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And to be fair, the game came with a 200-page manual that DID include what was pretty much a copy-paste of relevant sections of the 2nd. ed. Player's Handbook.
This did not help much.
It also, in its normal and easier difficulties, gave you a lot of extra leeway and dice cheating, versus "fair" D&D rules set. And that *did* help a lot.
of course, the primary advantage of the easier difficulties is friendly fire getting turned off. Have fun with those fireballs!
If you buy the game nowadays it won't come with that manual, however.
I just found it in my Baldur's Gate directory! I may give it a read through.
edited 27th Aug '11 3:20:20 PM by Wagrid
It was also included as a .pdf on the CD somewhere.
There is a tutorial, also (at least in the second game). I haven't gone through it in ages, but I seem to remember it was pretty good at covering the basics of the game.
No it isn't. At all. Not even slightly. The only reason I had any idea what was going on was because I was using a Let's Play as a reference.
(NVM, misinterpreted post. :))
edited 28th Aug '11 5:58:38 PM by Karkadinn
so, started a new game, this will be my third playthrough. Made my guy an Archer with 5 stars in shortbows for super happy fun sniping times. My team will probably look like Aerie, Jan, Keldorn, maybe Korgan, and I dunno about the last one. No Minsc though. I've always used Minsc(and who wouldn't?) so this time I wanna go without him. Then when I hit ToB, I'll switch someone out for Sarevok.
I remember hearing that having Korgan and Aerie in the same party will cause Aerie to eventually quit.
I read that's only if you don't have the expansion. Of course, I read that here on our own BG character page so I dunno how accurate that is...
edited 30th Aug '11 1:03:29 PM by Blissey1
so, it seems the old way of enabling debug mode doesn't work with the GoG version of Baldurs gate 2. I just wanna use the keyboard commands to force my party members to banter! is that so much to ask?!
So, I just finished Baldur's Gate.
Strange how the NPC dialogue project just peters out at the end here. There's a sudden, last minute encounter for Dynaheir, literally in the middle of the last dungeon, almost immediately before you have to fight the remnants of The Iron Throne, which for me was the second last enocunter of the entire game. Which was entirely weird, and dicked around with canon a little.
Other than that, there wasn't even a comment from half the characters that the game was even ending. Kivan doesn't say a thing about Tazok, Misc gets his usual rangery -ooooh- there's trouble afoot and the rest get nothing. Blurg. The mod had been damned good up until then as well.
so, I completed Minscs personal quest ( the Kidnapping of Boo) courtesy of the Unfinished Business mod. All I can say is...epic(ly hilarious).
edited 31st Aug '11 9:56:37 AM by Blissey1
Some of the BG 2 stuff is just great. I think my favourite personal quest is actually Jan's.
I tried to get to Dynaheir as quickly as possible, but it still wasn't fast enough. Minsc started attacking me on the very stairs leading up to the Gnoll Stronghold! So I had to ditch him before going to get Dynaheir. Am I going to miss out on some unique dialogue if I do this? And why would Minsc get impatient when we're moments away from rescuing Dynaheir?
Oh wow, I never knew he actually attacked you if you took too long to go rescue her. In BG 2, most NP Cs who join you on the condition that you do a particular quest just get pissy and leave to go do it themselves if you take too long (not that they'll ever actually do anything before you get there.)
Did you perhaps recruit Edwin? Or was particularly evil? Both those could, hypothetically, trigger some kind of response from Minsc.
Minsc is a complete dickhead in BG 1. He actually attacks you just for turning him down on his quest to find Dynaheir.
edited 6th Sep '11 9:28:16 PM by Talby
so, playing ToB, and man, I never really payed attention to Cespenars ramblings before!
"I runnings out of recipes soon. I needs to find Martha, soon. She around Hell somewhere, I thinks."
I do love Cespenar! Somehow manages to avoid being The Scrappy even though characters of his like often are!
Ordered my own copy and got it in the mail today. Took me almost a decade.
Has anyone tried playing as a monk in this game? How'd that work out?
Monks are kinda hard going at lower levels, but stick with them and they get ridiculous.
Monks in pretty much any D&D game start out as ridiculously wimpy papermats.
By high level they evolve into monsters capable of punching out cthulhu with their pinky.
I have played the entire trilogy, plus the Dark Alliance games (which, ironically, I heard about and played first).
I can safely say that all of them are some of the finest RPG's I've played.
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