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  1. Is it possible that doing *everything* in an area leads to that result? Do you know if you completely finished everything in that area, by any chance, Sade? Or could it be that just doing a certain number of things quickly enough get you this? Or is it tied to doing one particular thing (like, it's a hidden reward of one of the major quests)? Just trying to come up with ideas on how it works.
  2. I've got a related question: for people with more experience with this game, are so-called "empty levels" much of an issue? Cause while, like OP, I'm not the biggest fan of level scaling, I'll tolerate it to a point (it helps if the game is a non-linear, go-wherever-you-want sort of deal, like this one is. Then all the enemies in the game can start at a low level, and you won't have to worry as much about where it's safe to go), but if the enemies can outpace you in level-up gains, it's far worse. My understanding is that empty levels aren't much of an issue, since you get new ab
  3. So...around where would the list switch from "somewhat suited" to "somewhat unsuited"? I'm curious how far down we have to go before where the "character" of the list changes the most dramatically and where I can say someone is "low ranking". Also, putting in my requests for the Mesopotamian deities Inanna/Ishtar, Anu, Ereshkigal, and Tiamat (I figured I'd go with some of the ones people have actually *heard* of, or at least are easy to find stuff on)
  4. Hey, my laptop (which I initially got A3: RW for, if anyone's confused as to how I'm only now having this problem) died and so I reverted back to my old desktop. Problem is, it seems to be having trouble running Ruined World, which strikes me as weird because it runs EftP and CS just fine. I verified my install on Steam, and I decided to use Steam to get my computer specs: Is anything on here the issue? Do I need to update DirectX drivers or something (as I said, this computer's fairly old, but I seriously think it should still be able to run this game)? How do I do t
  5. For the bit about the timer...phew, that's a relief to hear! Alright, I'll try to keep in mind what you said about adventuring stamina later on, if I start to get disheartened. For the physical damage stuff...to be honest, I was asking more about if the 1.01 update made much of a difference. Though I'd guess it's "not as much as you would like" at best, still, based on what you said. Even so, at worst, it'll be the same as the previous two games, which I've come to accept. Still though, thank you.
  6. First of all, sorry if these have been answered already, but I couldn't find them if they were. Okay, about how the timer works in this game: let's say you wanted to try to do as much as possible. Is the day counter going to get in the way of that in any real way? Like, are a lot of quests cut off after a certain point, and which ones if so so that I can prioritize them. What days did you guys tend to finish on? I don't really want to have to start over because I took too much time going back and forth in an inefficient way. Second, I saw on the patch notes that phy
  7. This, I mostly agree with. Your valuations do make sense to me, but my main sticking point is how, past Level 30, you get all the discretionary points at once, rather than spread out. If you stuff a character full of Wisdom Crystals so they get from, say, Level 31 to Level 34, the end result isn't worth as much as you had it, since you didn't go through a level that gave skill points or manual stat points. Though I suppose if you're doing this, you probably already realize this issue and plan around it (even if that "planning" is "more patiently farming Mandrake" or something), s
  8. Sorry to bump this, but I have a question: is the 300 coins from the Burning Fungi on that Dark Lake island counted in this analysis? Cause I'm pretty sure the game makes a Cave Lore check for that (it specifically says so, and you can miss getting the money if you kill them too early; I don't know what skill level is required though). In any event, very nice. I was always kinda "pro-Cave Lore" from the start simply because I don't like feeling like I'm missing treasure. Good to see I, at least arguably, made the right call.
  9. Lowest level for Capture-Souling Haakai confirmed Level 31 (with Level 3 CS). Good to know.
  10. Methinks Mr. Vogel would do well to just open up donations at this rate (in all seriousness, though, now that you guys mention it, I'd be inclined to donate if it were an option. Given what the industry can be like sometimes)!
  11. Another thing I want to say on this: I'm playing the PC version (Steam copy). You're a Mac user, right, Slartifer? I'm wondering if this is a difference between the two versions; like, since the Mac version was probably first, it might have some bugs or oddities that would've been ironed out for the PC/iOS/whatever release. Honestly, it always struck me as weird, how you reported crits working, so maybe it was a bug? I'm just speculating now, and I'm no good at these things. Just...this is something that I started to wonder.
  12. I'll doublecheck my stuff later, but for now, let me just say I apologize for the tone in my previous post (yeah, it was kinda rude, huh?), but I was definitely playing Crystal Souls when I noticed that. I just happened to have a Remix mod playthrough running parallel to that.
  13. Yeah, right. In the two hours and two levels I played my most recent save, I paid attention to this and saw every one of my characters get a critical hit at least once. None of them have anything like Lethal Blow or Longbows either (I literally just started). So I'm not sure why you say this. Maybe it changed between the Mac and PC versions? If so, then what about Luck? Did that change? Was this a bug in the original release that was fixed later? That'd be my guess at this point. I mean, I know I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, but when this horse might come with some sor
  14. Okay, this is getting ridiculous. I checked every book I was allowed to check in Erika's library, took all her dialogue options multiple times, and the statues STILL won't deal with me! What the hell is going on?! Do I have to talk to Ayden or something? Cause I just got a quest to go find him. EDIT: Okay, I figured it out. I did need to talk to Ayden for her to give me the conversation option to get the password in question. I don't know why, though, since I had already talked to Ayden in this save. But whatever, I did it. Now I've got a new question. I've already gotten all t
  15. On Question 2, I'd note that mages can wear a total of -5% without losing the ability to cast spells. And EftP has quite a few shields that don't encumber at all. So even if it might not make sense if you're coming from some other games, mages can totally use a Wooden Shield. In CS, on the other hand, most every shield seems to have a -10% penalty, and thus you'll probably need Swordmage to counteract it (and I'd personally recommend it, as shields were improved a fair bit in that game). At least humans get 8 extra traits in that game. Also, on Crystal Souls builds...note that dual
  16. I have Sage Lore for all four of my characters. Also, I think, if that were the issue, the game would say something like "You tried to learn it. You need an Arcane Lore skill of 10 or higher." or something. I think Randomizer might be right. I'll have to check out what he's saying.
  17. Okay, I know you're supposed to learn Spray Acid from the Living Statue in Almaria after talking to Erika, but I've been to Erika's Tower, talked to her, got the Password Piece, even increased Spellcraft to 12 with her, but the statue is still refusing to deal with me! Am I supposed to do something else specific with Erika before the statue will trust me? Or is this just a bug? Oh, I'm playing Slarty's Avernum Remix mod version 1.2 if that matters. (I'm thinking I'll just use the Editor if worse comes to worse; I don't care about using it if I ran into a bug with learning something.
  18. As everyone else said, that's really not gonna work. You want Hardiness. Which can't be qualified for with Bows. And (strangely) you don't really wanna give your casters two-handed weapons either. Have them wielding something like a Shielding Knife and a Shield of some kind, except for the early game before you take a level of Swordmage for your mages. I just suggested Pole Weapons over Melee Weapons because the Pole Weapons trainer is easier to get to and they don't care about using physicals so it doesn't matter if the skill's not matching what they actually use. That's all. And no
  19. One thing that I didn't see suggested: go with humans only. The human bonus traits are far better than the bonus to missile or pole damage and against certain elements, in my experience. Especially since, as Lilith said, you shouldn't be relying on bows or spears. In addition, to get spellcasters the requisites for Hardiness and Adrenaline Rush, it *might* actually be easier to go with taking Pole Weapons for them, since the trainer for Melee Weapons is unfortunately fairly late in this game and spellcasters should not be using physical attacks at all really.
  20. Well, you've found a way to escape already, but I just want to say that, should something similar happen again and you can't get back to another boat, there's a couple cheat codes that can save you. Type Shift+D, then in the box that comes up, type "backtostart" and "resetboats" to get warped back to Fort Avernum and move the boats back to their starting points. You'll have to buy the boats again, though, sadly.
  21. So, 25 and 40? Alright, thanks guys! EDIT: Actually, since people are unsure whether Magi Clearance requires 22 or 25 Rep, when I get to Chapter 4 in my current "all spellcaster" game, I'll keep an eye on Reputation and try to go to the Castle when I have 22 or so. And if it is 22, well, I'll update you on that, alright?
  22. Okay, tried searching, but there doesn't seem to be any topic explaining how getting higher clearance works, and I've been wondering about this for some time. Is it based on Reputation? How high does it need to be, if so? Or is it based on quests completed? Or what? Sorry if this is a noob question.
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