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Everything posted by TheDogProfessor

  1. I thought the thread was about Dimitri Volkogonov and I got really excited...
  2. If you're familiar with the ruleset and confident in adapting it at little bit, I would recommend sticking with WHFRP. A friend of mine has been running a WHFRP 2nd Edition campaign for which she devised her own world that is heavily influenced by Gaelic and Germanic folklore and it works really well. Her Fae are bloody scary and we run screaming when we encounter them.
  3. I, personally, feel that for this type of game the "Uninjured, Barley Injured, Injured, Badly Injured, Near Death" approach works the best. It would be cool to show enemies looking more damaged as the fight progresses. However, I can't see it working too well in an isometric perspective; it would work great in a gritty FPS (think Metro 2033) but I'm not convinced it's a worthwhile idea in P:E.
  4. I had another idea: Monks would still be part of a strict order or whatnot and would still have martial training, but would take on a similar role to monks in Medieval Europe, but they wouldn't have to be religious figures as they were historically. With the lack of the printing press, monks would have been the ones transcribing scriptures and texts. The monks in PE could be quite knowledgeable, academic even, while still retaining the martial aspects that would be part of their order.
  5. I played a Half-Giant in a D&D 3.5 campaign, I built the entire character concept around grappling foes to immobilise them. Once I, with 1hp remaining, grappled an Earth Elemental and won. The character was a bit over-powered, but great fun to play.
  6. This came up during the discussion about Forton and I think that it deserves it's own thread: I think that, unless there are Asian inspired cultures that are believably worked into the presumably western setting, Monks should be taken in a different direction. I'm not talking too much about mechanics but more about feel and integration into the game world. It doesn't make too much sense to have ninja, samurai or Shaolin monks walking around a setting that is essentially (please correct me if I'm wrong) late Medieval Western Europe. I guess if they were few and far between and were noticed
  7. I do quite like the idea. I reminds me of The Path (which I recommend playing). However, I can't see how a randomly (or similar) generated area could work given the fact that the area as painted (or otherwise art-made). I don't really see how it could be implemented into this type of game.
  8. Will Obsidian have to show their working-out? Just imagine: Longsword damage is modelled by the probability density function: f(x)=(1/64)(6-x)(x-2)(x+2), 2<x<6 what is the probability that the longsword will deal less than 3 damage? Pr(X<3)= DefiniteIntegral(2,3) (1/64)(6-x)(x-2)(x+2)dx Pr(x<3)= 31/236
  9. I think that, essentially, it should vary depending on the quest and the importance of the main character. I would like to see a cRPG where the PC is not important ridiculously important. I would like not to have to save the world, for a change. It would be cool to get credit when credit is due, but I would like a world that does not revolve around the main character, at least in the sense that things will happen that I have no control over. In terms of structuring quests however, I would like to see multiple outcomes for each quest which goes beyond the side with good or evil options. Su
  10. Where's the "I would never, even under pain of death, touch the proposed MMO, even with a 10ft pole!" option?
  11. I turn on auto-pause for trap found to make accidentally stumbling onto traps less frustrating. Apart from that, manual pause all the way.
  12. I really like the idea of NPCs having their own agenda as it reinforces that notion that the world exists outside of the main character. In BG for example, many of the joinable NPCs had there own quests which needed to be fulfilled in order for them to remain in you party. That seems a bit more simplistic than what you're describing, but I do expect at least that level of "NPC agenda" in PE.
  13. The difficulty in creating new areas doesn't seem to be a problem for the vibrant IE modding communities. Seriously, however, the modding communities are awesome. Spellhold Sudios and Gibberlings3 are two great ones from off the top of my head. There are crazy talented modders out there that have created their own interfaces to mod the IE games (which have no modding support) and there are several out there who altered the hardcode in the engine. Give them a look; it's well worth it.
  14. I'm also planning on participating in Movember. My plan is to have all the male staff at the cafe where I work take part and set up donation box on the counter.
  15. I think that BG is outvoting Ps:T for two reasons. Firstly, it is a far more famous game and hence has been played by more people. I'll use myself as an example: I had BG recommended to me by an acquaintance about 8 years ago or so when I was playing the first Dungeon Siege, whereas I discovered Ps:T of my own accord while searching for me IE game to play. Secondly, as Monte Carlo stated (my other point was also made my Monte, just not as explicitly), Ps:T is a niche game; it's more particular in it's taste and is, very much, a piece of art.
  16. I like the idea of 'encounters' such as your firewood example as they help maintain the illusion that the world exists outside the story of the main characters. So even having really small, minor quests that are not important from a plot perspective, but show the world and NPCs within it, are -- for me -- a must. An abridged example from a DnD campaign I run which is similar to what I'm describing: The PCs were travelling back from an adventure when they came across a hamlet outside of which was an excavation site of an ancient hobgoblin barrow/catacomb. A distraught mother approaches th
  17. I would like a fair amount of realism and consistency. Deserts on the leeward side of mountains and wet, lush forests on the windward side. Magical phenomena would, of course, alter particular areas to varying degrees, but on the whole -- unless there is a reason otherwise that is made entirely internally consistent with the rest of the world -- I would like to see the geography of Project Eternity based on our geography. After all, there may be magic, but I'm assuming that Newtonian physics will still apply to arrows and people (not that geography is Newtonian physics, exactly). My point is t
  18. I'm against static bonuses, unless a fudge-dice-type modifier was used a la Dresden Files RPG, as I feel that it takes away the random element that is iconic of the IE games. I believe that it also adds the tactical element as each fight will play out slightly differently. I'm also opposed to x-y damage as, unless accompanying text would clarify, it doesn't show distribution, which is important. Out of the three options, I would prefer xdy. As Jasede pointed out, it's really not that difficult to figure out and can show the distribution. The normal distribution ideas are interesting as the
  19. Baldur's Gate did this. For example the weird artefacts and robes of the Archmagi in High Hedge.
  20. Finite ammo all the way. I find that unlimited ammo breaks my immersion; it just doesn't feel real. I'm also for many different types of ammo as in BG. I find that it adds an extra level of both strategy and reward.
  21. I know that the post states avatars, not portraits, but they seem to be a topic on this thread so I'll say my piece: I really like having painted/drawn portraits. I think having artists of the calibre of Justin Sweet, for example, can really help to add atmosphere to a game that I feel isn't achieved by computer-rendered portraits.
  22. That is one of my favourite things in the Total War games (the ones with guns, at least).
  23. I really hope there isn't 3D. I also hope that the fad of 3D movies dies soon. I really don't think it adds much, if anything, to anything. That said, I have weird eyes and so I might actually be missing out on something cool (I doubt it, though).
  24. I've come to love the bow in the IE games. My girlfriend created an Elf Archer, (ranger kit) for a Baldur's Gate Trilogy play-through, with dex 19 and full proficiency with longbow and it is the most ridiculously OP thing I have ever seen. It's THAC0 -- if memory serves -- at 3rd level was 7 or lower.
  25. I'm all in favour for the fetch quest with a twist idea. In a D&D campaign I DM, I gave the PCs a quest which was deliver a religious artefact to [location] on behalf of a priest. On the way [quest item] was stolen by thugs. After some searching and tracking down an underworld crimeboss figure. Through this contact, they found out where and when the person who contracted the thugs would be. Turns out it was the priest who stole the religious artefact and used the PCs as scape-goats. Was essentially was a "fetch"quest developed into something interesting. I'm happy with quests like this, bu
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