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  1. Finally picked up a copy of KoTOR 2 for PC on the last sale. I got it for xbox when it first came out, but lost it a while back. Last time I played it, I was 16. Suffice to say a lot of it was over my head at the time, but revisiting it now...It really brought me to a new level of appreciation for the game. There's just so much to be understood. Also decided to give Dungeon Siege 3 a go. Been having a blast with it so far. A stark contrast to Diablo 3 -- A well composed story, well balanced and strategic combat, and interesting stat customization. It's really a wonder why it's multiplayer
  2. Just want to voice my appreciation of the work you guys did here. Just started my first play through, and I'm positively spellbound! Just when I thought the best ARPG hack-n-slashes were behind us, I run into this sleeping beast. I dont know if you guys will ever fully realize just how talented you really are, and I just want to give some thanks for another great title. Cheers!
  3. [media=youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s2Qkx3lN5s[/media [media=youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyxVXwu-v2o[/media Glorious on disk demo videos, how I've missed you. How about it Obsidian? How about one for Eternity, for old times sake? I still watch these trailers every time I reinstall BG.
  4. You know, there's only one character I recall having enjoyed a romance option with, and that's Viconia from BG. And it's for this exact reason. She was bat****. I remember it being extremely difficult to tell when I was warming up to her, and when I was just pissing her off. And even when I pissed her off she seemed to enjoy it. I had to be careful with every line of text; sometimes my affection would be well received, but if it just wasn't in the cards, she'd fly into a godless rage. Sometimes she was actually pretty compassionate, and she shared a few tragic stories with you about her past l
  5. Exactly! Morrowind was a game that blew my standards away when I first played it. And that's just it -- Sometimes it feels like people are too afraid of even trying to defy standards. I agree; strangeness for the sake of strangeness is trite, sometimes reprocessing standard tropes and laying your own perspectives on them is enough, but why be timid and scare yourself into castrating your imagination? Morrowind simply wouldn't have been possible if Michael Kirkbride busied himself with normal fantasy staples. Sometimes the cow just jumps over the ****ing moon, you know?
  6. I've always wondered if a lot (I'm not saying all) of the people that hate the critical mentor thing just can't take critisism in real-life. Or have to deal with critisism so much that they are exhausted on it. The relentless criticism really made the character for me. I remember towards the end, when you face her in the ruined enclave before going to Malachor V, I was utterly crushed when she pronounced that I had failed her as a student. I mean...Really, I actually considered starting a new game. I loved listening to her lectures and deconstruction of the Jedi and the force, because I
  7. It's a little scary how closely your post mirrors my sentiments, but a bit heart warming too. I think we're very similar; I'm almost positive that I wouldn't have been inspired towards writing if it wasn't for these cRPG pioneers and their amazing work. These guys have taught me so much about what it means to be a human being, and what it means to embrace one's imagination and dreams. I've learned more from them then I've learned from any institution. Sometimes I feel like these guys raised me more than my parents did, heh.
  8. Great idea for a thread. I think it would help Obsidian a lot to see what brought us here, and what we want more of. PS:T is where I saw the true genius behind these fine folks. KoTOR 2 comes in as my second favorite, and I remember actually buying an XBOX just to play that game. Both of these games taught me so much, and opened my mind to so many amazing ideas. I truly feel like I wouldn't be the person I am now had I not played those games.
  9. I'm wondering what kind of exposition we're going to get on the subject. Does everyone embrace these metaphysical implications as fact? I.e. is there room for intepretation on what this 'soul source' is, or has the subject been analyzed to a point beyond any doubt. Is this a world like Faerun, where gods, souls, and the afterlife are indisputably present in everyone's life, or is the presence of this 'soul force' purely a result of armchair philosophers and introspection. A lot of these metaphysical quandries will depend on this. So, if souls are established as factual empirical truths
  10. You'll get no arguments from me here. I do want equipment to have some unique brands that represent the setting, but overly stylized armor is such a huge turn off for me. You don't have to wear glued up pieces of a broken kaleidoscope to look unique, and often times simpler designs tend to have more outstanding features. I don't think this is going to be a problem though; Obsidian has always had a great eye for armor and clothing design. Planescape has some of the best cosmetic's I've seen in any game. They manage to make some really bizarre looking stuff, while keeping it relatively simple (D
  11. Oh, and lets not forget mind control. I guess a sort of 'enchanter' mage archetype can fill the role, but perhaps that could be one of psionicists key features.
  12. Agreed. Psionics would be a good way to take standard fantasy-fare for a wild spin.
  13. Here's my pitch on how a psionic class might work. Check it out: http://forums.obsidian.net/topic/60075-psionic-class/ Show the brain-melters some love!
  14. http://forums.obsidian.net/topic/60075-psionic-class/ Going to do a little shameless promotion here if you guys dont mind I don't think there's anything else I'd rather play than a Psionic. It's so underrepresented, and has a very non-standard niche archetype. Psionics are also deeply rooted in classic RPG design; old school CRPG's gave them some love, but that love's virtually vanished now. Now one cares about psionics anymore
  15. Aw, but moral development part of what makes Obsidian's games so great! Chris Avellone said it himself -- The story doesn't matter if the player isn't allowed his own perspectives, and can't choose how he wants his characters story to play out. One of the things I absolutely loved about Temple of Elemental Evil was the different narratives you got starting off according to the different alignments. Chaotic Evil characters started off ransacking a farm town, Lawful Evil started off attacking a church, etc. If anything, I'd hope they tried to kick it up a notch and offer even more diversity
  16. Haddaway's crazy dance-mansion of sensual horrors gets my vote as an in-game dungeon. When you reach the last boss, he solemnly proclaims: "I've built this mansion to explore the avenues of my heart. Through the ages, poets, philosophers, and even scientists ask this simple question: What is love? This lair is my answer. But you would destroy this, you would destroy the absolution of a heart's desire. No, child. Do not hurt me. Do not hurt me anymore." You KNOW that'd be awesome.
  17. Off the top of my head, I can remember a handful of RPG's that had psionicists as as a playable class. The old Dark Sun DOS game, Wizardry, Might & Magic, that PSP D&D Tactics game...And That's about it lol. I'd jump all over the chance to play one in Eternity.
  18. I think this would be a great way to get more milage out of smaller class lists. Even if we only end up with 3 base classes and 3 prestige classes (sort of like KoTOR), being able to multiclass and compose different class/prestige class combos will provide plenty of options and added depth without having to have a whole smorgasbord of class choices.
  19. This is probably something that won't be detailed for while, or perhaps it's already been settled internally and discussing it would be moot, but what does everyone feel about what the ruleset should be like? Should it use a D&D ruleset? Which edition would you prefer? Maybe another PnP ruleset deserves a shot? Would a custom ruleset be more suitable? What would you like the ruleset to play like? Should it be more streamlined and action oriented, or do you want more deep and sophisticated crunch? (The comparison of Skyrim vs Daggerfall/Morrowind comes to mind) Just share whatever i
  20. Planescape did it best: Great voice acting for important characters and moments, but not much else beside that. This might sound strange to some people, but I've always found it easier to immerse myself in the setting when voice acting is at a minimum. Some of my favorite games of all time (Morrowind, BG, Planescape, Fallout 1/2, the Wizardry series) manage to hook me with little to no voice acting, and I feel at times it's BECAUSE of that fact, and not IN SPITE of it. There's just something about articulating voices in your head that draws you in. Smaller lines of voice acting also made them
  21. The implications of soul-based magic already sounds interesting. Especially if your actions in-game actually affect your characters soul, changing the intricacies and options of your spells. The type of magic you perform can take on all sorts of different colors, according to how your story plays out and what kind of person you become. But what do you guys think about a psionic class? Perhaps there are people in the world who reject the philosophies behind soul-based magic, and turn to cerebral-based magic. I loved Dakkon being themed as a psionic, but it kind of sucked that he basically p
  22. Agreed. In the end, we're giving you all this support because we have faith in YOUR vision and YOUR talents. We've seen what you're capable of in BG, Planescape and KoTOR 2, and that's what we want to see. We want to see you guys make your game, the way you've always done it. Don't feel obligated to let our demands put weight on your game. This is your game Obsidian, this is the opportunity for you to put everything you can in making the game you guys have always wanted to make. That's what we want. Please keep that in mind.
  23. Playing BG multiplayer after my first playthrough was tons of fun (and I'll probably be doing it again once the enhanced edition comes out on the 18th). Singple player should of course be the main focus, but I see nothing wrong with a simple BG style co-op set up. Plenty of good times were had.
  24. You know, there's one type of race I find awfully underrepresented when it comes to RPGs: Shapeshifters. I would absolutely LOVE to see something like a Changeling or Shifter (The half-blood lycanthropes from Eberron). I can't recall any RPG that allowed you to play something like this, and I think it'd be a very interesting design. This would probably be counted as one of the most unique playable races in any CRPG to date. Shapeshifters have always been one of my favorite archetypes, which usually falls down to Class mechanics...But I've always found the prospect of Shapeshifter/Class
  25. The thanks goes to you guys. Your paving the way for better design philosophy, and bringing back that magic that made us all RPG fans in the first place. Good luck to guys.
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