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Posted 23 October 2015 - 01:48 AM #1 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Having been inspired by some others on this forum and by my desire to find a new hobby I have decided to record my commentated playthrough of Geneforge 5. I've played through Geneforge's 1 to 4 and am entering into 5 totally unknown but not unprepared. Would love it if you guys could check it out.

First time I have ever recorded or uploaded to youtube so feel free to offer some constructive criticism. I am a big boy so don't worry about hurting my feelings. :)

Check it out here.

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 09:13 AM #2 Let's Play Geneforge 5

I loved GF5. Although I can say I loved GF4 as well and I'm loving GF3. Good luck
"I am not mad, no matter what you're implying." - Litalia

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 02:12 PM #3 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Glad you like the series. Makes it easier to keep engaged, for sure.

I've uploaded episodes 1-4 so far.

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

I'm playing this for myself more than looking for mega views so I'll be updating the whole story. Will be doing more recording tonight and will probably increase to a slightly longer video time otherwise I'll have 200+ vids before the end.

Feedback is always welcome if you had an opinion on anything.

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 07:03 PM #4 Let's Play Geneforge 5

A few more episodes up now. Extended the length to about 25 minutes for each for a more solid viewing experience.

Episode 5
Meeting up with Shaper Rawal again only to be sent off on some frivolous quest to find an unnamed villain who is terrorising his creations.

Episode 6
Still Hunting for 'The Presence'. Jeff could have probably thought of a better name for this. It sounds like a cartoon villain.

Episode 7
First encounter with 'The Presence'.

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 09:12 PM #5 Let's Play Geneforge 5

And Episode 8 is live. This mostly involves me tidying up some odds and ends that I had missed in my first few videos. I do create a few new friends and Fyora Alhoon makes an appearance.

I don't plan on having a reload heavy game so if (and when) creations die I will try to preserve that timeline. This does mean I might need new names instead of reusing the same old ones I have now.

Any volunteers to be a named creation?

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 04:49 AM #6 Let's Play Geneforge 5

I think you might need a very palatable vlish. No, more... tasty. More than tasty. What's the word I'm after...

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 04:04 PM #7 Let's Play Geneforge 5

View PostElyssaen, on 24 October 2015 - 04:49 AM, said:

I think you might need a very palatable vlish. No, more... tasty. More than tasty. What's the word I'm after...

Appetising, delectable, enticing, exquisite, heavenly, piquant, yummy, ambrosial, mouthwatering, nectarous, scrumptious, titillating.

Do any of those match the word you are looking for? :)

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 05:58 PM #8 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Delicious?  :)
"I don't know how we can ever repay you!" - Rescued damsel in distress
"Oh, I'm sure we can think of something .... How much gold do you have?" - "Hero"

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 06:39 PM #9 Let's Play Geneforge 5

View PostRandomizer, on 24 October 2015 - 05:58 PM, said:

Delicious?  :)

Careful, it might hear you.

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 07:16 AM #10 Let's Play Geneforge 5

I would go with "Rawal" for a Vlish...
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Posted 25 October 2015 - 03:26 PM #11 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Well, sounds like my hand has been forced. going to have to get some magic shaping then.

Will be recording more shortly. Uploads in the near future.

EDIT: And Episode 9 is up. Next mini-boss fight with 'The Presence' and by far the closest battle yet. Suffering casualties in my fragile Fyora army.

No Vlish yet so various tasty names have not been invoked. Did anyone else want to drop their name into the creation name pool? Expect to die to my callous shaper disregard for your creations life but expect it to be glorious. And once enough die you will be cycled back in again. *It's the CIIIIIRCLE OF LIIIFE*

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 07:41 PM #12 Let's Play Geneforge 5

The next part has gone live. Get Episode 10 here.

I encounter 'The Presence for the 3rd and hopefully last time.

I am also struggling with a clear guide on who to side with in this game. The rebels are rebel scum...naturally but the only shaper I have encountered has implanted me with a thing that can kill me if I disobey him. It doesn't engender love and respect by any stretch. What is a poor amnesiac ex-shaper to do?

EDIT: As an update, this will go a few days until the next upload. The Prime Minister is coming to town tomorrow and I have to work the event. Will be resuming recording on the weekend. Please be patient if you are that one viewer out there who has watched every episode so far. :)

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 08:43 PM #13 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Episode 11 is up now. I take some time to wrap up the final quests in the first region and pit myself against the nefarious challenges in the Shaper testing hall.

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 06:51 PM #14 Let's Play Geneforge 5

And the next episode has gone live.

Minor sound issue in this one. I muted the mic towards the second half so my charming (or not) Australian accent will be absent for the second half while game sounds remain.

You may or may not view this as an improvement. :)
Fixed for next episode.

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 07:37 PM #15 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Ehmmm... it's easier to follow the episode if there is commentary from you. Accent or not.
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Posted 02 November 2015 - 09:47 PM #16 Let's Play Geneforge 5

View Postalhoon, on 01 November 2015 - 07:37 PM, said:

Ehmmm... it's easier to follow the episode if there is commentary from you.

Indeed. Was meant to be a temporary mute to slurp some hot tea. Didn't work as well as I had hoped. But the sound is fixed for the next part.

View Postalhoon, on 01 November 2015 - 07:37 PM, said:

Accent or not.

I think this is positive? :)
It is a little hard to hide the accent. Worse considering I am from a country town and we all speak much thicker out here.

On a related note, the next episode has gone live. I've currently got an Anno 2205 LP that has just started so releases will compete for a little while but I should have enough of a backlog to keep up the current standard release every 2 days for Geneforge.

Don't forget to like and subscribe. :)

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Posted 04 November 2015 - 09:59 PM #17 Let's Play Geneforge 5

And I am proud to release Episode 14.

We begin to explore the Township of Mera in the Mera-Tev swamps. Swamps are probably my favourite biome in every geneforge game. I like the openness despite the water 'walls' in each map.

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 11:52 PM #18 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Channel Update

Had a considerable recording hurdle. Somehow an entire batch of videos record well for the first 2 minutes only to have the onscreen image freeze for the remainder while my voice goes on merrily for the rest of the video. This is 2 weeks worth of upcoming footage that needs to be redone. Since I am not releasing audio books of Jeff's work the screenwork is pretty important for what happens.

My question to anyone who watches these videos is: Would you like me to continue on from where I left off and just explain what occurred in the gap? We are still in the mera-tev swamp and I've only cleared out a few regions and done a few rather uninteresting quests. Or would you prefer that I re-record the entire thing from an earlier save?

Regardless, whatever you choose will have to wait a week. I am going over to Japan on my honeymoon tomorrow for 2 weeks and have no time to re-record hours of content and upload it before I leave. My apologies to those who were watching. Will be back after the 26th to continue.

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 11:30 PM #19 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Is this about past videos or videos we haven't watched?
What exactly you did in the swamp as definitions of "uninteresting" vary.
If you tried to take on an Unbound, I would like to watch it for example. And I would like to see your reaction with Denna's quest ending.

If you haven't finished the quest, don't look in the internet for answers. It would be spoily.

CONGRATULATIONS on your marriage!
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 05:39 PM #20 Let's Play Geneforge 5

This was about videos that you haven't watched. I had a full release schedule planned so that no one would ever know that I was out of the country. Somehow it didn't work out as planned and I was a little burnt out from the mega recording session that it took to make those the day before I left overseas.

Having had a chance to unwind a bit over here I think I will go back and re-record them for the viewers.

Oh, the unbound. That thing gave me chills in a way that I can't describe. It has been more than a decade since gaming has made me feel like that.

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 10:35 PM #21 Let's Play Geneforge 5

I know... my sister was laughing when she heard me yelping in fear, checked on me and saw panicky clicking the mouse as I was running away from an Unbound.

I would say record the important parts since you've played the part. No need to spend 3 hours re-playing encounters. Meetings are kinda more important since we see your choices.
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Posted 14 November 2015 - 09:41 AM #22 Let's Play Geneforge 5

That first Unbound appearance can be scary.  Then there is the adrenaline rush sneaking through a ruin filled with them.  One wrong click ...
"I don't know how we can ever repay you!" - Rescued damsel in distress
"Oh, I'm sure we can think of something .... How much gold do you have?" - "Hero"

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 04:07 AM #23 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Is there ever a point at which I can handle them? They seem an impossible distance in front of me power-wise.

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 05:40 AM #24 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Well, eventually you get a quest to kill one.......followed by a quest to wipe them all out.
In a word, yes. But not for a while.
Behold! The Drizzle......of DEATH!!!!!! . . . . . . .-visual effect of using powerful spells in Avadon 2 (they're a bit of a letdown compared to their damage)

When they eventually find a piece of ash that they think was you, they bury it with great honor........ -A2CS ending script from portal explosion

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 05:54 AM #25 Let's Play Geneforge 5

" Is there ever a point at which I can handle them? They seem an impossible distance in front of me power-wise."
Yes. Once you get powerful creations and after getting a lot of failures you learn to gauge the distance juuuuuust so, that your creations ranged attack hit them while their nasty area attack doesn't reach the creations.
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Posted 27 November 2015 - 06:28 PM #26 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Ok, I am back from overseas and had my first recording session which failed on the first vid again. I can't reproduce the freeze eroor while testing but it pops up every time during an actual session within 30 secs. no idea what causes it yet. Thanks for the patience.

EDIT: Got it mostly sorted. Episodes uploading now. Will post the link when the first one is ready. Alternatively, subscribe to my channel and youtube will notify you when they become active.

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 06:22 AM #27 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Episode 15 has finally arrived. Next one out in 2 days. Enjoy the very minor cliffhanger towards the end. :)

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 02:29 AM #28 Let's Play Geneforge 5

And Episode 16 is out and in the wild. The plot thickens with assassination attempts and mysteries to be solved. Move over Miss Marple.

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 02:50 AM #29 Let's Play Geneforge 5

And Episode 17 has gone live....like a day ago. But here is the link for all you throngs holding out hope of the next exciting installment. :)

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 11:20 AM #30 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Good one. By the time I found Dhana, I have half-forgiven her. I got ANOTHER quest from her, that I never managed to finish.
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Posted 04 December 2015 - 11:27 PM #31 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Forgiveness is not one of my strong points. She needs to hope that I forget. On the plus side, I did get a decent chunk of exp from her which is always acceptable.

Also, Episode 18 is now out in the wild, free from it's scheduled listing shackles. It was also the most disturbing encounter. I'd encountered *spoiler* in other map tiles so was a little over confident this time thinking I was safe but evil death and destruction surprised me when I didn't expect it. I was about as mature as can be expected.

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 01:25 AM #32 Let's Play Geneforge 5

You won't forget, cause the narrative will remind you the moment you see her.


Also, aren't you glad that the Unbound have atrocious senses? :p

I saw alhoon barely made it...
ALSO: How you saw the hp of that plated artilla, mid-video? That showed the green text and all?
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Posted 05 December 2015 - 02:30 AM #33 Let's Play Geneforge 5

View Postalhoon, on 05 December 2015 - 01:25 AM, said:

I saw alhoon barely made it...
ALSO: How you saw the hp of that plated artilla, mid-video? That showed the green text and all?

Ah, you've noticed my magical power have you? Very useful to find people who have names and are worthy to talk to as well as quickly checking the hp of enemy combatants. If you comment on my video I might tell you. :) The power of bribes.

Or I could just tell you now. Right-click on the enemy and it causes their information to pop up. I've been doing it since the first video.

View Postalhoon, on 05 December 2015 - 01:25 AM, said:

Also, aren't you glad that the Unbound have atrocious senses? :p

You have no idea. Just finished a recording session now and am ever so thankful for that. Was a very near thing. Also in a totally related line of thought......I hope you haven't become too attached to this current alhoon creation. It 'may' find itself getting remade a few times in coming videos. Apparently unbound are very strong.

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 11:59 PM #34 Let's Play Geneforge 5

Episode 19 is loose in the wild. Enjoy the swift purging of dirty dirty bandits.

Also, if anyone is keen for a creation to be named after them feel free to drop a suggestion. I think I am up to about my 10th iteration of alhoon, chessrook, bormac and sajuuk.

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 01:33 AM #35 Let's Play Geneforge 5

You should concentrate to getting something stronger than Cryoras now. Ignore roamers and go for Vlish. Clawbugs are also very good.
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