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  2. alhoon

    Geneforge remakes.

    I really doubt they can afford 100K$. Ehh... perhaps a good programmer from a less expensive country? I think that some software developers are finding talent in Asia to do that stuff. I once saw an ad from an indie game company asking people to do a bit of freelancing for them for 300$ per month or something, for ~50-100 hours per month. I think they got a lot of people to show interest. I don't know if those applying actually had the qualifications but the company later said they were very pleased by the interest shown.
  3. Well, if I knew the answer I wouldn't be asking...
  4. googoogjoob

    Geneforge remakes.

    In commercial video game development, the rule of thumb is the budget increases by $100,000 per additional employee per year (covering not just their salary but also equipment, training, etc).
  5. Yesterday
  6. Randomizer

    G5: Thistlewood Bandits Not Appearing?

    No, but you need to stay a certain distance away. I've gotten used to staying as far away as possible and still having a view.
  7. Hello Muscleguy, Jeff has coded the Avernum games so that the meat of their content – the scripts – is the same regardless of what platform you're using. It's really quite a nice system! The advantage is that, if someone makes a mod like this, it will work in exactly the same way for all platforms. The only difference between a PC and Mac user is that they'll be putting the files in a slightly different place. You're right that, as a Mac user, you'll want to put these scripts in the Resources folder inside the application. Before making any changes, I highly recommend making a backup of the entire Avernum 2 application, just to make sure you can go back to it if something goes wrong, or if you don't want to use the mod any more. All you then need to do is to drag the several text files that make up the mod into the Resources folder. These will overwrite the originals (which is why I recommend making a backup!), and the game will then be modded. I haven't used this mod myself, but all the text files it provides are also included in the standard Mac version of the game. The PC and Mac versions use the same set of text files! In order to make big changes like this, only a couple of important scripts need to be changed. That's why you're not seeing hundreds of text files. In fact, most of the files in the mod are just changes to the help dialogues – it's only 'a2itemschars' and 'a2objsmisc' that carry all the gameplay changes. Just drag all the text files over and see what changes the modder has made to the engine!
  8. I remember all that from previous playthroughs. My issue is that the option to show the scroll doesn't happen. Yesterday I killed everyone on the entire top floor and no one ever mentioned taking me to the king or the scroll or anything.
  9. Wendy

    G5: Thistlewood Bandits Not Appearing?

    Every time I follow the servile in this quest, they see me and I cannot get into their camp. Do I need a certain level of leadership?
  10. I think if someone were to self shape themselves to bypass training it would be looked at as a crime, but if someone were to self shape themselves as a mean to further the Shaper cause, it would be temporarily overlooked. Moseh, Elizah and Shaftoe and to control a massive amount of creations at a time and used machines and self altering methods to gain power and control; but it was for the good of the Shapers. And if an ordinary person lost a limb, the Shapers probably wouldn't give a damn about attempting to help them, but if a Guardian lost a limb, they'd probably work on creating a prosthetic or an entirely new arm, just because how useful and powerful Guardians are. If you believe I'm wrong or if I got my facts mixed up feel free to correct me lol
  11. And my heart too.

    Geneforge remakes.

    Yeah... you run into the same problem though. Anyone who's going to be meaningfully helpful could just make their own game. That way they get to make their dream a reality, and they get to make money off of it. And that's one of the main reasons indie game makers are overwhelmingly one-programmer outfits. Anyway, Jeff has written about this in the past. Probably in his blog somewhere; he's definitely also discussed it in AMAs and the like. The bottom line is it's just not how he wants to do things.
  12. Vinlie

    Geneforge remakes.

    Volunteer help from the community could be an option. Just throwing out ideas.
  13. And my heart too.

    Geneforge remakes.

    Part-timer or not, anyone who is actually doing the coding is going to make a lot more than $10-15 an hour. And when I say "a lot," I really mean a lot.
  14. So, I was thinking. If a Shaper was losing his eyesight due to age, cataract etc. If he "Shaped the cataract away" is it considered self-shaping to give himself better vision? Or healing? How about a Guardian that has lost an eye and shapes a new one in its place? If a Shaper was growing senile (brain cells dying etc) and had his age "healed" from the rigors of old age, is it considered "Cheating"? How about someone that has lost a limb and a Shaper shaping a new one in a vat and attaching it? I think it would go by case and that it would be controversial personally. While healing cataract with Shaping would probably be OK, I think a few purists would consider it a bit far fetched as a means to stave off the effects of old age. I can recall in the series Shapers that didn't see very well or were starting to become senile. Alwan was using Shaping to keep his failing body alive but Alwan was always skirting the line (working extensively with Geneforged \ Self-shaped individuals, using Spawners and other creations that can Shape etc). Moseh, Elizah and Shaftoe were illegally Shaped and they knew they would face consequences for their transformations even if the Shapers were overlooking that at the time.
  15. googoogjoob

    Geneforge remakes.

    I'm sure Spiderweb could hire another employee to work on a remake or whatever. The problem is that said employee would only be able to work on that one game, because all the profit from the game that'd go to paying for their salary would normally be ploughed back into the budget for the next game.
  16. alhoon

    Geneforge remakes.

    I really don't think Spider Games make enough money to expand and hire extra help just for the remake of games. The price you see should take into account that steam takes a bite, taxes take a bite etc. If Spiderweb games makes 2$ per game I will be surprised. A part timer for software assistance would get probably ~10-15$ per hour or 10K$-15K$ per year. The resale of the games should give the developer some money and cover those fees. I.e. if they hire a part-timer, I believe they would need to sell 5000-10000 more copies at full price to cover his or her salary.
  17. Vinlie

    Geneforge remakes.

    That's disappointing lol. Spiderweb software should hire some more employees, or just get some volunteer help from the outside to help em out. Doesn't Spiderweb Software have like 3 employees or something
  18. googoogjoob

    Geneforge remakes.

    The remakes are confirmed to be the next thing Spiderweb will release after the current project, Queen's Wish. It'll probably follow the pattern the Avernum remakes did: one remake will come out a time, alternated in release with other games. I don't think it's ever been stated anywhere whether the remakes will cover the entire Geneforge series, or just Geneforge 1-3 (which use a much creakier and more dated engine), but I guess that by the time the remakes potentially come out, Geneforges 4 and 5 could be as dated as 1-3 are now. The chances of the games being merged into one are basically zero, mainly because Spiderweb's business model has been to put out one game ever year-to-year-and-a-half, with no span of two years ever having passed since 1995 without at least one Spiderweb release, and each game funded at least partially out of the proceeds of the prior game. Making a remake of all five games at once would take at least three years, and probably more, going by the rate the (new) Avernum remakes were made, and would require a much larger initial outlay of cash, which would disrupt the cycle. Carrying over choices between games, via imported saves or whatever, is also probably impossible, because that'd require every Geneforge after 1 to be rewritten on a scale much larger than the scale of the rewrites of Exile -> Avernum or Avernum -> Avernum remakes.
  19. Vinlie

    Geneforge remakes.

    When will the fabled remakes come out for Geneforge? and will it be a remake on just G1 or all the Geneforges? Will all the Geneforge games be mashed into one giant game where choices will be carried over from each game? That would be super cool imo.
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  21. I presume for the Mac version you control click the app to show the contents then throw the files into Resources, except some of the text. files are not in there to be replaced so how does that work?
  22. It's a scripted series of events. Show the scroll Get locked in a cell Wait Leave cell and approach throne room Get shoved back in cell Find and read scroll Leave cell Talk to Troglodyte King fight or accept King's offer and return to cell Read second scroll Leave Castle or use secret passage to go below
  23. I have the safe passage scroll from Knight in Sharimik, and I go to the Troglo Castle where I'm supposed to be arrested and put in a cell, etc., etc. But when I get there, all anyone does is attack me, and I never see the king. What am I doing wrong?
  24. Vinlie

    G1: Late game starting to be a drag

    I kinda just always kept my items and crafting materials on the ground at the nearest town until I could move them to the Darkstone cave I think it's called on the third island. Where the beautiful magical anvil is
  25. Randomizer

    G1: Late game starting to be a drag

    Geneforge 3 is bad because of the game mechanic of island hopping that makes it a chore to move surplus inventory. The plot and fighting mechanics are pretty decent.
  26. Vinlie

    G1: Late game starting to be a drag

    I mean Geneforge 3 isn't even THAT bad, but if you wanted to actually know the story of G4 you'd probably wanna play G3 before hand lol
  27. TheKian

    G1: Late game starting to be a drag

    Geneforge 3 is usually considered to be the worst of the series, though. Geneforge 4, now...
  28. TriRodent

    G1: Late game starting to be a drag

    Well then, you'll have a brand new river* to head down for the first time - enjoy *pretty sure it's a brand new river. Looking at the geography it seems to be in a different watershed than the one that flows beneath Formello .... (I'm probably overthinking this just a tad)
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