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Everything posted by motorizer

  1. Well I for one am glad that obsidian are trying to address the problems in the games they are inspired by rather than just copying them (no one ever said it was going to be baldurs gate 3) But you're never going to please everyone, I'm happy with everything so far, but there is stuff I would have done differently if I was the designer.
  2. The problem is that most games of this type can't be played enjoyably without reloading after losing a fair fight. Suppose you have a party-based cRPG with permadeath. Further suppose that it's a reasonably difficult game. I.e., you can get party members killed in fair fights, even if you're a reasonably competent player. Now, suppose a party member does get killed. The result is that your party is materially weakened. This means that if all else remains the same, you will be more likely to lose more party members in further fights. This creates a feedback circle, with difficu
  3. Or whatever magical line your party just snuck past that awarded experience could also flag the mook as unkillable / no xp. Your example is what I call getting lost in the minutia (not you the poster). They are so worried about improbable one-offs (sneaking past then going back to kill, who the hell does that? I know, I know, EVERYONE will claim they do just that) that the whole system suffers for it, imo. I'm hoping the xp won't be for sneaking past an imaginary line, or for avoiding or fighting a group of enemies, but for actually achieving whatever it is you set out to do. If the
  4. Like others, I think this would be good in a sequel, where it was part of the design from the start. and it should include other elements like sea monsters, storms, scurvy...etc... but I wouldn't be against including it, though I doubt it would happen at this stage unless they already had something planned
  5. But you said in your first post that it was not a "new torment" despite the fact that it is new, called torment and it was obvious what he meant
  6. As mentioned in the class name thread, being able to rename your class at character creation could add a bit of flavour to your concept of your character's background.
  7. Fighter sounds a bit dull to me but I don't mind the others. Being able to rename the class for your own character would allow you to add a bit of flavour, you'd still be a fighter or whatever but the classname could be knight, gladiator, warrior, mercenary, axe maniac, pugilist...whatever you want to put in. Something that adds a little to the background of your character.
  8. I agree, and I'd rather enemies were scared of you because of something you've done than because you can survive being stabbed 17 times with a sword. But yeah it would be nice to see some enemies panic over you later in the game.
  9. If they don't come up with some "chosen one" type BS and you are just a person, and if the location is different and the locals don't know your past..... then it could be done both ways, Those that want to could import their character for the sequel and those that don't could just make another. But that would only really work if you don't get to epic high levels
  10. In fairness to dragon age 2, the plot was a deep seated rivalry between factions that took years to play out, rather than a standard "big bad destroying! only you and your rag tag bunch of friends can save us! despite our large standing armies!" However, due to the backlash against it (and it had many other faults), it looks like we're back to OMG!! DRAGONS! for DA3
  11. ??? I don't see how that is exclusive to a system with level determinant metrics. Practically any system, from equipment-based to influence based, can have situations where you are wildly overpowered. A level determinant system is easier to balance for a game with a power curve similar to D&D 3.X/PF, because when characters go from barely being able to hit 10 damage to a single target to slamming down meteors, sticking with the same hp/damage reduction/defenses throughout the entire game would either lead to overly fragile high-level characters or overly tough lough level character
  12. I'm sure they said right from the first day that they would be doing sequels if it was successful
  13. How is it easier to balance a game where you might be wildly more powerful depending what level you are when you get to an area? that makes no sense to me...the easiest way to do that would be to make the game linear. Ease of balancing shouldn't even figure in this discussion IMO, that is the developers job not ours, and they are more than capable. Sounds like you want the opposite to me to be honest, I've been playing RPGs for a long time now, and I'm a bit fed up of being epic. I'd imagine the game will go for a middle ground though to be honest...and as I said earlier, if you are batt
  14. Dwarven noble was the best origin IMO. Dragon age has got a setting that lends itself to a lot more intrigue than there actually is in the games, in which I seem to have spent most of my time getting ambushed by loads of trash mobs..
  15. I agree with trashman 100% on this. Progression can go from dealing with small village problems, bandits etc....to minor local politics and territorial disputes...to getting dragged into the schemes, machinations and wars of the nobles of the main factions.. as your reputation and influence increase. Skills can add new ways to defend against that sword blow that would still do serious damage if it connects, or new ways to attack or to avoid conflict altogether by stealth or diplomacy That is progression done in a way that is 1000 times more interesting than 100hp > 200hp > 500hp
  16. I hope we don't get to epic levels.... It would kind of put a stop to the idea of carrying the character forward to future adventures if you became an indestructible superhero, same reason I don't want a "save the world" quest, it just makes sequels kind of implausible.... and my favourite part of RPGs is usually the start when you are weaker... I think you should always be able to come unstuck, weaker foes should still be a threat if you don't take them seriously..getting stabbed with a sword should never be trivial.
  17. Six days in Fallujah was pretty much cancelled because of bad PR. I had to look that one up, seems to have been a publisher decision, so not relevant to P:E also it is one game, compared to the multi million selling GTA series, modern warfare 2, oblivion, duke nukem 3d, doom, medal of honor, carmageddon... etc..etc.... that all had bad PR and indignant spluttering politicians and moral campaigners frothing at the mouth..
  18. There is no such thing. The most controversial games are often huge hits. And remember, while often games feature rasism/sexism/whatever, the only ones who seems to care are idiot bloggers with no evidence it affects sales. The most controversial game of the last years was ironicaly Mass Effect 3 with it's idiotic ending, and not because of some sosial issue. For better or worse, evidence shows that gamers in general don't care about these things as kotaku would have you believe. Right. I'm finding the implicit assumption in this thread that the gaming landscape has changed dramatically
  19. Well a realistic and immersive consequence of killing a kid in a setting like this is getting your head chopped off. A child killer would most likely never be allowed to walk free again... So if you want to talk realism, killing kids and getting caught in the act would realistically be game over..
  20. Why do you need xp for encounters at all? if you quest is get the magic ring, then the xp should come from getting the magic ring, if your goal is to reach the next level of dungeon then the xp should come from that....who was in your way and what you did about them is neither here nor there..
  21. Yeah, I can get behind this, a serious injury that cripples you (or a companion) but will fully heal in time.
  22. Yep, if they run away at the first sign of trouble, and you can't actively target them, then there is no problem. If they can stand there taking punishment, then it is a problem. That said I don't care either way, I've played several games with kilable kids, it never used to be a problem till fallout 1 was censored in some countries, probably due to how gory the deaths were as much as anything.
  23. Also there is the point that you will likely get into far more fights than any real warrior ever did, so chances are you might not just lose an arm, over the course of the game you might end up losing both arms, a leg and an eye...at what point would you give up adventuring for a quiet life? It would have to be limited to one injury per character.... and then it would feel a bit odd if by the end of the game everyone in your party was missing a limb.
  24. I think that pointing out the flaws in a games depiction of a certain culture, when that game Is set on a different planet entirely, seems to be a trap that many fall into... as long as it makes sense in the game world then mixing up influences from one or more cultures is fine. But the closer games get to portraying a real historic culture, the more people point out the differences. The same goes for equipment, there are plenty of posts on here saying "but they didn't use that weapon at that time" or whatever...as though they think the game is set in earths history. I like fantasy as a w
  25. I think a simple one word title would be best.... Project.
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