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  • Annoying Video Game Helper: The Guild Master. "Try to get your combat multiplier even higher!" "Your health is low. Do you have any potions? Or food?" "Check the guild for more quests."
    • Parodied in one scene in The Lost Chapters where Jack of Blades starts mocking these things. "Hero, there is an important quest card waiting for you at the bottom of a slime pit!"
    • Your Combat multiplier is atrocious!
    • It's to the point where a loading screen hint in the sequel stated that it was rumoured the Guild Master died with the words "Your Health Is Low" carved into his forehead.
  • Complete Monster: Jack of Blades arrived in Albion millennia ago to lay waste to humanity for refusing to bow to him and his cohorts. Surviving the destruction of his physical body by placing his soul in a mask and possessing whomever wears it, Jack goes on to spread turmoil over the years. Attacking the village of Oakvale, Jack personally murders the young Hero of Oakvale's father, gouges out the eyes of his sister and imprisons his mother to torture her for decades. Continuing to cause destruction throughout the Hero's life, Jack eventually attacks all of Albion with his forces so he can activate the powerful Sword of Aeons by sacrificing a member of the Hero's bloodline, Jack kills the Hero's mother to claim the blade before facing him. Planning to bathe the entire world in blood, Jack returns in The Lost Chapters, attempting to corrupt the Hero into murdering his own allies before trying to possess him with his mask.
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  • Evil Is Cool: Jack of Blades is probably one of the most popular characters in the series.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • Using the Hero Save in certain situations will make the game way too easy. The makers seem to have realized this, and your game will crash if Hero Save is used too many times in the PC version, and is removed entirely in Anniversary.
    • It is very easy to acquire a lot of experience quickly by getting a high combat multiplier then drinking the Ages of Skill/Will/Strength potions. To a lesser extent you can also do something similar by getting a high combat multiplier then eating a lot of meat/carrots/fish, or casting certain spells over and over very quickly (Summon is good for this).
    • The shopkeepers in Fable and TLC have a dynamic pricing mechanism: for each item, there is a number that they prefer to have in stock, and they will set the buy and sell prices up when they are short and down with they have excess. Unfortunately for them, they only update the price after each full transaction ... so if you buy out the entire stock of an item at fire-sale prices, you can then immediately sell your entire inventory of the same item to the same shopkeeper at deep-shortage prices. With sufficient seed money, especially with high-ticket items like perfume, you can earn tens of thousands of gold pieces in minutes by this method without even changing shops.
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    • By getting merchants to follow them out of their stores and getting them stuck where they can't move players can safely rob their stores without getting caught. Getting expensive items like Resurrection Phial, and pieces of plate armor that are on display very early.
    • Some spells can approach game breaker territory:
      • As mentioned on the main page under Boring, but Practical, Physical Shield makes you take no damage so long as you have mana to power it. That alone makes it moderately useful, but it also knocks back enemies who hit you, prevents you from getting knocked back when hit, and protects your combat multiplier (resulting in more experience gained).
      • Berserk + Multi-Strike. By themselves these are both useful spells, but together they let you do a lot of un-blockable damage very quickly.
      • Enflame, especially at higher ranks, does a lot of damage in a wide range and also knocks the enemies down.
      • Slow Time, especially at higher ranks, lasts for a long time and slows the enemies to a crawl.
  • Good Bad Bugs: The original game had a few. Most of them were patched in The Lost Chapters or the Anniversary Edition.
    • Abusing the Hero Save function, as described under Game Breaker.
    • If you use the Berserk spell then save and reload your game while the spell is still active, your character would stay in the huge, buffed-out form (but wouldn't do extra damage) until you used the spell again.
  • Most Annoying Sound: There's "Hero, hero" from the little girl in Bowerstone South. Made even worse because the quest she's trying to get you to take is utterly pointless. The old witch doesn't even need the mushrooms you collect to complete the potion.
    • It is advisable to buy a new Hero Title as soon as you get the opportunity, or else...
    Chicken Chaser? Do ya chase chickens?
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Small one, but you age physically as you level up. As a consequence, if you power up too fast too early, you're going to be a geezer and aging yourself down isn't a trivial matter. It can potentially cause a rift in the story in which you end up being older than your sister you meet up with again or even your own mother!
  • Stock Footage Failure: The Guild Master will let you know when your heath or will energy is low even when Jack Of Blades is burning down the Guild, and The Guild Master himself is lying wounded and barely able to speak. In the expansion, he can keep informing you of the blazingly obvious even when he is dead.
  • That One Level: Bargate Prison, in the attempt to rescue your mother, thanks to an egregious case of Failure Is the Only Option. Nothing you do can prevent Jack of Blades from capturing you and your mother on your way out. You then endure a long unskippable scene in a prison cell and an irrelevant Racing Minigame — and then have to repeat them both because your first attempt to steal your cell key from the Warden's office invariably fails and you can't just kill the guy while he's reading poetry off a wall with his back to you. To add insult to injury, once you do finally escape, your mother gets re-captured in the very next quest.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Jack of Blades was stripped of his sociopathic Creepy Monotone in The Lost Chapters and given a deep Go'a'uld sounding voice as a replacement.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Lady Sophia, the noblewoman High-Class Call Girl Hooker with a Heart of Gold from the Darkwood Bordello, shows a bit more personality than the others, seeming to fall for the hero and expressing a desire to escape the place with him and get married. Several players were disappointed at the realization that you can't actually marry her after setting her free. Twice stupid because this would have allowed Good players an alternative to marrying the evil Lady Grey and still get past the one Demon Door that demands them to have a wife with a noble title.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: One sidequest involves you delivering a love letter/poem to a young woman. You're given the option to pass the letter off as your own. If you do, you cannot actually start a romance with the girl, meaning the only reason to do it is For the Evulz.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Anniversary edition has this sometimes. It comes from the fact that the character models are cartoonish and stylized, with realistic-looking skin and eyes. The worst offenders are the children in the game; Thankfully, outside the intro and Bowerstone, children are pretty rare in this game.

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