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  1. I have been playing a bit for the past few days on Mindflayer (only got a lvl 18 cleric yet, though) - the experience is pretty much what I expected - overall the game feels a bit like a WoW clone - not quite as smooth, but at least it is free. What surprised me a bit, though, are the various differences from D&D - sure, the regular stats are there, but hitpoints and everything else is changed - makes more sense that way for a non-turn-based game, maybe...just needed to adjust to it. What annoys me most is that currently there is no language separation - it is annoying to end up in
  2. Eh... That would be "bat" as in "baseball bat" (and besides, the word is "kylfa" - "kylfu" is the accusative/dative/possessive form) The Icelandic word for the (animal) bat is "leðurblaka" which translates to "leather-flapper" or something like that. On this subject, the word Skuldr has a very definite Old Norse feel to it. In the old mythology, Skuld was one of the three "norns" who ruled over people's destiny, with Skuld being the manifestation of the future. (The other two were Urðr (the past) and Verðandi (the present). In modern Icelandic the word "skuld" means "debt".
  3. Having different NPCs active during the night opens up some interesting possibility for "night" quests - which can only be started or completed during the dark hours, but of course the dangers during the night should be different too - muggers in the cities, prowling predators in the wilderness... Yeah, I like the overall idea, but maybe the OPs level of details is a bit excessive.
  4. A two dimensional reputation system might well make sense, but in that case I would aim for a different system - On one hand you would have a "like" score with each faction, which would among other things control what they are willing to do for you, discounts you get on their merchandise and so on. On the other hand you would have a "trust" score with each faction, which would among other things determine whether they are willing to give you important tasks or information. This allows people to develop reputations like "Trustworthy, but not very likable". However, for the purpo
  5. I had pretty high expectations, but this demo even exceeds what I expected at this point in time. Really nice work - well done!
  6. I doubt the static backgrounds would make a huge difference. When the camera is still, the "background" in a full 3D game is pretty much static anyhow - the big effort is in (re)drawing all the polygons that are moving around - animated fighting models, in other words. There would be some saving, yes, but I don't think it will be significant. I would not object to big battles, where the characters are surrounded by a horde of enemies, but I really don't expect to see anything more that, say... 50 models at the same time as an absolute maximum....
  7. Are special moves and such really that relevant when you just have a group of small characters? (As opposed to Skyrim and Dragon Age, mentioned above) where your character can take up most of the screen, and you can really observe the details) Just asking.....
  8. Wow wow wow...yes yes YES! I have really been looking forward to hearing more about the fulfillment site, as one of the main reason I was willing to put a fairly large chunk of money into this was because of the ability to put something of my own into the game - in my case a NPC, based on a character I created for a pen-n-paper RPG many, many years ago. Of course, I don't know how much of that character I will be able/allowed to put into the game - the name and class obviously - the personality as well, and maybe to some degree the backstory and motivation....but I'll just wait and s
  9. Well, that's not really it. It's more that people with no interest in MP/coop don't like the idea because adding this would take development resources - time and manpower, that they would rather see spent on making an even better SP game. Others are concerned that adding support for MP will either mean substandard MP, or compromaises that would negatively affect the SP. Anyhow, the discussion is irrelevant - this game is not going to have MP or do-op play, so why not just let this subject die...please....
  10. A DM client does not make very much sense for a single-player game, does it ? Regarding a toolset, Obsidian has said they will make the game moddable - but it remains to be seen exactly what we can add/change. For some speculation, see this thread: http://forums.obsidian.net/topic/62239-modding-what-will-we-be-able-to-do/
  11. Exactly the kind of update I like - thank you. One thing that is not entirely clear to me - is each godlike associated with one particular god, and manifesting a particular aspect of that god's portfolio, so to speak, or is it more of a "pick one look from a collective pool"? The first case would be very interesting, but that would kind-of imply the need for one "look" for each god, and the need to pick that during the character creation process - the second would be more flexible - you might like a particular look, buit not necessarily a corresponding god. Another question, which
  12. I'm just wondering about the fulfillment site because, well...a while ago it was said that It's been a month or two (or a bit more) since then, and I was kind-of wondering if there would be any news on the fulfillment site soon....and the "special" forum badges, and the other stuff. Yeah, yeah, I'm getting slightly impatient, but if I have to wait a few months more, that's fine...I'm just hoping for some update.
  13. While I am pretty sure that many of the monsters in PE will be very familiar, I disagree with the idea that there are any classic "must-have" monsters. I will be perfectly happy even if I get no goblins, skeletons, orcs or giant spiders for example .... provided that I get at least a few brand new ones, or at leas6t old ones with some major changes instead - I like being surprised.
  14. The orlans look interesting, and I absolutely love the deity example. Nice update - thanks. One thing I wonader about is how much of the background info (like the deity backstory) will be avalable in-game (such as in manuscripts encountered by the PC) and how much will only be available externally (such as in downloadable PDFs) Anyhow, I love this kind of information - it makes the world feel more...well, "complete".
  15. Who knows - if PE is a success, there might well be a second kickstarter in the future for a co-op (or MP) game, perhaps set in the same world. Personally I just want a good single-player game for now....
  16. "Good" and evil" is far too simplistic. What I hope to see are morally "grey" options, where one may be "good" from a perspective of my character, but if I am replaying the game, and encounter the same situation, a different option may be the "good" one. Of course, it may be a bit too much to have every choice of the "wipe out the village to stop the spread of the plague" kind, but I hope that there will be enough "grey" ones to keep me happy.
  17. Totally different thing. The game is not using tiles - Obsidian is using tiles to build backgrounds, which will then be modified by hand.
  18. Oh, *some* things are in 3D, of course - characters, monsters, and (I suppose) various things that you can interact with and (possibly) destroy - crates, chests and barrels would be a very likely guess. However,the problem is that the rest of the environment - including buildings are (probably) not 3D objects, so you just cannot have something like an explosion that sends a chest flying to smash into a wall - there is no 3D wall for it to smash into. My guess (and it is only a guess) is that we may for example have a nice animation when somebody smashes a barrel with an axe - but it wi
  19. Nice to see that things are moving again, and like so many others here, I really look forward to seeing the new backer/fulfilment site.
  20. "Good" and "evil" is far, far to simplistic, and I am happy to hear that PE is not using a single "alignment" number, but more like a set of numbers, corresponding to reputation with various "factions" (where a "faction" might be an organization, a race, inhabitants in a particular area, or whatever). This allows every action to have a set of consequences - it allows players to create more complex characters and is simply more realistic than an arbitrary "alignment" number.
  21. Physics effects that affect the environment are not likely - simply because of the nature of the pre-rendered "2.5D" environment - we just don't have 3D objects that can interact with each other. Maybe we will get some "ragdoll" effects, maybe realistic cloak/cape/hair - probably some nice visual spell effects, but I really don't expect to see much that directly affects the environment as such.
  22. Hmmm...OK, but I don't know Unity well enough yet to say if this is possible/feasible, so I'll just wait and see.
  23. No, I didn't forget about Unity - in fact, a while ago I got http://www.amazon.co...ment essentials and have been playing a bit with it. I did not think of this template project you suggested - I'm not sure if it would work, but if it is doable, it would be pretty neat.
  24. Yeah, I agree with the point about extended apprenticeship - it is logical to require certain background for some skills/feat/profiencies/whatever - but when the restrictions seem utterly artificial (like in 2nd edition AD&D, where Warriors could not take the "Ancient History" non-weapon proficiency), I don't see the point. Sure, it may be sub-optimal, and even a waste of slots/points/whatever, but if it fits my idea of what the character should be like, and I want to role-play it in a particular way....please let me.
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