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  1. Basically, just what the title says. I assume this game will be use table-top inspired mechanics anyway (since it's ment to capture the feel of the IE DnD games), so could we maybe get those rules released for our use in a nice, presentable PDF as a stretch / backer goal? Perhaps this could be released just a few months before the base game is released (when you guys are in late QA or something), so as to build up some more excitement just before game is released. I feel like I've seen a couple of other CRPG developers do this recently, but I cannot for the life of me remember who they were.
  2. I agree with exponential curves (or perhaps fibbonachi curves, or something like that), but I really disagree on the point of big numbers. To me, 1,000,000 and 1,000,000,000 feel the same. Sure, I can compare them and say, "One billion is one thousand times as large as one million," but that's an intellectual point for me, not an emotional one. On the other hand, if I start out getting five experience points for killing a goblin, then I get twenty five for killing an orc, then I get one-hundred-and-fifteeen for killing an Ogre - that feels huge. I can really picture the difference, y'know?
  3. I'd like something like this - but as an added feature, I'd love it if there was a keyboard shortcut to turn the AI scripting off for the currently selected chracters. Give us flexibility.
  4. Exactly what the topic says. How much more powerful should a max level PC be, compared to a level one PC? Personally, my preference is for an experience where normal enemies at the start of the game (wolves, drunken street thugs) are simple minions at the end of the game, but always stay relevant. Something which could pose a threat to you at the start of the game should never become an insect for you to crush, imho. One way I'd really love to see this implemented is by having none of the PCs attributes automatically increase. Unlike in, say, DnD where a fifth-level fighter automatically h
  5. I really like Minotaurs, as you might imagine. I'd like to see a race of vegetarians with strong social unity among the females, and fierce competition and frequent violence among the males. Both males and females would be nothing to mess with: tall, horned, and thick with physical power. Because of their herd nature, they'd be capable of true egalitarianism at higher populations than humans or elves - thriving towns of a few thousand could get by this way - but it would not be in their nature to unite different communities into a larger heirarchy. The strongest bulls would be dominant in thei
  6. I think this really should depend on the scope of the adventure. Are we going to be futzing around with kings and queens, defending their realms from dire threats? Then at that point, my party should be suited out with the best of the best magical equipment. Are we working on our own, with no patrons, nobody to support us, fighting monstrous foes who have no need for enchanted baubles? Then maybe we'll be able to scrape together a single suit of enchanted armor by the end of the game. What I want in this area, like in all areas, is internal sensibility. Kings should be pooping in enchanted
  7. That's really a position that doesn't make sense in a medieval context. What does it mean to free the eunuch slaves who ran the Ottoman Beuracracy? What does it mean to free the serfs who were tied to the land their lord owned? What does it even mean to be free in a medieval setting, when your life is foreit for anyone powerful enough to take it, when a king can strip you of your property and exile you from your homeland, when 80% of the population must spend their lives toiling in the fields for the other 20% to be able to do anything else? But it makes sense from a cRPG POV. And havi
  8. That's really a position that doesn't make sense in a medieval context. What does it mean to free the eunuch slaves who ran the Ottoman Beuracracy? What does it mean to free the serfs who were tied to the land their lord owned? What does it even mean to be free in a medieval setting, when your life is foreit for anyone powerful enough to take it, when a king can strip you of your property and exile you from your homeland, when 80% of the population must spend their lives toiling in the fields for the other 20% to be able to do anything else?
  9. What I love about Loghain is that he was so nearly right. There really was no evidence that this was the Fifth Blight, it really was the best tactical decision to retreat from the battle of Ostagar, the Orlesians really were trying to take over (by somehow getting rid of Loghain's daughter and marrying an Orlesian Royal to Cailan), and the Grey Warden's delayed lighting of the signal flare really did look like treachery. Arl Howe was a **** but he was loyal, something the Coussland's may not have been. This is what I love in an antagonist. Someone who I don't hate. Someone who I can come t
  10. I liked the balance struck by DA:O, where the elements feel like they're there, but don't obscure so much of the screen.
  11. 18. My favorite cRPG? Baldur's Gate Trilogy (1+2+ToB). But I'd like to give special mentions to Morrowind + Mods, for devouring so much of my time in middleschool and having such a fascinating setting (my personal issues with the writers aside), and Alpha Protocol for just being such a fine display of excellent craftsmanship. AP is really the shining example of how to handle choices in a mission-based RPG. I think the following is an accurate list of the cRPGs I've played, in order of when I first played them: Final Fantasy X Morrowind KotOR KotOR II Oblivion Bladur's Gate 2
  12. Right, so ignoring the whole "virtues of feminism" debate, I'll just quickly state my opinion and leave. It's quite nearly as damaging to our culture to ignore historical persecution as it is to support current stereotypes. You wouldn't set a story in the fantasy Antebellum South and have racial equality as the norm, nor would you have workers rights in the fantasy Industrial Revolution (Arcanum did this right, imo). On the other hand, historical supression of women has never stopped women from becoming great figures: in Egil's Saga, you have women's lives being decided by men wholly and e
  13. Actually, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was considered a success. The problem was the 38 Studios was also developing an MMO, which was funded by the state of Rhode Island, and the new Governor (who was opposed to the project from the start) decided to screw them over. Every time I hear that story, I'm surprised. I just can't get it to stick in my mind that, yes, Rhode Island was funding the Amalur MMO.
  14. hold your horses there young'n! I don't want an entirely silent game... I can't even fathom a BG2 with a silent Irenicus. Blasphemy i say! Yes, but the scale is completely different. PE is going to have VO accents, compared with a AAA title, where they have to record a half hour of just villagers shouting at you as you walk by.
  15. Which is why we should have a cart, or chests & a boat. I've been reading Egil's Saga (real story of a turn-of-the-millenium viking with a rare bone disorder), and no real adventurer would enter hostile territory without the proper equipment with which to extract loot. Yeah, realistically you shouldn't be able to wear other man's armour unless you are exactly same height and build. Could still sell them for scrap, but if you wanted to wear them, you'd actually have to pay for adjustments. I don't think most players would like this level of realism, however. Just pretend it's all
  16. Voice work, 3D art, physics software, and pre-rendered cutscenes are just a few of the costs obsidian is hopefully going to be able to dodge with Project Eternity.
  17. If I recall correctly, you assaulted and defended at least one castle in BG:II (the Warrior Stronghold).
  18. Generally speaking, I do prefer the V:tM:B approach, but come on. This is supposed to be a game about recapturing the IE experience. The IE games were all about unlocking new divine power by killing twenty kobolds.
  19. I really think Obsidian should learn from the Witcher 2 in this area. That game did an amazing job of making the PC feel like an important, focal character, without having the whole world revolve around him. The key thing here is to not let the world rest. While the PC is hunting that dragon, what is the Free Principate up to? When the PC assasinates his patron's noble rival, what is that rival's house doing in response. The PC can't be the only one who is taking the initiative.
  20. BG2's graphics have aged quite well. Granted, the sprites are less than beautiful, but the towns and the landscapes look much better to me now than many older games with 3D graphics. I think the "painted" look may end up being a little more durable than attempts at photorealism. Honestly, I feel like the IE games hold up better than games from two years ago. 2D art simply never becomes obsolete. I'd prefer it if this game went more in the direction of the original IE games than a lot of what I'm seeing suggested / expected. Flat, simple pictures of fantasy realms are more than good enou
  21. I'd like a Steven-Heck type character as a companion. Someone deeply troubled and down-right delusional, but with exceptional talents that have allowed him or her to almost make their delusions a reality. The prince of a lost kingdom that never existed, but may come to be. The "daughter of a god" whose true father may have just been a drunken sailor, but who damned well is going to storm the heavens in an attempt to claim her divine inheritence. Something like that. The characters / character archetypes in Alpha Protocol really had a lot of potential, but (imho) not enough screen time. It
  22. Should exist - to play out the interesting stories, such as: Gay scion of ancient sacred warrior family, who cannot continue his legacy without going against his orientation. Lesbian businesswoman who cannot own property without being married. There are cool stories to be told about homosexuality in a medieval-esque fantasy setting. I'd like to see those stories told in a RPG. There's a lot of unexplored territory that Obsidian could use to tell new, exciting stories.
  23. Clear, available rules, that let you do the math to predict how your character will perform. E.g. when you're distributing attribute points, you should see a tooltip "every two points in strength increases your to-hit and damage with melee weapons by 1 point". Abilities that have differing results depending on your abilities should provide you with the formulas involved.
  24. I never had a problem with this in the IE games, though I definitely know what you're talking about with NWN2 and KotOR. If the game really looks like an IE game, we should be fine.
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