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  • 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! B)

    Interesting Observation: It seems you can hit just anything during the period of Time Stop, regardless of it's AC! That's cool! B)
    May 18
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      So after finishing the game, I went to NearInfinity and did some "dissection experiments" on "B.". Got some really interesting results. If anyone is interested, just follow this link. ;)

      https://forums.beamdog.com/discussion/comment/979931/#Comment_979931
  • 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... :/
    May 18
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      There's one possible solution - finish main IWD:EE and then while importing the character to HoW, enable the HoF difficulty.
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Doesn't HoF accelerate the XP progression even further? Or does it increase the XP cap to a higher level?

      Anyways, I just got to level 30, and now in the "next level" section, it's showing "GODHOOD"! Wow! I wonder if that is achievable at all... :D

      It's strange, but this solo playthrough is the first time I've played chapters 5 and 6. Soloing on the very first attempt feels great! Dual-wielding BBoD and a mage dagger is super fun!
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      No, it can't increase the level cap but it will make things a bit harder for a lvl 30 character.
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Ah, I see... what is the normal level most people go to Heart of Winter?

      I heard something like HoF makes goblins as strong as giants! XD I think I'll try it next time. ;)
  • 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!)

    Placed the screenshot within Spoiler tags below.


    May 9
  • 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:

    1. Transform: Center BAM Frames
    2. Ouput: GIF output (BAM v1 only)

    Then just click "Save output file" and BAM! The BAM file is converted into GIFs automatically! B)

    Have fun! :smiley:
    May 9
  • Rik_Kirtaniya and Davide earned the Wild Surge badge.
    You have contributed to the community magazine. May all wild surges be positive in your party!
    April 30
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      Congrats!
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Congrats!
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Thanks! :D

      *Casts Nahal's Reckless Dweomer*
      "Incertus Pulchra Imperio"

      *Wild Surge: It starts raining cookies on the Forums.*

      Enjoy!
    • Aedan
      Aedan
      Grande, Davide!
    • typo_tilly
      typo_tilly
      YAY!! ^___^
    • lolien
      lolien
      Well done!
  • @Minion is always active... We should be grateful to him. o:)
    April 27
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      Cautious! You too have been too close there...
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Indeed. (Wonders how versed in the use of charm magic Minion might be…)
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      No, it's me who is using enchantment magics here... ;)

      (I'm a Sorcerer. Divination and Enchantment are my fields of specialization. I have even charmed and confounded Dragons and Demiliches. Robots are nothing... XD )
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Ah! Perhaps you are the reason for his recent civility then...
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Minion has become a good boy.
  • 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?) :smiley:

    (We need to gather a party before venturing forth... ;) )
    April 17
    • lolien
      lolien
      Sadly no time for me to manage a module. But i would join a party, if someone would do the DM work.
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      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.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      I don't actually know how to play proper D&D, but if I can be active when needed, I'd be interested.
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      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?) :)
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Sure sign me up.
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Great! But what about the others? (As soon as everyone is ready, we shall start.)
    • Nimran
      Nimran
      There’s lots of math involved in PnP, but it’s oh so satisfying to let loose and roleplay.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      You know, I should have asked this first. Will this be a progressive play by post, where we join when we can? Or will be full-on everyone is on at once and play simultaneously?
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Progressive play. I'll post a part of the story, you all as the characters will reply with your choices and reactions, and over and again... ;)

      I'll start it tomorrow most probably (after I finish some article writing work).
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      That certainly makes it easier.
    • mashedtaters
      mashedtaters
      I’d be interested in trying out a P&P. But I confess I have no idea how it would work without being in person.
    • mashedtaters
      mashedtaters
      I’ve been seriously dying to get my role-playing itch scratch and was thinking about this just yesterday. Perhaps I read your brainwaves through the forum.
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      (Another psion!) ;)

      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?)
    • mashedtaters
      mashedtaters
      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!
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      I'm glad someone's excited about 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. :)
    • mashedtaters
      mashedtaters
      So you want to roll up an IWD2 character and use that?
      Or are you referring to using 3.5 rules?
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Just the character, not the rules. :)
    • mashedtaters
      mashedtaters
      K. Awesome.
      Will have to wait until after the weekend, though. I work this weekend 14hr days until Monday.
      Looking forward to Monday! You rock.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      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.
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Of course, most races that belong to the Prime Material plane are conveniently acceptable. So it's absolutely okay, unless someone decides to roll something like a Beholder or a Mind Flayer. ;)

      A Kobold character will be interesting, @ThacoBell! :)
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Kobolds are my favorite D&D race. How I wish I could play one legit in BG.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      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.

      So.. can I join? :)
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      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.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      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.
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      No problems! It's okay! :)
  • I'm steam-rolling with the solo Dragon Disciple in IWD:EE! B)

    Had to rest a lot at first (due to less spells), but I could clear the 2nd level of the Temple of the Forgotten God with no rest in the middle!

    Vitriolic Sphere is a very powerful level 4 spell. If it were there in BG, I would have chosen it just after Stoneskin and Greater Malison.

    (Greater Malison looks pretty useless in IWD.) :D
    April 22
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      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! :smiley:

    April 14
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      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
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      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). ;)
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      A thread might be a safer place to archive your exploits. Walls seem to be deleted periodocally.
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Thanks for cautioning me. :) Maybe I'll also start a thread in the Playthroughs section soon!

      (I would not wish my wall to be wiped. They contain fond memories of so many days... Does anybody know about any way I can backup my wall?)
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      You could take screenshots. Or copy paste, if the appearance is less important.
  • Ho there, fellow adventurers!



    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! :smiley:


    And oh yes, if you wish to help in improving the IWD Wiki, please see this thread, and then pay a friendly visit to the Icewind Dale Wiki! :smiley:
    April 13
  • Rik_Kirtaniya earned the 500 Comments badge.
    Settled in, saw the sights, learned the territory, and most importantly: gave back.
    April 4
    • lolien
      lolien
      Well done!
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Thanks! :)

      This took me just about 5 months! Though it shows I joined in Nov '16, it was not until Nov '17 that I started actively participating in discussions.

      By the way, if they counted the Activity page comments, I think I would have got a 1000 comments by now! :D
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      Congrats!
    • laptopman666
      laptopman666
      Ayyy congrats
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Thanks everyone!
  • 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! :D
    March 31
    • laptopman666
      laptopman666
      You are armed to the teeth, the only thing you lack is a furry companion, maybe a miniature giant space rabbit, or something, all heroes need a boo!
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Look closely in the first box of the second row. There's my furry companion, the miniature giant space rabbit! :D

      It seems he's always hungry... XD
    • laptopman666
      laptopman666
      ...............................HOW DID I MISS THAT?
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      My rabbit is stealthy... ;)
  • laptopman666
    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
    March 27
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Wow, Psychology! That surely gives you a bonus to Enchantment spells, doesn't it? Quite handy in various circumstances... ;)

      I'm currently preparing for my Medical Entrance Examinations to be held in May. :)
  • 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! :)
    March 24
    • laptopman666
      laptopman666
      I was pretty sure I was the only person that knew of this goofy but amusing movie :)
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Tinned pineapple! :D
  • Gelarith and Larrel are so glad!



    Felt really bad at having to kill the Elves, though... :'(
    March 23
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      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.
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      @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?
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      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.
    • laptopman666
      laptopman666
      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
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      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. :)
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      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.
    • laptopman666
      laptopman666
      Rik i fully agree, and I understood your post and its point :) Im sorry if I seemed like I ignored it.
  • laptopman666
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Odin is a Greater Deity in Old Norse mythology, right? Maybe we can find him in Asgard... :)

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odin
  • HURRAY! I KILLED THE EVIL YXUNOMEI ALL ALONE!

    There lies the Marilith dead at the foot of my Ranger/Cleric.


    Was quite a tough battle. But it took me only two attempts (My character didn't die on the first attempt though, I just left because I was in a un-strategic position in the first time.)

    Nevertheless, this shall be memorable for me. :)
    March 15
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Congrats, that's an incredibly tough fight.
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Thanks ThacoBell. :)

      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
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      Seems like you're having fun! Do you play with the 2.5 beta?
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      No, this is the latest non-beta version (v.1.4) that I'm playing on. I didn't finish the full game yet even once, so I didn't try out the beta. :)

      Yes, this solo playthrough is very enjoyable, and perhaps more enjoyable than a 6-member party playthrough. The R/C's superb AC is proving really useful. :)
    • laptopman666
      laptopman666
      i recently went through IWD with only 3 sorcerers, what a game, you seem to like to try different/unique playthroughs like me, maybe we should swap ideas :)
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      That's a good idea! :)
    • laptopman666
      laptopman666
      It got kind of absurd, even on the insane difficulty you could summon or blast your way through anything really except for those oh so fun encounters we all know :P
  • My exams are finally OVER!!!

    Nothing can stop me now! Feel my power UNLEASHED! B)
    March 21
    • laptopman666
      laptopman666
      been there, exams being over is a big stress release aint it lad?
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Indeed! :)

      Though I've got another set of them waiting for me in May! ;)
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Well done!
    • Aedan
      Aedan
      Urrah!
    • Rik_Kirtaniya
      Rik_Kirtaniya
      Yay! :D