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  1. I think that's at least part of why they did them- having sidekicks who'll stay in your party no matter what means they can be strict with companions leaving you based on things you do, because no matter what you'll always have a full party available Makes sense. Imagine all the rage quitting if people played for dozens of hours and suddenly discovered that most of the companions abandoned them because of their choices. Well on the other hand they did say that choices would matter...
  2. Ahhh that's comforting to hear - (the whole permanent thing) as perhaps they will make better stand ins for deserting companions than a generic store bought one (Hear that Eder??
  3. Ok I just picked up Ydwin and it may be the first time I picked up a "sidekick" in Deadfire - what exactly makes them a "sidekick" (vs a companion) other than limited banter ? are they only available for a limited time? How many sidekicks are there?
  4. While I have noticed some groupings of barrels explode when hit I have been unable to determine a method to reliably make that happen at the right moment (when they are surrounded by enemies). At one point I thought it would only happen if there was a pile of gunpowder on the ground or floor with a group of barrels (like it was a spill) but even when I am able to determine that is the case a successful explosion of the entire grouping seems to almost never occur.
  5. The party awoke in their room at the tavern in Port Maje having all apparently shared the same vision of sailing to Harbingers Watch and two intense battles they fought there. Eder seemed convinced he had actually died in the icy realm and swore his soul had been winging across the seas and that he had awoken just as the Eothas Colossus in his giant glowing green glory had appeared on the horizon and pointed at him. Aloth suddenly began to rise scrambling from his chair eyes wild, chest pumping, gibberish sputtering through his open mouth. Lost in a memory of ice and snow covered stones splattered by blood and body parts and a huge cave bear was snarling and chuffing out a noisy spray of blood and saliva. it's huge swinging paw was suddenly slowed to a crawl as it was approaching his head and there was a small explosion of silver gold and blue dust erupting from his hands as the spirit lance he held blinked out of existence and his hands could not seem to follow the directions he was sending them and his mouth opened and the sound began to swell as Eder grabbed his shoulder and asked if he was OK. The priest and druid had been sitting at the back of the booth holding mugs of steaming enchanted tea in front of them with both hands and chanting softy together with heads bowed and eyes closed when Aloths cry ripped through the very fabric of the rooms reality and they both were spitting spells of protection and alacrity as they rose from their seats and their eyes flew open and the sounds of the spells then shriveled and died on their lips as they realized they were safe and Aloth had apparently just lost it for a moment. The captain jumped on to a chair and addressed the nervous patrons assuring them all was well and ordered drinks for the house as Aloth was helped into his chair and the group settled back into their seats and began to work out a plan from here. They spent half the morning talking it out over breakfast followed by numerous rounds of coarse black ale and shots of some locally distilled rotgut that brought tears to the eyes as it seared it's way into their system. Eventually they all agreed that they should finish up a few more of their tasks locally and perhaps gather some additional gear before heading east to find out what truly awaits them in Harbingers Watch and they set out for the harbor. As the sun beat down at midday in Port Maje the party left the tavern and a handful of locals who were hanging out on the docks when they passed swear their figures began to fade as they walked down the docks and clambered up the gangplank to board the Dhow Uriahs Heap, They could hear orders given and sails were set as ship was soon heading out of the port quickly gathering speed and disappearing into a fog bank that seem to rise around it... It is said neither ship nor crew has been seen since that day... Meanwhile a red headed dwarf called Cap Crimson sat across the table from the Pallid Knight. As he listened intently to her appeal in the present his subconscious mind was also working as he began to peruse the possibility of channeling the muscle of these marching orders she was laying out for him with the essence of pure power he might siphon from his association with the so called Gods that are offering him this unprecedented opportunity into a personal payday so immense that the former glory of Cad Nua might seem like a peasants hovel in the Gullet by comparison. As she prattled on he began to design the perfect vessel for a captain with a handful of Gods in his pocket and the sort of crew that would serve him as he set out to conquer the Deadfire. As the dwarf walked away from her the Pallid Knight frowned - something bothered her and she had a sudden premonition they may have just made a huge mistake.... So sayeth the the God of Restarts....
  6. It was indeed - it recently occurred to me that might have something to do with it ( we weren't really there long enough to read the fine print on everything the first time) - so I'm guessing there is no getting back up from that one? Seems a bit harsh for "classic" altho we did manage to finish the fight AND safely kill off the sigils on our second attempt but it took forever to do so and we had to bring Aloth back 3 times and Eder once altho to be fair this isn't the most powerful group of n'ere do wells to ever grace the Deadfire... ( Watcher - priest of Wael, Aloth Battlemage, Eder Swashbuckler, Tekehu - chanter/druid, new guy - chanter preist) Yikes!
  7. Don't think I even have a troll pet ?? - I think we have one of the cats equipped - increases AoE for spells for watcher and party.
  8. Ok so my party enters BOW at level 15 - takes forever to down the first enemy that appears but we all manage to get through it. Take on our new companion rest our weary bones at the inn (to remove any injuries suffered) and then head up to the next area.> So as we enter the area my archers are plinking away at one of those devices that generate spells within a given radius and some enemies approach - I send Eder over to finish knocking out the device as enemies are already over running the group and next thing I know both Eder and another companion have died permanently (disappeared completely) and eventually the rest of the crew bites the dust. Then to add insult to injury the games hangs when I try to reload and I have to shut down with the task manager. Now I am playing on "Classic" which I thought only permanently removed companions if they had too many wounds ( 3 ? ) already when they died - otherwise they got up after the battle ended. Is that no longer so in the BOW area?
  9. So I am currently level 9ish and so far I can't recall seeing any storm icons on the map. Is there something that triggers them at a certain point or is this a bug? I like to hit every storm I can to increase crew levels
  10. Re: Red Hand - wiki says : 1% Damage dealt and received on Kill until rest (Stacks 20 times) What exactly does that mean? Dealt and received by whom?
  11. Lesson learned - had a ship that was supposed to be a couple levels higher than me beat down with our cannons and opted to board her to finish them off - when the enemy crew appeared they were mostly red skull 3+ and white skull 3+ and outnumbered us as well death came quickly at least Should have kept my cannons roaring and sank the bastard !
  12. Where can you find the alternate ammo for your ship guns? Never saw any in my last playthrough... also does it work with any cannon or is it more specialized?
  13. Ok maybe tomorrow then I thought that was where it was supposed to be - probably wont get to play again until Sun anyway
  14. Ok I saw something about a new hunting bow (possibly community made) and I believe it was supposed to be in latest DLC but can't find the original reference nor anything else to point me in the right direction. Anyone know about this item - where it is found? what sort of specs?
  15. I always have numerous campaigns (or at least numerous starts) for a game - I played the IE games for years (BG series over a decade and the EE versions are still installed in case I find the need for one more)- so I like this method of adding content with DLCs especially when it does not require starting a new campaign to access it.
  16. I found it useful to use the shorter range but higher damage guns on one side and the longer range on the other - long range early short range late and often it's not necessary to board and while I have not really compared side by side it seems like the overall loot + rank increases is better than when boarding.
  17. They're workable-ish, but you can only have one on the field at a time, and they don't do nearly enough damage to justify that. Not worth bothering with after Port Maje, if there. That's too bad maybe they will tweak them before it's over. Yeah, I agree - at this point, pre-combat prep is mostly just "take some drugs." It's a shame. knownastherat's point that you're generally just going to sell them is also valid - most traps have a pretty decent sale price, so the irony is that the point in the game where you're most likely to get some mileage out of them (early) is also the point where you might be hurting for cash and will want to sell them for a bit of other junk. I am apparently still stuck in my BG hoarder mode where I rarely use any drugs or potions other than the occasional healing potion in battle and food for resting. For me pre-combat prep often is simply deciding on each party members opening gambit - only to frustrate me as the battle opens and almost eveyone ignores my opening order and does as they please I am hoping for a special Beraths Blessing for Most Crap Hoarded Ever
  18. They're workable-ish, but you can only have one on the field at a time, and they don't do nearly enough damage to justify that. Not worth bothering with after Port Maje, if there. That's too bad maybe they will tweak them before it's over.
  19. I've never figured out how to even set traps in this game which is probably a combination of apathy and a general distaste for their cheesy use in BG - are they currently workable in Deadfire? It would be nice to be able to use them by setting under stealth in an active area (like a certain adra warehouse) .
  20. I have a mix of cannon atm and am experimenting with them - I have a mix on both sides ( 3 per side on my Dhow) including the one you get from WM, a couple of the low range high damage ones (0-250) and one long range (400-600?) altho most battles I only use one volley then turn to face them and run in to ram them and meet on deck for a free for all - especially after we got the Dhow which takes much longer to complete a turn. So far we have beat them all tho a couple were close (on Classic). Just figured out today I could take a turn to move my wounded out and replace them with back-ups to keep my guns operating.
  21. Anyone have suggestions on types of cannon and how to configure them optimally? With six slots to work with do you set up differently on each side? Perhaps longer range on port and shorter on starboard? Do you have a favorite cannon type and if so do you use it exclusively or continue to mix it up with several types? What about sails and hulls? Favorites? Mix them up? Do you upgrade the other options like helm, anchor etc - seems very expensive to me with minimum gain?
  22. I notice in my larger ship (Dhow) I still don't get an option to fire except when the two ships are parallel - if my nose is pointed towards the enemy side I don't have an option to fire but I have had enemies fire on me in that manner - is my ship still too small for that option or is that never going to be an option for the player ? ( or only the enemy?)
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