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  1. Lay it on us with the item degradation, I say. Make boots worn down from travelling and make guns rust when exposed to salty sea air! Your belt loses durability whenever you switch weapons in combat and a broken belt makes switching slower. I'm not even kidding although you wish I were. A lot of this, though, is dependent on how repairing works. If it's only done at camp areas that might help make it not busy-work like, but rather a strategic choice of what to repair for your next venture.
  2. Can rogues steal the arrows off a ranger's back? Can a warrior beat a sword out of the opponent's hand? Can ciphers psychically turn their enemies upside down and shake them until all the cash falls out their pockets? I need to know this.
  3. Wizards with swords and armor will allow me to roleplay Thulsa Doom. 'Nuff said.
  4. For important dialogue I'd prefer a very pruned-down dialogue tree with no options to "go back up" the tree (like Alpha Protocol), combined with a system where you can prompt NPC's for additional info by clicking on items in your inventory or quest-log entries (like how you used your "gold" item in Quest for Glory to start trading)
  5. I'd rather they didn't have telekinetic powers, but that's just my preference. It would be interesting if they could make, say, an enemy holding keys unlock a door, or activate a mechanism, so they wouldn't crib too much of the rogue's responsibilities. Although I like the idea of a TK "mordekainen's" sword.
  6. Okay, i haven't thought this quite through but what if their mind-control ability was literally a case of them moving their entire consciousness to another character. Of course this presents the obvious disadvantage of your body being completely exposed but it might be a neat way to dodge the mind spells of enemies and keep casting your own from another mind. So if two ciphers are fighting in opposing parties,they'd always be scanning to battlefield trying to locate, pin down or expel the other.
  7. Maybe ciphers could sacrifice physical mobility for expanded psychic influence. For example, as the ciphers abilities grow in intensity or affect more and more enemies, their move/attack speed and reflex saves drop until they can do nothing but stand completely still, furrowing the brows of their oversized, pulsating craniums.
  8. Lower speech-skills in return for some Fallout-like empathy ability? I remember Conan being described basically like this in certain stories, but that's if you want to go the "noble savage" route. Maybe a bonus with low-tier weapons and armor that fighters would eventually abandon (rather than inability to use high-tier). Edit: gigantic mirth and melancholy, that should be their abilities.
  9. The original proposal by Sawyer was interesting, I think, but this never iteration seems good too. It'd be nice if Obsidian could make missing something else than a boring non-event - I mean, I've never actually played an RPG where missing led me to change my tactics. No, rather, I would just have to sit there and wait for the optimal outcome to succeed. I'm reminded of swashbuckling-movies where every miss is a thrilling moment but that may be outside the scope of a computer game to emulate. I also think weapon jamming in Fallout 3 was so much more fun than any critical miss in F1 & 2.
  10. What's drivel is the notion that monks would stick out because the setting is apparently western - although it is clearly meant to be one area of a much larger world with a host of different cultures.
  11. Are minigames or player skill-based checks even an option for this game, being top-down and party-based? The only thing I want them to improve on earlier Black Isle games in that regard is to not have the lockpicking be a random roll that you can just repeat until success or the lock is jammed.
  12. It's gonna be too complicated if they actually add different human cultures. Just make humans Euros and let the rest of em have an animal stand-in. Pandas n stuff Actually let's just have two races: Men and Others
  13. Ugh, please no asians in this game. How am I supposed to take it seriously if the heroes aren't Europeans?
  14. I want kung-fu. I didn't donate to a BG2 inspired game to not get my kung-fu man. If Obsidian were to add a flagellant type of priest, though, that would be neat.
  15. Could this become the "multitudes of things QfG did right" thread? Anyway, it seems to me that the addition of stamina is in there to make in-dungeon resting superfluous. Since stamina would regen fast enough to be full-up for every encounter (well, I don't really know that for sure) and health would require going back to the inn or whatever (I dont really know that either). Seems like a solution to those annoying moments in BG when you'd have to rest to have a chance of proceeding - backtracking is a chore, but in the wilderness you would continuously be interrupted by ambushes. Here, you'd
  16. I've generally been for objective-based XP since playing Bloodlines. If I remember correctly, that game also gave you kill-XP if the monster you fought was something unique - but even in that situation, say if you met a coven of witches summoning a demon in the woods, or a dragon counting the coins in its hoard, I don't see why sneaking away undetected needs to be a less thrilling situation than slaying them.
  17. Actually, I think the way dialogue worked in the Discworld Noir game would work great for RPGs. First of all, you had your basic dialogue-tree, with no repeatable options, kinda like Alpha Protocol in that regard. But in top of that you also had your notebook of clues that you could use as topics for conversation, and even all the items in your inventory could elicit some response from the NPC. I mean, all RPGs really have you cataloguing a whole bunch of stuff - you got maps of every major location, you got quest journals, inventories, sometimes beastiaries, so why not have them be usable as
  18. I don't know which inventory system would be best. I think all the different kinds of inventories I've seen have had their own flaws but a lot of them seem easily fixed. Like the "tetris-style" inventory from Diablo or Deus Ex: HR, all they really need is an auto-sorting button(already done in Arcanum, I think?) and the capability to click and drag several items at once. DE:HR even let you rotate the items - which would, no doubt, work even better when you can actually use the mouse. As for the BG's, I guess the worst thing was non-stacking gems and stuff taking up your space. The WoW inven
  19. Liked the lockpicking minigame in Fallout 3/NV, but it seems like a poor fit for a (largely) party-based game. Wouldn't that leave five of my guys are unattended? Unless the game paused during lockpicking, but ehhh... If there's to be some special challenge to lockpicking, it should probably be what you do with the five guys who arent doing the 'picking. But they could surely improve on the lockpicking from the early Fallouts or Baldur's Gate, where you'd just keep using the skill until you got "success!" Like maybe a time element... this door takes so-and-so seconds to open - during which
  20. I think identifying adds a lot of excitement, even when it's handled annoyingly, like Diablo 2. In BG 1 you could eqip unidentified items, and I think you could do so in Diablo 1 as well, which was really neat, so if identification is in, that is a must-have feature. Otherwise, the BG way of identifying with lore and spells is fine, I think, but I really like some of the suggestions here, like finding tomes that explain certain items for you, or using different skills to identify different properties. Like, maybe instead of a catch-all 'identify' spell, you would f.ex. cast 'detect evil' and
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