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Editorial Party Planning at Obsidian

Discussion in 'RPG Codex News & Content Comments' started by Jason, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Jason chasing a bee

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    <a href="http://www.gamesetwatch.com/2009/02/column_hit_selfdestruct_life_o.php" target="blank">GameSetWatch</a> took a look at <b><a href="http://www.obsidian.net/" target="blank">Obsidian's</a></b> approaches to the party problem in RPGs.
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    <blockquote>Alpha Protocol has one controllable character and no permanent party members. Maybe it's a deliberate change of pace for Obsidian, or maybe it's the best solution of all. Alpha Protocol will certainly be free from deadbeats and hangers-on who admonish you for acts of kindness but will still do whatever you say. The best way to deal with those plausibility issues is not to invite them into the design in the first place. It'll work, but because it's the safe option.
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    If it marks the beginning of a new approach for Obsidian, then I'll miss the subversion and the experimentation. Developers can craft a character with a wealth of personal history, trust issues and the potential for an ice-thawing courtship, and they can have them try to kill me for not buying them shoes. I like the second option more.</blockquote>
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    On a barely related note, Obsidian is hosting <a href="http://www.obsidian.net/poll/poll-combatsystem-20090219.html" target="blank">a poll</a> on preferred RPG combat systems. Third person real-time currently has a 7% lead over isometric turn-based. Head to the bar on the right side of the <a href="http://www.obsidian.net/" target="blank">main page</a> to vote.
     
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  2. Elhoim Iron Tower Studio Developer

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    1.4% now :)
     
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  3. Volourn Pretty Princess Pretty Princess

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    "Protocol will certainly be free from deadbeats and hangers-on who admonish you for acts of kindness but will still do whatever you say."

    LMAO What a tool.
     
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  4. Antagonist Liturgist

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    I feel slightly retarded because I have to ask but how in God's name do you vote on this poll? I dusted off my ancient account on Obsidian but this did not really improve my ability to vote. So, what kind of voodoo is required?
     
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  5. Hümmelgümpf Arbiter

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    Vote from here: http://www.obsidian.net/

    The link at the newspost leads directly to results.
     
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  6. yes plz Arcane

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    I actually agree with Volourn for once. I feel fucking horrible.
     
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  7. Antagonist Liturgist

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    *facepalm*

    Thanks. :D
     
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  8. Spectacle Arcane Patron

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    Stupid poll, where's the option for third-person turn based combat?
     
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  9. VonVentrue Cipher Patron

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    Real men prefer isometric turn-based one.
     
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  10. Silellak Liturgist

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    Also, I know many here hate it, but I still vastly prefer RTwP to pure Real Time, but there's not a single RTwP option in the poll. Sad.

    Or even better, RTwP with triggers for certain important events. NWN1 and NWN2's combat system both would've been vastly improved by this addition, I think. Well, NWN2 at least. NWN1's lack of any real party system would make this addition somewhat pointless.
     
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  11. Lurkar Scholar

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    When Bioware does it (and it does it a thousand times worse), it's "deep."

    When Bethesda does it in Fallout 3, it's "immersive."

    When anyone else does it...
     
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  12. Thrasher Erudite

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    Yeah, it's a crappy poll.
     
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  13. Jason chasing a bee

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    Sorry about that. Edited the newspost.

    Current results are iso turn-based in the lead with 49.4%. They've got the guns but we've got the numbers etc.
     
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  14. Fat Dragon Arbiter

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    Power of the Codex.
     
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  15. Volourn Pretty Princess Pretty Princess

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    Spam of the Codex.
     
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  16. Shannow Waster of Time

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    R00fles!
     
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  17. WhiskeyWolf RPG Codex Polish Car Thief Patron

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    The most dreadful weapon of them all.

    We are by 60% - Praise the RPG Lord.
     
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  18. M_I_C_K_E_Y_M_O_U_S_E Scholar

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    I understand why it would be disappointing to remove a party from AP considering how, as you said, that Obsidian does party NPCs a thousand times better than Bioware, and a lot better than many other games.
     
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