Raduziel wrote: »
Yesterday I've started an IWDEE Solo Insane Run. Looks like the difficult now means something other than more damage and XP - the orc cave had 4 ogres and AI seemed way smarter than I remember from my previous run (on Core).
Ironically, I'm not using mods. But my character is an EEKeepered Elf Skald. My first attempt was with a Blade, but he didn't went far (perished at Kuldahar Pass).
Thanks to some things I've learned here things are going smoothly. Timing my aura correctly allows me to benefit from my own song almost constantly. The micromanaging is a pain, though.
Easthaven is very generous with bards. IIRC I finished it at level 5 or 6 but I might be misremembering. Just the sword's quest and Old Jed gave me almost three levels - too bad scrolls are so scarce.
The orc's cave was a pain. I forgot that Sleep in IWDEE is not an "I Win" as it is in BG(2)EE, so I got overwhelmed in the first battle with the Orc Elite. I was able to finish it with 4 Hit Points what yeld me a trip back to Easthaven to lick my wounds.
I've breezed through Kuldahar's Pass. I reloaded there a couple of times because the goblins that eat beetles and the beetles that eat goblins kept ignoring me and I wanted a fair fight. Wasn't able to fix, though, so that was basically free XP and loot.
Speaking of loot, the game was quite generous so far. I retrieved the blessing belt at the orc cave and the cloak from the orc leader at Kuldahar's Pass. Both the best loot IMHO.
Now I'm at the Valley of Shadows. I need to reach level 8 ASAP to put a slot in Maces, otherwise I'll have a bad time with the skeletons to come.
I'm playing by the following rules:
1) No rest in dungeons, except for some specific parts of the game that were cleared designed for that end (like the party that watches you sleep at Dragon's Eye).
2) Kill every enemy in the area/explore the area entirely. I may leave and return later to kill remaining enemies (like I'll probably do with the mummy at the Black Wolf Temple).
3) No reload unless it is due to something related to bugs.
4) No glitch abuse.
I believe that the Valley of Shadows will be the second hardest part of the game (losing only to Dorn's Deep). Time will tell.
I hate my portrait, so I'm open to suggestions on that area (through PM to keep the thread clean). I've looked in Pinterest to some IWD-style portrait with no luck so far.
I have no idea when and if I'll be able to keep this campaign.
Alea jacta est.
Raduziel wrote: »
Just noticed that I was talking like an ape in the previous posts.
Kresselack's Tomb levels 1 and 2 were a breeze. Instead of buying the Horn of Valhalla I bought the Composite Longbow +1. Totally worth it.
I'm surprised about the efficiency of kitting with a bow versus skeletons. None of then had the chance to even touch my bard - the Skald's song and damage bonus are really being helpful.
Remember the Shield spell? Yup, forgot to cast it. The Imbued Wights punished me for that, but as my HP was full I could take it well.
As for the traps, I noticed that the Rabbit (my familiar) can detect and disarm traps. That made my life way, way easier.
Not much to say about loot. Got the gauntlet of weapon skill - with the Ring of Warrior and Kresselack's Amulet my Thac0 is very reliable, specially with ranged weapons. Also got a wand that casts Shield and Ghost Armor - only 24 charges, though (I will not sell and buy it to recharge).
Entering the third level of the tomb was a shock of reality. The room flooded with undead very quickly and I had to retreat with 2 Hit Points without putting anyone down. I'll get back with Invisibility to break the groups and see what comes up. No chocking points to use in my favor, so I'll have to be patient.
Raduziel wrote: »
@Balrog99 good to know! Thanks!
Does anyone know if I can cast Cat's Grace on the rabbit?
Wise_Grimwald wrote: »
@Raduziel You said: "The Temple of the Forgotten God was an easy piece. The AI is dumb as a brick as the moment you vanish from their LoS the Verbeegs stop following you. "
The Verbeegs are SUPPOSED to be as dumb as bricks. They ARE stupid, so that is why they don't follow you.
The conversation with Red Toe makes that clear.