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  1. I think that if Hiravias is in the party with you and Sagani when you finally find Persoq that he may egg Sagani on until she starts a fight with the Fangs even if you ask her to avoid bloodshed... or maybe he's only that mouthy if you've been encouraging him back toward his original patron. (I don't remember if I had him in my party at that time in the playthrough where I encouraged him toward his more contemplative path.)

  2. 13 seems to trigger a fair number of Perception and Resolve checks (though not all, of course) and can be achieved on your current character once you've acquired a few stat-boosting items. Don't be ashamed to switch to different item sets for combat vs. dialogue situations - in a single-player game it's your fun that matters ;) and you shouldn't have to nuke your character to start over, especially since as you point out the Cipher seems a useful class on the whole. I made a Cipher for my own current playthrough and frequently stand just behind the tougher front-liners with a pike, which isn't deal for all the Cipher's abilities but does allow one to let off a fair bit of mind-magic and then recharge Focus by poking nice bloody wounds (I :wub: the pike Tall Grass) in whoever Eder and Co. are holding off.  Or if you find the Cipher still squishes too much, you should be able to get by with the missile weapon of your choice even without having so many abilities invested in it. Don't give up hope yet!

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  3. Got an abnormal lump at the back of my head. Went to see the doctor. Told me to come back in a week if it isn't gone by then.

    Checked my blood pressure and some other stuff. Everything seemed to be tip-top, she said. Been having headaches for some time but she wasn't worried about them.  :shrugz:

    I'm glad to hear you sought treatment and that the doctor sounds willing to consider the possibility that it might not go away in a few days and may well be serious if it remains or gets worse. I received some needed medical treatment myself today; here's hoping we're all healthy and fit to play PoE when it's available to us!

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    ...at the same time, if the familiar died, that was supposed to be bad (Dunno if it was instantly permanent death, or just a big, temporary detriment bestowed upon the Wizard, etc.). So, they would've been non-decorations in the original design.

    I rarely use familiars in other games that have offered them as an option for wizards for exactly this reason.  I find the penalty to the wizard to be a liability that nearly always outweighs any benefit the familiar brings. The 'nearly' is for games/situations in which the familiar can physically hide to avoid the risks of combat yet remain close enough to grant benefits to its wizard; I specify physical hiding because every protection spell cast on a familiar is magic the wizard would otherwise be able to use to another purpose.

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  5. I don't have time to properly care for a dog right now, but I grew up with a few, including a Beagle/Dachshund mix who was perfectly sweet to humans and a perfect terror to raccoons... none of which ever looked behind to see the tiny weinerbeagle chasing them up trees and/or out of the yard.


    I haven't scanned any of the few old photos of that dear old dog, so here's someone else's happy 'hund:


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  6. ...Coworker resigned too so farewell "socializing" is ahead

    Eh, that's not all bad, at least not when the office air conditioning doesn't work very well and cold drinks are provided at the farewell 'parties.' (2 retirement parties in the last 2 weeks, here... a lot of co-workers even older than me, yup.)

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  7. In fairness, I find man on man sex unattractive too. That doesn't make me a homophobe. L0L

    Don't like it, you don't have to have it.  Thank goodness romances generally aren't mandatory to advance RPG plotlines ;)


    Sometimes I play out a romance plot, sometimes I don't, perhaps it has to do with me having a RL spouse waiting for me to log off the game but I'm generally not impressed with the romance plots I've come across in games.  Is it a function of me usually creating a female PC while writers spend more effort on the male PC/female NPC pairings?  Maybe, given the one such subplot I found most satisfying was Planescape:Torment's Platonic meeting of the minds of Nameless One and Fall-From-Grace. But my dear one tells me most of the romance options offered male PCs in D&Dish RPGs are just as awful as the meager fare offered my female PCs... I can only cringe at the realization that that creepy stalker Elanee was apparently meant as a romance option for some poor souls while hoping I'm not the only one who found hilarity in pursuing Casavir.... as a female orc. (As Gromnir says, HA! Good Fun!)


    You mean something like the trial in NWN2 OC?

    Yes, but with factional influence taken into account, not being forced into it, the dependent not being the PC, and without a trial by combat against McBadass being forced at the conclusion.


    McBadass was a lot less so given a) missile weapons and spells were legal in that duel, b) that guy, fierce as he was in melee, had no ranged combat capability, so c) most people I know who played through ended up leading him on a merry chase around and around the arena until his Frenzy wore off and anyone could finish him off in all manner of embarrassing for the Luskans) ways.

  9. Considering it's an isometric perspective game where you really need to center around your party, I'm not sure I'd see it as a priority.


    That being said it would be damned hilarious and I hope it happens, just so someone with like 6 4k 30" monitors can show off their sweet set up with it.

    It still wouldn't be as sweet as WeerdBeard's setup for one of my all-time favorite games. :w00t:

  10. If you think Dwarven brethren get no love, try the female of the species.  I played one on a NWN2 server for a couple of years - I think one of four in the hundreds of characters over the history of that server.


    For my first PoE playthrough, I'll probably consider the prewritten companions so as to maximize race/class variety in the party, my whim at the time of what sort of role I want (I tend to favor tanky sorts with at least a few magical options, but variety's the spice of life and all that) and yes, how cool a character looks.


    My definition of 'cool looking character' may vary somewhat from average. I wanted sideburns for my NWN2 dwarf-lass.

  11. Finland

    enhanced-buzz-30218-1393158631-2.jpgYou’re extremely liberal and you love being close to nature. You can sometimes seem a bit aloof, but that’s only because you enjoy silence. You’re honest, reliable, and exceptionally loyal.
    (And J.R.R. Tolkien based Quenya on Finnish, I'm told, so that's a nice bonus.)

    I caught a mouse on a glue trap once, and it was very difficult to finish it off.  I've used non-kill traps since, I just take them a few blocks away and let them loose in a field.


    I ilke that, for me that's a sensible and sensitive way of dealing with the little critters.


    My first cat was unclear on the whole concept of chasing mice, so I got a non-kill trap. Around here the mice seem to come right back in if they're not exiled at least a half-mile or so away, so I used to drop them off in a nice open area near work instead. :devil:


    :cat: After the first dear old cat's passing, I specifically asked the local shelter about cats that had lived on the streets and had needed to hunt for themselves, or better yet to feed a litter of kittens too. The male cat's only flaw as a mouser is that he prefers to play with a rodent for hours before killing it and leaving the carcass where it will earn him praise for being a good boy. The female, who fed her own pregnant belly before the shelter found her and gave her a safe place to become a mamacat, is more interested in eating than playing and will often lose patience and move in for a quick kill on a rodent they've both cornered in the basement. She'll never steal one that the male has already killed, but she'll believe for the rest of her life that she needs to eat enough to nurse a litter of kittens, often leaving only what I think is the stomach and I know is a lot harder to spot before stepping on than a whole dead mouse is. ;(

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  13. I'll always remember when one of the visiting Masters came over from Japan. The guy was that literal "small, hunched, creaking, slow Japanese guy".. and then he shuffled out onto the floor..and boom. It was like Yoda. Fluid, smooth, fast. Wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am. He stopped, sheathed the blade..then went straight back into the hunched, creaky positioning, and shuffled off slowly.

    My high school percussion instructor invited someone much like that (though not from Japan) to a lesson once. Old slow guy turned into Animal behind the drum set, then after finishing his demo alternated complaining about his arthritis wth chiding all us young'uns for being slower with two hands/feet than he could be using only one, with extra special vitriol for modern rock drummers whom he suspected of using two bass drums to cover for their inability to pound out quick beats with one pedal.


    I've played rarely in recent years, and my musical chops have sadly deteriorated from those days - not that I could keep up with the instructor back then, let alone his old buddy! As for what I did today when I probably could have practiced a bit, I spent a majority of it playing Heroine's Quest and otherwise mucking about on the computer, a few minutes in the morning filling a crockpot with meat, sliced veggies and broth to provide ample good food in the evening after shoveling snow outside and doing assorted chores about the house this afternoon. But then, a quiet day at home's better than most days at work.

  14. I do kind of wish they'd been able to do more with both Spelljammer... The whole magicked up version of pulpy space opera seemed like an interesting idea, even if they got caught up trying to wedge connections into every campaign setting they had.

    I haven't tried Birthright, but years ago I arranged for a party to find a mysterious ship and figure out how to make the thing fly... Had I asked them in advance, I bet they all would have said Spelljammer sounded too weird and 'not really D&D' but it turned out the genre cross-pollination ended up producing some good times, not to mention a running gag when the party decided they could use a few more hands on deck and wanted to hire a squad of those firearms-loving hippo-people. Oh myyy.

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