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Pillars of Eternity is a really, really fantastic game, you know? But part of it kind of sucks: the backer NPCs. You know the ones: all of the yellow-bar NPCs whose souls you can peer into, and read a short story about.

 

They are almost uniformly terrible.

 

The writing is usually pretty poor, the characters frequently being cast in the mold of Mary Sue, with names that fail to fit into the setting (and frequently don't even try to fit in). The stories themselves, though once in a while decently written and interesting, never contribute anything to the setting or world of the game.

 

Oh: and most of them are the super-rare Godlikes.

 

I swear: there are more Godlikes in the Dyrwood than humans, elves, dwarves, aumaua and sentient kittens combined.

 

So there really, really needs to be an option to remove/hide these NPCs, or a mod to excise them entirely. I feel that their presence serves as an active detriment to the overall experience of the game--not cool.

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The best you can do about them right now is the IE mod; created by Bester, Sensuki, and Karakrov. They included an option to change all the backer names to lore friendly ones, and a console command to remove the fanfics. Frankly couldn't endorse those guys enough. The mod is over at the nexus.

 

http://www.nexusmods.com/pillarsofeternity/mods/1/?

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Obsidian themselves couldn't provide such an option, in good faith to the backers. 

 

Mods will take care of this soon, I'm sure.

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Pillars of Eternity is a really, really fantastic game, you know? But part of it kind of sucks: the backer NPCs. You know the ones: all of the yellow-bar NPCs whose souls you can peer into, and read a short story about.

 

They are almost uniformly terrible.

 

The writing is usually pretty poor, the characters frequently being cast in the mold of Mary Sue, with names that fail to fit into the setting (and frequently don't even try to fit in). The stories themselves, though once in a while decently written and interesting, never contribute anything to the setting or world of the game.

 

Oh: and most of them are the super-rare Godlikes.

 

I swear: there are more Godlikes in the Dyrwood than humans, elves, dwarves, aumaua and sentient kittens combined.

 

So there really, really needs to be an option to remove/hide these NPCs, or a mod to excise them entirely. I feel that their presence serves as an active detriment to the overall experience of the game--not cool.

Really? if you dont like them dont click on them lol. This is such a stupid complaint to have, its extra content if you want it and it is how the game was funded. There are so many non-backer npcs to talk to as well you are really making a big deal over nothing.

 

PS- if they werent backer NPCs they would be generic no text npcs, it isnt like they would be replaced y better npcs

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Just kill them if they bother you so much. That's what I intend to do on my next playthrough.

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well, you dont have to read them, they are clearing marked and I have yet see one truly terrible name that completely threw me out of the game. Some of the stories are interesting but others clearly need a good edit. Given it is those people's fath and support that allow this game get as far as it is they deserve their little corner of the world

 

honestly the way people are going on around when I got in game I was expecting to see all these Xbox gamer tag type names, however after like 15 hours I have seen nothing that made me whinch.

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I have no problem with them,  didn't know they were backer NPCs and thought the stories were written by Obsidian.  Haven't come across anything really bad yet.

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I have no problem with them,  didn't know they were backer NPCs and thought the stories were written by Obsidian.  Haven't come across anything really bad yet.

 

My NPC has been written by Obsidian. Any complaints about the NPC's story, you'll have to take it up with the Obsidian writers. :p

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I found most of the stories interesting and the names didn't strike me as out of place. To each their own I guess.

 

 

My NPC has been written by Obsidian. Any complaints about the NPC's story, you'll have to take it up with the Obsidian writers.  :p

Which one is yours and what is his story about? Did you have any input regarding the story direction?

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I just stopped with them after first village. They don't really annoy me that much, but option to turn them to generic, might solve issues for some...

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I actually cringe when I hear the soul sound effect now. You can click talk on a npc faster than waiting for the npc name so that's why it's throwing me off.

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I just ignore them, there were some good ones but I don't dig all the drama involved. Also they are not mostly godlike, at least from what I've seen.


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Some stories are pretty well-written actually. I recommend taking the time to at least glance over the texts once, to seperate the gems from the trash.

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Some stories are pretty well-written actually. I recommend taking the time to at least glance over the texts once, to seperate the gems from the trash.

 

I dunno man I heard one may be transphobic and the very thought nearly gave me a stroke!!!

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Some stories are pretty well-written actually. I recommend taking the time to at least glance over the texts once, to seperate the gems from the trash.

 

I dunno man I heard one may be transphobic and the very thought nearly gave me a stroke!!!

 

 

The ruckus about the "transphobic" story is actually utter bull****. First: the "transphobic" bit is a light-hearted gravestone poem. Second: it isn't even clear that it's about transgender, as the only fact that you can take from this poem is that the guy in question slept with a man. Why he did that isn't stated. It could have been just alcohol, with the other guy just being a straight man either (equally alcoholized). And seriously, if you find that offensive, then you shouldn't leave your home.

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Some stories are pretty well-written actually. I recommend taking the time to at least glance over the texts once, to seperate the gems from the trash.

 

I dunno man I heard one may be transphobic and the very thought nearly gave me a stroke!!!

 

 

The ruckus about the "transphobic" story is actually utter bull****. First: the "transphobic" bit is a light-hearted gravestone poem. Second: it isn't even clear that it's about transgender, as the only fact that you can take from this poem is that the guy in question slept with a man. Why he did that isn't stated. It could have been just alcohol, with the other guy just being a straight man either (equally alcoholized). And seriously, if you find that offensive, then you shouldn't leave your home.

 

If you read my post as being authentic and anything but tongue-in-cheek, you should be put INTO a home :p

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Some stories are pretty well-written actually. I recommend taking the time to at least glance over the texts once, to seperate the gems from the trash.

 

I dunno man I heard one may be transphobic and the very thought nearly gave me a stroke!!!

 

 

The ruckus about the "transphobic" story is actually utter bull****. First: the "transphobic" bit is a light-hearted gravestone poem. Second: it isn't even clear that it's about transgender, as the only fact that you can take from this poem is that the guy in question slept with a man. Why he did that isn't stated. It could have been just alcohol, with the other guy just being a straight man either (equally alcoholized). And seriously, if you find that offensive, then you shouldn't leave your home.

 

If you read my post as being authentic and anything but tongue-in-cheek, you should be put INTO a home :p

 

 

See, this is what the internet, once a golden and shiny place of humour and freedom, has become. You take every quirky comment for real simply because there are people that actually *are* this dense and it's perfectly believable that it *wasn't* sarcasm.

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