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Icewind Dale The Icewind Dale Series Thread

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

  1. Dramart Learned

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    It's Icewind Dale II a level 5 sorcerer. Sleep affect foes with 2d4 hit points, not good I believe. But maybe it can be useful in the goblin fortress. I guess I will search how many spells of level one a sorcerer can learn until, level 12 at least, and then decide if sleeps is convenient.
     
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  2. smaug Arcane Patron Shitposter

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    My PC is at 800x600 resolution and IWD is 640x480 Windowed but it still doesn't look like the CRT, I don't know any other settings to influence this.
     
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  3. smaug Arcane Patron Shitposter

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    My sprites are terrible looking, though I don’t know why.
     
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  4. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Just started Heart of Winter. Damned, those Spirit Wolves and Bears hit hard. My power trio had to use Invisibility Potions and Otiluke's Sphere to survive.
    And the best is to come - the Wailing Virgins. The Drowned Dead were not as hard as I remember, as long as you use crushing weapons (it never stops annoying me that sling stones are considered "piercing" in the IE games).
     
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  5. Wayward Son Fails to keep valuable team members alive

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    A CRT will affect the crispness of the sprites.
     
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  6. smaug Arcane Patron Shitposter

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    Is there a way to emulate a CRT Screen on my monitor?
     
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  7. Wayward Son Fails to keep valuable team members alive

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    I don’t think so since it’s a matter of the difference in the method of displaying the image to the screen. CRT uses a phosphorescent beam, LED uses small current electric signals to flip certain switches. You could ask some of the emulation weebs here tho they might know for certain.
     
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  8. Mr. Magniloquent Liturgist

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    Guys, guys. It's all about 1024x768. That is the optimal resolution. You're welcome.
     
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  9. Daidre Augur

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    Sling Stones are Missile damage in IE games, Piercing is entirely different category.
     
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  10. Piotrovitz Learned

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    If it's IWD 2 then definitely take chromatic orb - it doesn't have ridiculous saving throw bonus like in BG, and it can cause shitload of ailments depending on level, from blindness to paralyze.

    I also always take good old magic missile for my sorc - quick casting time is nice to dirsupt other spellcasting mobs.
     
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  11. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    You're right. But in practice it seems to be more or less the same, those resisting piercing also resisting missile damage.
    I used to mod BG 1 so that sling stones would do crushing damage.
     
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  12. Dramart Learned

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    THanks but I rage quit the game is too hard
     
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  13. Average Manatee Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    For 3rd ed D&D in general and IWD2 the main thing to guide your spellcasting choices is that you should be able to target each saving throw of your enemy with a different spell. Enemies follow the same classes and saving throw progression you do so rogues will laugh off fireballs but eat shit on their constitution saves while warriors will make their constitution saves but are dead meat for wisdom saves.
     
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  14. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    IWD2 too hard? It is perhaps the easiest of the IE games...

    Just play with 3 clerics (1 paladin/cleric of Ilmater, 1 cleric of Lathander and 1 cleric of Bane for the psycho DC crowd control spells), 1 sorcerer, 1 bard and 1 wizard (or 2 sorcerers and a wizard, if you want to make one of the sorcs into your talky guy). Cross-class search and disable device on the wizard, and you are basically done.
     
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  15. Dramart Learned

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    Really easy man, there are like eight or eleven clerics and I have to choose Lathlander and Ilmatter and Bane, plus two sorcerers and one with disable device. Very noob friendly. I think Baldur's Gate II is easier, your mages are not a hinder for the party because they have a lot of spells and clerics too. GG.
     
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  16. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    You don't really have to. That is just the easy party. A LP'er got through the game with a barbarian, a druid, a sorcerer, a wizard, a bard and a monk. You don't need disable device or open locks or the like. It is just easier with them.

    IWD2 doesn't have as many crazy overpowered spells (e.g., Wish abuse, etc.) as BG2, yes. It is also not an epic level game like BG2 is. IWD2 ends at level 16 or so. BG2 is up to level 40. BG2 also has the multiclassing thing, which is actually very powerful compared with IWD2 multiclassing.

    So yes, if you are used to the kind of "Rocket tag! I win!" buttons in BG2, you will struggle in IWD2. But don't be fooled that BG2 is easy. Try playing it without wizards and see what happens.
     
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  17. Dramart Learned

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    Well a lot of enemies can be killed even before battling with in BG2 just scout with Yoshimo and then use that green/brown cloud spell and fireball, so yeah probably would be harder without a mage. Maybe the problem is that I have a sorcerer at this point and she still has not learned those spells. I should have chosen a wizard but I am not going to start the game again, the Targos part is very slow and boring.
     
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  18. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    You can do the same in IWD2. It just takes a while to get there.

    And I can see your problem right there: You are used to high level play and don't know how to handle low level play. You'd be raging at BG if you are playing it.

    Low level play is about conserving your spells until absolutely needed. With the dumb goblins in Targos, just beat them up with a fighter or two. They have -4 to-hit and -4 damage. They literally can't kill your guys unless you are being stupid. Only the bosses are dangerous, but those are the guys you want to unload your casters on. The level 1 Cleric spell Command is priceless in Targos. Use it! Take out the main guy with Command and dogpile him.

    At level 4, your Sorcerer would have access to a cold based fireball (called snowball, ironically enough). Take it and wipe the floor with the orcs with it.

    Your Sorcerer spells at low levels:
    Level 1 - Mage Armour, Chromatic Orb, Identify, Magic Missile, Grease
    Level 2 - Snowball, Web, Luck

    Leave the stat boosting spells to your clerics or bard.
     
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  19. Dramart Learned

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    Man, if I beat BG2 obviously I owned the weak goblins, I'm at the horde fortress. I will try the snowball spell then. And yes I don't like thee low level in these games, my problem is with mages, I think they suck at low levels, they have low hp, just a few spells you use in on battle and that's it, some take a lot of time to cast and don't do much damage. In BG Xzar sucks, he just has a dagger and dies in one hit, so I gave him a sling and that thing doesn't do any damage is very bad and the boss in the Nashkel mines, I can't beat him.
     
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  20. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    Just aim Minsc at the idiot in the mines while the rest of you take out his minions. Use mages tactically. The idiot starts casting, hit him with a magic missile or something similar.

    Horde fortress can be deadly if you don't kill the drums fast. You were warned about them for a reason.

    I play with a mod that increase the number of enemies and upgrade them. I also have the Undead Targos mod installed. If you don't play smart with mages and use them as snipers instead of carpet bombers, your low levels is gonna suck.
     
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  21. Krivol Liturgist

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    Wait, what? Really? I mean I know it's a tricky battle, if you just go with full team to Mulahey's room, cos' kobolds and skeletons will attack you from behind, but it is really not that hard (positioning, man!), and you can level up a bit if it's still to difficult (lvl 3 means this fight is a cacewalk).
     
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  22. Dramart Learned

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    It was before playing BG2. I beat the guy a pair of times, but at the cost of losing party members. My party missed everything and I also think the guy used horror or something to control my party, of course I didn't know about magic missile, and also the place had some annoying traps. BG2 was a lot different and found it better. I think now I can beat that guy easily of course.
     
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  23. TemplarGR Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck Bethestard

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    No IE game is "hard". Every single one of them was meant to be savescummed. At worst they are tedious, not hard. Actually i don't think hard games exist much in the last 2 decades. Even Dark Souls, a game where you literally can't die and you just resume from the last checkpoint, is considered "hard" and i don't know why. It is tedious, not hard. Savescumming is the best skill codexers possess, and can make shortwork of any cprg.
     
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  24. octavius Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    If you find the Nashkel mines too hard, do the Gnoll Fortress first. If you still find it too hard, git gud, or git Kivan.
     
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  25. Chippy Arcane

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    Don't know about the screenshots, but this is the best CRT ever made: https://www.amazon.com/Sony-GDM-FW900-Widescreen-Trinitron-Monitor/product-reviews/B00004YNSR
    I had x2. I threw one away like a total spastic because it was taking up too much space. Dumb. Fuck. Is. Me. If I had a choice between having the hottest big tiddy goth pornstar fuckbuddy for 6 months, or getting that monitor back - I'd pick the monitor.
    THe other one developed a problem after I installed a mod for Severance: Blade of Darkness. That mod cost me x2 video cards, and the monitor. I've shelved it atm and will get it repaired.

    But yeah, great monitor if you've got the space and a stone hearth to sit it on.
     
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