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  1. Actually, there was a choice. They asked me if I wanted to change in light of what happened. I chose to change it so that they can concentrate on the game instead of this PR nightmare. They weren't going to change it, they asked ME if I wanted to. I can find another platform to write my controversial crap, and I will. They, on the other hand, did the right thing and allowed me to decide the fate of the epitaph. I chose to turn into something that made fun of the bitch-bastards that were complaining. They went above and beyond what I would have expected them to do. As much as I hate the fact that it was changed, and wish that it didn't have to be, I'd still like to thank you for it. Like you say, this was a PR nightmare, and there's no way that with the video games business being the way it is that this could have stood. The moment this starts getting spun that 'Obsidian is transphobic', no publisher is going to have anything to do with them, and the big games sites will rake them over the coals non-stop. Obsidian isn't in a powerful position, stuff like this can ruin them. It sucks that stuff like this can bring such harm to a company. But for all those people saying boycott Obsidian, just realise that there may not have been an Obsidian down the road if they didn't cave and try to get ahead of this. Still sucks though.
  2. A no win situation for Obsidian, but this is still disappointing. A few months ago the world stood up to protect a person's right to make a joke after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. I guess that doesn't apply here for some reason.
  3. Except everyone. I don't know, maybe I wasn't paying enough attention back then, but I never got the sense that ME1 was getting critically mauled for its use of stat based shooting.' Annnnyway, I'm curious to see what the next kickstarter will be. Hopefully 'We Can't Call it Arcanum 2 *wink* *wink*'
  4. I suspect a huge part of the problem with AP's reception was simply that it was delayed to come out after Mass Effect 2. If it had come out before like originally planned, the gaming press and public probably still would have been receptive to something that looked like a 3rd person shooter but still played like an stat-based rpg. Nobody really whined about Mass Effect 1 having those huge reticles. But yeah, fingers crossed for PoE. I really hope that this business with the tanks is just to pay the bills in the short term.
  5. Oh, I like this idea. Let's go. - AD&D 2nd ed was a crap basis for crpgs, and really held back the IE games. - Jade Empire is the rpg I most want a sequel to. - Alpha Protocol is one of my top games of the past 5 years. - It's ok to make content that 90% of your players won't see. - Fallout NV is better than Fallout 1 or 2. - I don't mind romances in games. Don't hurt me.
  6. Planetary Annihilation they priced so high because they felt they had to charge the same that it had cost a kickstarter backer for alpha/beta access, which I understand. Their backers would feel cheated if everyone else could come in and get the alpha cheaper. I don't know what the excuse for GalCiv is though. Still $100 is what a lot new release games cost over here, so it's a little easier to swallow.
  7. I think Mystic Quest would be up the top of my bad rpgs list, although at the time when I was a kid I enjoyed it enough to see it through to the end. But pulling out my old SNES and going back to it now... ack.
  8. I have a feeling he's going to have a pretty rough time of it with this build once he gets out of wolfland.
  9. Never heard of there being any differences between them. Neither the violence or the, ahem, James Bond style sections, are anything that should get the attention of censors.
  10. No, ammo types can be switched in mission. Not sure what the command is on the PC version (X I think), but it's in the menu where you pick between the two weapons you have in mission. To the sides of the weapons is the three ammo types for each one.
  11. I hate "raise dead". It's cheesy and implausible and removes nearly all the penalty from dying. In terms of making the game easy it's much worse than save scumming. Actually I'd like to propose that all versions of "raise dead" even at a temple are removed in expert mode. The whole mechanic is just silly. If that's what people mean by permadeath then I am all for permadeath. It is kind of a silly idea, especially when the main solution to any problem in these games is often "Kill the bad guy"... well, until someone raises the bad guy right back up. But, for all the 2nd ed games, it was very necessary. The existance of save or die spells/abilities/mechanisms meant you could lose a character at any moment to a single unlucky roll. If there's a great deal of randomness in a game, as there often is with the old school rpgs, then a lot of people are going to want either Raise Dead or the ability to save scum rather than getting frustrated by being screwed over by simple bad luck rather than bad play/poor tactics. Although, if they are putting in Iron Man type modes, maybe they'll be staying away from that level of randomness for this game.
  12. Stoneskin used to annoy the crap out of me (on enemy mages) when I first started playing. Now I remember it with such fondness.
  13. Once you subtract kickstarter's cut plus the costs of the boxes/shipping/assorted swag, they'll probably end up with about $2million. That's less that the budget of most xbox live arcade games that'll last you a few hours. 8 hours might actually be on the optimistic side. But then, maybe they can save a lot of money in some areas. Who knows. Feargus was on Kickstarter's comment page last night and he mentioned that between paypal, kickstarter and amazon, 9-10% of the money raised would be taken off the top. Assuming they get to 3 million (a reasonable number I think?) that's 300K, leaving them with 2.7 million ... the number of boxed copies and swag they have to make is in the low thousands, not tens of thousands, so the costs of production and distribution will cut into that some, but shouldn't leave them with any less than 2.6 m That's more than enough money to make a game that far exceeds an 8 hour playthrough. Double Fine's kickstarter boxes + swag + shipping ended up costing them $470k out of their $3.4 million by itself, although they probably had a bit more to send out. Anyway, no more being negative from me. Bring on the Ciphers.
  14. Just that 2-3 million gets you very little in game budget terms. But point taken, different companies, different tech. I just think that anyone who's expecting a 40+ hour game out of this is going to be rather disappointed. But I'd be very happy to be wrong
  15. Once you subtract kickstarter's cut plus the costs of the boxes/shipping/assorted swag, they'll probably end up with about $2million. That's less that the budget of most xbox live arcade games that'll last you a few hours. 8 hours might actually be on the optimistic side. But then, maybe they can save a lot of money in some areas. Who knows.
  16. Honestly, I kinda disliked the use of the 2nd ed AD&D ruleset in the early IE games. That was a system that really needed a DM who could adjust things on the fly rather than a computer. So hey, if they come up with a system that's designed for crpgs rather than trying to smush in a pnp, that's a huge plus I think.
  17. Most forum users and kickstarter backers are indeed english users, indeed. That precisely the aim of localization : to help the customer stretching beyond the initial backers / forum users. The translation is not about having backers to play the game : the very fact that they pledged already means they will. PE, if it is to become a succesfull franchise, should aim beyond the 46K backers / customers. Hence the localization. True, I should have been clearer. I just meant people on these forums are less likely to get excited. Anyway... onwards!
  18. ...uhh...of course it's selfish. After all Obsidian won't pay me out a share of the profit from the finished product, so why should I care for any stretch goal that solely is good for maximizing their bottom line ? I want Obsidian to make a (hefty) profit, of course -but that doesn't translate to the kickstarter -like at all. Well PE being profitable would result in Obsidian having a new franchise they can leverage to develop new game that we will be happy to buy and play. All the better for everybody ! True. If the game is a success, everybody wins. But realise that since this is an english board, everybody posting here was likely already capable of playing/would enjoy playing the game in english. Sure, they might prefer the game in their native tongue, but there's nobody here who can suddenly play the game because it's been translated.
  19. Agreed. If this game is actually We-Can't-Call-It-Arcanum-2, that would be awesome.
  20. Not WoW or Dragon Age, but in Baldur's Gate, the warrior types pretty much marched in and wailed on the monsters, you watch the numbers tick down, and pick a new target for them when something dies. In my mind, rather boring compared to the caster types where you kept picking out spells and using new abilities all the time. But then, a lot of that was the limitations of the D&D ruleset. In the early levels, fighters and the like were the ones who did all the real work, and the wizards had two rounds where they could do stuff and then had to hide in the back, hoping that a housecat wouldn't claw them across the ankles cause they only had 4 hp. Then in the high levels, caster types were unstoppable gods and the fighters were just there to help carry the wizard's loot. Basically, just let fighters and their kin do more than autoattack please
  21. If it is, I would be a happy man. It's probably not going to be though.
  22. I rather enjoyed the beta, enough so that I'm waiting for my copy to be delivered. But the best things about it are mostly the investigation (puzzle-like) quests, lore, atmosphere (which it does really well), and story. If you don't care about that sort of stuff, it's going to just be another MMORPG to you. Still, I consider it worth a look.
  23. Maybe the South Park license was stupidly expensive? That is why licensed games have a rep for turning out as, ahem, less than awesome. So much of the budget gets blown on the name, leaving little for development. Does seem like a lot to break even though. The previews seem to be quite positive though.
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