And finally, I vanquished and banished the big, bad "B." with the solo Dragon Disciple. What a battle! Loved the story! I am especially moved by what Everard did in the end. Great story, just great! What an experience!
The following spoiler encloses the tactics I used to defeat "B." with the solo Dragon Disciple.
After Belhifet casts Remove Magic, immediately I cast PFMW. That saves me for 4 rounds. Now: Round 1: Cast Improved Haste Round 2: Cast Black Blade of Disaster Round 3: Cast Time Stop (will last 3 rounds) Rounds 4-5: Started whacking Belhifet. Round 6: Started casting Time Stop (cause it'll be very difficult to cast it once he starts moving again.)
Now I repeated what I did in rounds 4-6, till he was dead, which was not too long, considering I had 6 APR! It took me just 2 castings of Time Stop to finish him off!
Interesting Observation: It seems you can hit just anything during the period of Time Stop, regardless of it's AC! That's cool!
I'm currently midway in Lower Dorn's Deep with my solo Dragon Disciple, and I find that he has already reached Level 28, and I think it won't be long before he reaches the level cap of 30. I'll definitely finish the main story of IWD with this character (and this will be the first time I'll finish it), but I wonder whether it'll be fun playing the HoW and TotLM expansions with a level 30 character, who cannot level up any further. It's a strange situation... being stuck in a cap doesn't feel good. Wish I could go upto level 40, or maybe, even more?
Wish there was the possibility of a Fighter/Sorcerer multi-class in order to slow down the progression, or even better a Paladin/Sorcerer! But even EEKeeper cannot help me out here...
Once again, once again! This time with a solo Dragon Disciple! Killed Yxunomei without taking a single point of damage, and without using any healing potions! Lower Magic Resistance did the trick! (She has got a towering 70% Magic Resistance!)
Hey, hey! It appears I can make GIFs directly inside NearInfinity! Yes, without any separate GIF conversion program! As for example, this health-conscious Yeti who is busy working out.
If anyone's interested, it is very easy. Select the BAM file in NearInfinity, and instead of "Export all frames as graphics", choose the "Edit BAM" button on the lower right corner. Now in the window that opens up, select the "Post-processing" tab. Then apply the following two filters:
I wonder: is the Roleplaying sub-forums no longer active these days? It would be nice if we could have roleplaying sessions here again... Maybe it won't be something with hardcore D&D rules and dice rolls, but we could still have something like a spontaneous "Choose your own adventure" kind with multiple participants, set in the Realms or any other exotic location.
Anybody interested? If so, reply right here! (and maybe add some ideas and suggestions?)
(We need to gather a party before venturing forth... )
The moderators discussed it some time back... I could start a new Role playing thread but my work load is quite variable... last year I barely had enough time to visit the forums and post quick comments for nearly 3 months... If something like that happened while I'm running a campaign I would have to freeze it until my work went back to normal levels.
Well, we may start one on an experimental basis. Let's see how it goes on. :) (Doesn't matter if it freezes in the future. Let's just enjoy it as long as we can. Otherwise we may never get to start one at all.)
I have lots of ideas for the story-telling part, but since I've never played a P&P D&D game before, so I'm not well accustomed with the P&P mechanics yet. (The IE games and NWN are the only D&D I've played.) So, mlnevese, you can take the role of the Dungeon Master if you like. :D (Don't worry about it freezing!)
I was thinking about something having less dice rolls and more choices and role-playing elements. That way it would be more fun, and less complicated (without all the rulesets and calculations, unless absolutely necessary). ;)
So do I add you all to a Private Message thread, so we may figure out how we get started? (Yes, the character creation and prologue.) Instead of ability scores "rolls", I think it's better to have a point distribution system like in IWD2 (not like in NWN), though I guess it won't matter so much here as in the games.
Anyways, just reply here, and I'll add you to the conversation. (We need at least 3-4 adventurers, right?) :)
I'm formulating some clever tactics to make it work smoothly. Storytelling will be spontaneous, with quasi-D&D rules, and the entire thing will be driven by your choices and responses (and of course, my whims).
Just wait for a day. I'll finish some work (the deadline is tomorrow) and be ready soon. Meanwhile, feel free to formulate your character concepts and be mentally prepared to embark on an unmatched journey, which you've never imagined before! (or perhaps you did imagine it while daydreaming?)
Have you decided on a setting? General prologue?
I like to formulate my characters in conjunction with the DM world. For an example, if the DM has a low magic world, then it’s necessary to include in the backstory a reason why I might play a mage.
I’m looking forward to this!
As for the setting, don't worry, for it will be balanced for all classes. I'll make everything flexible so as to make it convenient for the participants. In fact, since it's more about 'roles' and less about 'rolls', it will be the "choices" that shall matter the most. ;)
I cannot reveal anything specific right now, but you can be sure about one thing, this is going to be highly unconventional, unpredictable and unique. (Ahh, am I alliterating again?)
And as for making the character's class and stats, please make it like in IWD2. :)
Got my character rolled up, I swear the stats are legal. I ran them in IWD2 just to make sure. Hopefully we have a little wiggle room for what races we want to be. If what I chose doesn't work, I can change it easily enough.
Oh, this sounds interresting. Never played IWD2. Is there an online character creator I can use? I have understood it that IWD2 uses some kind of 3E hybrid, and since I've played NVN I guess I could create a point-buy character based on that knowledge.
Oh yes, you can join us @Skatan! I'm adding you to the PM thread. The story has already progressed quite a bit, but you can easily squeeze into it, just take some time to read what has already happened. I'm adding you to the PM thread.
As for character creation in IWD2, you start with 10 in all the 6 stats and then assign 16 points to whatever you like. After that, racial modifiers are applied. You can also decrease any stat to make it below 10. The only difference is that in NWN you need multiple points per point to increase a certain stat to a high value (above 14), but here only a single point is needed per point of stat increase for any value.
Hah, I probably should have read this BEFORE I kept messing up my stat allocation :D I forgot to check out this thread.. OK, I'll go back one final time to see that I am following your rules. I do apologize for all this confusion of mine.
12d4 + 10d4 + 8d4 + 6d4 + 4d4 + 2d4 acid damage until a save is made! (The first 12d4 allows no save.) A maximum of 168 acid damage from a single casting of this level 4 spell! Added with a 1d4 acid damage / 5 levels in a 9-ft. splash radius! This is "powerful"!
Recently, I saw some posts that motivated me to try out a solo Dragon Disciple run of IWD:EE. So, I left the solo R/C play-through mid-way (it was great, and I'll continue it later on, from Dorn's Deep onwards), and started this run. It's much more challenging, and interesting. Sleep (normally useless in an IWD party) was a critical selection that helped me clear out the Orc Caves!
I also learnt that Orges can be put to sleep! (Didn't know that earlier. I always thought Ogres, being so large as they are, have greater than 5 HD, but well, this was what happened:
This was quite a tricky battle for the solo DD. But in the end, there was victory!
Sleep allowed me to take them out one at a time, but unlike BG, where you can hit sleeping opponents without them waking up (which makes it all very easy), here they wake up after the first hit. Made it quite tough, especially with the DD's poor THAC0. Shield and Mirror Image helped me survive against the onslaught of the Orc Hordes!
The battle is very simple with a 6-person party, but this solo fight, though harder, was much better! Remarkable experience! :D
Well, well... after reading the description of Color spray in IWD, I think that should have been a better and more useful choice. I guess, I'll just change Sleep for Color spray... (considering that this is my first ever solo Sorcerer play-through). ;)
I am glad to declare that I have edited, cleaned and polished the Main Page of the IWD Wiki to give it a completely brand new look! Please take a few minutes to visit there, and don't forget to give your vote to the Poll Question on the Main Page!
A legitimately earned 157,984 gold pieces after completing the Severed Hand! It's the complete opposite of situation that occurs when you play a 6-member party in IWD and are always short of money. Now, I'm finding it hard to spend the money, as there's nothing worthwhile to buy in the shops for my R/C!
So you like chemistry and biology eh? Intriguing subjects! I am currently majoring in psychology now, I realized recently I wanted to help others with PTSD issues whether they are veterans like me or have their own issues. If I can help someone avoid the hell I went through, or even through severe anxieties, then I sure will. Rant over sorry, hehe
So yesterday, I stumbled upon this wonderful cinematisation of one of my all time favourite Novels "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K. Jerome. Of course, it doesn't have all of the hilarious scenes that's included in the book itself, still it's a great treat to the mind.
Keep an hour free when you start watching it, it's easy to get hooked to the marvelous storyline and excellent, yet innocent, humour!
Nah, don't feel bad. Elves are xenophobic jerks, who cause more problems than they solve. In fact, when was the last time fixed their own problems. It seems they ALWAYS need outside adventurers to clean up there messes.
@Thacobell, the same can be said of humans as well.
It isn't the race that matters, it's the kind of person someone is, and that is independent of one's race. I think it is not wise to assign a stereotypical dogma on any race. Such opinions ("Elves are xenophobic jerks"), to be frank, are really offensive.
Just because a number of persons of a race have some flaws, you cannot just slaughter them all in cold blood, without feeling any sense of remorse or regret. How would you feel if someone decides to destroy the "entire" human race, just because "some" humans are selfish and arrogant?
I don't feel too bad disliking a race that doesn't exist. Though for that matter, I'm not a fan of humans when it comes to fantasy games either. A case could be made that elves DO cause more suffering than most other races on the Prime Plane however. So many ancient evils and power hungry sorcerors and xenocidal races either come from the Elves directly, or were created by them. But of course they all still act like some superior master race who never do wrong. And they always seem to get a free pass from fantasy writers.
Try reading all of the legend of Drizzt series like I did, the only reason I ever read them all is the interesting NON elven characters, I couldnt believe how biased Salvatore was, elves are always the best fighters, the best at this, that, fear the drow elves, on and on. But i digress, I unfortunately agree with thaco bells assessment. However, Rik also made a good point, Humans in fantasy games/novels can be even worse, try playing the witcher series.... hehe
My point was just that we should treat all races equally. It's one of the prime requirements for mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. Not only does it apply to Fantasy Games, but also to Real Life as well. :)
If elves really exised, none of my fantasy predjudices would carry over. But fictional races are not as complicated or diverse a real people. Elves are consistenly written by just about everybody as arrogant, xenophobic, and ALWAYS RIGHT. No matter what horrors they consistently unleash.
After returning to Kuldahar, I had to sell all the edged weapons which my R/C cannot use. And now, I have over 100,000 gold pieces! There's nothing decent in the stores as of yet, and I don't know what to do with so much gold... So I'll save it for the future. :D