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Out of curiosity, what difficulty will be your first playthrough?

difficulty trial of iron expert mode path of the damned

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Poll: On difficulty (190 member(s) have cast votes)

In my first playthrough of Project Eternity, I think I will

  1. play at Easy (13 votes [6.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.84%

  2. play at Normal, or whatever is the default mode. (121 votes [63.68%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.68%

  3. play at Hard (34 votes [17.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.89%

  4. I will play Path of the Damned. (22 votes [11.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.58%

Of the "special difficulty" settings, in my first playthrough

  1. I will attempt Trial of Iron (10 votes [5.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.26%

  2. I will turn on Expert mode (54 votes [28.42%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.42%

  3. I will turn on Both Trial of Iron and Expert mode (18 votes [9.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.47%

  4. I will not attempt either. (108 votes [56.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 56.84%

There may be several optional gameplay settings, before I play my first game...

  1. I will look at the settings and carefully select my preferences (143 votes [75.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 75.26%

  2. I will look at the settings and select whatever makes the game harder. (19 votes [10.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.00%

  3. I will look at the settings and select whatever makes the game easier (7 votes [3.68%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.68%

  4. I will ignore the settings and play with default settings on first. (21 votes [11.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.05%

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Depends on how the difficulty increases work.

If it's something like "enemies do double damage" then that's not really interesting.

If it's something like, 'there will be some extra enemies and they'll be designed a bit tougher in general" then that feels a bit more interesting.

Less "fake" in a way.


My first play will probably be Path of the Damned, Expert Mode, Trial of Iron, just to see how far I can get.

Then probably tone is down and take off Trial of Iron.
If I have to resort to cheapness, then I'll definitely end up lowering difficulty.

Not too interested in most extra challenges in this sort of game.



Much more interested in "challenging" stuff in a game less focused on requisite stat growth, and something more like a Legend of Zelda or Megaman and your goal is "make it through the game without taking a single hit".  A game like, say, Skyrim, you're *going* to take hits no matter what so you better have some hp,  unless you want to be really cheap.

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Damned/Expert/Iron for me despite the fact that it's all going to end in disaster. 


Depending how the Adventures Guild works I'm probably going to approach my first run similarly to how I play Xcom . Dem rookies can deal with those traps since I'll be too paranoid about losing my story NPC rogue in the first third of the game. 



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using adventure hall rookies as expendable fodder is a very gamist exploit, I kind of like it. It's an interesting workaround, at least until you've got some levels and gear going. I wonder when you will encounter the adventure hall and if recruiting from there will cost resources or otherwise be affected by character deaths.



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I will certainly play it at the regular difficulty for me. Meaning in most game, the Normal one. Some game are smarter, saying for example “Difficult” is the intended difficulty, and “Normal” is for casual gamers (in that case I'll play difficult).


In any cases, I won't play in an artificial high difficulty system, those are almost always badly designed. I'll play at what the dev & creative team had in mind.


If I don't enjoy the game because it's too easy in the end, that'll be on the dev & creative team. They have to make a good design and balance, then maybe dumb it down for casual players. Not the other way around.



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Blackynoir, that's what they're going to do. The game gets designed for the harder difficulty, and then gets scaled down for the lower difficulties.



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It'll be hard/expert/additional settings for me the first time. I certainly intend to do Path of the Damned and also Trial of Iron at some point, but I prefer to save those things for later runs through the game.

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