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  1. While PoE II would be neat I also wouldn't mind getting a game like NWN 2 in a 3D engine with a nice, huge toolbox for mods and user-generated content. Something along the lines would also seem to be the smart commercial decision, seeing how much life, new customers even years after the initial release, and replay value one can squeeze out of actively modded games...
  2. it does poor job to describe world outside of Dyrwood area. I'd say that's intentional. For Obsidian it's better to be vague now so they can adapt the setting as the games progress.
  3. Guys, it's been close to one and half months now. It'd be kinda nice to get my stuff now.^^
  4. NWN2 allowed you to do pretty much this. Since Obsidian did that, too, I had hoped for the Pillars' stronghold to expand on these features, not cut back on them. In NWN 2 you had a whole lot of scripted events, even including other adventuring parties coming to visit you and do some tasks for you.
  5. Unfortunately it's not quite that simple, areas also have depth and normal maps, and implementing proper pathing could get complicated. Largely depends on how pathing is handled in any possible mod tool or in the Unity engine in general. And what objects are actually 3D, ie. need/have depth maps? Would it not be comparably easy to handle them, as in placing 3D meshes on a 2D background? Isn't that what navmeshing in, say, the Bethesda Creation Kit amounts to: showing the NPCs where they can and cannot move to? Anyway, I suppose the answer to all this is: depends on how much time they
  6. I don't really understand why modding in this case would be ultra-complex and would be lacking an accessible modding tool. For one, the mixture of 3D effects and 2D backgrounds should make it easy enough to place things on the map, block or enable paths, set location markers and design (scripted) interactions. Secondly, with access to the background layers and the individual assets placed there (there are hundreds, if not thousands of objects that have been copy-pasted in this game; not a complaint, just an observation), anyone with a good grasp on Photoshop will be able to mash up new areas c
  7. This. I don't have a problem with the idea of the stronghold. I loved the stronghold in NWN 2. What I have a problem with is the way the stronghold is a) given to the player and b) how it is presented - both visually and by the way of game interactions - in Pillars of Eternity.
  8. Yes, immersion. In a fantasy RPG. Which is, you know, the most important "passive" quality such a game can or cannot possess. And which the Stronghold lacks. As in, almost completely. You get it out of the blue. There's nothing close to it, no responsibility linked to it. Kolsc or Raderic could have given it to you as means of payment for your role in their dynasty struggle. It could have served a special purpose, served as a hold for nearby villages, for some trade route etc. that has fallen to ruin with the spread of the Legacy and the madness of its former liege lord, Maerwald. Instead,
  9. The stronghold needs some serious conceptual and executive changes to stop being such an immersion breaker...
  10. Just wait till she tweets to Sawyer. Seems he's the go-to guy with an open ear for the easily offended. And then the next patch rolls in, with a note by the CEOs that some quest content wasn't carefully enough vetted and had since then been removed.
  11. ...by pre-censoring themselves. Yay, great.^^ Because that's how this usually works.
  12. Nobody forced Obsidian to act on this. The sane choice would have been not to react and succumb to the desires of a SJW crowd not making up their core customer base. This only became an issue because Josh Sawyer made it into one. "Transmysoginy." Yeah, right.^^ But it's not even about transgenders in the first place! For ****s sake! It's a mix of the old RPGs clichees of "people in drag" and "people drunk as piss". That's. All. There. Is. To. This. I still don't understand the mental gymnastics you need to put yourself through to look at the simple limerick and arrive at "transmysoginy
  13. I don't really understand why modding in this case would be ultra-complex and would be lacking an accessible modding tool. For one, the mixture of 3D effects and 2D backgrounds should make it easy enough to place things on the map, block or enable paths, set location markers and design (scripted) interactions. Secondly, with access to the background layers and the individual assets placed there (there are hundreds, if not thousands of objects that have been copy-pasted in this game; not a complaint, just an observation), anyone with a good grasp on Photoshop will be able to mash up new areas c
  14. A hotbutton for sheathing weapons would be a nice addition to help with immersion. It's a wee bit awkward if you run around a peaceful village with all your weapons drawn. You CAN walk. Hit "S". The Stronghold really is *THE* immersion breaker for me so far. Everything I wrote on it here still stands, and the execution has been even more underwhelming than what I originally feared. Given the entertainment I drew from Crossroads Keep in NWN 2 I'm seriously disappointed. Even the way you get the stronghold in the first place is... less than stellar.And it could have been so easy. Take a plausibl
  15. Well, in all honesty, the whole Stronghold seems to have been handled rather disappointingly, and by that I do mean in design, in execution and with regards to the factor of immersion. All I wrote on the topic before the release of the game still stands, and Obsidian has done nothing to change that. And it could have been so easy. Take a plausible reason to gain the stronghold in the first place: Kolsc (or Raedric, but why the **** would you even chose him?) grants you the place for your support in the preceeding affairs. Seeing how he is the lord over a destitute and depopulated realm, that's
  16. Just made my way through to Gilded Vale before heading off to work, and I feel it's just thr right thing to add my voice to the choir of congratulations and thank you's. Obsidian, this game so far is exactly what I've been looking for!
  17. 18th 2015, didn't you hear? Have patience, a few more hours probably. I'm out in the boonies with a lousy connection (effectively DSL 2000^^). And I'd rather get the Beta downloaded and looked at today.
  18. Meh, I've disconnected myself entirely from Bioware after being on the receiving end of their last three underwhelming games. Brand loyalty and nostalgia only get you so far. I mean, I liked DA:O and adored ME 2 & its DLCs, but everything after that was an overly hyped but eventual disappointment. Heck, I really wanted to give DA:O another shot a few weeks ago with a city elf origin playthrough and found out that the game - official and unofficial patches included - still is way too buggy for me to do so. I'm sure DA:I will be graphically appealing and will have the trademark Bioware chara
  19. Well, since this is the Stronghold thread I might just as well post this here. So, I'm late to the party. Probably too late. But here's my two cents. Okay, I've thought a bit about what kept me unsatisfied/worried about the player stronghold preview and I think I've been able to pin my worries down by now: the preview, well, it's less than stellar on several levels. Yes, I know that's harsh, and it is not meant as an accusation against the people who do the modeling and rendering, and I apologize if I've just insulted them. However, having said that, here's my reasoning for being so cr
  20. Yes, DAO was incredibly cramped. Given the size of the ingame map I would have expected something like twice the locations or more rather than what the final game (plus DLCs) ended up offering.
  21. I did vote "Yes", but if you have to prioritize I'd rather have you polish the already planned content instead and have additional content become ready with the first expansions/DLCs.
  22. Is the phone number actually required for backers from the US? Because at least for Germany it isn't. I simply left the field open and the system accepted it.
  23. Type the first letter(s) of your state/province's name. Wait. After a few seconds the box should update automatically.
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