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Torment How to enjoy Planescape Torment

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by vazquez595654, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. vazquez595654 Arbiter

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    I am planning to start playing Planescape's Torment and I was wondering how best to enjoy it. Specifically related to a character build. Can I play without fighting? I started playing Fallout as a melee character and I got bored after reaching The Brotherhood. My character was too weak to go into the mutant/military base or whatever and I didn't feel like level grinding.

    Additionally is there anything I should look out for in the game? For example quests, items, or story elements I shouldn't miss?
     
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  2. WouldBeCreator Scholar

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    Pump wisdom, intelligence, and charisma. Make sure you go to the Smoldering Corpse Bar before doing much else, and talk to the skinny warrior there -- Dak'kon. Make sure you talk to party members frequently and pump them for info. You will have to fight -- a lot. But with Morte and Dak'kon, the early fights are easy, and by the time you get to later ones, they'll be easy, too.

    Use TNO's ability to come back to life as an asset. Don't sweat it if he dies, you'll usually respawn somewhere convenient.
     
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  3. aweigh Arcane

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    Just max out Wisdom and Intelligence... distribute remaining points, if any, into your other attributes. That's the best build. Oh, and be either a fighter or a mage, don't be a thief.
     
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  4. Andyman Messiah Mr. Ed-ucated

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    What they said, but don't be afraid to try your luck as a thief. Maybe not on your first run, though.
     
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  5. kingcomrade Kingcomrade Edgy

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    Max out wisdom, put Int to maybe 15, and then distribute as you like. The only stat not worth boosting is constitution.
     
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  6. VasikkA Liturgist

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    Since the game lacks a decent spellcasting PC in my opinion, I wouldn't suggest playing as a fighter. I finished the game with a fighter with ease, so I guess it doesn't really matter. Just keep in mind that dialogue plays a big role in PST, so you might want to build your character accordingly. You're in for a riveting adventure, enjoy every second of it.

    Also, get hold of the Modron Cube. ;)
     
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  7. Nicolai DUMBFUCK

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    Yeah, be sure to pick up the Modron Cube and the bronze sphere.
     
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  8. Jora Arcane

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    Yeah: the bronze sphere is important. And have Dak'kon translate the tattooist Dabus' sign language even if you can do it yourself.

    Talk to everyone. Experience everything.
     
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  9. kingcomrade Kingcomrade Edgy

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    The bronze sphere isn't very important, you don't get to use it until the end of the game and by then it doesn't matter.
     
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  10. Greatatlantic Erudite

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    I disagree, constitution is the a great stat to have. Once you reach a certain level it starts giving a certain bonus to hp for every level your character has. By the game's end you might be around level 20 and have a +7 HP/level bonus. You do the math. Furthermore, it increased the rate in which TNO regenerates HP, which is convienent if not necessary. I love boosting Constitution as a mage in lieu of strength.
     
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  11. Balor Arcane

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    Nae, the game is not hard enough as it is. I mean, you are immortal! I played as PURE mage, never boosted my STR or End or Dex, didn't have a lot of problem with fights. Morte makes a great tank - why should you be one?
     
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  12. Kuato Liturgist

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    I was going to reccomend a spellcaster(its makes combat more interesting if you can survive the tediousness of the magic user quest:))maybe I am not sure if I remember correctly or not but arent there certain spectactular and powerful spells that only high level magic users can use and that actually play impressive prerendered cinematic movies when you cast them?
     
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  13. Nicolai DUMBFUCK

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    That fag Jiu left Morte in the Pillar of Skulls.
     
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  14. Higher Game Arcane

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    Be a spellcaster. You get plenty of allies who are great at melee, but not much in the way of magic. You need high wisdom and intelligence anyway, so it makes sense to be a spellcaster anyway. Here are my stat recommendations.

    Strength- Minimum. You won't need it.
    Dexterity- Low. You won't be in melee range much. It's not hugely important.
    Charisma- Medium. You can crank it to high with the friends spell, so don't focus so heavily on it.
    Wisdom- High. This is clearly the most important stat in the game. It makes you level faster, too.
    Intelligence- High. Like wisdom, it is an important key for many quests.
    Constitution- High. You'll need the hit points as a spellcaster. You don't get much from leveling up, so you need constitution to make you tougher.

    Talk to everyone and don't take combat so seriously. Like Fallout, fighting isn't the focus on the game. Just enjoy the story. :D
     
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  15. Gnidrologist CONDUCTOR

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    I disagree completely.
    You will have to fight a lot only if you are to be pure kombat-melee character with low intelligence and wisdom which I wouldn't suggest especially for a first walkthrough (you never know if it isn't the last). And even then there isn't that much combat heavy zones in PS:T. Not even close to the likes of BG series.

    I probably spent 80% of the time interacting with NPCs and enjoying the plot in this game whit my NO as a mage which I would advise to vazquez too as the little fighting you will have to do will be much satisfiengly experianced with the spellcaster. Well, that goes for any infinity engine game anyway. Melee combat sucks enourmously in those games.

    Haven't tried a thief, but why bother if you can have Annah in party.
     
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  16. Higher Game Arcane

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    Well, the optional areas of the modron maze and undersigil are combat heavy. They're not necessary, but they're interesting. The modron maze ubersentries can punch through just about any armor class, so a a good mage is important for killing them fast. I wouldn't recommend meleeing them.
     
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  17. kingcomrade Kingcomrade Edgy

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    The problem with the Infinity Engine D&D style magic is that you run out of magic very quickly, and the magic spells in this game don't do very much damage and are resisted most of the time.

    It's okay to play with low STR, Dakkon has a spell that will boost it by like 6 for an hour per caster level.
     
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  18. CryptCrawler Novice

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    I'm playing it right now, for the very first time - due to Codex 'advertisement'!
    Here's my advice:
    Do whatever you like. Don't force your character into a specific role, there's no need of powergaming. HAVE FUN - and let the game handle all your sick ideas.
    Really, i love the depth in storyline and dialogue. It's even better than Fallout and Arcanum.

    Relax and enjoy!
     
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  19. Dogsoup Scholar

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    It's true, I played the whole length of the game as a barbarian Pingu (the claymation penguin) and it worked like a charm, even though the Nameless One looked nothing like Pingu.
     
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  20. Thrawn05 Scholar

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    I always try pump up Constitution, Wisdom and Charisma as a rule. I tend to play as a "diplomat" and resorting to combat as a last resort.


    Yeah, I figured that one out. One theif is enough, might as well be her.
     
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  21. kingcomrade Kingcomrade Edgy

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    Why pump constitution? You can't die.
     
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  22. Thrawn05 Scholar

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    No, but I never liked being whirled away from combat either because of TNO's apparent death. That's just me.
     
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  23. Higher Game Arcane

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    Why pump charisma? Use friends or eat a breath mint chocolate. :cool:
     
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  24. kingcomrade Kingcomrade Edgy

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    Yeah, partially, but you don't get those until you're halfway through the game and have gotten tons of +CHR bonuses from NPCs.
     
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  25. Antagonist Liturgist

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    My personal suggestion: Intelligence 16, wisdom 16, charisma 16. You'll get slightly less XP but on the other hand all dialogue related options are capped at 16 at the beginning of the game so you'll get the broadest set of dialgoue choices. There is 1 instance I can think of that needs 18 in both intelligence and wisdom early in the game but you can boost the stats with magical items.

    I'd also choose mage. Mages become insanely powerful after some time, you'll have some extra dialogue during the (probably) most important scene in the game and the boni at lvl. 7 and 12 increase your intelligence and wisdom.

    Last but not least: Do not read any PS:T related discussion on the internet. The story is the driving force of the game.
     
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