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  1. Also helps if you have rep for being a monster: Nobunaga earned the nickname 'Demon King'.
  2. It wasn't common because it was only useful in long drawn out conflicts and for intimidation, but some archers such as the Scythians and the Japanese under Nobunaga used excrement (Both animal and human) on their arrows for delayed but deadly results. Against small sorties and during a first engagement it does a lot of damage to morale. Biological warfare!
  3. Adding onto this. I think making romance a stretch goal may be counter-productive to the story of the game if the story didn't intend to have romances in the first place. It would be shoe-horning a romance in via stretch goal and that seems like a bad idea. If the dev's already have a theme and story worked out in pre-development and no romances are in, then going to a KS and adding it in later with stretch goals may hurt the story. I could see people seeing Obsidian as 'selling out' to the lowest common denominator to get more money, when they never intended to have romances in the first plac
  4. No you wouldn't. There is no requirement to scale or compensate for anything just because you allow a second human entity to input commands into the same game instance as the first. Besides, it's not like a 2nd player can do anything with that other party member that the first couldn't already do with pausing. Yes, Mass Effect 3 is a great example of something no one ever has to do simply to put multiplayer into agame. Thus, you don't want multiplayer support to influence the singleplayer game. I join you in disliking that, on principle. However, it doesn't have to do so, so unless you d
  5. So you're complaining about how other people play. Gotcha. Of course I am; because they are inherently not me and thus play differently. Complaining about multiplayer because it is multiplayer is redundant.
  6. I'm telling you what multiplayer doesn't inherently mean, and you're telling me how it happens to be implemented a lot of the time. I don't see an actual disagreement, here. Allowing (the key word being "allowing") co-operative play has never prevented singleplayer play from occurring. Hypothetically, if every single singleplayer game ever made had an optional multiplayer mode that merely allowed a second person (if not more than 2 people) to also provide input to the video game alongside the first person, in the exact same gameplay setting/mode/scenario/what-have-you, then you'd never
  7. That's quite a splendid argument against mandatory co-operative play, but not against the availability of co-operative play. Just because people don't always want to swing with other people doesn't mean we should only ever build swing"sets" with only one swing, in isolation. However single player games are being rooted out; exterminated like a virus. Also swing sets are a good example; they seat one person, how uncomfortable and dangerous they must be when you have someone on your lap squirming against the momentum of the swing. Now imagine a few dozen all riding the one swing, crowdi
  8. Concentration and solitaire are quite old; there are probably better examples too of single player gaming at its earliest. However from the gaming standpoint isn't it because of the annoying details of humouring another person in a game that singleplayer exists at all? I remember the pause battles on older consoles. I find being alone adds to the experience of games, movies and other entertainment; there is no distraction or arguing, no one to spoil the story or laugh at what is serious.
  9. I play a lot of games; the really restricting part is I'm a single player gamer only. MMO's, team and co-ops are all just gimmicks that I never put into use. For the older games they were optional and minor expansions at best but lately they have been all-consuming. I am glad that POE and other games like it have gone the single player route. For atmosphere and story nothing beats a game that is focused entirely upon you.
  10. Certainly the binding of souls to their corpses permanently would be an abomination; however if this were done temporarily wouldn't it be little more than mildly disgusting? As for combat, turning an enemy corpse into an undead with their own soul is not really practical; they'll still be mostly rational and probably turn on the animancer. So what if for combat purposes you summon an allied soul into the corpse? An old pet dog's for example? Also I could see this kind of skill gaining pseudo-acceptance if it is used to converse with the dead. Who killed you? Where did you leave the keys or
  11. In the case of heraldry there were several texts showing historical and more recent examples of the local heraldry (and well known foreign and extinct lines) written and laboriously hand copied by scribes and monks, so depending on location you could get a decent copy of a coat of arms that didn't differ very much from the current form or the original. The earliest example was written in the 1350's.
  12. Perhaps like crystals the shards are 'seeded' to grow new ones? Imagine the confusion of meeting your soul's other pieces and what elements of yourself chose to do. Very Torment-like.
  13. If it was all random, then certainly. Crappy life -> try again. But if there's a moral code by which things work, like suicide = sin -> you're downgraded in next life, patient sufferin = valued -> upgraded in next life, things would work out all different. Perhaps the old, wretched cripple begging for alms to avoid starvation is secretly overjoyed because next life = wealthy, rockstar equivalent.
  14. Haven't seen the NPC project for Icewind Dale 2 at the gibberlings3 mod site? Yes, now even the Dalelands have been overrun by promancers. Soon we shall conquer all! edit: Oh yes, welcome too.
  15. Just to add fuel to the fire on dwarven women = beards debate. The Discworld series features a dwarven race which is almost completely uniform i.e. "All dwarfs have beards and wear upto twelve layers of clothing. Gender is more or less optional." (From 'GUARDS, GUARDS!') They only use 'he' even when the dwarf in question is clearly female. However as the series progresses and the dwarf race is enmeshed in cultural changes brought on by the printing press and so forth they start to have vocally female dwarfs who shave and wear revealing clothes and makeup. Even their newly elected, so-called
  16. A fine idea, as long as this is inserted into the main storyline in terms of race and class recognition and equipment ... Neverwinter Nights 2 had multiple new races and classes added with each expansion and yet the developers didn't insert the *new content* into the original campaign/earlier expansion ... a buzz kill for long time players. So if there is new class/race content please factor it into the original game at least superficially.
  17. Spirit-shift, shape-shift; a rose by any other name ... My points are as valid for spirit-shifting as shape-shifting. In fact I just used the OP title term because when all is said and done, aside from appearances and lore they are the same thing. Druids are already confirmed to be able to spirit-shift into animal ... 'personas' is the correct term I suppose? They'll just be spectral rather than biological transformations. Regardless I dearly want spirit-shifted druid opponents. I hope that the advantages of such transformations will be used for more than merely battle.
  18. As I mentioned earlier in the druid shapeshifting thread: the worst part of shapeshifting is that it is basically forgotten as a story element. You almost never see enemies shapeshift, unless they're monsters. The main character has access to the advantages of alternate forms and never uses them outside of combat. No one reacts to it, ever. Only when there is a requirement for all characters to gain shapeshifting powers do you ever see any puzzles/events geared toward it: eg. DA:O, Divinity 2, NWN:HOU, etc. Also the lack of form development, as seen in I.E. games renders almo
  19. I had hopes but no great expectations. If they can't write a decent romance sub-plot it is better not to have one, altogether. Sadly, it will probably make character interactions with the other party members drier and less interesting in terms of role-play. A shame it diverges from the spirit of the BG series in this. I guess I'll just have to hope against hope Torment:ToN stays true to the original theme of romance in PS:T.
  20. Lets see; I've invested in Wasteland 2, Torment, Mandate and of course PoE. I own FTL, Shadowrun Returns, Banner Saga and Expeditions: Conquistador. Of these I adore FTL (which is apparently about to receive a free expansion, yay!). Shadowrun R. was a too linear, there were no real choices, aside from whether to do side quests. Combat in places was clunky too (drones). Banner Saga ... is a good game with a decent story, however I really would prefer having a save system rather than save points. This is because with all of the choices I would like to try them out one by one and
  21. I'll stick with the canon characters until I have thoroughly understood them, their motivations and reactions to each other etc. When I focus on a specific role play then I'll be able to pick the optimal characters for the experience (and whom to replace with custom built alternatives). Perhaps even the custom characters will have some generic responses in scenarios/ with canon characters, just to show they're more than mere automatons. I cannot expect the same level of content as the well crafted canon but even a pittance is more than practically any other RPG in that respect.
  22. Mature in relation to a game means in my own opinion a story/events which include themes that are brutal, cruel and twisted. It may also include heart warming, tragic and complicated elements. It is in other words closer to a complicated real world. In context I assume this is in relation to the themes of slavery, violence, racism, cultural differences, sexism, treachery, etc. Considering the game is based upon the Baldur's Gate style I'd assume you are capable of intervening and either profiting from the suffering or able to relieve it ... and various shades in between. Mature is by no me
  23. I'd imagine that most animal companions in the wild are innocuous enough to avoid alerting uninformed opponents quickly, aside from the heavy combat choices like bears or tigers. Wolves/big cats and other medium sized sized animals would still be stealthy enough to avoid all but the most alert of opponents (and I'd assume those would be druids/rangers in the wilderness). However if they aren't well informed they'd become alert much slower, most other classes without magic or soul detection abilities would be poor at recognizing the difference in threat between an animal companion and a wild an
  24. An idea for a quest for animal companion: The main character on a scouting mission in the woods is horribly injured and the (player controlled) animal companion has to protect, heal and lead MC to safety. This is done in various ways (as each animal has their own methods) a wolf might bring down a doe and use it to feed MC while a bird of prey might bring back a rabbit or a giant ant might bring nectar. Healing: anything from licking the wounds to binding them with leaves (monkey), silk (spider) or wax (giant wasp) etc. Defend the MC from hostile, opportunistic rival and/or aggressive pred
  25. History and cultural traits will hopefully affect the majority of events to a degree, with a few wildly different events occurring based on class/race/culture. Besides an Arcanum style character we are probably limited to an 'every character starts here' event/point (ala Icewind Dale series/NWN/NWN2 Zehir exp), if there are to be characters from unique cultural backgrounds. Mass Effect ... too simplistic. BG and NWN2 style (except Zehir exp) begin from a 'foster child' scenario which rules out characters beginning from a different cultural heritage (eg in the Forgotten Realms being b
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