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  1. Re the Cave Lore question -- I wrote that guide for the original release of the game, where money was more limited because the second level of training in a skill or spell cost double what it does now.

     

    I still don't think you get much out of training in Cave Lore, but there is more wiggle room with money, so I don't think it's an awful idea either.

     

    I still would advise against putting manual points in there, but you do get a few magic items and xp items out it -- meh.

     

    Your thinking about trade-offs with pieces of armor is pretty much on the money, especially early on when hit chance is very relevant.  Later in the game, once you have high stats and good investment in basic skills, you may reach the point where that doesn't matter much (for non-mages anyway).  Also, you eventually start finding great pieces of armor that don't reduce hit chance.


  2. In G4, Servile melee/magic builds are neck-and-neck with Infiltrator magic builds.  It's a different emphasis.

     

    This question hasn't been explored for G5 due to the Agent getting the dumb resistances, which is certainly enough to make the difference.


  3. Also, I strongly disagree about Infiltrator beating Servile for a melee-oriented build specifically in G4 (or G5, though Agent in G5 is another question due to the stupid inherent resists).

     

    In G4, Servile melee/magic builds are neck-and-neck with Infiltrator magic builds.  It's a different emphasis.  The Servile is potentially much tankier (leading to the "turtle mage" appellation back when G4 first came out), to the point that he can eat multiple mine blasts and survive.  The Infiltrator is much more reliant on Mental Magic, but of course Mental Magic is superb.

     

    Infiltrator melee/magic builds are definitely inferior to Infiltrator magic builds, for the reasons alhoon enumerated.  It follows then that they are also definitely inferior to Servile melee/magic builds.

     

    In G5 you have another consideration, which is that you could run a mostly-solo Sorceress, with greater use of disposable meatshields in place of the Agent's stat pickups in Parry and better HP and so on.  The big problem here is, again, that the Agent gets those massive resistance boosts.


  4. 1) I just edited it out by hand.  Feel free to re-edit the post (you should be able to now) to replace whatever formatting, line breaks etc. you intended.  I had to edit the raw HTML so a bunch of stuff got lost.

     

    Grammarly royally screwed up the HTML of the post, and it actually eliminated functionality from all buttons on the page that appeared below your post.  (If we were still on old UBB, I fully expect the whole site would have gone down over this :P)

     

    I have no idea why it did that, but it was not good.  It would appear that there is a bug in the way Grammarly interfaces with this (at least) web form.  I would use caution if you continue to use it with web forms.

     

     

    2) Spell energy rarely matters.  It just doesn't.  That should not inform your class choice at all.


  5. Hi there,

     

    Can you share the following info so we can understand the situation better?  Thanks.

     

    2. What operating system are you using (Mac or WIndows?)

    3. Did you download the game through Steam, Good Old Games, or another third-party distribution platform?

     

    Also, can you share the exact error message wording?


  6. Unless it changed in a version update at some point (I don't think so, but I am the wrong person to check with about that), in G5, the three original classes (Shaper, Guardian, and Agent) had significant, permanent, built-in armor and resistances that the six rebel-type classes did not have.

     

    This was not intentional.  What happened was that in G4, Shapers, Guardians, and Agents existed only as NPCs, and so their base creature types were given all the regular sorts of damage resistances that NPCs with fighting ability tend to have.  (Because NPCs don't manually add skill points the way the player does, of course.)  Jeff just forgot to take these resistances back out when those creatures became available for use as the PC again.

     

    Especially if you play as an agent/infiltrator with few to no creations, this can make a noticeable difference in how easy or hard the game is.

     

    (Also, I can't remember if these baked-in resistances display on the status screen or not.)


  7. In normal difficulty, you can pretty run anything and if it's at least half-baked it will work.

     

    There have been numerous threads and posts here dumping on Shock Troopers.  I'm not going to reiterate years of abuse, but basically, it's not that you can't do OK with them, it's that they are strictly worse than other options, without providing any kind of additional playstyle or anything like that.

     

    Also, I'm pre-emptively exiting the argument now, due to the history of these things going on forever...


  8. 2 hours ago, Enider said:

    Basically, I'd just like warnings about things that could ruin my save file/game experience

     

    One rule above all:

     

    KEEP MULTIPLE SAVES AT ALL TIMES.

     

    Geneforge makes this easy.  Lots of slots, easy to select between them.  So just keep a few backup saves -- make a new one every time you go to a new zone, for example.

     

    That way, even if you do something you feel "ruins" your game experience, you can turn back the clock and undo it.

     

    If you're not worried about a "ruinous" action this is less important.  The "big" decisions, like which faction(s) (if any) you align yourself with, are generally VERY obvious in-game.


  9. On that note, @Puksis, remember that lots of kids play Spiderweb games and the boards are supposed to be family friendly.  The Code of Conduct is now hidden in plain sight (under "Guidelines" which is so centrally located I couldn't find it just now :D), so if you haven't read it, take a look:

     

    http://spiderwebforums.ipbhost.com/guidelines/

     

    This isn't a warning or anything, just a reminder.  That said, given the way this thread has veered, I'm locking it.  Adios.


  10. For the sake of not putting this off any longer I'm going to stick to people I can evaluate based on what I already know and/or through simple googling.  Sorry, historical conquerors whose actual actions I am slightly vague on!  I'll come back to you later if I have time.

     

    Lucca

    Simone de Beauvoir

    Robo
    Princess Leia

    Buffy Summers

    Henry Agard Wallace
    Micah

    Uncle Iroh

    Jean-Luc Picard

    Lady Gaga

    Erika Redmark

    Zuko

    Sylak

    Eowyn

    Captain America

    Aragorn

    Katara

    Frog
    Graham Nelson
    Empress Prazac

    Abigail Adams

    Honor Harrington

    Lisa Simpson

    R2-D2

    Magus

    Aang
    Lord Havelock Vetinari
    King Arthur
    Cleopatra (Shakespeare)

    Peter Gabriel

    Orson Welles

    Mary Shelley

    Kathryn Janeway

    Puddleglum

    Professor Oak

    Sherlock Holmes

    Ayla

    Cleopatra Jones

    Redbeard

    Zaphod Beeblebrox

    Julius Caesar

    Blaise Pascal

    Olga of Kiev

    Boudica

    Cicero
    The Doctor
    Toph

    Julius Martov

    Lord British

    Melanchion

    Faramir
    Dumbledore

    Starrus
    Gladwell
    Manfred Redmark
    Bob the Builder

    Billie Holiday
    Ken Burns

    Eeyore

    Marle
    Multivac

    Sokka

    Pat Paulsen

    Seth MacFarlane

    Khan Noonien Singh

    Werdna

    Mal Reynolds

    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Aslan

    Sir Topham Hatt

    James T. Kirk

    Henri III
    Ayn Rand
    Cleopatra (real)

    Daddy Warbucks
    Pat Sajak

    Cardinal Richelieu

    Sulla

    Lavos

    Pilgor the Goat

    Curious George

    Kikuchiyo

    Miss Piggy

    Lyndon LaRouche

    Lady Macbeth

    Benjamin Sisko

    Darth Vader

    Evil Abed

    Crassus

    Pompey
    Spider
    Rand al'Thor

    Caligula

    Yosemite Sam

    George Jetson

    One of the 7 dwarves (Disney)

    Guybrush Threepwood
    Julie d'Aubigny

    Zapp Brannigan

    Grima, Wormtongue

    Yogi Bear

    Kylo Ren

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd

    George Wickham

    Ivan the Terrible
    Genghis Khan

    Morgoth

    The White Witch

    Hawthorne

    Emperor Palpatine
    Dorikas
    Elizabeth Báthory

    Kefka
    Smaug

    The Allied Mastercomputer

     

    I wasn't sure Smaug was going to be dethroned, but you did it, Dinti.


  11. Important note about that dump (which I made over a decade ago):

     

    While MOST of the responses for a given NPC are all listed in a row, if the response differs based on certain conditions (for example, if you've completed a quest) it is listed in a totally separate part of the dump with no easily legible indication of which NPC it is used with.  These are some of the most important keywords and responses, obviously, so beware.


  12. 1. Nero: way too much ambiguity in the historical record for me to place him with any precision.

    2. Leonidas, Spartacus: inadequate detail to say much beyond "eh"

    3. Burger King: zero detail :)

    4. Cinipioatoato: despite my love of antiquity, and with apologies, I just don't care about some of these guys.

     

    I'm also interested to note that there is now at least one person on the list whom I view identically to one of the current candidates.  Not only would I rank them together, I see them as having exactly the same strengths and weaknesses.

     

    Lucca

    Simone de Beauvoir

    Robo
    Princess Leia

    Henry Agard Wallace
    Micah

    Uncle Iroh

    Jean-Luc Picard

    Lady Gaga

    Erika Redmark

    Zuko

    Sylak

    Eowyn

    Captain America

    Aragorn

    Katara

    Frog
    Graham Nelson
    Empress Prazac

    Abigail Adams

    Honor Harrington

    Lisa Simpson

    R2-D2

    Magus

    Aang
    Lord Havelock Vetinari
    King Arthur
    Cleopatra (Shakespeare)

    Peter Gabriel

    Orson Welles

    Mary Shelley

    Kathryn Janeway

    Puddleglum

    Professor Oak

    Sherlock Holmes

    Ayla

    Cleopatra Jones

    Redbeard

    Zaphod Beeblebrox

    Julius Caesar

    Olga of Kiev

    Boudica

    Cicero
    The Doctor
    Toph

    Julius Martov

    Lord British

    Melanchion

    Faramir
    Dumbledore

    Starrus
    Gladwell
    Manfred Redmark
    Billie Holiday
    Ken Burns

    Eeyore

    Marle
    Multivac

    Sokka

    Pat Paulsen

    Seth MacFarlane

    Werdna

    Mal Reynolds

    Aslan

    James T. Kirk

    Henri III
    Ayn Rand
    Cleopatra (real)

    Daddy Warbucks
    Cardinal Richelieu

    Sulla

    Pilgor the Goat

    Kikuchiyo

    Miss Piggy

    Lyndon LaRouche

    Benjamin Sisko

    Darth Vader

    Evil Abed

    Crassus

    Pompey
    Spider
    Rand al'Thor

    Caligula

    Yosemite Sam

    George Jetson

    One of the 7 dwarves (Disney)

    Guybrush Threepwood
    Julie d'Aubigny

    Zapp Brannigan

    Grima, Wormtongue

    Yogi Bear

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd

    George Wickham

    Ivan the Terrible
    Genghis Khan

    Hawthorne

    Emperor Palpatine
    Dorikas
    Elizabeth Báthory
    Smaug


  13. 1. Inadequate familiarity, sorry: Shodan, Cortana, Jonny Quest, Hari Seldon.

    2. A few other minor shifts up and down.  This list has gotten sprawling enough that if it's just a couple of places, I think I'm just going to make those when I see them without comment -- that's pretty minor.

    3. For the Avatar folks, placing Sokka and Iroh was easy, but I actually found myself surprised by the order in which I ended up putting the four primary benders.

    4. I'm also surprised that something else still hasn't happened at all.

     

    Lucca

    Simone de Beauvoir

    Robo
    Princess Leia

    Henry Agard Wallace
    Micah

    Uncle Iroh

    Jean-Luc Picard

    Lady Gaga

    Erika Redmark

    Zuko

    Sylak

    Eowyn

    Captain America

    Aragorn

    Katara

    Frog
    Graham Nelson
    Empress Prazac

    Abigail Adams

    Honor Harrington

    Lisa Simpson

    R2-D2

    Magus

    Aang
    Lord Havelock Vetinari
    King Arthur
    Cleopatra (Shakespeare)

    Peter Gabriel

    Orson Welles

    Mary Shelley

    Puddleglum

    Professor Oak

    Sherlock Holmes

    Ayla

    Cleopatra Jones

    Zaphod Beeblebrox

    Olga of Kiev

    Boudica
    The Doctor
    Toph

    Julius Martov

    Melanchion

    Faramir
    Dumbledore

    Starrus
    Gladwell
    Manfred Redmark
    Billie Holiday
    Ken Burns

    Eeyore

    Marle
    Multivac

    Sokka

    Pat Paulsen

    Seth MacFarlane

    Mal Reynolds

    Aslan

    Henri III
    Ayn Rand
    Cleopatra (real)

    Daddy Warbucks
    Cardinal Richelieu

    Pilgor the Goat

    Kikuchiyo

    Miss Piggy

    Lyndon LaRouche

    Darth Vader

    Evil Abed
    Spider
    Rand al'Thor

    Yosemite Sam

    George Jetson

    One of the 7 dwarves (Disney)

    Guybrush Threepwood
    Julie d'Aubigny

    Zapp Brannigan

    Grima, Wormtongue

    Yogi Bear

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd

    George Wickham

    Ivan the Terrible
    Hawthorne

    Emperor Palpatine
    Dorikas
    Elizabeth Báthory
    Smaug


  14. 5 hours ago, alhoon said:

    Pure magic infiltrator could be very good, but it's not the 15 battle magic that would make her good. For starters to get battle magic from 10~>15 it would probably be cheaper to raise spellcraft by 5 and it would add to everything. 

     

    However, I am not an expert on these kind of things. I always played a Shaper and had my troops do the heavy lifting. 

     

    Yeah, this is not quite accurate.  Spellcraft 0 to 5 would be cheaper, sure.  Spellcraft 10 to 15 would be a LOT more expensive.  Remember that the cost difference between individual magic skills and Spellcraft is actually greatest for the strong magic classes.

     

    Pure magic infilitrators are great.  They are close enough in effectiveness to melee/magic serviles that I don't really have an opinion about which is better.  (Lifecrafters will still be stronger, ultimately, because the game is about shaping and shaping is deliberately super strong.)


  15. 1. Calling Pat Paulsen a presidential candidate seems a little misleading, but I guess he technically was on the primary ballot in New Hampshire a few times.

    2. Don't hate me, but I never liked Spinal Tap, and haven't watched it in maybe 25 years, so I don't have much on those guys.

    3. Just like last time I think it would be best not to include any forum members in the ranking.  (Though honestly, a lot of you might end up with a relatively decent ranking.)

    4. Oh good, the Marvel alternate universes are back.  Initially I was going to just do one Cap for the comics and one for the modern movies.  Ultimately, though, I have pretty much the same opinion of both of them.  Captain America is easily one of least unfaithful of the MCU adaptations.  And despite how often I hear him invoked as an exemplar of Lawful Good, and despite the flag, he's been operating shockingly deep in progressive, civil-libertarian territory since at least the 70's.

    5. I think one Genesis member is enough.

    6. Farscape goes in the "haven't watched, not sure I can briefly assess" category.

    7. On further consideration, I'm moving Eowyn, Frog, Graham Nelson, and Aragorn down a varying but small number of steps.

     

    Lucca

    Simone de Beauvoir

    Robo
    Princess Leia

    Henry Agard Wallace

    Sylak

    Eowyn

    Micah

    Jean-Luc Picard

    Lady Gaga

    Erika Redmark

    Captain America

    Aragorn

    Frog
    Graham Nelson
    Empress Prazac

    Abigail Adams

    Honor Harrington

    R2-D2

    Magus
    Lord Havelock Vetinari
    King Arthur
    Cleopatra (Shakespeare)

    Peter Gabriel

    Mary Shelley

    Puddleglum

    Professor Oak
    Cleopatra Jones

    Olga of Kiev

    Boudica
    The Doctor

    Ayla
    Melanchion

    Faramir
    Dumbledore

    Starrus
    Gladwell
    Manfred Redmark
    Billie Holiday
    Ken Burns

    Eeyore

    Marle
    Multivac

    Pat Paulsen

    Seth MacFarlane

    Mal Reynolds

    Aslan

    Henri III
    Ayn Rand
    Cleopatra (real)
    Cardinal Richelieu

    Pilgor the Goat

    Kikuchiyo

    Miss Piggy

    Lyndon LaRouche

    Darth Vader

    Evil Abed
    Spider
    Rand al'Thor

    One of the 7 dwarves (Disney)

    Guybrush Threepwood
    Julie d'Aubigny

    Grima, Wormtongue

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd

    George Wickham

    Ivan the Terrible
    Hawthorne

    Emperor Palpatine
    Dorikas
    Elizabeth Báthory
    Smaug


  16. Lucca

    Simone de Beauvoir

    Eowyn
    Sylak

    Robo
    Micah

    Jean-Luc Picard

    Aragorn

    Frog
    Graham Nelson
    Lady Gaga
    Empress Prazac

    Abigail Adams

    Honor Harrington

    R2-D2

    Magus
    Lord Havelock Vetinari
    King Arthur
    Cleopatra (Shakespeare)

    Mary Shelley

    Puddleglum

    Professor Oak
    Olga of Kiev
    The Doctor

    Ayla
    Melanchion

    Faramir
    Dumbledore

    Starrus
    Gladwell
    Manfred Redmark
    Billie Holiday
    Ken Burns

    Marle
    Multivac

    Seth MacFarlane

    Aslan

    Henri III
    Ayn Rand
    Cleopatra (real)
    Cardinal Richelieu

    Pilgor the Goat

    Darth Vader

    Evil Abed
    Spider
    Rand al'Thor

    One of the 7 dwarves (Disney)

    Guybrush Threepwood
    Julie d'Aubigny

    Grima, Wormtongue

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd

    Ivan the Terrible
    Hawthorne

    Emperor Palpatine
    Dorikas
    Elizabeth Báthory
    Smaug

     

    Rahl: Don't know and seems difficult to briefly assess.

    Aslan: Boy, you gave me some trouble with this one!

    Robot Steve Irwin from the Future: If this is a thing I can't find it.  Is this a thing?

    Goat simulator goat: Pilgor is a good stand-in for not having a President at all, basically.


  17. Additions in bold:

     

     

    Lucca

    Simone de Beauvoir

    Eowyn
    Sylak

    Robo
    Micah

    Jean-Luc Picard

    Frog
    Graham Nelson
    Lady Gaga
    Empress Prazac

    Abigail Adams

    Honor Harrington

    R2-D2

    Magus
    Lord Havelock Vetinari
    King Arthur
    Cleopatra (Shakespeare)

    Mary Shelley

    Puddleglum
    Olga of Kiev
    The Doctor

    Ayla
    Melanchion

    Faramir
    Starrus
    Gladwell
    Manfred Redmark
    Billie Holiday
    Ken Burns

    Marle
    Multivac

    Henri III
    Ayn Rand
    Cleopatra (real)
    Cardinal Richelieu

    Darth Vader
    Spider
    One of the 7 dwarves (Disney)
    Julie d'Aubigny

    Grima, Wormtongue

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd

    Ivan the Terrible
    Hawthorne

    Emperor Palpatine
    Dorikas
    Elizabeth Báthory
    Smaug

     


    Adama: I have to claim ignorance, I'm afraid, having never watched any of it and not feeling like Wikipedia will be adequate in this case.

     

    A few of these somewhat obscure historical rulers I'm having to leave out because I don't know much about them and I don't feel like I can generate adequate context to rank them accurately without significant research.

     

    There are a few names now where I see the potential for them to deserve a higher ranking, but have lowered them due to concerns that might or might not surface -- as with Multivac, I suppose.


  18. Interesting picks!  This has turned out to be a bit of a difficult task, trying to balance assessments of potential governing competency with those of likely ideological approach.  Here's the list so far:

     

    Simone de Beauvoir
    Sylak
    Micah
    Graham Nelson
    Lady Gaga
    Empress Prazac
    Lord Havelock Vetinari
    King Arthur
    Cleopatra (Shakespeare)
    Olga of Kiev
    The Doctor
    Melanchion
    Starrus
    Gladwell
    Manfred Redmark
    Billie Holiday
    Ken Burns
    Multivac
    Ayn Rand
    Cleopatra (real)
    Cardinal Richelieu
    Spider
    One of the 7 dwarves (Disney)
    Julie d'Aubigny
    Hawthorne
    Dorikas
    Elizabeth Báthory
    Smaug


    Multivac would be a lot higher, except for that one pesky fatal problem.

    I don't actually find much need to separate the Doctors on this one, though perhaps if I cared more about that property I might.

    I also don't find much need to separate the Disney dwarves on this one.

     

    Interestingly, while it's easy to think of some people I'd take over Simone de Beauvoir, Smaug has got to be pretty close to the bottom of the list.


  19. Hi Abydos, friendly neighborhood mod here.  Since you already have a topic where you asked 2 of these 3 questions (less than half a day ago), please just continue that topic rather than making a new one.  It's confusing to have two different topics that are about the exact same questions.  Thanks.  Locking this topic.


  20. In the previous topic, I ranked everything and anything.  Totally subjectively.  People posted whatever they wanted me to rank, and I added it to the current list.  New items were inserted at whatever ranking was appropriate.

     

    This time, I'm going to rank who I'd like to see as President of the United States.  But I'm not going to do something boring like only ranking the actual candidates.  Instead, you can suggest whoever you want.

     

    Suggestions do not even have to be American -- or human -- or alive -- or nonfictional.  (Or over thirty-five, for that matter.)  Suggestions do have to be persons; I can't really evaluate Nethergate for President.

     

    You can make a few different suggestions in one post if you like.  To keep things interesting, let's say no actual candidates until the list has at least 20 other people on it, and even then no more than one actual candidate per post.

     

     Let the pointless wanking ranking begin!  It is happening again!

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