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Incline Disco Elysium - a hardboiled cop show isometric RPG

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Zero Credibility, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. Whisper Arcane Vatnik

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    It was recorded call. Which constantly repeats itself each time you ring. Game tells you this directly, try to read texts.
     
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  2. Whisper Arcane Vatnik

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    Passive checks, i think, just add +6 to your score.
     
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  3. Whisper Arcane Vatnik

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    Stats does not matter, only skills.

    Stats are to set starting skills at start of game.
     
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  4. Whisper Arcane Vatnik

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    6 also for me. 3 mercs and 3 workers.
     
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  5. Prime Junta Arcane Patron

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    Wooh, just finished it. Still reeling. No words
     
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  6. Lithium Flower Magister

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    Surely, that's at least 8.

    So what happened to your dude?
     
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  7. Jinn Arcane

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    Haha. I take it that "one ingame day to one real-life day" rule fell to the wayside pretty quickly.

    Not that I blame you at all, of course. Glad to see another positive impression of the ending after seeing a lot of disappointment in the thread about it. Must have some ways of playing out differently.
     
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  8. Lithium Flower Magister

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    At this point my view of the ending is quite positive. Its not going to work for everyone and there are some things that I wish were done a bit differently, but I appreciate what they were trying to do and it certainly worked for me.
     
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  9. Prime Junta Arcane Patron

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    Cracked the case. Found the phasmid. Went on a nice date. Found closure with the ex-wife. Too many people died on the way. Feeling like a human being, and back to being a cop, with Kim maybe putting in an application to Precinct 41, even though he thinks I'm sometimes a bit much with the superstar and the Communism. Didn't find the password to the Fortress Accident production schedule or crack open that fucking freezer. Didn't let Evrart/Edgar fuck over the fishing village -- at least I think that's what would've happened --, didn't sing karaoke, didn't invent the future of dance music. At some point I wasn't feeling the superstardom anymore, wiped that Expression off my face, shaved, and tried -- with varying success -- to try to act like a decent human being.

    Edit: Starting stats were 2/5/3/2


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    the phasmid made me cry
     
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  10. DemonKing Arcane

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    Bought this after seeing reviews and all the gushing - have to admit after one hour of play I am thinking of Steam-refunding. Not sure if it's the setting, graphical style or the skills system but it hasn't clicked for me yet.
     
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  11. Prime Junta Arcane Patron

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    I'll tell you lot who haven't finished it this much: it's gonna suck for you at the end if you don't pay attention to what you're doing along the way.

    (In fact it might still suck.)
     
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  12. Whisper Arcane Vatnik

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    Game is better with high Psyche and Int. Worse with high Physical and Mot. I've start 2nd playthough and i already missing a lot content (first play was high Psy+Int) while getting less content for current Phys and Motoric.
     
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  13. Lithium Flower Magister

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    AFAIK the tribunal and thus the unnecessary slaughter always happens before going to the island, but it looks like if you fucked up the investigation you won't be able to concretely establish the Deserter's guilt and thus fail to conclude the case. This can in turn lead to you getting kicked off the force at the end.
     
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  14. Prime Junta Arcane Patron

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    Yeah I figured that much. Still it hurts, and I think I ought to have been able to do better in the tribunal -- seven dead, including the mercs. I also fumbled a Rhetorics roll with Ruby, that was hard. But I did an extremely thorough job on the Deserter -- motive (several actually), murder weapon, modus operandi, physical evidence from the scene, confession, another confession to whacking the previous negotiator, etc. -- my high mindfuck Psyche skills really paid off there, as well as doing a thorough job of everything earlier.
     
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  15. Jinn Arcane

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    I've been playing with high Psyche/Motorics for my initial playthrough and have been very happy with how full it has felt so far. Has me very excited for my eventual Intelligent Reforming Warrior build replay.
     
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  16. you know what time it is Arcane

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    While the game is not infallible, I enjoyed it thoroughly and it inspired me to pick up writing again:

    Just a purple sibirsky day (open)

    The door opens with a whirl of fresh air rushing in, still a long way from home, are we?

    The couple gets in, "Thank you" they say to the driver, almost in unison and smile to each other. In passing glance, in subtle gesture an idyllic picture of a youthful bliss begins to form... As they get seated, the door closes with a satisfying hiss and I avert my eyes, no need to pry.

    Rain picks up in intensity, gains momentum, mirroring the movement of our bus, grey sky huffs with a playful indifference and conceals itself in a chaotic splatter of raindrops, in a coy, "Don't look at me I'm ugly" sort of way. A flash of a poorly hidden smile, a mischievous look through the fingers... "I see you" - I smile back at a rainy sky, it doesn't answer, but I know - it knows.

    My mind wanders and I don't immediately notice the commotion on the back seat, raised voices, different tone. Facade begins to crack and crumble, sooner than I thought. It escalates quickly, almost surprisingly so. A meaningless fight breaks out - about an amount of money on their shared bank account, of all things. It had nothing to with having too little or too much, not about excessive spending or some sort, no. It was about a number. The number. They couldn't agree on how much they had and instead of picking up a phone and looking it up...

    The whole becomes undone.

    "Do you even know how to count, I'm telling you it should be 2000"

    "Fool" - she lets out under her breath as they both get up, together, but apart. It's their stop, their cue before things get too ugly. It happened before and as they step outside - I know, it will happen again.

    Rainwater flows after them, trying to cover the tracks, an obvious, feeble attempt to sweep it all under a wet rug. We both know it's not going to work, but there's a small solace in familiar routine. I get the keys out of my backpack, I won't need them for a while, still a few stops away from home, but I put them in my pocket anyway, so I can feel them poking at my thigh. Uncomfortable, yes - but beats being alone.

    Not quite home yet, but almost there, just a few steps down a tight, slippery alleyway, cross the yard past the playground where swings are creaking gleefully in the wind. They are happy to see me and I respond in kind, running my fingers on a cold metal, the paint has chipped away in parts revealing small kisses of corrosion. Starting to show your age a bit, eh? I know the feeling.

    Exchanging pleasantries is nice and all, but chilly rain has a way of reminding you that there is, in fact, a place and time for that. And it just passed. The image of a hot bath invades my mind and I hurry towards my apartment building. Almost there, home. The key jiggle in my pocket with shameless anticipation. And here it is, the door. No couples, no buses, no precarious alleyways and drab skies.

    Just me and her. I enter.

    Stale smell of the lobby knocks the metaphor down a few notches, gives me a healthy dose of reality and I welcome it. I run up the stairs like a kid again, staircases fly by in a blur, 6th floor or not - it doesn't matter, ... "Oh yes it does" my knees respond, but begrudgingly oblige, they wouldn't mind a good soak either.

    I giddily rush inside my apartment, supposed final destination of my long and tired journey - unceremoniously brushed aside. Just like my soaked clothes - thrown onto a pile, I'll get to it later. First, let's draw a bath and get that kettle going. "I'm a simple man with a simple plan" - I sing to myself as I tread the rising water with my toes - it feels just right, so I jump over the rim, like I jumped over the fence many times before, to see if our neighbors apples taste as divine as everyone says and boy... do they.

    An unsure smile creeps onto my face. What am I doing? I'm a 30 years old man. MAN. One of those words that come with a huge baggage of expectations. But no one is around to judge or care. So I submerge myself in steamy waters and the world around starts to melt away.

    The cup of lemon tea, perched atop of a washing machine standing next to the tub - goes first. The ceiling lets me through, past the upstairs neighbors renovating their lobby yet again, in their continuous fight against entropy. Past the roof with antennae huddled together to shelter themselves from the downpour. Past every troubled cough, every worried step and every tear silently disappearing in the rain. I can see the city, a sleeping giant, rolling over from one side to the other, letting out deep sighs in-between. Its features blurred, softened by the rainfall. What does it dream of?

    Of hope perhaps, but there's more. We need to get higher. The clouds part and let me through, it's quiet here, but I can feel the anticipation building, I know what's coming next.

    Somewhere down below in a small apartment with a man sleeping in a tub, a forecast comes up on TV. And boisterous weatherman's voice declares: "Spring is finally here".


    :love::love:
     
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  17. Prime Junta Arcane Patron

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    I went with Psy + Fys and my playthrough was superbly satisfying. Once I recover I'm going to try another run with Int + Mot.

    But yeah you're probably right that Fys + Mot might be less satisfying.
     
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  18. IHaveHugeNick Arcane

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    My take is that Phys/Mot might be fine but absolutely not on the first run.
     
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  19. Lithium Flower Magister

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    I did a 6 phys 4 mot 1 psych 1 int run and I cracked the case and LARPed like a motherfucker and got my redemption arc and everything. Eat my fucking asshole, please.
     
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  20. IHaveHugeNick Arcane

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    You can crack the cases all right. But if you enjoyed larping impossible dude produced by 1/1/6/4, you're not even a person, you're a testicle.
     
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  21. Lithium Flower Magister

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  22. Prime Junta Arcane Patron

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    What ... what is this, I... I like you now, IAmHugeDick
     
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  23. Lithium Flower Magister

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    I have a feeling Prime Junta may be inebriated.
     
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  24. Jinn Arcane

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    Seems appropriate.
     
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  25. Prime Junta Arcane Patron

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    Only on love and Communism, baby
     
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