Yes, old game is old. I'm betting this has come up before, but I feel like ranting. So I shall do so.
We enter a few areas to the west/south of Beregost, looking for half-ogres and bandits--since we now have a ranger named Kivan who is looking for bandits and we promised to help, and a guy at one of the taverns mentioned the half-ogres and asked us to hunt them down.
Being a Lawful Stupid Paladin, I heartily agree to hunt them down and smite them with my 2-hander.
We come across what looks like a scantily clad female just standing there. Being the friendly, helpful types we are, we walk up to have a chat and see if she needs help.
You are dead
if you talk to her.Dead.
There is no warning about this possibility, there is no combat you can win to get out of it. In fact, no matter what you pick in the conversation, she kisses you and you get the game over hand rising up into the air to smack you in the face.
After several reloads testing this, I even detected evil on her in case that was a possible warning. No surprise here: she doesn't even show up as evil.
Bioware. What the hell, guys? Let's look at this like a multiple choice question for fun.
1. It's game over
if you talk to a woman standing in the woods. What lesson did you learn, oh omnipresent authority figure?
A. Never talk to anyone else in the game. Might as well stop playing right now.
B. Save before every single conversation. I don't think that's happening.
C. Die and reload many, many times until you're sick of doing it.
D. Cheat your levels or something so you can still complete the game without worrying about this crap.
I figured that was so incredibly stupid, that at least the game would let you leave the area to explore other areas. If you continue walking south--guess what? No matter how slowly you walk, you will run into either ANOTHER killer dryad/nymp/whatever they are (these don't talk, they just target your character and kill you in 1-2 hits), or a nice clump of enemies that will quickly give you a game over screen.
The only way out of this area (since you can't fast travel unless you walk off the edge of the map) is to backtrack to where you entered. There might be another way out if you want to bother walking around and reloading all the time to find it.
Time for another multiple choice question!
2. It's game over
if you just explore the world, since none of it is blocked off and there is no warning whatsoever that "they will kill you dead" enemies are present. What did you learn, slave driver?
A. Quick save after literally walking every few steps on the map. This means: Mouse click, Q, mouse click, Q, every few seconds, for the rest of the game.
B. Stop exploring completely, which means you'll never finish the game. Play something else.
C. Die. Reload. Repeat this until you've had enough.
D. Cheat so you can continue playing and retain sanity.
I'm no stranger to difficulty, in fact I like it. I've used mods in other games to make things harder. But this isn't an issue with difficulty--you're being actively punished for talking to people and exploring the map. I call that cheating.The game cheats.
So I'm going to as well.
What's the other option: sit there with a walkthrough? That's not playing the game, that's watching a "let's play" except you're doing all the work with no accomplishment. What else... read up on a wiki or something about the dangers of each area? Not much better than using a guide.
There you go: A completely pointless rant on a game that's now.. 22 years old or so. Released in 1998! The late 90's, right before we panicked about Y2K. Remember that?