

     

    Phillipe and Joana...I keep thinking maybe those two will grow up and act differently, but probably not. Seeing as they befriend me every game (and not the other way around) I do support it, but someone has to keep them in check. Might as well be the PC.

     

    Olivia and Cyrus..no. I don't think Olivia really likes Cyrus. He just thinks he's cute. It's more her own ambition than an actual interest in the guy. Whatever he wants though, I will probably do since we're mate and all. Olivia deserves someone to give her attention too.

     

    I support Vettor and Amada. After doing her quest and his, yes they're both decent kids and if Vettor stopped playing around and actually talk to the girl, it would go smoother.

     

    The boys I'd romance...probably Cyrus for kicks. Or a kick, specifically from Olivia. Reitz will be worth a look, only after seeing how he acts in the following years. Luti already has a girl (his muse). As for girls, Ana, Sima, Flore...

     

    If you can't romance the students, who can you romance? Besides, they have it easy. They do nothing for most of the year and then at the next game, they get a free level-up. Hell, they pass simply so as the school doesn't become empty. Little free loaders. I WORKED for every 200 score, dang it.

     

    Ha! Coincidently I drew Cuán brooding and Cat smiling. Cuán is definitely vampiric pale. I sent an e-mail ...two days ago? If you didn't get it, I'll post him here. I haven't drew much in a long time and I usually don't like the way they usually look. I'll fuss with them a bit more and post them. If I don't, I'll probably have some sort of fit and decide that I should start over and I don't have the time for that.

     

    Hope you get better.


  10. NWN: Valen. His name was Valen. Deekin was cute. I mean, as cute as a scaly bard could be. Bards in games have always been weird. Aribeth was bad.

     

    BG1 was ...well, I liked Khalid. There, I said it. I thought he was amusing and his fear of everything just made him more interesting since he went into everything with us. I hated Dynaheir. I made entire plots on how to get rid of her while keeping Minsk. Best one? Get her to fight a basilisk on her own. She's petrified and out of the party and I get Viconia.

     

    BG2 yes...Nalia. In fact I had quite a limited number of NPCs I liked and they were usually evil. The neutral ones were decent too. The good ones...meh.

     

    KotOR: ...Jolee. That's pretty much it. But, I mean, at the end even he was a bit irritating, when one by one they all committed suicide by evil PC. In the first game, I just said I'd go to the dark side to get Bastila unaware. I hadn't realized I'd suddenly turn. I mean, it's not like I started kicking kittens then and there. What happened to "don't commit to any side, Jolee, huh?".

     

    KotOR 2...pretty much everyone except Disciple and Handmaiden. As I said, I played it finished so I was never really into the whole unfinished thing (Unlike with NWN2, where I promised that if I ever meet whoever worked on that I'd punch them....rocks fall everybody dies...)

     

    So NWN2, I liked Bishop because of his whole lack of care in everything. Also he was a pretty good manipulator for a ranger. Too bad some parts got cut. Sand, I liked. Ammon, Khelgar and Neeshka like some Faerun Laurel and Hardy. In MoTB, I liked everyone. That includes Gann even though he was prettier than I am. I think it stems because I was a drow and he got more remarks on his heritage than my character got in the whole game, OC included. Kinda felt bad.

     

    New Vegas...all of them. They were really well developed. I usually got Boone around. He's the one I resort too. I dislike the Legion too, so that wasn't a problem. I did want an evil NPC though.

     

    Actually, I also think wine helps writing. I always have bottles on my desk somehow...currently there's water, whiskey, wine, vodka and ...something pink. I had a party recently and I got to keep the drinks. I might need another party just to get rid of them. What on earth is the pink thing though...?

     

    Carth was whiny, you're right, but to me Kaiden's discussions rarely varied off the beaten track. I could be wrong...I haven't played that game in a long time, but that's what I remember.

     

    And I never saw Bishop as a direct misogynist. He hated everyone. You were a dwarf? He hated dwarves. You were a half-elf? He hated half-elves. Aasimar? He hates aasimar. You're a man? He hates swamp-dwellers and whatever class you are. You're a woman? He hates all women. And like I said, pretty good manipulator. I read some of the cut content on the matter. And his talks with the party show that. He just knows what will piss off people the fastest and just uses that constantly.

    I know Domi due to the Icewind Dale 2 NPC mod, which I thought was cool, especially since the game was starting to get pretty stale without NPCs (though some romances were a bit too much for me). Then I read about the Bishop mod, at least from forum posts and ...she was very into Bishop. I like evil characters and their motivations and thought he was decent, but not enough to romance the guy. Did you notice what his favourite enemy was, from the feats? Humans.

     

    Here's something...Casavir used to date Ophala. That, to me, gave him some character. Not enough mind, and since I always played with long-lived races (and the plot only makes sense if you're 20 or close to it), I thought "A 20 year old elf...yes, I'll definitely date the guy who will die in thirty years, even if I'm still a child and Daeghun will probably hunt him down with no mercy for it through swamps"

     

    That aside, I adored Daeghun, rude and unemotional as he was.

     

    Yep...Academagia. We do have to get back on track sometime. Who would you like to romance in later years or who would you like to help romance each other in later years? I mean, Olivia will probably ask. Poor Cy...

     

    Also, I tried my hand at drawing Cat. She looks like the love-child of Steven Tyler and Charles the Second, which is...good I guess? If there are any little girls that look like that, I'm gold. This coming from someone who thinks all toddlers look like Winston Churchill. Will..have to work on that.


  11. Oooh Qara was not finished. Want spoilers on what she was supposed to be? And she's actually nice when you befriend her.

     

    I have two bottles of wine right now, beside me, yes. And chocolate.

     

    I like all the NPCS you mentioned with slight differences in KotOR (I disliked Bastila with the intensity of the Death Star) and NWN, where I liked almost all of them there, except Elanee. She was more of a hit and miss.


  12. I can understand you liking them and I'm not trying to make you agree with me anyway. I just hope I made myself understood as to why I don't like them. So instead of discussing those we disagree on, let's go to other games...who did you like in KotOR 1/2 or NWN 2?

     

    Valygar didn't have a romance? I could have sworn I read about one, somewhere...

     

    I didn't have anything against Ash but Kaiden rubbed me the wrong way. Must be the Carth voice. And yes, I thought he was very similar to Carth. I'm not sure exactly why one was liked more than the other, but more people played ME than KotOR so that might have helped. He was a bit more subdued than Jacob. I didn't analyze much on the differences as I have only male friends who played with them, but somewhere along the way, I still wanted Wrex/Grunt or Jack around.

     

    Anomen was less popular than Bishop because Bishop was laid back. He didn't care. He was probably the only character around who didn't care much about what you were doing. He had his own ideas anyway. I personally enjoyed his character because you could play the "insulting" game without him getting offended. I called him a dog, he called me a backwards swamp-dweller and five minutes after we had an ale. While Anomen was easily offended, a bit too self-righteous and lied to make himself look and feel better. I never even got past the first stages of relationship with him (male or female) because of that.

     

    I mostly prefer a red, dry type of wine. French and Italian are my first choice (you can get a great bottle for 0.89 euros in Italy so you can imagine that I've tried loads of it). The only type of American wine I've had a lot of is Californian. Never tried PA wine, but I might look into it. So, have you noticed we went from chats of romance/Academagia mods to wine and Bioware?...why does that always happen?

     

    As for Cyberpunk, a BCS game sounds great, although I'm still not through playing everything of Academagia, and now I'm also playing Scheherazade so if there are any more games like these, I may end up never leaving my house.


  13. 7. If cheese is more of a specialty food due to the era they live in this setting.... What would a mouse familiar eat normally? I suppose cheese could still be a treat food but...

     

     

    Mice don't really eat cheese. A friend had this mouse that would much rather go into the sweet fruits or its own food. Supposedly, it's too rich for them. I suppose a familiar might borrow its mages' tastes but...

    Peanut butter or bacon though...they go nuts for it.

     

     

    So constructs...how would one go for it? Meld bodies into one? Frankenstein experiments? Actually building with incantation and stuff? It sounds very difficult and very hard to keep hidden...


  14. Hate is a strong word, I guess. I haven't fully explained what I disliked about the game since some of my friends called me the Anton Ego of gaming, but I will try, since it fits into the romance chat. In DA, the characters, to me, felt more like the voices of the conflict than real people. Isabella was cool in DA:O, but turned one-dimensional and got called whore a lot which would have worked in any other party with more chemistry going on, but fell flat and sort of awkward in that one. Aveline was ...actually incredibly decent at first and then had that romance quest out of the left field, which made me think I was in Candid Camera. Her interactions with Isabella were painful and yet seemed more frequent than the rest for some reason. Merril...needed a good wake-up slap. The only reason she was not possessed or worse was that she had people to protect her. She seemed so much saner in DA:O. Even my aforementioned Tevinter mage would have yelled at her because, goddamnit, you only have one soul. And Cullen...the driven mad Cullen, seen his circle and templar buddies die Cullen, wasn't all there in the first place, Cullen...was the voice of reason. I'm not sure what that says: whether it's that he's suddenly made a recovery (in less than a couple of months...) or that everyone else was out of it.

     

    Romance works in any game based on characters, because love is a basic human emotion present in all layers or society. I recently had this sort of talk in the Cyberpunk 2077 forums and everyone pretty much agreed it's the execution that's lacking. When you approach a person in a game, the first instinct is "how do I get the relationship high enough?" and after you do, you go your own way. It's an achievement.

     

    Sarevok is my favourite Baldur character, bar none. The half-god thing is iffy, I agree. Although probably more so with Imoen who actually grew up as your sister...

     

    Here's my thoughts on what guys and gals want: player has to like a character first and then decide to romance him/her. Confidence is a good thing, a measure of independence as well, a sense that they actually live their own lives. Garrus is popular because he's Batman in space, though personally I've never seen his appeal. Atton is popular because he kids around and has layers. Disciple doesn't have layers, nor does Kaiden...Bishop has a fanbase the size of a medium-sized country. Casavir, like Elanee...less so. I guess the best way of going about this is building different personalities, make them interesting and have a complex relationship with them. Make them actually be useful too.

     

    Indian wine is great most of the time. I've had some less than stellar ones, but mostly, they're good. I personally prefer the Italian one, though.

     

    And for the new thread...I see your point. Well you can always make a new one and we can use this one to talk of other games :lol:


  15. My only problem with Bioware romances is that they translate "I want to know you better" with "I want to romance you". You cannot express interest in someone without the romance being ever present, which at the time bothered me since my main game save, the one in which I invest time and interest, is usually a "do everything" and not romance anyone. I don't want to fight either...it's not even as if we'd reach a consensus in an Obsi vs Bio debate but I'd just like it being less forced. I dislike friendzoning people, especially those I like and they should understand from certain lines that I like them as a person and not as an LI. I generally object to romance for one point: a proper romance takes the interest away from the main plot. To explicitly interpret a real relationship is to stop thinking about that murder you have to solve or about that thing you have to fetch and do what your romantic partner expects, which is all right for games whose main focus is romance but not for a world-saving RPG or a action game.

     

    Sarevok only seems interesting as a romance because he's the bad guy. Cracking the shell is part of the interest. The only one I was interested about was Brythe, from Spellhold, because...mass murderer with hidden past, although I know someone who adored Angelo.

     

    My real work is currently suspended. Drinking wine (perhaps too much so I do apologize for any error or mindless post) and sitting in a hotel. Indian wine has a lot of alcohol in it. And the internet sucks.

     

    I don't think you should make a new thread. You can modify the first post I suppose, but it's still a continuation on the mod. Of course, it all depends on what you think is best.


  16. I'm telling you, that school is going to take over Mineta and no joke. It's not like you can predict what they'll do...Uliva will just show up with her snakes, Joana punch your daylights out and Hector summons his owls and suddenly we will welcome dragons again, cause, hell, they're no Phillipe. Troubling. Very troubling.

     

    I was playing a female mage at the time, coincidently very ruthless, for whom I imagined a whole history of being ex-Tevinter summoning demons left and right and practising blood magic as easily as people breathe. My reasoning was "Tiny little elven with magic...obviously the most powerful" I then proceeded giving her super saiyan hair. The last thing I needed was a bard (whom I have disliked since D&D) especially a light sided one...

     

    And Morrigan wouldn't have me <_<

     

    On that note, I don't think I've ever played a good Bioware character. Hmm...

     

    And I'm fairly sure that Blaze comes in later years. I doubt professor Pachait would miss the opportunity.


  17. Hm...yes, he did seem like a touch too desperate to listen to reason.

     

    I knew there was something shifty about the guy, but the whole reality of it really did struck pretty hard. I loved his character and seeing him like you do in Sterling's New Orleans adventure just creeped me out. Kudos, by the way.

     

    And this of course, makes him very interesting to watch out for in 1932. Unless I somehow get Zul to shoot him first.

     

    I must say, you guys did a lot of research for the game. As someone with an affinity for both travel and history, I salute you gentlemen scholars.


  18. My, oh my...Morvidus is sure gathering a steady stream of absolutely loony students. Leoshi, don't give her ideas. Soon, we'll have a whole gang of powerful, threatening, murderous kids just waiting for us to use the Bitter rival background.

     

    To me, Obsi romances just seem...a bit more real. And I think the Alpha Protocol were pretty complete, just not very detailed. They get a bad rep, but it's not just pressure from the producer. Using an entire new engine every time you make a game is hard. Very hard. It's basically learning how to everything all over again.

     

    As for Bio, I was in constant fear of clicking Leliana in DA:O because apparently she had ninja romanced me, so I saved compulsively just in case. To this day, I have no clue on what I did, if it was a bug or something, considering I didn't even like her much and didn't talk to her a lot. In Baldur, the first time I played a girl, Anomen annoyed me so much I didn't even know he was a romance option until I got Internet. And to be fair, the female romances were not all that great either...Either way, I rarely romance anyone in pretty much any game unless they're connected to the plot somehow, so that's not such a big concern (unless I'm hit in the face with them...damn it, Bio, you used to be cool!)

     

    I played KotOR - the finished version. Got a friend obsessed with the game, he redid it fully and with the old content in. So I probably have a better opinion on it than most.

     

    Good luck with your work. No worries on Dragonborn. The plot isn't the interesting part, but I dare you to get to a certain point in the game and not say either "wow" or "aw...damn". You'll know where.


  19. Having recently been struck down by the flu (in the prime of life(thus I may not be making too much sense and use too many parenthesis)) and doing marathons of video games and college work, I was struck by the mention of connections in Scheherazade.

     

    Namely the predominance of the lotus flower.

     

    For those unaware of it, flowers present a phenomenon known as phyllotaxis. It's basically the idea that the displacement of leaves around a stem occurs in patterns according to the Fibonacci series (which is very much intertwined with the golden ratio). Lotuses are generally offered as an obvious example of this number's application in nature, as are say, fruit sprouts of pineapples, the flowering of an artichoke, sunflowers, DNA, spiral of the ear, the logarithmic spiral of a shell etc. Kepler called it an organization of the cosmos as a whole.

     

    Which brings up Mandala and sacred geometry: the flower of life is present in Turkey, India, Egypt, China, England even in ancient times. It's supposed to contain quite, quite, a lot of symbols, magical or alchemical. The complete flower also contains the Kabbalah tree and 3d metatron cube which contains all of the Platonic solids, the building blocks of creation itself.

     

    Now, considering what the main plot of the game is so far, the legends it includes and the idea that the golden ratio is the number that can predict everything and is everywhere, I can't help but think that there is a connection to Sadie. If she was represented as the lotus flower and bearer of all knowledge, then she'd hardly even need the apple. Was the plot inspired at all by this or am I taking too many pills at the moment?

     

    And I can't help but ask...if Ruddy was so prepared, why didn't he expect the Heisenberg principle to take effect.


  20. Ah, another sniper. Well, I sneaked around everywhere and shot before he did so, it was all good. I had so many stealth perks, I moved faster like that than while running. I did have quite a couple of serious heart attacks while walking casually whistling "Jingle Jangle Jingle" down the street and in steps the death animation of some ant.

     

    I also prefer Oblivion riding. The only thing I have against Arvak is that ....it looks so uncomfortable. I mean, damn, those vertebrae look like they just poke in all the wrong places and ouch. And to be fair, Morrowind had levitation. If I'd have gotten that instead of the awful dragon rides, I'd have been happy.


  21. And that is the best kind of assassin, ever.

     

    Welp, I will stop skipping classes now. Who's with me? You wouldn't want the Legate to find out that you're skipping, right?

     

    Didn't know Sforza paid assassins to kill her husband, but the Orsi brothers did attack him and killed him while she was having lunch, so who knows? She was definitely cold-blooded enough. I should play AC again...

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