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  1. Epic is a symptom. The problem is DRM. Suppose you buy the game on Steam or some other service that requires DRM. Suppose that Epic's exclusivity gambit pays off big and they buy the service you bought your games from. Now you are Epic's customer. It doesn't matter whether you want to be Epic's customer. You don't have a choice (well, you could attempt to pirate all of the games you thought you owned, but that isn't a good choice). Your game library goes to whoever bought the service. If they now have a monopoly (a common tendency in tech. - consolidation to the point of monopoly), they may decide to charge you a monthly fee to play the games you "own." They may decide to do other consumer unfriendly things. Who knows? Or, you can refuse to buy anything with DRM. You then own your games. If your vendor gets bought by another vendor or just goes out of business (two very common occurrences in tech.), you still own them. You might need to start making your own backup copies if you were relying on your vendor for backups. Anyhoo, it's been fun Obsidian. If The Outer Worlds makes it to GoG (and is still relevant when it gets there), I will certainly consider purchasing it.
  2. In all fairness, that's not what he said tho. Saying, what do you know? And then you're right, is contradictory and weird. Its comical and confusing and being called out as such. When he says "What do you know?" it means something like "Well, how about that?" or "Well, that's surprising." It isn't really contradictory, but the reading makes it sound like he may have literally meant "What do you (as in, the guy he just shot) know?" In the last sentence, I meant 'literally' literally (sigh - maybe someday people will stop using 'literally' when they don't mean it and we can go back to just using it without clarification ).
  3. im reminded that there was a precedent for this. kara from phantasy star III becomes an entirely different character depending on your choices in prior generations. obv implementing this in an obs style crpg would require herculean effort on devs part, while PSIII has to change relatively little. is still amusing that it once happened. there prob other, more recent, examples but this was the first that came to mind. It could probably be done with about the same level of effort as the other companion characters. They have the reputation system. Vela could start the game with a partial reputation profile that depends on the previous games and then develop similar to the other characters.
  4. I would like to see Eder, Ydwin, Rekke, Fassima and, of course, Vela. Whichever characters we see again, there should be some evidence of character arc. E.g., if Eder only wants to pet the rabbits, I think an opportunity will have been missed (not that he shouldn't want to pet the rabbits, but he should want other things too). Fassima should lose her defeated outlook and turn into a major badass etc. We had a whole thread on Vela already. I think Pillars 3 needs to happen if only just to realize the events outlined in the Vela thread.
  5. If cloud gaming is the future, then gaming is not in my future. I suspect that there are enough people to constitute a market for single player, story driven games.
  6. Thanks. Upvoted on GOG. There are 3 kinds of games, DRM-free and interesting, DRM-free and uninteresting and DRMed therefore uninteresting. This one looks potentially interesting, so I hope there will be a DRM-free version of it.
  7. That might work, but I think that would fall under work not done by the library staff and not be in accord with the legal decision. Maybe one of our resident lawyers can give a more informed opinion than I can though.
  8. See the video for the gory details. The tl;dr version is that libraries are trying to get exemptions from copyright law to allow them to bypass DRM on old games in order to preserve the games. The Library of Congress has given them a partial ok - libraries can do this but can't enlist volunteers to help. That essentially means it won't get done because libraries don't typically have the people to do what is necessary. In three years this will be revisited. If you care about what happens to old games when the DRM servers go dark, you might want to be aware of what's going on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo8Fj6TkWik
  9. Welcome back, Matt. (Cue Silvio Dante imitating Michael Corleone: "Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in") In addition to the responses you get here, there is a list of builds in the other sub-forum that people have tried out and posted about. There is a pinned post with the full list. p.s. Single class monk. Weapons, we don't need no steeeenking weapons.
  10. Congratulations on the acquisition to the good folks of Obsidian. Best of luck with the new arrangement. Thanks for the great DRM-free role playing games for the PC platform. If you are able to continue doing what you have been doing, I will continue to be a loyal customer.
  11. Pretty sure she's already been feathered. Yeah. At first, I thought that she was an avian godlike, but she probably just annoyed a bunch of people.
  12. Heh. Good call Gromnir. The level of toxic bitterness is (almost) high enough. Of course, it's missing disingenuous concern for the welfare of Augustus Octavius and accompanying poor career advice for same. Nevertheless, a clear improvement all around.
  13. You can turn off your party AI and kill everyone except Kaali. At that point he will no longer be hostile and you can send him back to the village.
  14. Presumably they didn't intend to rip you off, but, rather, came at this from the perspective that downloading is easy. Since that is not the case for you, you might want to DM one of the devs and see if they can help you.
  15. My claim was supposed to be this item is the one who has the best mix of survivability/recovery time for a dpser. I'm assuming most people understand that 0% recovery of a robe is faster then 10% recovery of this armor Did you miss Boeroer's point? If you choose the right pet, a character with Miscreant's Leathers will be faster than one with a robe.
  16. I've seen the bug that Boeroer mentioned, but I have always been able to take the items individually in stealth-mode. You may have found a new bug. (You can report it in the bugs section of the forum.) The only things that might stay on the shelves are ship supplies, if you are maxed out, but that doesn't explain why you can't steal a magic item.
  17. I don't see why you couldn't do that from a RP perspective. Your character is the Dread Pirate Roberts of the Deadfire and probably has ambitions to take over the Principi. If their philosophy isn't a good match with your character's, well then their philosophy will just have change, possibly by force, won't it?
  18. TLDR; You're in the middle. So, for example: At the beginning of combat, your bow faces the enemy, so full speed ahead (or half sail) takes you closer. If you turn twice to the same side (port or starboard), your stern will be towards the enemy and full speed ahead moves you further away from the enemy. Similarly, If you turn to starboard (right) the black enemy ship icon will move to your left (port) side (because when you turn to the right the enemy will be on your left) same story for turning to port. When you jibe. the black enemy ship icon on the outside of the dial will move to the other side of the circle but what really happened was that you turned your ship so that the other side was facing the opponent. I hope the above makes sense.
  19. Of course - you can too. Sports games (the home team won, but Joe Blow still needs to go to work and pay his mortgage - nothing has changed). quake 3, racing games, rhythm games etc. and, of course, some games don't have a hero. So, let's restrict it to RPGs. It's a good question. Are there RPGs where the main character could have just stayed home, like Indiana Jones? I arrived late to the RPG party (as an 'old', I don't have as much experience as many others here who have been playing games since birth) . So, I will leave it here and see if we get an answer from someone with a wider RPG experience. Regarding the subject of this thread, I wouldn't put Deadfire in that category. The main character does change the power structure of the Deadfire and also convinces Eothas to do something that will have an effect on how people react to the breaking of the wheel. Either of those two things is more influence on the world than most people will have in a lifetime (in the Deadfire or in R/L).
  20. Yes, and the rum was important. They added lime juice to the rum to prevent scurvy. The rum/lime ration helped the British become a major sea power (and simultaneously became the basis for the umbrella drinks you could get at a 1970's tiki bar - innovation at its finest).
  21. I don't know about the others but Hylea really needs to grow the hell up. (In answer to your question, I don't think I would do a whole playthrough just for that reason, but if you are inclined to play PoE1&2 anyway, it might be worth siding with/betraying some of the gods for flavor if it makes sense for the character you are playing).
  22. I'm not arguing against your larger point, but Deadfire's plot is not unique in that way. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones could have stayed in the classroom and nothing would have changed (except that the ark would have been lost on an island instead of lost in a warehouse). In 2001: A space Odyssey, David Bowman could have stayed on earth - he had no effect except to be reborn as a warning buoy to future visitors. Speaking of that, in the sequel, Dr. Floyd and the rest the crew that went looking for Bowman did nothing except learn what had happened (and, thereby, tell the audience). In Deadfire, you are Indiana Bowman Floyd, you don't change what happened w.r.t. Eothas though you do change the regional power structure, so maybe you're Indiana Bowman Floyd of Arabia - if he were a pirate (yeah, this analogy is going well). Your job is to let people know what happened and warn them that they need to act. edit: typo
  23. Did you find the room to the right in the central building? (You need to find a switch to open it.) I didn't play it the same way you did, but that is where I would guess.
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