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In Progress Icewind Dale I LP

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by Wayward Son, Dec 8, 2018.

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  1. Wayward Son Fails to keep valuable team members alive

    Wayward Son
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    Here's the beginning of the promised IWD LP. I'm taking recruits still for the roster, as I'm going to follow the rules as specified here.

    Without further ado:
    Our Heros Assemble... For Now (open)

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    First up on the chopping block, CappenVarra the caped beauty. I tried to maximize as many of the important stats as possible. I chose spectral undead for the favored enemy because a lot of the enemies that we face are undead in this game iirc and the hardest ones are spectral ones. Could be wrong though.
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    Gave specialization in maces, proficiency in hammers for a backup melee weapon and missile for ranged weapon.
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    The rest of them don't get such a detailed overview yet, since they're likely to diemeet with an unfortunate accident that may or may not see them leaving the job.
    From top to bottom we have
    1. CappenVarra's Cleric/Ranger
    2. kmonster's thief that I actually managed to get all 13s for stats and for some reason decided to keep it.
    3. My character, an elven Fighter/Mage.
    4. A human Bard for those buff songs for now.
    5. A Fighter/Druid
    6. Gnome Illusionist/Thief

    Alright, let's get going.

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    Game starts with exposition. Good signs already.

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    As soon as the game starts, we face our greatest foe: Hrothgar's opening dialog.
    My editing skills for this were subpar, since I had a crapshoot figuring out how to crop shit properly in Paint, so Imma throw it into another spoiler tag. Read at your own risk.

    Hrothgar's Dialog (open)

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    Hey! Here's one that turned out alright~~
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    We leave the bar and take Hrothgar's advice to grab some gear at Pomab's Emporium.

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    Entering the shack, we decide to talk to Pomab.

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    Already, he shows that he's a cuntcharming fellow.

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    We ain't gonna put up with his shit.

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    I love the sarcastic responses in this game

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    OOOOOOH damn

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    Y'know, sarcasm aside, this is a good point, and probably why he ends the discussion here.

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    We like to leave him on one last burn.

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    Yes, it's time to buy some shit.

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    We buy Cappen some chainmail, a mace, a sling, and some bullets.
    For K Monster we buy leather armor, a bow and a shortsword
    For me, it's a greatsword and comp longbow, no armor
    For the bard, I grab some leather armor and...

    Wait...

    Why am I going through what generic shit each person got? Who cares?

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    With this, we end.


    Next time: We finish up our first few quests.
     
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  2. CappenVarra Phantasmist Patron

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    why are you not starting conversations with the high charisma bard? you'd get better prices that way, and there are some additional dialogues in Easthaven depending on class...
     
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  3. Wayward Son Fails to keep valuable team members alive

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    Mainly at that point because it didn't really matter from my experience. For the tasks throughout town, I did use the Bard to gain extra XP from special dialogue choices.
     
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  4. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Serpent in the Staglands Torment: Tides of Numenera
    Just screenshot dialogues the same as you do everything else.
     
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  5. Wayward Son Fails to keep valuable team members alive

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    The built in prntscrn function doesn't work in dialogs or cutscenes.
     
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  6. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    What

    Windows prntscrn should work just fine but in any case why aren't you using some kind of basic screenshot manager

    Well whatever, I don't need to read the dialogue so I don't mind that it's hilariously warped
     
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  7. Wayward Son Fails to keep valuable team members alive

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    The warping should be fixed in the next update as I finally figured out how Paint worked. As for windows print screen, it works for everything except dialogs so far, and it works in windowed mode for dialogs by using winkey+prntscrn then cropping the rest of my desktop out.
     
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  8. Wayward Son Fails to keep valuable team members alive

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    I should get the second update up today sometime as long as my laptop doesn't take too long updating itself.
     
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  9. Wayward Son Fails to keep valuable team members alive

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    Update might come earlier than expected as I found a far easier way to crop the dialog screenshots.
     
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  10. Wayward Son Fails to keep valuable team members alive

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    Sidequesting in Easthaven (open)

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    For our first "quest", we will go over to this random house.

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    Meet Ol Jed, the local drunkard fisherman.

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    He's been tragically banned from the only watering hole in town. As a group of great heros, we sympathize.

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    I like the sarcasm in a lot of Easthaven's lines. It's almost like they knew that no one likes a tutorial, and they harnessed it into the writing. Eat your heart out, Candlekeep!

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    To save myself a bit of running back and forth, I had already bought some at the end of the first update to give to the poor bastard.

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    A heart warming end, really.

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    Especially for our XP meters!

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    Going outside, we talk to this guy humming a ballad to himself.

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    Ignore the Steam alert in the corner, didn't notice it until I was in the middle of photo editing.

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    I love how you can either be dismissive or just blatantly walk away.

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    We accept this quest as, because of our friendly neighborhood bard, it's an XP fountain.

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    While wandering around, we meet this gent. Let's talk to him.

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    Guy has a problem.

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    Some good ol' fashioned early game ratwolf slaying.

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    Being Bioware Evil, we ask him to pay us for risking our lives.

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    We pick the lock on the door.

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    I opened the battle up with sleep, since this can be a lethal one for level one adventurers. As you'll see later, not having this sleep spell turns out to bite us in the ass.

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    We make short work of it.

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    Talking to Apsel nets us some moneys, some XP and a dagger with +1 THAC0.

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    Going further south, we meet a beautiful blue-skinned woman.

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    Time to use some unique dialog options based on our class again.

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    That's right, having a Bard talk to her is worth as much as any other side quest in this town or, in another way, 10 wolves. I ain't complaining.

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    :smug:

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    Time for sudden mistrust.

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    A monster from the 2E manual giving a gift? If I was a player in this P&P campaign, I wouldn't trust it.

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    Blah blah, long story short, she has a family relic of Jhonyn's that she wants us to return to him. We choose to trust her because it'll net us some more XP.

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    Another dialog option worth the entirety of the quest.

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    Yay!

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    We go up to give him the blade.

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    That's a strange reason, considering that our party could understand her perfectly fine.

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    I totally love that you can betray Elisia here AND get all of his worldly posessions just cause. Not gonna do it though, since I don't even think he has anything worth anythng on him.

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    That's 3600 XP from this one quest, 600 per party member. That almost levels our single classed friends.

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    Nevermid, here's ANOTHER 1200 XP from this one quest. Bards are awesome.

    Here's the character sheets as of now:

    Character Sheets (open)

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    These two being so close to second level, I hope neither of them meets with an unfortunate occupational hazard anytime soon.
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    We decide that it's in our best interests to get the plot moving a little bit, so we head to Hrothgar's shack to speak with him.

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    Before speaking to him, we decide to try to rob him blind.

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    Oh. Well, the chest should go better-

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    :rage:

    From here on out, I'm just gonna post dialog screens in spoilers to save room and summarize them at the end:

    Hrothgar Dialog (open)

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    We decide to agree with him to hurry this along.

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    We decide to be charitable and help Hrothgar out. Not like we really had any choice, as the other option just leads to him contracting you anyways.

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    Just wanted to note that this image has DND in its URL. imgur knows waht's up.

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    Summary is: Caravan full of supplies hasn't arrived yet, so we're to go south-west of town and investigate.

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    On the way there, we encounter another quest dispenser, this time for the first combat based side quest in the game, outside of that single wolf.

    Long story short: They stole his fish, so they need to die. Justice is a harsh mistress.

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    Alright, here's the goblins! Time to hit them with everything we have from a range, so as to protect our currently thin as paper characters from dying.

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    K. Monster takes the first hit. It's from a higher level goblin who has a shortbow. Will he survive the fight long enough to get healing?

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    The answer is no. Our first casualty in a (presumably) long line of them. All stand at attention and give your :salute: to our fallen brother and hero.

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    We kill the rest of them and take anything of remote value from the corpse of our fallen brother.

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    At the end of killing them all, Alseiyah (our Bard) gains a level. This means that K. Monster likely would have as well, if not, then from turning the quest in, which we promptly do.

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    A level up screen for our Bard.

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    A final look at K. Monster's stats. I actually managed to roll all 13s my first try. He will be missed. :salute:

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    Giving the kid his fish gives us 1200 more XP.



    Next time: A new member joins our ranks to dispense his righteous fury from his short body.
     
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  11. Delterius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    you could use Greenshot
     
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