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Update #50: So... Project Eternity!

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I believe he was joking ;)

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IIRC It's just BG2 he doesn't like.

Well, they are quite similar. BG2 + ToB is just generally regarded as being even better than BG1.

 

But oh well. Wut eva.



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I demand fuchsia colored crates and rainbow hued plumes.

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yeh, 'nature' not poking you in the eye with garish pinkish and yellowish tinges everywhere is just welcome. Even if that sort of goes against the Baldur's Gate heritage.

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IIRC It's just BG2 he doesn't like.

Well, they are quite similar. BG2 + ToB is just generally regarded as being even better than BG1.
 
But oh well. Wut eva.


Yeah they're similar, but not really I guess. Tonally they have a completely different feel.

BG1 has a different style of dialogue and character writing and is less linear; Didn't have a quest every 20 metres in game etc. BG also had better atmosphere I guess?

I do agree that it is strange to not like both, perhaps there's something more to it than that (David Gaider).

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IIRC It's just BG2 he doesn't like.

Well, they are quite similar. BG2 + ToB is just generally regarded as being even better than BG1.

 

But oh well. Wut eva.

 

The issues he has with BGII mostly apply to it alone

 

I really disliked most of the CNPCs, I really disliked being forced to go find Imoen, I really disliked the style of dialogue, and I really disliked being flooded with a million quests by every shmoe on the streets of Athkatla. Basically, there wasn't a whole lot I did like about it.

 

Also be aware that that post is more than 7 years old now.



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Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but I only caught this conquistador vibe now. I dig it. It gives the setting a dynamic tension that's different from most fantasy settings.

Also, cool aumaua head. Also digging the idea of fantasy Polynesians. Really happy to get these twists on generic western pseudo-medieval fantasy; I did not expect that when backing the project and I salute Obsidian for having the stones to depart from the BG-IWD formula in this respect.
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Nice update, now I can refer to this update when people ask me what Project Eternity is about. I also like the new Arcanum playthrough video release schedule.



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Hey, talking about party members AI, can we expect some kind of control system like the one used to control party behavior in Dragon Age?

 

For me, that system was perfect! I loved the way that i could specify the companion response for almost all kind of situation he/she could encounter in battle.

 
If you fight a strong enemy, do this and that; if you fight a weak enemy, do this and that; before you engage an enemy, do this and that; if the HP of a party member reach X%, do this and that... and so on.
 
I never had any problem with my party in that game, the AI control was so good that i hardly needed to be giving orders to my party all the time.
 
So, i think that a system like that, with this high level of control, could fit very well with PE. You could make some pre-made scripts of AI behavior to player to choose (like the ones in Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale), and make an option to player make his own scripts (like in Dragon Age).

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The central character in the story is a newcomer to the Dyrwood, a man or woman who is caught up in a bizarre supernatural phenomenon.  This event puts them in a difficult position, where they must explore the new world to solve a series of problems that have been thrust upon them.

 

So I can't be a native, Glanfathan elf for example?



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Got to say this cheered my whole day up, thank you for using the fast travel and the reminder of the strong goals you're aiming for.



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Those Aumaua heads look great! I was critical of the Aumaua concept art posted previously, but these do a really good job of looking weird and non-human yet not ugly. Also, kudos for avoiding the common fantasy trope of making the males look really alien and weird but then relegating the females to modern human standards of beauty. One thing I'm still not clear about: are those things on their heads supposed to be hair formed into dreads, or are those some type of fleshy tentacles?

 

I'm wondering, are the Afro-Italian Vailians mentioned previously one of the three human ethnicities, and will the other two feature a similarly diverse blend of real-world influences? I think it's a great way to take inspiration from history without being forced into a set path, and it would be a shame if the other ethnicities were more standard:

 

"So for this ethnicity over here, we took inspiration from a variety of southern European and north/eastern African cultures to create a blend we feel is fresh and interesting."

"What about those guys over there?"

'Eh, those are the same Germanic white dudes you see in 99% of fantasy."



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As some other people noted on Kickstarter, the fact that you will be offering only Steam and GOG options is a bit limiting us Linux players at the moment. If GOG does finally get around to supporting Linux (I do hope so, and there is still time for them to do so), then it's all fine, but if not... And I can't use Steam since it's DRM and I don't agree with their subscriber agreement. So if it stays that way, it equates to not geting a Linux version at all... It would be nice if there was a third option, like a direct download, or Desura, or you managing to convince GOG to distribute the Linux binaries for the Kickstarter backers.



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I think the version that comes with the physical copy is DRM free too correct ?

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As some other people noted on Kickstarter, the fact that you will be offering only Steam and GOG options is a bit limiting us Linux players at the moment. If GOG does finally get around to supporting Linux (I do hope so, and there is still time for them to do so), then it's all fine, but if not... And I can't use Steam since it's DRM and I don't agree with their subscriber agreement. So if it stays that way, it equates to not geting a Linux version at all... It would be nice if there was a third option, like a direct download, or Desura, or you managing to convince GOG to distribute the Linux binaries for the Kickstarter backers.

 

They have stated that there will be DRM free version on Linux too, they hope that GOG will expand to linux, but if not, they will find another solution.


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They have stated that there will be DRM free version on Linux too, they hope that GOG will expand to linux, but if not, they will find another solution.

 

Ah, all right, good to know.



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The Aumaua looks badass!



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Thank you for the clearly written FAQ. It added several details I don't think I've seen before, particularly the ethnicities. The Aumaua heads are interesting and nicely formed, although the polygons are visible in the hair. Can't wait to see it with the texture added! :)



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The Aumaua heads have gotten me more interested in the race as a potential character...

 

and for aumaua, Island and Coastal

 

Does this mean that Aumaua are limited to large, salt-water, aquatic origins (sea/ocean)?

 

Or is there potential for freshwater dwelling Aumaua?

 

I'm thinking about being the P:E "Swamp Thing"! :nuke:


Edited by Wyrm, 17 April 2013 - 07:57 AM.


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I hope this is not a kind of "Avatar" story...

 

Orcs will miss me.


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