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Icewind Dale The Icewind Dale Series Thread

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Heresiarch, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Krivol Liturgist

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    OMG Beamdog at their best :D. Funny thing is that ID was IMO the best candidate for EE - additional classes and useful twixes for combat heavy game sounds ok. But they did it so wrongly... (sub-classes - so great inare extremly unbalanced in low-lvl DnD game and bugs, bugs, bugs).
     
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  2. Nano Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    That's unfortunate.

    Or if you'd rather not give Beamdog any money, there are several other ways to obtain the original game.
     
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  3. Sreggin Etah I Learned

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    First time playing Icewind Dale 2, i just created my all strong and independent female party:

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    It's hot as fuck where i live so i had to put the fan right in front of my face to simulate the coldness of winter,for immersion purposes.

    Looks promising so far.
     
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  4. <3sRichardSimmons Arcane Patron

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    Sreggin Etah I You should avoid the EE if you have access to the original; it completely trivializes the game’s difficulty.

    Edit: Derp I’m dumb. Completely missed the “2” in your post. Hope you enjoy the game. It’s very uneven, but has some high highs.
     
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  5. Chippy Arcane

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    I'd only sleep with 2/6 of them. Don't think any really scored high on the 'Ms Icewind Dale' contest.
     
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  6. Chippy Arcane

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    It's been a while since I played the original - if I remember correctly the install order was: IWD > HOW > TOTL and the patches were not needed?. I suppose it couldn't hurt to install the HOW patch before TOTL though.
     
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  7. Sreggin Etah I Learned

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    No idea, i got my game from GOG years ago before the "enhanced" bullshit, i didn't even know that there's a second expansion, in my playthrough of IWD1 i skipped Heart of winter and did the main campaign only.

    Shit ! i shouldn't have skipped the expansions,this looks good:

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  8. NJClaw Ontopolover by choice Patron

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    Heart of Winter has some amazing sceneries to offer and is definitely worth a playthrough. Trials of the Luremaster is a bit of a slog to go through and it's not that memorable, but it still has a couple of interesting encounters.
     
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  9. Lonely Vazdru Pimp my Title

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    That's it.
     
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  10. Melcar Arcane

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    That's the Trials expansion expansion. The actual HoW bit is rather short.

    Sent from my Redmi 4A using Tapatalk
     
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  11. <3sRichardSimmons Arcane Patron

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    HoW got a lot of flak at release for being too short, but imo that criticism was overblown; for comparison, it’s not noticeably shorter than an average Fallout 1 run. It’s also almost certainly the single most challenging campaign in the IE games, and I would argue the best written excepting Torment.

    Trials is fine. Worth a playthrough, but fairly forgettable and narratively unsatisfying.
     
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  12. Tweed Arbiter Patron

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    It was a nice gesture making an extra expansion and giving it to folks for free and it was an ok dungeon crawl. Although I found it to be assrape with no lube on heart of fury, but I think I may have gone too early.
     
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  13. Dr Skeleton Cipher

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    I think the intended play order was always: IWD > import to HoW, beat HoW > import characters again, start HoW, go to Trials. Trials was just awkwardly implemented because it's a mini expansion for an expansion. You can go Trials > HoW, but Trials is harder and gives tons of XP from what I remember.
    HoW also has some of the best looking maps of all IE games, and that's even compared to vanilla IWD and IWD2.
     
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  14. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    IIRC HoW was quite badly balanced, though. The Burial Isle is absolutely brutal, but then there's a long stretch where you mow down trolls like they were goblins.
    I will replay HoW later this year, so it will be interesting so see how accurate my memory of the game is.
     
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  15. Chippy Arcane

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    I think they released TOTL because HOW was so short, and there was much butthurt & complaining.

    Edit: So (Sawyer?) released a free expansion that caused much more butthurt and complaining.
     
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  16. NJClaw Ontopolover by choice Patron

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    Thinking that back then Heart of Winter was "too short", while now I would gladly buy at full price an expansion with a single area in it and 2 hours of gameplay makes me a bit sad.
     
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  17. razvedchiki Liturgist

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    whats the trigger for bandoths quest in upper dorn keep? i tried asking him with/without the extract without any result (char with 18 charisma).
     
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  18. razvedchiki Liturgist

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    why arent the wailing virgins in the burial island use wail of the banshee? that would make for interesting encounters, after all the players party would be around lvl 15.
     
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  19. Dramart Learned

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    What are the best level 1 and 2 spells? Or what are the best spells for a sorcerer?
     
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  20. Wayward Son Fails to keep valuable team members alive

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    Sleep is a really good first level spell. Color spray can be bomb.
     
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  21. Mr. Magniloquent Liturgist

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    Dramart That depends. Original or EE? What character level?

    Early
    Level 1: Sleep, Charm, Color Spray
    Level 2: Horror, Mirror Image, Stinking Cloud, Web

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    Level 1: Charm, Chromatic Orb, Magic Missile
    Level 2: Mirror Image, Web

    Aganazzar's Scorcher gets an honorable mention if you use it correctly. Sorcerers don't have the luxury of changing their spellbooks, so you'll want to select spells that maintain utility through mid and end game, causing you to avoid spells like Sleep & Color Spray. Also note, that Icewind Dale features a fair amount of undead. These creatures will not be affected by most spells from the Enchantment and Illusion schools.
     
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  22. Dramart Learned

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    And which is better in the longrun, chromatic orb or magic missile or melf's acid arrow?

    Yeah that's what I want spells that can be useful in late game too, I fucked up with color spray. Horror is good. Thanks I'll use your tips.
     
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  23. smaug Arcane Patron Shitposter

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    What resolution is that, and what monitor? I would love my IWD to look like this.
     
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  24. Piotrovitz Learned

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    Probably 800x600 on 17" CRT
     
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  25. smaug Arcane Patron Shitposter

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    Ugh, fuck. I don’t have a CRT but I can set my resolution to 800x600. I think it’s missing crisp.
     
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