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In Progress Let's play Disciples of Steel

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by kofeur, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. kofeur Liturgist

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    After creating the thread and asking questions about this game, I thought I should play this game and complete it. Since I'm doing that might as well do an LP. Now, one world of caution, this is my first LP, so it will be clunky, it will have some lame attempts of humour so you've been warned :)

    So this time I'm playing the patched version. When I first tried playing the game I didn't have access to the patch
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    I am using imgur to host the files. Hope it gets the job done!

    And here is the table of contents:

    1. Intro
    2. Character Creation
    3. Setting Out
    4. A Glorious Beginning
    5. Baby Steps
    6. Raiding the Raiders
    7. Another outpost?
    8. Yet another outpost
    9. Interlude
    10. The Fleeting Hammer
    11. Mining and More
    12. Forbidden mine
    13. A new ruler
    14. Dealing with the pirates
    15. Thieves & Knights
    16. Thydra Cross
    17. Romance?
    18. Another Kingdom
    19. Ruined Temple
    20. Errands
    21. The wizard who played with fire
    22. Dragon
    23. Demon
    24. Merchants and rebellions
    25. deadlines
    26. Fire Dungeon
    27.Going deeper
     
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    ...I don't even know what to imagine....good luck my friend.
     
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    The idea is exciting! I hope you'll see this through to the end. :)
     
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  4. kofeur Liturgist

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    Intro

    Thanks for the encouragement! And without further ado, here's the intro:

    By a beautiful evening...

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    As our future hero was polishing his sword

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    An old hag appears

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    And to prove she's not just a lunatic, she shows our hero a vision

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    The guy to kill

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    "I'll take revenge on humanity!"

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    And she leaves as quichkly as she has appeared... and it's up to us to unite the whole world against this evil... well good luck!
     
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  5. kofeur Liturgist

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    Character Creation

    So the first highlighted option is to quit to dos... not very 'welcoming' is it? :love:

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    Yep that sounds right

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    First obstacle

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    And so we go to the next step which has unfortunately become a bit of a lost art these days... The character creation!!

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    So every time you reroll, it means that the candidate was not suitable. It's a lot of fun to be the casting director :)

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    So here's our first hero

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    [​IMG] Hello my name is Kenshiro and I'm here to beat down evil with my fist! Thanks for choosing me

    And for the next recruit:

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    One of the rare games where you can play a troll

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    [​IMG] I'm Korik and I love my axe

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    Unfortunately ogres can't be knights so I went for a dwarf

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    [​IMG] For justice...and a shiny armor

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    Our first female disciple... and our last

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    [​IMG] So happy to be part of the group, it's going to be fun!

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    [​IMG] Superior intellect, superior taste... the casting director knows his stuff

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    [​IMG] This is a test of faith and we will prevail

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    [​IMG] So let's track this bastard!

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    [​IMG] I'll be providing the gold I suppose...

    The party limit is 8 characters but I had to create the last class

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    We will not be using him much I think, but let's see...

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    [​IMG] Where's my forge?

    (There was no portrait that looked specifically like an ogre...)


    If I wanted to min-max completely I would have taken mainly half elves as they have the highest attributes. The trolls still make the best warriors though. Too bad the ogre can't be a knight, it would have been fun!

    Females have 2 points less in strength but 1 point more in both intuition and charm

    Character creation sure took me a long time! But now we're finally set to start our adventure!
     
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  6. Fowyr Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    In before Rats of Doom.
    Please continue.
     
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    :lol: The art is really weird.
     
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  8. Sceptic Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    :yeah:

    Now let's see you finish the game this time ;)
     
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  9. kofeur Liturgist

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    I'll be running away from them :D
    That being said I will try to avoid battles on the map to avoid killing any quest related monsters.



    Playing the patched version this time :)



    Don't underestimate a gnome wielding a huge morning-star!

    @ RK47 wow my blacksmith really means business :lol:
     
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  10. kofeur Liturgist

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    Setting Out

    Ok now that our prty is ready let's begin the adventure!

    Let's choose the party

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    And let's go!! Or not...

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    So we start next to a big city

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    But first let's take a look at the skills available

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    We start with 1000 experience points to assign, let's raise the basics

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    What about raising a statitic?

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    Too expensive and in the beginning it's raising skills that makes a huge difference in power. My aim will be to first raise the offensive capabilities of the disciples. Especially the monk as he is going to be stun-locking all the tough monsters in the early game


    Let's not forget to equip our stuff

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    As you can see the armor is divided by locations. The max armor is defined by your armor skill. So you need to raise your armor skill to better take advantage of your equipment

    Item info

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    WK stands for weapon quality, it makes a massive difference to it's performance. you technically would prefer to have an axe of good quality instead of a shoddy axe +50

    Our knight has the highest armor skill

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  11. lightbane Arcane

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    Does't seem to be a bad game. I need more data though, so I'll wait for future updates.
     
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  12. Fowyr Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Afair, it's only that ogre and Jax.
     
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    Lookin' good.
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  14. kofeur Liturgist

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    A Glorious Beginning

    So What do we do first? Go look for weapon shops :)

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    This is a nice shop

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    Let's go see something less fancy

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    Is being adequate at the steal skill enough?

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    Apparently not...

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    To be fair the guards didn't appear immediately, I had to walk around town for a bit. So it is actually possible to run away before the guards see you I guess... a long shot from other games whes you're arrested on the spot!

    We beg for mercy...

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    Seems like we don't speak the same language...


    Well after that I reload, raise my skills and proceed to steal from this shabby shop

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    So the idea is now to steal enough items and resell them to be able to afford the best weapons. Only it takes a bit too much time so let's go buy a boat instead!

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    [​IMG] Sponsoring the guild...

    While we're at it why not steal from the temple

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    Hey! What do they mean by that! We are a respectable guild trying to save the world here!
     
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  15. kofeur Liturgist

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    I guess I'll try to hunt for that Ogre early on the game. When my monk reaches about 250 - 300 in open hand I should be able to take him on I think.






    Thanks! I looked at your Tower of Myraglen LP for inspiration :)

    I'm hoping to keep the game fairly updated, but I will realistically be able to update on the weekends mainly.
     
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    Truly a codexian guild. Barely started the game and you already robbed the stores :lol: :thumbsup:
     
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    Re: A Glorious Beginning

    HALT HALT HALT

    Though the guards here are quite bloodthirsty... your punishment for stealing is summary execution on the street? Sounds like Saudi Arabia...
     
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  18. MMXI Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Just to let you guys know, I'm following this thread. More please.
     
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  19. kofeur Liturgist

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    Re: A Glorious Beginning

    Yep it's a guild that get things done :obviously:


    I seem to remember there was a way to get in prison. I need to check on that.

    @MMXI

    Thanks! Will be updating this weekend :)
     
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  20. kofeur Liturgist

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    Baby Steps

    So let's get started on our mission! After all we're here to make a living save the world!

    So first let's meet the local lord

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    OK, our first mission is to find a survivor of the previous war who supposedly should be in Teal the capital of a pirate nation. Well the only city of this glorious nation...

    We need to go there by boat...

    [​IMG] I should have become a businessman... I already have a private boat!

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    Sightseeing in Teal

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    Ah! ah! Our war hero was living in one of these nondescript houses

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    Success!

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    So our next mission is to go to Teal again and pay tribute to the pirate king

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    He looks exactly as we imagined he would!

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    Killing 2 birds with one stone

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    Our next mission: clear up a tower infested with vermin

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    But first let's check the next mission with Krassius

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    So the mission is to go kill the leader of a band of raiding orcs who's in an outpost near Lone mountain. Sounds fun!

    But first let's go clear the tower in Teal

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    It should get us ready for the outpost mission, right?

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    The pointman is the one who's supposed to find secret doors and traps. Needs the perception skill

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    Bats...

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    Our first fighting mission... ominous

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    These are the scary ones

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    They look very different from their smaller cousins...

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    Well couldn't win the fight without getting one of my mages killed... so let's abort this mission and try the outpost instead... Exciting isn't it?
     
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  21. kofeur Liturgist

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    Raiding the Raiders

    You thought I would leave you only with this last update? I'm not that cruel ;)

    So this is where Lone Mountain is, the outpost should be near

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    This place looks like it

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    Yep sounds about right let's get in

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    First fight, with our mage in action!

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    Our priest got injured

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    This game has a detailed damage system. The first thing to do after fighting it to make sure to treat the bleeding. The priest's injury on the other hand is requires a higher priest spell to heal which I don't have at the moment. We'll have to drop at the temple next time we're in the city.

    This is what the auto-map looks like, it can't be zoomed

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    Interesting

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    oh?

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    Our monk in action

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    [​IMG] Wooo!

    [​IMG] Why does he makes these weird noises... I can't hear my lovely axe at work!

    [​IMG] Hey keep it low... He must have had a weird upbringing at that temple!

    Sorry to disturb you guys!

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    Oh oh, they have a strong leader... wait is that our leader?

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    That is a tough battle, let's blast them with magic!

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    Didn't kill them but it hurts, it's a linear damage spell

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    Our warrior in action... merciless

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    This is for the wolfwarrior

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    It killed him...

    [​IMG] Behold my magic!

    [​IMG] yeah yeah...

    [​IMG] jealous? :smug:

    [​IMG] shut up!

    Our priest in action

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    [​IMG] when preaching doesn't work... Smiting bloody does!

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    [​IMG] The priest's got a point...

    One important option in combat

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    The interesting part of this system is that hitting someone doesn't take move points. You have a set number of attacks depending on your weapon skill. The move points are used for all other actions like opening a door, trying to stop your bleeding. Interestingly enough. equipping items doesn't cost any points...
    Aim takes al of your remaining points, the more move points you have the better your aim. It is a critical skill as it boosts your chance to hit and allows you to target enemies that would otherwise be too strong for your team. It is especially critical for the monk as it gives him a better chance to stun the enemy and then finishing him off.

    The inevitable consequence

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    Let's raise our skills

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    The monk has has the cheapest requirements to increase his open hand skills, so he will always be the character to dictate which enemies we can tackle. Some monster are really strong against melee but weak against magic like the wolfwarrio. But a lot of other monsters are resistant to both hence the monk being my only chance to win (at least at low to mid level gaming)

    Hmm...

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    We'll avenge you!

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    Other enemies

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    So they have to hide the food from the troops...

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    We found stairs leading down...

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    ... and others leading up

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    So logically the leader should be at the top level... but first let's finish exploring this level. I need to have everything perfectly mapped after all :)

    Oh what's this another secret door? Ah! ah!

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    So the leader is a hill giant

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    Our ranger in action

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    [​IMG] *holds his breath*

    [​IMG] So professional... I'm glad he's on my side!

    But it's our monk that will single-handedly finish the giant

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    Turns out that the leader was on the first level after all...

    I remember that part since at the time, it took me some time to find the secret door. This time I bumped into it by chance. I actually kept bumping into secret doors during this whole mission. I used to be precise in my movements back then because of my DM experience where hitting a wall hurts you. So my movements were very precise. I realise now that I've grown a bit sloppy since then and I do hit the walls regularly but in this game it's an advantage!

    Anyway let's quickly explore the lower level

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    There's not much of interest here apart from our cheeky friend here

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    There is also a section of corridors and secret doors that reads 'DEATH' on the auto-map and evidently enough:

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    We find this creature

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    I's highly resistant to magic and quite tough. The only character who can damage it and thus stun it is my monk. So I can kill now if I want. But it doesn't hold any interesting loot and I'm not sure if it's quest related...
    I'll leave it for now and maybe come back kill it later. I suppose I could also kill it and keep it's remains. But I'll leave it for now. Any suggestions about this?

    We can now explore the second floor

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    It's a small area and we find...

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    And that was the decoy... The first time I played the game I killed this guy and went back to Farnus to be told that that wasn't what they expected. So I came back bumped into every single wall until I found the real leader I just killed above

    And indeed

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    This is the next mission

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    But we'll leave it for later


    Some notes about the system. I noticed that characters slowly regenerate as you walk. And funnily enough HP regenerates faster than MP. So it makes it hard to level mage type characters(experience is not divided evenly among party members) unless you have MP potions and others. I could of course rest after every single encounter to replenish MPs. But for some reason it doesn't fit with the spirit of the game. Don't get me wrong I used to rest after every single encounter in the gold box series. But here it just doesn't fit. So to come back to mages, because the experience is not divided by team members but allocated depending on their actions, I have been slowly raising their combat skills (it costs a lot of experience points) so that they can manage a bit. Then I'll just send them on their own on a training mission. This lead to this conversation:

    [​IMG] I don't get it why do we need to improve our fighting skills before focusing on magic?! I just want to have fun with my illusions!

    [​IMG] Well we are called the disciples of steel after all...

    [​IMG] oh yeah? and where is your steel then?

    [​IMG] in my fist!

    [​IMG] We should be called the disciples of steal...

    [​IMG] That's not fun!

    [​IMG] I can get you a whip if you prefer...

    [​IMG] that would be fun!

    [​IMG] It handles similarly to your scimitar... (whip are part of the edged skill)

    [​IMG] You would like that you dirty little gnome, wouldn't you?

    [​IMG] I'm really with a bunch of sick people and they say that *I* look dodgy...
     
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  22. MMXI Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    This game has one of the better turn-based combat systems out of all the old RPGs. I remember monks being pretty overpowered though. It's a good job you have one in your party.

    There doesn't seem to be too much interest in this LP, though I'm sure a lot of it is down to you not having found your style yet. You need to pace the little character driven interludes better instead of just dumping one at the end. You also need to express their personalities more if you're going to persist with them. The whole LP is a little disjointed and quite hard to follow. The screenshots are okay (though there could be slightly more of them), it's just the captions that are lacking in consistency. You need to guide the LP more with the text. Anyway...

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    MORE!
     
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  23. Sceptic Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    Indeed I'd forgotten the combat system was so complex.

    HOW many items? :what:
     
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  24. Fowyr Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Just kill it. Afair, it's not quest related, just tough encounter.
     
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    Niice.
     
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