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  1. Minion

    Spellcasting weapons and armour?

    Could you equip them and press the use button? If I recall correctly, equipped items in the Exile games were simply italicized but still remained in your inventory (no dress-up doll).
  2. Natural Mage is a trait from the original Avernum trilogy, though the new trilogy has the trait Swordmage which increases the maximum To Hit Chance penalty your character may accumulate before being unable to cast mage spells. I believe you can have a maximum of -10% to hit when starting out before being unable to cast mage spells, and every time you take the Swordmage trait the limit should increase another -5%. You can easily get 90% armour by the end of the game without exceeding the -10% limit with the right mix of Hardiness and gear (particularly with the blessings), so I'm not sure that you have to get Swordmage, particularly if you have already played the game and know where to go to find the right items.
  3. Minion

    Seed corn?

    I believe all job board delivery quests work that way, i.e. you don't get love notes and seed corn in your Special Items list, just the quest listing.
  4. Minion

    Seed corn?

    Unless I am mistaken, job board quests that require you to locate an object and deliver it always include something like "find/locate/slay xxx and deliver it to xxx", while quests like the ones about seed corn only mention "deliver xxx to xxx".
  5. My total noob thoughts on your points are: 2. In Crystal Souls and Ruined World, humans can reach a high even spread in all four stats thanks to the extra traits. In my recent playthrough of Ruined World, my two fighters final stats were roughly 30/20/20/20 (traits included), and I found the increased initiative, mental resistance and HP very useful compared to previous playthroughs where I had put all points into Strength. My wizard and priest mainly focused on Intelligence, with about five extra points and traits in Endurance, and five points/traits in Dexterity and Strength respectively so they could pitch in with bow and sword, particularly early on in the game (which worked quite well on Hard and later Torment. My fighters had no trouble at all hitting everything, but the priest and wizard had trouble hitting stronger enemies after the middle of the game (but by then they had plenty of Spell Points and strong spells). 3. I did some testing and it turns out that every point of Quick Action adds two points to your initiative, while each experience level and point of Dexterity add one point each to initiative. Striking first is good, since it normally allows you to take out at least one or two opponents, which means fewer opponents to strike back, particularly in battles that take place outdoors or in large spaces where the enemies can surround you. Dual Wielding, however, is less efficient than Blademaster, so I don't put points in it until the end of the game when everything else has been maxed out. Also, I have my swordsman use a shield until his skills and stats are high enough to dual wield effectively, which is somewhere around level 15 to 20, I believe. 4. I find that quite a few non-body armor pieces, like greaves and gauntlets, add more penalties than they are worth compared to non-penalty pieces like gloves and pants, especially once you start finding enchanted items. 5. I find that the best traits are the stat traits, Negotiatior, Nimble Fingers and Sage Lore. Keep in mind that sometimes it might be worth saving up a couple of levels so you can pass the level requirement for certain traits (like saving your level 4 trait until you're level 5 for the second Nimble Fingers). 6. After a certain point, putting a skill point in Blademaster yields more damage than a point in Melee/Pole Weapons. You can calculate this point by adding your total damage dice (easily done by checking the weapon) and checking if one point of Blademaster (+3%) gives you an additional damage dice (or more). I forget the exact numbers, but I think the percentage bonus surpasses the straight additional damage dice around 30-35 damage dice (around 10-15 Strength and 10 Melee/Pole Weapons, including your weapon bonus dice). 7. If you put at least 8 points in Melee/Pole Weapons, your magic user can get 12 Hardiness by buying an additional 2 points in the weapon skill. Then you can buy another 5 points in the other skills for Adrenaline Rush.
  6. Can you perform the equivalent of a right-click on the iPad? My experience of Mac computers is limited to growing up in a Mac household in the 90s, and I haven't touched one since, so my knowledge is severely limited and out of date.
  7. You are being very rude and obnoxious, and I do not believe that is good for you. It is obvious that Jeff Vogel is passionate about both his games and that the people who play them have fun. Anyway, the only menu I can think of where you would need to scroll very far is the junk bag, and if you just make sure to keep stackable loot in your inventory (I recommend using your lead character for this) instead of placing, say, individual iron bars in the junk bank, it will be less cluttered. Also, the games are for both MacOS, Windows and iOS, two out three which do not support right-clicking.
  8. Minion

    Highlighting objects in Avadon 3?

    You can hold Tab to bring up the names of any nearby NPCs, but I do not believe that there has ever been a Spiderweb game where items on the ground are somehow interactive or can be highlighted. Perhaps you are thinking of some other RPG like Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition where you can click on items on the ground and highlight all interactive objects on the screen by pressing a button (usually Tab, I believe).
  9. If someone who has played the original happens to read this, maybe they can enlighten us on the existence of the Vahnatai references.
  10. Was that the original Exile: Escape from the Pit or the version with the updated graphics?
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    Uranium Bar

    I suppose lugging radioactive metals back to town and selling them was more of a challenge back when you (a) had to bring them to a sage and identify them before you actually knew what it was and (b) had to carry them in your actual inventory and couldn't avoid the radiation sickness.
  12. Imagine the fits of rage it would induce if you actually had to actually join the crazy cult everone loves to hate to get an otherwise unobtainable item or 3rd level spell. Since you can join the Anama for free, those basic knowledge books are simply a neat bonus if you actually want to play an Anama run.
  13. I was surprised at how easy you got it in A3. Those five points equal something like 6000 gold, and all you had to do was kill a few ogres.
  14. Latin pronounciation is usually a bit of an issue for native English-speakers, so don't worry, no one around is likely to have noticed unless they were Latin teachers, in which case they would likely have pointed out the error of your ways. For me, the great shock was realizing how much time has passed since I first started playing Spiderweb games back with Nethergate. This is how I see Jeff Vogel in my mind. By the way, does anyone know the fate of Spider? Is there a successor? PS: Speaking of pronounciation, "Vogel" is actually pronounced "Fogel". Just thought I'd add this bit of trivia for anyone who isn't familiar with the Germanic languages.
  15. It's too late for me to go back and check on my game, but since I bought the fake Anama rings quite late, I definitely had both a couple of points of Dark Thoughts and Erika's Amulet, and I had no trouble getting upstairs in the temple in Shayder. This was in 1.0.
  16. In my experience, the best reason to join the Anama is the discounted training you can receive from Voorn in Bavner. Just make sure you have a lot of gold, buy the fake rings, have Voorn train you, grab as much loot as you can from the restricted areas in the main temple, and then have Ahonar destroy the rings. Even without the loot you will make back the money you paid to the guild and then some.
  17. Minion


    If nothing else, I suggest leaving the tower so all the switches reset, then pressing "u" constantly as you move through the corridors and unlock everything again. That's how I found the one switch I had failed to press the first time around and opened up that final room behind the pillars.
  18. It took me a while to track down the old coot once I too realized he was the reason I couldn't find the tower. In addition to appearing in either Delan and Krisznan, he also spends time travelling between the two towns and is frequently found in neither even if you run back and forth during the same day. I think it takes about a day for him to make the journey.
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    GIFTS issue

    The Chief Spider is called Spider just like the rest of them. You have to find the right one and ask what he does (there is probably some clue in his description, like being particularly thoughtful or leadershipful).
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    GIFTS issue

    I believe rescuing the spider from the Aranea is a quest from the Chief Spider, and normally completing a quest objective before receiving it doesn't prevent you from getting and completing the quest itself. I recommend finding the Chief Spider and checking his dialogue options.
  21. Minion

    Game pitch to Spiderweb.

    Your post made curious about whether there is in fact not a single turn-based, 2D/isometric MMORPG for smartphones or tablets. A couple of quick Google searches turned up a game called Dofus Touch, which appears to be a tactical, isometric, turn-based MMORPG.
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    Herding NPCs

    It's probably easier to lure the enemies into the area with friendly creatures. In some games, you can use this to force friendly NPCs to fight and possibly be killed by hostile monsters and NPCs, particularly if you use the Wand of Carrunos to power them up. Nethergate in particular offers several opportunities for this, especially since it doesn't have the super-powered Guards that the Avernum games have.
  23. I don't think you can ever reach any kind of truce or agreement with the giants, unlike the one you can negotiate with the troglodyte king.
  24. I forgot that it only lists non-board quest items, my bad. Besides, it's kind of fun to try to figure out where you can find the items, especially since surprisingly many of them are under the watchful eyes of their owners. For example, the drug den in Gale was the perfect place to pick up a pipe.
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    Job board bounty: recipient is dead

    Naturally, but it never hurts to elaborate on all the awesome features that Spiderweb games are packed with. I just had the realization that by publicly expressing ourselves about their games, we are all brand ambassadors of Spiderweb Software. A heavy responsibility indeed.