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Posted 03 August 2011 - 06:55 AM #1 A Large Rebellion

A Large Rebellion
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Author: Otto Helman
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Composite Score: 2.8/5.0

Best: 0.00% (0/6)
Good: 33.33% (2/6)
Average: 16.67% (1/6)
Substandard: 50.00% (3/6)
Poor: 0.00% (0/6)




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Posted 08 August 2011 - 12:49 PM #2 A Large Rebellion

From VCH on the CSR:

Well it was a good first effort at a scenario. The use of water dividing land masses was also a rather unique aspect for BOA to this date. There were or perhaps still are some bugs. Later versions may prove more reliable than the one I played.

I liked this scenario it wasn't really spectacular but was solid. The terrain features of BOA were used effectively. Also many graphics were imported from Geneforge which added a certain unique flavour. The mines in the ogre cave were truly a first for BOA. I enjoyed setting them all off then watching the chain reaction.

Overall A Large Rebellion is, if now bug free, a scenario worth playing. Remember this is the first scenario by the designer. For being the first it is truly excellent. Stacked against others of course it is not overly polished.
Any way. Rating iz GOOD. ReSPEk..

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 12:50 PM #3 A Large Rebellion

From Ephesos on the CSR:

Hm... good first attempt, though I'm not sure I should be judging on that part, as I've only got one done thus far. I'm impressed that he wrote it in a language other than his own, and that it never really slowed down dialogue.

Size is impressive, though the outdoors are still a bit empty (not the first scenario to get that problem... Backwater Calls, Undead Valley). I love being able to use boats again, though some weren't there (had to hack), and once I wandered off the edge of the map.

Also, downright awesome to see that someone else put a town in a tree (though I think mine looked a bit better).

Interesting to put nephilim, sliths, and humans on the same side. The Vahnatai are a bit random, just like in Undead Valley. However, this scenario handles them far better than UV, I must say.

Scripting, amazing. The mines, though VERY baffling at first, are incredibly impressive. There are a few errors, most noticeably with the force pillars (they never worked for me, not sure if that got fixed). Also, a missing boat led me to hack the whole thing wide open so I could finish. A few quests never finished, and the end dungeon and maze were really buggy for me.

Plot, well done. No huge plot holes, though there's a bit too much wandering around aimlessly, along with too much "run all the way back and report". Some really interesting stuff, particularly the "hit the bug and grab the earrings" quest. The ending works very well, though returning to Nout was... well, strange.

One thing I don't get: If the Orb of Nar is so powerful, why does it only do Capture Soul/Simulacrum? Shouldn't it do more, if it's allegedly the most powerful weapon ever?

Overall, very solid and respectable. Just has some areas which should be worked on...

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 12:51 PM #4 A Large Rebellion

From Smoo on the CSR:

General: ALR is buggy. Really buggy. I'd consider waiting for an update before downloading it. Some of the scripts don't work at all and the game always crashed when I tried to talk to an unimportant character like some vahnatai.

All that aside I was impressed with the mines and the towns were solidly designed. The Nepheline woods were
little too big in my opinion. Players who can't stand bad grammar should steer clear of ALR, the designer is Finnish and to him I say: l jtk nuku englannin tunneilla okei?

Combat: Combat was just right for my taste. The fights weren't excessively hard but they did kill me from time to
time. I must point out though that the nepharim seemed weaker than the nephilim. I understand it's supposed to be
the other way around.

Plot/Characters: The plot is too much of the type "run around and do stuff." There were several points where I
honestly did not know what I was supposed to do. Simple people like me need a little more hinting. The characters weren't interesting enough.

Overall: Not enough plot to keep it together. Still worth taking a look.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 12:51 PM #5 A Large Rebellion

From TM on the CSR:

Beta-testing is needed badly. I'm not even aware if this beast is finishable, but after I found out that the Vahnatai are shaping, well...

As stated above, the use of rhetoric is often ham-handed. I knew the kid was a foreigner before I read the readme file, for instance. Even the most cursory run through a beta would get some of these things fixed.

Also, like Smoo (and I think this is a Mac-based error), almost all dialogue caused my computer to crash outright.

Not worth playing. Some serious playtesting is needed, and even then, the plot hardly takes itself seriously (and in the bad way).

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 12:52 PM #6 A Large Rebellion

From Nikki on the CSR:

It's ugly, and buggy. And, yeah it's a first effort. And it's by a non-English speaker. But dammit, beta-testing would have imporved this so much.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 12:52 PM #7 A Large Rebellion

From Thralni on the CSR:


Betatest betatest betatest! There are so many bugs that I had to reload my saved game at least fifteen times because I stumbled into some unnecesary bug, one that made it impossible to get out of the scenario. It took surgery, first on the .bas file, then the town's script to make it work. Overall I didn't like the scenario much. It made BoA crash multiple times, the story was quite weird (in the beginning I already was thinking of stopping since I was dumped in this huge world of which I understood ziltch), and the designing was, well... a bit ugh-y. And there were Vahnatai as a cause of things. *SIGH*

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