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Map Completionist, yea or nay?

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Poll: Map Completionism (18 member(s) have cast votes)

Are you a map completionist?

  1. Yes, I want to uncover everything possible (16 votes [88.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 88.89%

  2. Yes but just on the first playthrough of said content (2 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  3. Mostly but I might not bother to come back to an area I couldn't access earlier in the game (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. I might not uncover an area that I suspect nothing worthwhile is there (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. No, not at all, just what I need to to progress. (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 07:00 PM #1 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

I was wondering how many people who play Spiderweb and similar games are map completionists.

I was thinking about this the other day, because I'm many hours into my Avadon 3 playthrough and still not finished with the game.  It's taken me quite a long time to finish pretty much all the Spiderweb games.  I almost obsessively uncover every piece of map I possibly can, going all the way back to my playthroughs of Exile 3 in the 90s.  I could finish the games a lot quicker without doing this.  And it's tempting because I want to get through the story quicker, but I feel much more satisfied when I've taken the time to uncover everything... even if I had to battle zillions of bats/rats/chittrachs/etc and even caught myself cursing in some of those Avernum caves when I discovered a trap door leading to yet another sublevel... I went and uncovered every drop.  And then when I got the Orb of Thraalni, go back everywhere to make sure there's no little nib that I've missed... and so forth.

Does anyone else play these games this way?

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 09:12 PM #2 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

Geneforge needs that because Jeff likes to hide containers so they are barely visible using his isometric systems with walls and hedges hiding them.

Avernum 4 where there no light sources had lower levels with black bodies on blackish floors. Very hard to see until you hit them.
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 08:59 AM #3 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

Wait, there's another way to play?
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 11:33 AM #4 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

View PostDintiradan, on 15 April 2017 - 08:59 AM, said:

Wait, there's another way to play?

nope especially in Avadons where some places inside areas get unlocked at certain time and in Avernums bit same except there required spells restrict access.

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:58 PM #5 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

Yes, unless it's too tedious or difficult.

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 04:32 PM #6 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

I make sure that I have seen every square, but I do not move through every square.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:48 PM #7 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

as long as the automap is 100% i'm happy. open every door in the town just to make sure the interior of peasant houses show up on map :p

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 05:24 AM #8 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

I think perhaps my one small exception, a nuance I forgot to include in the poll, is rooms behind locked doors.  I'll save the game, use my lockpick(s),  and if there's nothing I wanted on the floor/chest/etc in that room, I'll reload, sparing myself that lockpick, and technically leaving that room unexplored.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 03:49 PM #9 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

That is too much work for me.  I tend to put more points in tool use/lock picking early to that I can open everything.  I also wish that there was a better way of highlighting places that I "have" to go back to because of lock level or lack of other token.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 04:06 AM #10 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

Yup...and if there's a spot on the map I can't get into it's infuriating.

Oh, and gotta scry monster them all.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 01:56 PM #11 Map Completionist, yea or nay?

Yes.

Ive always played that way. The good news is that I get the maximum playtime out of the games that I like. The bad news is it's detrimental for my hopes of ever widdling down my backlog of games.
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