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I bought a Spiderweb game today, so help me God...

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Curratum, Mar 10, 2020.

  1. Curratum Cipher

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    I've been indulging my more autistic side lately and finally decided to buy a Spiderweb game this morning. Grabbed Avernum: Escape from the Pit as it was on sale, later discovered I had at some point bought Avadon 1 and forgotten about it.

    I like exposition, lore and dungeoneering, but I'm a bit allergic to difficult combat and drawn-out turn-based battles. Should I play on Easy or Normal?
     
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  2. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Easy, a lot of Vogel's encounter design is very fillery.
     
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  3. InD_ImaginE Arcane Patron

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    I would argue that the game on normal is easy enough, so just play normal.
     
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  4. Kalin Arcane Zionist Agent

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    Don't be a faggot like these suckers, play on highest difficulty!
     
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  5. Curratum Cipher

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    But what if I'm generally pretty bad at tactical combat? Or combat in general... I found Pillars of Eternity 1 unplayable on anything above Normal...
     
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  6. Hobo Elf Arcane

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    Vogel's idea of difficulty = even moar HP bloat, so just stick to Easy or Normal. Unless you know what you're doing or you accidentally stumble on the correct party + skill setup, anything above Normal will be a painful slog.
     
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  7. barghwata Savant

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    As other people already mentioned, spiderweb games are great in a lot of aspects (exploration, lore, writing, quest design etc...) but pretty weak when it comes to encounter design, you'll find yourself fighting waves of uninteresting and boring enemies, and they're gonna keep getting more and more bloated HP and damage the more you advance in the game, and eventually it just becomes a pain in the ass.

    The harder difficulty isn't going to translate into more interesting encounters and tactical battles, instead it's just going to force you to grind and backtrack to heal alot so i advise you try playing on Normal, if that doesn't work for you you can the change the difficulty later.
     
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  8. Curratum Cipher

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    Oh, if you can change diff mid-save, that would be perfect. I hadn't had time to see how everything is set up ingame. Thanks!
     
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  9. Curratum Cipher

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    So what resolution am I supposed to play this at? What do you use? 1080p everything is an ant on the screen, 720p is sort of ok, but looks weird. Maybe 1600 x 900?
     
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  10. samuraigaiden Savant

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    The first time I ever heard of the Codex, was Vogel talking about how terrible it was in some GDC-like forum, around the time he released the first Avadon game.
     
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  11. Curratum Cipher

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    I can't imagine a lot of people OUTSIDE the Codex paying for his games...
     
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